THE STARS ARE OUT TONIGHT

 

David Bowie caught the music world off guard and released a surprise album out of nowhere on March 8th, his first in over a decade, and his 27th overall. “The Next Day” has been met with critical acclaim, with the lead single “Where are We Now?” hitting number one in sales on iTunes within hours. His music video “The Stars (Are Out Tonight),” starring Tilda Swinton is blowing up YouTube. A little new music taking you into the weekend.

SERGIO MENDES

 

For that spring playlist you might be working on, here’s a look back at legendary musician Sergio Mendes. Often lost in the shadow of his Brazilian countryman Antonio Carlos Jobim, Mendes emerged in the late 1950s just as bossa nova was becoming popular. This classic video below shows a young Eartha Kitt in 1967 introducing this “new sound.”  Fluid, beautiful and inspiring – ideal for imagining warmer days ahead. “Ma Que Nada” is perhaps Mendes’ most recognizable song. And unlike many legendary musicians, his career has had an incredibly long run, with a recent Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song in 2012 as co-writer of the song “Real In Rio” from the animated film Rio.

 

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DIPLO

 

MAGIC Las Vegas kicked off this week, easily the largest and most imposing menswear trade show of the year. Tens of thousands of retailers from over 80 countries around the world will descend on Vegas to discover emerging brands, take in new collections and ultimately write orders. One new interesting spin off is PROJECT MVMNT, a collection of brands aimed squarely at youth culture. To launch the division, MAGIC went big, scoring world class DJ Diplo, aka Wesley Pentz, to kick off the launch party. If you’re unfamiliar with Diplo, check out (more…)

NEXT TO YOU BY BUMBLEBEEZ

 

Great song, “Next to You” by Bumblebeez. Lacoste used it for their terrific “Polo of the Future” video, but since it’s Valentine’s Day, here’s an ode to classic romance.

VIDEO GAMES REMIX LANA DEL REY

 

A little mindless Friday fun, cool vid, nice remix. See if you can spot the iconic Chateau Marmont in there.

BIG JET PLANE

 

“Big Jet Plane” by Angus and Julia Stone.

MORE GOOD MUSIC

 

Not afraid to admit I’m a Lana Del Rey fan, she’s kinda bad ass, like the dark videos. This is a great remix, “Blue Jeans” – RAC Remix.

GOOD MUSIC

“The Witch” by Dombrance featuring Sourya.

“Liquid Liquid” by Cavern.

“Your Silent Face” New Order.

“Atlas Sound” by Quick Canal.

“Little People” by Matthew Dear

ELVIS BLUE CHRISTMAS

 

Every holiday playlist should include this gem.

FEEL SO CLOSE BY CALVIN HARRIS

 

Great song and video by Scottish DJ, singer, songwriter, and record producer Calvin Harris. “Feel So Close.”

MINT ROYALE

 

If you’d like to expand upon your more creative music playlists, check out “Mint Royale,” an electric music act founded by Neil Claxton and Chris Baker in Manchester, England in 1997. Now just Claxton after Baker left in 2004, the smart mix of sound, from disco to hip hop, works beautifully. Their first album “On the Ropes” is great, with special mention to “Take it Easy” and the above, “Singin’ in the Rain.” It’s no surprise that Fatboy Slim, aka Norman Cook, regularly includes Mint Royale in his sets.

INTRO BY THE XX

 

Killer. “Intro” by The XX, an indie pop band formed in London in 2008.

A BRAZILIAN PLAYLIST

A few songs, including “Technova” by Towa Tei, courtesy of our DJ who spun old-school Bossa Nova at last night’s Havaiana’s party at The Webster in Miami Beach.

Mentira by Marcos Valle

Utopia by Alex Malheiros

Havana 2am by Thomas Blondet

 

SINCE I LEFT YOU BY THE AVALANCHES

 

“Since I Left You” by The Avalanches – an Australian group formed in 1997.

I AINT NEVER BY WEBB PIERCE

 

There’s something about old school country that makes it so much cooler than today’s pop warbling hybrid stuff. Webb Pierce was the man for two decades, recording no less than eight #1 hits in the 1950’s. This video is a look at another era, when country folk standing around shuffling to honky-tonk was entertainment. “I Ain’t Never” is a good one – best played in a flat bed pick up with dog riding shot gun. And check out Pierce’s bright red “Nudie Suit” – perhaps a precursor to Liberace’s outrageous style. “Nudie” is in reference to Nudie Cohn, an American tailor who designed decorative rhinestone-covered suits for some of the most famous celebrities of his era.

STARMAN BY DAVID BOWIE

 

Classic Bowie – “Starman,” performed at the absolute height of his incredible career – looking completely original.

JACKSON BY JOHNNY & JUNE CASH

 

Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash sing “Jackson” in this nostalgic 1970’s duet. Cash would have turned 80 on February 26th. He passed away in 2003.

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD

 

If you watched Mad Men last night you’ll recognize this song, played during the final sequence, “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” by Dusty Springfield, performed in 1967. Springfield was the best-selling female singer in the world in 1966 and was dubbed “The White Queen of Soul.” Interest in her music took a serious hit in the 1970’s and 80’s and was revived again in 1994, after her incredible song “Son of a Preacher Man” was included on the soundtrack for Pulp Fiction. If you want to hear more, her album “Dusty in Memphis” was listed by Rolling Stone as one of the best albums of all time. Springfield died in 1996 after losing her battle to cancer.

CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG

 

This girl’s got style. “Le Chat Du Cafe Des Artistes” by Charlotte Gainsbourg, daughter of songwriter Serge Gainsbourg and British actress Jane Birkin.

THE HEAD AND THE HEART

 

This is a great example of a city being smart about it’s branding. Upon entering the main hallway of the Seattle airport (Sea-Tac) you are quickly greeted by a message from Alice & Chains front man Jerry Cantrell, promoting Seattle’s impressive music heritage. “Winter Song” by up-and-coming folk band, The Head and the Heart (from Seattle), quickly followed during my recent visit. The song features Charity Rose Thielen, perhaps one of the best young vocalists out there. Give it a listen, and make sure it’s on repeat.  (more…)

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