Thursday, December 13, 2018

'Sirens Of Lesbos' Stellar Dance Disco Tune "Shotgun"

Dance electronic artists' 'Sirens Of Lesbos consists of sister's, named Jasmina and Nabyla Serag along with musique partners Melvyn Buss and Arci Friede. They're new groovy single entitled "Shotgun" is a bubble pop electric disco-fueled wonderland complete with an authentic vintage vibe. This far out retro kissed tune will have you pulling out your boogie boots out and running towards the nearest disco balls to you.

The gang spilled the tea about the inspiration and writing process behind the phenomenal song: "Shotgun" is "an uplifting song with a driving bassline. That’s how the studio session started, actually. Arci, who writes most of our lyrics, had a creative low at that time. In order to be able to go on, we started to cut out, edit and re-arrange lyrics lines from ‘Fu-Gee-La’ and from songs of Lauryn Hill’s ‘The Miseducation’ album."

If "Shotgun" is any indication where this soulful funky group is headed on their upcoming, we're here for it head over heels. The group says, "What’s really important now, is to prepare our live set. We had a few requests from clubs and festivals after ‘We’ll Be Fine’ came out. But we don’t want to rush into something… These days we are putting together a band. After Jasmina will have returned from the Red Bull Music Academy at the end of October, we will start rehearsing and in a few months from now –when it feels right– we will book a tour."

Without further ado, hit play on thee latest sure hot fire ItsNotYouItsMe hit parade with Sirens Of Lesbos yummy track "Shotgun":

ItsNotYouItsMe Album Spin - Elle King's Secondd LP "Elle King"

We hold a very special treasure trove of what we like to 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 Elle King, an all-around rock n roll funky raw enchantress on talented legs.

So this edition of our prestigious list of "Album Spin" is an extra prestigious one. After all she's Rob Schneider's daughter + she just dropped her brilliant rock-pop-funk mid-uptempo record entitled "Shake The Spirit". Elle set a high bar for herself for her sophmore LP, pushing herself to be more daring on her new effort.

The tunes showcase a more mature growth including a slinky cheeky hilarious sexy number (“It Girl”). There's a longing to acceptance in a dark selfish world on the track (“Runaway”). Thee joyful dance rock saucy tune's  "Baby Outlaw" and"Shame". Finally our favorite thee sassy stellar jamtastic "RAM JAM". A solid bolder, funkier sound that gives quivers down our backbone. Captivating and catchy.

Less is more? Or is Less is a bore? Whatever thee intention behind this record is, one thing for damn sure is, it's ethereal, like a breezy alternative rock n roll daydream. At times it ventures into moody lyrical content but maintains a fun upbeat vivacious bouncy feel. Attached with pulsating guitar sonics both live and digital you'll find Elle singing at his most happy-go-lucky self on this album.

There are pop-soul rock dance offerings, the ones perfect for your fun friend who shows up to a hang out to engage in some yummy cocktails or perhaps after exhaling some green flowery caterpillar substance leading the night into an inevitable transcendent party.

Elle's innately gifted lyrical rhymes and authentic presence is ready to take center stage and dominance once again. Today our favorite tracks are featured. Hailing from our hometown of Cali, thee following is a plethora of pulsating beats that enchant and thrill like goosebumps all over your body.

Take an earful right below!

"Shame" Musique Video.

"Baby Outlaw" Live Performance.


Ram Jam.

It Girl.

Album Trailer.

Ariana Grande's 10 Best Music Videos: Critic's Picks

It's bubble pop electric you simply gotta see it! When you're a pop star with an actual vision, what makes a great artist is not what to put in but what to leave out. With that said, the following tribute makes it's more the yummy:

"Ariana Grande has had an incredible year. Between dropping her third Billboard 200 chart-topping album, scoring her first Hot 100 leader, becoming Spotify’s most streamed artist and being honored as Billboard’s Woman of the Year this Thursday (Dec. 6), she shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

While Grande has always been a powerhouse presence in the pop world, she has taken major strides towards establishing herself as an iconic music video artist this year. With five new visuals, one of which was her most-hyped clip yet, released in 2018 alone, we’re taking a look at the impressive catalog of videos Ariana Grande has built over the years.

Below, Billboard shouts out 10 of Grande's best music videos to date.

10. "Break Free"

Fans step out of their worlds and into another galaxy for “Break Free.” The action-packed video follows Grande on a mission to save the planet from aliens. Eventually, she breaks free and meets up with producer collaborator Zedd to celebrate at a much-deserved dance party.

9. "Love Me Harder"

Ariana sports her signature cat ears and joins forces with The Weeknd while showing off her sultry side in the video for “Love Me Harder.” With storm clouds brewing and lightning striking, the visuals portray the tumultuous elements of romantic relationships.

