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.
I don’t dislike Nickelback; I also don’t like them all that much either. For me, Nickelback was just a generic rock band that put out generic rock music that fit perfectly as background noise of teen dramas, car commercials and rom-coms and as a result garnered very little thought from me one way fr the other. So the band’s new song, “She Keeps Me Up”, is a surprise to me because it is the first Nickelback song I can honestly say I enjoy. It is a funk/pop/rock hybrid that sounds more like a song Maroon 5 or Fall Out Boy would make that actually gives the band a sense of personality for the first time in their existence. It also tickles me to no end that this new sound is making Nickelback’s diehard fans and haters both go apoplectic in their overblown reactions.
You ever just hear a song that seems to emit nothing but good vibes? That is what I get every time I listen to Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear’s ‘Silent Movies’. It just brings a smile to my face. And the fact that this duo is made up of a guy from Kansas City and his mother, who both started individual musical careers before coming together to make beautiful noise, just makes it all the more heartwarming.
I was saddened to hear that Lesley Gore, the singer/songwriter with a slew of hits in the 1960s like ‘It’s My Party’, ‘Judy’s Turn To Cry’ and ‘You Don’t Own Me’, had passed away today. According to news reports Gore died of cancer and she was 68. I have a special place in my heart for Gore’s music because it was something that I was introduced to by my grandmother when I would spend time with her as a kid. She was a huge fan of Gore and any time I hear her music I automatically have fond memories of my grandmother. So in honor of her passing I figured I’d post my grandmother’s favorite Gore song.
I have made no secret about my love for a well-crafted pop song and you would be hard-pressed to find a better craftsman of pop confections than “The Godfather of Disco” Giorgio Moroder. The 74 year old legend is back on the scene with a new record, Deja Vu, due out in 2015 and the debut song is an airily soulful dance track featuring Kylie Minogue in top vocal form. The song immediatley stirs memories of the knockout collaboration that Moroder had with his muse Donna Summer back in the 1970s disco heyday.
Whoa…someone seems to have gotten Kendrick Lamar a bit pissed off. I would hazard a guess it has to do with the unwarranted backlash he got over comments he made during a Billboard interview regarding the whole Ferguson situation last year but whatever prompted him to go into the studio to make ‘The Blacker The Berry’ deserves some props. This emotional and gritty track sounds like something that was accidentally left off of the Wu-Tang Clan’s seminal ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’ album.
The FIFTY SHADES OF GREY movie may end up being as big of an over-hyped mess as the book but I have to admit to being impressed by what I have heard of the film’s soundtrack. All the songs I have heard so far have been stellar: The Weeknd’s ‘Earned It’, Annie Lonnox’s wonderful cover of ‘I Put A Spell On You’ and this little gem by underrated UK songstress Jessie Ware. Ware deviates from her usual sound to give us a more polished sultry-bluesy mix that suits her vocal style surprisingly well.