Archives: January 2017

WATCH — Tiny Desk Concert ft. BADBADNOTGOOD

January 26th, 2017

BADBADNOTGOOD made a name for itself by reworking songs from the likes of Nas and Ol’ Dirty Bastard, eventually catching the attention of Odd Future leader Tyler, the Creator. The masses took notice in 2015 when the group produced an entire LP for Ghostface Killah, Sour Soul. BADBADNOTGOOD has been called a hip-hop ensemble, but its foundation is clearly jazz, which provides a gateway to countless genres. On IV, the group allows that gateway to widen, adding soul and funk to the repertoire. Still only in their 20s, the band’s members never seemed intimidated by the intimate nature of the Tiny Desk; if anything, it accentuated their enthusiasm. This was their zone. They played three selections from IV — including “Cashmere,” which only slightly veered from the studio version, and “In Your Eyes,” which features Charlotte Day Wilson’s vocals. The tight arrangement allowed Wilson to hover gently above the instrumentation, showing off the band’s most promising work to date. It was a pleasure to have BADBADNOTGOOD at the desk for IV — and exciting to imagine what’s in store for V, VI and beyond.” — via NPR

LISTEN — Chico Mann & Captain Planet “Cuentos De Anoche”

January 26th, 2017

“Chico Mann, a guitarist who also perform with Brooklyn-based Afrobeat band Antibalas, is back with his longtime musical partner Captain Planet for “Cuentos De Anoche,” premiering today on The FADER. Together as Chico Mann & Captain Planet, the pair have produced a sparse and chilled-out pop song, tropical and restrained, like a sobering dip in the Caribbean Sea. Over email, Captain Planet called the track “Another melancholy tune… The beat has a Caribbean vibe with elements of dancehall, a steel drum, and whistling synths that sound like vintage hotel lounge bands from Trinidad who produced records for tourists coming off of cruise ships. ‘I heard you coming in last night, I know the stories of last night, you don’t get to leave me here now.’ It’s abstract and poetic.” Chico Mann & Captain Planet’s new album Night Visions is out February 24th on Bastard Jazz.” — via The Fader

Listen to “Cuentos De Anoche” below!

READ — Pitchfork Reviews Gabriel Garzón-Montano’s ‘Jardín’

January 25th, 2017

“Odds are good that you’ve heard Gabriel Garzón-Montano before, whether or not you realize it: it’s a tantalizing, slow-drip sample of his vocals underpinning Drake’s “Jungle,” which appeared on the superstar’s 2015 mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Faced with a wave of interrogation after being pressed into Drake’s service, Montano has zigzagged between gratitude—“I think it’s remarkable that the guy who’s been singing everyone’s hooks for the last five years chose me to sing a hook for him”—and an approximation of “enough already:” “I don’t want to be the guy that got sampled on ‘Jungle.’ I don’t want that to give me my value.” His poised, adamantly musical major-label debut, Jardín, should banish those concerns. Montano settles on an unusual and fertile combination of sounds, knitting together the burnished, languorous acts of the late ’60s and early ’70s—the Association, Todd Rundgren—with lean, hair-trigger grooves. The result is heavy on pearly funk and pop, live instrumentation and harmony. But Montano mostly avoids sounding like a tasteful throwback, pulling off his merger with zippy grace, in the manner of a prime Pharrell production.” — via Pitchfork

Read the rest of the review HERE or check out “Crawl” below!

WATCH — Moby and the Void Pacific Choir “Erupt & Matter”

January 25th, 2017

“Sorry, Donald Trump, but Moby won’t DJ an inauguration ball for you. He has other plans. The musician, who has been a vocal critic of the president-elect on social media, knew it was a dire situation when he got an offer. “I feel like at this point, they’re probably trolling karaoke bars to find someone who will sing at the inauguration,” he told Mashable. And now, just ahead of what is promising to be the least relevant concert in all of history, Moby and the Void Pacific Choir have released a politically charged video for “Errupt & Matter” off their 2016 album, These Systems Are Failing. The video juxtaposes footage of world leaders with the protests they inspired in an effort to drive home the point that liberal complacency is no longer an option.” — via Mashable

Watch “Erupt & Matter” below!

WATCH — Laurel “Hurricane”

January 24th, 2017

“The definition of a self-made artist, London-based singer/songwriter Laurel Arnell-Cullen first came onto the scene in 2013 when she uploaded a demo for her song, “Blue Blood,” which she wrote, recorded, and produced in her bedroom studio. After sharing an additional two tracks online, the 22-year-old signed with Turn First Artists and released two EPs, To The Hills and Holy Water, in 2014 on her own record label, Next Time Records. In early 2016, she released a single, “Life Worth Living,” which signaled a notable shift in her sound. Unlike her previous dreamy synth work, the song features a strong indie rock influence, rendering her genre more alt-pop than anything else. Having signed to Counter Records last August and released another EP, Park, which features her buzzy single, “Hurricane,” Laurel is on the fast track to becoming a genre-bending darling du jour.” — via Teen Vogue

WATCH — Ibibio Sound Machine “Give Me a Reason”

January 24th, 2017

“As a teenager growing up in Nigera, Eno Williams was exposed to all sorts of music: Whitney Houston, African disco from the 1970s, the Grammy-winning Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo, the Nigerian entertainer Bobby Benson, and more. The frontwoman of the group Ibibio Sound Machine was born in London, but she relocated to Nigeria with her sisters at the urging of her grandmother. “She took us back to have a bit of the African culture,” says Williams, 43. “I loved it: the hot weather, the lovely people, the lovely culture.” That welcoming vibe is at the core of her music with Ibibio Sound Machine, one of EW’s picks for the 10 acts who will break out in 2017. This March, the eight-piece group will release their second album, Uyai, via the indie powerhouse Merge. And on it, the octet fuses swaggering horn hooks and pulsing disco grooves with Williams’ evocative folktales, which she sings in the country’s native Ibibio tongue. “It’s a language that’s spoken around the house with my mom and sisters,” says Williams. “A lot of the stories that I got told [growing up] made itself onto the record—the music lends itself to the melodic sound of the language.” But Ibibio Sound System aren’t afraid to address social and political issues. On the album’s lead single “Give Me a Reason,” which EW is premiering today, Williams addresses the heartbreaking kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by the terrorist group Boko Haram in 2014. “I was in the studio when I heard [the kidnapping had happened],” says Williams. “Why can’t we just be free to be who we want to be? Why can’t children just be free? It’s not an angry song. It’s a challenge. It’s [about] empowering people.”” — via Entertainment Weekly

Watch “Give Me a Reason” below!

READ — 5th Annual Levitate Music and Arts Festival Announces Line-Up

January 23rd, 2017

The “biggest little festival” in Massachusetts just grew a little bigger. Starting off as a humble friendly barbeque, the Levitate Music and Arts Festival has since grown into a full-fledged weekend-long festival featuring top national touring acts, expecting a draw of over 10,000 fans per day. The fifth year will see the festival running two days: Saturday, July 8th and Sunday, July 9th.

Join us in Marshfield, MA for 2 days of music, 3 stages, 20 bands, art vendors, food trucks, and cold beer. Performances by Dispatch, Ziggy Marley, Umphrey’s McGee, Lake Street Drive, Stick Figure, The Revivalists, JJ Grey & Mofro, Twiddle, Deer Tick, Trevor Hall, Rubblebucket, Ripe, Rebirth Brass Band, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Ghost of Paul Revere, Quinn Sullivan, Landon Mcnamara, and Six Fox Whiskey.

Tickets on sale now! Get yours HERE.