Thursday, January 29, 2009

Magic Systeme!!!

So I had thought that these guys had only done that one song "Premier Gaou" and then disappeared from the scene. But this song came out LAST SUMMER (Channel O has disappointed me because they were NOT up on this) and it seems like these guys are still going strong. Enjoy the video!



So what I didn't like: a) the white chick in the store getting more airtime than the black one; b) the couple that wasn't even dancing, but were simply preparing to get it on. they were unnecessary

What I did like: a) using video blogging/the Youtube craze as a premise for the video; and b) the three afro-haired dudes. They should have got more airtime; c) the fact that I do EXACTLY the same thing: go to my room and rock out to my favorite music. LOLz.

And now I've discovered a new dance style/genre! (Zouglou, originated in Cote D'Ivoire in the 90s)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Short but sweet

... ever noticed how the best things in life are short-lived? A piece of chocolate, a good night's sleep, a good song? I've consistently noticed that some of my favorite songs are really, really short - or at least, below the 3:15 mark.

1. Charity Case - Gnarls Barkley (The Odd Couple)
Found this on my Janelle Monae station on Pandora. Going On is another great song that's unusually short, but I think this song leaves you wanting more. It always amazes me when a song does that.

2. Beautiful Surprise - India.Arie (Voyage to India)
Simple, short, yet such a beautiful song. Too many words would spoil it. Just listen.

3. Feeling Me, Feeling You - Alicia Keys (The Diary of Alicia Keys)
The electric guitar does it for this one. This song makes me think of New York City at night. Don't ask me why. It just does.

4. Without You (Interlude) - Usher (8701)
So Can You Help Me is an amazing song, but I prefer this one, which precedes it on the album (Usher's best in my opinion). Amazing vocals - the only Usher song I like better is his cover of Luther Vandross's "Don't You Remember" - still gives me the chills every time I hear it.

5. Dancing Shoes - Arctic Monkeys (Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not)
A gem from their first album. One of the reasons I love British music.

6. A LOT of Beatles songs
Blackbird, Can't Buy Me Love, A Hard Day's Night, Love Me Do, Happiness Is A Warm Gun, most of Abbey Road... 'nuff said.

7. Afrique - Tumi and The Volume
Quality South African hip-hop. One to watch.

8. Simi See Trouble - ASHTHOMAS (The Ascension)
Probably the best Nigerian track I've ever heard. People like these guys and M.I. are changing what Nigerian hip-hop sounds like. This song is too short.

9. She Moves In Her Own Way - The Kooks (Inside In Inside Out)
So I became disenchanted with the Kooks after their first album, but this song is part of the reason why I still think they're a great band. Come to think of it, they typically have really short tracks.

10. Get Fresh - Kid Sister (Dream Date)
So I was going to leave it at 9, but this artist is worth mentioning. In November, I was like "where are all the female MCs???" (yes, I'm a feminist). I got so excited when I discovered this chick. I can't wait till her's and Left Eye's albums come out later this year.

Okay. Now I need to actually get work done. Later y'all. Check out the playlist.


Short But Sweet

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Cellos

In the past 3 years, I have come to have great respect for the cello as an instrument. I'm no classical music buff, so I always went crazy for the ridiculous violin or piano solos, but I never thought about how versatile other classical instruments could really be. When I got to college, I happened upon a group of played who played classic rock anthems on cellos. Yes, on cellos. At first, I was like, no way. Then I went to a show, and I was blown away. Stairway to Heaven never sounded so good (except maybe when Rodrigo y Gabriela covered it.)


Stairway to Heaven - Low Strung

I had also never really thought that classical instruments could be used outside the orchestra, but again, I was mistaken. I discovered Esperanza Spalding through Afrobella, and I have been a fan ever since. Not only is this girl ridiculously talented (she was named an instructor at the Berklee College of Music when she was 20), but she uses the bass as her major instrument, as opposed to the usual jazz piano, guitar or saxophone. Crazy.


I Know You Know - Esperanza Spalding

I'm definitely going to look more into classical music - right now I only have a little Beethoven and the Peer Gynt Suite. All suggestions welcome. In the meantime, check out the cover of Dona Nobis Pacem (Cello Solo) in the widget on the right. It's RIDICULOUS. He did the beatboxing himself too. And if you feel inspired, vote for him! Yo-Yo Ma will apparently pick the best entry out of all entries to record a track with him, but I think the top ten get prizes as well.