These two artist made my Best Track of 2012 lists (for other tracks) and both dropped new videos this week. First is TRUST- “Heaven.” The bands entire album TRST is one that I kept on heavy rotation for its nostalgic dark synth pop. The video is giving me angst, frustration and dark youth. I love it. I’m especially fond of (easy on the eyes) singer Robert Alfons’ angelic moments. Where’s the X?
Second is MDNR–”Feed Me Diamonds” which features Raven of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Drag U and All Stars Drag Race getting painted for the gods, goddesses, the children and the stage. I find it amazing how much Drag Race has filtered into the indie music scene and pop culture– super fascinating. What’s the Raven and MDNR connection? It’s not totally out of nowhere. Raven has performed one of MNDR’s songs–“#1 in Heaven” during her club appearances and MNDR came across the YouTube video. They have been collaborating ever since. Love that. Even though I love Chad Michaels, I do think Raven should have snatched that All-Stars crown. You are #1 in my book, Raven. Werk!
So my list is in! As we are about to die today – 12/21/12 according to the Mayan Calendar which means we have a little over a week lest. Below are my fav tracks of 2012 according to the number of plays. It looks as if I had a pretty optimistic year as my tastes swayed more toward feel-good tracks. It’s a good thing because I want my last days of earth to be happy ones. Any fucking way, check out the list below while enjoy your last days on earth! Do something scandalous and/or stupid before the 21st.
Solange- Losing You
Icona Pop- I Love It (Featuring Charli XCX)
Tanlines- All Of Me
Sky Ferreira- Everything is Embarrassing
The Big Pink- Hit The Ground (Superman)
Chairlift- I Belong In Your Arms
Mykki Blanco- WAVVY
Zebra Katz- Ima Read (Featuring Njena Reddd Foxxx)
Djano Djano- Default
Alabama Shakes- Hold On
Scissor Sisters – Let’s Have A Kiki
IO Echo- When the Lillies Die
Cold Showers- BC
Cassie- King Of Hearts
The xx- Angles
Cold Cave- Believe In My Blood
Vår- In Your Arms (Final Fantasy)
Angle Haze- Werkin’ Girls
Ice Choir- Teletrips
MNDR- Faster Horses
Twin Shadow- Five Seconds
Nicki Minaj- The Boys (Featuring Cassie)
Crystal Fighters – Plage
Azealia Banks- Liquorice
Santigold- Disparate Youth
Diane Birch- Speak A Little Louder
jj- Beautiful Life
Phèdre- In Decay
Die Antwoord- I Fink U Freeky
Nicki Minaj- Starships
MS MR- Hurricane
Daughn Gibson- Tiffany Lou
Bear In Heaven- Sinful Nature
Sleigh Bells- Comeback Kid
Tame Impala- Feels Like Going Backwards
Blood Diamonds- Phone Sex (Featuring Grimes)
Beach House- Irene
M.I.A.- Bad Girls
Heavenly Beat- Faithless
Beach House- Myth
Future Islands- Cotton Flower
Spiritualized- Hey Jane
Nicki Minaj- Beez In The Trap (Featuring 2 Chains)
Friends- Mind Control
DiiV- How Long Have You Known
Poliça- Wandering Star
Dum Dum Girls- Lord Knows
Matthew Dear- Her Fantasy
Ice Choir- I Want You Now and Always
Friends- Stay Dreaming
Of Monsters And Men- Little Talks
Cold Showers- Double Life
Angle Haze- New York
Moon Duo- Sleepwalker
Wild Nothing- Paradise
Crystal Castles- Wrath of God
D E N A- Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools
Golddroom- Fifteen (featuring Chela)
Haim- Don’t Save Me
Rihanna- Diamonds (Erol Sabadosh Mix)
Cold Showers- Violent Cries
TEEN- Better (Dan Deacon Remix)
Night Panther- Fever
Perro Del Mar- Innocence Is Sense
TOY- Lose My Way
Charli XCX- I’ll Never Know
Nurses- Fever Dreams
✖●✖● – KC
*PS: Never trust a Tweet– even from a reliable source. I was convinced the Mayan Death Date was today 12/12/12. It’s definitely not the case. I check with my good friend Google. Correction made and lesson learned!
Can’t enough of this track. Even though it’s months old it always sounds fresh. That and I have a girl crush on Solange. She’s visually stunning, stylish, and talented. Check out her performing “Losing You” on Jimmy Fallon. I especially love the little choreographed with Dev Hynes (aka Lightspeed Champion and Blood Orange). The performance gives a Diana Ross vibe. Daddylikes.
