Your Weekly Weekend Music Mix | 8/8/14 [MUSIC NEWS]

KILLER COVER: STEVE’N’SEAGULLS COVERS AC/DC

This cover is great. Steve’n’Seagulls. I don’t know much about this band. And their Facebook  page  doesn’t really help me either … it’s in a foreign language!!! … but their cover of hillbilly/folk cover of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” is internet gold.

MUSIC INSTA-BABE: SHANNON BEX

So, I just read that females pop/R&B group Danity Kane has broken up again. Though many of the people are more partial to either Dawn Richard’s slender figure of Aubrey O’Day’s curvy features, I’ve always been partial to Shannon Bex. Unfortunately, Shannon is married, but that doesn’t mean we can’t ogle her on her social media profiles.Why don’t you follow here, and there other members of Danity Kane (I’m assuming that following their band profile won’t do you any good). : @Shannon_Bex.

BEST MIX TAPE OF THE SUMMER

I haven’t see the movie yet, but the soundtrack of “Guardians of the Galaxy” is terrific. Quite possibly, the best soundtrack/mix tape of the year.

For your easy reference for the video above:

00:00 Hooked On A Feeling – Blue Swede
02:52 Go All The Way – Raspberries
06:13 Spirit In The Sky Norman – Greenbaum
10:16 Moonage Daydream – David Bowie
14:57 Fooled Around And Fell In – Elvin Bishop
19:33 I’m Not In Love – 10cc
25:36 I Want You Back – Jackson 5
28:35 Come And Get Your Love – Redbone
32:02 Cherry Bomb – The Runaways
34:20 Escape (The Pina Colada – Rupert Holmes
38:57 O-O-H Child The Five – Stairsteps
42:11 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye , Tammi Terrell

THE WORST USE OF HIP HOP IN A CAR COMMERCIAL

Hip-hop has been used to sell a lot of products over the years, but we’ve come a long way from Eminem’s Chrysler commercial. Toyota made a commerical for the Sienna line, and …. it … is … just … terrible. I hope that Busta got paid a a nice penny for being a part of it.

MUSIC NEWS/STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

Tom Petty scores his first-ever No. 1 album with “Hypnotic Eye”. It’s about damn time, Tom! lol.

I’m a music attorney, so I’m pretty familiar with the difference types of income that come in from the exploitation of a sound recording. Billboard.com put together a pretty nifty “cheat sheet” to help you musicians navigate the basics.

I’m not going to Outside Lands, but if I were, I would pick up a bunch of the stamps they are selling at the music festival. Why? Because they will debuting Janis Joplin Forever Stamps! Don’t worry about me though … I have friends in low places.

It sucks when musicians, who are trying to speak out on important social matters, get the assaulted for speaking their mind. Apparently, Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes was assaulted by Lollapalooza security guards after speaking out about police brutality. From having his apartment burn down, to getting beaten up by guards that are supposed to be there to protect him, I feel bad for the dude.

Your Weekly Weekend Music Mix | 7/11/14 [MUSIC NEWS]

MUSIC INSTA-BABE: Katy Perry

Katy Perry is a babe. She’s been able to be both America’s sweetheart and America’s pin-up at the same time without having to bear more than she has to.  Class with curves. I’m hooked. Follow her on Instagram: @katyperry

KILLER COVER: Fiona Apple covers “Pure Imagination”

Written by the prolific composers and lyricists Leslie Bricusse  and Anthony Newley, “Pure Imagination” was written specifically for the movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and originally sung by Gene Wilder who portrayed Willy Wonka. Though I never imagined that Fiona Apple would agree to perform a song for advertisement to a fast-food chain (even a healthy fast-food chain), I am glad she did as it yielded this gem of a recording. Your welcome.

FOR THE TRUE MUSIC NERDS (LIKE ME)

Below is a video of “The Oldest Song in the World”. You can click through the Youtube links to read a more in-depth history of the music in this video, but long story short, a professor deciphered clay tables excavated in Syria. Her conclusion? The inscriptions on the clay tablets reveal the oldest existing song in the world. Pretty darn cool if you ask me.

JUST FOR LAUGHS

Of all of the late night hosts that graced our television screens, Jimmy Fallon is by far the most musically inclined. His impersonation of Neil Young is always spot on. His cover of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”? Hilarious. The fact that he got Crosby, Stills & Nash to join him in the performance? Epic.

