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 Year, New Music… 3 Months Late.

Happy new year folks.

Sorry I’m very late with this. Still battling the demons. And losing more than winning. But I give to you another show full of new music. So I hope you listen with open ears and an open heart. From rock to dance, there’s something for everyone. And that’s the great thing about music. Sit back, open a few beers, or whatever floats your battleship, and have fun.

Stream and download here —> Podcast #44

 

 

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Break Into Your Heart – Iggy Pop

Sound And Vision – David Bowie

The Outlaw Josey Wales – Zella Day

City Lights – Wolfmother

A Womans Wisdom – Wild Nothing

Lead Me to the Water – Shake Shake Go

Ch-Ching – Chairlift

Green With Envy – Sea Pinks

Eat The Rich – Motörhead

What Happened To Us? – Hoobastank

Dancing On Glass – St. Lucia

Forgiveness – Editors

Make Me A Believer (feat. Mac Powell) – Andy Mineo

Best in Me – Chris Trapper

Love Type Thing – Tegan And Sara

Walk With The Noise – IAMX

The Switch – DMA’s

Take My Heart – La Sera

I’ve Got Love On My Mind – Natalie Cole

 

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Podcast #43. Electric Boogie..

Fellow Earbudders,

I’m back with another one right before the end of the year. I don’t know if I’ll make another year ender podcast, but stay tuned for my favorite 30 albums of 2015 post. It’s a doozy.. Until then, enjoy this show of dance, shakin’, and lovin’…

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Podcast #43

 

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Uma Thurman (feat. Wiz Khalifa) [Remix] – Fall Out Boy
Do What You Wanna Do (MYNC Radio Edit) – Nile Rodgers
Indestructible (feat. DBX) – Armin van Buuren
Temptation – Escort
Keep On (feat. Green Velvet) – Catz ‘N Dogz
In the Wild – Capital Kings
Til The Money Runs Out – !!!
We Are Not Alone (Fei-Fei Remix) – Basement Jaxx
When You See Me – Computer Magic
Pay My Rent – DNCE
We Continue – Dam-Funk
Milky Way – Air Waves
The First Heartbreak – Matthew Ryan
No Liars – Matthew Good
Life Is a Fear – Editors
Life is Long – Laura Stevenson
Philip the Engineer – JR JR
Smoke Around the Bend – Small Black
Happy Song – Bring Me the Horizon

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Podcast #34. For Those Who Care to Listen..

Welcome kids,

Here’s another one for the record books. Hope you likey. Sorry I didn’t get to a podcast last month. I explain why in the show. It’s finally nice outside. So I thought I’d play some upbeat stuff for a change. And loud. Why? Because something has to keep you awake while you do mind numbing work at a cubicle. Or a desk. Or in a study hall. Or a library.

Have fun.

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Love Never Felt So Good -Michael Jackson

Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea) – Ariana Grande

Bodylifting – Spring Offensive

Jealous (I Ain’t With It) – Chromeo

Parked Outside – The Afghan Whigs

Demon Stuck in Your Eye – Le Butcherettes

Fever – The Black Keys

Underworld – Brody Dalle

Take It Off – Sleeper Agent

Seasons of the Wire – Deleted Scenes

Start Again – Blake Lewis

Empire – Shakira

Need To Be – Memphis May Fire

I Want It All – Arctic Monkeys

Food For Soul – Mr Day

In A Feeling Like This – Blouse

Summer of Love – La Sera

Magic – Coldplay

 

 

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What I’m Listening to Now: Jessy Lanza

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Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back

Every once in a while, there is an artist that gets popular based on word of blog. Jessy is one of those artists. She has a beautiful yet simple voice. It doesn’t razzle and dazzle you like Mariah’s, or over emotes like Christina’s. It is beautiful just as is. Throw in a mix of electronica, pop, synth, and dane beats you have one dynamite album. This voice is what Ellie Goulding SHOULD sound like. And unfortunately, Ellie has the career Jessy SHOULD have. Jessy’s voice is soft and she is soothing to my ears, especially after a hard day’s work. I really hope she releases more albums, because she’s a keeper. It only has nine songs on it, but man, it packs a wallop. I just wish I had come to listen to her sooner. I’ll be sure to leave that rock I live under every so often.

https://soundcloud.com/hyperdub/jessy-lanza-keep-moving

 

 

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Last Podcast of 2012. My Favorite Songs..

