#SoundCloudSunday – Beatrice Eli

Totally stealing from The Guardian’s latest New Band of the Day today. Despite all my SoundCloud bookmarks, I could not really make up my mind!


Anyway, yet another Swedish artist to watch out for! I did not read more on The Guardian’s page aside from the fact she is fromfrom Stockholm, and they classify her as R&B meets R&B, as I am listening to the music instead. I will have to read more to get clarification. Safe to say she has an R&B/soul thing going. Check out “Violent Silence” to hear for yourself:


And she has an official video for “The Conqueror“, but I will just link it as opposed to embedding this time!

Beatrice Eli:

on SoundCloud
on Twitter
on YouTube
on Facebook
official site

SoundCloudSunday request? Tweet, or leave a comment!

And once again, thanks for reading!


New music March 2013 edition

Getting March’s new music post in a couple of days before the end of the month, just like February’s!

Linked album covers go to high resolution where available (not the case for Jello’s, 300 by 300 was the best out there!).

April 2

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine – White People and the Damage Done

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine - White People and the Damage Done

April 8

The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
The Knife Shaking the Habitual

April 15

M.I.A. – Matangi

(No album cover yet)

April 16

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito

May 14

MS MR – Second Hand Rapture

MS MR Second hand Rapture

May 17

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

May 28

CocoRosie – Tales of a GrassWidow

CocoRosie-Tales of a Grasswidow

June 4

Eleanor Friedberger – Personal Record

Eleanor Friedberger - Personal Record

June 18

Austra – Olympia

(No album cover yet)

Listen to this #10 – Public Enemy – Bring That Beat Back

The title for this new series of blog posts (“Listen to this…”) was stolen from this Public Enemy jam, the Flavor Flav interlude/bridge after verse three:

From New Whirl Odor, which has a few sweet cuts (“New Whirl Odor” and “Check What You’re Listening To” to name a couple), including the aforementioned one, but not quite as solid overall as the terrific How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul? that would follow two years later in 2007.

Read the full lyrics of “Bring That Beat Back” while listening:

Played in Cincinnati
Wit my whole head nappy
Made a rally in the street
Wit nothin’ but a beat

Gotta grudge against a judge
Kick ’em out that seat
You are what you eat
So what you eatin’?

Same message to your mind
Be self defeatin’
Sick n tired of bein’ sick
And tired of bein’ beaten

Saw ’em drop it like it
Was way too hot and too fast
For hip hop, doo wop, rock or bop
Ain’t here to hurt you

Don’t hang in them circles
Government ain’t got me
Yet so y’all don’t stop me
See a stampede of fake cats

Runnin’ from Bill Cosby
What does he gotta do wit you doin’ you?
Y’all know what?

DJ, Lord gimme that cut
Bring that beat back
That’s what’s up

Feedback from truly
Freed blacks
Gotta think outta this
Box of hard knocks

Lined ’em up at Fort Knox
To die in Iraq
You don’t know I rock?
What you under a rock?

Old cats beggin’ us to bring that beat back
Each generation thinks
The next one is wack
Jump started in the daze of crack

R&B Reagan, daddy Bush
Way the hell on back
Pray to god
Feel like I got a church in myself

Good god, uh, can’t get no help
I say again health care cutback
Shit is wack
Bring that beat back

They say the youth don’t matter
And the old don’t mind
It takes a lotta spine
To build all them young minds

Some of us get ghetto at the wrong damn time
Album what? We just makin’ one at a time
To save another brother whose life on the line
A big shot to claim some rocks and shine

Signs of a soul gone solo, robbed blind
A very small part of half the worlds crime
Runaway child blown by an old land mine
Little ones workin’ in diamond mines

So cats can say what’s hers and what’s mine
Diamonds is girls best friend
So why’s he cryin’?

See when y’all hear it get near it
And you recognize the lyrics
You trained to refrain
And you start to fear it

Like today there ain’t racism
Obviously y’all ain’t see
Black folks on TV

Judgment calls
Made on behalf of you and me
Or you and I
Do or die

I say an I for an I
Dividin’ line
Got the poor people
Payin’ for crime

Corporations gettin’ paid off our jail time
Now y’all can tell Russell
Yes, I knock the hustle

‘Cause 2 million in lock down
Under federal muscle
Beyond the streets

These kids is always watchin’
Watching some of these jerks
When they go berserk
So I work

#mvod 949, Blue Kid – Next to You

I do not know much at all about Blue Kid, I just discovered her/them today, but worth checking out for sure!

