We’re not posting very much this evening or this weekend because it’s Thanksgiving week. I’m on PTO starting tomorrow and in an hour my auto-response for my work email is going to turn on. Been waiting a long time for that to happen y’all. I figured if there’s one thing that I could write about tonight while procrastinating packing my bags, it’s about Beat Connection – one of my favorite bands out of Seattle. These guys are like… my age? And they’re not bad. I actually just saw their show when they were here in SF earlier this month at The Independent. It was basically a room full of Seattle transplants. I didn’t get data on this, but you could just tell that the crowd was from Seattle and not from SF. I’m actually pretty excited for this group to blow up a little more. They released their album Product 3 last month and it’s all I’ve been listening to when I commute from South Bay to SF. I would tell you all of my favorite songs, but honestly – the whole album is good. Here’s a performance of Rosealene though it’s much better live.
Okay okay, I will admit that it wasn’t more than a couple of years ago that I just threw my hands up and said – “DONE WITH THE BIEBS!” I never got into his music when he first started out and for the longest time I was always on Team Selena and thought that his immature self was just dragging her down. However, we did kind of a 360 last week when “Purpose” came out and I found myself loving almost every song. That breakup with Selener did him some good. Meanwhile, her latest album “Revival” is kind of flopping and she’s whispering her performances to make it look like she’s a really good performer. Spoiler alert: she’s not, really. I will also admit that this is the first time that I’ve actually really enjoyed Justin’s vocals on his tracks. In the past, I always thought that I just enjoyed the beats of his songs like “Beauty and the Beat,” but he’s really showing what he can offer on his latest album.
I’m using my Friday night to catch up on the crazy things that happend this week and the one thing I’m thining about in particular is the comments by Jimmy Iovine, record exec at Apple.
To promote a new series of commercials for Apple Music, Jimmy went on to say a few things that he thought would help support this campaign. Instead it did the opposite. The commercial features Kerry Washington, Mary J. Blige, and Tariji P. Henson all listening to playlists on Apple Music together. Great. Fine. Then, he said this:
“Women find it very difficult at times, some women, to find music.”
“I just thought of a problem. You know, girls are sitting around talking about boys, or complaining about boys, when they have their heart broken or whatever. And they need music for that, right? So it’s hard to find the right music,” he said.
Thank you Jimmy. I’ve never needed a boy to help me find the music I enjoy listening to and I certainly do not need Apple Music either. Retract and apologize all you want, but people aren’t going to forget that you made some pretty disappointing comments.
And his apology in case anyone cares:
“We created Apple Music to make finding the right music easier for everyone — men and women, young and old. Our new ad focuses on women, which is why I answered the way I did, but of course the same applies equally for men. I could have chosen my words better, and I apologize.”
And so it begins…the first of the music festival lineups to start rolling out. I’m actually pretty impressed with this lineup and a little curious about Miike Snow. Damn. I hope that means that new music is on its way. Actually, who are we kidding – I know how this works. That is most definitely what’s happening. “Heart is Full” was just released last month, but I’m not entirely sold on it yet so we’re hoping there’s better on the way.
I listen to this. Everyday.
How adorable are the girls of Little Mix? I love watching their performances and on top of that, their new album is awesome sauce. The girl group visited BuzzFeed in New York this week to sing “Love Me Like You” and “Black Magic.”
Okay so we’ve loved Tinashe ever since “2 On” and not much has changed. I’ve been listening to this song at least 10x a day and we love this music video that she did for the track. Below is also a really adorable interview she did with Jezebel in which she actually says “All of these guys in the industry are no good.” TRUTH!
Banks. is. back. And oh my goodness this is so good. This is the leading single off of her new album and after getting a taste of this, we’re really looking forward to hearing the rest of it. I still get chills when I think about her first album “Goddess” and how I could listen to it over and over again. It’s still an album I don’t get tired of.
Sidenote: I met someone this past weekend who looked like Banks and just oozed of “cool girl attitude.” I was like, wow – how can I be you? I always feel like I’m stumbling upon little gems when we come across “cool girls.”
We really love seeing how far this Seattle group has gone. With every new release, their music just keeps getting better and better.
I’ve been thinking a lot about our upcoming holiday party in December. I don’t actually listen to a lot of mainstream music and top 40 throughout the year, but this is the one event in the year that I want to hear lots of it! We’re getting ready.