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New Release Music Tuesday

Just two weeks after Rihanna’s anticipated  and successful release of Rated R comes the release of former hubby Chris Brown’s Graffitti.

Christopher Brown was (born May 5, 1989)  in the small town of Tappahannock, Virginia to Joyce Hawkins, a former day care center director, and Clinton Brown, a corrections officer at a local prison. He is the youngest child of the couple and one has older sister.  Although no-one in his family was related to music it was always around in Brown’s life.   He used to listen to soul albums that his parents had owned and eventually Brown began to show interest in the hip-hop scene.  He went through some personal problems at the time of his engaged interest in music, by  the physical abuse his mother endured at the hand of her boyfriend (we wondered where he got it from).

In 2005 his mother saw the vocal talent Chris had and began to shop him around to music labels where he had the chance to audition for then senior A&R executive Tina Davis (Island Def Jam).  Tina was impressed and eventually he was signed and officially made his recording debut in late 2005 with the self-titled album Chris Brown at the age of 16.

His  debut album featured the hit single “Run It!”, which topped the Billboard Hot 100, making Brown the first male artist since Montell Jordan in 1995 to have his debut single top the charts. The album has sold over two million copies in the United States and was certified double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

He then went on to release his sophomore album Exclusive.   The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, selling 294,000 copies in its first week and has sold 1.9 million copies since, in the United States.

Now comes the release of his third album Graffiti which comes off the heels of his highly controversial troubles with Rihanna.  His first single of the album is “I Can Transform Ya”, and has peaked at 20 on the Billboard 100.  It is definitely a catchy song with its electro-fortified number that clicks, pops and buzzes, but would definitely not hold without featuring  Lil Wayne.  The only reference made to his troubles would be in the song “So Cold” which makes references as “…and I know I was deadly wrong, but if you see her ask if she will forgive me?”.   Chris Brown is a talented individual and I feel that he could have demonstrated it more on this album with one or two more ballads.  The ballad “Crawl” seemed a little flat to me.

Chris may have won the physical bout, but this time Rihanna has managed to give him a musical upper cut in the battle of the albums.

My Top two picks:

I Can Transform Ya:


Thanks to all my readers!  Please leave your thoughts and feedback as to whether Chris or Rihanna has a better overall album.  Stay tuned until week!


New Release Music Tuesday

Hello!  I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday filled with fun, food and Great music!  This week’s pick is a band that caught my interest back in 2005 with their single release “An Honest Mistake”.

The Bravery hails from New York and consists of  Sam Endicott (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Zakarin (lead guitar, backing vocals), John Conway (keyboards, backing vocals), Mike Hindert (bass, backing vocals), and Anthony Burulcich (drums, backing vocals).  Their music is a blend of both post-punk revitalization and new wave.

The band’s early days climbing up the ranks to musical success started out by playing their first gig at the Stinger Club in Brooklyn in November of 2003.  They did all the grunt work labels would do by promoting their local shows, manufactured their own posters posters and by handing out 3 song samplers containing the songs “An Honest Mistake”, “No Brakes” and “Public Service Announcement” on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and Brooklyn.  The band also promoted themselves on the internet and were one of the first bands on MySpace to have a profile. Their MySpace profile pointed to the where the same 3 songs were available as downloadable MP3s.

After several months of headlining and selling out small clubs, the Bravery managed to book  a residency at the Lower East side club Arlene’s Grocery. The Bravery played every Thursday at 10pm in May 2004. Every show sold out and garnered the attention of many record labels.  On August 2004 they signed to Island Def Jam in the United States and Loog Records in the UK.

Since then they went on to release The Bravery (2005), The Sun and the Moon (2007), and their latest released today Stir the Blood (2009).

Their latest release Stir the Blood is a return to their synth-pop and  doubling down ’80s revival sound.   This album is definitely better than their sophomore album that flopped, but not breaking out the shadow of their debut album. I’m not the biggest fan of the new album with it’s disturbing lyrics and anger, but I have always liked that 80’s new wave pop rock sound!  I love the music but I think the lyrics on the album are a bit sketchy.  Enjoy my top two picks.

My top two picks are:

Sugar Pill – The video is cool!

Slow Poison:


New Music Tuesday

I’m back!  Can you believe November is half way over and Thanksgiving is creeping up on us?  I know everyone is excited to have a couple days off to eat, drink, relax and yes, listen to some great new music tunes!  This week’s pick Phrazes For The Young by Julian Casablancas gives you another great option while you sit around the house eating that leftover turkey leg.

Julian Fernando Casablancas (born August 23, 1978) is a solo artist, vocalist, and is better known as the chief songwriter of the American rock band The Strokes.  He is the son of John Casablancas,  the founder of Elite Model Management, and Jeanette Christiansen, a Danish model.

