New Stuff: “Brookzill”

Dearest earbudders, while we wait for Digable Planets to get on the good foot and make a comeback, member Ladybug Mecca has preoccupied herself with DJ/Producer king Prince Paul, collaborating in a group called Brookzill (“Brooklyn and Brazil”). Combining Afro-Brazilian rhythms, hip hop, jazz, and all around good stuffs, this is a band I am seriously looking forward to listening to when their album drops October 7th. While we wait for this already predicted musical masterpiece, check out their first single, “Saudade Songbook” with Count Bass D. My ears are excited.


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Retro Dance: “Lost Without You” by Hifi Sean (Feat. Paris Grey)

Every so often I get introduced to a song that is a throwback to my time in the 90s clubs. The atmosphere was freeing, the vibe was fantastic, and no one cared about selfies. The beats were everlasting, the bass was on point, and we all sang along like no one cared. Music is what drove the emotion and feeling. This is one of those songs that really make me smile. I look forward to the album TRUCK, that will be released in September. If it’s anything like this song, I know I won’t be disappointed. So sit back, or jump up, turn it up and let yourself go.


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Dance Gooey Goodness: DENM’s “Under Pressure”

I don’t know too much about the artist named DENM. I do know two things. I can shake my booty to his single, “Under Pressure,” and the bass line that kicks in at :40 is irresistibly fun and hypnotic. I think the Santa Monica, CA, artist knows what it takes to make you want to lose yourself in the music for the summer. The song reminds of a throwback from the 90s dance scene with its sparse arrangement. It’s beautiful, and not too over the top vocally. It’s a perfect summer jam to listen to whether you’re getting up in the morning or even winding down in the evening with a glass of wine. Trust me folks, this one is a keeper. And like DENM, I feel like I want to dance here forever while listening.


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New Podcast!! #33 Music … Makes the People

Hello fellow earbudders,

I decided to do a little something different with this podcast. I decided to split the show up into three parts. First part is just dance, second moreso uptempo r&b stuff, and the last part is a cosmic slop of goodness and randomness. Just sit back, listen, and enjoy.

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Exercise – Jagwar Ma
Feeling is Gone – Active Child
Daydream – massivan
Lucid Dreams – Mat Zo
Recess ft. Kill The Noise & Fatman Scoop – Skrillex
After Effect – Client
Missy Doubt – Ledisi
Where We Should Be – Cherub
Talk Dirty (Feat. 2 Chainz) – Jason Derulo
Acapella – Karmin
Kiss Me Once – Kylie Minogue
Walk This Way – Mø No
Are You What You Want To Be – Foster the People
No Ordinary Love – Memphis May Fire
I Believe – Christina Perri
Sure As Spring – La Luz
Spiders – Lovedrug
The City – The 1975


Until next time….



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What Would Hurricane Sandy Play?

Alright folks..

As you all know, hurricane Sandy hit us hard. Mother Nature as I’ve said before wasn’t gettin’ any so she decided to unleash her frustration on us. So I made a mix of songs I would enjoy listening to in a hurricane. While it’s almost 3 in the a.m., I’m going to post it anyway. So listen and enjoy 🙂

By the way, you will not hear my voice on this mix. It’s just a continuous mix, one song after the next. Ya happy now? Good! I hope all of my peeps here on the east coast are ok. If you’re up, and have power, listen and shake your bon bon. If  you don’t have power, then let your friends text you about this mix and when you do, download it or stream it.


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Track List

Let’s Get It Started – Black Eyed Peas

The Passenger – Iggy Pop

A Final Hit – Leftfield

I Cry – Flo Rida

Virtual Insanity – Jamiroquai

Into The Groove – Madonna

When The Lights Go Out (US Remix) – Five

All of the Lights – Kanye West

SOS – Rihanna

Upside Down – Mind Spiders

How Fast – Rocco Deluca & The Burden

So What’cha Want – The Beastie Boys

Live Those Days Tonight – Friendly Fires

Escapade – Janet Jackson

It’s the End of the World as We Know it (and I Feel Fine) (Live – MTV Unplugged) – R.E.M.