And take a listen to “Can You Keep Up”:

Their bio from Reverb Nation:

Blue Kid’s particular brand of so-honest-it’s-embarrassing piano-rock grew out of the solo writings of Lydia Benecke, the band’s lead singer & songwriter. Lydia’s music draws heavily on her own daydreams and adventures to yield up an eclectic combination of pop, rock and cabaret.
The band’s fans have compared their music stylistically to Fiona Apple and Rufus Wainwright, and Lydia’s vocals to those of Adele and Sara Bareilles.

Last December she played a show with Nellie McKay, so that says something there too!

702 – Star — 10 years to the day/overlooked albums #2

702 StarAlthough the album peaked at number 45 on the Billboard chart, to me it was not nearly as popular or well-known as their previous, self-titled second album that spawned the awesome R&B jam “Where My Girls At?”. And I never did see the music video for “Star” receiving airplay here, whereas I saw the video for “Where My Girls At?” quite a fair amount.

Star has quite a few really sweet R&B jams, yet, I agree with the Allmusic review that it is quite long (it clocks in at 64:06!) and has a few weaker songs included. Putting aside the weaker tracks, it is a quite a good piece of early 2000s R&B.

The album features Clipse and Pharell Williams, and the latter also attaches some of his signature programming (as he is credited) to a few tracks, most notably “I Still Love You”, with its distinct kick drum/kick drum beat and claps substituted for the snare.

The album starts on a high note (as many uusually do!) with the up-tempo “Let Your Hair Down,” which is not unlike Mary J Blige’s “Family Affair” from a couple of years earlier, about having a good time, and leaving your problems at the door. “Star” continues on an up-tempo swing and features Clipse. Normally I would prefer no male rappers on female R&B tracks (for example Alicia Keys’ “Girlfriend”, Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love”, Mariah Carey’s “It’s Like That” or Rihanna’s “Umbrella”, luckily it is just the start of the track in Rihanna’s case. Potential ego trip for the producer in question? Jermaine Dupri, I am looking your way!), but in this case it feels like it works, as is the case for Pharell’s track, where it is actually adding something.

A couple of other highlights include the in your face “Blah Blah Blah Blah” and the optimistic “Better Day (Ghetto Girl)”.

Read my first overlooked album post from back on August 23, 2010, TLC’s 3D.

And watch “Where My Girls At?”:

And “Star“!

Once again, thanks for reading!

#SoundCloudSunday – Olivia Sebastianelli

Apparently there is quite the buzz around her, and for good reason, she has the ability to be huge.


Olivia Sebastianelli:

on SoundCloud (nothing there, so go here)
on Twitter
on YouTube
on Facebook
official site

SoundCloudSunday request? Tweet, or leave a comment!

Once again, thanks for reading!

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Listen to this #8 – Daughter

Some really cool mellow English female fronted folk/rock! Recommended if you like Laura Marling, or Feist’s slower numbers. (I would compare other artists, but I am not always that great at that).

Listen, and buy at their Bandcamp. And check out their official site.

They have a massive list of tour dates starting April 2. Check them all out after the jump:

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Listening queue

The problem with being addicted to music is I can always find stuff to listen to. And although it is a good addiction, it can cause me to procrastinate, such as making my own music, or learning an instrument (bass for the most part now), but both of those are other blog posts for another day!

On with this post…!

I just learned Eleanor Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces, and having released her solo debut in 2011 (Last Summer), is releasing her second album late this Spring (Personal Record, June 2013). With that in mind, I want to go back to listen to The Fiery Furnaces music. I believe I only really started listening to them around the time Eleanor Friedberger’s solo album came out!

In my quest to listen to new music, and continue listening to old music I have yet to hear, I just read a review about Toronto’s Parallels on exclaim.ca, having just performed Canadian Music Week (CMW). The reviewer said their 2011 debut (Visionaries) was fantastic, while their latest, XII, “felt like just another record in a crowded field”. Regardless, there are two albums to listen to. As far as old music goes, Mick Fleetwood was recently on the great motoring TV show Top Gear (UK edition of course!), so I am listening to Rumours (Fleetwood Mac of course) as I type this. And a friend also recently cited that as an album he quite enjoys. And Rolling Stone calls it the 25th or 26th greatest album of all-time, depending on which version you are looking at (the original, or the revised 2012 list).

To be continued…

(Regular readers will notice the new theme? Thoughts, comments? Do tell! I was thinking of a static page with previews of all recent posts, but the one I was looking into did not have a sidebar, which I like. This one seems to only load so many posts, and since I embed quite a lot of stuff, I do not really want to make your browser become unresponsive! On that note, thanks for reading once again!)