8. "Problem"

From hypnotic spinning backgrounds to show-stopping choreography, Grande pulls out all the stops for this retro-themed video. The iconic visual for “Problem” helped drive the song to No. 2 on the Hot 100, becoming her highest-charting hit until as of recently and shaping her career into superstardom.

7. "One Last Time"

Full of explosions, frantic first-responders, bright lights and a meteor headed straight towards Earth, the apocalyptic “One Last Time” music video is a rather literal reflection of the song’s title. Grande will keep you on the edge of your seat as she takes fans through the last moments before disaster strikes.

6. "Breathin'"

Anxiety gets a stunning visual interpretation in this November’s “Breathin’” music video. Crowds pass by Grande at what seems like the speed of light, and smoke surrounds her as she sings, creating a foggy atmosphere that clouds her world. She also manages to include what's rumored to be a sneak peek of her upcoming album’s tracklist, as scrambled words appear on a board with three legible words: “Needy,” “Imagine” and “Remember.”

5. "Into You"

A glimpse into the “Honeymoon Inn” gives fans a fly-on-the-wall look at the secret love between Ariana and her security guard, played by America’s Next Top Model winner Don Benjamin. Things heat up fast as the flirty couple enjoys a private getaway full of romance, laughter and pure bliss.

4. "No Tears Left to Cry"

Have you ever casually taken a seat on the ceiling or walked up the side of a skyscraper? Well, Ariana Grande has, and she’s taking us on her whirlwind journey to try and find the ground again. The video, directed by Dave Meyers (also responsible for smash clips like Camila Cabello’s “Havana” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble"), uses mind-boggling special effects and optical illusions that should have fans’ heads reeling for a while, as the gravity-defying visual turns their worlds upside down.

3. "Side to Side"

Exercise has never looked so easy. Ariana and her crew cycle through their session in perfect sync without breaking a single bead of sweat. Joining Grande, guest rapper Nicki Minaj makes an appearance in the sauna, delivering her verse in fierce fashion. This dynamic duo brings the heat, and while we may not be at the gym (or in the sauna) with them, we’re definitely sweating while watching.

2. "God Is A Woman"

“God Is a Woman” is a feminist anthem that’s accompanied by an equally powerful music video. With some subtle (and not so subtle) celebrations of womanhood, Grande begins the video in the center of the universe, recruits Madonna to recite Samuel L. Jackson’s Bible-quoting speech from the 1994 film Pulp Fiction, and finishes it up with an all-female emulation of Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam.

1. "Thank U, Next"

Ariana puts her own twist on four popular rom-coms as she recreates some of the most iconic scenes from Mean Girls, 13 Going on 30, Bring It On and Legally Blonde in the record-breaking “thank u, next” video. Complete with a “Burn Book,” the “bend and snap,” several celeb cameos (Troye Sivan, Kris Jenner, etc.) and a stamp of approval from the movies’ original actors, the highly anticipated music video nonetheless managed to exceed all expectations."

'Bohemian Rhapsody' Named Most Streamed 20th Century Song

In today's king of music news:

"A few months after the release of the massively successful biopic of the same name, Queen’s signature song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has been named the most streamed track of the 20th century.

The song, from the band's album A Night At The Opera and which reached no.1 in the UK upon its original release in 1975, and hit the top of the charts again in 1991 in the aftermath of lead singer Freddie Mercury’s death, has been streamed more than 1.6 billion times across all platforms, including Spotify and YouTube.

As such, it’s overtaken classics like Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ to take the number one spot in Spotify’s list of the 20th century’s most streamed songs.

Those two tracks are in second and third respectively, with the Gunners’ ‘November Rain’ taking the fourth spot and a-Ha’s pop classic ‘Take On Me’ finishing off the top five.

The resurgence in interest in the song is largely down to the release of the Freddie Mercury biopic movie Bohemian Rhapsody in November. It’s taken over $600 million at box offices around the world so far. It caused the song to re-enter the UK charts the same month at no.45, and for the statistical week of 22nd November, was the 11th most streamed song in the world on Spotify.

More: Rami Malek defends ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ over criticisms about ‘erasing’ Freddie Mercury’s sexuality. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was also named the most streamed classic rock song of all time, in the announcement made on December 10th.

In reaction to the news, Queen’s guitarist Brian May said in a statement: “So the river of rock music has metamorphosed into streams! Very happy that our music is still flowing to the max!” Lucian Grainge, CEO of Queen’s label Universal Music Group, added that it was an “incredible achievement that is a testament to the enduring brilliance of Queen”." -

Are YOU Hoarding An Unknown Hidden Toy Fortune?!?

