I have to be honest, I’m a little tired of rappers talking about cars, big screen tvs, blunts, 40s, and women.
Okay I lied, I’m utterly sick of it. I mean, how many different ways can you splice up “I’ll kill you,” “I’m better than you,” “I smoke a lot of weed,” “I have more money than you,” and “I have a lot of sex?”
Once again, we’re going classical here on BestMusicEver – and for good reason.
For the past two nights, I’ve been up til 2 in the morning trying to learn this song on piano. Although I had taken lessons as a child, I’ve definitely become rusty after not touching a keyboard for 7ish years. It’s been a painful experience trying to read sheet music again and make my fingers work properly. Now I’m not one to brag, but I can now play the first 41 bars of the first movement of Moonlight Sonata. No big deal!
Up until an hour ago, I found it crazy that I am now intensely practicing an instrument that I hated so much as a child. When I started thinking about why I’m doing this, I knew it must be because of the music. This is probably my favouite song ever. Yes ever!
Here’s Wilhelm Kempff playing the 1st movement of this amazing song. And he doesn’t even look at the piano for most of the song. Un-freaking-real.
We would love to claim that we’ve been fans of American duo Phantogram since the beginning, but that might be bending the truth just a touch. We first stumbled their genre-breaking music last year from a recommendation of a friend. Since then, the band hasn’t been able to break out like we would have thought and hoped they would. Well, that is until now.
In February, their music was featured in MTV’s edgy and controversial new show “Skins”. Also, Phantogram made their live TV debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. They even got Roots drummer Questlove to play with them during the performance of “Mouthful of Diamonds”. You can watch it here.
Phantogram will also be playing at this year’s Coachella Festival. If you’re going, make sure you don’t miss them! Until then, check out their new video for their amazing song “When I’m Small”. Fingers crossed that this is only the beginning of even more success for these two.
I’ve been trying to branch out and listen to more rap of late. As much as I enjoy the genre the selection of artists I’ve listened to in the past is regretably rather small. A friend recommend Jay-Z’s Blueprint “trilogy” (it’s four albums) so I’ve been working through it. I know it’s lame that Jay-Z is me “branching out” but hey, if you can’t make fun of yourself a little what’s the point?
Let me say this, on those four albums there are a ridiculous number of great songs. One of my favorites is “A Dream” where Jay-Z talks about a discussion he had with the deceased Notorious BIG while asleep. The song wraps up by taking the first verse from BIG’s “Juicy” and including it in the song.
Pretty sweet hey? As a bonus there are great messages peppered throughout the tune. Here are a couple of my favorite lines:
“Remind yourself, nobody built like you, you design yourself”
“What he said I said has been said before. Just keep doing your thing, he said, say no more.”
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is one of those bands that not nearly enough people have heard of which is a shame.
Do you love dirty rock? I know I do and so does Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. They’re one of the few modern bands still making that gritty sound (their music is a post grunge/rock hybrid for those of you keeping track). That said, describing genres is boring and listening to music is awesome so click on the picture and check the song out!
Come to think of it, while you’re over there you may as well grab the entire CD. For those of you who love rock/grunge you’ll get a kick out of this album.