Cupid’s Hunt 2012 – Downside

[Editor's note: Yes. This is days late, but I have it on official authority to post this anyway]

Fun Fact: every year of my participation in the annual Cupid’s Hunt event, I end up putting together enough music for at least two different playlists. I only end up posting one (even with the threat of wanting to post multiple). The reason is irrelevant at the moment. Usually, my contributions tend to fall towards the happier sides of love, even though I know there is always yang to the yin. That being said, I’m coming at this one from the other side of the spectrum. After all, there are different phases to love and different levels of love. There is that uncertain part where you know something’s wrong which starts the downward spiral to the end of the relationship. There are as many people going through this part of the cycle as there are those past and beyond it. This too, is sadly part of the hunt. The torturous part of the love cycle that no one cares to be in. This list goes through(I hope) some of the feeling that might come up at this time. This goes out to those that are going into as well as coming out of this phase, to those that feel stuck there, and those who never believe they will ever get there.

I encourage you all to go check out the other entries into this year’s event by going here. Thank you to the One T. Grundy again for allowing me entry into this fine affair.

Cupid’s Hunt 2012 – Downside

Vivian Green – Emotional Rollercoaster
Brian McKnight – Is The Feeling Gone?
Tony Toni Tone – Pain
Corinne Bailey Rae – Til It Happens To You
Tisha Campbell – Broken Hearted
Chante Moore – As If We Never Met
Zhane – Piece It Together
Expose – Season’s Change
Gladys Knight and the Pips – Neither One Of Us(Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)
Blackgirl – Where Did We Go Wrong
Mint Condition – Nothing Left To Say
Vanessa Williams – What Will I tell My Heart

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Randomosity 02: The Happy mix

A couple of weeks late (by my clock), but still relevant, this mix was born from me messing around on Spotify. At the same time, I realize that we all need the motivation to out our own happiness. I’m pretty certain this mix won’t do it, but I do hope you have fun listening to it as much as I had putting it together. There’s no Topically segment this week. Ok, no one knew there was such a thing, but aren’t you happy that you know of it now?  As always, comments, concerns, criticisms, etc. can be filed here. And with that, here’s this….

Playlist
Towa Tei w/ Vi & Bahamdia – Happy
Outkast – Happy Valentine’s Day
Tamia – Happy
Cal Tjader – I Want To Be Happy
Maysa – Happy Feelings
Troop – Happy Relationship
Cherelle – Happy That You’re Happy With Me
R. Kelly – Happy People
Surface – Happy
Ashanti – Happy
Notorious B.I.G – Happy (freestyle)
Mary J. Blige – Be Happy
Michelle Branch – Are You Happy Now
Maze feat. Frankie Beverly – Happy Feelin’s

Bonus Track:
The Boys – Happy

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5 for 5: August 2011

So every month, the folks over at Amazon put about 100 albums on sale for $5 which are chosen by their editors (or whoever does their copy in the mp3 store) for said whole month. Believe it or not, there’s some good stuff in the offerings. With that, I’ve had the notion to highlight a few of them that should be considered for your collection. I’m going to try to do this ever month to coincide with when they put it up. So let’s get started, shall we?

The Police – Every Breath You Take: The Classics:

Message In A Bottle, Roxanne, Don’t Stand So Close To Me, the title cut of the album….need I say more? If you know about these songs and don’t have them in your collection, well something is wrong with you first of all. Outside of that, or if you don’t already own them, now’s your chance. That’s all I’m saying.

Dangermouse and Daniele Luppi – Rome

You may or may not have heard of this concept album earlier in the year and may have passed it up. Now would be a good time to pick this up. The spaghetti western influence of the album is undeniable, and there are some good turns throughout the album by the likes of Norah Jones and Jack White on several tracks. It’s pretty good from what all i’ve listened to.

Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue

Classic albums are such for a reason. You can’t go too far into the realm of jazz and not run across this album or artist. If you are new to jazz or to the works of Miles Davis, this would be one of the albums to start with. The first track, So What, is a much noted (and sampled) intro the man called Miles and should be in any jazz lover’s collection. I go so far as to say anyone’s collection, but that might be stretching things.

Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh

I’m a fan of Erykah Badu but, up until recently, I’ve been sitting on this album since it came out.having finally listened to it, i’ve embraced this album along with the others in Ms. Badu’s catalog. Songs like “Love”, the Sylvia Striplin influenced “Get MuNNy”, and the constantly bumped first single “Window Seat” are treats that should be experienced. Oh, and “Fall In Love (Your Funeral)”, too!

Jay-Z – The Blueprint

I hear rumors that Jay-Z has come out with some little album with another cat recently. Haven’t heard too much about it….yea. Anyway, I almost made this a bonus instead of an actual pick. Why? While I am a fan of Hov’s works, the Blueprint albums and I have a wanna like/kinda don’t like relationship. Ringing endorsement, right? Later for that, the first Blueprint is the more solid of the three albums that bear the name from this artist. It’s kind hit ridden with the likes of “Girls, Girls, Girls,”, Izzo (H.O.V.A.)”, “Heart Of The City (Ain’t No Love)”, and “Song Cry”. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the true gems such as “Takeover”, “U Don’t Know”, and “Never Change”.

These are the goods I’ve come across this time, but that doesn’t mean there’s not more (or different) ones for you to come across. These aren’t to your liking, check this link (http://goo.gl/neHz) and peep out what’s being offered for yourself. Happy hunting!

Randomosity 01: It took a turn

Welcome to the first official Randomosity. The thing to really know about this is that while random is in the name, it’s not always going to necessarily be in the the execution…though you can bet there will be. Case in point, sometimes I start off with an idea for a playlist based on something on my mind. Might even have some tracks in prep, but somewhere between then and putting it out…it switches gears. See if you can figure out where that really happened here. Also, there should have been a (rant) bit or two added in that I didn’t get to record at the time I put this together. Some other time, perhaps. There is a nice, fresh Sample Moment for you dig on, in the meantime. I am shooting for every two weeks for these on a Tuesday. Well see how that goes, as well. Point is, you never really know what all you’ll get with these….at least, I don’t know what you’ll really get. Regardless, I do hope you enjoy the offering. And with that, here it is. [Edit] Not that it matters, but the addition of the Otis Redding was well before the whole “Otis” hysteria.

Playlist
Sy Smith – Fa Sho
Erykah Badu – Love of my life
D’Angelo feat. Redman & Method Man- Left and Right
Musiq feat. DJ Aktive & Carol Riddick – Soulstar
Otis Redding – Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa (sad Song)
Tony Toni Tone – If I had no loot
Myron – Free
Aaliyah – Hot Like Fire
Bobby Brown – Pretty Little Girl
Sir Mix-a-lot – My Posse’s on Broadway
Masta Ace – Born to Roll
Whodini – I’m a ho
Easy E – Boyz in the Hood (remix)

Sample (and song of the) Moment:
Michael Wycoff – Lookin’ up to you

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Randomosity: A trip inside my mind

I believe pretty much everybody has that constantly running jukebox of music running through their minds. With some, it just happens to spill out into the unsuspecting worlds at odd times. *raises hand*One night at work a few moons ago, I was talking with a coworker about all the songs that come to mind during the course of the night. I also tried to postulate whether what pops up has anything to do with what is usually going on around you at the time. That study has still so far been inconclusive, but that’s another post for another time. I decide to write down all of the songs that naturally came to mind during the course of the night. Some stayed with me during the whole night (those usually are the basis for songs of the moment) and some ended up being a bridge to another song. All…well most were written down and this is where this post comes in.

The set below represents what was playing in my head’s jukebox that night and could possibly give some clue to how my mind operates musically. While I am doubting that last part, maybe some light while be shed on something worthwhile. So with that, I present to you the remnants of that list of songs from memory. Not all of the tracks came from that night as at least one hadn’t existed then. I will give no excuses for the content, but I will say that this should not be taken as mix in the traditional sense. If anything, it’s an extension of how I make initially made tapes back in the day or playlists now, when I do. An experiment, if you will. One I hope you will enjoy or at least be amused by. Either way, let me know how you feel about it in the comments or by email, if you want. If you get to the end of the playlist and have enjoyed it, then maybe this little experiment will be far from over.

