Friday Playlist: 6/22/18

This week’s Friday Playlist is primarily centered around the Summer Time.

We start off with an artist that you should get to know now, because Miya Folick is going to make it big.

St. Vincent changed one of her slowest songs from the last album, “Slow Disco” into a dance song with “Fast Slow Disco”.

The current SWB song of the Summer is Pusha T’s “If You Know You Know”. Though the song has been out for a month or so, the video just came out.

Gorillaz have a psychedelic new video created by the team that normally is operating in the SouthEast Corner of Glastonbury during this weekend.

Rudimental & Major Lazer created a banger of a summer song with “Let Me Live” which features Anne-Marie & MR. Eazi.

Sir Paul McCartney put out a double-A side single this week. The first song is the slower paced “I Don’t Know” and is followed by the upbeat, summery “Come On To Me”.

One of our favorite live acts, Sylvan Esso put out a new video that highlights their live shows and fan interactions. Be sure to check them out if they come to your town.

Friday Playlist 6/8/18

This week’s Friday Playlist could work for as a party mix for a pretty banging house party.

We start off with a rapper that does not rest on his laurels. G. Yamazawa is back again this week with “Breathe”.

Troye Sivan is an electronic music producer and actor. He creates some infectious tune such as “Bloom”

The Gorillaz are back and created a video for the song “Humility” that involves cartoon characters in the real world and a fair amount of product placement.

Twin Shadow worked with Power-Pop sister trio, HIAM to create the infectious “Saturdays”.

Mahalia’s new track “I wish I Missed My Ex” is reminiscent of Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, and Solange. This single really touched us and we hope you will enjoy it also.

It is easy to groove and dance to the Dub Step leaning “Feel Good” which was created by Maribou State.

Blue Angels makes you want to dance around with his new track “Far Enough”. Very little is known about Blue Angels, and no matter what we expect bing things from him

Though this has been around for a while now, Gabriella Cohen showcases her beautiful vocals and instrumentation on “Baby”.

Friday Playlist: 5/25/18

Over the last week we have discovered quite a few musical treats that we want to share with you.

We start off with one of our favorite musicians James Blake and “Don’t Miss It”. This is a song he debuted this week on his BBC1 radio show.

CupcakKe is always provocative, and her video “Quiz” borrows imagery from one of our favorite movies, Kill Bill.

Leikeli47 has created a great summer song with “Money”. This is a song that longs for road trips in a convertible.

We shot this video during an intimate performance by Vagabon here in Dallas. “The Embers” is our favorite song from her album, Infinite Worlds.

Tyler the Creator released a forgotten track this week called “435”.

Today Harvey Weinstein will be turning himself into authorities and I am sure there will be a bit of a smile on the faces of Amanda Palmer & Jasmine Power who just released “Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now”. It is a song that puts words to the feelings that women feel all too often when men place them in horrible situations.

Saturday Night Live shared a pre-filmed musical skit that involves a Haim style band and Nicki Minaj.

One of the most moving voices in modern music belongs to Neko Case. She is about to release a new album. Here is the first song from the album she has shared, “Curse of the I-5 Corridor”.

Friday Playlist: 5/18/18

We missed last Friday, but we are back this week with a new Friday Playlist.

We start off with a provocative video that was created to accompany a great song. Childish Gambino (Donald Glover)’s “This is America” is an in your face video and song. There is much symbolism and meaning behind this video, and a Google search and a bit of reading is sure to alter future viewings for you.

Frank Turner was one of our favorite SXSW 2018 performers. We posted a video we shot in the past, but this is the official video for “Make America Great Again”.

The Arctic Monkeys are back with a new album and a new sound that is much less The Birthday Party and much more Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

We had a chance to see Kendrick Lamar on the TDE Championship tour. Here is a video of part of his performance of “Element”.

G. Yamazawa has been busy recently and his latest video/song is “Violence”. There is some great dancing in the video. The song is meaningful and very much of the time.

Quiet Slang is the band for anyone that loves when a punk band plays a ballad. It is James Alex,the lead singer of Beach Slang, slowing down Beach Slang songs to create some beautiful tracks.

Frog Eyesare an experimental indie rock band that has reportedly just released their final album.

Scott Hutchinson of Frightened Rabbit left this world too soon after he lost his battle with depression. We have seen the band many times, in fact seeing them less than 14 hours apart on two separate occasions. This is a video from a performance we saw at Glastonbury 2016.

