Friday At Five [NYE Edition]

I think New Year’s Eve and Day can be split into two things: one great big fucking party and a time to reflect and start over. This Friday At Five is one great big fucking party. It’s filled with some of my favorite bangers from the year as well as a few new funky tracks. Huh. Maybe this New Year’s Eve will get weird. Stream the songs below and play this shit at midnight, like TV shows with boobies.

1. “Ready 2 Go (ft. Kele)” – Martin Solveig

2. “Pieces of You (Baby Monster Remix)” – Wolf Gang

3. “Something for the Weekend” – Ben Westbeech

4. “I’m Gonna Steal Your Date” – Mike and Cody

5. “Nobody’s In Love (Xaphoon Jones Remix)” – 2AM Club

6. “Irish Celebration” – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

And what NYE playlist is complete without this Grammy-snubbed song, which has actually–believe it or not–has had a grand effect on my life (a story for another day…seriously).

7. “Big Booty Bitches” – A Lost People

Oh, and I kind of promised a friend that I’d post this video here. It’s his new rap song. Pretty dope.

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Best of 2011: Mashups (New Years Playlist)

You guys are going to be the most popular kids in town when you throw this mix on for your New Years Eve pregames. Not even kidding. These aren’t just any mashups. These are THE BEST MASHUPS OF 2011. Hit the jump for the full playlist. The songs are listed in no particular order. They’re mashed up, if you will.

I apologize in advance for making you feel like death on January 1st, 2011. Ring in the new year with a bang, right?

Have fun. Get sloppy.

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Live Review: G-Eazy

[photography by Chris Braun]

I was lucky enough to be a sponsor for the G-Eazy show at The New Parish in Oakland on Wednesday night, December 28th. I showed up early to get settled, only to find a line out the door and around the block. It was clearly right off the bat that this wasn’t going to be any ordinary show; the whole town came out to support G.

The show started off with sets from Elmo the DJ, Dj Carnage and Jay Ant. All were good acts leading up to the main appearance by G-Eazy. The atmosphere was great. People were dancing and feeling the openers, but it was clear that everybody was there to see G. As the clock ticked, the room started filling with more and more people who were itching to see their hometown hero perform.

Personally, I was having a ball. It was great to see people of all ages come out for the show. Sure, the demographic was mainly people around G’s age, but there were even some full grown adults who could have been G’s or my parents who came out to see him perform. G himself was telling me how great it was to have people his parents age out supporting him. It goes to show that his music pushes boundaries.

I have to give major props to G-Eazy and his team for setting up the show so well. Aside from it being a sold out show, they were wise to sell VIP passes that allowed people to enter the green room and have an aerial view of the show. The venue was ideal for the setting, and everybody appeared to be having a blast.

MP3: “Runaround Sue” – G-Eazy (ft. Greg Banks)

G set foot on the stage and the room erupted. People were going crazy. I was going crazy. Had my mother been at the show, she’d have been going crazy, too. It was contagious. It was clear to see how appreciative G was, too. My favorite aspect of the whole show might have been G-Eazy’s demeanor. He was polite, approachable, friendly to his fans, and humble. He was having just as much fun as any of the rest of us.

He played a ton of songs, both old and new, and for each and every one of them, he had the whole crowd singing along. Several times, he was able to put the microphone out toward the audience and they were able to finish the lines for him. He also did a freestyle somewhere in there (thanks for the Sunset in the Rearview shoutout!), and he ended the set by doing a stage dive, which set the ladies in the crowd on fire. Consider that a Christmas gift! Oh, and maybe the tit tat you got from G after the show, too.

I would love to go into more specifics, but I was having a bit too much fun to…um…well, remember all of the specifics. But as G told me yesterday, “[I] survived.” That’s the bottom line. That and the fact that I had a fucking blast. G-Eazy for life.

Live footage (apologies for the small size):

Oh and here was my view of the show:

G-Eazy Oakland

Here is one of me and G hanging before the show.

SunsetRearview G-Eazy Gerald Gillum at The New Parish

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Skrillex – Summit Ft Ellie Goulding (Aylen Remix)

Skrillex – Summit Ft Ellie Goulding (Aylen Remix) || Download

I’ve featured Aylen on here before, and with every new release I start to like him a little bit more. He’s a young producer, still in his teenage years, but I have the distinct feeling that he is going to become a very big name. This track is currently sitting at a nice #3 on the Hype Machine charts, and I’m happy to see him getting some increased recognition.

I’ve started to fall out of love with Skrillex–he seems more and more like a one trick pony with each new release–but Aylen puts a really nice twist on this one. Fresh out of the Skrillex laboratories, Aylen boosts this track by using more of Ellie’s beautiful (angelic, really) voice, and that’s a huge plus for me. I want Ellie’s babies. I really like his twist on the bassline too, and it’s cool to see him change things both in very noticeable ways and very subtle ways–a true testament to Aylen’s ability.


