Archive for October, 2013

Music Essentials: Portugal. The Man

Portland psychedelic rock group Portugal. The Man — Consisting of John Gourley, Zach Carothers, Kyle O’Quin, and Kane Ritchotte – recently released their eight studio efforts, Evil Friends — a genuine mix of nonchalant alt-rock and DIY punk that’s fitting for both a mosh pit and a campfire sing along. No stranger when it comes to blending compelling sounds in its repertoire, Portugal is an indie band in the most proverbial sense. Started with just Gourley and Carothers, both with no formal musical schooling, the band’s early releases saw the two friends vocally experiment over drum machines and a synth-loop — an independent start-up that shaped their sound and overall aesthetics. While the band spent a good few years away from the mainstream limelight, it was only inevitable that a major like Atlantic Records would back them eventually. This began a new escapade where Grammy wining producers Andy Wallace and the awe-inspiring Danger Mouse stepped onboard. Confidently delivering pan-genre neo-folk with ingenuousness, Portugal continue to provide social commentary, drawing from religious motifs and pop-culture topics in Gourley’s heart-felt lyrics. Here we catch up with Portugal’s frontman John Gourley who shares with us his Music Essentials. While a MacBook Pro and iPhone are basic items any touring artist can’t live without, Gourley also show us his “crew jacket,” in addition the 63 Fender Jazzmaster – an item that stands behind his livelihood.

Photo Credit: Verena Stefanie Grotto

Chuuwee & Trizz – By My Lonesome

Chuuwee and Trizz join forces for an unexpected collaboration to bring you a west coast banger titled “By My Lonesome”. Produced by AC3 Beats, this joint serves as the first official single from their collaborative album, AmeriKKas Most Blunted. PREVIOUS: Chuuwee & Shae Money – The Greaty GatZby (Mixtape)

Waka Flocka ft. Frenchie & Sony – Green Light

Here’s one of 2 previously unreleased songs that appear on the retail version of Waka’s From Roaches To Rollies mixtape, which just hit iTunes today. The other is “Materialistic” featuring K-So and you can hear it after the jump.


Previously: Waka Flocka – From Roaches To Rollies (Mixtape)

Video: Flatbush Zombies & Bodega Bamz – Better Off Dead Tour Cypher

Flatbush Zombies and Bodega Bamz spit some bars while travelling on their “Better Off Dead” tour.

Previously: Flatbush Zombies Interview with Montreality (Video)

Timbaland Previews a New Jay-Z Song in Belgium

During the Belgium stop of Jay-Z’s Magna Carter Tour, Timbaland, who spun at the concert’s afterparty, previewed new music from Jay-Z. Word is the track will appear on Timbo’s upcoming album titled, Textbook Tim, the album which was previously titled Rebirth after scrapping Shock Value 3. PREVIOUS: Jay-Z, Timbaland & Chris Martin Hitch a Ride [...]

Mayer Hawthorne – Wine Glass Woman (Aeroplane Remix)

Aeroplane gets on the remix for Mayer Hawthorne’s “Wine Glass Woman” one of the highlighted cuts off his latest album, Where Does This Door Go. The song was part of an Air Playd campaign that allowed Mayer Hawthorne to have his own game that allowed users to become virtual DJs and unlock songs while doing so. One of those unlocked songs was this one we have here with Aeroplane. Peep the song below and more details on the game can be found here.

Lil Mama Applauded For Role In TLC’s ‘CrazySexyCool’ Biopic

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

TLC’s “CrazySexyCool” biopic premiered Monday night (October 22)  on VH1. The true life story about the infamous girl group was a tell-all about the fame, heartbreak and scandal lived by T-Boz, Chilli and the late Left Eye. Twitter buzzed with activity as the film and its stars were trending topics throughout the airing.

One of the biggest surprises was the overwhelming support for rapper Lil Mama who plays Left Eye. Many were skeptical that Lil Mama could handle such a challenging role and others were initially critical of the casting choice.

Lil Mama stunned everyone by her amazing job. Even comedian Kevin Hart gave her props, tweeting, “All jokes aside @lilmama killed that role…congrats!!! I loved the movie.”

Actor Michael Epps also applauded the young actress. “S|O TO @LilMama SHE STRAIGHT BODIED (In My Brooklyn Voice) THAT TLC MOVIE !!! #Eppsie #TLC.”

Just as everyone came out to support Lil Mama, there was outright outrage against Perri “Pebbles” Reid, TLC’s former manager who the film says stole money from the group. “Overall dope story. Hella shady what this character pebbles did,” said radio personality Yaya Martinez.

Blogger Love B Scott added, “Can somebody please help Pebbles get up from underneath the bus?” after the onslaught.

Rolling Out shares some of the many memes people created, depicting Pebbles’ alleged cutthroat ways. One has her telling the girls they could order anything from McDonald’s after selling millions of records while another portrays her as a fisherman dangling a dollar in front of the group.

According to Deadline, the show garnered 4.5 million viewers and was the most tweeted about program all night.

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Rick Ross – Royals (Remix)

Rick Ross gives Lorde’s single “Royals” the MMG treatment.

Previously: Rick Ross In Dubai (Video)

B. Smyth – Win Win f. Future (Video)

The Mike WiLL Made It-produced “Win Win” off B. Smyth’s The Florida Files project gets the visual treatment. PREVIOUS: B. Smyth – Letter (Video) | Gettin’ That (Video)

Ryshon Jones – Evil Emo B*tch

Every now and then I like to make songs that have continuation with them.On previous mixtapes I had songs such as “Off_Beat Love”,”OnBeat Love”,”Evil Emo Bitch”,Her Remedy” and heres the final installment.With help from Eric Dingus on the production I set out to make something that feels like the last scene of movie. PREVIOUS: Ryshon [...]

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