The CT rapper who won our challenge to earn himself an opening slot on Drake‘s Club Paradise Tour is just constantly creating. In recent days alone, we’ve got three new Jitta-related tracks to enjoy. In addition to guesting on Chris Webby‘s fantastic “Good Day” (from his upcoming mixtape TheCheckup), Jitta just dropped two of his own, “Jesse Pinkman” and “UnAmerican” (with $-DUB) Check out all three below.
He told Dallas Morning News, “The exposure that I think [Primary Wave] will bring not just to myself as an artist, but to the music is going to be incredible and help me take steps to releasing this new material.”
To that end, Gayao also announced a new album due in 2015. Join him behind the scenes at Kimmel and listen to his breakout single “Yo Mama” below.
Few artists could call their song “Heart And Soul” and still have a hit on their hands. No, it’s not the dueling piano piece for beginners, nor the Huey Lewis deep cut, but rather an undeniably anthemic rocker from friends of OurStage Twin Atlantic. The Glasgow quartet’s recently released single is already at #10 on the UK charts. Get it here, and watch the band perform the song on Radio 1′s Big Weekend below.
OurStage’s Top Ten Fictional Music Movies: There are many film scripts that invent bands as part of the narrative. Most are just an afterthought, and many more are forgettable and awful, even as a figment of a screenwriter’s imagination. These films created the best, funniest, most realistic, lived-in bands in film.
10. Light of Day (1987)
Who in 1987 wasn’t waiting for the Michael J. Fox – Joan Jett big screen pairing? The only question was what the vehicle would be. A rom-com? Sci-fi thriller? A Tango & Cash–esque buddy cop action-comedy? A Back to the Future sequel where Marty meets The Runaways in 1977? What we actually got was an unexpectedly gritty family drama, centering on the relationship between brother and sister Joe and Patty (Fox and Jett), who perform together in a struggling E Street-esque bar band called The Barbusters. I have just told you the worst part of the movie. The band is called The Barbusters. This blow is softened by the appearance of the great Michael McKean as a band member—one of McKean’s THREE appearances on this list.
Paul Schrader, writer of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, wrote and directed this film and in fact commissioned a song by Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen came back with “Born In The U.S.A.” but decided to keep that one for himself. Too bad, it could have been a hit. The Barbusters do a decent job with his alternate effort, the title song, “Light of Day.” And, hey, look, Michael J. Fox can sing. This begs the question—what the hell, Robert Zemeckis? The idea that it’s Fox’ voice singing “Johnny B. Goode” in Back to the Future is the least credible part of a movie about a time traveling DeLorean that runs on plutonium.
9. 8 Mile (2002)
People say that Eminem was basically playing himself in this film about an aspiring rapper from Detroit with a fucked-up mom and few prospects aside from an innate and unique lyrical flow. But it’s a mistake to go into this thinking it’s the Eminem Story. Em and director Curtis Hanson wisely keep the character of B-Rabbit sullen and low-key. The rapper is not a great actor, but he plays this one just right, with visibly crippling insecurity and remarkably restrained rage. The cleverness of the “improvised” rhymes staged on street corners and at club battles is just short of believable, but (spoiler alert) at the end, when B-Rabbit destroys all comers with Eminem’s signature delivery, disbelief is easily suspended. This won an Oscar for the great lead song “Lose Yourself.”
“Former BBC executive Paul Campbell launched a new company in the United Kingdom in 2007, looking for ways to help musicians find a wider audience for their work. He established a website allowing select unsigned acts to upload their music, sell it — and keep the proceeds. Two years later, Campbell founded a radio station using a playlist built exclusively from the offerings on his site. He further developed his audience by adding a few shows carefully curated by a mix of ex-BBC and up-and-coming DJs. The result: Amazing Media, a powerful promotional machine that has become one of the A&R community’s most crucial tools for developing new talent and has helped propel the likes of Chvrches, Daughter and Alt-J to deals with major or independent labels.
Now, five years later, Campbell is launching in the United States. He has raised $9 million in funding with backing from investors including Sting, AOL founder Steve Case, producer Billy Mann, music lawyer John Frankenheimer and former EMI CEO Elio Leoni-Sceti. They’re joining a board to be run by former Shazam chairman John Pearson.
As part of its launch stateside, Amazing Media has acquired Boston-based OurStage.com for an undisclosed sum. OurStage gives fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite unsigned performers on the site — and allows bands to compete for the chance to tour with more established acts.”
One of our favorite OS discoveries from the last couple of years is Brittany Campbell. The Brooklyn-based multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist first caught our ears with her retro-flavored “Goody Goody.” Today, she’s dropped a new 10-track LP, titled Heroes. Yes, the original artwork suggests a sandwich theme, but as expected, Campbell’s lyrics are closer to Bowie’s take on the term than, say, Weird Al’s. Musically, the production is more modern pop and R&B, showcasing her considerable voice, and featuring some well-placed guest contributions. Enjoy it now via her Soundcloud:
When audience attention is one of the rarest commodities, artists have to be careful about what they release and when. Your double album might be impressive in theory, but you’re not going to find too many people telling you how much they liked track 22 after they clicked your Soundcloud link. You’ll be lucky if they like what they hear enough to make it to track three. Guitar-and-drums duo Yellabird has tackled this concern with a novel approach. Instead of releasing their newest EP Debts all at once, they are making the release of each track an independent event. This method serves bite-size portions to an audience who, in turn, are regularly reminded about the band and their new material. And the material speaks for itself, earning every bit of your attention. Today, the band posted “Dead Hand Blues,” which follows the EP’s first track, “Tired Eyes.” Yellabird will be in NYC and Boston over the next few months.
DC hip-hop artist Konshens has posted a teaser video for his upcoming album From The Hotel Room, due in July 2014. The album is the follow-up to last year’s The Progression. The video is brief but packs some serious energy into 15 seconds.
The late-’90s were kind of a dark time for pop-rock aficionados. In the time between faux-grunge and rap-rock, it was every man for himself. Luckily, our attention was grabbed by the fuzzed-out, off-kilter debut from Jonny Polonsky, who made the bulk of Hi My Name Is Jonny in his childhood bedroom. His demos found their way to Pixies frontman Frank Black, who pitched them to his then-label, Rick Rubin‘s American Recordings. The LP was not a smash, but those of us who heard it really loved it. Meeting someone else who got it is like finding a long-lost brother. “You know about this?! It’s fantastic, right?!”
Polonsky released an acclaimed second solo album in 2004, then went on to a diverse career as a supporting member of many high-profile acts, including Puscifer, Johnny Cash, Nightwatchman, Pete Yorn, Dixie Chicks, and more. He’s finally back to writing and recording his own stuff, and he’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to help release a new record, titled The Other Side of Midnight. It promises to be less crunchy and more dreamy, inspired by David Lynch (it was recorded at Lynch’s Asymetrical Studio) and Depeche Mode. In addition, Polonsky is performing living room webcasts on Concert Window, starting TONIGHT. Do yourself a favor and check out both.
We started getting into the songs of Annalise Emerick when she was a finalist in the Intel Superstars channel we ran last year. As the channel came to a close right around the end of 2013, her New Year-themed song “This Love Won’t Break Your Heart” was in heavy rotation. There are a lot of female singer-songwriters out there, and it’s not easy for one to stand out, but when your songs are this good, we’re certainly not going to forget. So good news for us, and you, Emerick is starting a huge tour in just a few days. Listen below and click here for dates.