Concert Review: TDE Championship Tour AKA Kendrick's Victory Lap

The TDE (Top Dawg Entertainment) Championship Tour came to Dallas tonight.

Our review format: The format is a straight forward expression of 5 separate thoughts. The best comparison would be to 5 text messages about a concert or album from your friend to you. Some messages may be only one or two words, some may be run-on sentences, and some may be paragraphs. We do promise not to ramble on and drift off topic like a text from your favorite grandparent.

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RIYL: Pulitzer Prize Winners
Pseudo Genre: G.O.A.T.

1. It would be easy to make sports analogies, especially since Kendrick performed in front of a Formula 1 race car. Despite that, we will not say that this performance was a victory lap for Kendrick.
2. Almost the entire TDE roster performed, but all the attention was on Kendrick Lamar and SZA with a lesser spotlight on Schoolboy Q and Jay Rock.
3. Pulitzer Kenny, AKA Kendrick Lamar, performed without a pause and without an encore.
4. The crowd energy of a Kendrick performance is simply, unmatched 5. Kendrick and TDE draw a racial diverse crowd, but very few fans were over 30 years of age.

Here is a video we shot along with a few pictures.

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Childish Gambino's Satirical Genius on Full Display in"This is America"

The video for Childish Gambino's latest single, "This is America," was released shortly after his appearance on Saturday Night Live, and quickly went viral, because.....well, thats exactly what it was supposed to do. The video going viral is, in itself, a distraction; one of the major topics Glover confronts in "This is America".  On first watch, it is hard not to zone in on Donald Glover's Jim Crow era dance moves. He is The Distraction, placed against a backdrop of gun violence, death, abuse and chaos that is barely noticeable. Until the second watch....then again, and again. With each experience, a new piece of the puzzle is revealed, and sadly, a familiar scene begins to emerge- it is America, now... absurd, confusing, and for many of us, utterly horrific. Like most works of art worthy of their canonical placement, this one's got layers and layers of meaning- each of them intentionally created and pieced together in a way that moves the audience from one epiphany to the next, and back again. Definitely one of Stairwell Baby's favorite music videos to date. Check it out:

 

New Friday Playlist for 4/20/18

This Friday list has some new music and a few Coachella videos.

We start our playlist with another new song by from one of the albums we are most looking forward to Janelle Monáe has another visual spectacle with the video for her new song, “PYNK”. Luckily, we do not have to wait too much longer as Dirty Computer will be out next Friday April 27.

The next video is animated and to one of Canadian punk band, METZ , new songs “Mr Plague”.

Gang of Four is a British band that has been around off and on since 1977. They are back with some social commentary with their new song “Ivanka (Things You Can’t Have)” which includes quotes from Trump’s favorite daughter.

Douglas Adams is one of our favorite authors, and we were excited to see a song title and video inspired by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. Maynard James Keenan took a break from making wine in order to record a new record with A Perfect Circle called “So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish”.

We would be remiss to not post a Kendrick Lamar video after he won the Pulitzer Prize for DAMN. The first release, way back when, was his video for “HUMBLE.”

Beyoncé ruled the first weekend of Coachella and here is a video of when she came out.

It is no secret that Perfume Genius is one of our favorite musicians. Coachella put up this high quality live video of “Slip Away”.

Another of our favorite musicians, Vince Staples performed this past week in Indio, CA. Here is his breakthrough song “Norf Norf”. Also, if you have never seen it, be sure to check out the Christian Mom commentary video that is on Youtube (not to mention the hilarious Atlanta parody from season 2).

Vince Staples was joined by Kendrick Lamar At the end of his set for “Yeah Right”.

Our list ends with a new Father John Misty song, “Disappointing Diamonds are the Rarest of Them All”, from his upcoming album that is due June 1st.

New J. Cole out now!

J. Cole just dropped his new album, KOD, tonight.

We have not had a chance to listen to it, but here are our recommendations based on his previous albums.

J. Cole - KOD
RIYL: Drake, Chance the Rapper
Pseudo Genre: Hip Hop with a touch of emo

Here is a tweet that links to all the different services where you can stream or purchase the album.

He explains the meaning of KOD: We will be listening to it this weekened, along with our Friday Playlist.

Kanye West has 2 albums coming out

Kanye has returned to Twitter and in the mists of tweeting his new “philosophy” book, he dropped some news.  

On a June 1st he will be releasing a solo album.  

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And then another album with Kid Cudi on June 8th.  

