Um, you guys...this weekend was killa rad, and for many a good reason. Betwixt friend hangs, shows, parties, and a splash of something awesome (vague...yep), there is a perma-grin on my mug and it's not going away any time soon.
What better way to celebrate than with some bit stew! Eat 'em up now.
Go behind the scenes with Sia during the process of making her album, We Are Born. link
Free mp3's from participating Lollapalooza bands, via Spinner. link
Kanye went to Rolling Stone next... yo 'Ye, wanna come kick it in my apartment? link
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz finally got married. link
My boy BetaTraxx drops in with a huge burner on the Kelis 4th of July fix-up front. Enter the sweat! Grab it for free below.
When Robyn and Kelis announced their joining of forces for their one-two punch of a dance-pop bill earlier this summer, it was with 100% anticipatory fan-girl excitement that I began counting down the days to their All Hearts Tour pit stop in NYC. Last night's first showing at Music Hall of Williamsburg (2 more sold out shows at Webster Hall next week) was precisely the excitable romp and rad time I could have ever imagined. Having seen both artists perform prior, this super special double headlining bill left me weak, wowed and wielding a heart ready to burst with adoration and appreciation.
Opening the evening's festivities were Far East Movement. Although the crowd was still noticeably thin for the early set from the Los Angeles hip-hop troupe, they took the stage with more energy than I can recall an act ever having for a 7pm time-slot. Following their lead, London's Dan Black began his set with my favorite of his tunes, Pump My Pumps, which comes from his debut album, ((UN)). Near the end of his time, the room began to fill more rapidly, as wanting hearts were eager for the girls to get their groove on.
While a good portion of my music listening over the past few months has been consumed by the superbly-danceriffic new album, Flesh Tone, from Kelis, it's pretty killer to see her pull three of the most fist-pumpingly awesome cuts from the disc pared down in an acoustic setting.
Well this just gets me all sorts of excited for her upcoming tour (with Robyn) including three NYC dates. Kelis performed 22nd Century, 4th of July (Fireworks) and Brave on a recent trip to th Cherrytree House.
108 is great! After the most shittiest of shitshow weeks, I got home last night to find an unmarked, no-return address envelope with a slightly heavier than normal package inside.
Someone mailed back my stolen wallet! A bit of faith is restored in humankind...and a ton of bits are below in return. (Plus it's an "early dismissal" work day and Monday is observed for the holiday...so we don't gotta come back to work for what seems like forever. Amazing.)
Tonight is Famous Friends' FREE Summer Funhouse, with Treasure Fingers, Nick Cathcdubs, VDRK and OCD Automatic. GO! link
Well hello Donna Summer in the desert...no wait, now she's in a rave cave dancing with a string of lights...but now there's fireworks and Beats by Dre headphones...oh gosh it's Kelis' brand new video for 4th of July! Yes, yes, yes and yes, all the above scenarios take place and it's a bit of a messy mash of "hey gurl, stand in front of this green screen while we wiggle the camera..." type antics. And I love every minute of it.
Without further ado, I'm just going to let you watch the clip.
Kelis doing La Roux's In For the Kill? Yes, please and thank you. Almost kind of wish this was her song to begin with, because her husky vocals fit this acoustic version like a glove. Then again, maybe its because I'm also in a major love-fest with her new album, Flesh Tone. Read TLC Blog's review of the album here.
For those unfamiliar with her work (and really, who doesn't know the raspily-rad singer), Kelis let New York City know that she was here to entertain last night at Santos Party House. With her album, Flesh Tone, due out July 6 (and first since 2006's Kelis Was Here), a steamy night in late April was the perfect time for the NYC-native to showcase a repertoire of old favorites and upcoming hits.
The evening began with a round from another local gal on the rise. Mad Decent signee, Maluca, opened the night with her short set of mambo and bachata influenced hip-hop and downtown club music. From the handful of times we've caught her live, last night was easily the most comfortable and polished that the singer has appeared in a live setting. And the whips of that long braided ponytail? We can't get enough! (full set of pictures can be viewed here)
But it was Kelis who brought out the masses to lower Manhattan. Packed from the moment the doors opened, a passionate crowd of the singer's most dedicated fans were treated to a 10-song set which highlighted some of her best work from album's past, along with a number of new songs that eager listeners have been able to dig up online. While her song styles may have fluctuated over the years, one thing remains constant: Kelis is a dominant force of unbridled passion and power, balancing her bigger than life persona with a fun and free mentality while performing.
My personal highlights from her set included the performance of Trick Me, new song Brave (which will undoubtedly be a fan favorite once unleashed), a mix of Milkshake, Madonna and Major Lazer that had the crowd at a near frenzy, and the encore of Get Along With You.
The full set list is below, you can browse an entire gallery of photos from last night here, and jump below a few select images to watch video of Kelis performing Millionaire.
Intro 22nd Century Millionaire ["switched up beat of the drum segue"] 4th of July Home Trick Me Milkshake x Holiday Lil Star (Remix) Brave Acapella
This is going to be a short post, because I don't want to waste words on you while you could be doing a multitude of other things. For instance, spinning this jam and sending me presents and high fiving friends and playing with your dog and just about anything else...
Just yesterday morning, someone emailed me asking for a KelisAcapella mix that was a bit different and unheard of as of yet. Thankfully, our pal Bright Light Bright Light jumped in later in the afternoon with his Symphonic Mix of her tune.
Two thousand and ten. Otherwise known as the year of Kelis. No really...it is. This time, however, she's joined up with Italian DJ extraordinaire, Benny Benassi, to provide the vocals on his upcoming single, Spaceship. Let's get corny and just say it: this track is out of this world. Yep. Went there.
While we know that Benassi will release a new album this year, there is still no definiteive talk of an actual released date, album title or track list. What we do know, however, is that the first single will be Spaceship and features Kelis, Apl.de.ap and Jean Baptiste.
The BBC's Pete Tong debuted the track this weekend and we know that a music video for the song has already been shot.
Oh, and we know that this slice of radness is totally rocking our bodies.
Do you ever wake up from a dream and you find yourself singing a song as you arise? It's been happening a lot to me lately, and there are no complaints. So when we do wake up, we like to share what's got us night grooving.
And of course, all the tunes that are making us move during the day.
Charismatic Bloc Party frontman, Kele Okereke, announced that he'll be releasing a solo dance album, The Boxer. The 10 track project is slated for a UK release through Wichita/Polydor on the June 21. Track list and more info here.
Local Natives announced a summer NYC show on Governor's Island. Perfect, in case you missed snagging a ticket for their upcoming sold-out Bowery Ballroom gig in a month. Tickets for the August 7 show go on sale this Friday April 9 here.
Kelis hit up the Jimmy Kimmel Show last night and rocked the crowd with a live performance of Acapella. Watch the clip at this link.
A new Mr. Vega track hit us like a ton of the raddest bricks ever. Forgoing his signature sound, our pal pumps up the disco beat and has us making moves in the office this morning. Download I'm Crazy Baby for free below.