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Danny Brown – Die Like A Rock Star (Space Gang Redo)


This is such a an awesome remix. Danny Brown had created the original track which is harsh (in the best way) in its lyrics and delivery. Consistently referencing the deceased of Hollywood and delivering an almost eery tribute with his unique rap style. I think it is more in his voice than anything that makes him sound like no other. Hip-hop is embracing these unique sounding rappers all showing a slightly different style, others like Chance the Rapper or Slum Village coming to mind.

Space Gang, or Daniel Moore, is an up-and-coming U.S. producer. By adding in the delicate chimes he gives this track a mysterious new sound. The original being a heavy hip-hop track is transformed into a sexy tune letting you listen to vocals rather than be hit with them. I am not sure which I prefer more. One thing for sure is Space Gang is one to watch.

Danny Brown – Die Like A Rock Star (Space Gang Redo)

Stevie Wonder – For Once in My Life


For once in my life, I have someone who needs me. I dedicate this one to my new cat.

Let’s take it back to 1968. Nothing like some Stevie Wonder to brighten your day and keep the blues at bay. This is one of my favorite songs of all time: a happy-go-lucky-can’t-help-but-smiling-yes-I-am-strutting–on-the-sunny-side-of-the-street-feeling-overwhelmed-with-inexplicable-joy-kinda-track. (hyperbolize!!).

There’s a whole lotta heart in this song. If I was a doctor, I would prescribe Stevie Wonder for everything. For real though. He’s got a certain sincerity that’s especially conducive to healing.

For once in my life I won’t let sorrow hurt me
Not like it’s hurt me before
For once, I have something I know won’t desert me
I’m not alone anymore.”

Sometimes you reach a point where you’ve had enough— AND NOTHING CAN BRING YOU DOWN. You’ve already hit rock bottom, and man, you’ve survived the depths. Dark as it can get sometimes, you always manage to resurface… and keep on keepin’ on. You wake up to the reality that your experience is indeed what you want it to be. Fearlessly undertaking the unknown, in pursuit of some higher truth for the love of humanity: this is what it’s all about, man.

No matter how much shit hits the fan, you’ll be fine. Enough is enough, and regardless of the way things progress,you’re learning. Letting go. With each obstacle comes a new one to learn from. Embrace these trials and tribulations; how unique they are to the human experience.

There will be times when the going gets rough and by default you spiral into an emotional whirlpool, or lack thereof (e.g., numbness).  Then, as your expectations disintegrate over time, you may find that shit miraculously starts to fall into place. Abandoning the pursuit does wonders for miracles…

For once, unafraid, I can go where life leads me
And somehow I know I’ll be strong.”

 Stevie Wonder – For Once in My Life

Robert DeLong – Basically, I

The live show that Robert DeLong put on the other week at Music Hall of Williamsburg quite simply, knocked the socks and shoes and possibly jewelry, off my feet and body. I won’t lie, I had a preconceived notion that DeLong was going to be a mostly dub-steppy DJ with a very electronic live show. I was happily surprised to find that my silly expectation couldn’t be further from the truth. As soon as Hayden and I stepped foot into the crowded and darkly lit Music Hall of Williamsburg, we were dancing. Which is a funny feeling because I can’t remember the last time that happened to me. Being a person that likes to dance, my experiences as of late have been such that I’ve had to warm up to the music that was playing.

Not the case here. I turned around to see that everyone, mostly couples, but still everyone, was dancing and that many of the faces of the crowd were painted with some kind of glow in the dark paint, in honor of DeLong. But it’s not really exciting to read about the crowd, so much as the performer himself. DeLong probably plays every instrument that exists, or at least every instrument that exists that can somehow be incorporated into his music, and that was news to me. In the middle of songs, he would move from his several pieces of electronic equipment, to a drum set carefully placed out of the way, or grab a guitar and start playing in the middle of the song. The way I’m describing probably makes it sound like the kind of thing that was disorganized and random, but that wasn’t the case at all — he was seamless in his movement from instrument to production tools.