 

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This Summer is really looking up for new music with FJM and Kanye’s announcements in the last two days. 

Here are some pictures from Kanye shows.  

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Kendrick Lamar wins a Pulitzer

Though he did not win a Grammy for best album, he has won a prize usually reserved for classical and jazz musicians. Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. Has been recognized as the first rap album to win the Pulitzer Prize for music. Hip-Hop has become a creative outlet for dissent, protest, relationship building, and so much more. Rappers more often address the realities of life, instead of vague ideals like love, romance, and parties. Music is intended to entertain, but it is also intended to touch the listener. Too often modern pop and rock bands rely on revisiting old themes and tired concepts. Hip-Hop is still blooming and moving forward at a breakneck pace. Through music and visuals, Kendrick is leading that forward movement. 

Read the Pulitzer announcement HERE.  

 Photo from 2015 King Kunta Sessions.  

Photo from 2015 King Kunta Sessions.  

Friday 4/13/18 Playlist

This Friday list has a couple of the videos we shot this week.

We start our playlist with a group that we never really appreciated until we saw them at Bonnaroo in 2015 Florence + The Machine are back with a new song, “Sky Full of Song”, that is a beautiful but restrained song , especially in comparison to their big hits.

We shot the next video at the King Krule show in Dallas this week. We posted up a video of “The Locomotive”

Titus Andronicus Played an interesting and enjoyable set here in Fort Worth, which included a Jeff Buckley cover.

Hinds returns to our Friday list with another new video. This week it is “Finally Floating”. Their new album is great, and you should check it out.

Jean Grae & Quelle Chris Put out an interesting hip-hop album. It is part satire, part comedy, part political comedy, and all throwback (in the best possible way). The video for “Gold Purple Orange” is set up like a cheesy Karaoke video with some great cameos.

Goat Girl returns to our list with a live version of one of their new album tracks, “The Man”.

Buzzy Lee is the nom de guerre for Sasha Spielberg. Yes, before you bother to ask, Steven is her daughter. She has created a great pop song with “Coolhand”, and will soon have a whole EP out.

Matt and Kim Are a late addition to our playlist and a great way to start your weekend. “Glad I Tried” is another positive party anthem from the duo. We are lucky and get to see them Saturday night here in Dallas.

Thursday Night at SXSW recap in Pictures and Words

After our time at the convention center we had dinner at a party hosted by some lovely Canadians. After some wine and authentic Italian pizza, we headed across the street to the British Music Embassy for a showcase hosted by BBC 6. The night was certainly, to borrow a phase from the host country, our cup of tea. 

The night started with Nilufer Yanya. We were excited to see an artist that we had featured on a couple of our Friday playlists, and she did not disappoint. There are two videos in our SXSW playlist, and I will embed one below, because hearing is believing. 

 

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Nilüfer performed  "the Florist"  during the BBC 6 showcase at SXSW. 

 

The next band we saw was, LIFE, our favorite SXSW discovery. We have already said quite a bit about the band in previous posts. Also, we plan to have have a recap of their two shows in a separate post. Therefore, I will not say much here, but share some photos from another great show. 

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Following LIFE was the energetic and amazingly fun, Shopping. Perhaps the only band that we saw that was having as much fun as the audience. 

 

After Shopping we Brexitted and left the BBC 6 showcase to see one of our Hip Hop discoveries, G. Yamazawa. We captured some video, along with our photos. Ending the night with a Durham, NC performer was so great that we repeated it on Friday Night, seeing Sylvan Esso. 

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Prior to the song he retold the story of how he learned that in Korean culture "Have you eaten?" is most similar to the American phrase "Hi, how are you?" He described how, upon learning this fact, his relationship and interactions with his parents and grandparents was immediately changed.  His performance was not only entertaining, it was  uplifting and enlightening.

Here is a video of G. Yamazawa performing "Dinning Room" at SXSW 2018. 

Stairwell Baby Videos from SXSW 2018

Today we took some time to put together a playlist of videos that we shot from SXSW this year. It is just a sampling of some of the artists, but we think it will give a good exposure to the variety of performers and performance spaces. We also hope that it will turn you on to some great new musicians.

SXSW 2018 Recommendations Part 8

Here is our Eighth group of recommended artists that will be performing at SXSW 2018

This list is all Hip Hop artists. Most of the tracks have lyrics that are NSFW

J.I.D. is from Atlanta- real name: Destin Route. He attended and played cornerback at Hampton University. He is signed to J. Cole's Dreamville Records- likes turtles and is being compared to Kendrick Lamar, which he loves so much, he has a DARN. shirt he wears in recognition.
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RIYL: Kendrick Lamar, Killer Mike
Pseudo Genre: American Grime

Here is the official video for “Never”.

