What do you think all those middle America tourists who waited for hours to get tickets for The Late Show with David Letterman were thinking when this happened? Somone, presumable the stage manager Biff, wheels out a large gold throne with plush red velvet coushining to center stage. A young man walks out wearing a dark peacoat, a backwards white hat, shorts, gold teeth, and french braids sits down and stares out toward the crowd like they are his royal subjects. Behind him stand three very distinct DJs waiting patiently for their command. Silence.
The young man happens to be A$AP Rocky, the hottest young rapper in the game. His royal entourage? Mega producer A-Trak, human beat machine araabMUZIK, and DJ Clark Kent. I got the chance to see both A$AP and A-Trak live last year and I've been a huge fan of both since. Too see them together is just nuts. Here they are performing "Long Live A$AP" and his new collaboration with Skrillex "Wild For The Night." The second track is remixed live on TV by A-Trak and araabMUZIK. How gutsy is that? That's why I love these guys. They are totally fearless.
Everyone can rap the lyrics to the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" intro right? Well check out what happens when the lyrics get flipped and turned upside down in Google Translate. Translated from English to the world’s most spoken language (Mandarin), to the second most (Spanish), to the third most, to the fourth most, ETC, until all 64 languages in Google Translate were used. The order was determined by finding the demographic population size of every language on Wikipedia. Talk about lost in translation. See if you can make sense of the finished product.
While the Lumineers continue to bask in the limelight (and deservedly so) there is much more to the Colorado music scene than the song "Ho Hey." In fact, the music coming out of this state is pretty diverse. Have you heard Yo Me & Apollo? Besides in need of a haircut there is not much to complain about when it comes to Brent Cowles and company. Like things a little more abstract? Check out The Morning Clouds and Force Publique. If it's saxaphone and dubstep you crave then look no further than Big Gigantic. Perhaps the hottest band in the state right now, Big Gigantic are on their way to big things.
As always there is tons of great music out there so keep your ears open.
The January concert calendar is filling in nicely with local talent on display. Outside of the weekly Blues Jams (1/15, 1/22, 1/29) there are plenty of opportunities to hear home grown sound. Strong bets this month are Shotgun Hodown opening up for the legend Reverend Horton Heat on the 25th and Miss Emily's CD release party on the 26th. Miss Emily is one of the best pure singers in the valley and she plays with a really tight band. A picture says a thousand words so for now I'll just leave you with this one from a past Shotgun Hodown show (more on their upcoming show to come).
Make it a priority to catch one of these live gigs:
“Someone asked me the other day, ‘So are you just done with music?’ It means more to me than anybody else in the world.”
In an effort to make the Internet explode, Justin Timberlake announced he is returning to music. In a minute long monologue the "Cry Me A River" singer says that he is "ready." Ready for what no one knows but we will all find out this weekend. A countdown for something ends Sunday night at midnight. Rumor has it it could be a new track featuring Jay-Z and Beyonce. A track also produced by non other than Timbaland. If that doesn't get you salivating then I don't know what will.