BEAU Knows Rap

Posted by The G on March 10, 2013 under Street Art | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G.  Art and music by BEAU.

BEAU Knows Rap

BEAU Knows Rap

Is there anything BEAU cannot do?  I’m starting to think the answer is no.  The latest discipline that BEAU is conquering is music!  Political rap lyrics over hip hop beats, a new genre called Politca-Hop is born.  You can check out BEAU’s latest single “Another King’s Clothes” below and for a limited time you can download it for free.  Don’t sleep on this one.  Your life may depend on it!  You can follow BEAU’s music career at BEAUnyc on Soundcloud.  Enjoy!

Review: fDeluxe and Sheila E. at BB Kings in NYC

Posted by The G on August 30, 2012 under G Reviews | 5 Comments to Read

Photos by G.

Sheila E

Sheila E.

If you missed the fDeluxe/Sheila E. concert at BB King’s in New York on August 29, 2012, you missed out on a great funkin’ night!  There are so many highlights, it’s hard to begin, but this ought to sum it up – when’s the last time you heard “Mutiny” and “Koo Koo” performed live on the same night?!

Susannah and St Paul

Susannah Melvoin and St. Paul of fDeluxe

fDeluxe, formerly known as The Family, have only played New York a few times in their 20+ year career, but they really know how to make up for lost time.  Aside from the two instrumental tracks (“Susannah’s Pajamas” and “Yes”), fDeluxe played every track from their debut album, “The Family.”  What that means in lay man’s terms is New York got to hear funky live renditions of “High Fashion,” “Mutiny,” “The Screams of Passion,” “River Run Dry,” “Desire” and “Nothing Compares 2 U,” which was sung by The Family 5 years before Sinead O’Connor recorded it.

Susannah and Eric

Susannah Melvoin and Eric Leeds

While the members of fDeluxe –  St. Paul Peterson, Susannah Melvoin, Jellybean Johnson and Eric Leeds – might not be household names, to their fans, including myself, these are not mere mortals, but gods whose music has made our lives better and funkier for more than 2 decades!  One of the highlights of the evening for me was sax man Eric Leeds walking out on stage for the first time during “High Fashion.”  The audience absolutely lost their minds!  He’s played sax or flute on so many of Prince’s best loved songs from the 80s, that when he emerged, you would have thought Prince himself was making an appearance (he did not, for those wondering).

St Paul

St. Paul

fDeluxe didn’t just take us on a trip down memory lane, however.  The band, funky as ever, played many songs from their 2011 album “Gaslight,” including the title track, “Drummers and Healers,” “@ 8,” and their new single “You Got What You Wanted,” an Ike and Tina Turner cover.  “You Got What You Wanted” has just been released on fDeluxe’s official website and a limited edition CD single is available now.

You Got What You Wanted

You Got What You Wanted by fDeluxe. Out Now!

To celebrate the release of the new single, fDeluxe hung around at the merch table after the show and greeted their adoring fans.  It was really cute hearing super-fans gush at how their songs have been anthems to us and many people thanked them for the music.

Sheila E.

The show could have ended there and it would have been an amazing night, but fDeluxe were only warming us up for even more funk!   If you’ve never seen Sheila E. perform before, you are seriously missing out.  In addition to somehow finding the fountain of youth (look at her!  She looks even better than she did 20 years ago!), she is one of the best performers and musicians you will EVER see.  She plays intricate percussion and drum solos that she makes look effortless and no matter how many times I see her, and it’s been a lot, I have more and more respect for her talent.  In addition to her new song “Leader of the Band,” and many Latin Jazz songs, Sheila E. also played many songs from her time in the Prince world.

Sheila E

Sheila E

Of course she played “A Love Bizarre,” and the show closer “the Glamourous Life,” but in addition she also played “Holly Rock,” “The Belle of St. Mark,” “Koo Koo,” and “Erotic City.”  She had a tight and funky band, which included Eddie M. on sax.  Watching people lose their cool during “Koo Koo,” which I’ve never heard live in all the times I’ve seen Sheila E., was definitely a highlight.  Hopefully the love that New York showed Sheila E. and fDeluxe will be contagious and will enable them both to come back more often.  Until then, we have memories from BB King’s to last us a lifetime.

Sheila E and Eddie M

Sheila E and Eddie M

Bankrupt Slut Offer Free Download of “Even Fat People Fall In Love”

Posted by The G on January 27, 2012 under GNN | Read the First Comment

Photo of the Bankrupt Slut album cover by G.

Bankrupt Slut - Too Slutty For Love

Bankrupt Slut - Too Slutty For Love

If you wanna rock out with your cock out (literally), you can download Bankrupt Slut’s new single “Even Fat People Fall In Love” for free!  All you’ve got to do is “like” the Hard Rock Cafe’s Facebook page (link will open in a new window) and the track is yours!

The bigger the cushion, the better the pushin’!

Stay slutty!

“Enter Through The Sun” by Young Empires – Out Today!

Posted by The G on November 11, 2011 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

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Enter Through The Sun

"Enter Through The Sun" by Young Empires. Out NOW!

It’s 11/11/11!  You know what that means???  It means that Young Empires are releasing their new single “Enter Through The Sun.”  Like all their music, the song is a great dance track.  Don’t just take my word for it!  Press play and get your groove on!

 

ENTER THROUGH THE SUN by YOUNG EMPIRES

Mark Ronson to Release New Single “Record Collection 2012”

Posted by The G on July 27, 2011 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

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Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson and the Business Int’l are releasing their new single, the title track from Ronson’s brilliant (and brilliantly overlooked) 2010 album “Record Collection” on September 5, 2011.   The track will be a new version that features Pharrell Williams, MNDR, Wiley and Wretch 32. “Record Collection 2012” brings more edge and energy to the original, backed with a string of amazing remixes by CSS, LOGO, Moonlight Matters, Plastic Plates, DATABASE, and Perseus, who, according to Ronson himself, are all certified “f***in’ bangers!” The single will be released on Kitsuné.

On a personal note, I’ve met Mark Ronson many times and he’s one of the coolest guys on the planet.  My heart breaks for him in the wake of Amy Winehouse’s death.  He produced her genius album “Back To Black,” and I hope he is doing ok.  I only had one experience with Amy Winehouse (meeting her and seeing her in concert – which was truly amazing) and I’ve been gutted ever since I heard the tragic news.  I can’t even imagine what Mark is going through.  Thinking positive thoughts for you Mark!

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