Randomosity

Chante Moore – Loves taken over
Sweetback & Bahamadia – Au Natural
Incognito – Change
Soul II Soul – Jazzy’s Groove
Tony Toni TonÉ – Couldn’t keep it to myself
Outkast – She lives in my lap
Prince – She lives in my head
Pete Rock – #1 Soul Brother
Erykah Badu – Window seat
India.Arie – Butterfly
Intro – Funny how time flies

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Soundtracking: L.A. Noire

So late last night on a whim, I attempted to start playing the Rockstar Games detective fiction, L.A. Noire. As I stated on Getglue at the time, I didn’t get any farther than the start menu for listening to the music that was playing on at the time. It is a beautiful, jazzy (natural, given the game’s overall tone) piece that now reminds me of another classic piece I love to death, John Coltrane’s Naima. Now, Rockstar is always good for putting great music into their games, licensed or not, so this is no surprise. What was the surprise, or maybe it shouldn’t have been, was what I found out after doing a little digging on the piece in question.

After sitting in my office for probably a good five to ten minutes listening to the song simply called L.A. Noire Main Theme, I went straight to see if there was an official soundtrack to buy. Of course, there is one available on Amazon and itunes (I think you know which one I went for). There is also a six song ep of classic jazz songs remixed by some notable producers available as well. Looks as though it’s only on itunes, though. Boo. Anyway, if you care to hear the song I’ve been digging on the last few hours, you can check it out below from Soundcloud. Apparently, Rockstar has uploaded it and 8 other tracks for people to listen to. Peep it out, I’ll wait.

L.A. Noire “Main Theme” Andrew Hale by RockstarGames

So, after buying said soundtrack but before actually going to play the game, I noticed that the guy who composed the soundtrack was one Andrew Hale. At first second, the name didn’t really strike me as familiar off the bat, but as I thought about it, I felt like I should know the name. And sure enough, I did and so do a lot of you. This Andrew Hale is a member from from a little known, highly underrated band named Sweetback, also known as the backup band for one Sade Adu. And it appears dude has been doing more than I thought, because in the course of looking into this, I also found that Hale composed songs for the movie “Scott Pilgrim Versus the World”, which is a video game in itself (both in visually and actually, really) and a few other movies. Pretty awesome from where I sit! So, if you get a chance, go check it out from the Soundcloud link above. Or better yet, go buy the soundtrack if you are into the jazzy moody vibe or have played and liked this game. You will NOT be sorry.

Mystery solved!

Cupid’s Hunt 2011 – All About You

The Hunt is on once again. The Cupid’s Hunt, that is. That time when your favorite music podcast collective (and I) celebrate love in it’s many forms through song. Surely you know what is by now, don’t you? This marks my third year participating in the event and I can assure you I get as much pleasure out of doing it as listening to the goodness that comes out of it. So to get right down to it, this mix started between thinking about an old mix of mine (that I keep saying I’ll post) and an amalgamation of a couple of ideas I’d been thinking about lately. I will let you be the judge on how successful I was in bring them across. I would also invite you to partake of all mixes that have and will be thrown down for this occasion. I guarantee there is something for everyone…unless you don’t like good music. Oh, and if you care to follow the event, please check out and follow the Twitter and Facebook pages for the event. The only other thing to say is, while Valentine’s Day is set aside to celebrate love, please make sure you realize that love should be celebrated every day, not just one a year. And with that, here we go…

Cupid’s Hunt – All About You
  • Raphael Saadiq – Oh Girl
  • Linda Jones – Hypnotized
  • Enchantment – Silly Love Song
  • Lakeside – I Want To Hold Your Hand
  • Teddy Pendergrass – Your My Latest Greatest Inspiration
  • L.T.D. – We Both Deserve Each Other’s Love
  • Brandy – I’m Yours
  • Kem – I Can’t Stop Loving You
  • Corinne Bailey Rae – Breathless
  • Luther Vandross – It This World Were Mine
  • Wayman Tisdale – You
  • Tamia – You Put A Move On My Heart
  • Anita Baker – Whatever It Takes
  • Patti LaBelle – Somebody Love you (You Know Who It Is)

You can listen to the mix below, or you can download it here and check it out later. Which ever you do, please enjoy.

