Thursday, October 18, 2018

New Artist Dig Out: Ally & Her Tune "Lil Mama"!

Allow us to introduce you honey rockers to singer-songwriter, pop/r&b new vocalist Ally. Hailing from Tenessee California this young pop-funk mover and groover has got all thee right ingredients and sauce attack grit with her current single entitled "Lil Mama". A gentle yet soulful build up that right from the commencement has you swaying a tailfeather from left to right.

Dipped in honeysuckle and melting hot smores, we cannot be more ecstatic to see what's to come of Ally in thee near future. Cause she's got the right juice! As profiled on her very own IG in her very own words, "a kind of hip groove r&b hop I think."

“Lil Mama” has been unleashed everyone online and on sale now! Hit play on thee ItsNotYouItsMe hit parade right below!

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Nashville-Based 3 Man Group The Brummies Unleash Dreamy Pop Tune

Nashville-based 3 man group The Brummies unleashed an effortlessly dreamy pop-alt tune featuring singer Kacey Musgraves. It's that kind of track that makes you feel light yet emotional in the best way possible. An ethereally easy listening pop record with a lo-fi retro rock ting.

Entitled “Drive Away,” this randy dandy dream song finds The Brummies in a  gorgeous magical space.  It's plush, it's sleek, it's effortlessly hypnotizing. In all, it's sweet sweet glory, The Nashville-based boys consisting of John Davidson, Jacob Bryant and Trevor Davis is a major hit in our playlist.

Recorded on analog it's catchy hook was quoted by Billboard as, " a track that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Killers record or rock out like arena headliners. This is an album to be listened to from start to finish."

The band's lead vocalist Jacob Bryant, who wrote the tune also said about the saucy number, "I was dialing in drum sounds on a 4-track, and this melody came to me. I wanted to explore it more, and it took on a life of its own. I had just finished reading [Elizabeth Gilbert’s] Big Magic and was very open to receiving inspiration. I was more aware of all of these little ideas floating around. Once the demo was complete, I sent it over to Kacey to see if she would like to sing on it and the rest is history.”

Without further ado, hit play on thee latest ItsNotYouItsMe hit parade with The Brummies and their shining star track "Drive Away":

Haley Reinhart - Three Thoughts On...Being an Old Soul

Haley Reinhart cheekily says she believes the spirit of Janis Joplin lives within her. And we concur one hundred and ten percent. We hold a very special treasure trove of what we call, "favorite-favorite all-time favorites." It's a holy trinity list of pioneering-incomparable artists that are innately born with that extra pizzaz, that unique it-factor. One of those diety names is vocal prodigious Haley Reinhart. She is all around innately sensual and strong on extraordinarily talented legs. She is featured in thee latest series of "Three Thoughts on... Being An Old Soul" brought to us by Vevo.

Haley Reinhart is truly one of those vocalists who has a "born this way" talent. Able to conquer any genre of music at any time at anyplace. She originally was introduced to the world when she came third in the 2011 'American Idol' competition. She's since manifested and has had us earthlings on are musical tippy toes ever since! Jazzy snazzy, glam rock, pop, soul, funk, however, you want to label and see it. She's got that it. That it factor. With all the right moves.

Her most recent record entitled, 'What's That Sound' was a stellar underground smash with both classic and modern takes in production and vocal stylings. Now she continues her trek side-stepping for her 'Three Thoughts'explaining one of the reasons why she's an old soul.

"I've really been drawn to various eras, and I've had a cool feeling of familiarity [with several of them.] The Victorian age, the smoky jazz clubs, and of course up to the '60s and '70s - I live and breathe that stuff today. I sometimes think I was born at the wrong time."

Dig out Haley in all her glory right below!

Director: Micah Bickham
Producer: Jayson Rodriguez
Editor: Lika Kumoi

Blondie Drummer Clem Burke Talks Band's Havana Trip & His Early Interest in Cuban Music

Every king needs a queen. Or vice a versa. In this particular case iconic drummer Clem Burke from thee innovative band Blondie is chatting up a storm and we're here for it!

"Buena Vista Social Club would not be something most people would relate to Blondie, but the members of the iconic new wave band are fans of the album that took traditional Cuban music to the world in the late 1990s.

“We all love the Ry Cooder stuff with Buena Vista Social Club,” says Blondie drummer Clem Burke, adding that ever since they heard the album, the idea of going to Cuba has been in their heads. Burke explains that the band thought of going in the euphoric period after President Obama and Raul Castro restored diplomatic relations when Cuba received an onslaught of curious artists ranging from Rihanna to The Rolling Stones, who played a much-publicized outdoor concert. “The time wasn’t right for us.”

Now, when Cuba has faded from the deadly headlines and American visitors have decreased after the Trump administration replaced restrictions on individuals traveling to the island, Blondie has announced two concerts in Havana in March.

The band has picked pioneering Cuban Afro-fusion band Synthesis, pop trovador David Torrens and Cuban dance music renovator Alain Perez to open their shows at the Mella Theater on March 15 and 16.

