(4/18/2014)

Death Cab For Cutie- “Your Heart Is An Empty Room”

Genre- Indie pop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEZk9A67f-E

Fun Fact: Death Cab For Cutie is named after a song by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.

(4/15/2014)

Curtis Mayfield- “Freddie’s Dead”

Genre- Soul

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPVjkm2ayu8

Fun Fact: The soundtrack for the film “Super Fly” made more money than the film. This song appears in the film as an instrumental only.

(4/14/2014)

Kool Moe Dee- “Wild Wild West”

Genre- Hip-hop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBgHGafPet0

STORY: “Isn’t Kool Moe Dee the guy with the cool sunglasses?”

"I’m not gonna answer that, because I wouldn’t consider those sunglasses cool." 

Discussing the merits of Kool Moe Dee’s sunglasses with mom.

FUN FACT: Kool Moe Dee was the first rapper to perform at the Grammys.

(4/10/2014)

Spinal Tap- “Gimme Some Money”

Genre- Pop rock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-BYzaDwNoE

Look at Nigel’s face during the guitar solo.

Fun Fact: This song is from Spinal Tap’s fourteenth album Back From The Dead. Eleven of those albums are fictional.

(4/9/2014)

Hudson Mohawke- “Fuse”

Genre- Space-hop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrsaB0Uune8

There’s not enough songs like this. Make some more. Now.

(4/8/2014)

SIMØNE- “Lose Yourself To Dance (SIMØNE Remix)”

Genre- House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9orhXIB_Wg

Fun Fact: Daft Punk’s live album “Alive 2007” won a Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album two years after it was released.

(4/7/2014)

nakinyko- “Dou Kangaetemo Watashi wa Warukunai (Climax)”

Genre- R&B

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh1MR0_i-Rc

Songs Used: “Climax” by Usher

"Dou Kangaetemo Watashi wa Warukunai" by Izumi Kitta

I actually don’t know what to say about this one.

(4/6/2014)

Blue Öyster Cult- “Astronomy”

Genre- Progressive rock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3YehBkrXNw

This is one of those songs where the live versions are significantly better than the studio recording.

Fun Fact: Blue Öyster Cult’s original name was Soft White Underbelly.

(4/4/2014)

Torpeedoh- “Party People”

Genre- Mash-up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8zkeO0Tq_Q

I recognize “A Bay Bay” by Hurricane Chris and “Wham City” by Dan Deacon. No idea on the rest.

(4/1/2014)

Kumi Koda- “Real Emotion”

Genre- Pop 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1VzFrwnNIk

Fun Fact: This is my signature song on karaoke night.

(2/28/2014)

The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony- “Notorious Thugs”

Genre- Rap

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nf9FzEmt4mM

Fun Fact: Layzie Bone’s verse references “The Shining”. As you know, “red rum” is “murder” spelled backwards.

(2/16/2014)

Nas feat. Kanye West and Chrisette Michele- “Still Dreaming”

Genre- Hip-hop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZJKl0uWXWQ

Samples:

"The Interim" by Diana Ross

"Use Me" by Bill Withers

Fun Fact: Cashews are a good source of antioxidants.

(Source: caoine)

(2/15/2014)

Kool & the Gang- “Get Down On It”

Genre- Funk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xJWQPdG7jE

From Wikipedia:

""Get Down on It" is a 1981 song by by American funk/R&B/pop band Kool & The Gang in which the listener is advised to ascend to the top of some entity, whilst similarly lowering his/her altitude."

Who writes this stuff?

(2/13/2014)

Sister Sledge- “He’s The Greatest Dancer”

Genre- Disco

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDwutKpVyas

Fun Fact: Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards originally wrote this song for Chic, but gave it to Sister Sledge. They play guitar and bass on this song, respectively. 

I’ve been talking about Chic a lot lately. You should listen to them.