Yesterday I shared video of Kanye West performing a cover of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen during his headline performance at The Glastonbury Festival Saturday night. Today I’d like to share video of singer/songwriter Ryan Adams performing his song Stay With Me during his Glasto performance yesterday. Ryan Adams is absolutely one of my favorite musicians of all time and this performance of Stay With Me gives some insight as to why I love him so much. I got to hear Ryan perform this song off his newish self-titled album in concert when he toured through SoCal last year and I can assure you, the song sounds even better live in person. For those of you who weren’t too fond of the Kanye video I shared, I hope this video makes up for it. Please enjoy.
The TV Guide
After far too many weeks away, I finally made my way back down to Anaheim, CA to spend the day with my friends at Disneyland. My social club Sons of Anakin held our monthly meeting so it was the perfect chance to meet up with the friends I hadn’t been able to see for a while. Altho it was insanely hot, I really had the best day hanging out with my friends. But, as the afternoon turned to evening, I had to jet back home to LA to meet up with Eileen at the Hollywood Bowl to see Basement Jaxx in concert. We only learned about the Basement Jaxx concert last weekend when we went to the Hollywood Bowl to see Underworld> live in concert. If last week was the perfect chill techno experience, then last night was the perfect dance party rave experience — under the shining stars of Hollywood. More »
“It’s been a very long journey to this moment"
Last week we learned that pop icon Janet Jackson would be honored with a performance tribute and a special award during The BET Awards show that aired live on BET last night. Today we get to see video of the fun tribute performance that featured Tinashe, Jason Derulo and Ciara dancing up a storm to Janet‘s hit career-spanning songs Pleasure Principle, All For You, If and Rhythm Nation. Janet then made an appearance on stage to accept the Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award … her first public on stage appearance at an awards show in years. The tribute was great, Janet looked amazing and with the forthcoming release of her new album & launch of her Unbreakable World Tour, we are now one step closer to her full-fledged return to the music scene. Click below to see Janet‘s return to The BET Awards last night. More »
Rihanna may have released her new song Bitch Better Have My Money back in March and she may have performed it live during the Saturday Night Live season finale back in May but she has yet to release the music video for the track (which is due to be featured on her upcoming 8th album … which has yet to be officially announced). Last night, during The BET Awards, Ri Ri debuted the “official trailer” for the BBHMM music video and as you can see above, the forthcoming clip promises to be more than just a run-of-the-mill music video. This official trailer shows us how the action in the music video gets started but we will have to wait until the video is released to see how it all ends. Check out this BBHMM teaser video and stay tuned, Rihanna *should* be releasing the video in full … at some point soon.
Yeezus declared himself "the greatest living Rock Star on the planet"
Kanye West was the headline performer at the Glastonbury Festival in the UK last night (after many weeks of controversy, including a petition that sought to bar him from performing at Glastonbury altogether) and as part of his set, he delivered his own version of the Queen classic song Bohemian Rhapsody. His performance of this song was, I think, a bit of a love letter to the Glastonbury audience as a way to show respect for England‘s storied musical history. But Kanye couldn’t help being Kanye throughout his show stopping set, where at one point he declared from the Glastonbury stage — for all the world to hear — that he is “the greatest living Rock Star on the planet“. Oh, Kanye. Click the embed above to hear Yeezy‘s rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody and then click below to learn more about his headline set at Glastonbury. More »
At the start of this week, we got to hear and then preview the music video for Selena Gomez‘s new single Good For You (Featuring A$AP Rocky). Today we get to see the finished product. The music video for Good For You is fairly minimalistic with scenes of Selena laying on a couch, taking a shower, sitting in front of a wall, laying on the floor … you know, minimalistic. The vid is so minimal that A$AP Rocky doesn’t feature in it at all. HMMM. Have a look, see what you think. Does this video make you like the song any more or nah?
And it's the best new song yet!
Thus far this year, Veruca Salt has released 2 new songs (HERE and HERE) from their new album Ghost Notes (due out next month) and today we get to hear the latest offering from the band’s new album. In the past year, the band has released 4 songs (the two from Ghost Notes and the Record Store Day single 2014 tracks Museum of Broken Relationships and It’s Holy) but after listening to the new song below, I must admit that Empty Bottle is their best new song yet. When I say that I have been aching for YEARS for the return of Veruca Salt, it is because when they work together on music they give us amazing songs like Empty Bottle. Slow and sweeping, then loud and powerful — Empty Bottle has it all. Have a listen below and fall in love. More »
The best video you'll see all day
During a performance of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles last week, a magical and entirely wonderful thing occurred … the group busted out one of the most inventive live performances of Britney Spears‘s hit song Work Bitch EVER! It is being reported that our dear Britney Spears was in the audience at this June 20 performance by the GMCLA when they performed her song and as you can hear in the video embedded above, they only only thoroughly entertained the audience (Britney included, I’m sure) but they also delivered an excellent rendition of her song. I have a feeling that this video will be the best thing you’ll see all day, possibly all week. Please enjoy.
"Rap music has always been about storytelling"
Drake has teamed up with Fader magazine and Sprite on a new short film titled Obey Your Thirst that is meant to be an inspirational look at the rapper’s work. Filmed earlier this year, the short film embedded above features live concert footage from his show in February at Irving Plaza in NYC. Additionally, the short film features interview footage of Drake talking about his musical inspiration to become a better rapper. He doesn’t fear other established rappers, he says, instead … he’s more “worried” by the “kid sitting in his house that wants to be better than me and all those guys. That’s who I’m competing with.” To be honest, I think I’d be able to enjoy this inspirational film about Drake much better if it wasn’t titled after the Sprite advertising tagline Obey Your Thirst, mostly because it just sounds like a commercial. I do get that as a sponsor, Sprite wants people to know about their collaboration … I just wish it wasn’t so heavy-handed. Still, I think Drake fans will be able to appreciate this short film. It has been titled Obey Your Thirst, Episode 1 so the suggestion is that there will be more short films to come. Have a looksee and see what you think. Is this short film the kind of thing you want more of from Drake?