"Most children's toys tend to go in and out of fashion within a matter of months, and there seems to be a new one on the market every day.

However, some old classics including Beanie Babies, Pez dispensers and Cabbage Patch are now worth a serious amount of money - with some being sold for hundreds and even thousands in some cases.

The old toys with the highest value include the an ultra rare Pokemon card, which could sell for as high as $11,000, and a first charity edition Princess Diana Beanie Baby, which once cost approximately $10, is currently being auctioned for a whopping $92,500 on eBay.

Many old soft toys and teddy bears, most of which have probably either been thrown out or are gathering dust on a shelf, have significantly increased in value within the past few years.

A first edition Pound Puppies plush toy, which once sold for roughly $30 is worth approximately $200, depending on the edition of the toy.

A vintage Cabbage Patch Kid plush doll could make you a whopping $5,000, despite selling for roughly $40 during the 80s.

Similarly, original 1998 Furby's often sell for over $1,000, despite costing just $35 when they were released.

And if you were a dedicated Furby-lover during the 90s, and somehow managed to get your hands on the entire original Dream Collection, you could be looking at close to $2,000.

Although many might think that electronic games and toys are now worth no value because of improvements in technology, they're also gaining significant worth.

Popular 1960s toy Lite Brite can often go for well over $100, despite being sold for around $6 when it was released.

Similarly, a first edition Sega Genesis video game console, that cost approximately $180 when it was released, could score you a nice $5,000.

TalkBoys and TalkGirls were released after premiering in the 1992 Christmas movie Home Alone, in which Macaulay Culkin uses one to record and playback different dialogue and sounds.

The gadgets cost around $30 when they released in 1992, however if you still have one lying around, you could nab yourself a few hundred.

A 90s model of the TalkGirl could get you a sweet $450.

The Game Boy, which was manufactured by Nintendo and first released in the 1980s, saw dozens of different editions, including the Game Boy Advance SP, Game Boy Micro and later the Nintendo DS, follow in its lead.

The 1989 original version, however, could be sold for up to almost $400.

And for a rare vintage version, you could be looking at a whopping $1,865.

Some collectibles have also jumped in value over the past couple of years, as they become more and more scarce.

Some rare Pokemon Cards and Pokemon Card collections, that used to cost around $3 to $4 for a pack (depending on the edition) are selling for thousands on eBay.

A huge collection of Pokemon Cards, called 'World’s BIGGEST Pokemon Card Lot', is currently being auctioned on eBay for $249,000.

Meanwhile, some individual rare or vintage cards are going for up to $100,000.

Other collectibles up for auction as a massive price include a Luke Skywalker Star Wars figurine, that used to cost roughly $3, and a Skeletor action figure, most of which were approximately $5 to buy.

The 1978 Luke Skywalker Action Figure is regularly auctioned for more than $4,000, while the Vintage 1982 Skeletor Motu He-Man Action Figure Mexican Prototype will get you a nice $900.

A vintage collection of the 1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collection is currently worth $114 on eBay. Back when the figurines first came out, they cost approximately $4 each.

Another classic collectible, the 1969 Hot Wheels Beach Bomb vehicle, which never actually made it to the production stage due to a malfunction in the weight of the car, is now worth a fortune due to its rarity.

The rare trinket, of which there are roughly 40 different prototypes, could be worth $599.

Vintage Pez candy dispensers, that once cost roughly less than $1, have also increased in worth, despite new versions still being available to purchase.

A rare Circus Ringmaster version is being auctioned off at $560, while a rare vintage 1968 Psychadelic Luv Pez/ Mod Pez dispenser is going for $449.

So if you're looking to clear out your attic and get rid of some unwanted toys and dust-collectors, it might be worth taking a look around to see if they're worth something before throwing them away." -

The Number Ones: Diana Ross & The Supremes’ “Someday We’ll Be Together”

According to one of our preferred sources:

"Diana Ross & The Supremes – “Someday We’ll Be Together”

HIT #1: December 27, 1969

STAYED AT #1: 1 week

Over the course of the ’60s, the Beatles had 18 different #1 hits. The Supremes were the only act who came even remotely close; they reached the summit 12 times. You could argue that those two acts, more than any others, defined the pop music of the ’60s. In September 1969, John Lennon told the rest of the Beatles that he was leaving the band. Two months later, Motown announced to the public that lead Supreme Diana Ross would be going solo. (The Supremes kept going after Ross left and even scored a handful of hits, but the Supremes without Diana Ross weren’t really the Supremes.) So right when the ’60s came to a close, the two most popular pop groups in the world essentially blinked out of existence. There’s something weirdly beautiful about that, as if the people who defined this era were determined, in their own ways, to mark its end.

