21 December 2011

The Airplane Boys in New York City

Looks like they made their rounds in October. CMJ, labels, magazines, Karmaloop, etc... They're doing all the right things to get their foot in the door.

Real Estate - It's Real

One of my favorite songs of the year. If I were to take an atumn crosscountry road trip, this song would be a great late afternoon choice while cruising the scenic roads of the midwest.

Dada Life - Kick Out The Epic Motherf**ker (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

So many cameos, including Skrillex and Tiesto. Unreal video. Long live haus muzik!

Washed Out - Amor Fati

solid tune. indie buzzbands ftw!

20 December 2011

Common - Sweet

Whoa. Shots fired! Drake, you hearing this?

Short Film: CÎROC Luck Be a Lady

This is a great short. Kind of like a modern day Rat Pack, complete with models, television mobsters, and, of course, Ciroc.

P.S. Chad Michael Murray? Seems kind of random. Hilarious, still.

09 December 2011

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Fall Tour: The South (Episode 2)

The Macklemore & Ryan Lewis tour hit Boston last night and it was unbelievable. Looking forward to that episode in the next couple weeks. Until then, check out the southwest leg! #sharkfacegang

29 November 2011

Wale - Barry Sanders

Probably Wale's best video yet.

Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend

I hope people appreciate the beauty of this song.

The Dean's List - The Dream

The end is amazing. Directed by Elan Alexanberg. Salute.

Avicii - Levels (Official Video)

Here it is. The official "Levels" music video via VEVO. Not anywhere as epic as I imagined it would be, but it's still the jam of the year.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: West Coast Fall Tour Episode 1

Sold out shows, one right after the other. Good to see Macklemore get some much deserved shine.

Hoodie Allen: Tour Life Episode 1

My friend Hoodie Allen just wrapped a summer/fall tour. Couple crazy shows to kick things off, typical Hoodie.

31 October 2011

25 October 2011

The Airplane Boys - Gold Ribbons (Official Music Video)

These guys are from Toronto. They have potential. Keep them on your radar.

5:46 am

Halloween is right around the corner. Thought I'd throw some abstract/bizarre video out there. Take it for what it's worth I suppose.

M83 - Midnight City

M83's new album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming is pretty damn good. Pitchfork, who is universally known for their holier-than-thou reviews, actually gave the French indie pop band a 9.1 for their latest effort. Not bad, not bad at all.

Outsight - Figure 8

I met Outasight for the first time last night at House of Blues and we chopped it up for a while. Looks like Pepsi is going to push him, much like Mountain Dew is pushing The Cool Kids with Green Label Sound. Exposure like that, especially for an emerging artist, is priceless and can build a fan base much more quickly than organic, city-to-city touring can build. Wish nothing but the best for OU and his team.

21 October 2011

Nadia Ali, Starkillers & Alex Kenji - Pressure (Alesso Edit)

One of the biggest records of the year. Too bad the video sucks.

Sidebar: Alesso and Avicii are the remixers of the year IMO.

14 October 2011

13 October 2011

Allen Stone - Unaware

Blown away. He tears it down at 4:00.

Honestly, I don't know why he isn't being pushed by a major label. What are execs thinking???????

11 October 2011

05 October 2011

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - The Death of You and Me

Really looking forward to this album. Classic Americana. Drops 11/8.

Robin Thicke Featuring Pharrell - Wanna Love You Girl

Few songs have grown on me like this did. I remember my good friend James from Roxbury Latin sent me the .mp3 on AIM and was like "WTF this is Robin Thicke. You remember Allen Thicke from Growing Pains? This is his son and he's signed to Star Trak and has a song with Pharrell. This shit is whack!!" I listened and agreed. I initally thought that the vocals were weak, which I still think they are on this song, and the production was lacking. But looking back, I think it's a brilliantly crafted song nonetheless. This was one of the songs that told me to never question Pharrell's musical genius.

03 October 2011

Drake - Headlines

New visuals from 'Heartbreak' Drake. Private penthouse elevator life. Nike batting gloves. Bill Cosby sweaters. Drop top baseball stadiums. Pretty epic if you ask me. #TakeCare #OVOXO

29 September 2011

MOVE (Commissioned by STA Travel)

3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage...

