Lupe has been slightly absent from the mainstream recently trying to come up with a new name for his album. Then he's gotta start working on it... j/k Originally titled LupE.N.D, the album has undergone several changes to what now is called Lasers = Love always shines remember to smile. Several of the tracks from Lasers have been leaked already some as early as Jan 2010 so I am a bit late with this. The album features Kenna as well as The Neptunes, i'm sure there are some others that we aren't aware of yet as well. Three tracks for you below from the new album, check them out and grab them if you'd like. Lupe is one of the few artists that I can thoroughly enjoy listening to the whole album so I'm personally stoked for this bad boy to drop. Like many albums, Lasers is tied down until Lupe's label decides that it is time to cut it loose. At the end of the day the boss is the man who signs the checks I guess...
I don't know what it is about little kids and car seats but they always do such ridiculous things in them. ALWAYS! Below is Fred. Fred is a young raver that is enjoying a morning drive in the laurie and enjoys listening to drum and bass. I make these faces all the time when the grimiest songs come through my speakers but this kid has it down.
Video number two was shown to me by some chicken who goes by the name of Ricktemus Markus Pricktemus Clitemus. I was laughing so hard during this video that I had to add it to this post. ENJOY!
Summer Jam. That all important song that comes on your car stereo while you're driving to the beach/cruising the mall/at a bbq/ doing it. Every summer the Top 40 Dj/Gestapo start blasting whatever poppy song about the beach they declare as the Jam of the Summer. This year, it is undoubtedly Katy Perry's "California Girls." Blogger's note: This MSTRKRFT remix makes life much better.
I don't think that's necessarily what a summer jam should be. The song that represents your summer should be one that lets you ignore responsibility for 3+ minutes. It should feel like driving with the windows down even if you're stuck in a cubicle. It should remind you of that booty you've been chasing all summer! My Choice: An older song I've rediscovered, "Little Secrets" by Passion Pit.
And of course, the Summer Jam of ALLLLL Summer Jams. Seriously, if you don't know at least half of these lyrics, I don't want to know you exist:
PS Extra points to the Youtube user who uploaded that Summer Time vid, their Punch-Out intro is bangin'!
Just got back in town from what was an awesome Lolla 2010 experience!!!! (Just watched my cat eat a fly) Will be doing a short write up on all the bands I saw during the 3 day festival so look forward to that! Here is the breakdown of all the bands I remember watching:
Rocknoceros, Dirty Projectors, Caspa, Hot Chip, Chromeo, Lady Gaga, The Strokes
Stars, The XX, WolfgangGartner, Metric, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Rusko, Pheonix
Neon Hitch, Yeasayer, Erykah Badu, MGMT, Arcade Fire
Long time, no post. But I think I'll make up for it with the goodies I'm bringing. Feast your ears on Gritt, and if his name doesn't tell you what to expect, I don't know what will. Hell Yeah is just one of those songs that makes you feel like the apocalypse is going to happen as soon as you press play (but in a good way, if that's possible). I think the best way to describe this one is to simply say that Hiroshima is LUCKY that we didn't decide to drop this on them instead, give it a listen and you'll know what I mean. Nowadays, what post would be complete without an Ellie Goulding remix? So that's what you're getting. Still heavy, but nowhere near as massive as Gritt, this remix of Lights by Eyes is sure to be a party favorite (kind of like Cheetos, or beer). Ok so now to take you back down to Earth a little bit, which is ironic because the band's name is Mansions On The Moon. Check out the video for She Makes Me Feel. I was going to just post the song, but I think it would be doing the song an injustice to post it without the music video, especially for the first time listening. To steal a line from film critics: "It is visually stunning." I just cannot stop listening to this song, and I think these guys are going to blow up in the very near future. Give it a shot and there is zero disappointment in your future my friends. I have to throw one more in just because the guy gets an A for comedic creativity with his name. Hoodie Allen is a fresh face in the rap game, and a lot of people that hear him think he sounds like Jay-Z vocally, which I don't hear but decide for yourself. All of you kids born in the late 80's are going to love some of his references too, Nicktoons anyone? Happy listening everyone!
If you don't know about Neon yet then you might as well get on the wagon now and start bumpin her jams because if she was a bag of popcorn she would be poppin so loudly in your home microwave. Screw the microwave though and just put her in your speakers! Neon has quite the unique past compared to most of us, growing up a gypsy lifestyle in the England countryside, constantly traveling, avoiding the law, and not having many of the things we take for granted in our lives. I wish I could find the documentary of her when she was a youngin' but it is evading me at the moment. Over the 3-4 years that I have known and listened to Neon her voice has found its home and has developed beautifully. Her style is spot on for the covers/mashups below so please enjoy them as much as I did! I'm sure she has many thanks to give to Benny Blanco as he has worked with her on many of her songs and her debut album. I guarantee that you will hear about Neon again in the near future, maybe as soon as a year from now! Just this time last year I was seeing Ke$ha perform on a stage in front of maybe 100 people at most and now she's on tour with Rhianna, which is not selling out btw! I wonder why... maybe the video below will help. Thanks to my beautiful girlfriend Meredith for showing me the parody!
Below you'll also find a few mashups by Neon, one of which was just released today. They're all fantastic so peep them and hit the link to download them to your brain/computer.
What Starry Eyes Know (Two Door Cinema Club vs. Ellie Goulding) - Neon Hitch
Enter bass. Enter guitars. Enter old-western sounding whistle straight out of Three-stacks to Yuma. The Train Pt. 2 is just one of 15 reasons to cop Big Boi's current release Sir Lucious Left Foot Saves The Day. Backed by the Atlanta-based trio Organized Noize (see "So Fresh, So Clean, Player's Ball), Big Boi rips the countless posers in the rap-game . The production really does it for me, with an instrumental interlude making up a good portion of the song. And to stay in the Outkast groove, included below is the Chicago-based group Hypnotic Brass Ensembles rework of "SpottieOttieDopalicious" off their Heritage EP.
The Train Pt. 2 - Big Boi ft. Sam Chris (prod. by Organized Noize)