MUSIC NEWS/STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

I would have guessed that if you had a multiplatinum single that saturated the radio waves all of last year, your follow up album would AT LEAST have reasonable sales upon it’s release. Well, Robin Thicke proved me wrong. His opening week sales were dismal. In fact, in all of Australia, he didn’t even sell 100 copies of his album. Hell … I could sell 100 copies of an album out of the truck of my car. I guess cheating on your wife is, in fact, a momentum/career killer.

If your friend sleeps with your dad, she probably shouldn’t be your friend. Somebody should tell Beyonce what’s up.

Coachella made BANK this year. Over $78,000,000 for two weekends? I need to figure out how to set up a music festival.

Taylor Swift wrote a terrifically optimistic and smart op-ed for The Wall Street Journal. Yeah … I think I’m in love with her.

If you love watching professionally shot, live music clips, then you’ll love what Youtube has recently done. Youtube has worked out an arrangement with Wolfgang’s Vault (a private archivist/memorabilia shop) to publish over 13,000 amazingly classic never before seen live performances and interviews by historic and vintage acts. Everyone from Santana, to Aerosmith, Lou Reed, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen … the list goes on and on and on. If you use youtube, YOU MUST subscribe to the Music Vault account. Trust me … it’s worth your while. Her’e a terrific video of Van Morrison performing “Try For Sleep” below. I’m thinking I’ll be posting a weekly video from this account.

 

Your Weekly Weekend Music Mix | 6/6/14

 MUSIC INSTA-BABE: Rita Ora

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Rita Ora is a British singer-songwriter who released her first album in 2012 and is currently featured on Iggy Azalea’s song “Black Widow” from the chart-topping album “The New Classic”. She is currently signed to Roc Nation and one can hope that a follow up album is forthcoming. Rita Ora is a babe. You should follow her on Instagram @RitaOra. And fellas … she’s newly single too!

KILLER COVER: Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan Covers Joy Division

I’m a huge Depeche Mode Fan. When I found this cover of Dave Gahan covering the Joy Division classic “Love Will Tear Us Apart” I lost my shit. Terrific cover.

Marvin Gaye Doesn’t Need Instrumental Accompaniment

The video below is a just the vocal feed of live performance. Who says you need instruments to sound good. This video proves that if you can sing …. you can sing. The first few seconds are silent (it’s just the vocal feed, so you can’t hear the introductory instrumentation. For your auditory pleasure, the a cappella track of Marvin Gaye singing “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”. You’re welcome.

MUSIC NEWS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

It’s been quite an eventful week for the Beastie Boys. Earlier in the week, in a very classy and moving tribute, the Beastie Boys announced that they will no longer record new music after the death of Adam Yauch pka “MCA”. On Thursday, a jury in New York’s Federal Court found that Monster Energy violated the Beastie Boys’ copyright and now has to pay out a $1.7 Million judgement. I guess this case is proof that a one word email of “Dope” can’t constitutes a sufficient meeting of the minds for contractual purposes. LOL.

New video of Justin Bieber singing racist lyrics to one of his songs surfaces, and all I can do is shake my head in disgust. How many second chances do you give a kid who seems to have a sense of entitlement? Personally, I’m just tired of it.

Chris Brown was recently release from prison after serving part of a one-year sentence for violating his probation. He has vowed to change his ways. Personally, I hope that he’s being sincere about his proclamation. I like his music, and he needs to keep his ass clean and stay out of trouble and just make good music.

Pharrell announces that the new album he’s working on with Snoop will win Snoop a Grammy. He even went as far as to say that the album he’s producing for Snoop is even better than his own latest effort. If that ain’t high praise, I don’t know what is.

BECAUSE IT’S AMAZING

This 8 year old from Norway is AMAZING. Angelina Jordan got her “start” performing on (and winning) Norway’s Got Talent. She has a voice that is beyond her years, and it blows me away every time I hear her sing. Ugh. Simply marvelous. If her voice impresses you as much as it does me, you really need to follow her on Facebook and check out her other videos.

Happy Bday, Bob Marley!

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Nesta Robert Marley, OM, pka “Bob Marley”, was born February 6, 1945 and passed on May 11, 1981.  He is an icon in reggae music and is credits with helping the spread of both Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement throughout the world.

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  As such, rather than post original recordings of Bob Marley performing, I figured that I’d share some of my favorite covers and renditions of those songs that he made so famous.  In no particular order, here they are:

NOTE:  If any of the video links don’t work, please comment such, I’ll find a replacement.

Good music, is always good music, regardless of who sings the song.

Young bud nuh know storm (experience teaches wisdom).  Respect, Bob.