Saturday, February 1, 2014

Yasiin Gaye

Advancing the direction of his Otis Redding x Big Boi, re-work "Shutterbugg", Gazaway's new *Soul Mates* series continues the theme of his previous work in creating collaborations that never were. On the series’ first installment, the producer unites Brooklyn rapper Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def) and soul legend Marvin Gaye for a dream collaboration aptly titled “Yasiin Gaye.” Building the album's foundation from deconstructed samples of Gaye’s Motown classics, Gazaway re-orchestrates the instrumentation into new productions within a similar framework. Carefully weaving Bey’s dense raps and Gaye’s soulful vocals over his new arrangements, the producer delivers a quality far closer to Gaye's famous duets than that of a "mashup" album.

  I can't seem to embed the bandcamp player here so the YouTube snippet will have to suffice. 

You can find the full track with free download here. (It will cost you your email address)

Sunday, December 29, 2013


Afterglow by Wilkinson.
What a great video. I get lost in it and almost forget to listen to the track. :)

Saturday, December 14, 2013


Revisiting Lucius from my eMusic "save for later" list.
I first heard them on Radiolab where Jad featured their song "How Loud Your Heart Gets" which hadn't been released yet.

Fast forward a few months and it turns out they are the opening band as I get to the Grace Potter & The Nocturnals show here in Chicago at The Vic. I love the harmonies and the unexpected power of their band on some songs. 


Sunday, November 17, 2013


This is the stuff that they play in Starbucks or Cost Plus, so's the stuff that critics pan as mindless muzak to lull you into continuing to be a "consumer"....but the groove is there, just a little bit behind the beat and shit...I liked it enough to track it down. 

I'll check through the rest of her records later...this is from 2006.


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Mrs Isbell

I thought I had shared something about Jason Isbell, but I guess that was on Facebook.

His story was/is compelling enough that my mom heard it on NPR and wondered if I knew about him. I'm glad she shared. I bought a few things from Southeastern, but in reading the story, I skimmed over the parts about his new wife, Amanda Shires.

Thankfully, eMusic recommended her new record today and I've spent an hour or two making the connections back to Isbell, watching videos and listening to tracks from Down Fell The Doves. 

This is also one of those rare times that I was paying attention and found out a show BEFORE it happened here in Chicago, so I bought tickets to her show at first one there.

It's shallow, but I'll still say it: I don't know how intrigued I would have been if she wasn't so sexy.
This is weird for an album preview-trailer, but is super hot nonetheless.


Kenny? really?

I can't believe I'm posting this.

Let's chalk it up to the presence of the lovely miss Grace Potter in the video (2 weeks until the show!) and the song since that was how I discovered it in the first place. I am not a fan of Kenny Chesney and his weird looking head and hat combinations. Yes. That is a shallow reason to not like a singer...I know, but whatever.

regardless...this is a great song.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

early Rhye work

I had this saved in my inbox for a while and just got around to reading and listening to it.
After purchasing a few Rhye songs (see this post regarding that) eMusic sent me a review on an earlier record (2009) that he was part of called Quadron.

I'm not feeling a lot of the nostalgic 90's tone of this, but a few tracks did stand out. The guy that posted these on YouTube has all the tracks up if you are curious about the rest (including a Kendrick Lamar collab)