Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Introducing Jhameel

Ephemeral, airy, elemental, primal.  These are just a few descriptors to adequately classify the music that Jhameel creates.  It's like mercury in your hand as he slips and moves from one song to another.  A crash of cymbals or a thundering piano solo, this music is so different than anything else you've listened to.  It has an organic quality that allows it to be what you need and what you want in that explicit moment in time.

I ordered his entire discography off his website because it's amazing music and he deserves to be supported.  I can't say enough how cool the two albums (His Self Titled Album and The Human Condition) I've received so far are. (I haven't received the third because it's not been released yet ^_^).  His voice is so distinctive with a quiet power that at any minute could just shift and become something full of power and resonance.  At some times his music is strictly art and lives in a place where it transcends musical boundaries and fully embraces the avant garde and at other times it can touch you in places totally unexpected.  I am glad I have had the opportunity to get to know Jhameel's music and I can't wait until his next project so that I can be more inspired by him.

He's done a series of covers on youtube and I chose his cover of T-Pain's "Buy You a Drink" because I think it is an amazing showcase of his talent.  His story is pretty amazing to read, transforming from a very conservative Christian into an Indie Pop Star all by the way of a US Army Scholarship to Berkeley.  So excited to have another new artist I can listen to, especially one that helps me challenge what I believe in.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Top 25 Musical Happenings of 2011

Last year I made a list of the top 25 different things in the music industry that made me stand up and take notice and I feel like I should keep the tradition going.  I don't really like picking strictly albums or singles because I don't think that's representative of what's happened in the industry.  I want to do more as far as live music next year so that I can post more about concerts so that's in my plans.  This blog has been a great part of my life and it's allowed me to hear music I might have never heard in the first place and I hope that you are able to learn about new artists as well from this blog.  If you've been reading my blog, you know I can be all over the place and this list is no different.  These aren't just albums or singles or anything in particular, just things that were pretty amazing.  Music is a super important piece of my life and I hope it's part of yours as well.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Garcon Garcon - Stay in Touch

I've had so much luck lately with Australian music.  Amy Meredith has a new single.  I've fallen in love with Rogue Trader and now I've been exposed to Garçon Garçon.  This Synth Pop duo made up of Nathan Mahon and Nick Tsirimokos hail from Sydney and has had some pretty major success so far in the remixing game.  They have an EP coming out in early 2012 in Australia and I hope it is going to be available overseas.  They have successfully stepped into the world of Synth Pop with vocals so dreamy and melodic that you are immediately brought in and held in place throughout the whole song.  The video for Stay in Touch is so visually stunning it is a perfect compliment to the video.  I am a fan of this group now and look forward to hearing more from them.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Elephant's first live webchat

I've posted about them before on here and they are pretty amazing artists so you need to join in the action tonight if you can.  Join gay identical twin rappers Elephant at 11PM ET for their first ever live web chat here: http://www.stickam.com/elephantwave

They're raw, their hardcore and more than anything they are honest and tell it how it is.  If you want your conceptions to be changed about queer hip-hop, tune into this webchat.