Beyoncé – 7/11

This was released yesterday and every few hours it’s had a million more Youtube views. You gotta love the part where she dials her foot like a phone (2:35) and the “fresher than you” rant (3:20).

Robert Plant – Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, by Pat Thomas

Listening to the new Robert Plant album Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar and while it’s not nearly as captivating as 2010’s Band of Joy (which ranks with Plant’s best work ever) – this new one, at this stage in his nearly 50 year career is fairly fresh and different from previous work. Quality-wise, I’d . . . → Read More: Robert Plant – Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, by Pat Thomas

Pentatonix – Mary Did You Know?

In our church, it’s the local obstetrician who can be counted on to bless the congregation by singing a spirited version of this song during the Advent season. (My lovely wife and I call him “Dr. MaryDidYouKnow?” and have often marveled at his spectacular sports car in the church parking lot.) I’ve always assumed . . . → Read More: Pentatonix – Mary Did You Know?

Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars

Moms and Dads will remember this groove. Very 80s. Mucho irresistable.

Shilpa Narayan – Baby Go Home

Check out NYC-based soul-pop artist Shilpa Narayan and her newest video “Baby Go Home,” off her upcoming EP, set to release early 2015. Vibe Magazine named her “Artist to Watch,” while Carson Daly himself selected Shilpa’s submission for a chance to audition for The Voice.

David Bowie – Heroes, by Betsy Youngquist

I’m standing in front of the piece of paper on which David Bowie wrote his lyrics for “Heroes,” with tears falling down my face. This is a must see exhibit for anyone at all interested in the miracle of the creative process: David Bowie Is at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

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Irvin Mayfield – O Tannenbaum

The Grammy and Billboard award-winning trumpeter and bandleader, Irvin Mayfield, has put out his first album of holiday music with A New Orleans Creole Christmas, a collection of timeless holiday classics reinterpreted by the widely-recorded cultural ambassador of New Orleans. With his 12th release on the New Orleans source for jazz, Basin Street . . . → Read More: Irvin Mayfield – O Tannenbaum

Hana Kim – Heaven Sees Me

Here’s a new song from Los Angeles singer/songwriter Hana Kim bringing to light human trafficking around the world and supporting Saving Innocence, a Los Angeles based nonprofit fighting against child trafficking.

“Piece by piece you bought and sold / you’re trading me now in for gold / I was never yours to . . . → Read More: Hana Kim – Heaven Sees Me

Cat Stevens New Album – Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, by Pat Thomas

The new “Cat Stevens” album isn’t as good as I thought it would be – it’s about 20x times better! Also pleased to hear “Cat” questioning some of his spiritual beliefs and most surprising, blues music with the likes of Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica. And fellow traveler Richard Thompson makes an appearance.

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Flashpoint: Ferguson, by Mark Erickson

On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an unarmed 18 year old African American citizen of Ferguson Missouri, was shot multiple times in cold blood during daylight hours by a white police officer. The teen’s body laid in the street for FOUR hours because police labeled the shooting a crime scene instead of sending the . . . → Read More: Flashpoint: Ferguson, by Mark Erickson

Bryan Ferry – Loop De Li

From the soon to be released album, Avonmore. Sure, we’ve heard this from Bryan Ferry before, but it’s been a long time since we’ve heard the like of this. And the video is both posh and unnerving. At NPR.com, reviewer Tom Moon compares Avonmore favorably to the 1982 Roxy Music classic, Avalon.

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Denyse Tontz – Mr. Hipster

Daniela Andrade – La Vie En Rose

Yes, People in the Dark Ages Bathed, by Kim Rendfeld

This 14th century image by Don Silvestro dei Gherarducci depicts the newborn Virgin Mary about to be bathed.

When I decided to write fiction set in the days of Charlemagne, I knew very little about the Middle Ages but was certain of one thing: medieval people didn’t bathe. I recall being told by teachers . . . → Read More: Yes, People in the Dark Ages Bathed, by Kim Rendfeld

Taste, Storm – Two New Tunes From Actor Guy Pearce

Guy Pearce is a fantastic actor, one of the greats of the last quarter century. He was awe-inspiring as the playboy king in The King’s Speech and spot on as an ambitious detective in LA Confidential. Now the English-born Australian is bringing his talents to pop music with excellent– dare we say Roxy . . . → Read More: Taste, Storm – Two New Tunes From Actor Guy Pearce

Had Them All The Way – Giants Win Game 7, By Chuck Strom

Concrete Baseballs

Middle relief pitching is perhaps the least glamorous position in all of sports. Those who make a career of it rarely win lucrative contracts, at least by major league standards, but they can be as crucial to success as anyone else on a baseball team, particularly in October. No one has demonstrated . . . → Read More: Had Them All The Way – Giants Win Game 7, By Chuck Strom

The Isan Project ft. Richie & Mariam – Forever

Is this another “Gangnam Style,” the next Youtube-driven dance craze from Asia to conquer the World? Perhaps. Here’s what the creators say about their video:

“Forever” a Thai ballad written on the banks of the Chaophraya river in Bangkok has been remixed by producers in England and has already been a dance floor . . . → Read More: The Isan Project ft. Richie & Mariam – Forever

My Old Dutch – Howlin’ Marilyn

My Old Dutch is an explosive two-piece lo-fi rock’n’roll outfit from Melbourne. Bashing out 50’s inspired tales of love lost, found and stolen. Dubbed by some as ‘Hamburger Rock’, the crunching wall of guitars, soaring melodies and bed of beats are sure to get your foot tappin’ and your heart racing!

‘Howlin’ Marilyn’ . . . → Read More: My Old Dutch – Howlin’ Marilyn

Cecilia G – Witch in Me

Behold “Witch in Me,” the first video from Cecilia G’s EP, The Funeral of My Expectations and the first in a trilogy of videos with that title. The next installment will be released early next year.

www.ceciliag.co.uk

New York City’s The Slackers Headline A Fun Night Of Ska At Seattle’s Neumos, by Holly Homan

October 26, 2014 marked my seventh concert this month and third time seeing The Slackers. The Slackers are a six-piece ska band from NYC. Singer/trombonist Glen Pine came out dressed very dapper with a dark jacket over a cantaloupe colored ruffled shirt and full of fun energy. The Slackers are a band with essentially . . . → Read More: New York City’s The Slackers Headline A Fun Night Of Ska At Seattle’s Neumos, by Holly Homan