I posted the new video for â€œLa Lloronaâ€ (cry baby in spanish) yesterday and I have to admit, at first listen I was completely lost, then amazed, then lost again. That song is so theatrical and epic, itâ€™s fantastic. You feel like your watching a movie, what kind I donâ€™t know. Hereâ€™s â€œPostcards from Italy,â€ another great song from their upcomingÂ March Of The Zapotec EP scheduled for a February 17 release in the US. High quality.
Quincy Jones & Molly Sims for Jimmy Choo. Fly.
While were on the topic, check out Chester Frenchâ€™s ode to the famed shoe maker.
Formula for success = Lykke Li vocals. Hereâ€™s a very noteworthy remix by Pockertknife. Great party music.
… After Watching Notorious
In an attempt to protect the decency and reputation of such a remarkable talent I am making a public service announcement that should be taken quite serious: DO NOT WATCH â€œNOTORIOUS.â€
If you want to learn about Biggie Smalls listen to his classic debut, â€œReady to Die,â€ watch YouTube videos, look him up on Wiki, ask your hip-hop friend but whatever you do, donâ€™t watch this movie. You know how the movie is never as good as the book? Well, â€œReady to Dieâ€ is Biggieâ€™s book and â€œNotoriousâ€ is some inadequate jerks horrible attempt at interpreting that.
This movie is a joke, it is one of the worst representations of an artist to ever hit the big scream. The acting is bland, unbelievable, passionless and inaccurate. The screen play could have been done by a child and the musical recreations are nothing short of disgraceful. The Notorious B.I.G. was an integral part of hip-hop, one itâ€™s premier ambassadors. Anyone choosing to take on that responsibility should do so with a very clear understanding of whatâ€™s at hand. To think that some curious moviegoers and youth will be seeing this in hopes of learning about Biggie is saddening. If you know anything about Biggie, donâ€™t watch this movie, you will be scard for life.
How do you make a lame movie based on one of the coolest cats to ever grace rap music, I donâ€™t know but congratulations to executive producer Sean Combs, you did just that. Hip-hop on hip-hop crime.
Now letâ€™s all just listen to some music and forget this movie ever happened…
The more I listen to this album the more I realize how impressive it is. I know were only a month into the new year but this could very well be the king of â€˜09. Hereâ€™s â€œIn The Flowersâ€ from Merriweather Post Pavillion.
Ok, before you take a listen, make sure you have some time to spare since this is an 8 minute song and will require full use of your laying back capabilities. These guys fall under my space rock genre for very apparent reasons.Â Their album, Doomsdayerâ€™s Holiday, is one the most musically ambitious projects Iâ€™ve come across in a long time. It barely has vocals, no mainstream appeal and most of the songs are painfully slow. Yet it still manages to have an extremely epic and adventurous feeling. Very impressive. Not sure how many will have the patience for an 8 minute instrumental rock song but this is some very creative stuff.
Some of you may remember this song from the Snapple Antioxidant Water â€œBubble Wrapâ€ Commercial, some of you wonâ€™t. Either way, a very catchy tune.
Equally impressive is the interactive music video for the song which takes place in a New York City subway car. I wasnâ€™t sure what was going on at first but the band starts performing and you quickly catch on and realize that you can view the performance from multiple cameras, all held by what seem to be random train passengers using their cell phones, digital cameraâ€™s, security cameraâ€™s etc. So basically the director leaves the directing up to you. Check it out here,Â Catâ€™s Meow Video. The video was masterminded by Tim Wilson. Extremely creative, very cool.
If you havenâ€™t heard the Fleet Foxes – â€œSelf Titledâ€ album by now your being deprived of some high quality late-sixties sounding pop. These guys pack a very Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Young, Bob Dylan inspired style. The classical influence is also extremely apparent with their use of Baroque-esc harmonies and progressions, some go as far as calling it â€œBaroque Pop,â€ a term I am rather affectionate of. Hereâ€™s â€œWhite Winter Hymnal,â€ one of the many impressive tracks from this classic album.â€ Great stuff.
One of 2008â€™s best, their album Saturdays =Â Youth is one worth revisiting.