Do yourself a favor and follow up on two of the quickest, smartest, funniest, most well-dressed people I know:
ANNIE POTTER & THE CAIRO OF SECRETS
From Orange to The Big Apple
And it’s not just because they are my friends. Or that they will resume their studies in two of the gnarliest cities in the world. Or that they’re going to take over the world in their own way or whatever. It’s because they actually are quick, smart, funny, and well-dressed all in one. That’s a combo hard to come by.
So I’m back in L.A. Do you know what this means? Quality radio! And by quality, I mean better than D.C.’s radio options. I’m not one to hate but let’s be real. It’s L.A. However, Kane, I do miss you and your “War of the Roses” segment.
My hip hop radio stations here blast the hyphy which is just delicious and I think DJ Spinderella is still holding it down at 100.3 Awesome. I miss Steve Harvey preaching it to the choir in the mornings, though. Sniff. At least I can catch Morning Becomes Eclectic from now on so I can get my indie fix. Haha. Oh, and Love Songs on the KOST with Karen Sharp kills me every time. Love Songs on the KOST is equivalent to Delilah After Dark. Love dedications and all that mushy shit. I love when people request songs like “When a Man Loves a Woman.”
Recently, I discovered Roscoe Umali after hearing his song “Live It Up” on Power 106 (Where Hip Hop Lives!). I’m all about representing (He’s a Los Angeleno and Filipino so there you go) so here’s a YouTube link for your listening pleasure. His debut album is still in the works and features the likes of E-40, Talib Kweli, Murphy Lee, and Dead Prez. Production talent from Amil G and DJ Khalil. Not too shabby at all.
Remix with Pitbull and Sinful
(As of June 12)
Stolen from Aminah.
[ Morning ] 1234 – Feist
[ Noon ] Paper Planes – M.I.A.
[ Night ] Every time We Say Goodbye – Ella Fitzgerald
[ DC ] The District Sleeps Alone Tonight – The Postal Service
[ Los Angeles ] Pictures of Success – Rilo Kiley
[ London ] This Modern Love – Bloc Party
[ On Love ] The Nearness of You – Connie Boswell
[ On Betrayal ] Against All Odds – Phil Collins
[ On Disappointment ] Parting Gift – Fiona Apple
[ On Heartbreak ] I Fall to Pieces – Patsy Cline
[ On Regret ] Crazy – Patsy Cline
[ On Happiness ] I Feel It All – Feist
[ On Fun ] Lo Que Paso Paso – Daddy Yankee
[ On Hope ] The Greatest – Cat Power
[ The Only Advice I Can Offer ] Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac
[ The Part of Me that Will Never Change ] Tell Me When to Go – E-40
[ On Work Ethic ] Ready to Die – Andrew W.K.
[ Modus Operandi ] Not A Crime – Gogol Bordello
[ All My Emotions in 8 Minutes and 3 Seconds ] Olsen Olsen – Sigur Ros
Onra is a Paris-based hip hop producer. His backstory schtick: He traveled to his Mother Country of Vietnam, collected and brought back old Vietnamese pop records, and then used them as samples over catchy hip-hop beats. The result is Chinoiseries, an album of short instrumental hip-hop songs. The best part about Chinoiseries is that you can hear the crackling vinyl. I love that!
I recently found out about Onra through surfing the wonderful world of “Random Active Muxtapes.” Thank you Muxtape user, samuraispy. I have no clue who you are but you’re on my favorites. Holler.
Back to Onra. I’ll be honest, I’ve only downloaded three tracks from the album but I’ve heard samples of all the songs on the album and intend on downloading the rest. “The Anthem” is my favorite. I must have listened to that damn song a good seven times in ten minutes (Totally possible – it’s not even two minutes long!) today. He’s got two other albums out with Quetzal and Byron. Listen to sample songs on Onra’s Myspace. They’re quite good. Definitely worth giving a try if you’re looking for something different from the T-Pains and Flo-Ridas. Although, I have a guilty spot for that bunch too.
My good friend has a blog that you all should check out.
He’s desperate to increase his “PageRank” and make it big in the blogosphere so, you know, flatter him.
Get it, Sven!
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Another good friend, Laiah, will be sharing her adventures from Cape Town.
Get it, Laiah!
I’ve been putting Spinto Band’s “Oh, Mandy” on repeat for the past 24 hours. Specifically, a version you can find here. There’s a little shout out to Rich Boy’s “Throw Some D’s.” I love how it creeps up on you almost inconspicuously. I definitely had one of those, “Whoa, hold up. Wait a minute. Let me rewind. What? That’s hot!” moments. Anyway, I just had to tell you.