March 2010

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MGMT | Flash Delirium

The band couldn’t have come up with a better video for their theatrically dazed new single Flash Delirum and you can watch it now on their website or below.  So much is going on here and it makes me even more intrigued and excited about MGMT.  It all starts with what seems like a welcome-back party full of characters, with a singing trio of ventriloquist’s dummies, as the old lady bursts out playing the flute (my favorite part of the song!), triggering an eel to come out of Ben Goldwasser’s throat to then feed some kind of mutant machine… this video is CRAZY!

Gogol Bordello | Trans-Continental Hustle

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The Gogol Bordello guys really come rougher on Trans-Continental Hustle and take us on their best gypsy-punk trip yet.  Blessed with super-producer Rick Rubin’s touch, the record is more mature, conceptually crafted and surely worth a listen.. or two.  The album comes out on April 27, but you can download the opening track  Pala Tute on the band’s site now.

Full track-listing (with top picks):

1.      Pala Tute
2.   My Companjera
3.      Sun on My Side
4.      Rebellious Love
5.    Immigraniada (We Comin’ Rougher)
6.      When Universes Collide
7.      Uma Menina Uma Cigana
8.      Raise The Knowledge
9.      Last One Goes The Hope
10.    To Rise Above
11.    In The Meantime In Pernambuco
12.    Break The Spell
13.    Trans-Continental Hustle

Who You Calling A Sissy? Sissy Bounce

What is Sissy Bounce?  Peep the video above for Sissy Nobby’s Word of the Day – SPIN (to rotate constantly in a single direction) for a taste.    A sub-genre of the still underground New Orleans Bounce scene most notable for Juvenile’s Back That Azz Up, Sissy Bounce is similar to Crunk, Miami Bass and Bmore (Baltimore club music).  According to artists such as Big Freedia describes the mix as some of the most hypersexual, bump and grind you can imagine, remove everything but the sexed up chorus, speed it up, and then remove the sexual identity of the artist performing it. Sissy Bounce artists are purposely androgynous, sometimes referred to as queer, sometimes transgendered, a very direct intent is to fuck with people’s heads about sexuality.

For more check out Sissy Bounce A Taste of the Real Underground by Sean Bonner.  The link also features a great interview with Alix Chapman by Scott Beibin for the definitive Sissy Bounce 411 and check the Vanity Fair New Orleans Sissy Bounce: Rap Goes Drag article here.

She & Him

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Zooey Deschanel & M. Ward had me hooked with why do you let me stay here? Now, on Volume 2, She & Him continue to mature and enlighten us with a record full of playful story-tales over heart-felt sing-along pop melodies.  I’m never a fan of actress-turn-singer or vice-versa type-of-thing, but Zooey delivers on both ends.   Her work is simple, yet unique and full of grace.  Top picks:

THIEVES

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DON’T LOOK BACK

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GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW

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Dennis Hopper – The Artist

When I saw Dennis Hopper on the news this week it deeply saddened me and reminded me of how big a fan I am of his craft.  The clip above shows Dennis from his early days.  Currently, in a battle for his life against cancer I prefer to share more of a living tribute and send our well wishes to Dennis and his family.  I can only hope that the rumors are true and the MoCa museum will be featuring an exhibit dedicated to the photographer’s ’60’s period pieces.  Dennis Hopper starred in such film classics as Rebel Without A Cause, Easy Rider (which he co-wrote and won Best Original Screenplay at Cannes), Blue Velvet and Apocalypse Now.  Hopefully, more people will also be able to share and experience Dennis Hopper the photographer, painter and sculpture.

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

My buddy Topher first turned me on to Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears and ever since I can’t stop that craving for their down and dirty soulful rhythm &  blues.  For a minute, I even had to DJ their stuff off of YouTube but it’s a sure thing to set the party in the right mood.

According to their bio, Anatomy texts might not show it, but the greatest soul and blues music leaves no doubt that the hip bone is directly connected to the heart –– a fact that’s driven home in every note laid down by Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears. As they prove on their Lost Highway debut, Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is, the Austin–based combo has the kind of gritty attitude and deliciously greasy groove–consciousness that’d pass muster in the toughest juke joint.

To paraphrase Ike and Tina Turner, Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is gives Lewis the chance to play nice and easy as well as nice and rough. He and his bandmates take the latter route more often –– as on the fiery, brass–laced opener “Gunpowder” and the unabashedly horndog anthem “Big Booty Woman.” But there’s far more than one trick up their collective sleeve, as borne out by the dark New Orleans march “Master Sold My Baby.”

As the above video shows, they can jam live.  Be sure to check them out in a city near you!  For tour dates, music and more check out Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears official Site here.

Janelle Monáe & Bruno Mars @ The Viper Room

The (tiny) Viper Room was overwhelmingly packed on Tuesday night (3/23) for Bruno Mars and Janelle Monáe.  Mars, the singer behind B.o.B.’s chart topper Nothing On You, was instantly captivating with a charismatic stage presence and a pretty eclectic line up of songs.

