A) You might have seen me mention on Twitter, my anticipation for Janelle Monae’s set at Criminal Records on Record Store Day. It was a brief set, but worth the wait. See her rendition of “Tightrope” below. Pre-order Janelle Monae’s The ArchAndroid here (like I did).
B) A few summers ago, you probably heard me touting the guitar wizardry of Jose Gonzalez (check “Heartbeats” for a reminder). These days, Gonzalez is resurrecting an old group, Junip for a new EP and album. Head over to the band’s website for a free mp3 (with sign up for their newsletter). Not a huge departure from his solo work, but worthy of anticipation for sure.
Find more Junip music at their myspace.
C) By now I would hope you took my advice and watched “(500) Days of Summer” and took my suggestion in checking out Alan Wilkis’ remix of Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition”. Good then. Now you need to hear the latest iteration of the track courtesy of Andre Allen Anjos. RAC slows down the indie favorite to give it a more epic, sweeping feel that manages to be dance-able. Be on the look out for more from RAC in the coming weeks. Big things, I promise.
D) From the land of Purple Stuff (aka Houston, TX) comes producer Dave Wrangler. Dave crafted one of my favorite mash-ups of last year with his Peter Bjorn John-infused take on Biggie’s “Party and Bullshit”. Now comes his fantastic and funky go at “Roc Boys”. Take one part braggadocious lyrics from Shawn Carter, add two parts retro-soul/glo-fi via Javelin’s “Intervales Theme” (they keep popping up here don’t they) and you have a solid mash-up. Someone send me that Javelin album stat. Dave Wrangler – Roc Boys (Jay-Z x Javelin) by davewrangler
E) I realize that saying I like Ciara’s latest single, “Ride”, is kinda like someone telling you they read Playboy for the articles….but its a great song. Luda remains the King of guest verses.