26 September 2011

Sub City, Paris

"Three years ago in Paris I got out of a "metro" train at La Concorde, and saw suddenly a beautiful face... I could not find any words that seemed to me worthy, or as lovely as that sudden emotion." - Ezra Pound

Na Palm - Two Days Straight [Official Music Video]

Whoa. This sets the gold standard when it comes to independently funded music videos. This is proof that independent artists can get it poppin with NO MAJOR LABEL SUPPORT!!

Although I'm not a huge fan of everything Na Palm puts out, I will admit that this song gets out of control just before the dubstep breakdown at 1:47. Like, if this doesn't make you want to teleport to a sweaty, raunchy club in Ibiza where there's an overabundance of ravecore drugs and tequila, I don't know what will.

23 September 2011

Wiz Khlaifa - Taylor Gang [Official Music Video]

This is one of a handful of Lex Luger beats I can listen to without wanting to hang myself. Actually one of my favorite Wiz songs, in fact. Go figure.

Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch - Good Vibrations

If this doesn't make you want to party then you have no soul. Come on, come on! Feel it, feel it!

It's Friday people. Go out and have a good time tonight.

22 September 2011

How Does Venice Work?

Vacationed in Venice, Italy a few years ago and I thought it was one of the most wonderful cities I had ever seen in my life. A city built on the water? I had read about it in books and heard about it from those who had previously been, but I couldn't believe the unique layout and beautiful architecture when I saw it for myself. Here's an inside look on how the historical city is maintained.

Short Film: One Step Forward

Stumbled upon this gem. It's an award winning 48 hour film project directed by Ben Crowell and Joel Marsh. Well done. Cheers.

19 September 2011

Calvin Harris Featuring Kelis - Bounce

Can Calvin Harris bring Kelis back from the darkest shadows of irrelevance and obscurity? Will revamping her style bring her career back to life? Does she chuckle everytime she deposits her monthly allomony check from Nas into her bank account? I need the answers to all of these questions!

Avicii - Fade Into Darkness[Official Music Video]

This song was huge this summer.

16 September 2011

C'est à Moi Que Tu Parles?

Great scene from La Haine (dir. by Mathieu Kassovitz). Fell in love with this movie when I watched it for te first time in high school. I strongly recommend it if you can get your hands on a copy with English subtitiles.

15 September 2011

The Dean's List Featuring OnCue - All Systems Go [Official Music Video]

Directed by Elan Alexanberg. Dope.

Daft Punk - One More Time

I remember watching this video when I was in 7th grade and just being so mesmorized. I couldn't grasp the idea of an animated music video. The concept was so new to me for some reason. That was the first time I had truly experienced that particular genre of music, because before Daft the only music I was aware of was Biggie, Puff, Pac, RHCP, Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, N'Sync, Britney Spears, Will Smith, Usher, Ricky Martin, and well, you get the drill. Music videos back then were huge label-funded productions that featured the artist prominantly, not some weird, futuristic version of the smurfs on ectasy and shrooms. And the goal was to get these big-budget videos on TRL until they were retired from the countdown. You can't get promo like that nowadays. YouTube was a game changer.

But Daft Punk was different. They didn't have a huge radio buzz or noteworthy mass appeal, probably because the majority of people didn't know what to do with it (e.g. it only reached #61 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts). So, while "One More Time" was a cult classic (#5 on Pitchfork Media's top 500 songs of the 2000s), sadly it was years ahead of its time and consequently was lost in the shuffle of cheesy chart toppers and pop culture gimmicks.

Nevertheless, Daft Punk managed to build an illustirous following despite occupying a subgenre of a niche genre. Their legend lives on and continues to grow despite the constantly evolving landscape of the faltering music industry. Their music is univeral party music. And for that, I owe them a post on my blog.

