Or, if you don’t like reading – all you really need to do is watch his Takeaway Show in Paris with La Blogothéque. To summarize briefly: Leon’s voice is on point, the harmonies are soulful and soothing, the red wine is boss, and the Parisians give zero fucks. It’s glorious.
So once you’ve watched and fallen head over heels, be sure to give the full album Coming Home a listen – I assure you it’s worth it.
Great news internet! One of my favorite music series is back in action – A.V. Club’s A.V. Undercover, where artists of all genres stop by the A.V. Club offices and choose a song from a pre-selected list to cover. This year’s series kicks off with one of my personal favorites, and a veteran of the series – Punch Brothers. A few years ago, the boys and their strings set a bar that has yet to be matched (IMHO) when they covered Cars, and now they’re back – this time taking on The Strokes’ Repitlia.
Now – it’s worth noting (as A.V. Club rightfully does), that PB have already covered this song, but that doesn’t make their arrangement any less kick ass. If you’re not familiar with the Punch Brothers, you should know that each and every one of them is about a billion times more talented than you are, and Chris Thile loves to make weird faces while he crushes the mandolin. And hopefully after this you will have a strong desire to become more familiar with them.
So welcome back Undercover! I can’t wait to see what other treasures this year’s series has in store for us.
Look the week is basically over. In fact, if you’re on the East Coast, it is over. But before you get your weekend pippity poppin’, do yourself a favor and watch the final round from last night’s episode of Lip Sync Battle. Everyone’s favorite dreamboat and executive producer John Krasinski, takes on future auteur, Pitch Perfect 2 boss, and Twitter queen Anna Kendrick. Let me give you a list of the highlights in no particular order:
- Tear away clothes
- Hilarious height discrepency
- John Krasinski in drag
- A slideshow of Emily Blunt’s face
- Hands free microphones
- Jennifer Lopez serving
- LL Cool J & Chrissy Teigen (yeah I know they’re in every ep, but whatever, it’s the most baller host combo ever
- Anna Kendrick looking absurdly hot and being like, a really good dancer
So Happy Friday! Now watch these goddamn videos.
Everyone loves R.Kelly’s Ignition (Remix). I know this to be true for many reasons: it’s a great song, it’s catchy as all hell, and also I once witnessed a spontaneous sing-a-long/dance party erupt when it came on at a restaurant (no joke…I have the video to prove it, but I can’t figure out how to embed an instagram video and I deleted it from my phone).
What I didn’t know what there was a way to make this sexy ass R&B jam feel like a totally and completely different song. I mean seriously, how else can one sing “running her hands through my fro, bouncing on twenty fours…”? It turns out at least one other way – the soft, female, indie-folk way. I can hear the chorus of “Whaaaa?” from here. But trust me, green-haired songstress Phoebe Ryan delivers.
So have a listen, and realize that a) these lyrics are pretty ridiculous when sung by anyone other than R.Kelly (and even then…) and b) you have always been craving this cover, you just didn’t know it yet.
Listen, we all gotta make a living. We wake up everyday, and get to grindin. GET, GET, GET THAT PAPER. Amiright?
Well here in Los Angeles, one gentleman discovered another gentleman selling what else, but LOBSTER on the side of the road. For 5 dollars. That’s a goddman steal!
Our host spends about 4 minutes admiring (as anyone would) the fact that a man selling lobster on the side of the raod even exists, then veers towards the metaphysical and deep at the end…but as he says “We gotta make that money…what a life.”
I do my best not to utitilze too much so-called “basic bitch speak.” I.e., “I’m dying,” “I can’t,” “This is literally, everything” “I can’t even,” “Stop,” etc.
But sometimes, it’s the only way to describe things. Like Taylor Swift’s new video for Blank Space. Because that shit is EVERYTHING. I can’t with it. I’m dying from it. It needs to stop. But also NEVER STOP.
Since this video has clearly left me without words, here are 8 (+
1 2 bonus) stills to prove my point.
2. This dip, this dress, it’s all just too much.
3. Running in a ballgown? I want it. I need it. Oh baby, oh baby.
4. This picnic + red lip combo is literally the best thing I’ve ever seen.
5. THROWIN SHADE.
6. This leopard and bleeding mascara is KILLING me. Also GET OUT OF HERE YOU ADORABLE TINY BABY DEER.
7. Shut up with this crop top and shorts set.
8. An axe? A horse? That dress? EVERYTHING.
BONUS. This Mean Girls reference? I AM LITERALLY DEAD FROM NOT BEING ABLE TO EVEN.
In case you’re an idiot and haven’t devoted your morning/afternoon to this video. Here it is in all it’s magnificent glory.
EDIT: Re-watching the video I’m ashamed to admit I did not include this beauty. TWO HORSES, A CAT, AND MARBLE FLOORS?! I mean…
Okay bear with me, there is A LOT going on here. BUT, it’s a lot of totally extreme awesomeness.
First and foremost, this is a mashup of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” and Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up,” with some Chumba Wumba thrown in for good measure. While I’m not 1000% sure that the two songs completely mesh together, they work well enough, and the Chumba Wumba is, of course, an amazing addition.
We could stop there. A good mashup is worthy of a post. And this one is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
But we can’t stop there. This video is just…too good. First of all, in case you forgot (like I had), the video for Never Gonna Give You Up is one of the greatest videos of all time. From Rick Astley surprising you with his cherubic face to all the dancers breaking it down 1987 style, it’s all that is right with music videos. But then, then it gets SO. MUCH. BETTER. What’s that? A super cut of the some of the greatest dance sequences from Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Michael, and Saturday Night Fever? WITH TURK DOING THE SAFTEY DANCE?!?!? Ugh. I’m actually dead right now from joy. I’m writing this to you from the grave. I have been murdered by fancy footwork.
But seriously, just watch the damn thing. And don’t just listen, WATCH. You can thank me later.
PS – I feel like this should probably be called “Never Gonna Wake Me Up,” right?
In case you hadn’t seen already, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival released their lineup announcement video today, and it might quite possibly be the most inclusive lineup I have ever seen. Ranging from Phish to Public Enemy, Solange to Foster the People, Trey Songz to Jason Isbell, Arcade Fire to Avett Brothers, Eric Clapton to Christina Aguilera (seriously). Not to mention the smattering of traditional NOLA jazz and gospel acts. I can’t decide if this is the most amazing strategy ever since people have already been going to Jazzfest for years regardless of the lineup, or if it’s going to result in the biggest clusterfuck in the history of music festivals.
Thinking about going? I know…so am I. Here’s a nifty to guide for everything you need to know if you’re planning a trip.
Best part of this announcement? It’s put a (temporary I’m sure) damper on all the Coachella-philes.
There are few things on the internet that make me happier than NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. The low-key concerts are a showcase for some of the best talent on the planet to really show their raw chops. This one with Sarah Jarosz is no exception. In case you haven’t heard of this miraculous young lady, she is a 22 year old bluegrass/roots songbird. Despite being only 22, she has already recorded three albums, all of them an absolute delight. In this video she is performing songs from her third album, Build Me Up From Bones. But enough of my yammering, just watch and let the girl win your heart.
Live in LA? Come see her with me on January 22nd at Largo at the Coronet, tickets here.