New Video: Major Lazer ft. Amber Coffman – “Get Free”

Major Lazer’s new album Free the Universe will be out November 6th on Mad Decent Records. The video for “Get Free” was directed by SoMe and gives the viewer a small glimpse of Jamaican island life. Amber Coffman from the band Dirty Projectors’ provides the sultry vocals.

New Video: TEEN – “Electric”

Brooklyn based TEEN have released the video for “Electric” taken from their album In Limbo due out 8/28 on Carpark Records. TEEN is made up of Teeny Lieberson, her Sisters Katherine and Lizzie and Jane Herships who also has a solo project called Spider. The video is directed by Sam Fleischner, and it wonderfully embraces the psych pop of “Electric” with a haunting mix of psychedelic visuals intertwined with choreography based on magic and rituals. My talented friend Carolyn Frisch did the Motion Graphics, kudos to everyone involved!

Funk & Soul Wednesdays – The Ohio Players

After many mishaps and line-up changes, The Ohio Players finally had their first hit single with “Funky Worm” on the album Pleasure in 1973. The band initially formed in 1959 in Dayton, Ohio, then disbanded twice before going on to have seven top 40 singles in the 70s. They were known not only for their horn grooves and memorable sound, but also for their sexually provocative album covers. Their songs have been sampled by numerous R&B and hip-hop artists, with “Funky Worm” being sampled in over 70 tracks such as “Dopeman” by N.W.A., “Me Myself and I” by De La Soul and “Jump” by Kris Kross.

(Pleasure album cover)

Willis Earl Beal – “Acousmatic Sorcery”

Willis Earl Beal has one hell of a backstory and an amazing, raw voice to boot. Born on the South Side of Chicago, he joined the Army in his 20s and was medically discharged, then moved to Albuquerque where he was homeless for a bit. While in Albuquerque, he drew flyers with his phone number asking you to call him and he would sing you a song (he also drew his album cover above). These flyers helped him get published in Found Magazine which in turn provided enough attention to get him signed to his first record label, Hot Charity/XL Recordings. Below is a clip of Willis singing the first single off his album titled Evening’s Kiss on Later with Jools Holland. You can also stream his entire album here:

Metric – “Synthetica”

Metric, the Toronto-based fourpiece, released their 5th studio album today “Synthetica” and you should indulge yourself by streaming the entire album below. The album is packed with indie-synth goodness and will be receiving many plays in my 3rd floor walk-up.

Patti Smith – “Banga”

(Patti 1969)

The legendary Patti Smith will be releasing her 11th studio album on June 5th titled Banga. The lead single “April Fool” features Tom Verlaine on guitar, and is embedded below for your listening pleasure. Also, I just finished Patti’s book “Just Kids” and I highly recommend you pick it up.

Karen Dalton – “Something On Your Mind”

The late Karen Dalton came to New York City in the 1960s from Enid, Oklahoma and became an influential part of the Greenwich Village folk revival scene. Despite having played with Bob Dylan, she still remains relatively unknown because she only released two studio albums. Karen sang and played the 12-string guitar and banjo, and some call her folk music’s answer to Billie Holiday because her voice was so unique. Her two albums, It’s So Hard to Tell Who’s Going to Love You the Best and In My Own Time, were re-released in 2006 by Megaphone Music and Light in the Attic Records respectively. My personal favorite “Something On Your Mind” is so raw and full of emotion, that I still choke up with every listen.

Friends – “I’m His Girl”

I’m loving this fun song by Bushwick based Friends. The band only has 4 tracks, including a cover of 90s jam “My Boo” by Ghost Town DJ’s, but they made it to the long-list for the BBC Sound Poll of 2012 as the only independently-signed artist, so Friends is just getting started.

Friends – I’m His Girl from Lucky Number Music on Vimeo.

Cat Power – “King Rides By”

Cat Power has released a 2011 version of her song “King Rides By” with all proceeds going to the Festival of Children Foundation and The Ali Forney Center. Buy the mp3 here.

Alabama Shakes: “Hold On”

Alabama Shakes is a band name you’ll want to remember in the coming year. Lead singer Brittany Howard has a voice that will resonate on an emotional level, with 3 other band mates Heath Fogg, Zac Cockrell, and Steve Johnson who round out guitar, bass, and drums.

Here we have their first single, “Hold On.” It has the gumption of “Dog Days Are Over” coupled with the southern rock authenticity that makes cold nights like this a litte warmer. It will ask you for repeated listenings. That voice! The punchy vocals, coupled with the motivational hook makes me root for Brittany as much as the man upstairs is.

Their EP can be found here for just $4.

Check out the studio and live versions of “Hold On” below:




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