Top 5: Musicians who Paint

Top 5: Musicians who Paint

One of humanity´s greatest gifts is imagination. Imagination is sometimes taken for granted, but it is a portal into other dimensions. To have an imagination, and actually act on your ideas, is creativity. Turning a thought into reality is rather extraordinary. The materialization of an idea, whether its a book, a painting, a song, etc. is what elevates our existence. Art is truly our only hope and salvation. Creative people come in all shapes an sizes, but their standout characteristic is the fact they made something. Does creativity have to take only one form of expression? Of course not. So, below, in no Read more »

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‘Feels Like Summer’ by Childish Gambino

‘Feels Like Summer’ by Childish Gambino

Donald McKinley Glover jr. aka Childish Gambino (and occasionally mcDJ when he finds the time) is not only one of the most talented artists in the world today, but undoubtedly one of the busiest. An award-winning actor, director, and producer on television, an in-demand movie star who has appeared prominently in some of the biggest films of the last few years, and a singer and musician with three acclaimed albums, and a recent US number one single behind him, he has a achieved more at the age of 34 than most of us would manage in a very long lifetime. Read more »

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Paul McCartney´s ´Egypt Station´

Paul McCartney´s ´Egypt Station´

Sir Paul McCartney is back with a new album (after depriving us for five years)…well, there have been collaborations. Both good and questionable. The album will be released on September 7th, but we have been able to hear three songs. This is the Paul we love and remember. Yes, his voice sounds a bit coarse, (the man is 76) but I rather like it, and I will take it over any auto-tuned shit always. It sounds energetic and it is definitely a new song, but it is reminiscent of Wings. The back up singing maybe? I don’t know, but it Read more »

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R.I.P. Aretha Franklin – A tribute to the Queen of Soul

R.I.P. Aretha Franklin – A tribute to the Queen of Soul

This week saw a truly legendary artist get a truly legendary send-off as the funeral of Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, took place in Detroit. Over the best part of nine hours, many of the great and good of soul music took turns to pay tribute in a ceremony dripping in gospel and heart, befitting a lady who began her singing career in the church. Of the numerous performances through the day from the likes of Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, and Ariana Grande, none were better than Gladys Knight’s fusing of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ Read more »

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´Grace´ by Jeff Buckley

´Grace´ by Jeff Buckley

Grace is Buckley´s only complete studio album. And, if you only get to do one album in your life time, this is the one you would like to have done. This is the album I discovered late. This is the album if I could back in time I would play all day in my room. Although it was released 23 years ago, there is nothing more now for me. This is it. This is my new anchor. I was not alone in my late discovery. ´Grace´is now regarded as one of the best albums of all time, and despite only making Read more »

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Top 5 Songs by Footballers

Top 5 Songs by Footballers

Kicking off both a new series of Top 5’s and some football and music related posts to tie in with this summer’s World Cup, we begin with this list of the best/worst singles released by footballers. What this isn’t is songs about football or songs released to officially support a particular club or national teams, lists of which will appear in due course. No, this is a list of songs where footballers decided to try their hand at being pop stars for a while, something which never tends to end well. There are many absentees from this list so please Read more »

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Kali Uchis – ´After the Storm´

Kali Uchis – ´After the Storm´

  We first saw this American – Colombian (¡Viva Colombia!) pop singer on thisismyjam a few years back, and to be honest, although she seemed original, we didn’t take much notice, but that all changed last year while watching Jools Holland´s 25 years celebration show. She was brilliant, and since then we have been keeping an eye on her. Kali Uchis & Jorja Smith performing “Tyrant” on Later… with Jools Holland “The women I looked up to growing up were Frida and Billie Holiday, or Kelis. People wanted and admired them for how beautiful they were, but at the same time, Read more »

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The Music Miscellaneous blog #1

The Music Miscellaneous blog #1

This week we take a look at the downfall of a legendary music publication and explore how changing tastes and technological progress have decimated contemporary music journalism in the UK. News this week that the N.M.E., the UK’s longest running and most iconic music magazine, is to go out of print and exist online only was sad but hardly surprising. Having been reduced to a free, pamphlet-like magazine given away in libraries and such, the writing had long been on the wall, its demise as inevitable as that of the music culture it once championed. First printed in 1952, it Read more »

