1. Love Is A Mixtape

    One of the my favorite books is a memoir by Robert Sheffield called Love Is A Mixtape. In the book, he uses 15 mixtapes that he created that chronicles his love and marriage with his wife. 

    One of the things that I enjoy doing is making mixtapes for my girlfriend (now my fiancee). Music is a passion that we both share and it’s one of the ways we express our feelings for each other. 

    A few days ago, I made a very special playlist on Spotify just for her. I presented it on the day of the proposal. 

    When she looked at it, she realized there was a special message. 

     
  2. "NEW DORP. NEW YORK" by SBTRKT (feat. Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig)

    A dark and intriguing animated music video. 

     
     
  3. Thom Yorke surprised the music world by releasing his second solo album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes this yesterday.

    Yorke and Nigel Goodrich wrote in a press release regarding the album:

    It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around … If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work. Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves. Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers. If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.”

    With albums sales at an all time low (both physical and digital copies), Yorke’s marketing approach with Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes could revolutionize the way we buy music. Within 24 hours since it’s release, the album has already been downloaded over 100,000 times.

    The music industry will be watching this album very closely in the next few weeks. If this goes well, this could become the new framework for marketing and selling albums. 

    Watch “Brain in a Bottle” here.

     
  4. "An Empty Bliss Beyond This World" by The Caretaker

    The mood of this video and The Caretaker’s music fit perfectly together.

     
     

  5. The Sound of the Earth Rumbling Beneath Your Feet

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  6. Reaction To Grimes’ Decision To Scrap New Album

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    A song that was originally written for Rhianna, Grimes released her latest track, “Go” this past June. This track is a representation of the artist’s pop-forward direction for her fourth album. After listening to the track, I was greatly impressed and ecstatic to hear what she has in store for us in the next few months.

    Sadly, Grimes just announced today that she is going to scrap the new album and start from scratch.

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  7. Professor Creates English Course Based on ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City’

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    Adam Diehl, professor at Georgia Regents University, has based his entire english class off of Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City. The class is called “Good Kids, Mad Cities” and the goal is to explore stories similar to those shared by Kendrick Lamar. Some of the reading includes the works of Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, and James Joyce.

    Here’s the description of the class as given on the school’s website:

    Taking its name from Kendrick Lamar’s 2012 album, this course will examine the role of urban living on the development of young people. In Kendrick’s case, “the streets sure to release the worst side of my best” (Lamar 58). By studying and analyzing various literature, films, and K. Dot’s album, we will consider what effects our characters’ surroundings have on who they become as adults. The cities we will be visiting, in our imaginations, are Dublin, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Assignments will include a substantial research paper, stemming from the topics inherent in our texts; students should also expect other writing assignments, such as short papers and online discussion posts. ​

    This was one of the best hip-hop albums ever made and it was one of the albums listed in Cream of the Crop 2012. On Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, Kendrick Lamar chronicles his life living in Compton. By having his album become the basis of a college English course, only solidifies how significant Good Kid, M.A.A.D City is lyrically and musically.

    I envy all the students of Georgia Regents University who will have the privilege of taking this course.

    (Source: ellipsisnews)

     
  8. Happy Birthday Queen Bey.

     
  9. I noticed that many of my favorite bands are making a big splash back into the music scene this year (look up Interpol and Death From Above 1979).

    Another one, TV on the Radio has announced that they will releasing their fifth studio album, Seeds sometime this fall. In promotion of this, they released their first single off the new album, “Happy Idiot”.

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  10. Giving Back Through Creativity

    A few days ago, one of my good friends and aspiring writer/comedian, Joel Barber challenged me to update this blog every week for next six months. In doing this, he will kindly donate $100 to a charity of my choice. Likewise, I returned the favor and challenged him to produce 4 episodes of his podcast, “The Barbershop Podcast” in the next six months. Once this feat is achieved, I will also donate $100 to a charity of his choice.

    The thing that I love about this is that it gives us an opportunity to really push ourselves creatively and get our work out there. Plus, the fact that it’s for a good cause motivates us even more.

    This is going to be an exciting six months.