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Pop Danthology of 2013 – Mashup of 68 songs from 2013
At the end of the year, we all look back differently. Daniel Kim, a Vancouver-based part-time composer and DJ (he also works in retail), likes to view the year in pop as a Vitamix would: in tiny pieces. Each year since 2010, he has blended as many of the year’s hits as he can into a single nonstop track. Over the 5 1/2 minutes of this year’s Pop Danthology, Kim chops up and reorganizes no less than 68 familiar hits into something that’s both relentlessly new and nostalgic for the year that’s ending.
25 Years Later: Jimmy Jam on New Edition’s Best Ever
By Chris Williams on November 10, 2013
Jimmy Jam Revisits the Making of New Edition’s Heart Break Album
By the end of the 1980s, New Edition had experienced numerous musical triumphs, lineup substitutions, and financial setbacks. After releasing platinum selling albums Candy Girl (1983) and All for Love (1985), multi-platinum selling New Edition (1984), and gold selling Under the Blue Moon (1986), they would launch themselves into another realm of superstardom with their next effort. On June 20th, 1988, Heart Break was released by MCA Records and it became they’re fifth highly successful album within the decade. The record would spawn five singles, including the hits “If It Isn’t Love,” “You’re Not My Kind of Girl,” “Can You Stand the Rain,” “Crucial,” and “N.E. Heartbreak.”
Behind the boards during recording were the titanic producing tandem of James “Jimmy Jam” Harris III and Terry Lewis. They played an integral role in the success of the album through their incorporation of groundbreaking production techniques. Heart Break encapsulated the maturity of the group both in their sound and appeal. As a result, it became the highest selling album for the group to date. For the album’s 25th anniversary, Chris Williams spoke with Harris about recording this classic record.
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On NPR’s All Things Considered this week, reporter Joel Rose has a great piece on how the Wu-Tang Clan’s nine rappers have managed to mesh their distinct voices into a cohesive sound.
There had been large groups in hip-hop before, but none that featured nine different rappers, as the Wu-Tang Clan did when it made its debut in 1993. Creating a cohesive group out of nine individuals requires discipline and imagination. There had been large groups in hip-hop before, but none that featured nine different rappers, as the Wu-Tang Clan did when it made its debut in 1993. Creating a cohesive group out of nine individuals requires discipline and imagination. Mitchell Diggs, the CEO of Wu-Tang Corporation and brother of producer RZA, offers the story of the group’s origins, and how the group resolves the differences that inevitably arise when you get nine big egos in a single room (or recording studio)
To hear the entire interview click on the NPR logo below.
I just picked up the new R.Kelly album “Love Letter” and it is amazing. He is arguably one of the greatest singer/songwriters of my generation and there are songs on this album that will make you wave your hands, sway, slow dance, and think.
Just when R&B artists think they can duplicate the R. Kelly sound; he changes it ,and to all those young/new artists on the charts today…Take notes. Take lots of them.
You can listen to the title track of the album “Love Letter” below.
One of my favorite albums to listen to during the holidays is called “Happy Anniversary Charlie Brown”.
The 40th anniversary of the Charlie Brown comic strip is celebrated on this 1987 CD by performances of songs used on the cartoon series (most of which were originally composed by Vince Guaraldi). A variety of artists participated in the project including David Benoit, B.B. King (singing “Joe Cool”),Dave Grusin, Chick Corea (“The Great Pumpkin Waltz”), Joe Williams, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Ritenour, Patti Austin and even Kenny G (“Breadline Blues”) and Dave Brubeck (“Benjamin”).
My favorite track on the album is The Great Pumpkin Waltz, performed by the Chick Corea Acoustic Band….Incredible track!!
You can click on the Amazon.Com pic to listen to samples of the entire album.