Rather than merely presenting two shows, Blondie’s management has partnered with a company called Dreamcatcher Events, that has put together a tourism experience including daily sightseeing, “wonderful meals at the best restaurants in Havana,” “arts and crafts shopping,” and lodging at the five-star Melía Hotel.

Prices for the package range from $2,699 for one person for three nights in a room “with two twin beds and a roommate” to $5,600 for a “couples room” for four nights. Airfare, visas and alcohol are not included.

It's no CBGB, and Burke admits that the price could be a deterrent. “It is kind of ambitious,” he says, adding that the initiative is “an experiment.” He says that so far, they have seen enthusiastic interest from their U.K. fans, who are not bound by laws restricting Cuba travel and can go Airbnb (where apartments can be found for less than $30 a night) or find a cheaper hotel in Havana and skip the typical tourist attractions.

Burke looks at the immersive “Blondie in Havana” experience as an opportunity for the band’s fans from around the world to convene.

For his part, Burke is hoping to meet some Cuban musicians and perhaps play together. “I grew up in the New York City area -- in New Jersey, which has a large Cuban population -- and I was exposed to a lot of Cuban music back then in New York in general,” he says. “Afro-Cuban percussion is something I've always been interested in.” He recalls playing congas along with friends in a band (“your hands swell up; it’s an arduous job”).

Burke adds that Blondie’s Latin tinge can be heard on early hit “The Tide Is High,” which features Peruvian percussionist Alex Acuña. He also points to the bilingual “Wipe Off My Sweat” from 2011’s Panic of Girls as being among other Blondie songs that are “very influenced by Latin music.”

Although it's their first trip to Cuba, the members of Blondie are no neophytes in Latin America: The visit to Havana will come just after their latest American tour, with dates in Chile, Argentina and Brazil.

“We’ve been together for a very long time,” says Burke of the band, which formed in the 1970s and later broke up and got back together. “There are certain things we are able to do now that maybe we couldn’t do back then. It’s great at this point of our career to do something like this.”"

Every Mariah Carey Music Video From 1990 to Today: Watch Her Evolution

Let's go back to the future with one of the greatest LIVING vocalists of all time!

"As Mariah Carey prepares to release her newly announced 15th studio album Caution, which is set to drop Nov. 16, Billboard is taking a look back at the music video evolution of the icon, beginning with her debut 1990 video “Vision of Love” all the way through to her most recent “With You.”

The video kicks off with other early cuts from Carey’s career, including “Love Takes Time,” “Emotions” and the 1993 classic “Hero,” the latter of which was filmed during one of the singer’s concerts in New York.

In 1994, Carey teamed up with Luther Vandross for “Endless Love,” while she also released one of her most memorable visuals to date -- the Christmas staple “All I Want for Christmas Is You” -- which followed Carey as she played in the snow, trimmed her tree and cozied up with Santa (who was played by her then-husband Tommy Mottola).

Mariah took things into her own hands when it came to the video for 1995’s “Fantasy,” directing the visuals herself since she was said to have been unhappy with the videos she had released to date and Carey wanted to have more creative control. What resulted was an instantly unforgettable trip to the amusement park.

That year also marked the release of the singer’s Boyz II Men collaboration “One Sweet Day,” which served as a moving tribute to those who were lost to the AIDS epidemic.

“Always Be My Baby” came out the following year, while for 1997’s “Honey,” Carey went to Puerto Rico to film a secret agent-themed mini-film, playing “Agent M.” 1998 saw a handful of musical team-ups, including “The Roof” with Mobb Deep, “Sweetheart” with Jermaine Dupri and “When You Believe” with Whitney Houston, which was recorded for the animated film The Prince of Egypt.

Carey’s JAY-Z collaboration “Heartbreaker” came out in 1999, following the singer as she checked up on her boyfriend (played by Jerry O'Connell), who was cheating on her with another woman (also played by Carey in a wig) at the movie theater (which was screening an animated video of Carey, as well as a scene of her re-enacting the slumber party from Grease), ultimately leading to an epic showdown in the bathroom between the two Mariahs.

In 2000, Carey dropped “Against All Odds” and “Crybaby,” while in 2001, “Loverboy” and “Never Too Far” were released. 2003’s “I Know What You Want” saw her team up with Busta Rhymes and Flipmode Squad and 2004 marked her collaboration with Jadakiss for “U Make Me Wanna.”

In 2005’s “We Belong Together,” Carey played a runaway bride, leaving her fiancé (Eric Roberts) at the altar for another man (Wentworth Miller), while she appeared alongside Pharrell Williams and Snoop Dogg in 2006’s “Say Somethin.’”

Jack McBrayer starred in 2008’s “Touch My Body,” playing a “Compu Nerd” who stopped by Carey’s house to fix her computer, but really just spent the time imagining the two of them in love and having pillow fights, walking a unicorn, shooting laser guns, and playing Frisbee together.

Mariah had a different love interest in 2009’s “Love Story,” which followed the true love story of the singer and her then-husband Nick Cannon, while in “Obsessed,” she played her own stalker, donning an outfit that looked an awful lot like Emimen.