Dream Big


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Timeflies – 2011

New Years is just a few days away, and a few days ago, Timeflies wrapped up their huge year they had by crafting a dope ass song recapping their 2011, which is arguably one of their best Timeflies Tuesdays.

Let’s just realize that Timeflies was born in 2011 and spread like wild fire. Viral youtube videos, dropping a debut album that cracked iTunes top 10 albums, being on the Big Ten Championship Game, and ESPN, touring more than they probably expected, and becoming without a doubt one of the most loved newcomers because, well, what’s not to like? I’m proud to say I got to sit down with these guys to interview them.

What’s next for them in 2012? The sky is the limit.

Kudos to Cal & Rez.

This is probably my last post for me in 2011, so Happy New Years and I just have one request….

“Lose your mind when the clock strikes midnight.”

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Frank Ocean – 4 Tears

Frank Ocean released a new song the other day, and it’s just what we’ve come to know and love about Frank. His angelic voice, his sweet instrumental backdrops, his ability to sing me to sleep at night. Seriously though, I think I could fall asleep to his voice every.single.night. Tell me you’re not loving this. (And is that a shout out to @THEArjunGrover in the beginning when he says ‘swag swag’…I think it might be.)

Frank released it on his Tumblr page the other day with the message ‘I just listened to this a few times for myself. figured maybe some else needed to hear it. it’s called ‘4 tears’.

MP3: “4 Tears” – Frank Ocean

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Rich Kid Sound System – Hey! Young Girl!

Rich Kid Sound System will be releasing new material every week for a bit here. Not a bad deal, eh? This one dropped earlier this morning and features a smooth acoustic guitar riff, bouncy percussion and bars about them girls that try a little too hard to put on a show for the boys. Are you a young girl?

Posing for the mirror / You dont have to change at all /
You fake it for the photographs / Your smile just says it all

Rich Kid Sound System- Hey! Young Girl! by Rich Kid Sound System


Q spits some hot bars on this “freestyle.”

Q Freestyle Synthetic Love by Rich Kid Sound System

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Sol – Stage Dive

I really do remember listening to “This Shit” for the first time. I remember how familiar it sounded. I don’t know how to explain it. It felt like it could have been played at Woodstock or been the background to one of those The Wonder Years montages. I had a weird childhood. Anyway, Sol seems to be the chillest guy alive and his music reflects this–not because it’s lazy or anything but because it’s so easy on the ears. The Nima Skeemz-produced beat will instantly get your head bobbing, and Sol will keep you entertained and intrigued with his story. His debut album Yours Truly comes out on January 20th, and if you like paying for music for whatever crazy reason, you can buy “Stage Dive” on iTunes here.

“So we live life like we can die from it,

So we stage dive like we get high from it.”

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[Videos] Basketball Has Returned

“Everyone gather around as basketball is back

So grab your finest beer, and a tasty snack.

From noon to midnight, tune into to some of the best players

As they take the court, and small market teams say their prayers.

LeBron’s hair line is still receding,

And for that, I am thankful, because he sucks!”

A poem written by Jordan. Go Cavs!


Classic movie, classic song.

Back when Bow Wow was relevant, but still, a great song from a great movie, Like Mike.

Did I hit a three this morning while playing basketball and said to my brother/defender “Whoomp! There it is!” No. But in my head I did.

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Saturday at Sunset: The British Rap Invasion

We Americans seem to have a very specific idea of British people: they are prim and proper and have bad teeth. Needless to say, a lot of these stereotypes are not true. Every Brit does not talk in the same accent. Most of them are not Sean Connery. And sometimes they rap.

Below are a few of my favorite British rappers (listed in no particular order).

1. Speech Debelle

I’m not the type of person who can ever have a “homegirl.” It’s sad but true, and I think I’ve finally come to terms with this fact. It’d be weird! But if I could have a homegirl, it’d be Speech Debelle. She is just so cool and so real that her music is infectious. Her sound is like a throwback to the catchy, unconventional hooks and the loose instrumentals of the 90’s–trumpets and all. Listen to “The Key” and “Spinnin'” from her debut album Speech Therapy and her brand new single “Studio Backpack Rap” off her sophomore effort Freedom of Speech (due out in February) below.

MP3: “The Key” – Speech Debelle

MP3: “Spinnin'” – Speech Debelle

MP3: “Studio Backpack Rap” – Speech Debelle

2. Tinie Tempah

Tinie Tempah has made it in Britain, and it seems like he’s slowly convincing the American audience. He just released a free EP follow-up to his weirdly-titled debut album Disc-Overy, and it has been getting significant coverage in the blogosphere. Personally, I don’t like Tinie that much. I think his sound is too “radio” for me. The production on his music sounds fake and phony–like his producers prostituted their uniqueness for the “greater good.” It’s all too “communist revolution” for me. Whatever that means.

