Monthly Archives: January 2012

Jesse Boykins III

I have really been enjoying this music for the past couple of weeks, thanks to the suggestion of my friend Amber. To me he is a mix of Raheem Devaughn, D’Angelo, Andre 3000, & a hint of Van Hunt. Very smooth, chill, almost ambient R&B. And I’m also really feeling his collaborations with Zo!, The Foreign Exchange, & Chris Barz…I’ll hopefully get a chance to cover them sometime soon as well.

Let me know what you think about this Jesse Boykins III playlist below…(My favs = Amorous, Baby I Don’t Know, Sobriety, Victoria, Itis, Sunstar, Be All Truth, Wherever We Go, Dreamers, Make Me a Fool, If I Could Tell You No, In the Dust)

How interesting…I’m so pleasantly surprised! (although I shouldn’t be…)

SmartiePops

It’s a bit surprising to me that I can now hear house music when I turn on the radio in my car. I used to have to hunt down those rich beats in vacant warehouses and tents set up in the middle of nowhere, with generators powering the lights and, more importantly, the giant speakers.  Since hearing that music with a few hundred (or thousand) fellow “house heads” was so rare, the nights would only end when the first grays from the morning sun greeted us as we walked back to our cars, exhausted and satisfied. And no, we did not look like this guy:

House music is not just about drunk guys with too much gel in their hair fist pumping while they try and yell in some mini-skirted girl’s ear how sexy they look in hopes of taking them home for a smash session. Believe it or not…

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Michael Jackson – Immortal

Well, I honestly don’t know what to say. I went to see the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour show by Cirque du Soleil this past Friday. I don’t know what to say. I’m depressed that it’s over. Words can’t describe how AMAZING & FANTASTIC it was. It was such a pleasure to witness such pure talent, from the dancers & gymnasts to the producers who provided the remixed versions of all the King of Pop’s songs. Show highlights for me included an amazing one-legged dancer who did unbelievable tricks on his crutches, a very impressive pole dance routine to “Dangerous,” and a beautiful aerial duet piece set to “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.”

I honestly don’t want to speak any more about this show, because it’s just going to make me even more sad that I can’t experience it all over again. To give you a glimpse of how wonderful it was, here’s the official preview…

And my other favorite thing about the show was the AMAZING MUSIC. I already love MJ’s stuff, but I think the way they remixed his songs for this show was JUST GENIUS. Enough of my talking, hear it for yourself below & let me know if you agree…

What I’ve Been Listening to this Week

It’s been a little while since I’ve had a group the same album on repeat for an extended period of time (at least a week). But it happened this week, and unexpectedly which is the way I like it best 🙂

To celebrate the season premiere of “The Game” this Tuesday, I decided that I MUST have Coldstone to commemorate the occasion. While waiting for my ice cream, I heard a song playing over the speakers that instantly caused my Shazam reflex to kick in. Unfortunately I had already exceeded my limit of tags this month so I couldn’t tag the song! Womp…but I made it back to the car just in time to hear the last note of the song playing on Mix 106.5 and discovered that the song was called “Bad” by The Cab.

Again, it’s not very often that I instantly fall in love with a song after hearing just a few measures, so I definitely had to look this band up. Turns out I’m late to the party on this one too since they’ve apparently been around for 2 albums & 3 EPs since 2004. Regardless, I took a listen to their latest album “Symphony Soldier” and LOVED it. Since I always like to do musical comparisons, I would say this has some Maroon 5 tendencies but is also reminiscent of Bruno Mars, except with a lot more strength behind the lead singer’s voice. (Anyone who knows my taste in music knows I’m not the biggest fan of Bruno Mars, so a little surprised that I can be such a fan of something that slightly reminds me of him.) Anyway, I also at times felt like I was listening to that guilty pleasure music of my favorite boy bands who we’re all forbidden to enjoy. And sometimes I felt it was strangely soulful, like Jesse McCartney – who I also find strangely soulful. Does that make sense to anybody else? LOVE the instrumentals throughout the whole thing though, so this has definitely been on repeat all week. And I’m also impressed with the production quality because they apparently self-funded this album since they’re now unsigned after producing their first album with Fueled by Ramen/Decaydance Records. Very glad to have been introduced to these guys!

Click on the album cover image below to listen!

Robin Thicke + John Legend = Luke James :)

I just really love it when I come across music that I don’t have to put any effort into. I know this may sound pretty counter-intuitive/mindless, but it’s really just so refreshing to me to immediately know I like something when I hear it. To not have to sit & contemplate about whether I think something is worth listening to again, but to just know, without a shadow of a doubt, that I could listen to this all day on repeat if I had to. Now don’t get me wrong, some of my favorite songs have taken a LONG time to grow on me, but it’s such a relief to know that there’s still music out there that moves & excites me upon the FIRST listen.

This is the experience I had when listening to Luke James today. At the suggestion of my friend who saw him open for Robin Thicke in LA, I checked out his Facebook page & took a listen to his work today. Can I just say, my breath was literally taken away (and I’m not exaggerating!) I was already hooked 10 seconds into the first song! I think it’s just great, feel-good R&B and I easily got through all of the songs without having to skip once. His voice is a beautiful blend of Robin Thicke’s soft, smooth vocals and John Legend’s strong, passionate belts, with a hint of Trey Songz sometimes peeking through as well. Sounds like a great combination if you ask me 🙂

Check out Luke James’s pre-album, #LUKE, which was released in advance of his forthcoming debut solo album Made to Love below, and click here to download for FREE:

If you don’t have time to listen to the whole album, you can get a taste of his style with his first single below. I must say, he does a simple love song quite well 🙂

I also came across this gem of a cover of one of my absolute favorite songs: “The Only Exception” by Paramore:

Sooo…it’s probably safe to say that Luke James will be in my rotation for at least a week. And needless to say, I cannot WAIT for that debut album release!!

Until next time! 😀