Specimen A's cover, re-rubbed, flipped and dubbed the whooooaaa out take on Foreigner's Cold As Ice is not new if you've been a proverbial blogdigger* over the past six months or so. But I woke up thinking about it, for whatever reason, and playing it gives me a perfectly good excuse to post a clip from one of the best television series ever. It's all below, and it's all rad.
The 30 Rock soundtrack was released this week and includes the score music, composed and orchestrated by Jeff Richmond, as well as special series recordings featuring Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski and Tracy Morgan in addition to dudes like Christopher Cross and Michael Buble. But the real highlight is Werewolf Bar Mitzvah, as performed by Morgan and NBC's Community star Donald Glover.
My dudes RAC shut this shit down. No, really, before you judge, I implore you to listen to this song. It's fun, it's Jewish, it's a little disco tinged, and overall, one of the finest pieces of work I have heard all week. Plays: 23 and counting... (PS: I spun this last night on East Village Radio's Belly of the Beast)
"My manager, Harvey Lemmings! This whole premise is sweaty."
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Someone named Kat Graham, whom I'm told stars in the show Vampire Diaries (never seen it...) covered Paula Abdul's Cold Hearted Snake. She changed up some of the choruses, and hey, it's quite listenable. And you can download it for free.
Last night marked the finale dance episode of So You Think You Can Dance. The results and winner will be announced tonight, but not before I weigh in a bit on the musical selections from the evening's routines, much like I've done in the past few weeks. Quite the scattering of new and old, with a little dose of the classics tossed in for good measure, and the festivities saw everything from a Leonard Bernstein tune to Kanye West's Power get the foot-moving treatment.
Overall, the show was solid, with the top 3 dancers (Lauren, Robert and Kent), performing with each other, an all-star and a solo. Nearly all the routines garnered praise from the judges, and it's left in the hands of callers to determine season 7's winner.
A highlight was both Kent and Allison's and then Robert and Lauren's contemporary pieces, but you know me and you know I love my hip-hop, so the dance done to Yeezy's current single is below in video form. So strong!
Now, a list of all the songs used in last night's episode.
florence + the machine's dog days are over used in this "look at their journey" montage
kent and lauren doing a bollywood routine to om bangala by kambahhkt ishq
lauren and twitch dance hip-hop to kanye west's power
robert and mark dance jazz to devo's whip it
kent dances solo to train's the finish line
lauren and robert dance contemporary to cinematic orchestra's that home
lauren and kent dance jazz to huey lewis and the news' hip to be square
robert dances solo to the postal service's the district sleeps alone tonight
kent and allison dance contemporary to joshua radin's sundrenched world (live session)
lauren dances solo to mary j blige's i'm goin' down
robert and kathryn dance broadway to cool from west side story
lauren and pacha dance the cha-cha to christina aguilera's not myself tonight
kent and robert dance the malevos to taylor long's the chosen/addict
Much like I did just over a month ago, I tuned in to FOX's So You Think You Can Dance last night, and while the overall episode lacked any sort of gusto luster, a few notable music choices stood out. Below, the songs each dancer "routined" to, along with one of my new favorite songs...one from nearly 10 years ago, that I had never heard before. Beasts gotta do some learnin' too!
Without further ado, here are the song selections from last night's top-4 featuring episode, as tweeted in real-time during the broadcast. You'll notice which song I took to most...as evidenced by the bold and the red, and the below video..which now makes me want to learn how to do SPIDER JAZZ.
Please pay special attention to the "um what.." -1:00 mark in the clip. Also, the song is a remix of British trip-hop trio Kosheen's Hide U, a single from their 2001 debut album, Resist. And it is on some next level sexiness.
the top 4 do a broadway routine to the crapshooters dance from guys and dolls
lauren and pasha dance an argentinian waltz to astor piazzolla's oblivion
adechike and lauren dance african jazz to ralph macdonald's the path
robert and anya dance viennese waltz to anouk's lost
kent and courtney dance disco to david guetta and kelly rowland's when love takes over
lauren and ade dance jazz to kosheen's hide u (john creamer and stephane k remix)
adechike and kathryn dance some weird freaking spaz style to melissa etheridge's fearless love
robert and dominic dance hip-hop to basement jaxx, kelis and chipmunk's scars
kent and neil dance contemporary to devotchka's how it ends
Odd, that I just had a conversation with someone two nights ago about not being the hugest of Montreal fan, and here they swoop in, with a late night hit, that's got me rethinking their vibes. Bringing their new song, Sex Karma, along with old pal Solange Knowles, to Jimmy Fallon last night, the troupe performed the track, which in its entirety, is a little weird, funkily "out there", but straight away carving a cool little space in my heart. Good on you, kids.
'Tis true! And I have no video evidence to prove the first half of this mystery-revealing post. Stellar reporting here, really. But I can offer this piece of proof that occurred during last evening's television time in Beastonia. Also, her producer confirmed it here, so facts are facts: Santigold's Lights Out has FINALLY been ousted by Kid Sister's Daydreaming as the official song to soundtrack the national campaign for Bud Light Lime. Love both you ladies...still hate the beer.
Naturally, once video is uploaded from somewheres, I'll re-visit this post and freshen it up with the clip.
Now for the second piece of information: when Jelly announced their Pool Parties lineup, a number of TBA acts filled the bills. Doing some Sherlock-spyglass-detective work centering around the August 22 event, we can conclude that KS will be performing at the Williamsburg Waterfront. How so?
As of now, the lineup for that date still reads as: Chromeo, TBA, The Suzan, Telephoned. Now if you you go to Sis' site, scroll down to "tour dates", and yep, she's on the docket. Super sleuthy, eh? FYI, she's also pals with all those artists, so it was kind of an obvious TBA mystery. Ta-dah!
How much more could I wax wonderful when it comes to Robyn? Probably a lot. So in trying to not have every other post here rep her radness, this is a lumped together hit of bits that make me smile, swoon and say "oh hell yeah" in every sense of the phrase.
As mentioned in this morning's Beastly Bits, the Swedish popstar traveled to Chicago to play Pitchfork Festival. Underneath a beating sun, she performed 10 songs, most coming from her latest album. Body Talk Pt.1. If you want to watch her set, in its entirety, head here.
Recently, she also announced the release date of Body Talk Pt. 2 and her next official single, Hang With Me, which comes off the first installment. The album gets its proper outing on September 6, with the single debuting the day prior. Additionally, she's just offered up a listen to the Kaiserdisco remix of the song, and it's nearly 9 minutes of amazingness.
One last note: Robyn appears and performs on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight. More than likely, I'll link to the video of that in tomorrow's AM link roundup.
Attention: this is 100% amazing. Between the signature coos and howls, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals ripped through a live rendition of Paris (Ooh La La) on last night's The Tonight Show. To all budding musicians and performers, please take note; THIS is how you wow. Class is in session.