Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Nina Simone

Four Women


 Be My Husband

[via Mefi]

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Leon Bridges

I'm not really a fan of Leon Bridges' overtly retro-soul videos, since they really set himself up for comparisons that he can't quite come close to. With that said, from what I see of the simpler videos, he seems like he'd put on a pretty good live show.

Lisa Sawyer - dig the offbeat phrasing
River
Via Mefi

Monday, June 15, 2015

Arturo Márquez

Danzón No. 2 - Arturo Márquez, Performed by Sinfónica de Galicia

Danzón No. 6 - Arturo Márquez, Performed by Pan American Symphony

Wikipedia

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Moderat

Bad Kingdom
Last Time

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Sylvers

Just when I thought it was over
Fool's Paradise

The Whispers

If I were to direct a comedy film, I'd likely use one of the Whispers' songs in addition to draw inspiration from their videos and dance moves.

Rock Steady
Love is where you find it

Cornelius

Beep It
Sensuous
Fit Song

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Marika Hackman

Nice, mellow folk(?) / rock.  My fave tracks so far are Skins and Animal Fear

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Slick Rick

Children's Story
I shouldn't have done it

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Omelette : Madeline Sharafian

Undeniably cute and spot-on conveying the generous spirit of a dog:


Omelette from Madeline Sharafian on Vimeo.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Book of Life

I caught a screening of Book of Life (3d) last night, and really enjoyed it.

Two things in particular struck me.  First, the visuals were astounding, especially in 3d.  I would re-watch just for that alone.  Second, I loved *loved* how the movie was so Mexico-centric.  It is seeped with Mexican folklore, history and culture through and through - in every frame, in the accent of the actors singing the songs, and even in the jokes.  All too often, you see popular movies, books and stories from other countries being adapted and watered down for fear that American movie-goers won't get it.  But Book of Life can be held up as a prime counter-point.  Yes, it is clearly made by folks with a Mexican background, but it's still perfectly accessible to watchers of any upbringing. 

As it's an animated feature, I'm sure a common question might be: How does it compare to Pixar films?  Well, Pixar films have gotten quite sophisticated from a storytelling perspective - I mean, after seeing Brave, I seriously wouldn't be surprised if Pixar attempted a non-kids-targeted feature film (sorry for the awkward phrasing - feature film for adults could be construed as something else entirely).   Book of Life does emotionally pay out; however, in general, it veers more the comedic  route, so I think a good analogy would be Shrek: funny throughout, but reels it in at the end for a touching ending.

All in all, go see this movie.  It's fun and touching, all wrapped in a visual feast.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Nicky Da B

Unfortunately, this is my first introduction to Nicky Da B, and he has passed away. Fresh music and intriguing accompanying videos. Rest in peace. Hot Potato Style Express Yourself (Diplo feat Nicky Da B) Go Loko [via mefi]

Friday, July 11, 2014

Nneke

Heartbeat

Hope Sandoval + Bert Jansch

All this Remains (Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Blitz the Ambassador

Make You No Forget DIKEMBE! [via mefi]

Y'akoto

Love her voice, the dancing and the fashion. And the Amy Winehouse comparisons are apt. Perfect Timing Without You Tamba [via mefi]

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Jay Robinson

You are Mine

Friday, June 13, 2014

Gnarls Barkley : Crazy (Slow version)

Fantastic.




[Via the trailer to Birdman, which also looks fantastic]