Jan 27, 2014

Grammy's - Year of the Heist

It's kind of hard to compete with anything musically this weekend because the Grammy's seem to have taken over- especially here in LA.   I've been hearing about it non-stop pretty much since Thursday.   Last night the award show took place (although it still confounds me that the East coast gets a live feed and the West coast gets a taped delay hours later!).   I didn't watch the show, to begin with I don't have a TV and as I posted on facebook, I am disenchanted with the show.



After I posted that, something interesting happened... I noticed a lot of people on facebook sharing a similar sentiment.   I started getting texts from friends opening dialogue on the subject.   Primarily it circled back to the perceived biggest upset of Macklemore winning over Kendrick Lamar.   So Instead of posting a new artist or band who will get lost in the shuffle of the Grammy's, I am going to write about how I feel and would love for everyone to weigh in since it is obviously a topic that gets people talking.

I loved The Heist.   I am proud of the Mack for making it WITHOUT A LABEL to support him.   I didn't know anything about him before I heard "Thrift Shop" and I still get jiggy with it when the song plays.   I know he has other songs but we are not reviewing the album here, we are actually about to discuss the pressure social media places on artists...
So Macklemore wins his Grammy and the internet collectively gasps because OMG he stole it from Kendrick!   Poor guy- Kendrick is epic talented too but if you measure household name against household name, and who was where when this year began, Macklemore takes it.   The part I disagree with is when hours after the show, he posts a picture on Instagram APOLOGIZING to Kendrick and telling him he deserved it.

Um.

Ok love, I know you are new here but it works like this- if you want to apologize and be the good guy (which I believe you are by the way) that's all well and good- but by posting it on social media you just gave value to the outrage.   And you negated the value of your own award and of the Grammy's as whole by proving that public perception and pressure forced you to feel the need to make sure to acknowledge the upset publicly.   You could have had the conversation with Kendrick in private.   

There was another glaringly obvious middle finger up moment- when Jay Z accepted his award, after shaking his wife's ass on national TV as the show opener, he quips that he is going to give his baby girl another sippy cup.   Dude- you just referred to a Grammy as a baby's drinking cup.   If the award doesn't mean anything to you, why be the show opener with your bootylicious Bey?   Because my darlings, it is all a horse and pony show.   At the end of the day the music industry values flash, bang and social media rankings above value.   Which is why they cut off Queen of the Stone Age at the end of the way too long broadcast.  

Like I said, I used to live for the Grammy's, it was the most exciting awards show to me.   But now I feel like it is an empty waste of time and I dislike feeling disenchanted, it makes me realize I've grown up and that's not something I like to admit very often.   So musicians and artists out there I throw down this challenge at you.   Make music.   Create moving, memorable, heartfelt music that will stand the test of time and affect people in their hearts.   Do it because that is what is lacking right now and it's time we get back to it.   Let's see who steps up to the bar.
Until next week.... xoxo

Jan 20, 2014

Oh Dear Vegas! live at Loaded

I have warned you all consistently- pay attention to Oh Dear Vegas! because pretty soon you will be hearing them everywhere.   Last night these delightful boys from Paris performed a live show at Loaded in Hollywood and I got to rediscover all over again why I have fallen so hard for them.   They have so much energy and drama in their music, they are French (come on, accents will slay me every time) and they just personify what I imagine a rock band in 2014 to be.   What does this all mean for you?   Well- I am going to post a few videos from the show and you can listen to them for yourself.   Last time I ran out of phone memory in the middle of my favorite song of theirs although I was able to get the chorus posted on my last post (Oh Dear Vegas! live at Viper Room October 2013) this time THE SAME THING HAPPENED!   It is such a great song - a cover the the Lana Del Rey song "Blue Jeans" and I think it should be their single unless they release "Strange World" first to break in new fans.   I can totally see their music getting used in commercials for cars - imagine a Lexus zooming down the street with a stunning woman driving and the haunting "I will love you till the end of time..." in the background (thank you, thank you, I accept cash and checks you can send me my royalties later) ANYWAY here:

Now I need to tell you how dedicated these guys are... in the first few minutes of their first song Davy (Guitar and vocals in the plaid shirt) sliced open his finger.   He did not miss a beat and played the ENTIRE show. We have a picture of his guitar proving it (I'm just going to link it, not post)





