Tunesday (on a Sunday): Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment – Sunday Candy

Cape Town’s winters are happy winters (in comparison to Maseru’s Winters) and we have had some beautiful days recently.  The afternoons have almost been as feel good as Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment’s Sunday Candy

Chancelor Bennett makes me happy, Jamila Woods voice makes me happy, overall Im a happy chappy. Thanks Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment (does DTatSE include Chance? I feel like I am having a Tracee Ellis Ross moment)

Blue Valentine and my alternate life

I’m not an avid movie watcher but once in a while I catch myself in the mood to watch one. Last night was one of those days. Ironically, I spent a lot of my undergraduate time critically analyzing film through my Spanish major. I knew film terminology in Spanish before I knew them in English (some I still don’t know in English, some I’ve forgotten all together).

Blue Valentine did not shy away from the color in its name with the subtle and not so subtle use of the color blue. Eg the paint Dean uses to paint to house, which stains his hands and is (arguably?) the focus of the moment Cindy holds his hand after the fight in the car. Or the blue of the future room where they spend a not so pleasurable night. Okay, enough blueness. My undergraduate days of writing papers on symbolism in film are over.

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In my alternate life, I am a movie music director and Questlove is my mentor. That’s the reason for this post. After watching the movie, I got deep into my feels, and created a quick playlist of songs which would sustain the feeling I felt through watching the movie. Although I’d say the Grizzly Bears did a great job on this one (yes, I look up the music credits at the end of films) I’m adding my two pennies and a quarter worth.

Penny and the Quarters: You and Me

Okay, this is my cheat song. The story behind this song and how it ended up in the movie is so special.

Bon Iver: I Cant make you love me/Nick of Time

Justin Vernon got me deep into my feels. In my scoring capacity, I think I’d place this when they are at the motel as Cindy closes the door between them.

James Vincent McMarrow: Cavalier

This song made me shed a few tears the first time I heard it. I may have shed a tear or two while watching Blue Valentine.

Damien Rice: 9 Crimes

An oldie, but one of those that really tugs the right strings. This would play when Cindy is at the clinic.

Sampha: Happens

There is no way I’d have an in my feels moment without World Peace, AKA Sampha. But I think this would fit well at the end of the film, when Dean is trying to fight for their marriage.

James Blake: Limit to our love

I just like this song. But I guess it would work as an outro.

Tunesday: Maleh – You Make My Heart Go

I don’t really have aspirations to be famous in the celebrity sense of the word. I always thought that if I were to be famous, I’d be famous by association. I’d be one of those people whose quirky insight is featured in a memoir or a Vh1 special (do they still have those?), I’d love to be thanked in someone’s liner notes – that would be dope too. However, I never hope to be Jhonni Blaze famous by association famous – nu-uh!

My first Tunesday of the year (I’m slacking) is awarded to someone who I always tell that my claim to fame would be people knowing that I sang in choir with her in primary and high school (those anecdotes can feature on Vh1/MTV/Channel O specials – call me 😉 ). Undoubtedly, she is the MUCH better singer and person – one of the more affable people I know.

Maleh’s voice is so beautifully textured that it fits so well on easy tracks such as this one and the video compliments the light heartedness of the song as well. The video is also peppered with other people who I’ll famous by association claim, and alongside Maleh, they all make my heart go…..

Enjoy!

Jayy Perry – Muses

I’m back in school, and that means I now have more time to procrastinate. This time I justify my procrastination by supporting a person whose voice I first heard singing accapella during our undergraduate years – Jayy Perry (that was not her name in college)

The first time I really paid attention to Jayy was after she was featured in our college’s newspaper. She spoke on being approached by major labels at a young age but that it was not the right time or fit, and that she wanted to focus on going to college first. I was interested to hear what this young woman had to offer, so I scoured her YouTube videos, and ever since I have watched countless videos – and witnessed her hair transformation through the site.

I never doubted that she was talented, and I was at awe of her quick ability to rearrange songs to fit her vocals and slight rearrangements of melodies, especially of Drake songs – which is one of her favorite artists to cover. In one of her covers she justified doing an Aaliyah cover because she was told that she resembles and sounds like the late singer. A realization I heard while listening to her new mixtape – Muses – which prompted me to come back to writing about music.

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 Jayy Perry
Muses
(2014)
Favorite Track: Cant Help Myself and Finished

I follow Jayy Perry on twitter and kept reading about her studio visits with Kashbeats, her babysitting anecdotes, and finally, a link to a song – Wild. I was impressed by her prior musical effort “Speeding” and was hoping that Wild would also slay, and slay it does. In all honesty, all 7 tracks on this mixtape are sonically satiating.

The feel of the mixtape is more smooth laid back beats, obviously influenced by this new stoner R&B sound with sensual lyrics. At first listen I wanted to compare her to Jhene Aiko, but I thought that unfair, Muses has some added umph that is a little more – for lack of better vocabulary –  zestier. However, I had a sudden Ah-ha moment when “Something (Interlude) came one and suddenly reminded me of “Can I Come Over” Aaliyah, and I was like “Yaaaasss”

Not to make this post about Drake, but he says he connects to Aaliyah’s music because of its melody and lyrics that guys feel comfortable singing to. I feel that similarly, Jayy Perry’s Muse has similar musical riffs to both artists, and the unisex lyrics (not forgetting the lesbihonesty lyrics) can resonate with anyone.

