Monthly Archives: June 2012

A$AP Rocky featuring Lana Del Rey – ” Ridin’ “

Holy fuck. Two of the best new artists of the year in A$AP Rocky and Lana Del Rey collaborating? This is some hot shit. Seriously. You get that straight banging style of A$AP mixed in with that smooth, female Frank Sinatra type feel in Lana Del Rey, throw them together in a song? Oh my……this shit is fucking niceeee. Last time you saw Lana Del Rey and A$AP together, they were in Lana’s video for “National Anthem”. Damn they looked nice together in the vid together. Wouldn’t mind if they started going with each other, they could collab and make fucking great music together. And apparently, A$AP wouldn’t mind bedding her because his favorite part during the shooting of the video was squeezing on her buns haha. But aside from his desires, here is their track together called Ridin’

Shit this stuff is so fucking chill. Just a damn nice track to listen to. Lana Del Rey’s voice is gorgeous and it’s super cool to hear the discrepancy between A$AP’s voice and hers. The beat is smooth, jazzy and really serene. Definitely something different from A$AP’s usual music, but this one is really good. Just relaxing and listening to this track makes me bob my head and just fade into the sweet song. One listen won’t be enough, trust me. A$AP Rocky + Lana Del Rey? Fucking gold.

LYRICS
[Lana Del Rey]
I want to be your object, of your affection
Give me all your time, touch, money, and attention
Pick me up after school, you can be my baby
Maybe we could go somewhere, get a little crazy
He’s rich and I’m wishin’, um, he could be my Mister Yum
Delicious to the maximum, chew him up like bubble gum
Mama’s pretty party favor, he says I’m his favorite flavor

[Hook]
Uh, uh, catch me ridin’ like a bitch
Got the six forty-five, catch me ridin’ with my bitch
Uh, long hair, Lana, that’s my bitch
Uh, You can tell by the swagger and the lips, uh

Uh, uh, catch me ridin’ like a bitch
Got the six forty-five, catch me ridin’ with my bitch
Uh, long hair, Lana, that’s my bitch
Uh, You can tell by the swagger and the lips, uh

[Lana Del Rey]
You say that I am flawless, true perfection
So give me all your drugs, props, money, and connections
Pick me up after school, actin’ kinda shady
You’re the coolest kid in town, I’m your little lady
Your sick and I’m kissin’ him, magical musician, how I’m
Drivin’ at the cinema, lovin’ him and lickin’ him
He’s my love, the life saver
Don’t step on my bad behavior

Uh, uh, catch me ridin’ like a bitch
Got the six forty-five, catch me ridin’ with my bitch
Uh, long hair, Lana, that’s my bitch
Uh, You can tell by the swagger and the lips, uh

Uh, uh, catch me ridin’ like a bitch
Got the six forty-five, catch me ridin’ with my bitch
Uh, long hair, Lana, that’s my bitch
Uh, You can tell by the swagger and the lips, uh

[A$AP Rocky]
Swervin’, swervin’, gettin’ all them dimes
Tell her I be doin’, I be swaggin’ to my prime
This ain’t all the time, it happens all the time
That’s a big contradiction, get your money on your mind
What, what, tell her I be on a chase
Chasin’ for that paper and you see me on that race
What, what, tell her I be goin’ first
I be gon’ first and they put me in a herse, oh
One big room, full of bad bitches, no
One big room and it’s full of mad bitches
Lana, Lana, tell them what it is
Tell ‘em that you doin’ it, you mean to do it big
I said, one big room, full of bad bitches, no it’s
One big room and it’s full of mad bitches, I said
Lana, Lana, tell them what it is
Tell ‘em when you do it that you only do it big

Uh, uh, catch me ridin’ like a bitch
Got the six forty-five, catch me ridin’ with my bitch
Uh, long hair, Lana, that’s my bitch
Uh, You can tell by the swagger and the lips, uh

Uh, uh, catch me ridin’ like a bitch
Got the six forty-five, catch me ridin’ with my bitch
Uh, long hair, Lana, that’s my bitch
Uh, You can tell by the swagger and the lips, uh

Oh and side note. Reading the lyrics and listening to the song, makes you realize just how much swagger both of them possess. They’re the shit! 