Perfect Day – Lou Reed

Love The Way You Lie (feat Rihanna) – Eminem

How Far We’ve Come – Matchbox Twenty

Walking With A Ghost – Tegan & Sara

Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves

Party People (feat. Fergie) – Nelly

Sweet Nothing (feat. Florence Welch) – Calvin Harris

Numb – Gary Clark Jr

Gold On The Ceiling – The Black Keys

No Doubt About It – Lisa Bianco

Longview – Green Day

Feather in a Hurricane – Michelle Malone

I Think Im Paranoid – Garbage

All Through The Night – Cyndi Lauper

Thriller (Single Version) – Michael Jackson

Let Yourself Go (Live Mix) -6th borough project

Runaway Love – En Vogue

Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel

Heads Will Roll\ – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Timebomb (Extended Version) – Kylie Minogue

One Good Reason – Steed Lord

Midnight In A Perfect World – DJ Shadow

Big bad wolf – The Heavy

Save My Life – ZZ Ward

How We Do (Party) – Rita Ora

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Rollin’ In DC – Adele Live at 9:30 Club

I remember the first time I saw Adele.

It was on VH1..back when THEY used to show videos instead of MTV. It was for a video called “Chasing Pavements.” I thought it was such a throwback song, the sweeping orchestra, her melodies…it was such a beautiful song from beginning to end. I wondered who was this adorable woman with the voice from God. I was captivated by that voice. It reminded me of something Doris Day would sing. Or Dionne Warwick. The video was cute, but that voice was long lasting. I instantly became hooked. Fast forward some time later and she won a Grammy for “Best New Artist.” There’s usually a curse behind this you know. It seems like whoever wins this award fades into oblivion lol. Well not everyone, but in recent years. You wonder what happened to them. So you will understand my worry when Adele won. A voice like hers shouldn’t fade into oblivion. It’s just too damn good.

Fast forward a loooong time later and she returned for her long awaited album, 21, named after her age at the time she wrote the songs. Now at 22 she is conquering the world. One place she graciously conquered was Washington, DC, at our well known 9:30 club. A sold out show, it was expected to be..dare I say..EPIC. And I really don’t like to use that word. But it’s the one word that described tonight. Dressed in her famed black ensemble, she charmed the crowd from the first note, to the last. Adele was there to command attention, and she had us. She had us from the very start. She sang the first minute from off stage as her band played along. To hear her voice was just unbelievable. To be in the SAME building as she was..well..that was truly a dream come true.

Once entering the stage, the crowd erupted. It was unreal. So many screams of love and affection, to which she was very overwhelmed. She joked with the audience about her ex boyfriend, the topic of 21, and how he affected her. It was great to see her act silly and tell jokes and give a little insight as to what she was going through at the time of writing the second LP. I couldn’t get enough.. From “Chasing Pavements” to her version of “To Make You Feel My Love” there were resounding cheers of joy and and jeers towards her ex boyfriend. Her voice was absolutely phenomenal. The range she carries gives me the chills.. The crowd really participated, singing along on just about every song. One standout, and there were many was “Set Fire to the Rain.” And I wasn’t the only one in love with that song. Again, the audience’s participation was just as fierce sounding as Adele. And she ate it up and grinned from ear to ear at the love and adoration from all of us.

She is just that good.

The finale, “Rolling in the Deep” the first single from the second album, pretty much brought the house down, built it up, and brought it up again. People were shouting singing, so loudly that at one point the crowd drowned HER out. She held the microphone out so that the audience could sing the background vocal “you’re gonna wish you…never had met me…tears are gonna fall…rolling in the deep.” And if I do say so myself, we all could have totally been her back up singers. She laughed. We laughed. We cried at the emotional too. “Someone Like You” was an emotional song about finding out her ex found another woman. She was devastated. You can hear it all over the song, yet she sounded optimistic in wishing him all the best. As I looked around, couples huddled, and a few teared. A good time was had by all.

So thank you Adele for blessing us with your presence. A fantastic show, by an even more fantastic woman. Thank you.

And. Not to toot my own horn. But I love that she started her tour – her first night – in Washington, DC. Beat THAT NYC.

The First 15.