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Behaviour by Pet Shop Boys

Behaviour by Pet Shop Boys

In 1990 I owned this cassette. An original one. I was thirteen and did not have many of those. This was a treasure that I would discover in my room by myself.  I played it over and over. It was a precious and I remember hesitating to throw away. It is, hands down, my favorite album from stylish, influential, and electronic-pop royalty that are Pet Shop Boys. With underrated lyrics, I dare you now to find an album which starts with a song of the caliber of Being Boring.     I have been thinking of writing about this album Read more »

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´Minimal´ by I Am Harlequin

´Minimal´ by I Am Harlequin

Fashion designer´s I am Harlequin may be minimal, but is far from simple. I Am Harlequin – Minimal In her own words the track “represents a bit of a departure from the traditional I Am Harlequin style – the opera-inspired tones, epic choirs and a general sense of grandeur. ‘Minimal’ is none of that. It is as the title of the song suggests – minimal.” I Am Harlequin or IAH is the alter ego of Germany born but London based music artist and fashion designer Anne Freier. The video was released on October 20th and director Sean Clancy plays with educational children shows. A Read more »

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Time Capsule – 1972

Time Capsule – 1972

  After a short break, we are back and ready to resume writing here. We will start our new time capsule series in 1972 because Paul was born that year. Also, it was a leap year, and apparently the longest year ever. (with 2 extra seconds). The year was marked by violence, starting with the infamous “Sunday Bloody Sunday” on January 30th, when 27 unarmed civilians were shot by the British Army during a civil rights march. Which of course, was followed on February 2 by the burning of the British Embassy in Dublin, and after that, countless attacks, bombs, and deaths. The Read more »

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Thundercat with Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins – ‘Show You The Way’

Thundercat with Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins – ‘Show You The Way’

The bassist-extraordinaire teams up with a pair of yacht-rock legends for the low-slung funk of ‘Show You The Way’, with this new sequel video. Stephen ‘Thundercat’ Bruner has been making quite a name for himself in recent years having previously spent 11 years playing with punk/thrash legends Suicidal Tendencies as well as making a nme for himself as a top session musician, working with Erykah Badu and Kendrick Lamar amongst others. His third solo album Drunk  – from which this track is taken – was released earlier this year, and now we have this brand new video, directed by Katarzyna Read more »

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‘She Won’t Go Away’ by Faye Webster

‘She Won’t Go Away’ by Faye Webster

This song is hanging in my mind. The video makes me think of the seventies, and the song makes me want to sit in the park, lay on the grass and listen. She makes me think of Natalie Prass.  She did spend a semester in Nashville, so perhaps that is why. Maybe something in the air? I would not be surprised. Faye Webster is a 19-year-old singer from Atlanta who went back to her hometown to develop her career there under the label of her friends’ Awful Records. Maybe working with Hip-Hop artists makes her folk sound current and relevant.   This video Read more »

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Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd

Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd

We continue our albums series with a look at Pink Floyd’s 1972 masterpiece Dark Side Of The Moon.   “There is no dark side of the moon… as a matter of fact it’s all dark” So what is your favourite album? For music lovers that age-old question is one that most will tell you has no clear answer. Such are the vagaries of musical taste that it does little more that elicit a response loaded with provisionals and caveats. It’s not easy when so many great examples exist. However when push comes to shove, and if I simply had to Read more »

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‘Controller’ by Hercules & Love Affair feat. Faris Badwan

‘Controller’ by Hercules & Love Affair feat. Faris Badwan

After a two-year break, Hercules & Love Affair (DJ Andy Butler´s disco/dance/house lovechild) released a video for their single ‘Controller’ featuring English front-man for The Horrors, Faris Badwan.   The video is directed by artist Rei Nadal and has Emmy award winner cinematographer Franklin Dow as Director of Photography, but if you look at the video, the dancer with the bandages feels reminiscent of a  Lucian Freud painting. Except for the giant floating dark lips and platinum teeth, which pretty much makes me think of Nine Inch Nails and  Marilyn Manson also. Will it be another Blind? I don’t think anyone can predict that, Read more »

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