Jack White’s Third Man 45 iPhone Case

March 16, 2012 at 8:00 am
I was searching for some Alabama Shakes vinyl, and it looks like Third Man, Jack White's own record label, released a live 7" of a couple of tracks from this southern soul-rock band. Then I happened upon this really cool iPhone case, made out of die-cut 45's from Third Man Records!  Just when you thought people ran out of creative ideas for records (besides actually playing them, of course). Now, if you haven't had a chance to witness the Alabama Shakes, check out their live session on KCRW back in January.  Big up to my man, Nate Martel, for putting me on to this fresh group.

“Marley” Official Trailer

March 15, 2012 at 10:00 am
Really looking forward to this documentary.  Long Beach heads can see this at The Art Theater on Friday, May 4th at 11:30pm.  It is important for us to take the time to learn and cherish the memory of Bob Marley.  His messages still ring true today in so many ways.

Esperanza Spaulding “Black Gold”

March 15, 2012 at 8:00 am
Esperanza has shown so much versatility, AND she's pushing a positive message?!  Dig that.  How can Bieber fans hate? Esperanza Spaulding's "Radio Music Society" is scheduled for release on March 20th.  

The Truffles “Man in The Vest”

March 14, 2012 at 8:00 am
I really dig this band.  Great compositions and super cool lyrics.  I ran into Noah Arroyo, the bassist for The Truffles, at Beat Swapmeet this past Sunday, and he gave me a copy.  It's been in my car since.  Can't stop playing it.  New school psych soul sounds, combined with quirky vocals, from the Inland Empire.  I love it.  Dig the guitar work by Carlos Arevalo. Support the band directly through Bandcamp, or ask your local record stores to pick this up!

Free Download: Shogun Orchestra “Bamako”

March 13, 2012 at 5:48 pm
This one caught me off guard, and I'm lovin it!  Shogun Orchestra is based out of New Zealand, and their debut album will be released on German based Jakarta Records on March 31st.  Afro-Jazz goodness.  I wasn't sure what was going on with the intro baseline.  Sounded like a Ray Charles remix at first, but then the horns came in...Nuff said.

Nikko Gray “Picture”

March 12, 2012 at 8:00 am
Super Sleeper! I can't believe this came out A YEAR AGO. I hate myself for missing that. Been a fan of Nikko since her Love Seen album came out in 2010. Gorgeous vocals over quite simple, but very intoxicating, production. "Picture" can be found on Nikko's "Love Letters From: Yellow" album.

Ifan Dafydd “No Good”

March 11, 2012 at 11:12 pm
A year later and this song still haunts me.  Shouts to my man Dan Damage aka Samurai for putting me on to this.

Quadron “Baby Be Mine (LIVE)”

March 10, 2012 at 12:58 am
An original music video of this cover came out quite a long time ago, and everyone was excited about it, but I really like this particular live video of Coco's performance.  Luckily, the sound is pretty good, and it's in black and white. Coco is one half of the duo known as Quadron.  Check out their self-titled album.  It WILL change you.

Quantic & Alice Russell – I’ll Keep A Light At My Window

March 9, 2012 at 9:24 pm
I feel truly blessed to be alive while music like this is being created.  Not only is Quantic one of the most consistent producers, and musicians, in the world, but teaming up with Alice Russell makes for an unstoppable force. Their new album, Look Around The Corner, is available stateside in April on Tru Thoughts. [soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/39095114" iframe="true" /] Peep the mini-documentary about this project, put together by Mochilla.
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