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Now here’s a funky introduction on how nice she is

By now you may have seen a couple of post not done by me. Well, that was the intro to let you know that I have a partner in crime on this here site. She will be throwing her brand musical flavoring into the mix and stirring it up the way only she knows how(because I never copied the recipe). I figured before we go any further, let’s be getting to know Miss Elle a little better. I’ve needed to give her a ’93 interlude (which is about how long I’ve know her, actually) well before now. So without further ado, Meet Elle Razberry. You can also find her on the Twitters here.

Tell ‘em what yo name is.
Elle Razberry some know me as LBoogie though ;)

What’s the meaning of the name? 

A local group I have worked with quite a bit, the House of M, always gets comparisons to Wu Tang, I had been hosting shows and doing things for a while going by just L and we were joking around one day about how I am pretty much the only female vocalist you hear on their tracks. Got myself and one of the members, Gambit, to joking around about Wu Tang’s Blue Raspberry and so it was written.

What is your origin story?
Origin story…that sounds like it should be deep and powerful?  Let’s see my mama says I came out singing and haven’t shut up since.  Music is in my blood, I am the grandchild of a band director, my father has sung for years and I have done everything from performing with the local Youth Symphony (I am classically trained in Flure) to singing in competition Gospel Choirs to singing with a 70s Rock Cover Band to doing musical theater.  Music is in my blood, hip hop, however is inked on my soul!  :)

Where you from?
Born in VA, raised in the Brew [That's Milwaukee for the uninitiated.- Ed.]

What’s the music scene like there?
Here in Milwaukee, the scene is interesting. We are a town who has struggled to identify our own sound. For years I never really even knew much about the scene because all of the cats I knew of that were “making music” (if that’s even what you call it) were a copy cat of some other artist that was already out…and many times not even good ones! I have however over the last few years discovered that there is a collection of artists in this city who care about their craft and can outshine many of the famed artists of today if only they got the support and exposure.

Theme music, every good hero(ine) should have some. What is yours?
God just one?  Today…”The Healer” by Erykah Badu…I have commitment issues though so this could change tomorrow. [post writer's current ringtone, mind you - Ed.]

Your favorite genre(s) of music? 
Music…I pretty much listen to everything.  But I’m hip hop all day, music and lifestyle.

Old school, new school, which school rules?
I still hold on to old school, because there are so few new school cats that have perfected it and put in the blood sweat and tears that the originators did.

Who are some of your favorite artists?
Lauryn Hill, Nas, MC Lyte, The Legendary Roots Crew, Common, Adele, Esthero, John Coltrane, Nina Simone, John Mayer, Coldplay, Daft Punk…I don’t think you have enough time or space for my list.

What are your top five favorite albums (any genre)?
1988 – Adele (Mick Boogie Mash Up Album), The Grey Album – DJ Danger Mouse, Wicked (Original Broadway Cast), The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends – Coldplay…there are so many more

Do you sing, rap, dance, in just one show? If not, what skills do you have?
I sing, I haven’t rapped since I was about 15, although everytime I hear some WACKNESS on the radio it makes me think I should pull it back out of me.  lol

Hmm. Any chance of you rippin’ mics on the daily any time soon?
Say me say many money, say me say many many many…  Rappin’ ahhh not sure about that.  That’s outside of my comfort zone, but I have a few folks around me who like to pull me out of that zone and somehow get me to do some things I didn’t even know I could do, so never say never! [insert kanye shrug here]

Where are all of the female emcees nowadays? I know there are some around. What’s the hold back in your opinion?
They are there, but they aren’t sought out so it is hard for some of them to create that path to be heard.  For years female emcees had to ride on the coat tails to be seen and heard, that still happens, but more often these days you have ladies who want to be seen as a reputable artist of their own right, not just because they got the right co-sign.  Others think give the fellas what they want to get them to listen, because the world knows sex/gimmicks sell.  Who’s right?  Who’s wrong?  But there are some quality female artists out there and hopefully I can give more exposure to some of those hidden gems others SHOULD get to know.

Tell ‘em yo motto.
No regrets – Don’t spend your time worrying about yesterday, because you will miss the blessings that come your way today. Don’t worry about what tomorrow will bring, because tomorrow may never come.