Have you watched Stranger Things yet? Well, get a Netflix subscription! A few weeks ago, our Retrenders colleague Johnny Moreno binge watched Stranger Things and wrote a review on it (Stranger Things review). He then called me in the middle of the night to tell me to watch it! So I did and it was well worth it. Like many 80s kids, I had fond memories of movies and music from that era. And one of the many important factors in the success of Stranger Things is the music made by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein. They have just released 2 new tracks to preview for the upcoming Vol 1 and Vol 2 releases digitally and CD format.
What I’m bumping on my steps walking? The latest by Oakland native Kehlani with the song CRZY. It’s a smoking in-your face bass bumping track. She has drop two mixtapes: Cloud 19 and You Should Be Here.
Coming to a big weekend music festival near you! The world’s biggest bouncy castle will appear at UK music festivals this year. Creator Matt the Hat will debut the bouncy castle at the Common People music festival this weekend in Southampton City Centre. The bouncy castle fits 100 party-goers. It measures 78ft long, 68ft wide, 42ft high and takes 5,000 cubic ft of air to inflate.
James Brown, Isaac Hayes, UTFO, Hall & Oates, Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam, Samantha Fox, Kurtis Blow, Big Daddy Kane, Backstreet Boys, N*Sync, Britney Spears, Selena, The Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna – just to name a few. What do all these musicians have in common? Full Force! Before producer/writing teams like Stock Aitken & Waterman (SAW), The Neptunes (Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo) and Cheiron Studios (Max Martin & Denniz PoP. More than just producers/writers/remixers – Full Force is a band too. I grew up in the 80’s listening to many Full Force produced jams. Check their interview out on Sway’s Universe.
What’s on my iPod? Playing Niykee Heaton’s latest album “The Bedroom Tour Playlist.” Niykee appears on Sway’s Universe to talk about rise from a Instagram/YouTube artist from her bedroom and why she covered rap songs. She also discusses her South African roots, family background, the pitfalls & traps of the music industry and growing up in “white” suburban Chicago.
One of my favorite 1980s’ bands was the Pet Shop Boys and you might find it hard to believe they are still around making music. The Pet Shop Boys caught my attention again in 2013 with their single “Vocal” from the Electric album. A return to that 1980s and early 1990s sound that got me hooked, and now here in 2016 – the Pet Shop Boys are back with their latest single “Pop Kids.”
One of the top rap duos I listened to growing up in the 1980s was Kid ‘n Play. I remember watching House Party on VHS and jamming to “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody.” Sway in the Morning does in-depth interview with the rap duo on the past, present and future of Kid ‘n Play.
I don’t know why some YouTube videos have so less hits and views. There should be tons of views for this as OTHERtone show hosts Scott Vener and Pharrell Williams on Beats 1 channel interviews lead singer of Alabama Shakes Brittany Howard.
When I heard first this track I thought I was listening to funky Jpop rap group HaliCali from years back, but I was wrong. This cute catchy Jpop track is by veteran Jpop singer Ando Yuko who teams up with DJ Miso Soup and MC Rice.
Every once in-awhile, you watch a music video and say to yourself, “Wow, that is really cool.” This “Southern Winds (Revisited)” music video taken from artist Jane Lui’s album Goodnight Company took a year to make. It her a long time to build the cardboard world of sets and places.
This past weekend, Comikaze Expo unveiled “No Hero Now,” an action packed cinematic music video which tells the story of Rian, a reformed and retired assassin who is pulled back into action after getting a distress call from her old team.
After discovering a socialite referred to as “The Mantis” is investing millions into engineering genetic serums for humans, Rian must square off with a newly powered super human to avenge her fallen comrades and rescue her team’s leader.
One of the biggest live music events on this planet is the Glastonbury Music Festival in Britain. Now Legoland Windsor Resort taps it’s LEGO model makers to build a big diorama of the Glastonbury music festival. Over 2 months of work and over 15,000 LEGO bricks were used. The Glastonbury LEGO scene will be on display until this November 2015.
In the age of digital downloads and streaming music, who goes to the record stores and buys the physical copy? Well, if you’re an old-school fanboy like me, this is one CD you should definitely buy, The Transformers: The Movie Original Motion Picture Score by Vince DiCola. Let’s not mistake these soundtrack CDs for the Michael Bay live-action crap, this is the 1986 animated Transformers flick. Yes, you should be aware The Transformers: The Movie CD which came out in 1986, but that CD featured all the pop songs like “The Touch” & “Dare” and only a couple of score tracks. This release features 25 tracks of music score from the movie.
Just dropping into clothing racks and shelves now is the Rocksmith Summer 2015 Collection. Music/lifestyle apparel brand Rocksmith’s theme for the summer is future/retro mixing fabrics and using popular colors from sneakers to rep their summer collection. If you’re looking for something to rock this summer like graphic tees, hats and shorts, take a look at Rocksmith.
If you’ve into watching dance videos on YouTube or VIMEO, then you’ve probably watched a dance video filmed by YAKfilms. Yoram Savion and Kash Gaines were Internet video guys, who were also fans of dancing founded YAKfilms in 2008 at the Youth Uprising Community Center in East Oakland. They’ve created a popular dance channel on YouTube and started not only a national movement, but a global dance phenomenon called “Turfing.”
Now the Internet duo film dance videos around the world and here’s the latest from Japan using a camera drone to film this in one-shot. Dope jam!
Before the MC Jins, Far East Movements and Asian American YouTube music stars, there was the Filipino American music movement in 1990s. Of course, I should mention the Pop/R&B music groups and artists like Pinay, Kai, Once Vo1ce, Jocelyn Enriquez, Buffy to name a few, but in the genre of DJing – no one dominated with likes of DJ Q-Bert, Apollo and Mixmaster Mike. They were stars internationally, around the globe mixing and scratching on two turntables. Published by Duke University Press, author Dr. Oliver Wang takes us on a historical journey and ride in Legions of Boom: Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews in the San Francisco Bay Area.
My fellow Retrenders blogger Stevie J told me about this YouTube indie music artist Kawehi. So a couple of internet clicks away, I found myself watching most of Kawehi’s videos. She’s a one-woman band and making music.
No, this isn’t Slumdog Millionaire but “SlumGods of Dharavi.” This Guardian News short-documentary takes viewers inside the slums of Mumbai, where kids are using breakdancing as a way out. We follow the journey of 15 year-old Vikram who wants to be a b-boy star.
It’s been awhile since I watched an AMV (anime music video) and it’s been a really long time since I’d listened to Jpop. Before the Kpop domination, I grew up listening to Jpop of every genre and bought crazy expensive import CDs by Jpop acts like Ayumi Hamasaki, Namie Amuro, Crystal Kay, SPEED, D&D, DaPump, Smap, Exile, Mai Kuraki, M-Flo, Do As Infinity, ZARD, MAX, Heartsdales, Orange Range, Every Little Thing, Bonnie Pink, MOVE … okay you readers get my drift, but I digress. I remember like it was yesterday vacationing in Hong Kong 1999 and I was at a HMV record store, and I picked-up the very first album “First Love” by then 16-year old Utada Hikaru. I was blown away by that album and played that CD the whole summer on my AIWA CD player.
Recently released is this new music video by Studio Khara and directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki featuring Utada Hikaru’s song “Beautiful World.” Neon Genesis Evangelion fans will jump for joy at this new video featuring new clips and footage from the “Rebuild of Evangelion” films. And Trivia Pursuit tidbit, Utada’s song “Beautiful World” was used in the 2007 Evangelion: 1.0 You Are [Not] Alone.