As I embark upon next year… new music… more space must be made on my pod, I started to think about what music really stirred my dandruff. And which made my juices bountiful. This year was a topsy turvy one for my tastes. Some cds I was wholeheartedly disappointed with and some were unexpected surprises. I have to say it was a rollercoaster. I managed to fill a 120 gig AND a 160 gig ipod and I still yearn for more. It’s quite frustrating to have to delete some artists. You kind of feel like you are cheating on them with others. But it has to be done. Playlists were made way too much this year. And I have a schitzophrenic way of listening to music. I must listen now now now and if I don’t have it, I must get it. So needless to say to go back and make a list of standouts is really really hard for me. REALLY. HARD. Sometimes I go by beats, sometimes I go by musicians and vocal ability, sometimes I go by melody. But if you stick in my head for more than a day, you’re pretty much made it in my pod for an infinite amount of time. Rock has never been more cheesy this year. R&B yo-yo-ish with vocal gymnastics being used instead of singing. Country shouldn’t have been called country but more so pop rock, and rap was just meh with the exception of a few which you pretty much KNOW. Shouldn’t be a shocker. But here is my list of Everything Music for 2010:

And these are in no particular order…except for #1. So when I backtrack they are listed numerically but really they aren’t for any particular reason. I just wanted a top 30.

Keri Hilson – No Boys Allowed. What a sneaky chickie this one is, making her way on my best of at the end of the year. But I commend you Keri for displaying positivity in your music. A lot of women don’t. And no I don’t hate you because you are beautiful. I commend you. You all should support her. She’s the perfect package – she sings, AND writes her lyrics. Imagine that. I know, it’s hard in the world of ghost writers and all. Her beats are on point too. Get it. She has the club songs, the hip hop beats, and the radio friendly tracks. Key songs: Pretty Girl Rock, Lose Control/Let Me Down, Hustler, and Won’t Be Long

The Black Keys – Brothers. These guys can do no wrong. With their scratchy chord progressions, to Dan’s falsetto mixed with the drums, you think they come from the south and they don’t. Ohio is their claim to fame. But their music has been consistently good for years now. Brothers is the icing on an already well orchestrated band. I don’t think there is a bad song on this cd. “Everylasting Light. Next Girl. Tighten Up. Black Mud, Howlin’ for You is a standout as well as Too Afraid to Love You, a slow mover with organ music that could easily pass for a creepy song in a vampire movie that doesn’t have Kristen Stewart in it. Trust me, these guys are the real thing and they are music to my ears. Key songs: The whole damn album.

Toby Mac – Tonight. Christian Music has always been weird for me. I have trouble listening to people sing about a God that I question. BUT this guy. Toby Mac. His album Tonight, is a very uplifting gem. God isn’t mentioned just so you know. But he is a ray of sunshine in a world of music that is just bad. He’s not about spreading the word like many Christian artists. He’s just about spreading positivity, trying to help out people who kinda sorta down in the dumps, ie ME. So anyone who can try to spread a little joy without it being over the top is fine with me. And while I’m at it. This is a party record. You can play most of it at a party and you don’t even KNOW what he’s really getting at because the beats are so loud. I leave listening to his album with a smile on my face. And I’m sure that is what he wants. Key songs: Tonight (loudest rock/dance song ever), Captured, Changed Forever

Caribou-Swim. This is a dance record. Very much a departure from the previous Caribou record. I used to not be able to make heads or tails of this band. You have to be, or I have to be in a certain mood when listening to this band. But nonetheless this album has such an overwhelming feel of atmospheric sonic landscapes that you just have to sit back and listen and dissect. Every song is intriguing, taking you on a trip through an imaginary world of sound and rhythm. It’s really just a cool record. From the opener which could easily be in a Guy Ritchie movie,  to Leave House, which could easily be in a Volkswagon commercial then ending in Jameila, which is…just..amazingly good. Take my word for it. Even though I always cringe when I purchase an album with 9 songs (Why not ten guys really? How hard is it to add another song?), this one was pretty much a well received album from start to finish. Key Songs: Jamelia, Odessa (PS..check out Caribou’s remix album. JUST as good.)

