Archive | December, 2010

2010 In Music: Some of My Favorites

29 Dec

These are in no particular order (except for the first one with good reason) because there is so much good music and moments to capture and look back on in 2010.  I know I have forgotten some and welcome your additions but here are some are of my favorites from the past 365 days.

DoYouHearTheMusic.com – simply because I finally did it and started my own blog.  For me it was a huge accomplishment and I only hope that if you are reading this you found some new music to listen to. Looking forward to adding and improving the site next year

Temper Trap – the Australians blew up in the US in 2010, headlining tours, “Sweet Disposition” being remixed into one of the best electronic songs, “Fader” taking off on the charts, etc.

Chiddy Bang – “Opposite of Adults” – what can I say, I dig these guys and I just hope more people give them a listen in 2011

Fitz & The Tantrums – the second half of my 2010 was dedicated to this band.  I am in love with their sound and can’t wait to see them live

ImWithTheDJ.com – can always count on my friends’ blog for fun, inspiring and another side of music, posts

Tinie Tempah – not only is he one of the hottest artists across the pond but Tinie Tempah is quickly making his way to the US with his hit song, “Miami 2 Ibiza” ft. Swedish House Mafia

Tinchy Stryder – Another UK hip-hop act who should get some crossover into the US in 2011

Laidback Luke – What can I not say about this guy, he’s incredible.  Three songs he remixed in 2010 that stick out to me: Calvin Harris – “You Use To Hold Me,” Robyn – “Indestructible” and of course Wynter Gordon – “Dirty Talk” (hands down one of the BEST songs of the year)

Vampire Weekend – if these guys were big before, Contra made them a global brand

Kings of Leon – I’ve been a fan of KoL for as long as they’ve been a band and Come Around Sundown reminds me of their original works.  One of my favorite tracks of the year “Back Down South” I hope gains mainstream airplay

Brandon Flowers – went solo in 2010 and wow did he impress.  Much more than I ever imagined he would.  Bravo

Trombone Shorty – have you heard “Show Me Something Beautiful”

Dave Matthews Band – after announcing that they were taking 2011 off, I knew I had to see DMB as much as I could in 2010 and to me, they sounded incredible.  So good it hurts to know they are taking next year off

LCD Soundsystem – wow, these guys rocketed to the top of the charts in 2010 and to be completely honest, the show I saw at the Pearl at Palms in Las Vegas, one of the best concerts of the year

That two DJ friends of mine have opened sneaker boutiques in Las Vegas- DJ Vice’s CRSVR inside the Cosmopolitan and DJ Ikon’s Feature off Spring Mountain/Jones

Bobby Long – getting set for a big release in 2011 and big things to come.  He was one of the big surprises for me during Mile High Music Festival

Pepper at HRH – always guarantee a good time when going to see Pepper Live and once again they rocked the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas poolside to a HUGE crowd.

“One” – Swedish House Mafia – not much to elaborate on this except the BIGGEST song of the Summer 2010

Wolfgang Gartner – with a half filled nightclub, those who made it out to Vanity at the Hard Rock Hotel this summer were treated to one of the best DJ sets

Mark Ronson – “Bang Bang Bang

Dave Matthews Band – “Write A Song” Live – this has quickly become one of my top DMB songs and hearing it live cemented its place for good

Taio Cruz – “Dynamite” – this song is club gold. The reactions when this song is played is right up there with “I’ve Got a Feeling,” “Just Dance,” “Since You’ve Been Gone” and the likes where people go absolutely insane for it.

DJ Khaled – “All I Do Is Win”

Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP – “We No Speak Americano”  – took some time but gained serious momentum in the second half of 2010

Roger Sanchez – “2gether” – what a remix and breath of fresh air

Edward Maya – “Stereo Love”

Michael Franti – Sound of Sunshine – Love me some Michael frantic but his latest disc was a real surprise for me and I am forever grateful to have had this as a soundtrack to my summer

Kanye West – “Power” – forget how good his whole album is, “Power” is my jam

Lupe Fiasco ft John Legend – “Never Forget You” – what a song and definitely some lyrics you should pay attention to

Jimmy Cliff – seeing the legend perform live at Mile High Music Festival was one of the best musical highlights of my life.  Man still has it and I could listen to him perform any day

Miike Snow – wow the surge to stardom keeps rising for these guys

Dr. Luke – this guy produces hit after hit after hit.  I mean Katy, Perry, Ke$ha, Eminem, etc. all have top hits because of him

Cee Lo – what can’t he do?

B.o.B. – his debut disc is flat out phenomenal

Biffy Clyro – keep an eye out for these Scottish rockers

Graffiti6 – love love love

Good Shoes – English band you have no excuse not to listen to

Duck Sauce – The team of A-Trak and Armand van Helden make you wonder where the musical boundaries are going to be pushed to next

Pirate Radio on DVD – this is one of my favorite movies of all time and definitely a great music flick

The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St. rerelease – it still amazes me what they are able to do today with remastering original recordings

Treme – what a great job HBO did with this series.  Can’t wait for season two

Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

Yeasayer – “Ambling Alp” one of my favorite tracks of the year

D.W. Brandt – “Some Fantasy” another amazing track this year

Drake – what else can you say about this guy and “Over” with the Dead Prez beat SICK

Wavves

Eliza Doolittle

The Crookes

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon because of The Roots as the house band – did you see the performances?

