Posts Tagged ‘grammy’

February 8, 2018

Our long time loves, Portugal. the Man, deserved every bit of the Grammy they won for their wildly successful hit single Feel It Still, which we immediately named as one of 2017′s best songs when it first surfaced last March. I do, however, feel conflicted over the fact that the Grammy Awards chose not to include any performances by Portugal. the Man, or by The War On Drugs or The National, either, despite their respective Grammy wins. In fact, there was barely any time set aside for rock music and alt music at all! But we’re still incredibly happy about the wins. Let’s celebrate by watching Portugal. the Man’s music video for their latest single off phenomenal 2017 album Woodstock (the Alaska natives’ eighth full length). Keep On is as much a swaggering brawler of a psych funk inflected alt banger as pretty much every other track on Woodstock. Its edgy video offers a more than ample amount of kinky latex, among other things. Catch Portugal. the Man on tour, details can be found, here. WOODSTOCK can be found, here.

January 31, 2018

The modern day Renaissance man Donald Glover, otherwise known as Childish Gambino, cannot be stopped. You’ve been living under a rock if you haven’t heard Redbone from his most recent album. Not to sound hipster but I’ve always preferred Childish Gambino work from Camp and before. It is with much delight that I found out his first ep, simply titled “EP” is getting a re-release for stream. All five tracks on the EP are great pieces of poetry but nothing stands out to me more than Freaks and Geeks. Childish Gambino knew he was destined for greatness as revealed with one of his closing lines in this track “I’m in it to win it cause having an Emmy just wasn’t enough”. By next year I’m sure we’ll be writing about how Donald Glover got his E.G.G.O – an Emmy, Golden Globe, Grammy, and Oscar. I cannot wait to replay “EP” on Spotify tomorrow, to watch Atlanta season 2 in March, movies soon to come, and devour his new music via the new record deal he just signed.

January 26, 2018

The Grammy Awards are this weekend, and we’re more than ready to root for some of our favorite musicians and artists, including K.Flay, the Stanford alumnus and ex-Bay Area resident who’s been a favorite of ours since the inception of this blog. Kristine Flaherty’s sophomore album Every Where Is Some Where really pushes music into new territory, and it’s no surprise that it’s been nominated for a Grammy. Our favorite song off the album is, of course, Blood in the Cut, a snarling and vehement spectacular which has also garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Song. We’re more than ready to celebrate, wins or not, because these nods are well deserved.  And there’s no perfect way to do so than to delight in this new remix of Every Where Is Some Where cut Giver by another favorite of ours, LA alt pop band Sir Sly! 2017 was a stupendous year for both of them, and they now unite on this heady droning, moody prowling alt electro remix, out now via Interscope.

Purity Ring’s New S0ulja Boy Cover!

February 11, 2013

What a MONDAY this is turning out to be! Thank you, music machine! Canadian indie electronic duo Purity Ring dropped something new too! The future pop act covered S0ulja Boy’s Grammy (pun intended for last night’s festivities?), and anything Purity Ring creates or touches puts a great big smile on my face. The excellent cover is more straightfoward and light for Purity Ring, missing some of the heavier bass and witchy glitchiness of their original work, but it’s still more than welcome in my books! They’re going on tour again this Spring, and tickets are quickly selling out. I’ve seen them live in a small venue, but may have to hit them up yet again this time around. 


December 2, 2011


So I happened to catch the commercial for this on television while watching the not-at-all impressive “Grammy nominations” show last evening. I also played a little game of “who can pronounce Bon Iver right?”. Nicki Minaj failed miserably. Taraji P Henson was the winner with perfect French intonation. Bruno Mars won best effort for pronouncing almost correct, but not drawing the eeee in Iver out enough. Anyway, back to the commercial, I saw it and looked up what the dealio was immediately. Check this video out for RE:GENERATION:

And here’s information I found on the project via this website:

RE:GENERATION is a feature length documentary that explores the history of music through the eyes of five modern DJ/Producers. The extremely talented DJs embark on a musical odyssey to create a cutting edge electronic track inspired by one of five traditional musical genres: Jazz, R&B, Country, Classical and Rock.

In addition to Skrillex working with The Doors, the project, which is actually co-produced by the Grammys, brought in DJ Premier to produce a classical track with Nas and the Berklee School of Music Orchestra; Pretty Lights, who produced a country song with Leann Rimes and Ralph Stanley; the Crystal Method, who traveled to Detroit to record an R&B track with Martha Reeves; and Mark Ronson, who collaborated with Erykah Badu, members of the Dap Kings and Trombone Shorty for a jazz tune in New Orleans.

The documentary will premiere in early 2012 and will most likely be a big part of the Grammys next year.

Interesting, eh? Can’t wait to hear how some of these collaborations will sound, since they’re really mixing things up. Here’s the official RE:GENERATION website:


Follow DJ Premier, Mark Ronson, Skrillex, Pretty Lights and The Crystal Method as they remix, recreate and re-imagine five traditional styles of music. From the classical perfection of the Berklee Symphony Orchestra to the bayou jams of New Orleans jazz, our five distinctive DJs collaborate with some of today’s biggest musicians to discover how our musical past is influencing the future.


September 13, 2011


Not the band… I’m referring to my revisit of Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs. Finally popped the deluxe edition into my cd changer the other day after it’s been out a few weeks. Boy, did it deserve the album of the year Grammy win for 2010. Love Arcade Fire. The 2 new songs on it are great too, particularly Speaking in Tongues. I nearly forgot how long the album was (with 14-15 tracks or so not including the new songs). The album captures so much… the lyrics are ingenious… it is indeed an album journey painting a picture of a whole generation and bottling the emotions and feelings of so much of what’s gone on in the world succinctly and perfectly. As much as I love Funerals ever the slight more than The Suburbs, I think as a whole package, The Suburbs was more well done than Funerals. Picking apart in terms of individual songs, of course Funerals still had the somewhat better songs. And boo on those who are still confused who Arcade Fire is or think that the band name is The Suburbs. I sure had my dose of fun catching them close Outside Lands 2011, and look forward to seeing them again someday. They sure can get me going live. Win and Regine… sigh. We are lucky they met and became such an amazingly talented musical couple together. If you haven’t revisited for awhile, here is the track Suburban War for ya, with the nostalgia inducing heart slamming lyrics below. 

Suburban War:

Let’s go for a drive
And see the town tonight
There’s nothing to do
But I don’t mind when I’m with you

This town’s so strange
They built it to change
And while we’re sleeping
All the streets get rearranged

And my old friends
We were so different then
Before your war against the suburbs began
Before it began

And now the music divides us into tribes
You grew your hair, so I grew mine
You said the past won’t rest
Until we jump the fence and leave it behind

And my old friends
I can remember when
You cut your hair
We never saw you again

Now the cities we live in
Could be distant stars
And I search for you
In every passing car

The nights are warm
Yeah, the nights are warm
I’ve been living in the shadows of your song
Living in the shadows of your song

In the suburbs I, I learned to drive
People told me we would never survive
So grab your mother’s keys, we leave tonight

You started a war
That you can’t win
They keep erasing all the streets
We grew up in

Now the music divides us into tribes
You choose your side, I’ll choose my side

All my old friends
They don’t know me now
All my old friends
Are staring through me now

All my old friends
They don’t know me now
All my old friends
They don’t know me now

They don’t know me now

All my old friends