Posted by: funk. | August 30, 2010

It has been a millenium..

or at least that is what it feels like since I have posted!

I decided to take the summer off and just relax.  I LOVE to blog but I found myself needing to re-find myself.  I know — cheesy.  Anyway, now that summer is over and work/school is starting up.  I am ready to get to bloggin’.

Much to come soon!

Posted by: funk. | June 25, 2010


After volunteering and working at kBEACH Radio, it is time to say farewell.  It is sad and yet fitting.  kBEACH helped my passion for music grow through a different outlet.  I learned so much and got into contact with wonderful people/  The radio station is also what led to my blogging.  I would write reviews and spend much of my day at work talking about new music.  Why not take that and translate it into my blog?  So I did.  And now, my outlet for music is through this site.  It is wonderful.

Farewell kBEACH, we had fun.  Onward I go!

Me leading a meeting. Hence the serious face...

Glenn & I doing a remote of CSULB's Womens Volleyball Game. AWESOME!

Friendship Walk. Aaron DJing.

Glenn & Ron - University by the Sea - Downtown Long Beach. A great time.

Pop Secret - Originally, that was the name of my radio show.

The other side of the Pop Secret (radio show) flyer.

Missing it already… 🙂

Posted by: funk. | June 23, 2010

Tired of waiting for Rye Rye’s album

Supposedly it is scheduled to come out June 29, 2010.  But, that is really soon and I can’t find any confirmations online!

The dynamic duo-- Rye Rye & M.I.A.

So here is a tease…

Rye Rye – “Shake it to the Ground”

Rye Rye – “Shake it to the Ground” Blaqstarr Remix

Posted by: funk. | June 23, 2010

Emeralds. Yes this was the BEST picture I could find.

I am going to be 100% honest and say that I found Emeralds through running through Pitchfork’s Best New Music section.  As I have said many times before, I do not read Pitchfork as if it is the Bible.  However, I do use it to help me figure out what I might have missed and to learn about stuff going on in the music industry.  I mean, talk shit as much as you want—it is a good site that has a ton of information.  So yeah, I found Emeralds because Pitchfork rated their newest album, Does it Look Like I’m Here, 8.2–a pretty great score when it comes to Pitchfork.

Emeralds is comprised of John Elliott, Mark McGuire, and Steve Hauschildt.  They formed the band in 2005 in the suburbs of Cleveland.  Their original name was Fancelions (kinda lame) but in time changed to Emeralds in 2006 (a hard to search band name).  They have hopped and popped from label to label to produced this new album through Editions Mego.

Emeralds has put out roughly has averaged 10 releases per year in the last four years.  Yup, about 40 releases, which are mainly on CD’s or cassettes…that is right, I said it–cassette.  It is the new, old thing lately and it is allll the rage, boys and girls.

I don’t know how to explain this album.  Experimental?  Beautiful?  avant-garde?  Yes to all of the above.  The music is unique and oddly soothing.  The sounds are organic and technologic at the same time.  There is a perfect balance of organic sounds, synths/technology, and live instruments.  The music swells in and out like waves on numerous tracks and it leads to incredible relaxation.  You can feel the layers add–one on top of the other and unlike other artists, it makes perfect sense.  They fit…perfectly.  It is sooooo good.

Does it Look Like I'm Here (Album Art)

Below:  “Candy Shoppe” by Emeralds

Below:  “Now You See Me” by Emeralds

Below:  “Now You See Me”

Posted by: funk. | June 23, 2010

InnerSpeaker by Tame Impala

Tame Impala--they might look like they are in 7th grade but their music is anything but immature. first let me tell you that when you say this bands name, don’t think of the car.  I have found out that “impala” is meant to refer to the medium-sized antelope.  Just thought I’d give you the heads up…

Tame Impala is comprised of Kevin Parker on lead guitar and vocals, Dominic Simper on bass guitar, and Jay Watson on drums and backing vocals.  According to Parker, the lead singer, the band see themselves as  “a steady flowing psychedelic groove rock band that emphasizes dream-like melody.

I think psychedelic rock is a fitting genre for this band from Perth, Western Australia.  There is definitely that groovy, hippy feel to the music…I mean, you definitely feel like you are in the 1960’s—in a GOOD way.  Although Tame Impala has been around for over a decade, they didn’t get recognition in the United States until recently, when they signed to Modular Records.  Turns out that MySpace helped out yet another band again.  There was a multiple label competition to sign Tame Impala.  It was Modular Records who won through sending them a MySpace message.  Modular was the first record label to show interest and the band chose to stick with them.    Personally, I think they made an outstanding decision.

Tame Impala lookin' groovy.

Tame Impala went to #1 on Australian Independent Record Label Charts with multiple tracks and I am sure that they will do the same on CMJ here in the United States.  If you wanna find them, they are currently touring with MGMT.

Here are a few music videos to getcha going.

Below:  Tame Impala – “Solitude is Bliss”

Below: presents Tame Impala (this is uber awesome)

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Posted by: funk. | June 23, 2010

“Go Do” by Jonsi (cemetery gates)

So great. I am O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D with him.

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Posted by: funk. | June 17, 2010

I Want To Be HERE

WHAT: Eurockéennes de Belfort
WHEN: July 2-4
WHERE: Belfort, France
WHO: Jay-Z, LCD Soundsystem, Broken Social Scene, the Dead Weather, CharlotteGainsbourg, Missy Elliott, the xx, the Black Keys, Julian Casablancas, Chromeo, Massive Attack, Memory Tapes, Janelle Monae, HEALTH, Fuck Buttons, the Drums, Foals, Baroness

Anyone got a free ticket to France?  Please?  NICE LINEUP!