Star Trak Presents: The Eighth Planet, The Neptunes Documentary (circa 2003)

In Search Of... and Fly or Die were two albums that influenced me during my junior high and underclass years of high school. I saw a little bit of myself in The Neptunes, Pharrell especially, because they were different than what everybody else was doing at the time. They were the nerds who could have been at the cool table, but didn't because they'd jut be selling themselves short. You don't see many artists achieve the level of success and longevity that Pharrell and Chad Hugo have acrued anymore. Sad, but true.

PS Back then, would you believe that a young Pusha T would eventually be rapping on stage in a salmon, European-cut blazer next to a suspiciously braggdocious and flamboyant Kanye West at the MTV VMAs 7 or 8 years after the filming of this documentray?

14 September 2011

Sid Sriram Covers The Weeknd's "High For This"

Must watch video from my good friend Sid Sriram. This is crazy. Live instruments >>

ASAP Rocky - Peso [Official Music Video]

"Raf Simons, Rick Owens usually what I'm dressed in." Fuck swag.

Warm Brew - Doin' It Right [Official Music Video]

Had to post this before summer officially ends. I don't know much about Warm Brew, but I think this is a cool independent video. Really brings the song to life. Enjoy the nice weather while it lasts!

Mac Miller Live in Paris, France

If Sam Adams, MGK,or whichever white rapper du jour thinks they have a buzz (Twitter followers, Facebook fans, iTunes downloads, regional ticket sales, blog support, etc), they should take a look at this and realize that they have a long way to go. This is Paris, France(not his hometown of Pittsburgh), and Mac is rocking a room that is packed to the rafters. Think about it for a moment. European kids, who don't speak a lick of English, singing every lyric to every song. Incredible.

13 September 2011

Kid Cudi - Mr. Rager [Official Music Video]

Mr. Raaaagerr

Mac Miller - Frick Park Market

First visuals off of Mac's debut album, Blue Slide Park. Rex Arrow is at the top of the food chain when it comes to indepently budgeted videos.

Macklemore - Otherside Remix (Featuring Fences)

When music becomes visual art.

The Dean's List - Burn It All [Official Music Video]

I'm in there somewhere with another cameo appearance. Check it out. Look out for The Dean's List & OnCue (with speacial guest Gilbere Forte) on the Pledge to Rage Tour in a city near you! Shouts to GMAD and NUE Agency for hooking it up.

OnCue - Feel Tall [Official Music Video]

My good friend OnCue dropped perhaps one of the best indie music videos of the year. The beat (produced by CJ Luzi) is featured in the Mick Boogie x Terry Urban x Bing commercial. Check it out below.

"Feel Tall" is the lead single off Cuey's newest project Can't Wait. No official word on when it's supposed to drop, but look for it to come out sometime this fall.

Skrilex - First of the Year (Equinox)

The only way to describe this video: Call 9-1-1 now!!!

Porter Robinson - Spitfire [Official Music Video]

This is sick. Music video directors should take notice. This is how you get people's attention if you're trying to enter this space.

Cute Creta

A tilt-shift video by Joerg Daiber.
Locations: Agios Nikolaos, Spinalonga, Kritsa, Katharo, Pitsidia and Matala on Crete, Greece.
Shot with Lumix GH2, Gorillapod, 14-140mm and 7-14mm Lenses.

12 July 2011

D-WHY - Shooter McGavin

D-Why kills the "Freaks and Geeks" instrumental. Rex Arrow directed the video. Enough said.

The Dean's List - Dear Professor [Official Video]

Sonny, Mik and Mendoza finally release a video for Dear Professor. Jimmy and Justin of Method Loft directed it and they did an amazing job. Shouts to them. Can you spot me in the video?

29 June 2011

A-Trak: Magic 8 Ball Tour Wrap Up

A-Trak is a beast. One of my favorite DJs. Check out the visuals from the West Coast/ Canada leg of his North American tour.

23 June 2011

Nyjah Huston for Diamond Supply Co.

Nyjah Houston is one of the illest skaters doing it right now. Props to the young shredder for snagging the Diamond Supply sponsorship.

Oh and by the way, that Wiz Khalifa track in the background goes extra hard.