Janelle Monáe was, as usual, amazing! The cyber girl delivered a non-stop & energy-fueled performance, full of schizofrenic choreography and a great showcase of her soulful singing and vocal range.  I’ve been waiting for this girl to shine for over 2 years and it seems that her time is finally here.

Keep an eye out for her record The Archandroid coming out on May 18th. Bruno is currently finishing his album, but aside from Nothing on You (which you can non longer avoid) you can also hear him on Travis McCoy’s new single Billionaire.

The Black Keys – Tighten Up

The Black Keys have done it once again! Their new single, Tighten Up, was produced by Danger Mouse (the only song on the record done by him) and is one full of groove & soul, check it out below.  Looking forward to Brothers, the band’s 3rd album, out on May 18th.

TIGHTEN UP

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US Census 2010

Civic duty of the day accomplished, we just completed filling out our 2010 US Census.  We Can’t Move Forward Until You Mail It Back. Honestly, I don’t understand why everyone is so paranoid about what information about us the Census collects.  Sure you might have your reasons for being skeptical or not trusting Big Brother or  Uncle Sam but consider for a second that you have to provide more personal data just to get a cell phone contract.

C.N. Le, Professor at University of Massachusetts, Amherst states, “…an accurate count of the U.S. population forms the basis for many important but often overlooked political, economic, and social decisions that are made that end up affecting our daily lives.”

The US Census web site comments, That’s why it’s so important that you fill in the form and promptly mail it back. Census information affects the numbers of seats your state occupies in the U.S. House of Representatives. And people from many walks of life use census data to advocate for causes, rescue disaster victims, prevent diseases, research markets, locate pools of skilled workers and more.

When you do the math, it’s easy to see what an accurate count of residents can do for your community. Better infrastructure. More services. A brighter tomorrow for everyone. In fact, the information the census collects helps to determine how more than $400 billion dollars of federal funding each year is spent on infrastructure and services like:

  • Hospitals
  • Job training centers
  • Schools
  • Senior centers
  • Bridges, tunnels and other-public works projects
  • Emergency services

For more information check out the US Census 2010 web site.

Sailing + Anarchy – PUMA Moth Worlds in Dubai

PUMA Ocean Racing takes it to a whole different level of bad ass with their PUMA Moth World Anarchy in Dubai.  I grew up racing 420’s and always cherished the feeling of being in the harness outstretched hiking out over the ocean barely skimming along the surface but PUMA’s new Moth racing class is just crazy.  Imagine a Lotus Elise hydroplaning over the water…I’ve got to check out what ‘Foiling’ is all about.

Edward Prince Jr. COO Digital Strategy – Nat Geo Ventures

National Geographic COO Digital Strategy, Edward Prince Jr. is interviewed by Rafat Ali from PaidContent.org during the Abu Dhabi Media Summit last week.  Check out the video interview here.

I’m a huge fan of Nat Geo the brand, the magazine, the cable channel, the photography and pretty much everything they have done since I can remember digging through my father’s extensive collection that dated back to the late 60’s when I was a kid.  There is something special about the experience you feel turning from page to page and the remarkable job they have done to curate, archive and share some of the most compelling cultural works of art+science known to mankind.

National Geographic, I anticipate, will also be one of the thought leaders spearheading the way in which content & media companies migrate from old traditional media to new emerging digital mediums and business models.

Edward speaks about the company’s digital strategy and discusses how Nat Geo utilizes its two key pillars; their cable channel and magazine to draw a % of revenue and re-invest into the digital space (Web, Content Syndication, Gaming, Mobile and ePublishing).  While many media companies rely mainly on an advertising revenue model, Nat Geo is developing apps and going into gaming.  Their website is ad supported but they are banking heavily on the fact that consumers will pay for mobility and see mobility as a great value.  I don’t know about you but I’m willing to compare how that full page print photo compares to the on screen version on the iPad.

Banana Branding – Be Your Own Banana

Design your own Banana at Eat A Chiquita.com. Kudos to the marketing mastermind at Chiquita Banana who was cool enough to recognize what their consumers were doing with the stickers on the fruit after they had finished eating the banana.  I’m sure we have all been guilty of this at some point, I’m partial to slapping the stickers on Drive-Thru intercoms and Taxi Cabs.  Created by Art Director DJ Neff, many of the graphic faces take their design cues from Japanese anime or skateboard culture each with their own fun personality.  Check it out and even design your own stickers.  I’m curious to see what other designs people create.

MGMT – Congratulations

The MGMT album has leaked and the band decided to stream it on their site before the release date on April 13.  Enjoy it here!

I really didn’t like it at first, but decided to take it for another spin.  I’ll give it to these guys, they are doing their thing regardless of it being accepted (understood?) or not.  Most of the songs lost me halfway through it, but I Found A Whistle has grown on me with its Smashing Pumpkins infused vocals building to a Polyphonic Spree-type ending, as well as the title track Congratulations and single Flash Delirium, which had me from the start (I love that flute!!).   I guess these guys are even more all over the place on this album, but somehow it is coming together as I experience it more.

Listen to Flash Delirium:

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World Cup 2010

Chillin!!!  I just can’t wait for the World Cup! Great video in anticipation:

Yeasayer – O.N.E.

Addictive!

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