School is really giving the phrase "dog days of Summer" new meaning for me right now. I don't have enough time to do the things I love, it's all Dewey Decimal, MARC, and, other extremely anal and boring topics. One thing that bothers me is I don't have time to obsessively track down music like I usually do. I'm trying to make some more time for it, though, because I hate being behind when it comes to music. It's my ultimate FOMO.
I remember reading about Onra a year ago, and, then forgot about him. He turned up on Turntable Lab recently with the tag "new school boogie + soulful hip hop beats" so I finally gave him a proper listen, and, man --- this is some fresh music!! The beats are hip-hop, rnb, and boogie funk inspired. His latest album, Long Distance, is in my top 5 so far this year. There's no wobble bass, no trendy tricks, it's just straight up beat genius with AMAZING old school grooves. Funk is having a serious revival right now, in case you were still listening to dubstep. Watch for boogie funk clubs to start popping up all over, replacing the hipster soul clubs. I may start my own in the garage. If you like Dam Funk, there's no way you won't love this. High Hopes
It's been awhile since I've posted, but, wanted to remind you of the genius of my favorite female performer, Stevie Nicks. Stevie has said in interviews that "Stand Back" is one of her favorite songs to perform because she gets to dance. AND DANCE SHE DOES. I love that whenever she performed this song live, she would have a dancer come up halfway through, during the breakdown, and dance the "Stand Back" dance with her. No matter where she was performing - he was there. SNL? Check. Red Rocks? Check. Solid Gold? Obviously check. It's always the same story, too, with the dance - she loved to tease him, and, kind of push him around, and would whip her head back in sexy defiance. Of course her shawl is the ultimate dance prop and is sometimes her shy, demure crutch that briefly hides her face, but, sometimes it's her witchy spellbinding accomplice (what am I even talking about? I just made that up). If there's a bigger stage, an amazing overly dramatic walk-dance-chase happens, which is pretty much my favorite thing EVER.
Here's the Solid Gold version:
And, Red Rocks (this is one of my favorite concert videos ever) with special WALK-DANCE-CHASE scene