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MUSEic: Casey Hurt

31 Mar

I had the privilege of interviewing the supremely talented singer-songwriter Casey Hurt for YNLA Mag. This dude is a problem, he’s got a jazzy, soulful, acoustic thing going on and if you love any of those genres or just good music in general, you definitely need to know who he is. His new album Mended Souls will be dropping April 9th. SUPPORT TRUE ARTISTS! You can read my interview with him here. Below is a sexy little number off of his new album entitled Sing To You. Enjoy……

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Who is Brooklyn’s Finest?

2 Sep

I was under the impression it was Don Cheadle and Wesley Snipes, but it seems I was mistaken. The Stuyvesants are laying claim to that title and I can’t knock them for it either. The music is ultra nice on several levels, there’s some real down-tempo, grooved- out, melodicness and some upbeat, funky, blaxplotation, solfulness as well. It’s good morning music for sure, I could see myself listening to this as I sipped tea and read the Times in my bathrobe before I headed out to stomp through the city on my Mary Tyler Moore. I’m always checking member Darien Victor Birk’s site and tumblr Flwrpt. Stimulating stuff to say the least. Is Brooklyn just a mecca for all things dope? I have a feeling I might find myself stalking the streets there sometime in the near future. So go on, enjoy some free music.

MUSEic: Teresa Jenee

12 Aug

Ms. Teresa Jenee aka Jene Eklectic was one of the first connections I made on Facebook. I loved her blog, now in tumblr form, and knew that she was affiliated with the realm of music but hot damn, why did I not know this chick was like ill to the 10th power. See that’s what happens when you don’t take the time to thorougly discover the connections you make…..anywho I always liked her but now I think I love her……Check out the interview on Brooklyn Bodega . And I’m mad late but it’s never too late to support the Ecklectic, the album is LOVE.

Just listen……

that’s the kind of stuff that makes me grateful for my ability to hear……

Tell Me Have You Seen Her……..

10 Jun

I spent the 8 bucks  on Nikko Gray’s debut solo EP Love Seen cause I dig her and I can’t think of a better way to support the artists I dig than putting a lil’ green in their pockets. Due to the over abundance of blogs written by music fans who believe they have the musical knowledge and technical skill to write an objective, informed, and engrossing critique and the dominance of internet piracy; word of mouth and co-signs don’t cut it anymore. Yeah positive press is always a plus but at the end of the day, no matter how much we love what we do, everybody needs to eat and nobody likes to grind for free.  By buying albums from musicians and artists who are true craftsmen we a) place them higher on the charts and push them further up the industry food chain thus turning the tide against regurgetated, standardized, tasteless bullshit execs keep churning out b) show em that they’re not doing this for nothing and c) do our part in helping them generate the monetary funds neccessary to wage war against the machine ie building record labels commited to passion and artistry or filitering that capital back into the communities and initiatives that need it. I find that it’s not so much  about being a part of the machine as it is showing appreciation and reclaiming the integrity of the music industry. The last three albums I bought were Janelle Monae’s The Arch Android, Nas and Damian Marley’s Distant Relatives and Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah Pt II and it was money well spent on all counts.  I still get my download on like a mutha’, but I have no problem spending money on people who want to change things through their art, who do it to teach, inspire, provoke, challenge, heal or destroy. Ain’t that what it’s supposed to do?