Coldplay – “A Sky Full Of Stars” Apr29

Coldplay – “A Sky Full Of Stars”

Coldplay is arguably the biggest rock band in the world. The most popular? The safest? The most consistent in the last decade. In anticipation of their May release of Ghost Stories, they even get a NBC special during Sweeps. That should make the “conscious uncoupling” feel a bit better when NBC hands over the check. Did I mention Avicii! and Paul Epworth (who? …shit yeah. that’s who.) produced this pre-fab Vegas club-type track? It’s so uplifting. I can here this playing now for the World Cup or The NBA Finals. It doesn’t even really fit, but it’s Coldplay. People will love it! Even the Taylor Swift-like voice crack flourish Chris Martin pulls off. (OnSmash) NBC Special...

Raury – “God’s Whisper” Apr28

Raury – “God’s Whisper”

In another multiverse this record from Raury could be the Millennial anthem with all its bravado and conceit. But this is our world rife with the pitfalls of business plans, pisspoor marketing schemes, and miscellaneous industry bullshit. “God’s Whisper” is considered genre-less by its author, but because of his skin color (Black), his hometown (Atlanta), and his age (17), he must be a “rapper” of some sort. No, he does not rap. Not on “God’s Whisper.” Not on his excellent follow-up male/female duet record, “Sunshine,” which reminds me of a sanded down version of Shlohmo and Jeremih’s “No More.” On his first release, “Bloom,” in fact Raury initially croons effortlessly over a mellow acoustic guitar riff then busts into a stream-of-consciousness spoken chatter that sounds a lot like rapping. “The very essence of romance is uncertainty,” is the quote attached to the song. So he must be an R&B singer because he’s Black and sings. No, he’s a hybrid like Chris Br…man, I don’t think there’s a real way to box this dude into a genre. “God’s Whisper” is Raury at his full power. Spare lyrics emphasizing his freedom credo. He will not pinned down. Raury’s music is everything you love and none of the shit you don’t want. Just don’t call him a rapper or a singer or some folk hero. It is clear to me in the visuals of “God’s Whisper” that he wants to just be Raury....

The Black Keys – “Turn Blue” Apr14

The Black Keys – “Turn Blue”...

Damn this song is deeper than a river. From the second verse: When the music is done and all the lights are low I would remember the times where love would really glow Like a dream I had before my world turned blue When the light inside would only shine for you Produced by The Black Keys and Danger Mouse, here’s what Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney says inspired the album’s name, “Turn Blue could refer to: A: Suffocation B: Sadness C: Numbness from extreme cold D: A Cleveland late night TV host from the 1960s named Ghoulardi E: All of the above.” Pre-order Turn Blue now on iTunes and get the first two singles, “Fever” and the title track....

Coldplay – “Magic” (video) Apr07

Coldplay – “Magic” (video)...

Rather than commenting on Chris Martin’s yellow fever for casting Ziyi Zhang, his wife’s “conscious uncoupling,” or the undeniably catchiness of this track (more so than Ed Sheeran’s “Sing”), I’ll just post this quote from Christopher Priest’s novel, The Prestige. “Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called “The Pledge”. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course… it probably isn’t. The second act is called “The Turn”. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn’t clap yet. Because making something disappear isn’t enough; you have to bring it back. That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call “The Prestige”.”...

The Black Keys – “Fever” Mar24

The Black Keys – “Fever”

The Black Keys have had a knack for uncanny album promotions. So this time around they have gone with some UHF-style hokum which is a likely homage to Cleveland late night host, Ghoulardi. In addition, they also have Mike Tyson on the street team doing his part. Turn Blue http://t.co/N7SaVjl1eD — Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) March 21, 2014 So combine all that and what do you got? I don’t know, I just care that the music is good. And it damn sure is! Turn Blue will be released on May 13th. Do not stare directly into the YouTube video. You will get...

Alt-J – “Slow Dre”...

Despite their bassist, Gwil Sainsbury, leaving earlier this year, Alt-J is still plugging along with concert dates and working on their follow-up album. This track is a “unique mashup” of Kylie Minogue’s “Slow” and Dr. Dre’s “Still Dre.” SMH at the term “mashup,” it’s a blend....

