As we slide headfirst into 2017, here’s a look at some of my favorite music of the past year.
Vampire Weekend cooks up a hot new video. Have a taste!
Initially a collaboration between producers Diplo (MIA, Santigold, Amanda Blank, Die Antwoord) and Switch (MIA, Santigold, Beyonce, Xtina), Major Lazer’s debut was the summer album of 2009. A dance album that blended reggae, dubstep, reggaton, and dancehall, Guns Don’t Kill People was an eclectic, refreshing, and quite frankly, fun album perfect for block parties, beach bonfires, and sweaty, sweaty clubs. Aside form the occasional remix EP, the duo has been rather silent since. Free the Universe (Secretly Canadian) breaks that […]
Santigold’s (a.k.a. Santi White, formerly Santogold ) 2008 debut was easily my favorite album of that year. Indeed, there was much to love about the album, with its unabashed nods to new wave while tossing in dashes of reggae, pop, and hip hop. I played the hell out of the album in the summer months, which were a personal transition for me as I migrated from Iowa City (my home of four years) to Baltimore. (I had the pleasure of […]
It’s a busy new release week, featuring albums by Carrie Underwood, Norah Jones, B.o.B. and more!
I know that I’m not alone among the Popblerd staff in my love of Santi/Santogold’s debut album from 2008. It was a tight and consistent disc, pulling influences from new wave, rock, dancehall and electro. I was so enamored with it, in fact, that I named it my pick for album of the year in 2008. So it is with great excitement that after four years, we’re getting new music from Santigold. Sure, she’s spent a lot of time in […]
After several false-alarms and Photoshopped posters, the official lineup for the 2012 Coachella Music and Arts Festival has been released. For the first time, the festival, which takes place in Indio, California, will be stretched out over two weekends; beginning April 15th-18th and finishing April 20-22nd. This is likely to accommodate for the large crowds (last year the the attendance record was estimated at about 100,000 people) that travel world-wide for the outdoor festival. Each weekend will have identical lineups, […]
If you didn’t know this already, the Beastie Boys are back in a big way in 2011. If the fantastic Hot Sauce Committee Part Two or the “Make Some Noise” short film didn’t convince you then their latest dub-tinged single featuring Santigold most surely will. Ok, not only is “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win” one of the best songs on the recently released Hot Sauce Committee Part Two but the Spike Jonze-directed short film megamix version that […]
Have you bought Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 , yet? If not, then why haven’t you? After all, it’s The Beastie Boys’ first album in over half a decade, and it’s dope! Just in time for Father’s Day tomorrow, The Beasties have released a…well, what would you call this? A mini-video? A commercial? One of those things to help promote Hot Sauce. I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that the little girl is not really eating melted vinyl, but more […]
Quiet as kept, the Rock the Bells festival has become THE event for hip-hop fans every summer. The 2011 iteration of the road show just announced it’s lineup for this summer, and Lauryn Hill and Nas are the main attractions. Hill, whose wildly inconsistent performances (not to mention habitual lateness) drew the ire of many fans last year, will be looking to redeem herself on the 2011 jaunt. Hopefully we get more soulful, inspired performances like the one she did […]
I was fully expecting “Bionic”, the fourth English-language studio album from Christina Aguilera, to be a disaster. I wasn’t sure how her bombastic vocals and pop sensibility would blend with an intriguing list of collaborators. My suspicions seemed to be confirmed once I heard the fairly generic first single “Not Myself Tonight” and follow-up “Woohoo”, which features the unbelievably annoying Nicki Minaj. There was no way in hell “Bionic” was not gonna be a hot mess. Well, “Bionic” is kind […]