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“Awkward.” – Season 2 TV Review

A solid, witty, intriguing start to the second season of a solid, witty, intriguing and not-really-guilty-pleasure MTV show. Definitely worth a watch, for dudes too.

I miss MTV’s The Hard Times of RJ Berger. That show was funny and vulgar and sweet and wonderful for all us nerdy dudes out there who had self-esteem issues.

But that show got canceled, so I thought I had to settle for what basically amounted to the girl version of Hard Times, Awkward. (period included), which traded the vulgarity for hot dudes and extra dramatic spice. Initially skeptical, I gradually warmed to Awkward. throughout its first season for its wit, charm and dramatic undertones that Hard Times never totally delved into.

After attending a panel in which they screened the first two episodes of the second season, it’s clear that all the good wit, and the good drama, is in full force. For those of you who don’t know, the show centers on Jenna Hamilton (the brilliant Ashley Rickards–I’m not being hyperbolic when I say she’s brilliant, she’s in MENSA), initially an awkward social outcast, who, after an accident misconstrued as a suicide attempt caused by a ‘carefrontation letter’ sent by an anonymous party and an ostensibly awkward first time at camp with school hottie Matty McKibben (Beau Mirchoff), begins to get noticed by her peers. With the help of her friends Tamara (the fast-talking delight Jillian Rose Reed–marry me) and Ming (Jessica Lu), her guidance-counselor-that-needs-counseling Valerie Marks (Desi Lydic), and her well-meaning-but-obviously-terrible parents Kevin (Mike Faiola) and Lacey (the underrated Nikki DeLoach), Jenna navigates the ‘savage’ waters of liking two boys who like her back, popular but insecure and at times douchey Matty, and popular and nice but a bit bland Jake Rosati (the incredibly funny Brett Davern, who, according to Rickards, is the better kisser… just thought you’d like to know, America). Recurring subplots include the dramatic quest for identity of the author of the carefrontation letter, Jenna’s encounters with school bitch Sadie (the exquisitely hilarious Molly Tarlov, you’re welcome), Tamara’s on-off relationship with Ricky Schwartz and Jenna’s relationship with dumb, abstinent blonde Lissa (fellow Trojan Greer Grammer), Jake’s ex-girlfriend.

You should watch Season 1 to catch up (it’s all on MTV.com online), but you could jump in if you wanted to having only seen the pilot (from what I hear).

Creator and head writer Lauren Iungerich has created an excellent world of nuanced, realistic characters (at least in the female department) and serves you up with a great deal of humor that comes from unexpected places (the season’s second episode in particular serves up a wonderful dose of reverse racism jokes–Vincent, you’ll enjoy).

The acting, from Rickards and DeLoach in particular, is surprisingly excellent. Rickards–who you would think upon hearing her speak in real life would be totally out of her element in a role like Jenna–aces it, and DeLoach brings an incredibly layered portrayal to Lacey, who is in my opinion one of the best, most underrated characters in all of television. Everyone else is good, if not great in their roles, each of them bringing something unique to the comedic and/or dramatic tables.

The one element I don’t like about the show is the characterization of Matty McKibben. He’s the female fantasy–he’s a hot jerk at the start who ‘changes’ and becomes a nice hot guy. This is why my female friends continue to date people who aren’t good for them–they think he’ll change. Right. And I’m gonna grow a vagina.

Jake is a reasonable character, and right now the show seems to be doing a good job of handling him, but my one minor quibble is that almost because he’s a nice guy, he’s too bland and white-bread for Jenna, who, by the way, went from total social outcast to #firstworldproblems with two incredibly attractive men fawning over every step she takes.

Not that I don’t respect and appreciate female empowerment/fantasy (I mean, I’d be a total hypocrite if I said I didn’t wanna see R.J. Berger in a triangle with two hot females), but at least dude fantasies in these types of shows are generally monogamous in nature. R.J. only pined for dream-girl Jenny, but realized that he truly liked Lily, his not-too-attractive friend. The love triangle on that show was awkward-hot-friend. The love triangle on this show is awkward-hot-hot. The balance is off.

But I digress. It seems like I’m harping, but in reality, I’m just nitpicking.

The show is marvelous and if you have some free time, you should check it out. You won’t regret it. Even if you’re a dude.