MP3: “Wonderman (ft. Ellie Goulding)” – Tinie Tempah

MP3: “Wonderman (ft. Ellie Goulding) (Xaphoon Jones Remix)” – Tinie Tempah

MP3: “Like It or Love It” – Tinie Tempah

3. Wretch 32

Wretch 32 is not your average rapper. He doesn’t rap about hoes and bitches. He raps about working hard to support his son and utilizing his talents to follow his dreams. He tells a story with every song–a short vignette about his struggle. His debut album Black and White is full of these narratives that work well to form a succinct album. Check out my favorites from the album below.

MP3: “Forgiveness (ft. Etta Bond)” – Wretch 32

MP3: “Hush Little Baby (ft. Ed Sheeran)” – Wretch 32

MP3: “Don’t Go (ft. Josh Kumra)” – Wretch 32

4. The Streets

A list about British rap cannot be complete without the legendary Mike Skinner. Seriously, if you haven’t gotten into The Streets yet, you’re missing out on some of the best hip-hop music ever created.

MP3: “Dry Your Eyes” – The Streets

MP3: “Going Through Hell” – The Streets

MP3: “OMG” – The Streets

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the fight in the dog…

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Top Songs of December 2011

Football on all day today? Playoff scenarios all over the place? I’ll take it! Hopefully your teams come out victorious!

I’m rollin’ this one out a little early because I will be away for New Years. Since this is the last “Best of” for 2011, I’m gonna do this one a little differently. This kind of has like an accolade type thing going on. You’ll see what I mean as you read on. As for the album cover? I got bored and just figured I’d make a collage of the artists. Enjoy!

Download Best Songs of December 2011

Best Song & Most Likely To Take Lydia Out For A Romantic Sushi Dinner:

Skizzy Mars – Shangri La (Skizzy had a better month than CuDi)

Best Verse: Dylan Owen – Dreams

Best Word Play: Tinie Tempah ft. Big Sean – Lucky Cunt

Best Pick Up Line: Mike Posner – Looks Like Sex

Best New Artist: Carousel – The Thrill

Weirdest Song: Steve Aoki ft. KiD CuDi & Travis Barker – CuDi The KiD

Best Chance of a Midlife Crisis:   Rich Kid Sound System – I Want It All

Best Concert To Attend This Month: G-Eazy – Lost In Translation

Best Mashup: Sex Ray Vision – Turn Up The Love

Best Sample: Hendersin – Keep Ya Head Up

Best Tuesday: Timeflies – Space Jam

Underdog Alert: Y LUV – Keep It Rollin

Most ControversialLana Del Ray – Off To The Races

Best Chance of Annoying People Around You: Skrillex – Levels Remix

Most Likely To Make Women All Hot & BotheredCollin McLoughlin – Is It Love

Best Song Not Released In December: Youth Lagoon – 17

Okay, maybe I did just pick random songs and give them an accolade? Ah well. Have fun and stay safe on New Years! See you for Best of January!

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Merry Christmas! 2011 Indie Christmas Music

So I know that it’s also Hanukkah right now, but even the best of Jews whom I know can really get down with a good Christmas tune. This Christmas, I bring to you six Christmas tunes from different indie bands. Some are original, some are remakes, but all are delightful. Merry Christmas to the best fans in the whole wide world. A kiss on the cheek to all of you. Love, Lydia

This isn’t your traditional Christmas song, but it’s easily one of the more honest and gut-wrenching songs about Christmas that you’ll ever hear. Diamond Rugs is a collaboration between John McCauley (Deer Tick), Robbie Crowell (Deer Tick), Ian Saint Pe (The Black Keys), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate) and Bryan Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite). Beautiful.

MP3: “Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant” – Diamond Rugs

There’s something angelic about a sweet song being sung by an even sweeter voice set to the backdrop of trumpets and grand pianos. Apollo Run absolutely nails this Christmas tune. Truly beautiful. Rejoice, rejoice.
MP3: “All That You Give” – Apollo Run

Tristen will take something as youthful as “Frosty The Snowman” and magically make it a touch sexier.
MP3: “Frosty The Snowman” – Tristen

Pop band from Cleveland, The Modern Electric, sings about the joys, struggles, and triumphs of a Christmas on the Northcoast. Wow. Toward the end of the song, the build-up of all the voices singing along to the chorus? Such a great touch. Raise your beer, it’s a Christmas on the northcoast. Raise your voice, it’s a carol that you know.
MP3: “Northcoast Christmas” – The Modern Electric

In my mind, there’s nothing more Christmasy in music than the sound of shaken bells and choral voices. Parenthetical Girls were sure to include both in their original tune, “Christmas Past.”
I’m coming home. Are you coming home? When are you coming home? Baby please come home.

MP3: “Christmas Past” – Parenthetical Girls

Niki & The Dove cover Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song.” Short, but incredibly sweet.

Niki and The Dove – The Christmas Song by The Line Of Best Fit


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