From their 1997 debut Homework and even moreso with 2001′s Discovery, Daft Punk arguably became the foremost ambassadors of electronic music, at once pleasing the discerning tastes of college radio and mainstream audiences. They’ve simultaneously managed to maintain a sort of indie credibility while shilling commercial products for The Gap, Sony, Victoria’s Secret, Coca-Cola, and Adidas. Today’s release of Random Access Memories is one of 2013′s most anticipated releases, the culmination of a months-long publicity campaign waged primarily through television [...]
Some disco goodness, courtesy of Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams.
Usher’s seventh album, Looking 4 Myself, finds the singer straddling the worlds of pop and soul. Is his genre blend successful? Check our review and find out.
Glambert is back for round two! The pop star’s new album is called “Trespassing,” and it’s a dance-pop triumph. Check out the review!
The Game’s R.E.D. Album has had it’s release date shuffled around like a well-worn deck of cards with no clear reason why. The L.A. rapper’s fourth album now looks to have it’s clearest push to release yet with the unveiling of “Ain’t No Doubt About It”, a single and video that features Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake. The video is pretty much the stereotypical hot chicks on a yacht scenario, with a fair amount of product placement. Pretty much par [...]
What better way to make a video than to grab a couple of your celebrity friends and film them acting completely goofy? That’s what singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles did for “Uncharted”, the latest single from her ironically #1-charted album Kaleidoscope Heart (you like that? Huh? Huh?). The bouncy tune would be good on it’s own (and is making me consider dropping her album back into rotation), but the cute video, boasting cameos from Ben Folds, Adam and James from Maroon 5, [...]
When I talk about the Grammy Awards, I refer to Ken Ehrlich’s book At the Grammys: Behind the Scenes at Music’s Greatest Night quite a bit. The show producer’s recap of three decades worth of ceremonies is quite an interesting read. Excellently reverent in spots (he obviously has a hard on for certain artists like Bonnie Raitt and Melissa Etheridge) and delightfully bitchy in others (not a fan of Britney Spears…or Usher…or obnoxious former NARAS president Michael Greene), I recommend [...]
No, not NOTHING nothing! “Nothing”! It’s the new album from N.E.R.D.! Good Lord, I’m corny. Anyway, this week’s list of new releases is headed up by the fourth effort from Pharrell, Chad and that other dude that doesn’t do shit. To my mild shock, it turned out to actually be a decent album. Probably my favorite Pharrell-related effort other than “In Search Of…”, the first N.E.R.D. album. It sounds fun, Pharrell’s voice and lyrics are less annoying than usual, and [...]
In probably the only instance of a song that was never officially released, becoming a favorite of mine, Child Rebel Soldier’s “Us Placers” was my personal #1 song of 2007. For those who are unaware, CRS’ lineup consists of Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, and Pharrell Williams. Hearing them rap over Thom Yorke’s “The Eraser” is what ultimately compelled me to shell out my hard-earned samoleons for the Radiohead frontman’s excellent solo album, so I guess I should thank them for [...]