Jhameel-“Walls Down”

Just when you thought Jhameel would settle down for a minute after his “Are You Free” EP, he comes back with another track reflecting on his recent work. “Walls Down” has this almost somber feel, but probably more of this relaxed, contemplative feel. This is not the type of ‘chill’ where I mean you just sit down with some buds and just hang, but more like sit and just think. That’s what I like about this track, it’s just something I can listen to and just kick back and think. The beat is not overly poppy and in your face, which is what we usually get with Jhameel, but just relaxed. So the beat is a nice change of pace. The song is just nice to listen to.

Now about the lyrics. They actually say a lot. They mean much to me because I feel like they fit into how my life is currently going. I live a life that is constantly in flux and I don’t really let much get to me; I just kind of brush it off to the side. But listening to the actual lyrics, makes sense to me, the feeling that everything that I have put off is coming up. Just that feeling of holding things in and not letting things go anywhere. Not really sure how to put it in words, but the meaning of the song just kind of speaks to me. The words will make sense to the people in which the words apply to their life.

LYRICS:

i spent a long time running from heartache so 
i can’t believe that it caught up to me now 
i kept it all to myself and i paid the toll 
i feel its force taking all of my walls down

i spent a long time running from feeling bold 
i can’t believe that it’s all up to me now 
i kept it all my head so my heart is cold 
i feel its burn taking all of our walls down

and it’s coming to get you too 
taking all of your walls down 
and it’s coming to me too 
taking all of our walls down

i spent a long time running away 
i feel a force taking over 
it’s been too long and i’m ready to pay 
i feel its force taking

For once, Jhameel is actually just putting his track onto itunes to be bought. He’s been gracious enough to allow all of us to download his music for free, for so long, so we should do him a favor and buy this song. It’s worth it; A good listen and effort by Jhameel.

Buy on itunes here!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/are-you-free-ep/id532830078

The other tracks on his “Are You Free” EP

Week One: “Are You Free”

Week Two: “Shadow of a Man”

Week Three: “A Maiden Calling”

Week Four: “The Long Run”

Week Five: “Let’s Run Away”

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Sway premieres new Childish Gambino track, One Up

http://freehrs.blogspot.com/2012/06/childish-gambino-one-up.html

Check out the song there. His new mixtape drops July 4th.


Matt & Kim’s Latest Masterpiece-“Let’s Go”

Matt-Kim-Lets-Go

Hot damn! Guess who is backkkkkkkkkkk??? Here comes Matt & Kim, the poppy duo from Brooklyn, New York. After their fantastic effort on their ‘SideWalks’ album, a year and a half later, they’re releasing their fresh, new track “Let’s Go”. And I can say, this is probably my favorite track by them. Their new album, ‘Lighting’, that comes out this fall should be gooooood. Giving us a little preview with “Let’s Go”, definitely has signs pointing to a freaking awesome album. Thinking that Matt & Kim have already gotten to the peak of their sound, I saw this song and wasn’t expecting a killer track like “Daylight” or “Cameras” had been, but giving it a listen…already my favorite song by them. I have said that a lot in the past regarding their songs, but this one is legitimately their best effort.

Usually hitting us up with insanely poppy beats up in your face, this one is actually a bit more chill. While maintaining their poppy sound, I actually think they have grown a lot. Listening to their starting songs and comparing to “Let’s Go” really shows their development as a band. Going beyond the expectations of critics who said they would forever be a raw, unclean type of noise, “let’s Go” really shows that they know what they’re doing now. The beat to this song is catchy as fuck. Seriously. I can’t single anything out, but the drums, and the synths flow together perfectly to make a chill, peaceful sound. I especially enjoy the bongos in the background though, they’re pretty damn fresh and make a nice B-Boy beat too haha. Matt ‘s singing has actually gotten a lot better and if I am not mistaken, Kim provides her own as well. This is pretty significant, you don’t hear her often! The meaning of pretty much all Matt & Kim songs have been about not really caring and just living life to it’s fullest extent, which I have always appreciated. Check them out for yourself! Also it is pretty cool to note that the song was featured on the new Sony Xperia Ion smart phone. First day song is released and already featured on a commercial? Pretty good!

LYRICS:

I was up in my head
For everything I said
A quarter million words
They’re all made with lead
I bought a megaphone
To use inside your home
Forgot the batteries
But that’s the old me

Shouting out
Of my windows
Rolled down
‘Cause I don’t care
Anymore
said I don’t care.

Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go
Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go

I’m standing on the top
Of a parking lot
I gave it all I had
Show me what you got
There’s some things I found
That make so much sound
All these words
I don’t need ’em now

Shouting out
Of my windows
Rolled down
‘Cause I don’t care
Anymore
said I don’t care.

Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go
(hey hey hey hey)
Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go

Say what you wanna say
Make it mean everything
oh, Say what you wanna say
Make it mean everything
Say what you wanna say
Make it mean everything
oh, Say what you wanna say

Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go
(hey hey hey hey)
Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go
(hey hey hey hey)
Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go

Say what you wanna say
Make it mean everything
oh, Say what you wanna say
Make it mean everything
Say what you wanna say
Make it mean everything
oh, Say what you wanna say

Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go

This song is hella good. Chill, but still poppy. Be careful though, it gets insanely catchy and really easy to continue to listen to. This comes at a perfect time too. Summer of 2012. This song epitomizes what I want for this summer. And I’ll make sure it happens, with this song in the back. 

Buy Let’s Go on itunes! It is worth it.

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We Are Knights Tears EP (Review)

We Are Knights, kitsune

Jean-Marc BattalierGuilhem Hatt and Gaëlle Malandrone make up the French band We Are Knights and have recently dropped debut EP Tears. However, before any discussion of the music takes place, let’s talk about how much the trio have accomplished in their short time together. After having taken one of their compositions to the brand American Vintage, they got spotted by the Parisian label Kitsuné, which offered them an appearance on the compilation “Kitsuné Parisien ii”. Vogue has also chosen a few of their songs to illustrate the video diaries of Fashion Week. What a great deal of accomplishments….not bad for a band who has just been together for one year (they formed last year in June). Wow. Wow. Wow. So now that their resume has been covered, let’s examine why exactly this band has skyrocketed to such heights this year, and how their sound provides the foundation for future success in the upcoming years.

Break down of the EP ( I excluded the remixes because I really want to emphasize the fantastic work done by the band)

“Tears”

This is the song that initially drove all those music blogs and most likely propelled We Are Knights onto the French music scene. I’ve already had the pleasure of covering this track a few months ago when I stumbled onto this band for the first time. So allow me to repeat a few things here. Thanks to the low-fi sound and washed out vocals, the song has an absolutely cosmopolitan vibe to it, appropriate to listen to when the individual finds himself just amazed at the bustling pace of the city life. The whispers of the chorus caresses with soothing sounds that evoke serenity.

“Turn Around You”

Gather around that bonfire with your closest friends and put this song on repeat as you all sit and discuss the bittersweet feeling of growing up and moving on. I read another  review classifying We Are Knight’s sound as “vibrant melancholy”, and this song is the perfect manifestation of that characteristic. The French spoken by Gaëlle but it sounds absolutely aching given the nature of this song. “Turn Around You” is a sort of meditation on the exact moment of recognition that everything is wrong. Then again, maybe everything is just fine. In any case, the song is a great tune to listen to when you just want to reflect.

“Out of Sight”

The most upbeat song out of them all, “Out of Sight” expands upon “Tears” and “Turn Around You” by deriving a more active sound from the bread and butter formula of electronic synths and  steady guitar pulse.

This dreamy, electropop  offers the opportunity for reflection and through several listens, the music convinces the world-weary that everything will turn  out alright. Listening to the Tears EP is a great retreat into solitude  to escape the hectic demands of modern life, but paradoxically it’s also the catalyst to inspire return… but this time the individual comes back refreshed.  Before everything is said and done, I hope to be able to see We Are Knights perform. This is low-fi at its finest, and it is absolutely superb.

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Breakbot “1 Out of 2” (Featuring Irfane)

Breakbot is a French disco pop producer, and his latest single “One Out of Two” featuring the talents of Irfane really puts an emphasis on that disco aspect.  While the subject matter isn’t earth shattering, the song pulls it off with a flourish in its 80’s feel. Squealing guitar that builds into and ends the track. The piano beat that serves as the entire foundation. The gorgeously groovy chorus in all of its innocence with the proclamation of how love has created the greatest action: The synthesis of of two people in one completed whole. That’s the basis of almost every love song right?

Starts around :35 in

What a tune, what a tune. Hall and Oates would be proud.