Beach House – Teen Dream. No, not to be confused with Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” but Beach House. This band makes me so relaxed. Every song eveeeery song is just a mind fuck but a good mind fuck. My favorite song has got to be “Norway.” It’s just so beautiful. The whole ablum is a beautiful mind trip of peace and tranquility. I don’t think I have ever been so in love with an album before. I can’t believe there is great music by this band, and so many many people haven’t even heard of them. It’s a travesty. Yet auto tuned nitwits can hit the top of the charts. It baffles me. THIS is the band that should be nominated numerous times at various award shows. Teen Dream is a clean sounding record. There are no gimmicks. Just swooping strings, pianos, organs, and beautiful vocals. In my book…an A. Key songs: Norway, Lover of Mine, Walk in the Park, Real Love

Superchunk – Majestry Shredding This album is definitely a return to crunchy guitar rock form. They took a long break after the last album. And I can understand why. They wanted to get this down pact. And they did. I particularly enjoy listening to “Digging for Something,” “My Gap Feels Weird,” and “Winter Games.” Three killer tunes with loud chompable rock that can be blasted from the car to the stereo. It’s a great trip from beginning to end. I find the song “Hot Tubes” humorous simply for the “Ohhhh. Yeaaaah” that is kind of on the emo tip in the way it’s sung. But overall it is a good solid comeback from a band we all missed. Key Songs: …oh just pick one and listen for yourself:-)

Memomena – Mines Let me say first off this is a weird band. It’s just bizarre. The beats are like annoying ticks that stay in your head even when you are doing something as simple as taking out the trash. I find myself humming a tune or two. It’s a cosmic mess, with dance beats and interesting little quirks that you don’t listen upon the first listen but moreso like the 10th. You hear something new and intriguing each time. With the song “Sleeping Beauty”, you hear a guitar riff over a very bizarre swirly sound effects. The drumbeat is minimal at first, but 3:45 into the song there is a resounding clash effect. It’s just bizarre but I can’t stop listening to it. “Dirty Cartoons” makes it’s living by just an acoustic guitar and the lead vocalist singing with ever the hint of a piano and a heavy bass beat and drum beat. Very simple yet definitely heavy. The contrast of music in the songs is overwhelming, but worth a listen. Key Songs : Dirty Cartoons, Queen Black Acid, Five Little Rooms, and Sleeping Beauty

Vampire Weekend – Contra. I feel like this album got slept on this year. Everyone went so bitchcakes over the first one, and it was good. I’m not saying it wasn’t. This album finds more of the same. I put it on the list because it’s a simple album. It’s not over the top. It’s not laced with auto tune and sampling. It’s simple. Despite the fact I hear “Holiday” in not one but TWO commercials, it is a decent and solid album. And that’s all I have to say about it. It’s just good. Is it fantastic? No, but if you want an album to relax to and just chill out, then this one is a fine selection. Key Songs: All of them

LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening Aaah yes. James never lets us down. It’s a solid release. After a hiatus, James and the gang return in a BIG way. The opening track, “Make Yourself Clean” is just his voice with a series of tapping and little drumming. It’s cute. It’s welcoming. There’s even a chant. THEN. A little over halfway through the beat completely changes, noise comes to the surface and it makes you want to stand up and take notice. The first single, “Drunk Girls” could easily be a throwback to the 80s with a synth beat and cowbell. And c’mon, who doesn’t love a cowbell?  “I Can Change” is the LCD Soundsystem we know and love. It’s a dance song that is semi upbeat with the high hat playing an important role in getting my foot to tap. It’s a winner. So is this cd. Nice job guys. Key Songs: “Drunk Girls,” “One Touch,” and “I Can Change”

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – I Learned the Hard Way. It seems like Sharon came from out of nowhere when in actuality Sharon has been rocking around for many a year. But she herself is an event to been seen and not just heard. This album gives you just a taste of the goodness in music that I LOVE. Her voice reflects joy, rock, the struggling, and the love of human emotion. Sharon has the kind of voice that can lift you up when you’re down and then make you pay for dinner later lol and you’re willing because she is just. That. Powerful. The title track is filled with regret and pain but triumphant in the end. The Dap Kings stand on their own for sure. This could be a two cd with instrumentals and one with her vocals. “She Ain’t a Child No More” is a song about a young girl who has been forced to see things and experience things that no kid should have to see. Without A Heart, despite the title, is an upbeat song about no matter what you have, if you don’t have a heart, you have nothing. This woman. With that band. Can do no wrong. It’s like a revival you don’t want to leave. Key songs: Title Track,  Give It Back, Money

