Kelis – “Floyd

Here’s a Kelis slow jam that has a dreamy tone, Bacharach horns, and harmony-filled chorus. You could add this song to a late-nite mix.

A nice lyric:

I know I don’t look it
But I can cook
I’m really pretty simple I
Like what I should
You’d think it be really easy
If it was I would
But people seem too crazy
So I read a book

(Source: Spotify)

Diplo Interview in Billboard Magazine

Here are some excerpts from Diplo’s recent cover article in Billboard Magazine:

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Despite his sleepy, hooded eyes, his vibe is amped and chatty. Snaking down the inside of his right forearm is one of his nine tattoos, a simple line drawing of a Brontosaurus-ish dinosaur (it’s a Diplodocus, a childhood favorite and the source of his DJ name) that he got a decade ago as a source of motivation: “It was like, if I ever have to quit making music and get a real job, I’ll have to look at this every day and know I failed.”

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Music in the Eames’ Office:

Working for the Eameses was a tremendous source of enthusiasm, but the master’s discipline was often difficult for his employees to bear. In the office no music, chatting or chewing gum was allowed. “The projects were exciting, but working at the Eames Office was considered to be ‘like gentle agony’,” one reads in the biography written by John and Marilyn Neuhart, two of their most faithful collaborators.

Fitoussi, Brigitte. ” Husband and Wife: A Collective Work.” Eames: furniture 1941-1978. New York, NY: Assouline, 2003. 11. Print.

photo from the book (it’s not the Eames Office but those are their chairs):

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This is the book:

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http://www.assouline.com/9782843234200.html

Goldfrapp – “Thea”

This morning “Thea” played as I drove through foggy bay area backroads to work; it was a perfect setting. More songs should have pulsing/tremolo-ing synths like this (see: Chromatics’ “Lady”: http://youtu.be/FhvAKWKsIoE)

(Source: Spotify)

The Raveonettes  – “Kill!

I think you should disregard most, if not all, the reviews that call The Raveonettes’ new album Pe’ahi so-so. This album is powerful and beautiful  in that it takes the soft/hard, quiet/noisey, sweet/lewd dualities of their past work and turns those combos up to eleven. They nail the balances. The Hawaiian imagery is also a killer motif … like being high on the beach with black sunglasses on.

I’ve come to notice that many bands are getting not only better with age, but darker and sexier as well. (See: Chromatics, Queens of the Stone Age, Radiohead)

Last week I saw The Raveonettes at Bimbo’s for either the third or fourth time. Each show is great, but this last one was truly magical. They’re fucking rad live. #strobes

(Source: Spotify)

Ofra Haza – “Gaibi” (1988, Israel)

In Europe Ofra Haza  was nicknamed the “Israeli Madonna.” I hear that dance-club style throughout her 1988 album Shaday, but I think the above track comes across a bit Kate Bush-like.

This is a rad track. I’m digging into Middle Eastern music a lot these days. My family is Neopolitan, a culture whose language and music borrows heavily from Spanish and Middle Eastern influences.

Read more about the album Shaday here:

http://www.allmusic.com/album/shaday-mw0000652935

Results from a Google image search for “reggae”

I didn’t realize how much reggae culture had to do with marijuana until I did a Google image search for “reggae.” These images are actually pretty funny.

From the first 12 results:

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"Apple Won’t Shut Down Beats Music After All (but Will Probably Rename It)" (Slate article)

http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2014/09/22/techcrunch_reports_apple_is_shutting_down_beats_music_but_is_it_really.html

From the article by Jordan Weissmann:

This afternoon, TechCrunch reported that Apple was planning to shut down Beats Music, the streaming service founded by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine that the company acquired, along with its headphone brand, for $3 billion. This seemed a bit strange, since Tim Cook has rhapsodized about just how much he loves the subscription service, and the fact that Apple desperately needed to find foothold in streaming. But the story cited five sources, “including several prominent employees at Apple and Beats.”

Rebranding Beats as part iTunes isn’t quite the same as shutting the service down. But it feels like we’re splitting hairs over headlines here.

