Tuesday, December 22, 2009
First I'd like to say that this is like the cutest human-being on earth, now that I got that out the way I present to you a new song by Janelle Monae "Come Alive". Everyone is saying that this sounds like The Violent Femmes "Blister In The Sun"...and it does a little. But at the end of the day Janelle Monae is herself. This song had to grow on me, almost did not make the site. But upon the 2nd listen I really got into it. I really cannot wait to see the finished product of her debut album, many directions it could go working with Sean Combs. A song that might of been slept on was/is Nerd Girl by Chester French featuring Janelle Monae. Both Janelle Monae & Chester French are very hit-or-miss with me, but this song they HIT!
DOWNLOAD: Janelle Monae – Come Alive (The War of the Roses)
DOWNLOAD: Chester French - Nerd Girl (featuring Janelle Monae)
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Saturday, December 12, 2009
It's no secret that tons of amazing music has been made in Chicago. The Windy City has produced some of the greatest Blues, R & B and Soul, Funk and Disco records of all time. With that in mind, each week I'll post a lost gem recorded right here in Chi-town. But for the first post, I thought I'd go a little left field and drop a little Latin (!?) flavor, Chicago style ... Los Aristocratas de Chicago (The Chicago Aristocrats) were a Mexican band formed in the mid-70s in Chicago. The band's excellent taste in formal wear is matched musically with a tasty (saboroso!) cover of Ray Baretto's 'Cocinando'. Lovin' the powder blue tuxedos, fellas!
LISTEN: LOS ARISTOCRATAS DE CHICAGO - COCINANDO