Good morn-ting Mixtapers! Welcome to yet another stunning, flawless, amazing, SNATCH THE EAR BUDS OFF YOUR FAVORITE edition of the Majak Mixtape. If you're reading this Mixtape, you haven't died from a sugar rush from all of that severely discounted Easter candy the stores were trying to get rid of yesterday, and you totally gorged on. Don't lie. We know you did. You still got some Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs all up and through your teeth. But we won't judge you. To your face.
Anyway, it's Tuesday and you all know what that means by now and if you do you better ask somebody! Okay, we'll be nice just this once and let you in on what today is; IT'S TUNESDAY, that magical day of the week where the music industry floods the marketplace with the good, the bad, the ugly, and the hilariously tragic of new album/singles releases in som vain attempt to pretend that people actually purchase music. Never one to pop anybody's bubble unnecessarily, we here at Mixtape cheerfully go along with this ruse every week, bringing you a selection of releases with think you need in your life.
This week we're going to be tackling a new EP from of Montreal, new albums from Holly Golightly, The Wombats, Bootsy Collins, and Antony and the Johnsons as well as the two FREE albums that we think that everybody should be grooving to this spring.
But before we get to the tunes, let us
In our first cup of tea, is there anybody Donald Trump isn't feuding with at this point? Seriously, is this what happens when you spend large amount of time around Star Jones? Adding to ever-growing list of people Trump has pissed off since he started waging his campaign to become President, Trump has managed to offend Robert DeNiro with all of his "birther" talks about President Obama. In an interview with Brian Williams while attending his Tribeca Film Festival, DeNiro not-so-vaguely referenced Trump's recent spate of interviews by saying, "But what are we doing? This is crazy. They’re making statements about people that they don’t even back up. Go get the facts before you start saying things about people.”
Trump, for his part, responded to DeNiro in an interview with Fox News, a network must have on speed dial at this point. Trump took DeNiro to task and said, "I like his acting, but in terms of when I watch him doing interviews and various other things, we’re not dealing with Albert Einstein." If we were talking about DeNiro's recent film choices (LOOKING AT YOU "LITTLE FOCKERS") then we'd actually sort of tacitly agree with this statement. But since we're referring to politics, we're going to need Trump to sit down. All the way down.
In other news, Johnny Depp has reportedly agreed to make a cameo in the totally necessary movie remake of "21 Jump Street." Clearly this is happening to off-set the vortex of fail that is Channing Tatum, who will be starring in the film along with a lot of other people who have agents who hate them.
In music news, she may have spent the beginning months of the year tripping at the Grammys and fucking up the National Anthem, but Christina Aguilera is ready to move on, reapply that red lipstick and head back into the studio to record a new album. This is according to a new interview with USA Today as Aguilera busily prepares of "The Voice," a new entry in the woefully-underserved reality singing competition genre. Aguilera said in the interview, "For this one, I really want to make a real rooted, heartfelt record. After someone goes through the things that I have, regarding a divorce, there's a lot of emotions that are stirred." Your emotions should've also been stirred by "Bionic" flopping harder than Mercedes from "Glee" jumping into a pool.
And lastly, according to "People," Lindsay Lohan is going to be doing her community service at the L.A. County Department of Coroner's Facility, which is great since her career is currently being autopsied there.
And that, my mixtaping lovelies, is the tea for today. Delicious as always, right?
Now eat a Tic Tac for breakfast and join us for the rest of the Mixtape!
Behold Mixtapers, welcome to another installment of Tunesday! While we ate our weight in jelly beans this weekend, we also spent a considerable amount of time listening to a whole bunch of fabulous releases that are coming out today. God bless the winter doldrums have broken and spring is blossoming with hot tracks all over the place.
We kick off the Mixtape with one of the reigning hipster acts, of Montreal, and their new EP titled "Thecontrollersphere." Our ginger-headed friend Colin is still wildly annoyed at us here at the Mixtape because when we went to go see Janelle Monae last fall at First Avenue, we decided to tip on the tightrope out of the place before of Montreal got on stage. It's not that we don't like the band, we still thank them for granting Outback Steakhouse the right to rework their tune into one of the catchiest jingles ever, and we don't even dislike their fanbase who were doling out free hugs at First Avenue. Mixtapers got to work and shit will not markdown themselves at Macy's.