If you enjoy music to smoke a blunt to, over a glass of wine, or just to vibe to, I would definitely recommend you download Muse, ASAP – no Rocky

http://jayyperry.bandcamp.com/

Two Weeks of Hip Hop (A Mashup)

I never knew you could make Dead Prez sound like Care Bears and Skittles

 

The Hunger Games

I probably should not write this post. It’s 2:13 am on Sunday, for reasons unknown to me, I have not eaten since 3pm on Friday, I’m alone in an apartment, and I have just completed The Hunger Games Trilogy, this means I am sad and feeling a little vulnerable. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I decided to pick up The Hunger Games but  I did, and what a journey it has been.

I read the first book in a day, unable to put the book down, ceased by the emotions emitted from every page. I longed for some sort of protection, cried when I realized it was not coming, and trembled at the thought of life in Panem. I felt hopeless reading Catching Fire as I became warped in the love triangle. Somehow relating to the polarity of Katniss’ dilemma. It took a little longer for me to get into Mockingjay, but I too was looking forward to the downfall of President Snow, and the cruelty of life in this dystopic world, wishing for a world were Katniss, Gale and Peeta, could coexist. But then it dawned on me, that that would be an unfair turn out. Most importantly, I remembered I was reading a piece of fiction, and I eased. A little.

Well the reason I am writing this post is not to give a review (as you could tell, it would be a poor one). Rather, I want to talk about how the literature gods and pandora gods seem to come together really well as I end books. In this case, they gave me two musical gems which I would suggest hollywood use as their score for Mockingjay the movie.

[SPOILER ALERT]

 

This song started playing just as Katniss kills Coin, and the lyrics became prominent as Peeta stops Katniss from taking the nightlock pill. While listening to the lyrics and reading the passage, I can imagine Katniss’ bewilderment, unable differentiate between what is right and wrong, ” Real, or Not Real”. It’s a stunning song though

 

 

This song a little more morbid, began to play as Katniss resolves to die a slow death. Again, imagery of a slow suffering, a withdrawal from the drugs, hunger pains, thirst, hopelessness are transplanted into my head. This songs is befittingly haunting, and I feel captures the cold, empty feeling Katniss is experiencing during this moment. Another beautiful song.
One thing I am learning about music is, pain sounds good (No Morbid)

 

Summer Solstice

I blame Lebron, D. Wade and Bosh for how hot it is, loooorrrrrrddddd have mercy (no 2 Chainz)

This heat deserves a full fledged conversation.

Yesterday during my no go outside campaign, I secretly wanted to be at a party on a rooftop in as little clothing as social acceptable drinking a woodchuck cider bem gelada! Then I began to drift into the  idea of said party and I flashed to a scene. Me, on my 4th woodchuck, taken over by the heat and fermented pears – because I am drinking pear flavored Woodchuck)  begin to  dance unabashedly on the rooftop (Truth be told, I unabashedly dance with or without aid).  Suddenly, I begin to belt out with the music, and I sing, song after song (another usual occurrence) and this is what I am singing along to:

My summer mixtape beginning yesterday July 6th 2012.

This is my first time curating a mix like this, and my not wanting to just play full tracks used the only thing available, Garageband. So yes, I know it’s janky, but I had to start somewhere.

[Playlist]

  1. J*Davey – Smells Like Teen Spirit
  2. SBTRKT ft Yukimi – Wildfire
  3. Usher – Climax
  4. Beyonce – Countdown
  5. Tyga – Rack City
  6. Azealia Banks – 212
  7. Kendrick Lamar ft Dr. Dre – The Recipe
  8.  Beyonce – Party
  9. Drake – The Motto
  10. Edwin Van Cleef  ft Jane Hanley- Liztomania (Remix)
  11. SBTRKT – Something Goes Right
  12. Rusko – Hold On
As the summer progresses, I will add more songs and tweak it a bit better. So for now, enjoy, and hope the weather is kinder to you wherever you are!

Miguel – Adorn

*sigh*

Another on repeat song

M.I.A – Bad Girls

YO! This song and video!!

M.I.A. one of the dopest chicks in music!

Can we talk about the sideways cars, foot skaters, I mean everything in the video is dope!

I’m going to listen to it again!

What Happened to Will.I.Am?

Help me get it.

I was listening to Timeless by Sergio Mendes, a WONDERFUL album, and didn’t understand where the Will.I.Am behind this FANTASTIC collection went?

Request Line Ft. Macy Gray was my introduction to The Black Eyed Peas. Then they became a permanent feature after Where is the Love.  Loved Monkey Business, then things went in another direction for the group.

What I dont get is this. I don’t think Will.I.Am is a bad or mediocre producer.

How does Will.I.Am go from producing two wonderful remix/revamped albums (Timeless and 25th Anniversary Thriller)  to The E.N.D?

How do you go from this:

and this:

to This??

Maybe he should grow his dreads back….