Aloe Blacc - The Man
I think it’s time we checked back in on Mr. Blacc, don’t you? Last we here at Soundboard saw of the guy, he was asking us for money in a cool song and theme song to a great and, naturally, short-lived show on HBO. Now he’s on the cusp of stardom and might be a household name by now if he wasn’t oddly missing from everything about Avicii’s hit song Wake Me Up except for the song itself. But that’s fine because I suspect he’ll manage on his own. He’s got that vibe.
I say that because today I’m showcasing another of Aloe Blacc’s song which is sure to give Kanye West a run for is money in the “Screw what anyone else says, I am awesome!” anthem market. Channeling the romantic energy of Sir Elton John, Aloe Blacc has created an infectious ode to self-confidence that’s apparently cosigned by Colin Kaepernick Dr. Dre. Or at least the Beats By Dre advertising department. Here’s hoping for a little of the old Apple Ad Effect.
The 2013 Max Awards!
While it’s a little late to party with one of my picks for last years round-up and his homegirl at the turn up function, there’s still time to do a look back at the music that helped make 2013 a year worth experiencing.
Rudimental - Feel The Love feat. John Newman
I had a different song in mind for this week, but I think I’ll save it for next week’s annual year-end list event.
Rudimental’s debut album Home was released earlier this year and the standout track, Feel The Love, has been on regular repeat during the latter half of the year (ever since my encounter with Zedd this September to be precise). Anyway, I think this has been a pretty good year, and I hope it has been for all of you as well.
As Johnny Newman asks in this week’s song, I can feel the love. Can you feel it too?
Mentionable 2013 #bangerz:
- Calvin Harris & Alesso feat. Hurts - Under Control (Oliver Heldens Bootleg)
- TNGHT - Acrylics
- Tiësto & Dyro - Paradise
Kate Bush & Peter Gabriel - Another Day
It’s Christmas 1979. The Iran hostage crisis has just begun (there’s a cool movie about it starring Ben Affleck), the Time Lady Romana has just regenerated into Richard Dawkins’ wife, and Kate Bush had a Christmas special because why the heck not.
As you all know, I am quite partial to Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush, so when I decided I wanted something relevant to the season, I figured their duet from her 1979 Christmas special would be perfect. While the song isn’t very festive, it’s very much their style and that’s the important thing. To me anyway.
Happy holidays, everybody! And if you do want something a little more ring-ting-tingly, Kate’s song December Will Be Magic Again may be more your taste.
Galantis - Smile
I think we all need to remember to smile once in a while.
Show me where it hurts
'Cause you ain't got nothing to worry about
Because finals week is over for most of us
Sure that last part isn’t in the actual lyrics but it’s how I personally choose to relate to the song. Also, I hope the part about not ”knowing anything at all” isn’t as relevant as the rest of it.
EDIT: Oh yeah, did I forget to mention that the video is kinda NSFW? Because it is. So don’t watch it at work. Or do.
Balance and Composure - Notice Me (Live at The Pit in Jacksonville, FL)
I believe it was Ghandi who said, “I like your pop punk. I do not like your pop punkers. They are so unlike your… something or other”. What I’m saying is, while I like a lot of pop punk music, there’s something about “pop punk culture” that makes me cringe. It could be the way Jarrod Alonge’s impersonation of pop punk vocalists is so dead-on that it doesn’t even seem like a joke so much as a supercut of a long show at a local venue.
Regardless of the less-favorable aspects of the culture, the music can be damn good. Balance of Composure is reminiscent of an old favorite of mine, Hawthorne Heights, and brings me right back to 2003 when my budding teen angst was coming to. Their album The Things We Think We’re Missing is very solid and I recommend you give them a spin. Or a “press-play” since I guess CD’s aren’t popular anymore… though the vinyl edition is beautiful.
But anyway, I hope you all have a great week and notice our posts. Give us some likes and reblogs, guys! It’s our best way of knowing if you guys are liking what we post since we recently made the decision to cut down on posting MP3s in order to better comply with Tumblr’s recent DMCA freakout. Let us know you’re there, guys.
The Neighbourhood - Afraid
What’s that, YouTube? A NSFW music video? Oh, I am so there! Before last week, I wasn’t too interested in The Neighborhood’s music, even though I did enjoy Sweater Weather, one of those songs that I’d consider a potential track on the OST for the inevitable Tumblr movie where David Karp—played by Jay Baruchel—is an elitist hipster jerkoff to everyone who ever cared about him. In fact, Afraid would make a good track on the soundtrack too. I mean, “When I wake up, I’m afraid somebody else might end up being me”? That’s the kind of existential tunage that would be awesome for this movie that I expect to be paid handsomely for because the plot I’ve come up with here is amazing and it’ll probably be better than that David Fincher mess from a few years back.
Just kidding, I love David Fincher’s movies. In fact, aside from The Newsroom, I like Aaron Sorkin's work too.
Now I sound like the elitist hipster.
N.O.H.A. - Gypsy Valley (Live at Loftas)
I’m filing this one under “songs that can really get you going”. I first heard Gypsy Valley in what is probably the most mesmerizing video about making bread in the world, I’ve been playing the song on my iPod as a bit of a fight song whenever I need to get something done fast. Works great for folding clothes, washing dishes, exercising and of course making bread.
Anyway, hope you all have a great Thanksgiving if you live in North America. Oh… I guess you can use this song when you’re making bread for your family. Not trying to guilt you into helping with dinner, but c’mon… who doesn’t love bread? Besides, if Zach can do it…