Anyway, of Montreal has put out a five song EP that exemplifies why they are so popular with the American Apparel set. It's a focused EP, filled with all the Prince influences that you can shake a raspberry beret at.
They also give us the tune "Slave Translator," otherwise known as the one person Kunta Kinte needed to let that guy whipping know that his name was not in fact Toby.
Next up Holly Golightly stops singing about "Moon River" and puts out a new album with The Brokeoffs. We love the singer Holly Golightly, sharing her name with the famous Audrey Hepburn/Truman Capote character, from the moment we first heard her voice on the White Stripes' "Elephant" as she joined with Meg and Jack for the tune fantastic closing number "Well It's True That We Love One Another."
She and the Brokeoffs are back with a new album titled "No Help Coming." We adore the whole ramshackle quality to Holly Golightly's vocal stylings. It's like she was pulled out of a shack and put in front of a microphone. If we had to describe her voice in one word, we'd call it sepia. It's got this old sound to it that you can hear a vinyl album crackling underneath her even when one isn't present. We particularly love the Phil Spector-ish "The Rest of Your Life."
We interrupt this quality music to bring you Britney Spears, Kesha and Nicki Minaj on one song together. You know, we don't particularly dislike any one of these ladies on their own since they make the perfect music for us to get tipsy to. It's not that at all. It's the amount of desperation that just permeates this whole thing as Britney, who was never really one to have a lot of features on her tunes or go be a featured artist, seems to be struggling with "Femme Fatale." First, she teamed up with Rihanna on that atrocious remix of "S&M."
When you get schooled vocally by Rihanna, there is not enough SIDE EYE in the world for that. Now Britney has teamed with Nicki Minaj and Kesha for a remix of "Til The World Ends."
Nicki Minaj, we love you. But them lyrics girl:
"Chimpanzees is hatin’ but I take it all in stride
Put her in a jungle with bananas on the side
Told you they’d revive your career but somebody lied
I ain’t talking poultry when I say this chicken’s fried
Anyway Britney, why they so jealous that you teamed up with me
Tell ‘em they my son, Tell ‘em they my son, yup, yella I’mma pick me
Anyway, burned , whats that, I don’t know, Femme Fatale
Sniff, sniff, cries, I done slayed your whole entire fucking life
Oh oh, you got some Epsom Salt
I done balled all day you ain’t touched the court
What, what you tired, you need a break
You was hot when? Ricki Lake!"
It's nice to know that you can put a big gigantic I CAN'T to music. But the remix of "Til The World Ends" sounds like freakin' Beethoven when you compare it to Simon Van Kempen from "The Real Housewives of New York City" and his tune "I Am Real."
Simon and Alex are trying to ride "Thug in a cocktail dress" all the way to the bank. Ugh, if Sheree didn't make a hit song out of "Who Gon' Check Me Boo," we highly doubt it's going to happen with such a bland phrase. Let us all remember the infinitely more awesome "Money Can't Buy You Class" by the Countess and her hilariously cringeworthy live performance of the tune.
It's like if you removed all the dignity of a karaoke performance, you'd have Countess Luann on KTLA.
Moving back to tunes that don't make us wish we had no hearing, The Wombats are back with a new album called "This Modern Glitch." We loved The Wombats from the first moment we heard them singing about dancing to Joy Divisions as well as talking about "Moving to New York."
We're loving the sounds that The Wombats are delivering on their new album as they mix together rock sounds and dance grooves into an intoxicating blend of tunes. Below, the newest single off their album and one of our favorite tunes "Techno Fan."
Lastly, we're ending this Mixtape by talking about two mixtapes that we think everybody needs to give a listen to this spring. First up, Odd Future member Frank Ocean and his amazing mixtape "Nostalgia/Ultra."
The other mixtape is from The Weekend, the stage name for Canadian R&B singer Abel Tesfaye. His mixtape "House of Balloons" is pretty extraordinary simply because it pretty much musically captures the feeling of being high as well coming down from that feeling. It's a brilliant thing of icy, synthed-out R&B that reminds us of Drake in his quieter moments on both his "Thank Me Later" album as well as his popular "So Far Gone" mixtape. Besides, anybody who samples "Happy House" from Siouxsie and the Banshees gets an immediate thumbs up from us.
And that's the Mixtape for today everybody. As always, we wish you love, peace and downloads! BRING ON BLAINE AND THE WARBLERS FROM TONIGHT'S ALL-NEW EPISODE OF GLEE!