This has been a strong year for singles. Albums not so much. Usually I have a difficult time trying to weed through all the albums of the year. But I didn’t really have that much of a problem for this year’s picks. You can see who I picked for my top 20 albums in the previous blog. But this year a lot of songs grabbed my attention and never let go. Theses songs are in no particular order. Just because Bruno is number 1 doesn’t mean I think he had the best song, his song was just the first one to pop into my head. Some of these tunes I’ve already played in previous podcasts over this year  so don’t worry if they sound familiar. Some were songs I just thought were standouts from the other better known songs groups or singers are known for and I wanted to bring them to the music roundtable. So I ‘m going to share. Isn’t it nice when people share? So here is my podcast link to download:

http://djgabbers1.podomatic.com/enclosure/2012-12-29T15_24_57-08_00

 

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And here is the list. Some are from my list of albums, some are just random.. songs I enjoyed and got stuck in my head for days. Sorry No Call Me Maybes here. Enjoy. I’ll be back in 2013 with new lists, new podcasts, and new random acts of music love.

Be safe everyone. Happy new year!

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Bruno Mars – Money Make Her Smile

Muse – Panic Station

Linkin Park – BURN IT DOWN

Rita Ora – How We Do (Party)

Vicci Martinez – I Can Love

Bright Light Bright Light – Feel It

Rihanna – Diamonds

Divine Fits – Would That Not Be Nice

Cat Power – Ruin

Christina Aguilera – Light Up The Sky

Crystal Castles – Sad Eyes

John Talabot – When The Past Was Present

Chromatics – Kill for Love

Japandroids – Fire’s Highway

Cold Specks – Blank Maps

Jack White – Love Interruption

Four Tet – Locked

Calvin Harris – Sweet Nothing (feat. Florence Welch) 3:33

El-P – For My Upstairs Neighbor (Mums the Word)

Tegan & Sara – Closer

Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child

Metz – Sad Pricks

Twin Shadow – Five Seconds

Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream

The Gossip – Casualties Of War

The Gaslight Anthem – Here Comes My Man

Killer Mike – Reagan

The Gaslamp Killer – Dead Vets (with Adrian Younge & MRR)

Pink – Blow Me (One Last Kiss)

Robbie Williams – Different

Bring it 2013!

 

 

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Music: My Likes and Loves of 2012

Well folks, here we are again. Another year for the record books, another list of albums to be published. Why shouldn’t I make my own list? This was a tough year of music or me. There were some releases I thoroughly enjoyed. And some releases I kinda enjoyed and then there were albums I didn’t enjoy but the lead single was off the knob. Such a disappointment when that happens. So I decided to make two lists.. The first list is of albums I LIKED but didn’t LOVE, usually because of  vulgar words that slipped through, or songs ran WAY too long.. or an album was WAY too short. That’s a pet peeve. The second list is of albums I loved from beginning to end. The production, the lyrics were well thought out and executed. And my ears were happy. Enjoy.

 

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Liked:

1. The Rosebuds – LoveDeluxe

A cover of the entire LoveDeluxe album by Sade. Very soothing. Call it a bedroom headphone album… I recommend it.

Key Tracks: No Ordinary Love, I Couldn’t Love You More, Like a Tattoo, Cherish the Day, Mermaid

 

2. Metz – Metz 

Loud. Distorted. Madness

Key Tracks: Headache, Sad Pricks

 

3. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music

Killer Mike returns and he’s angry. About the country, about the economy, and about presidents. One of the better rap albums I’ve heard in a while.

Key Tracks: Big Beast, Anywhere But Here, Reagan

 

4. John Talabot – Fin

For the electronic freak in everyone…

Key Tracks: Journeys, Esitu, Destiny

 

5. Ryan Bingham – Tomorrowland 

The country singer reemerges with more of a rock country record. And I dig.

Key Tracks: Guess Who’s Knocking, Rising of the Ghetto, Beg for Broken Legs, Heart of Rhythm (very Bruce Springteen-y)

 

6. Divine Fits – Divine Fits

Britt Daniel (of Spoon) and a few buddies made a very cosmic slop record. Elements of rock, a hint of electronica, synths, Divine Fits was a nice surprise.

Key Tracks: Would That Not be Nice, My Love is Real

 

7. THEEsatisfaction – THEEsatisfaction

Calm, cool, and collected rap duo take no prisoners.