Casablanca’s musical success  all started as the frontman for the popular rock band The Strokes releasing three albums with them, Is This It (2001), Room on Fire (2003), First Impressions of Earth (2006).  As The Strokes main songwriter, he has the greatest influence on their sound and is known to be extremely cautious with it. While Casablancas composes on a variety of instruments, he uses the keyboard to write complex arrangements that he later transposes to fit The Strokes’ guitar-driven lineup.  His vocals feature a distinct delivery as well as a wide range in pitch. His signature vocal style combines elements of sing-speak and soul, and is heavily influenced by  Robert Pollard, Lou Reed, and Ian Curtis.

Fast forward to late 2009 with the release of Julian Casablanca’s first solo album title Phrazes For The Young.  It is a peculiar album which is just 8 songs long but is cleverly compact with ideas.  The albums first single is 11th dimension and released on November 3rd, 2009 in the U.S.  It is a rekindling in a fresh way culminated by Casablancas + synths which are bracing and thrilling.  The lyrics, “Your faith has got to be greater than your fear” and the slurred, drunken chorus offer the song liveliness.  The song’s Out of the Blue lyrics “Somewhere along the way,” are reminiscent of a Johnny Cash song.  It is very catchy and you will definitely find yourself singing along to this tune.

My top picks are:

11th Dimension

Out Of The Blue

Stay tuned for next weeks pick.  Make sure to leave us your feedback in the comments section.  Let’s get interactive and discuss our weekly picks.  Would love to hear from other passionate music individuals.


New Release Music Tuesday

I’m back this Tuesday and hyped about another great album that has my spirits up and running!  I’m still riding the wave of good Hip-Hop albums that have come out these last two months.  It started with Kid Cudi’s debut release Man on the Moon: The End of Day and then Royce da 5’9 came at us with his poetic release Street Hop.  Next up is Wale to keep the wave going with today’s release of Attention Deficit.

Olubawale Victor Folarin who is better known as Wale (stage name) is a D.C. born lyricist. Wale’s first success came with the  airplay and release of “Rhyme of the Century”, in 2003.  The release of his regional hit landed him a write-up in Source magazine “Unsigned Hype” column.  Wale signed to a local imprint record label called Studio 43, which was owned by a former VP of Roc-a-Fella Records, and benefited from  a multiple of hits in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia.   Many of those records resembled the influential go-go music that was often heard in the D.C. Metro area.  One of those hits  “Dig Dug (Shake It)” allowed him to rise as a notable lyricist within the D.C. region.  Utilizing the Internet and Myspace’s music mechanism Wale became influential in his music success.  In 2007 Mark Ronson felt the heat from Wale’s talent, which allowed him to strike a production deal with Ronson’s Allido imprint.  He went on to release “The 100 Miles and Running” mixtape that summer along with other widely recognized mixtapes along the way.

In June 2009 he released his crowd-pleasing single “Chillin'” featuring Lady Gaga.  Although I wasn’t the biggest fan of the single, I have to say the album is searing!  The album is a mix of pop (selling out), hard repping his city and post-backpacker underground music. The album’s quality tracks in a way does leave you with Attention Deficit as you find yourself wanting to skip around from one good song to the other. With Wale’s  lyrical content and the collaboration of some great producing surely brings this album to the forefront.

My top two Picks –

Beautiful Bliss:

Mirro feat. Bun B (Bun B’s verse is nice):

Stayed tune for next week’s pick!
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New Release Music Tuesday

Aright folks, here it is, this weeks New Release Tuesday music pick.  Weezer an alternative rock band hailing from Los Angeles that  came together in the 1990’s has released their 7th Studio album “Raditude”.

The band is known for their oddball charm and California surfer type music with various hit singles “Buddy Holly,” “Undone – The Sweater Song”, “Island in the Sun”, “Hash Pipe”, “Beverly Hills” and “Pork and Beans”.  Their success has allowed them to achieved a sort of cult status and extensive fan base.

The new album is by far no tribute to their first two albums “Weezer” and “Pinkerton”, which were probably the most synonymous with the bands musical style.   The bands direction on their new album has taken a turn towards today’s poppy radio sound.  Many die-hard fans may not like their betrayal to the essence of what has made the band so successful, but as a person who loves music (any genre), I must say I do like it.  It is definitely not Weezer’s best album, but it is good.  “Can’t Stop Partying”, featuring Lil Wayne  talks about slaying honeys in the club while downing Patron shots will have you thinking Rivers Cuomo has multiple personalities in this song.  Their first single of the album “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” offers gum-snapping pop-punk sounds along with some of the same guitar riffs.

My top two picks:

“Can’t Stop Partying”, featuring Lil Wayne – This is not the official video.

“(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To”

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