Monday, July 19, 2010

Tiny Desk Concert

From behind my own tiny desk I present to you people doing much more amazing things from behind a tiny desk. This NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert features Raphael Saadiq performing three tracks off of his 2008 album "The Way I See It"

For his Tiny Desk Concert, Saadiq brought a remarkable accompanist in guitarist Rob Bacon. The two had just gotten off a plane, but in their impeccably tailored suits and their grand smiles, they looked fresh and played an inspired acoustic performance. As you watch, keep an eye on Saadiq's guitar work: You'll see how his years as a bassist influences many of his licks on his Taylor acoustic.

I guess there isn't enough room back behind the desk to do "It Feels Good", a personal favorite of mine.

Check out NPR Music's channel on Youtube for the latest performance.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Don't Call it a Comeback

Eldra "El" DeBarge, leading vocalist for the 80s sibling group, "DeBarge", is back stronger than ever! After being released from prison in 2008, El was making rounds at the Conga Room and playing small venues in LA and Washington, DC. But his triumphant return into the national spotlight came the night of the 2010 BET Awards where he performed to a packed house.

DeBarge is best known for their 80s dance hits and ballads such "Rhythm of the Night" and "All This Love." But their sound has influenced hip hop and has been sampled for such iconic hits as Biggie's "One More Chance", and most notably El's ubiquitous piano hook made famous by 2Pac's "I Ain't Mad at Cha" and again by Blackstreet on "Don't Leave Me."

Here is a recent interview with El performing one of my favorites "Time Will Reveal". Perhaps this song choice is fitting as surely only time will tell what he has in store for his comeback album.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Matt and Kim - Daylight (Troublemaker Remix)

Straight off the FIFA 2010 Soundtrack here is Matt and Kim's bright and catchy 2008 single remixed featuring a few verses from De La Soul.