Key Tracks: Existinct, Bitch, Sweat

 

8. Pink – The Truth About Love

PInk returns. If you liked her previous efforts, this is no different. She kicks shit. Hard.

Key Tracks: Here Comes the Weekend, Title Track, Slut Like You

 

9. Crystal Castles – III

Electroclash galore.

Key Tracks: Sad Eyes, Violent Youth, Mercenary

 

10. Rihanna – Unapologetic

Rihanna is the Mariah Carey of the past few years, dropping an album every year it seems.. or it feels like it anyway. This is a solid effort of pop, r&b, some 90s dance.. There’s something for everyone here. However, the sad part about this for me is that she does have a duet with Chris Brown. Funniest thing, it’s one of the best tracks beat and hook wise. She’s determined to frustrate fans like myself who enjoy her music, but hate it when she makes dumb decisions. But if you enjoy her music, like I do, then this is good stuff.

Key  Tracks: Diamonds, Numb, Pour It Up, and Jump (Thank Ginuwine Riri, because you totally lifted a line from “Pony,” his biggest hit), Nobody’s Business (and I hate to admit that..)

 

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Loved:

1. Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls

Brittany Howard. The real thing. Mark my word. Rock, blues, sorrow, heartache, and hope all rolled into one.

Key Tracks: Hold On, Heartbreaker, Be Mine, and the whole damn album. Kicks ass. Major.

 

2. The Gossip – Joyful Noise

Beth Ditto, Hannah Blilie, and Nathan Howdeshell return with an overwhelming fantastic album full of dance, pop, and a little rock. It’s like the 90s blew up in their faces and the result is a Joyful Noise.

Key Tracks: Melody Emergency, Get Lost, Get a Job, Love in a Foreign Place, Casualties of War, Move in the Right Direction

 

3. Cat Power – Sun

FINALLY!! A Cat Power album that had my toes tapping. Great use of drum machines melody. Still a little darkness lyrically but overall, I approve.

Key Tracks: Cherokee, Ruin, Manhattan, Silent Machine

 

4. Bright Lights, Bright Lights – Make Me Believe in Hope

All she wants to do is “DANCE DANCE DANCE”. Download or buy this cd, press play and shake a tail feather. The 90s called. They say “thanks for keeping our memory alive.”

Key Tracks: Feel It, A New Word to Say, Cry at Films, How to Make a Heart

 

5. Grizzly Bear – Shields

My favorite brooders are back. And they’re upbeat. Who knew? Beautiful melodies too.

Key Tracks: A Simple Answer, Speak in Rounds, Gun-Shy, and Half Gate.

 

6. Christina Aguilera – Lotus

This album is fantastic. The big voice of pop returns. Along with her boobs. But it’s a great pop record. Forget Bionic, this is the one to listen to.

Key Tracks: Your Body, Around the World, Let There Be Love, Make the World Move, Shut Up, Light Up the Sky

 

7. Japandroids – Celebration Rock

I’m a sucker for crunchy guitars and loudness.

Key Tracks: Fire’s Highway, Adrenaline Nightshift.. and the whole album. Just get it.

 

8. Chairlift – Something

Glorious, beautiful, and luscious landscapes covered by a soothing voice that guides our ears into musical heaven.

Key tracks: Wrong Opinion, Turning, I Belong in Your Arms (so 80s), Met Before,  Frigid Spring

 

9. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream

A writer for others, FINALLY, his time has come. I hear a little of Prince in him too. Never a bad thing. He has a beautiful voice. It works well with every beat. In an r&b school of whiners nowadays, he’s got the talent.

Key Tracks: Adorn, The Thrill, How Many Drinks, title track, Where’s the Fun in Forever

 

10. El-P – Cure 4 Cancer

El-P comes back in full form. The stories are more intricate. The beats are harder. Win win.

Key Tracks: True Story, For My Upstairs Neighbor, The Full Retard, Drones Over Bklyn

Honorable mention:

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Quantic and Alice Russell – Look Around the Corner

Such a weird combo, but such a wonderful throwback 60s sound.

Key Tracks: Look Around the Corner, Traveling Song, Su Suzy, and Boogaloo 33

If you dig jazz, pop, and lounge from the 60s, then check them out.

 

There you have it folks. My favorites of the year. My ipod is officially full.

 

Uh oh.

 

 

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