21 June 2011

Skrillex - Rock n Roll (Will Take You to the Mountain)

Can't believe this is my first Skrillex post considering I've been bumping his music everyday for the last 9 months. Well, here it is. Enjoy.

PS I sincerely hope Skrillex releases videos for "All I Ask of You (With Penny)" and "With Your Friends (Long Drive)."

08 June 2011

Sid Sriram Covers Frank Ocean's "We All Try"

Sid Sriram is a talented singer as well as a friend of mine. We spoke last week about a bunch of things, mostly music related. Looks like we'll be getting a lot more of these awesome covers this summer. Looking forward to what else Sid has up his sleeve.

P.S. I don't care very much for Frank Ocean. I'll rock with this rendition however.

06 June 2011

Kidz in the Hall: Here Now (Episode 1)

I've been rocking with Kidz in the Hall since 2006 . I met them backstage at a concert and I thought they were two cool, humble dudes. Naledge is wise beyond his years and Double O is one of the most extraordinary human beings I know. Together they make good music.

Despite the fact that they have been some of the most consistent artists in their genre since releasing their debut album School Was My Hustle on Rawkus Records, KITH are at crossroads. Dozens of artists have risen to stardom while they haven't able to get to the top of the mountain. The closest they came to stealing the limelight was "Driving Down the Block." Good song, but it lacked that crossover potential that would expand their fan base.

Fast forward a few years and  Naledge and Double O are back on their grind, continuing their journey in an unforgiving music industry. Check out episode one of their six-part documentary series. Presented by MTV.

My Name Is Two-Ten

My Name Is Two-Ten from Michael Nusbaum on Vimeo.

My car has gotten towed a couple times in Boston. Wouldn't be surprised if this guy hooked my two-door coupe up and dragged it to the lot. I will think twice about parking illegally from now on.

01 June 2011

Excellence at Colby

Edwin Torres, a bright, sharp scholar and a friend of mine at Colby, put this piece together. He captures a handful of aspects that make Colby... well, Colby. Bravo, Edwin.

23 May 2011

Collin McLoughlin Covers "Save the World Tonight"

Wow. This is an amazing acoustic rendition of SHM's "Save the World Tonight."You'd be hard pressed to find a better cover of this song-- a brilliant effort from an up-and-coming talent.

I met Collin last month backstage at a Sam Adams concert and we chopped it up for a while. He's a cool dude and I wish nothing but the best for him. I sincerely hope he releases more of these. Well done.

19 May 2011

Chiddy Bang - Peanut Butter & Swelly (Trailer)

Chiddy Bang - Peanut Butter & Swelly [Trailer] from illRoots.com on Vimeo.

Chiddy Bang are coming out with another mixtape. The Swelly Express is one of my favorite mixtapes of all time. Instant Classic. They are a prime example of what a good mixtape can do for an artist. It wasn't even like every blog was picking it up either. I remember I found it on Pretty Much Amazing and couldn't believe they had finally dropped a mixtape. And it was dope.

Side note: Chiddy Bang performed at Colby in January of 2009 right when they made "Opposite of Adults" and I had been wondering if/when they were going to drop a mixtape. So it surprised me when I came across it when I was casually browsing the internet.

So anyway, I immediately blogged about it because I thought it was something people should listen to. Fast forward a few months: they ink a major deal with EMI, sign with NUE Agency, go on an international tour, release Air Swell, get featured on Need For Speed and Taco Bell commercials, and break the rap world record for longest freestyle. Wow. Try saying that in one breathe. Needless to say, it's been a wild ride for Noah and Chiddy. Glad to have been part of it for a little while.

Peanut Butter & Swelly is just the next step in what will hopefully be a long and prosperous career in this crazy industry.  May 27. Save the date.

Alexandra Stewart Covers James Blake's "Lindisfarne"

The talented Alexandra Stewart does a beautiful cover of James Blake's song. I can't wait to hear what else she's got. She's got such a soft and soothing voice, kind of like if Norah Jones and Dido were to combine their voices. I'm in love.