Frank Ocean + Mick Jones + Paul Simonon – “Hero” (prod. by Diplo) Mar12

Frank Ocean + Mick Jones + Paul Simonon – “Hero” (prod. by Diplo)...

I’m a rap dude, so excuse for not knowing about The Clash. I may know some of their songs, but in 2014 here they are providing a nice soundbed for Frank to croon over and Diplo to tweak later. Mick Jones & Paul Simonon (The Clash) and Diplo have surprisingly collaborated on an original song titled “Hero.” The offering has been made available courtesy of Coverse’s ongoing Three Artists, One Song series, and experiments between a dash of the ’60s and a modern day inclusion of instrumentation, along with additional vocals arriving from the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir. (OnSmash/Converse Music) BTS Video...

The Melker Project – Red Hot Trilli Peppers...

#RedHotTrilliPeppers drops TOMORROW on @Uproxx! We've got the shirt for you already. http://t.co/hCLt7jVmYh pic.twitter.com/6Rvlak9Ct1 — Scott Melker (@scottmelker) March 11, 2014 In my Soundcloud listen queue was a slew of RHCP tracks blended with rap vocals or rap beats. Scott Melker, the man behind the fascinating Ballin Oates, comes through again with Red Hot Trilli Peppers. There’s not much to say. Listen already. This shit is fun. Fuck with this! (The Melker...

Coldplay – “Magic” Mar03

Coldplay – “Magic”...

Coldplay’s new single, “Magic,” is a departure from the big stadium rock of Viva La Vida. Chris Martin’s big voice is hemmed down and conversational. But there is a high level of comfort that recalls the confidence of Coldplay’s second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head. Last week when the band surprised the world with a new single, “Midnight,” complete with a weird night-vision video, the world wasn’t ready. In fact, there were unfavorable comparisons to mimicking Beyonce’s midnight surprise and biting Bon Iver’s style. The autotuned incoherent lyrics didn’t help. Neither did the track which figured four minutes in is when the bassline should come in. “Magic” is more what the public expects. It might get some comparisons to U2, but they are the gold standard for rock bands now and not bad company to keep. Personally Coldplay already holds a strong place in my mind and heart. They are the band for all the facets of love: the chase, the yearning, being in/out of love, or accepting its loss. This record portrays the nascent stage of love when it is both hard to explain and easy to accept. Maybe this will be a return to the simplicity for Coldplay. Less bombast and more evocation. Martin’s voice has always been the main draw, so it is great to believe the band has recharted the marketing of their next album, Ghost Stories, to focus on the lyrics and emotion of the music. (Coldplay Official Site/Toronto Star/Time) BONUS VIDEO:...

Foster The People – “Coming of Age” Feb07

Foster The People – “Coming of Age”...

A slight yet successful departure from the sound that establish Foster The People. Straight ahead dance rock evoking a summer feel is a great way to break the icy grip of the dreadful winter. What the fuck am I talking about? I live in Los Angeles. It rained yesterday and the whole damn city panicked. From Foster The People’s upcoming album, Supermodel....

Wild Beasts – “Wanderlust” Jan17

Wild Beasts – “Wanderlust”...

January seems to be a slow music month. Yeah here and there, tracks are filtering through, but when I’m not feeling rap, I drift off into the VanillaSpace and see what’s new. We’re decadent beyond our means… When I listen to a song that’s not rap, it’s really gotta catch my attention. Sure the Wes Anderson-like video did catch my eye. But by the end I knew why I was enthralled with this record. Don’t confuse me with someone who gives a fuck Now that’s a lyric I can get behind. ((pause)) So after a re-read of the lyrics and letting cold shimmer of fuzzy 80s keys entwined with chugging guitar play awash my senses, here I am writing as a new fan of Wild Beasts. I’m sure I have overlooked them for years. Maybe they had 30 seconds of glory on some commercial back in the day. Wait a second, this song seems to attack the commercialism I am unjustly juxtaposing onto this group. Whatever. Enjoy the video below. (Domino Records,...