Check out their new EP, they’ve got a fresh sound and it’s filled with feel good tracks. Definitely one of my favorite indie groups.
It’s clear that Capital Cities doesn’t play it safe with their music videos. They took us through the history of dance in their clip for Safe and Sound and now they’re showing us how a zebra would deal with not being able to get into a night club. See if you can make out the cameos by Raising Hope‘s Shannon Woodward and Glee‘s Darren Criss.
Musaic is a new app that lets you share and discover music with your friends for free so to celebrate its launch the creators of it decided to also bless us with this incredible mix. It features songs from Active Child, Blondie and Classixx, among others.
While everyone is still talking about what Miley Cyrus did at the 2013 VMAs, I’d like to revisit my favorite moment from that night. It’s not often a hip hop artist addresses a human rights issue on that kind of stage but Macklemore & Co did just that with their performance of Same Love. It was powerful and touching– if this performance were getting the kind of attention that Miley Cyrus is getting we’d be making real progress.
The best artists know how to evolve. Mateo’s evolution has led to We’ve Met Before. The title is a wink at how he’s been working at this break for a long time, dating back even before I signed him to his first record deal at MySpace Records. His persistence has paid off. When I put him in a studio with Grammy award winning producer Krucial Brothers, I knew only good things could come of it but as it turns out some great things have come out of it– this EP being the best example so far.
It’s an EP that perfects the alternative R&B sound Mateo’s been developing. Not only is Mateo’s sound elevated but through his songwriting you’ll take flight too. The lead song, How Good Is Your Love, describes a girl in great detail with the verses, even down to how she rolls up the perfect j, but with the chorus the important question that is still unanswered is just how good her love is. The only issue with We’ve Met Before is that it’s only 5 songs. It leaves you anticipating what his full length album will be. In the meantime, download We’ve Met Before.
I re-emerged after 10 straight days of silent meditation and I’m happy to report that all the good things I heard about the Vipassana meditation experience are true. Allowing myself to unplug and turn inward so intensely gave me insight about some deep rooted blind spots that I hadn’t actually resolved. It felt like a detox for my mind and played out like the most profound game of connect the dots. I uncovered the sources of behavior patterns I knew weren’t my best self and discovered some that I wasn’t even aware were holding me back. It’s a higher level of conciousness. I’m looking back on so much of how I’ve lived my life, understanding it deeper and actually forgiving myself for it now. It’s a new level of compassion and clarity. I feel like I’ve reinvented myself again. Quddus 2.0 is up to bat now and I can’t wait to share him with you.
If you’re interested to learn more about the Vipassana course, check out Dhamma.org. It’s based in Buddhism but it’s not sectarian. I highly recommend it for anyone.
I’ll never forget when Drake came into my office years ago, fresh off shooting Degrassi and hungry to break into the music game. I couldn’t be prouder of how he’s evolved over the years and now with this new song, he continues that. Drizzy’s at his best when he gets melodic and he goes all the way with it on this. The new album Nothing Was The Same drops September 17.
The differences, explained with food. Hilarious and informative.
Daniel Sannwald’s directing on this is absolutely sublime. John’s album Love In The Future is coming September 3rd, in the meantime, download this delicious song here.
Thanks to IN-Q, I’ve got a spark for spoken word poetry again.