Archive for November, 2007

29
Nov
07

Sensual Seduction Always Leads To Sexual Eruption, Doesn’t It?

Snoop!

The first single from Snoop Dogg’s upcoming LP, Ego Trippin’ (tentatively scheduled for a March 2008 release), recently leaked and it’s surely going to instigate some discussion.  The Dogg Father took to the lab with Pharrell in the summer and announced his desire to record album featuring only himself.  He apparently drew inspiration through an unsuspecting source – Amy Winehouse

Standard hip-hop albums typically feature a multitude of guest appearances.  Snoop Dogg’s attempt to work overtime on his new venture will add a new dimension to a career that has seen many critical peaks and valleys along the way.  Whether he’ll be able to pull this off remains to be seen.

“Sensual Seduction” is the name of the single.  The video is fresh out of 1977, and features Mr. Broadus wearing multiple musical hats.  He offers up his best Roger Troutman and R. Kellyimpression throughout most of the song while dancing around in various vintage disco suits holding a keytar.  The special effects are rugged for sure, but the song will melt the ice of a glacier in the dead of winter.

I can’t believe I just spent three paragraphs previewing this track?  I honestly don’t even know if this is a serious cut or something meant to be a joke.  Either way, it’s a little Friday morning fun for the whole family to enjoy.

You don’t love me, you just love my doggystyle…

Friday Bonus:  Snoop Dogg :: Sexual Eruption (explicit)

 

29
Nov
07

Amsterdam calling “Home”

One of my earliest MiS posts commented on my favorite band of many years, Amsterdam, and their fabulous eponymous debut, The Journey. Nearly three years later, the band has finished recording their second album, Arm in Arm, at Charlton Farm Studios in Somerset in the southwest of England. With new management, a new label, a new live album, a blogging frontman, and a new member in violinist Anna Jenkins, the band is primed for its most successful year to date. The first single, “Home,” from their new album is set for release on December 10th in the UK and the band has recently posted a video to YouTube.

I will save most additional musings for the LP’s release in January. I will say that longtime fans will obviously not be surprised by the Celtic influence of the new song, based on previous work of frontman Ian Prowse in Pele during the 90s and the new presence of Anna Jenkins. With live favorite “Class War in the Bedroom” getting its first studio release as the b-side (see my clip from the Red Lion, Little Sutton, Ellesmere Port last year), the single packs a little extra punch. Whether it can make my Top 10 is doubtful as a single, unless Jason wants to move beyond EPs…

28
Nov
07

Call Florence Apes & Androids

Apes & Androids

 NYC based Apes & Androids rose from the ashes of Call Florence Pow, one of the handful of bands to be signed to Spongebath Records (a Murfreesboro, TN indie label that was once home to Self, The Features, Fluid Ounces and Count Bass D).  Back then, childhood chums David Tobias and Brian Jacobs wrote and recorded the album, These Are the Plans, with the production assistance of Matt Mahaffey.  The LP was dropped in 2000. 

When Spongebath went under, the duo focused their efforts on building a reputation around a strong stage presence.  The boys added a couple of band members along the way, which inspired the name change to Apes & Androids.

 Under the new moniker, the band’s original sound has grown more complex and dynamic.  A new album in 2008 is expected, and they’ve offered up a song for download through their website. 

“Golden Prize” showcases a fantastic combination of cascading syths, sultry beats, Beck-like vocals, falsetto Queen-inspired harmonies, and an abundance of finger snaps, hand claps, and la la la’s.  If this song is representative of what’s to come in 2008, get ready to sweat through your shirt at your favorite local venue when they roll through town.

Apes & Androids :: Golden Prize

28
Nov
07

You Live on Fascination?

Alpha

More Denmark goodness to share, I believe. Alphabeat looks to be another potentially great pop band that most likely speaks Danish, but drops their lyrics in English. Makes sense though, right? All I’ve heard is ‘Fascination’ by them and it seemed worthy of sharing, especially since the theme around here as of late has been pop, pop, pop. It begins like it could be ‘Footloose’, but then a dude and maybe a Pipette harmonize throughout most of the track. Is this what the B-52’s sound like? You may dig it….

Alphabeat — ‘Fascination’

26
Nov
07

“Songs Of the Heart, Sung From the Hip”

Juvelen

Juvelen, hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, has been working the self-promotion machine for the last few years.  That concept surely isn’t groundbreaking by any means as artists and bands continue to use the Internet as an easier avenue to get their music heard without having to deal with the terrestrial chains of A&R reps and radio. 

The songs he posted on his Myspace page last year garned the attention of a Swedish record label called Hybrid.  He signed with them and dropped a 5-song EP with them at the start of the year. 

“Watch Your Step” encompasses what this guy is all about.  Most definitely, his voice nearly matches that of Prince Rogers Nelson.  But obvious influences aside, his lyrical flow and beats also bring to mind such MiS contemporaries like Hot Chip, Junior Boys, and Justin Timberlake

If my description of him is weak (and I know it is), take it from the man himself:

“Straight from the motherfuckin dungeons of pop! Born in a Stockholm basement some two years ago, rising from the ruins of compromise and time wasted, Juvelen signalled the start of something funky fresh. Finally the record will be set straight. The good name of pop music will be restored, and sexy will once again be the shit. You can’t really mention Prince as an influence these days, can you? Let’s just say its about songs of the heart, sung from the hip. May I kick it?”

Kick it here:

Juvelen :: Watch Your Step

26
Nov
07

I Met This “Girl” On Crenshaw

Just a follow up to the post below…

  

26
Nov
07

V.I.P-NEVER GETS OLD!

LIP

There is something about a clip with Fatlip that is directed by Spike Jonze and includes E&J brandy and a trench coat that kills it every single time. I know you’ve already seen it, but why not fall in love with the clown all over again.




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