The Dean's List - Breakfast Talk Series (Episode 3)

My brothers Sonny, Mik, Mendoza, and Ralph took a little trip down to New Jersey to perform at Bamboozle a few weeks ago. Per usual, they rocked it. Here's the footage courtesy of my boy Elan at FTS Creative. #BreakfastTalk

Kreayshawn - Gucci Gucci

I can't front. However ignorant this song might be, I still rock with it. I'm taking it for what it is. Nothing more, nothing less.

I don't know much about Kreayshawn other than she was a UC Berkeley film student and has directed videos for Lil' B and Soulja Boy. Nonetheless, I must admit her swag is quite unique. People might look at her and scoff, but I respect it because she owns it.

PS. I sincerely hope Ke$ha, Dev, Pac Div, The Cool Kids, and Dom Kennedy jump on this remix. How dope would that be?

Joe La Puma x Inside the Sneaker Box : Complex Sneaker Invasion

Complex Sneaker Invasion from Inside The Sneaker Box on Vimeo.

Inside the Sneaker Box caught up with one of my mentors over at Complex Magazine, Joe La Puma, and got a rare inside look at the Complex offices. Joe and Russ Bengtston show off some pretty sweet kicks, including the coldest baseball cleats you'll ever see, the Nike LBJ South Beach, and my favorite sneakers of all time, the Jordan III Black/Cement. One day I'll have a sneaker game like Joe and Russ. One day.

Maestro Knows - Special Edition (Mike Posner)

Maestro Knows - Special Edition (Mike Posner) from Maestro Knows on Vimeo.

Maestro hangs out with Mike Posner for a couple days in LA and NJ. Excited to hear new original stuff from Pose. I'm guessing he'll be releasing a handful of covers, which we get  sneak peek at towards the end, and by the end of the year we'll get his sophomore release.

20 March 2011

Charlie Davies Scores 2 Goals in MLS Debut

What a story. Charlie Davies comes back after a horrific car accident in which one of the passengers in his vehicle died. After 18 months of surgeries, rehab, and recovery set-backs, man y questioned whether or not Davies would regain his confidence and explosiveness on the pitch. He had gone from a shoe-in for the starting 11 in the United States World Cup campaign last summer in South Africa to a second team player for his French club Sochaux.

A couple weeks ago, Davies found the opportunity he so desperately desired with DC United of Major League Soccer. For the first time since October of 2009 there was a sense of optimism surrounding Davies and his ability to light it up on a national stage.

In the 63rd minute of his first MLS match, coming on as a substitute and having yet to touch the ball, Davies calmly placed the ball on the penalty spot and took aim. He took a short and casual run up and effortlessly tucked the ball away into the back of the net. Adulation. Relief. Hope. With one swing of the boot, 18 tumultuous months had been erased and order had been restored. Charlie Davies had finally regained his unforgettable swagger. Oh, and of course, in true CD 9 fashion, he sprinted to the corner flag and celebrated by showcasing his latest dance move, the Cat Daddy.

As if his penalty kick strike wasn't enough, fourteen minutes later Davies found himself behind the defense with only the keeper to beat in the the 77th minute. He finished the only way he knows how: nothing but net. As the ball rolled across the goal line, Davies was already setting up his most famous goal celebration, the Stanky Leg. Just like that, American soccer had regained the old Charlie Davies they had grown to know and love: lightning quick, explosive, opportunistic, entertaining, clinical, and light hearted.

Welcome back, Charlie.

15 February 2011

The Dean's List: Breakfast Talk & #K2YL

On Sunday night we wrapped up the video shoot for "La Vie." The Dean's List is on a collision course with fame. You'll understand what I'm talking about on the 26th when they release The Drive-In. Until then, here are a couple viral videos to hold you over-- Breakfast Talk and #K2YL.

12 January 2011

The White Panda: 2011 Tour Promo (HD)

My friends Tom and Dan of mashup superduo The White Panda just released this promo video on Twitter. It's a two-minute viral video that features all the craziest moments of their Fall 2010 tour. Some of the footage was shot by me actually. Shout out to their agent, Matt Adler, who made it all happen. Look out for The White Panda in a city near you.