READ IT AT BILLBOARD (in print too)
Music is weird. Meet Prince Royce, a huge star in the Spanish-language market now eyeing crossover success with English-speaking audiences. The thing is, he was born in N.Y.C. Spanish is his second language. English is Royce’s mother tongue, but career-wise, he’s starting from scratch. Well, unless you count that Snoop Dogg collaboration below and the army of label handlers stressing over his every move. Somehow, they let me go to vocal lessons with the guy.
Coachella Weekend One begins TODAY! Aural Standards will be silent through the big hoopla, but I’ll be reporting on all that glorious madness over at SPIN.
In hindsight, might’ve been a tad generous with the grade. Read at the A.V. Club.
Damon Albarn FTW. A lifer makes a masterwork.
Had the pleasure of witnessing the Gorillaz circus when it came to town back in October and among what must be close to a thousand concerts witnessed, this one is now permanently lodged in my personal top five. No joke. Damon Albarn has done something magical with music (and a huge effing budget). I had the added pleasure of speaking with him and his Gorillaz cohort Jamie Hewlett for Spin’s year-end cov’g. Here’s an excerpt:
“It’s like a juggernaut once it starts,” says Damon Albarn. The peculiar pop project he and illustrator Jamie Hewlett founded 12 years ago in a shared London flat has grown from a virtual band of comic-book characters to a traveling spectacle of Barnumesque proportions. “There’s no stopping it,” says Albarn. “The magic is in the way it mesmerizes, brings you into its world.
Posted in features, live reviews, SPIN
Tagged best of 2010, Bobby Womack, Cibo Matto, Damon Albarn, De La Soul, Gorillaz, Little Dragon, Lou Reed, Snoop Dogg, The Clash
Boyz Noize remixes the Chemical Brothers' "Swoon"
Quick bloggy bits from around the L.A. underground (and up). Share ’em.
- FEATURED: Boyz Noize Remixes Chemical Brothers on ‘Swoon’*
- Oxnard Rapper MED Celebrates His Medical Pot Card in New Video
- MP3: Snoop Dogg & Quazedelic Shout Out the Güeros in New Song
- Baths Meets Mononoke in Samurai-Feat Vid for ‘Lovely Bloodflow’
* “The Chems have gotten noisier on their new album, but one of the smoother tracks is first single “Swoon.” Apologies, but this is not an electro megamix of the 2009 album by Silversun Pickups.”
(all stories via West Coast Sound, via L.A. Weekly)
Posted in LA Weekly, news
Tagged anticon., Baths, Boyz Noize, Chromeo, Dudley Perkins, funk, guero, Hayao Miyazaki, Hollywood Bowl, Long Beach, Los Angeles, MED, medical marijuana, music news, Oxnard, Princess Mononoke, Quazedelic, Snoop Dogg, stay high, Stones Throw, the Chemical Brothers, Will Wiesenfeld, Yacht, Young Replicant
Posted in LA Weekly, news
Tagged bromance, collabos, copycats, dream-pop, Dublab, El Guincho, Foot Village, Franz Ferdinand, free albums, Languis, Los Angeles, Mayer Hawthorne, music news, Natural History Museum, psych-pop, remixes, Snoop Dogg