“EdEDDnEddy” demonstrates his obvious love for eponymous cartoon.


Junglepussy is Shayna McHayle from NY. Her father is from Jamaica, and her mother is from Trinidad. She promotes healthy lifestyle choices in her songs. Was recently invited to speak at Yale and Columbia.
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RIYL: Princess Nokia, The TV show Insecure
Pseudo Genre: Empowering Hip Hop

Here is the official video for “Nah”.

”Bling Bling” was featured on Issa Rae’s HBO show, Insecure.


G Yamazawa was born and raised in Durham, NC with a Buddhist background, G is a National Poetry Slam Champion, two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, and three-time Southern Fried Champion. He has toured in over 40 American cities and 5 European countries, and has been a featured performer at the Sundance Film Festival, TV One's Verses and Flow, the Pentagon, and the White House Initiative for AAPI.
G Yamazawa
RIYL: Hamilton, Poetry Slams, a good book
Pseudo Genre: Rap that challenges your mind
Here is the official video for “North Cack”

Here is a freestyle wrap video that was filmed in South Korea.


Cure For Paranoia are a hip-hop collective from our hometown of Dallas that has dropped some really interesting tracks.
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RIYL: Odd Future, Doomtree
Pseudo Genre: Hip Hop Collective

Here is their video for “Wired”

Here is a live video from a small show in Dallas.

Sammus News

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Sammus, one of our SXSW 2018 recommended artists has been busy lately. She is embarking on a tour (see dates below) while dropping new music and even working on a video game score. Her Hip Hop is provocative and is delivered with a smooth flow over well developed beats. She is a perfect point of entry for anyone that is “not into rap music”.  I could go on a two page diatribe by why you, and everyone else, should be “into” Hip-Hop, but I will save that for the opinion page. Suffice to say, “not being into” rap music today is equivalent to “not being into” Shakespeare 400 years ago or TS Elliot 100 years ago. Nothing is for everyone, but there are times and ways to use language that are unique and important. Right here, right now, is that time for Hip-Hop in America and the world. 

 Here is a link to some further Sammus news and her tour dates are below  

2018 TOUR DATES
~with mega ran // *with yaya bey

2.17    Hull, UK—O'Rileys—Tix + RSVP~
2.18    Nottingham, UK—The Nat'l Video Game Arcade—Tix + RSVP~
2.19    Preston, UK—Ships and Giggles—RSVP~
2.20    Manchester, UK—Night People—Tix + RSVP~
2.21    Stoke, UK—Pilgrims Pit—Tix + RSVP~
2.22    London, UK—Amersham Arms—Tix + RSVP~
2.23    Skelmersdale, UK—E Rooms—Tix + RSVP~
2.24    Lancaster, UK—The Bobbin'—RSVP~
2.25    Glasgow, UK—Nice n Sleazy—Tix + RSVP~
2.26    Paris, FR—La Péniche Antipod—Tix~
3.2      Minneapolis, MN—Cafe Southside—Tix + RSVP*
3.3      Chicago, IL—Hideout Inn—Tix + RSVP*
3.4      Cleveland, OH—Now That’s Class—Tix + RSVP*
3.8      North Adams, MA—66 Main Street | Tix + RSVP
3.13 – 3.17 @ SXSW in Austin, TX 
3.22    Tulsa, OK—Soundpony—RSVP~
3.23    Kansas City, MO—Pilot Room—Tix~
3.24    Columbia, SC—Nashicon—Tix + RSVP~
3.25    Greensboro, NC—Geeksboro Coffee & Beverage Co—Tix~
3.26    Baltimore, MD—Ottobar—Tix + RSVP~
3.27    Philadelphia, PA—PhilaMOCA—Tix + RSVP~
3.28    Somerville, MA—ONCE Lounge—Tix + RSVP~
3.29    Watertown, NY—Flashback Lounge—Tix + RSVP~
3.30    New York, NY—Babycastles—Tix + RSVP~
4.8      Binghamton, NY—Ladyfest @ CyberCafe West—RSVP
4.27 – 4.29 @ Universal FanCon in Baltimore, MD—RSVP
6.8      Peterborough, NH—The Thing in the Spring—Tix+ RSVP