29 September 2011
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26 September 2011
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
22 September 2011
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.
21 September 2011
20 September 2011
19 September 2011
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!
16 September 2011
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
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.