Black Keys frontman/keyboardist/lyricist Dan Auerbach has put together a very cool side project called The Arcs that is a fully collaborative band made up of Auerbach and some notable indie music notables like Richard Swift, Homer Steinweiss, Nick Movshon, Kenny Vaughan, Leon Willis and members of the group Mariachi Flor De Toloache. If that eclectic grouping wasn’t interesting enough it turns out that the inspiration behind most of the songs on The Arcs’ LP are inspired by the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao fight from earlier this year. At least something good has come from that shitty over-priced borefest because I have enjoyed all the songs I have heard from The Arcs so far with the posted song, Stay In My Corner, being my current favorite.
I am not a big bluegrass kinda guy so the odds of me even listening to a song by The Dustbowl Revival, let alone enjoying it, is pretty slim. however I got hooked on their snazzy little ditty, ‘Never Have To Go’ due to repeated watches of the accompanying video that features Hollywood legend Dick Van Dyke being all kinds of awesome.
Today would have been the 43rd birthday of the best pleasantly plump rapper in the history of the musical genre…The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, or Christopher Wallace as his mama named him. So in honor of yet another musical great who was taken too soon I post my absolute 2 favorite Biggie songs ever.
I have a confession to make. Sometimes, when the weather is nice, I like to hop in my car, roll the windows down, put on some really ratchet ass music, turn the volume up way loud and just bop down the road for a spell. It is like a form of meditation for me.
I think my preferred ratchet tune to bop to this summer is going to be producer Jamie xx‘s new song ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’. Mr. xx puts together some inventive sampling (from The Persuasions soulful 1972 ditty ‘Good Times‘ to be exact), a beat that just makes you want to move something/anything, and some seriously crude and profane lyrics from quirky rapper Young Thug and a snazzy hook by dancehall artist Popcaan. It’s gonna be a good time alright.
Metric is back with their first new studio song since the Synthetica album in 2012. Emily Haines is still in fine voice and the song is a totally “Metric sounding” song which is a good thing no matter how you slice it even if it has not completely grabbed me after my initial few listens. I mean, it’s no ‘Grow Up And Go Away’ or ‘Black Sheep’ but it is just really good to have new Metric music after so long of an absence.
It is a bit of a shock to find out that the guy singing this song is just 25 years old. But Leon Bridges is indeed a youngster with an old soul and an obvious appreciation for the classic soul. It is easy to see (from his fashion choices) and hear how much he is influenced by Sam Cooke and other great soul singers of the 60s.
British chanteuse Estelle is the voice of the character of Garnet on the wonderfully subversive animated show STEVEN UNIVERSE and with the latest episode of the show (that had a huge reveal that can be spoiled HERE for those interested) she performed this delightfully airy little love song that is darn good on its own but is even more enjoyable if you know the storyline from the show it references.