We walked in while he was in the middle of performing Global Concepts, which is one of my favorite songs. But when I got home that night, I did that nerdy thing that a lot of music geeks do when they get home from an amazing show: I went online and youtubed the sh*t outta his music. I found this (strangely titled Religious Views even though that’s not the title of the song), which I thought was beautifully done, and gave me a whole new appreciation for the song which I’ve included in this post. So, I’m including that song in this post for that reason. Because the build is that good, and because I have such a soft spot for watching an artist create the masterpiece in front of our eyes. The first time I encountered that at a live show, was at Newport Folk Festival while Andrew Bird performed. I then realized that he was one man band, and I was forever in awe of that sort of musician from there on out.


Robert DeLong – Basically, I

Dynasty – Star And The Sky Feat. Skyzoo


Dynasty, a ‘femcee’ hailing from Tampa, Florida is due to release her new album, A Star In Life’s Clothing, on October 18th. The Afro-beat undertones and the cameo of Skyzoo make this first track loud and powerful. Taking on the beat of an anthem, the lyrics punch through the song and deliver much like the original women of hip-hop (I keep thinking Eve whenever I hear her delivery).

This album promises to be amazing with tracks featuring the likes of DJ Premier and Talib Kweli, not to mention Jinx who produced this track.

Dynasty – Star And The Sky feat. Skyzoo

Superhumanoids — So Strange

I mean, why post a song if you’re not going to really dive into some subject matter that actually—matters?  Why try so hard to hastily be the first one to post it up when no one really gives a shit that you were the first?

It’s annoying to try to research a record that catches your ear and not be able to find the lyrics to it.  But, it’s even more annoying to troll through the countless listings of blogosphere postings of a song and find even less meaningful shit.  “Oh, this song is very nice”, and, “it’s such a breath of fresh air”.  -_- Really?

I find that, more and more, I want opinions.  I want adult-like and intellectual perspectives on everything, including music.  I don’t want to just hear that you ALSO love Kendrick Lamar‘s controversial verse on “Control“, yet when I ask you for a quotable line off of it you can’t give me anything but a name or two of the rappers he called out…  That boys and girls just isn’t what I mean when I ask for a quotable lyric or line directly from any verse.

My apologies for venting on here, but this is the kind of crap I ran into while reading all of the other crap that has sadly been posted about such an alluring song as So Strange.  I got the picture that their highlighted NY Times article was the only reason many of these other blogs posted the track, and that each and every single one of the ones that did, were just caught in a circle looking for the same thing within each other, yet unable to grasp—something of some sort of substance that they could connect with.

We don’t know who we are until we’re connected to someone else.” —Sons of Anarchy

A hard-hitting syncopated drum pattern that begins the moment the engine shuts on is what we get as we press play on this well-oiled machine of a song titled: So Strange.  Eight bars into the burliness of the catchy drums we’re treated to a softer side of the record with a gentle tone that’s even more charming than its aggressive counterpart, and yet much more somber in vibe when you actually dive into its lyrical content.

You make me hate this whole town.” —Sarah Chernoff

Have you ever noticed that after you lose one love, and finally begin to get over it and into another relationship, that somehow you seem to find someone better and more suited for you than the last?  Maybe it’s just me, because after every great love I have ever experienced in life, another has come along that is greater and much more beautiful.  I would hope the same for everyone, but maybe this is why I connect with this song so much: because it represents that moment when I feel both: extreme sadness and an excited happiness in life at the end of a relationship.  The very moment when I can feel a hole burning in the pit of my stomach from the angst of letting go and yet my feet, my arms, my eyes and my body are ready to take off and look for the next gem as if we were in some sort of treasure hunt and time was running out.

Maybe I have loved a lot more than most; maybe not, but this is what I feel whenever the love story comes to an end, and this is exactly how Superhumanoids’ “So Strange” feels to me.

The drums want to move on to their next bars, happy, full of life and motion with nothing in the way to stop them,  happy to just continue beating, and then the they are stricken gingerly by sad lyrics that reflect too much on the past, because only within the reflection of the past is where average humans, not supers, experience sadness.

Live in the moment.

Superhumanoids — So Strange