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Beirut – Postcards From Italy

I posted the new video for “La Llorona” (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, it’s fantastic. You feel like your watching a movie, what kind I don’t know. Here’s “Postcards from Italy,” another great song from their upcoming March Of The Zapotec EP scheduled for a February 17 release in the US. High quality.

Beirut – Postcards From Italy


Quincy Jones for Jimmy Choo

Quincy Jones & Molly Sims for Jimmy Choo. Fly.

While were on the topic, check out Chester French’s ode to the famed shoe maker.

Chester French – The Jimmy Choo’s


Lady Gaga’s Album Cover is FRESH


Lykke Li – Breaking It Up (Pocketknife’s Loosefoot Remix)

Formula for success = Lykke Li vocals. Here’s a very noteworthy remix by Pockertknife. Great party music.

Lykke Li – Breaking It Up (Pocketknife’s Loosefoot Remix)


NOTORIOUS: Movie Review

… 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 “NOTORIOUS.”

If you want to learn about Biggie Smalls listen to his classic debut, “Ready to Die,” watch YouTube videos, look him up on Wiki, ask your hip-hop friend but whatever you do, don’t watch this movie. You know how the movie is never as good as the book? Well, “Ready to Die” is Biggie’s book and “Notorious” 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 it’s premier ambassadors. Anyone choosing to take on that responsibility should do so with a very clear understanding of what’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, don’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 don’t know but congratulations to executive producer Sean Combs, you did just that. Hip-hop on hip-hop crime.

Now let’s all just listen to some music and forget this movie ever happened…

Notorious B.I.G. – Big Poppa


Animal Collective – In the Flowers

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 ‘09. Here’s “In The Flowers” from Merriweather Post Pavillion.

Animal Collective – In the Flowers


Grails – Acid Rain

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.  Their album, Doomsdayer’s Holiday, is one the most musically ambitious projects I’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.

Grails – Acid Rain

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The Bad Eliots – Cat’s Meow

Some of you may remember this song from the Snapple Antioxidant Water “Bubble Wrap” Commercial, some of you won’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 wasn’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 camera’s, security camera’s etc. So basically the director leaves the directing up to you. Check it out here, Cat’s Meow Video. The video was masterminded by Tim Wilson. Extremely creative, very cool.

The Bad Eliots – Cat’s Meow


Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal

If you haven’t heard the Fleet Foxes – “Self Titled” 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 “Baroque Pop,” a term I am rather affectionate of. Here’s “White Winter Hymnal,” one of the many impressive tracks from this classic album.” Great stuff.

Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal


M83 – Kim & Jesse

One of 2008’s best, their album Saturdays =  Youth is one worth revisiting.

M83 – Kim & Jesse