I had this post ready to go this morning and as I gave it a once over, sad news came over the radio that Adam Yauch From the Beastie Boys had died after a battle with cancer of the parotid salivary gland. I grew up with the Beastie Boys and their first LP 'Licensed to ill' was one of the first cd's I ever bought. I still have the 7 Inch of 'Fight for your right to party' as well as a few other of their early singles. Their next record 'Pauls Boutique' blew my little mind with its brilliant use of samples. The boys came from a punk background and played a few different styles of music. So, Adam, thanks for the music and the inspiration! You and the band have a great DIY spirit and you made me feel that I could get out there and make music as well!
Off their third lp- 'Check your head', here is chilled and very cool track: Beastie Boy's- 'Something's got to give'
This next artist and the clip, speak for themselves: Kate Bush- 'Wuthering Heights.'
And now for something completely not different at all:
Noel Fielding dancing brilliantly to Wuthuring Heights (From 'Let's dance for Comic Relief').
Plan B- "Ill Manors"- I don't condone violence and destruction of property, especially against the innocent... This song is not a glamorization of violence, don't misunderstand it. There is an interview below that talks about what the song is about, what inspired the artist and what needs to be done.. even that aside, as a standalone track there is energy, grit, great drums, menacing strings and importantly brilliant lines like:
"Keep on believing what you read in the papers
council estate kids, scum of the earth"
"Feed the fear, that's what we've learned"
"Oi! I said Oi!
What you looking at you little rich boy!
We're poor 'round here, run home and lock your door
don't come 'round here no more, you could get robbed for Real... "
There is so much in this song that I want to share, but will leave you to discover yourself. I will say that Plan B voices what needs to be voiced. He is real. On Plan B, I recall some really gritty, uncomfortable and confronting raps from him 'round 2005 or earlier.. more recently he seemed to change tack and add a soul/ r'n b sound to his tune and singing.. which was great, but I am happy to hear him back with his gritty story telling.
'Samson'- from the TV show "The Voice'. Sung by Casey Withoos. Originally a Regina Spektor tune. I hadn't heard this song before and I loved it immediately!
This is also cheekily something borrowed.... Bluejuice and their cover of Lana Del Rey's - 'Video Games'. This has a great swing, shuffle feel to it and it grooves subtly.. I like it!