No doubt, I’m loving To Pimp A Butterfly (just wrote a new piece about its L.A. connections) but especially with all the hyper-jazziness of parts of that new LP, I keep coming back to my intro to K. Dot. “Rigamortis” still feels like a cotdman revelation every time I hear it.
Lion Babe’s “Treat Me Like Fire” originally dropped in 2013 but they finally came out with their debut EP and redid the video for this single (the original is here). Love the entire vibe of the song; it’s like the best song Erykah Badu never cut. And love that producer Lucas Goodman is flipping a frickin’ Mod-Art 7″ for the beat/vocals here.1 So killer.
About eight years ago, before I moved from the Bay to L.A., Cooper Kenward and a friend interviewed me for a high school project on hip-hop. I ran into Cooper again at the SS@10 party in S.F. the other month and he asked if he might interview me again, this time for a series of web videos about…record collecting. How could I say no? The video is above and interviewer Jonathan Shifflet has a small write-up to go with it.
These may seem like a series of postcard shots (and to be sure, many are) but good god, does this make me miss S.F. something terribly. I love being back in L.A. and I’m fiercely defensive of a city that many have a woeful misconception of but whenever I think about The City, it’s not Los Angeles that’s on my mind or in my heart.
Was there a more striking video this year (not featuring a Korean rapper rodeo-dancing)?
Every year or so, Nas releases a song that makes you think, “OMG, Nas is back!” And of course, he’ll then go on and disappoint us but I still that moment where I still believe. I’m still hoping to figure out what the sample that begins the third verse is.
I owe my discovery of the Alabama Shakes to friend/colleague Ann Powers who wrote about them on NPR early on. I wasn’t as floored with the album but this cut just feels so damn good when it hits that hook.
One of the best end-of-the-night songs, ever (that isn’t a weepy slow jam). I suspect this will be a wedding staple for years to come.
I made the mistake of looking up the song’s lyrics and realized that I have no idea how to decipher them.1 It doesn’t matter. Whether this is an anti-love song or the inverse, it all becomes meaningless once those “ee ee ee’s” pump in. I don’t listen to much house/EDM at all so maybe this song is really par for the course but from a pop mainstream point of view, it’s pretty damn awesome.
I’ve been a big fan of this British singer/songwriter’s current summer jam, “Is Your Love Big Enough?” (which I posted about previously) and now that I’ve heard the entire album (dropping on Tuesday), my opinion hasn’t changed. I should warn: most of the album is very much acoustic guitar-y which is lovely and great but if you’re expecting more power pop ala “Is Your Love?” you’re not going to find a ton of it. La Havas’s style seems far closer to somewhere around Feist/Esparanza Spalding than, say, Adele.
But her ballads are just heartcrushingly gorgeous. Hard to beat this duet, originally released as a video in the fall:
And then there’s “Age” which is as charming and winking a song as I’ve ever heard. (And I’m not just saying this because I’m turning 40 in a few weeks).