Those weren’t the only goodbyes. The Rolling Stones, of course, would not break up in 1969 (or ever), but the notorious murderfuck of the Altamont Free Concert in December would change public perception of both the Stones and the ’60s forever. (Many years later, when I wanted to go see the Stones’ IMAX movie about their Steel Wheels tour, my dad would explain that he didn’t want “some guy with a big beard to hit me with a chain and steal my wallet.” Years after that, he would admit that he simply didn’t want to go and that he was just making excuses, but that one left an impression.) Simon & Garfunkel broke up in 1970. So did the Turtles, the Dave Clark 5, and Peter, Paul & Mary. In the years ahead, plenty of the old titans, including Diana Ross, would stick around, but music would change, completely and irrevocably.

“Someday We’ll Be Together” plays like a goodbye to all that. It’s a Supremes song in name only. Ross sings the song’s lead vocal. The other two Supremes, Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong, aren’t anywhere on it; Motown session singers handle the backup vocals. The song was originally intended to be Ross’ solo debut. Instead, Motown founder Berry Gordy decided that he wanted one last Supremes #1, and that is exactly what he got.

It’s not a song about the Supremes, of course. It’s not a song about the end of the ’60s, either. It’s a song from a woman who misses her ex and who promises that they will reunite one day. But the people at Motown were experts at finding songs that quietly pushed in new directions, that said more than what was on the lyric sheet. So maybe it’s a song about an era ending, or a beloved group disbanding. Maybe it’s a song about the civil rights struggle, or the women’s liberation struggle, or any other cause that needs a kind of tough, beaten-down, idealistic optimism to keep going.

“Someday We’ll Be Together” was not a product of the Motown songwriting machine. Instead, it came from Johnny & Jackey, the Detroit soul duo who’d released the original version in 1961. Group members Johnny Bristol and Jackey Beavers had co-written it with the Moonglows founder Harvey Fuqua. Fuqua had released it on his Tri-Phi label, and it had been a regional Midwestern hit, but it had never crossed over. In the mid-’60s, Gordy bought Tri-Phi from Fuqua, and he brought Bristol, Beavers, and Fuqua over to Motown. (The Motown machine, then, absorbed the people who’d made the song.) By 1969, Bristol was getting ready to record a new version of “Someday We’ll Be Together” with the Motown group Jr. Walker & The All-Stars. He’d already produced the instrumental track and the backing vocals when Gordy decided that it should go to Ross instead.

The song’s needling riff was already there in the Johnny & Jackey original, but at Motown’s studio, Bristol fleshed it out with symphonic strings and lush little Funk Brothers touches. When he recorded the vocal track with Ross, Bristol accidentally recorded himself doing ad-libs to help urge Ross on. Gordy liked the version with Bristol’s ad-libs, so Bristol ended up as the hypeman on his own song.

“Someday We’ll Be Together” isn’t the best of the Supremes’ hits, and it isn’t the worst, either. But it nails a sound that would never come back again: a regal swirl of rich melodies and bittersweet poise. Maybe that’s why Gordy decided that it was a Supremes song and not a Diana Ross one. And that makes it a fitting goodbye to a great era in American pop music.

GRADE: 8/10

BONUS BEATS: Here’s Janet Jackson’s lithe, percussive, horny 1993 single “If,” which sampled the string intro from “Someday We’ll Be Together”:

“If” peaked at #4, and it would’ve been an 8.

BONUS BONUS BEATS: Here’s Chicago house pioneer Frankie Knuckles’ 1993 remix of “Someday We’ll Be Together,” a big club hit:

Repost Worthy 1 Year Ago Today : ItsNotYouItsMe Album Spin - Kaleo

Hailing from south-west Iceland the band Kaleo formed in 2012 with very handsome lead vocalist JJ Julius Son's growling Rock N Roll vocals giving the 4 piece band.

In a interview with singer JJ describes where the album title came from and the concept of their - " Noisey - Your album A/B, the first five songs are very rock-oriented where as the last five songs are very slowed down, acoustic and I wasn’t sure if this had any …

JJ - Yeah, exactly. That’s the concept, that’s my concept for why I call it A/B. I think of it as a vinyl back in the day when you had an A side and a B side.

Noisey - That’s exactly what I thought with the title and the way the songs are in order.

JJ- We have very diverse songs and I write very different kinds of music and people label it, you know into genres and whatnot, but it was kind of a way to show both sides and show the diversity in that way and I came up with that concept A/B just like you said, man. At first, the A side is pretty much rock and roll-blues I would say and the B side is more of the ballads, more of the folk stuff.

Check out pur picks for Kaleo's second album A/B as part of our ItsNotYouItsMe Album Spin below.

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