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It’s Halloween weekend! Get in!! So for this weeks weekend anthem who better than the Brooklyn boys that love a costume or two!?

Beastie Boys

The Beastie Boys are one of the longest lived hip hop acts worldwide, not bad for 3 Jewish kids from Brooklyn, NY that started off as a hardcore punk group in 1979! They soon made the switched to hip hop and hooked up with Def Jam’s founder and CEO Rick Rubin. Beastie Boys released Cooky Puss and Rock Hard EP’s in 1984. Both creating a huge wave of admirers and setting up tours with Madonna, Run DMC and LL Cool J. Their next step would change hip hop and the world forever, Licensed To Ill (1986). Licensed To Ill was the first rap album to reach #1 in the Billboard charts and stayed there for 5 weeks! It also reached #2 in the Urban charts and was the best-selling rap album of the 80’s.

From Fight For Your Right to No sleep till Brooklyn to their newer tracks like Check It Out the ‘Beasties’ have been doing the business. I also love their creativeness in their interviews and videos. Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “MCA” Yauch, and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz always show they know how to have a laugh, not take life too serious and enjoy the moment.

First track up Sabotage (Vic Colfari aka Bobby ‘The Rookie’ was the inspiration for my Halloween costume this year).

Next up another Halloweenish style video Intergalactic.

Have fun whatever you get up to, just remember to check under that mask before making any decisions!

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Awakening to a grey, cold, miserable NYC morning is always redeemed by remembering it’s FRIDAY! …and it’s time for TGIFTune!!

Maxwell ‘BLACKsummers’night’

Maxwell released BLACKsummers’night, his fourth studio album, earlier this summer. It’s been 8 years since Maxwell’s last CD was released, Now, which was met with less than favourable reviews. However, BLACKsummers’night, the first installment in a trilogy comeback, achieved universal acclaim and debuted at #1 in the Billboard top 200 chart.

Maxwell keeps true to his R&B and Neo Soul style with traditionalist arrangements. His subtle details provide change from the typical radio plays we’re so used to. They don’t grab; they’re not compressed for maximum brightness. Sometimes one recedes and another momentarily dominates — a horn line might burst through, or a kick drum completes the thought of a bassline. Maxwell adds his vocals to these elements by growing into the spaces above and around them.  Here are Maxwell’s first 2 singles from BLACKsummers’night.

Maxwell  ‘Pretty Wings’

Maxwell ‘Bad Things’

Hope you enjoyed them and have a great weekend!

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It’s Friday and the weekend is here! This one is going to be extra special as I’m off to see the legendary ‘Madchester’ crew the Happy Mondays!! Shaun, Bez and gang are taking to the stage at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. I’ll be posting a full review on Monday so be sure to check back!

In the meantime here’s a top band to get you grooving out of the shackles of the office:

Fat Freddy’s Drop

Hailing from Wellington, New Zealand. Fat Freddy’s Drop have been playing their brand of soulful dub reggae for over 10 years, and in their home country have already gone multi platium with their debut album Based On A True Story. Their new album Dr. Boon Digger & The BW carries on that sound. Long winding jam sessions with a sparse easy-going feel that are so soulful you’ll be grooving away in no time. They have a wonderful way of building up the track from just a bassline to a funk jam with blasting horns, squeeling guitar and the ever present Bill Wethers-esque vocals of lead singer Dallas Tamaira. Stand out track from the new album has to be The Camel featuring the great Alice Russel (Quantic) on vocals:

Have a wicked weekend and don’t forget to check out Big Al’s 2 Cents. See you all on Monday!
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The grind of the week is almost finished and we’ll be leaving you with some hot music to get you bouncing into your weekend.

K’Naan

K’Naan’s album Troubadour came out in February this year and has been in my CD player constantly.  The whole record is brilliant: conscious lyrics, catchy hooks, funky bass lines and features a variety of genres to make it stand out not just in the hip hop world but in the music world in general.

If you haven’t heard of K’naan already – by the end of the year you will have. My predictions are he’ll storm the Grammys 2010 – he deserves to! There’s a lot to K’Naan’s history, from his childhood in Somalia to moving to Toronto as a refugee and learning English by listening to Nas and Rakim rap albums to recording Troubadour in Bob Marley’s studio in Jamacia. Check out an early interview:

K’naan is currently touring the US with Lenny Kravitz.

It is so hard to choose one track on a varied album, but check out “Waving Flag” (very heartfelt pop song with a strong message); “America” (feat Mos Def and Charlie 2na) and my pick below “T.I.A.”:

Also on a slight side note, there have been recent reports that problems in Somalia are worse now then they have ever been (http://www.newsweek.com/id/215489)

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As we finally reach the close of a long week I find myself humming along to a couple tracks I discovered recently. This next band I present before you has a similar vibe as Friendly Fires, but a little more on the electronic pop side.

Metronomy – The band was formed by Joseph Mount in Totnes, Devon, England (yes yes another Brit band…) in 1999.  Since the release of their 2nd studio album ‘Nights Out’ in Sept. 2008 they have  toured widely throughout the UK and Europe supporting acts such as Bloc Party, CSS, Klaxons, Kate Nash and Justice. As well as band success Metronomy has remixed many artists including Lykke Li, Roots Manuva, Franz Ferdinand, Klaxons, Goldfrapp, The Young Knives, Zero 7, Ladytron, and Kate Nash.

I couldn’t make up my mind which song to post, so here’s my top 2.

Have a great weekend, enjoy…

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