Trombone Shorty – Backatown Jazz has never been a great thing for me. It takes a lot for me to sit down and listen to a jazz album. But this one has completely changed my mind. This is truly a gem of an album. It sucks you in from jump with the song “Hurricane Season.” It is a fast paced uplifting horn treat. There is no way no one can not dance to this. It sounds like it could easily be heard in a movie somewhere during a chase sing. “Something Beautiful” is a song with Lenny Kravitz, one of a few collaborations but this song is just what it is called.. something beautiful. From the lyrics, to the melodies, everything. Just beautiful. “Backatown” is heavy on the organ and percussion, but that is a good thing. I swear this man is the real deal. “Neph” focuses on his skills alone and he doesn’t disappoint. Another toe tapper. Trust me when I say, and this is coming from someone who doesn’t listen to a ton of jazz–GET THIS ALBUM. NOW. The WHOLE. ALBUM.

The Drums – The Drums This band is definitely an 80s throwback to synths and just dancey pop rock. Most notably the song “Me and the Moon.” “I Want to go Surfing” is also a 60s throwback. It’s just nice good music to pass the time to listen to. It’s fun. And music is missing fun. They sound like a culmination of Duran Duran, English Beat, and Tears for Fears. They make simple songs and like to rock out. Where exactly are the minuses here? None really. It makes me want to grab a tambourine and join with them. “We Tried” is a song revealing the attempts on making a disasterous relationship work over a curling guitar lick. “The Future” is quite a double take song because the lead singer sounds like a dead ringer for Morrissey. Basically. A win win. Key Songs: Whole Album

Crystal Castles – II. This is just a continuation of the first album, also called Crystal Castles. They didn’t really consider it an album so this one arrives as a complete piece. Well they don’t disappoint. Don’t be distracted by the first track, Fainting Spells. It’s a song with no shortage of screeching yells. I know, I was annoyed by it too. But the song rescues itself by the hip hop beat. It was quite a relief to the ears at least. This album is a lot like the first, complete with a cover of a Sigur Rios song, “Years of Silence.” This was a pleasant surprise with Jonsai’s voice. It is a dance track, no dobut, but with Jonsai’s melodic voice, it adds to the greatness. It’s a crazy album with dizzying sounds, heavy bass, screeches, quirks, and twists and turns. But I loved every minute of it. Key Songs: Years of Silence, Baptism, Suffocation

Eminem – Recovery Well this certainly is a comeback. His last album, Relapse, was just a mess. It lacked focus and was more of the same. If I had to hear ONE MORE song about his mom I was going to scream myself. With Recovery he gets it right. It truly was a recovery. Sober and clean, he returned with a mind focus on reclaiming what made him a household name from jump. Not Afraid was his I’m back calling card. His album is a perfect culmination of street smarts with smart pop, utilizing Rihana and Pink in “Love the Way you Lie,” and “Won’t Back Down.” It’s a great pop rap album and something that was truly missed from him. He even pays tribute to his best friend and comrade Proof who was unfortunately gunned down “You’re Never Over.” He was wearing his heart on his sleeve and the fans ate it up. Em, welcome back. Key Songs: Seduction, Cold Wind Blows, Not Afraid, Cinderella Man, and Talking to Myself

Sade – Soldier of Love. Oh. My. Gurd. Sade is the only person…the only person who can go away for more than half a decade and come back and sell out the wazoo. Her voice is angelic. And this album is no real departure. She sticks with what she knows. Minimalistic music and let the voice do the job of luring the listener in. Her voice is just sweet and quiet and silky and smooth. It’s been missed over the years. Her first single, the title track, was really a departure with the amount of percussion that is used but it worked so well with how her voice delivers. The producers don’t try and over do it with her style. Less is more. Again, a real gem for those who want to know how REAL singers do it. She brought it and then some. It was a very nice comeback. Key Songs: The Whole Damn Album

Well, that’s the first 15… still want the last 15? Stay tooned. More to come.