Posted by: funk. | June 17, 2010

Music is Kicking My Ass!

In the last two days I have listened to over 30 cd’s.  And as wonderful as it is, it is also incredibly draining.  I mean, I am reallllllly listening.  Yeah, I push the next button before finishing the track but I listen to every track for a good amount of time.  I have to make sure that I am not only basing things on my taste.  Is this song too slow for our radio station’s style?  Would somebody actually play this track?  Will this be a hit later?  I have to think outside of myself and make sure that I am not pushing my tastes on the entire radio station.  Yet, it would be wrong to say that my tastes are not evident in the overall sound of the radio station.  Because, in the end, the sound is a reflection of me to some extent.

To be honest, within this stack of thirty that I have listened to thus far, about 10 are pretty good albums; maybe 4 or 5 of them are things that I would take home for my own personal collection.  So a good chunk of the music I am listening to somewhat hurts my brain.  Why is this guy so nassally?  Why is that girl singing flat the whole time? Ugh!  Ew! Yuck!  These are the things that are going on in my brain.  And still I push through.  Can you hear the annoyance in my writing tone?  This is because I went through about 6 shit albums in a row.  That will fuck a person up, my friend.

Thus, this is what happens

Sorry for my moping and bitching.

To Come:  Hey Marseilles, Tame Impala, and The Like  🙂

Posted by: funk. | June 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Les Paul

If Les Paul were still with us, today would be his 95th birthday.  Unfortunately, he passed in August of 2009.  With that being said, there is no reason to not celebrate a man that has helped pave the road to American music today.

Les Paul was an inventor, jazz and country guitarist, and an incredible songwriter.  He is credited with innovating overdubbing, sound delay, and multitrack track recording (which is pretty fucking important).  He was also led the way and pioneered the solid-body guitar (; He built one of the first ones after hours in Epiphone guitar factory and it was called “The Log”).

Paul couldn’t read music.  He helped lovers of music realize that in order to be a musician, in the end, all you need is a good ear for things and passion.  He created a style of his own filled with incredible guitar runs and flutters, country western licks, combined with a solid, chunky rhythm.  He had a sound that was so—“Les Paul”.  He is also known for the numerous recordings he did with his (ex)wife Mary Ford in the 1950’s. Together they created wonderful, timeless music.  Her voice is absolutely stunning; it has such depth and is so full.

Les Paul and Mary Ford.

Honestly, I could go on and on about Les Paul, how he defined American music, what he helped pioneer, and where he came from.  But instead, I’d rather just show you some good music.

Quickly, this is a documentary that is about 10 minutes that might interest you…  Yup, he still had when he got older!

This is so beautiful!  “Vaya con Dios” and “Johnny”

Sorry for the quality.  “Tennessee Waltz” is a favorite song of mine that brings back memories from when I was growing up.  My dad always played the Anne Murray version.  It was a standard in my family.

“How High the Moon”

“World is Waiting for the Sunrise”

As The Edge said, “His legacy as a musician and inventor will live on and his influence on rock and roll will never be forgotten.”

Posted by: funk. | May 28, 2010

The Glitch Mob

The Glitch Mob

Have you heard of Glitch Mob?  Don’t worry if you haven’t, you aren’t alone.  There are a few people that understand my music tastes—partly because it is somewhat hectic…especially when it comes to what I like in the electronic category.  It is hard because electronic music is a huge section of what is THE BEST to me and so many people feel like electronic is a crappy genre of music.  Which I feel isn’t fair because it is such a broad term.  I mean, have you even tried to listen to the stuff out there before you make that statement?  Anyway—one of the few people that does understand my likes and dislikes musically is Geo.  Geo is one of the owners of a music promotional company called Terrorbird Media.  I first talked to him on the phone like 4+ years ago.  We would sit on the phone and just trade thoughts on music.  Today I checked my work email—finally, and saw that this band Glitch Mob was sent my way—sent to me by Geo’s company!  I knew that it was gonna be love at first sight.  So as I listened to the album I reconnected with Geo.  We went over recent albums and talked about life.  It was wonderful.

photo by Nolan Rudi

Now, I am sure I have said this before—me liking electronic does not mean I like to go the club and hear that stuff.  Most likely, to me, it is shit.  I have a love for really specific stuff.  In the last year, I felt like I was in a rut.  I couldn’t seem to find the electronic stuff that interested me.  However, in the last few months I can happily say that I am taking back that statement.  The new Caribou, Neon Indian, Flying Lotus, Four Tet, and a few more have really made me happy.  I love it!  Now I can add Glitch Mob to the list.

Ok.  SO The Glitch Mob is comprised of four guys (now three)—edIT, Boreta, Kraddy (who left in 2009), and Ooah…all from Los Angeles.  This music is incredibly unique.  There is this mix of heavy hip hop basslines and a one of a kind electronica sound.  They came together due to being loosely affiliated.  Within little time, the four-some decided to create one night of music by tag teaming back to back.  They are known for working together to create remixes but have now finally come out with a full length album.  The reason why I knew I was going to dig it was because a couple of years ago my boyfriend and I really got into edIT’s solo album.  And happily, this album has many similarities.

Here are some tracks from The Glitch Mob’s album Drink the Sea

Animus Vox”

We Swarm

And if you like that, try listening to edIT

edIT (That is not what I expected him to look like!). He is SO talented!

Here is “Straight Heat”  it is an awesome track.  Honestly, the whole album is pretty rad.

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