Mumford and Sons – my tip of the hat to CC for the good look before these guys struck it big

Maccabees – just check em out

Aerosmith – finally getting to see these guys live and good thing I did since Steven Tyler broke up the band for American Idol

Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger – one of the most fun concerts I’ve ever attended and well worth $31

Friendly Fires – another band you haven’t heard of

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

Rehab at Hard Rock Hotel

The music program at Wet Republic – just do a search for the recap of all the artists

The Dirty Dutch invasion – DJ Chuckie crushed it

Afrojack – monster year and now has a Vegas residency

David Gray – never lets you down

Aloe Blacc – How To Make It In America on HBO pushed him to mainstream and “I Need A Dollar” isn’t even his best work (did you catch Kid Cudi the actor?!)

David Guetta and Kid Cudi – “Memories”

Discovering Blue King Brown

John Butler Trio – April Uprising – hands down one of the best albums of the year

The Parties- Coast Garde

Donvavon Frankenreiter – “Glow” – I’ve been a Donavon fan since the first time I saw/heard him opening for G. Love at Hob Sunset Strip and anytime he has new music out, I don’t even have to wonder, I just know it’s good music

Subway Sessions – really really cool concept

Chromeo teaming up with Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend on the track “I Could Be Wrong”

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – if you haven’t listened to her, you are missing out

The Black Keys – finally hit stardom

Elton John and Leon Russell – The Union

The Gaslight Anthem – back with their third LP, the Jersey rockers killed it again

Calvin Harris

Gyptian – “Hold Yuh” – the original is wonderful but the Major Lazer remix is awesome

Hot Chip

Mile High Music Festival – a great two days with an insane amount of top tier bands to see

 

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Happy Birthday Alex Chilton!

27 Dec

Happy Birthday Alex Chilton (December 28)! Best known for his hit “The Letter” when with The Box Tops, Chilton passed away earlier this year of heart problems.

New Music: Paul Simon

26 Dec

I know it’s after Christmas but I heard Paul Simon’s new song “Getting Ready For Christmas Day” a couple times yesterday thought I’d share for those who haven’t heard it yet. While the title at first look and listen makes you think of celebrations, the truth is the song is about his Nephew and our troops fighting overseas during the holidays to protect our country. Please don’t forget during these happier times spent with family and friends the many men and women putting their lives on the line for us.

Paul Simon’s new album is due out in Spring 2011, can’t wait.

The Return of the Boombox

24 Dec

Check out what TDK is coming out with next year. The new Boombox will allow you to connect your iPod, USBs, has auxiliary ports and you can plug in guitars/microphones. The new Boombox will come in two and three speaker systems.  Damn where’s Steel from the movie Juice? He should be the spokesperson for TDK.

 

DJ Hollywood Day in Las Vegas

23 Dec

Today is a very exciting day as a good friend of mine, Lee Vlastaris Jr. better known as DJ Hollywood, is being presented with a Key to the City of Las Vegas which will also make December 23 from here on out, DJ Hollywood Day.  The festivities kick off tonight at 8:30 p.m. inside Gold Lounge at Aria with proclamation ceremony at 9:45 p.m.

The Music They Made

22 Dec

Here’s a really cool five minute video tribute to artists who passed away in 2010 courtesy of The New York Times. Nicely done by WM Ferguson.

A Little Curtis Mayfield Just Makes Every Day Better

21 Dec

Remember your dreams
are your only schemes
So keep on pushing
Take nothing less –
not even second best

 

REVISITED: Mayer Hawthorne at The Cosmopolitan

20 Dec

Over the weekend I found myself returning to the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to check out Mayer Hawthorne & The County performing at The Book & Stage.  First off let me just say that this may be the coolest thing that any hotel & casino has ever done, offer free live entertainment of bands that you would normally be paying at least $10-$40 to see.  At the same time I was on property to see Mayer Hawthorne do his thing, Nervo (smoking hot Australian sisters Liv and Mim) were performing just down the way at the Chandelier Bar and Beats Antique were performing at Bond and all you had to do was just show up to hear great music.

Back to Mayer Hawthorne; from the minute he took the stage, the energy in the lounge skyrocketed and a swarm of people from the casino floor started building around the venue.   His soul sounds  were captivating as he pumped out an hour set filled with his hits, “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out” and “Maybe So, Maybe No” as well as handful of covers including Snoop Dogg’s “Gangsta Luv” and The Isley Brothers’ “Work To Do.”  Overall it was easily the best free lounge entertainment I’ve experienced in Las Vegas and hopefully Hawthorne will return soon as his sound and energy were a perfect fit.

Also I’m really stoked about a handful of acts Cosmopolitan has booked in January including Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears (January 26-29), Fitz & The Tantrums (January 13-16) and Best Coast (January 5-8).  Four night runs at The Book & Stage and all non-ticketed events so just show up and you’re golden.

Here are a few photos from the show, next time I’ll bring a real camera to snap some quality images.

 

DJ Roger Gangi – New Remix

20 Dec

Here’s another new remix from my buddy DJ Roger Gangi,  “Barbra Streisand” by Duck Sauce (A-Trak and Armand Van Helden) vs. “The Time.”  Download it for free by following THIS link.

Cassette Tape Art Behind Bruno Mars – “Just The Way You Are”

17 Dec

This is a really cool article by Mark Morganstein of CNN.com about Erika Iris Simmons and how Bruno Mars got the idea for his video “Just The Way You Are.” Fascinating stuff and really creative.

Erika Iris Simmons calls herself a “pop” artist.

But she could also be called a “classical” artist or a “spoken word” artist. It all depends on whether she’s creating Madonna out of cassette tape, Beethoven out of sheet music, or Shakespeare out of some of his sonnets.

In just three years, Simmons’ unique recycled portraits have earned admirers around the world. Now, the 27-year-old Atlanta, Georgia — based artist is enjoying a much higher profile. The music video for Bruno Mars’ chart-topping single, “Just the Way You Are,” inspired by her cassette tape portraits, has been viewed more than 50 million times on YouTube. Continue reading

http://vimeo.com/17029454