Deidre Muro and Paul Hammer of Savoir Adore are refreshingly free of egos. I had the opportunity to let them finish each other's sentences on the first night of their 3-week residency at Cake Shop. We chatted about the creative process, Brooklyn, and just what Paul plans to do when playing shows just isn't enough to keep him awake anymore.
How did you two start writing together? How did you begin collaborating musically?
I always thought it was a rap thing, but now the rock folks are getting in on the fun of featuring artists on their upcoming albums. Thom Yorke took time out of the studio in sunny L.A. while recording with Radiohead to lend his angelic pipes to Flying Lotus on the song ... And the World Laughs With You for his upcoming album Cosmogramma. Yorke is no stranger when it comes to appearing on guest spots when he recently appeared on Modeselektor's The White Flash.
It's that time of year again, when music festivals start to show what they got. Recently Coachella announced their summer line up, and now it's Bonnaroo's turn. Except they're doing things a bit differently this year; Bonnaroo is slowly unveiling the names that will be playing this year's festival in Manchester, Tennessee every six minutes at their Bonnaroo Myspace.
The Flaming Lips squealed early and announced that they would be playing Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The Moon in its entirety. Other than that, we had to wait - and we'll have to continue to wait until the day's end to find out the rest of the lineup.
I first came across Family Portrait through an internet blog thats been garnering quite a bit of buzz. The blog, Gorilla vs. Bear (Gorillavsbear.net), also has a weekly show on Sirius XMU. After hearing Family Portrait's song "Mega Secrets," I was an instant fan of their unique sound. "Dub-wop" is what front man Evan Brody classifies as a mix of dub and doo-wop and is why I could not resist a chance to interview the band's ringleader.
Brody and the rest of the guys who comprise Family Portrait- Mike Mimoun, Ari Stern, and Sawyer Jacobs- are all friends through George Washington University, where they graduated in 2009. None of the boys majored in music which seems to be a source of shock to just about everybody! The band members have educational backgrounds in just about every major: from international affairs to American studies. Brody himself studied psychology and anthropology and doesn't seem to think educational paths are too telling when it comes to their musical career paths.
O'neal Mcknight is no stranger to Joonbug parties. But this Saturday, Mcknight isn't just appearing as a performer - he's also making his debut on Joonbug's designer committee at our Fashion Week Gala event at Capitale. ReWash Jeans, his new denim label with a vintage twist, is reinventing the classics with a modern rock flair. Jessica Gomes, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Angela Martini, and Jaimie Hilfiger have all been spotted sporting the coveted new "jeans of the future," and we're sure that many more are soon to join in. In addition to promoting ReWash Jeans, Mcknight has been busy in the studio recording with Kid Cudi, Mr. Bently, and more! Make sure to check out his hot new tracks "Something Bout Tonight" ft. Mr. Bentley and "Speed of Light" ft. Kid Cudi and Jessica Gomes!
ALO Man of the World
Canibus Melatonin Magik
DJ Rap Synthesis
HIM Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice
Hot Chip One Left Stand
Massive Attack Heligoland
Fear Factory Mechanize
Allison Moorer Crows
Pantha Du Prince Black Noise
Phantogram Eyelid Movies
Pierced Arrows Descending Shadows
Redman Reggie Noble 9 ½
Sade Soldier Of Love
Scott-Heron, GII I'm New Here
Uffle MCs Can Kiss EP
Watson Twins Talking To You, Talking To Me
Yessayer Odd Blood
You Say Party! We Say Die! XXXX
Young Jeezy Thug Motivations 103
It has been four years since I was first introduced to the first song ever written by a band known as Waking Lights, entitled “Sharks” off of their debut EP Songs for Jo. Waking Lights, One of Northern New Jersey’s freshest indie-folk rock groups that is better described as a band, but best described as a family, have been making music apart and together for way over a decade. It is evident in their music that their chemistry is offset by dedication and devotion to their sound and each other.
Attending a Thick As Thieves show feels like how I imagine a live Glee performance would be. Alas there are no Beyonce covers, multiple love triangles (that we know of) or a part time Spanish teacher guiding the band through the trials and tribulations of adolescence or, in this case, potential fame---but there is that same sense of boundless camaraderie.
Just like the eclectic gleeks of William McKinley High School, Thick As Thieves is comprised of a lead singer/ guitarist, bassist, drummer, two female back up singers and a rapper who periodically jumps in with rhymes, serving the same purpose as a piece of ginger during a sushi dinner; palate cleansing and refreshing, so to speak.
I must admit, as weird as this sounds, I love a man who can play a good invisible instrument. When Mike serenaded Phoebe on Friends with his air piano in Central Perk, I swooned. Now, there's a whole competition here in Vegas just for these performers to showoff their craft and for people like me to drool over them.
This month marks the beginning of a set of monthly competitions to find the Hendrix of air guitar here in Las Vegas. This is all thanks to Resodence, who has created the Las Vegas Air Guitar Association, which is linked to the U.S. Air Guitar Championship (yes, that does exist).
Every once in a while you'll hear a song and something just clicks. You don't know why but there's a certain feeling of familiarity that comes over you. You feel comfortable and confident in what you're hearing and that's the way I felt when I first heard Toro Y Moi's opening track "Blessa" 5 months ago.
Toro Y Moi is Chaz Bundick, a 23-year-old from South Carolina who just released Causers Of This on Carpark Records. The internet hype has been slowly gathering and with "Blessa" making top song lists all over hipster sites, it was only a matter of time before word spread about the music of Toro Y Moi.