So I’m cleaning my room and I found this black dress. I read the tag and the company is “All That Jazz: A Chorus Line Company”
So I immediately grabbed my fedora (because they are the jazziest of hats) and my red bow tie and proceeded to dance around my room to Goodwin music.


Another new track from my album Silhouettes! Easily the jazziest song I’ve ever created.


Kendrick Lamar - “Alright” (Video)

Following an epic opening performance at the 2015 BET Awards, Kendrick Lamar premieres his brand new video for “Alright.” The underlying themes of Kendrick’s To Pimp A Butterfly revolve around Black radicalism, pride and spirituality, and is largely backed by some of the jazziest G-Funk instrumentals this side of Parliament. Yet, perhaps of all of the songs on K. Dot’s third album, behind “King Kunta,” it is the Pharrell-produced “Alright” that, similar to its riot-causing predecessor “m.A.A.d city,” that has become a cult favorite for fans. Originally slated for Fabolous (who could be responsible for the song’s catchy hook), Kendrick and Pharrell followed up their paranoia-inducing “good kid” with a 180-turning, slam dance-inspiring anthem of positivity. Naturally, the video for the single is a visual treatment of the song: Kendrick is either crowd-surfing or - perhaps paying homage to Ludacris’ clip for “Southern Hospitality,” also produced by Pharrell (and Chad Hugo, as The Neptunes) - hanging upside down, suspended above everybody else, in the video.

Shot in Oakland, California, watch Kendrick’s incredible new video below. The director, Collin Tiley, also sat down with MTV to .

The director, Colin Tilley, sat down with MTV to offer the inside scoop behind the video’s creation. Check out a choice quote below – which reveals the song playing in the car with Black Hippy was recorded specifically for the video – and check out the full interview here. What were the details that Kendrick specifically tried to fine-tune on this one? Well, you know what’s crazy? The intro where Kendrick, Schoolboy, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock are all in the car and we make that big reveal where the cops are holding up the car. We were talking about this specific image with everything that’s going on right now with the police and we kind of got to that point where we were sitting down with each other and we were talking about this big reveal with Kendrick and the guys being held up by cops like a carriage or something. But the crazy part is, when we’re sitting there, all of a sudden, Kendrick was like, “Hold on, man. I’m totally hearing something completely different for this right now.” He’s like, “I’m gonna write this song and we’ll send it to you tonight. But we’ll do this song as a segment before the video even starts.” So, they sent me the song like two days later and we continued to build on it. Once you get an image that strong, everything builds from there. It was like these vignettes that we created in the intro that explain the m.A.A.d. city. It’s not in your face like, “F—k this. F—k that.” It’s more like, this is what’s real and what’s going on in the world right now. It was taken from all the energy. It wasn’t one specific thing. It was kind of all the energy that’s been going on and I wanted to capture it like that. I didn’t want to dive into one certain event or make it about one thing. It’s about everything that’s going on.

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Geekdom Wear Booth # 833 Live! From the Cantina: A Star Wars Jazz Tribute Album CD Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of this album is a new way to listen to the familiar John Williams iconic Star Wars music that we’ve all grown up with. “Live! From the Cantina: A Star Wars Jazz Tribute” CD album by The Andrew Allen Trio is Jazziest way you’ve ever heard John Williams. This new album pays tribute…

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Girlfriends - Girlfriends [Album Review]


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Shove indy-pop, the emo revival, and pop-punk in a blender.

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[i]Girlfriends[/i] is the creation of one man, Jerry Joiner. Jerry Joiner is a genius. Created when he was just 17 years old, this is one of the funkiest, jazziest, and upbeat sounding records I’ve heard come out of the indy world in ages.

Every single instrumental on this album is catchy, and not just in the pop radio way. Joiner just has an incredible understanding of melody and harmonies. Tracks like “Brobocop” open with a single infectious tune that instantly hooks the listener, and then the track explodes with the rest of the instruments and the vocals all at once. It’s rather reminiscent of the work by shoegaze band Pinkshinyultrablast in this regard. However, in every other regard this album is utterly unique. The drums are constantly clattering and booming while the guitars are twinkling overtop. Simple bass lines keep the tracks sounding full and the subtle keyboard keeps the melody going through most of the album. Thick, bloated synth lines come in and out of the tracks and just keep the vibe weird. It all melds together in a way that is so quirky and whacky that you can’t help but have it stuck in your head for days later.

While the main draw may be the energetic instrumentals the vocals are what ultimately captivates. The use of the barking/shouting style so widespread in pop-punk and harmonizing it is insanely addictive. In fact, the amount of times that solo clean singing is used can be counted on one hand and that is certainly not a bad thing. This is a record all about energy and life and pain and being young. Every vocal screams and bleeds power; every line is sincere and immature. Songs like “Brobocop” and “Bernie Mac Attack” are roundabout and bizarre requests for sex. Others like “Untitled 6” seem to deal with the fallout of a bad break up. It’s all just so high school in theme, but it’s absolutely great too. The real kicker is that the lyrics aren’t even that bad, they’re rather poetic and clever despite their juvenile ideas. Much like how Modern Baseball has nailed lyrical themes about being in your early 20s Joiner has nailed the intense passion of your teenage years.

And that’s just the album in a nutshell: adolescence in soundwaves. Joiner made this at the perfect age, with the perfect mindset, and with the right amount of talent and skill. It’s simply steeped in youth, it reeks with teenage angst, it begets memories of a time before emotions were easily kept in check. It’s reckless and bold usually, restrained at other times, but always powerful. It’s simply a lovable and endearing record.