Mariah joined forces with John Legend for 2011’s “When Christmas Comes,” while she also teamed up with Justin Bieber for an updated version of her holiday classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

In 2013, she shared the video for “Almost Home” and “#Beautiful,” while in 2015 she dropped “Infinity” and in 2017 she burned a wedding dress in the video for her YG collab “I Don’t.”

That brings Mariah Carey’s music video evolution to 2018’s “GTFO” and the glamorous black-and-white visuals for “With You” -- both of which are set to appear on Caution.

You can watch all of these videos, and many more, below." -

The Number Ones: The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love”

According to one of our preferred musical sources:

"The Beatles – “All You Need Is Love”

HIT #1: August 19, 1967

STAYED AT #1: 1 week

The Beatles were already a monstrously successful band before the summer 1967 release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. But that album brought them to a new level of cultural prominence — one that began to transcend pop music or even celebrity. Sgt. Pepper was arguably the first event-album, the LP that wore its own experimentalism on its sleeve and forced any serious-minded people to reckon with what the Beatles were doing. You could not be a culturally informed person and dismiss the Beatles in 1967. It just wasn’t possible. After Sgt. Pepper, the Beatles stopped being an extremely popular band of pop musicians. Instead, they became, more or less, goodwill ambassadors to the entire human race. That’s not an easy position to be in.

Funny thing about Sgt. Pepper: None of the songs from the album were released as singles, so none of them went to #1, at least not for the Beatles. So the cultural impact of Sgt. Pepper only shows up on the Hot 100 in oblique ways. (Seven years later, Elton John took a cover of “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” to #1. Also, “Penny Lane,” a non-album single from the Sgt. Pepper sessions, was another Beatles #1.) But a song that the Beatles recorded a couple of weeks after the release of Sgt. Pepper — the band’s first missive since taking on this uncharted new cultural role — did make its way to #1. Even if that song was only barely a song.

“All You Need Is Love” was an event in the same way that Sgt. Pepper was. The Beatles had agreed to take part in Our World, the first-ever worldwide TV special. With state-of-the-art satellite technology, this show was going out to audiences in 24 countries at the same time, which was a new thing. Lennon knew that he was writing for a worldwide audience, so he consciously aimed to make his song as lyrically simple as possible. The idea was that a basic, direct message, repeated like an advertising slogan, would connect with the largest global audience possible. It’s the same idea, more or less, that goes into Transformers movies leaving out character development for noisy robot battles. If you want as many people as possible to get what you’re doing, you make it big and bright and simple.

John Lennon made it big and bright and simple. “All You Need Is Love” wasn’t a protest song, though plenty of protesters were happy to use it as one. (And plenty of other protesters, it’s worth noting, resented the simplistic naïveté that the song espouses.) Instead, it’s a mantra, an idea of universal connection boiled down into a five-word phrase. And all the song’s dazed harmonies and orchestral flourishes are there to support that idea, to further broadcast it into the world.

There’s a lot going on musically on “All You Need Is Love.” The intro is the clarion call of “La Marseillaise,” the French Revolution fight song that became the national anthem. Behind the Beatles, George Martin’s arrangement quotes composers from Bach to Glen Miller. Near the end of the song, various Beatles break into the chorus of “She Loves You,” highlighting just how much both the Beatles and the world around them had changed in three short years. On the TV special, the Beatles’ contemporaries — Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Moon — sat like kindergarten students and helped sing the song.

All these extra touches are cute, but they’re indulgences. They’re there for you to notice, for you to feel smart for noticing. The awkwardly clomping 7/4 tempo is another indulgence. On a pure musical level, I find “All You Need Is Love” to be an absolute chore — a maddeningly repetitive campfire singalong with no central pulse, no sense of movement, no fire, no rigor. Plenty of people hear Lennon’s gnostic verses — “There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done / Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung” — as rich, mystical symbolic texts. I hear a guy using word-salad nothings to fill the space between choruses. This is probably my own cynicism at work, but I get nothing out of “All You Need Is Love” beyond that central five-word message.

So let’s talk about that message. Maybe in that moment, when the world seemed to be tearing itself apart, it felt urgent and necessary — these pop stars, bigger figures than anyone had ever seen, offering the planet a giant metaphorical hug. Maybe a song like that felt like it would change the world. But it didn’t. The world is the world, and it’ll take more than a dazed and self-impressed proto-“We Are The World” to shift global power dynamics or ease the mental load of living in a Darwinian nightmare. As I type this, the kids who sang along with “All You Need Is Love” are busy hoarding resources for the inevitable environmental cataclysm. Pretty soon, all we’ll need is food." -

GRADE: 3/10

BONUS BEATS: Here’s the “All You Need Is Love” scene from the finale of the cultishly beloved late-’60s British sci-fi series The Prisoner, a scene that is both creepy and incoherent for those of us who have never seen the rest of the show:

BONUS BONUS BEATS: Here’s Elvis Costello going fully solo to cover “All You Need Is Love” at 1985’s Live Aid, another globally televised pop event:

BONUS BONUS BONUS BEATS: Here’s the Flaming Lips’ spacey cover of “All You Need Is Love,” a bonus track included on some editions of their 2013 album The Terror:


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