So now you've watched a few of their songs and gotten a sense of what they sound like, do yourselves a giant favor: Mark this on your calendar TUESDAY, JANUARY 28th because these guys will be playing a show at THE SAYERS CLUB 

I could not be more proud of them or excited!!! Hope to see you all there!!!!

http://ohdearvegas.com/odv/
https://www.facebook.com/ohdearvegas
https://soundcloud.com/ohdearvegas-1
https://twitter.com/OhDearVegas

Jan 13, 2014

SmithAgentSmith - 2013: What Happened? I Blacked Out

I was minding my own business this week, busy at work and not really focusing on music and I get a notification that someone has commented on an old post...so I go look what's up.
The master of the mixes himself, SmithAgentSmith commented on a post I wrote over a year ago about one of his creations!   Woah.   SmithAgentSmith - Now That's What I Call Open Format
Um.   That's amazeballs.

To answer your question, yes.   I have had a chance to listen to your new stuff and I consistently look forward to everything you put out!   I am vibing to 2013: What Happened? as I type...I am honored that you commented on my post and because you have consistently kept my ears entertained for a very long time now I have decided to do a follow up so hopefully a few more savvy music lovers can get in on this too...

I highly suggest and advise my readers to listen and discover why I adore this guy for themselves.   Funny random story, I was walking into a club two years ago and this dude with a flat top wanders out the door as I am walking in and he jumps from the top three steps down to the sidewalk and does a little shimmy shake type dance.   We made eye contact, he grinned, and wandered off into the night.   I never had a chance to tell him, so I will make up for that now- I had discovered his music a week prior and have been a huge fan ever since.

I told you all last time and I repeat myself now, don't sleep on this one.   Check him out:
http://itsagentsmith.com/
https://soundcloud.com/itsagentsmith
https://www.facebook.com/itsagentsmith
https://www.twitter.com/itsagentsmith

Jan 6, 2014

Kid Ink - My Own Lane

I was driving to a party in 2011, right when I had first moved back to LA for good.   While waiting at the light at La Cienega and Santa Monica Blvd, two guys in the car next to me started talking to me and we had a very random conversation, then when the light turned I took off and figured that was the end of it.   As fate would have it, later that same evening I looked up and there were the same two guys having an absolute blast in the middle of the club!   I didn't go up to them, but I did end up at an after party in the hills- which if you know me is very rare- I have long maintained that after parties are way over hyped and much less fun for anyone who isn't completely drunk- and who do I bump into?   The same two guys.   That's not even the cool part of the story- I have stayed friends with both of them and have watched them both become successful, productive young men in their respective fields.

Here is where the story really begins- one of the guys introduced me to this kid, Kid Ink, shortly after we met.   I met his bodyguard, Bigg Chuck, his friends and a super talented DJ named DJ Tech.   I listen to their music all of the time and have watched as this talented artist is gaining momentum and followers, touring the world and achieving success.

Check out his song Show Me featuring Chris Brown


Kid Ink finally drops his much anticipated album "My Own Lane".
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/my-own-lane/id774075180

At 8pm tonight on Power 106 in LA, he will be live on the Liftoff with two of my favorites- JCruz and Justin Credible.   I am guessing they will preview some of his stuff so listen if you can, either on the radio or online. http://player.liquidcompass.net/KPWRFM

Go listen to his stuff- he's blowing up and by this time next year he will be one of those artists everyone knows and loves.
On iTunes his bio:
MC and producer Kid Ink — born Brian Todd Collins in Los Angeles, California, and formerly known as Rockstar — rose steadily by releasing a series of four mixtapes during 2010 and 2011. XXL magazine was impressed enough to list Kid Ink beside the likes of Danny Brown and Macklemore in its Freshman Class feature for 2012. That June, Kid Ink released Up & Away, his first proper studio album, via Tha Alumni. Although it featured beats from several producers — including Ned Cameron, Cardiak, Jahlil Beats, and the Amazinz — there were no guest verses, and therefore no disruptions in Kid Ink's nonchalant flow. It peaked at number 20 on the Billboard 200 chart and reached number three on the publication's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. After another mixtape, he signed to major label RCA and prepared his second album.

http://kidinkmusic.com/home.html
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialKidInk
https://twitter.com/kid_ink