Archive | June 2011

Oh Boy (Buddy Holly Cover) – She & Him

I love Zooey Deschanel. Who doesn’t? She was adorable in Yes Man, and even more adorable in (500) Days of Summer. A few years back she teamed up with folk musician M. Ward and formed She & Him, and they’ve since released two albums. The group recently recorded Buddy Holly’s “Oh Boy” for a compilation of Holly covers, and She & Him’s version stays true to the 50’s feel of the song.

 

Also, here is a song from Yes Man. Deschanel’s spoken word verses in this song are great. Like everything else she does, this is absolutely adorable.

Remembering Clarence Clemons

Clarence Clemons was known as “The Big Man” for both his large stature and his even larger personality and musical talent. As the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Clarence had many legendary solos throughout his nearly 40 year run with The Boss and his band. Clemons passed away last night at the age of 69, but he will live on through his music for many many years to come.

 

This 2 minute solo during “Jungleland” exemplifies his talent

 

In 2009, I saw The Boss play at the Boston Garden, and the concert was too good to put into words. The last song played during the encore was “Rosalita,” and Clemons’ sax playing is what really makes this song great.

Lacefrontin’ and I’m On One – Wale

A few months ago Wale signed with Rick Ross’ label Maybach Music Group. Although his sound has changed a little bit from the Wale we first got to know and love, he continues to come out with great music. Here is a new track called “Lacefrontin” and also a freestyle over DJ Khaled’s “I’m On One”. Definitely one of the best Wale freestyle’s out there and he has some great ones.

Songs For Women by Frank Ocean

Let me start this post by saying this: I am not a fan of Odd Future. Tyler, The Creator is not for me, and neither are a lot of the things the rest of Odd Future puts out. That being said, I am in love with Frank Ocean’s music. Yes, he is part of OFWGKTA, but his style is a lot different, and his voice is amazing. People like compare him to Drake, but I think Frank Ocean is on another level. He recently released his mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra via his tumblr, and “Songs for Women” is easily my favorite track.

There was another mixtape put out recently called “The Lonny Breaux Collection“, and these are all reference tracks with Frank Ocean providing the vocals. Although he didn’t write the songs on this one, it’s still nice to get about 60 songs with him singing some smooth songs.

“Love Letter” by Shwayze ft. The Cataracs and Dev

A few years ago Shwayze blew up with an MTV show following him and his buddy Cisco Adler. Shwayze released two laid-back albums produced by and featuring Cisco, and then went on to release a mixtape under his own name, Aaron Smith. His last mixtape wasn’t the same chill tunes that made him famous, but it looks like Shwayze is back with this laid-back summer jam.

 

Diving Into the Blogosphere

Today is officially Day 1 of my foray into the world of music blogging. I’m sure my friends are sick of hearing me say “I want to make a music blog,” so this should make me stop saying it and actually do it. The reason why I’m doing this is because I have the world’s easiest and most boring summer job. I’m lifeguarding at a pool with a daily average of 3 swimmers, so this will keep me sane in the time that I’m not watching elderly women float around the pool. Hopefully I’ll be able to figure out how to use this site pretty soon and I’ll be posting music and blogs as soon as I can.