“If it’s not fun, you’re not doing it right.” -Fran Tarkenton
1. ‘We Are All That We Are’ by Angels & Airwaves: I have to admit, I’ve never been a big rock band fan. Growing up my brother was fascinated with Metallica; it took me awhile, but in highshcool I was finally able to recognize that they were amazing musicians. I first heard/saw Angels & Airwaves one late night in 2007 when I was watching MTV Hits. There ‘Everything’s Magic‘ video was awesome and I’ve been a fan ever since. They’ve got the emotional-steady-U2-spacey-guitar build-up thing down and I’m a sucker for that kind of stuff.
‘We Are All That We Are’ can be found on Love, Pt. 2. It’s an interesting album. Love, Pt. 2 is released under the band’s record label To The Stars and it’s music from the band’s feature film Love. Musicians that venture into producing and scoring full-length feature films, that’s something you don’t hear everyday. Good stuff.
2. ‘Imagine’ by Torae: This is one of those tracks where at the end you want to say, “Thank you.” The warm fluttering trumpet playing in the background puts you in a good mood, plus, Torae talks about the blessing of being able to follow a passion. It’s got goodness written all over it, I’ll definitely keep this one close by when the snow starts to fall.
Torae hails from the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, New York. His new album For the Record was released on the 1st under music label Internal Affairs Ent. Torae has been working furiously the last 5 years or so; he’s featured on over a dozen mixtapes and he’s collaborated with artists like Wale, 9th Wonder, Sean Price and Little Brother. His hard work is paying off and I hope his new album does well. Check out ‘Imagine’!
3. ‘Never Never Land’ by Bob Hillary & The Massive Mellow: The baseline had me at hello 🙂 I enjoy a great song built around a basic baseline.
The story behind Bob Hillary & The Massive Mellow is actually pretty amazing. Bob has traveled the world and the band’s style showcases Bob’s journeys. The band is all about good-vibes, freedom, peace. Their band logo includes a butterfly because they are, “colorful, mellow, and natural.” If you’re into chill tunes or you need to chill out, check out Nature’s Pace, their new album. Put some relaxation in your life.
YOU’VE GOT MY ATTENTION: Carrie Newcomer. I don’t know why you decided to do it, but your new album Everything is Everywhere is way cool. Who knew traditional Indian and American folk music would sound so cool together. This earth needs more ‘east meets west’ projects like this. Thanks for the good music and I’ll do my best to spread the word.