Check out Diana Ross and The Supremes with The Temptations:
Are you going through it? Are you going through some kind of psychological change in your life? Yes, Winter is here bitch and it’s time to unleash your inner Santa slut– let’s call her Veronica. Here is a mix of trax (listing below) to get you hot, bothered, warm, and wet for the month of December. Remember that Santa only bring gifts to those that give him what he wants first. You know pervy Santa just wants to see you naked and happy– “He sees you when you’re sleeping, He knows when you’re awake.” Don’t deprive him. Download the mix here. Get naked. It’s December!
[Download] Note: All these tracks were kidnapped from various on-line sources; willingly posted by the artist, bloggers, music sites, and/or the record company. In short, not doing anything shady here, just sharing what was already shared.
I think it’s safe to say that “212″ from Azealia Banks can be mashed-up and remixed until the end of time and it’ll be good. I just stubbled upon this gem by The Hood Internet– “212 Pardise” (Azealia Banks x YACHT). Check it out. It’s giving me what I need on a dreiry Friday lunch break. Best of all it’s free. So all free-mp3 hoarding MF’s download this quick before the track exceeds it’s downloadable-ness. Enjoy it here!
Legends in every sense of the word. Vogueing pioneers Jose and Luis Xtravaganza (among others) are featured in How to Vogue For VOGUE in the latest issue of VOGUE Japan (tongue twister). Joan Smalls is joined by some of the Ball scene’s most prized Vogueing Queens for the story photogged by Terry Richardson and styled by George Cortina. Unfortunately, I don’t think their body manipulation powers were maximized to make interesting shapes in this editorial. I’m not totally gagging but I appreciate the use of true originals. I wish the story was more kick-ass than it is. A missed opportunity really. The legendary crew was just used to as glorified chairs and props– a shame! If you are on old crusty fuck, you’ll recall Jose & Luis of the House of Xtravaganza were Madonna’s go-to Vouge experts from the Blonde Ambition era.
Infectious, poppy and lovely. HAIM has dropped a video for their “Don’t Save Me” track. I can’t say that I’m a fan of the clip but I do appreciate the Fleetwood Mac meets ABBA meets ’90s B-Boy for a 3-on-3 basketball game approach– overertly pop cheese is avoided at all costs. The ladies look cute and ready for an Urban Outfitters collaboration, which I guess is what they are gunning for. I’m fascinated, especially when they casually bust into synchronized dance moves. It seems wrong, yet it’s so right. It works.
I don’t quite get Charli XCX. Other than her “I’ll Never Know“ track – which is already in my top tracks of 2012 list – there’s been little to no interest, until now. She has teamed up with my newest hero-goddess in training– Brooke Candy for “Cloud Aura” from Charli XCX’s Super Ultra mixtape. The clip has black and white surveillance style footage of Brooke Candy – sporting her signature cyber-goth extravaganza – and Charli walking the city street with splices of footage from The Hills, Crazy, Sexy, Love, Casablanca, Brian De Palma’s Carrie, and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. The clip definitely echos the post-internet-Tumblr approach that both ladies have to their image and styling. Daddylikes.
Speaking of surveillance, The Drums’ Jonny Pierce dropped and equally voyeuristic solo video– “I Didn’t Realise.” Jonny will release his first solo album early 2013. I don’t think the sound is that drastically different from The Drums, but I like it nonetheless. Hope the full album offers up some major surprises. I’m crossing my fingers for no gay disco backbeats, though.
London’s Torches have been on my radar since I first heard their “Someone Needs A Ritual” single in early October. Now they have dropped a pretty fucking cool video for the track. Director Hassan Alsea manages to merge ‘70s British Skinheads fashion with a dash of Bruce LaBruce’s ”No Skin Off My Ass“ and Wes Anderson’s “The Royal Tenenbaums.” The nuances of the video: the set- down to the Oxblood Doc Martens colored backdrop, the sound design, the casting, and graphics are perfection. It lets the viewer fill in the blanks a bit. Hassan took what could’ve been a relatively boring video with a minimal story line and created something powerful and memorable. The track definitely conjures up Ian Curtis vibes, but in a modern way. Not literal or copied. Just influenced and inspired. Now, what’s the deal with the Duke Ellington record? Perhaps to let the view know we’re not looking at racists? Daddylikes.