In any event, here’s what we can take away from today’s late afternoon music biz news: Streaming is still the future, Apple still seems to realize that, and it’s not going to throw the whole streaming service it just bought into the trash heap because it likes iTunes better.

"13 Jaw-Dropping Stock Photos of Women Reading"

An entertaining list:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/crownpublishinggroup/13-jaw-dropping-stock-photos-of-women-reading-ex5r

Femme – “High” (2014)

New music video for the new track from newish British singer Femme.

Listen for the chord change when she sings:

You kno-o-o-ow I’m lo-o-nely

Eet’s nice!

"Martin Heidegger – THE BIG IDEAS"

Philosopher Alain de Botton and The School of Life created a 5-minute introduction to ze German philosopher Martin Heidegger whose work, some say, Isabittrickytounderstand.

Taxi Hip Hop scene from the movie The Comedy, featuring Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, and James Murphy

The Comedy is one of the darkest comedies I’ve ever seen. The website Tiny Mix Tapes called it “pitch black” and “generational.” In the movie, Tim Heidecker’s character and his friends are complete assholes in New York who do nothing all day besides being assholes. Once you get used to the style of humor (which takes 15 minutes), it’s a brutal but hilarious ride. There are some relatively Tim and Eric-style scenes, including this catchy song about not giving the cab driver a tip:

Tim’s character, making fun of the cab driver: “I do not have car radio because I am just a boy.”

Eric’s character: “You’re just a wooden boy!”

I think that’s a reference to Pinocchio.

The Comedy is available on Netflix Instant Play. It also stars Gregg Turkington, the character who plays Neil Hamburger.

The Tiny Mix Tapes review:

http://www.tinymixtapes.com/film/the-comedy

From the review:

Rick Alverson is a musician as well as a filmmaker (long affiliated with the label Jagjaguwar) and the soundtrack of the film is also notably good. Could The Comedy be a summation, the film to end all slacker-focused indie films? Alverson nails the subculture, the nihilistic yuppie behind Swanson’s Smurf-blue shades and buttoned shirts, the brunching as a bloodsport. Like Swanson cycling around the velodrome like a madman, there’s nowhere left to go.

Super Guachin – “Se Pixelo el Vinito

Argentine electro in the video game-vein, from the compilation Future Sounds of Buenos Aires on the label ZZK Records. “Se Pixelo el Vinito” is my favorite track off the comp.

ZZK describes the record as:

ZZK Records is an independent record label based in Buenos Aires that has been expanding the borders of Argentine music for the past 4 years. FSOBA is an album compiling the key players in the Argentine electronic scene that are famous for revolutionizing traditional music from the roots of South America by updating it to the digital world of 2012 in which we live.
FSOBA is a project that draws on an international and multi-media digital arts platform, including the hottest tracks from the Buenos Aires urban underground to cross-continental collaborations, remixes, videoclips, international concerts in Buenos Aires, and a variety of encounters between artists from all over the world interacting with and getting involved in the electronic scene in Buenos Aires in Argentina and from abroad.
The album contains tracks from all star producers and bands including Chancha via Circuito, Mati Zundel, Frikstailers, Super Guachin, Fauna, La Yegros, Tremor, El Remolón featuring Lido Pimienta, King Coya, The Peronists, El Trip Selector and Daleduro. FSOBA is an official presentation of the Buenos Aires electronic underground to the world through a wild dance party of twelve hard hitting tracks from past, present and future.

(above from from http://zzkrecords.com/album/Future_Sounds_Of_Buenos_Aires)

I first heard about FSOBA from Aquarius Records’ “Staff Favorites 2013” list:

http://www.aquariusrecords.org/stafffaves2013.html

If you like left-field stuff, and you happen to be passing through the Mission in San Francisco, do stop by Aquarius. Their selection and recommendations are top-notch:

http://www.aquariusrecords.org/

(Source: Spotify)

I’ve been getting into a lot of Mad Decent stuff lately … here’s my favorite track from Diplo’s Random White Dude Be Everywhere album

Stream the new Julian Casabalancas+The Voidz album “Tyranny”

Check it out at Rolling Stone:

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/julian-casablancas-and-the-voidz-tyranny-stream-20140919