Two days ago Canada legalized marijuana, and impressively timed, that same morning, Classified released the video for his latest single, Legal Marijuana. The video’s a play on the classic Coca-Cola “Hilltop” commercial from 1971. Some people might not like the skewed voice on the chorus but I think it’s catchy. Nova Scotia alone, where Class lives, did $660,000 in marijuana sales that first day.
If the title of the album seems familiar, it’s because in June Classified released an EP titled “Tomorrow Could Be…”, so this full length album is those 6 tracks plus 7 new ones. Super Nova Scotian is the hidden gem near the end of the album; it features Bubbles! Check out the playlist below for the music videos Classified’s released so far for the album.
Logan Magness is an Americana singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Americana is a genre consisting of a mixture of country, folk, blues, and light rock. Born near Memphis, Tennessee, his debut album “Memphis on My Mind” is a tribute to moving back home after spending his last 5 years in San Francisco. His debut album tells his story of falling in and out of love with San Francisco and its people and the hold that Memphis always had on his heart. There’s a great 2-minute Behind The Scenes of the recording process and what the album means to him.
I first met Logan when I was still living in San Francisco. He is a longtime friend of my wife and I was lucky enough to get to know Logan as a friend before I knew him as a music artist. I went to a couple of his live shows in SF, when he was still toying with some of the songs that are now on this album. I remember a great energy in the crowd. His songs told a heartfelt story – often serious – but that didn’t stop him from cracking jokes and lightening the mood between songs. My wife and I were honored to have him play at our wedding last year. Logan has since moved out to Memphis to pursue his music career full time.
Some of my favorites off the album include Melt Like Wax, Thin Red Line, and Lorna. Maybe it’s just me relating Americana to some of the folk/alternative music from back home in east coast Canada, but I find he’s got a bit of a similar sound to Tim Chaisson’s earlier stuff like All Over Again. While “Thin Red Line,” which has a vocal duet with Mary Gauthier has a kind of Sufjan Stevens To Be Alone WIth You feel.
The album broke into the top 100 on the AMA music charts. On the Logan Magness Facebook page, he notes the album is “self-funded, self-produced, and self-released.” So if you like his sound please get the album off iTunes or his website loganmagness.com.
If you’re in Seattle this Friday, Nov 3, come see New Felts perform live @ Skylark (facebook event page for more info). We try to feature up-and-coming indie artists when we can and their new track Ritual Man in particular has got that professional sound that deserves radio airtime in our opinion. I previously saw them perform at The Rendezvous back in August. Click that Like button on New Felts on Facebook to hear about upcoming shows and follow New Felts on SoundCloud for future tracks.
Back in April Ludacris dropped Vitamin D, but his new single “Vices” is on another level. It had been 2 years since Luda dropped a couple tracks on par with this; Beast Mode and Call Ya Bluff. The video follow Luda as he gives into several of his own vices, from in a hotel room in Vegas, to one of his concerts, on the road, and to an after party. Hopefully this is a indication that his anticipated 9th album is in the works.
Ester Dean made waves in the hip-hop scene in ’09 with her hit Drop it Low ft. Chris Brown and then being featured on MGK – Invincible in 2012. In 2015 she ventured into pop with a hit for the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack; Crazy Youngsters. Now she’s jumping into another genre, EDM, with Afrojack and David Guetta. The last big collaboration between Afrojack and Guetta was Hey Mama ft. Nicki Minaj. The video is animated by Sanghon Kim, features a robot woman, almost giving vibes of Ghost in the Shell, with the movie coming out recently.
Tragic. Today we lost one of the most influential lead vocalists, of one of the biggest rock bands, of our generation; Chester Bennington. Just last month Patrick, myself and several of my friends attended what would turn out to be our first and last Linkin Park concert. As noted through various posts on this site, Linkin Park was Pat and I’s favorite band growing up, and there’s a mix of gratefulness that we finally got to see our favorite band perform live, and sadness that we won’t get to do it again. I also discovered today that my fiancé had also bought tickets to give to me on my birthday to see them in Seattle in October. Linkin Park’s Youtube account had released a brand new music video the same morning before the news of Chester’s passing broke, made up of tour footage, it’s now serving as a tribute to Chester, trending at #1 on Youtube.
Off his new EP album 7 Series, Kid Ink teams up with Starrah for his latest single No Strings. Starrah’s on the come up, often not getting the credit she’s due. She’s had an interesting split of serving as songwriter half the time and being a vocalist the other half the time on a slew of hits over the last 2 years. You may recognize her name from being featured on G-Easy – Order More last year. She’s worked with everyone from Drake to Rihana, The Weeknd and Calvin Harris. Keep an eye on her.
Few people will remember this, but this is not the First Time that Kygo and Ellie Goulding have actually worked together (see what we did there?). Well, kind of; in 2014 Kygo was just breaking onto the scene when he released a High For This (Remix) of Ellie Goulding’s 2012 cover of The Weeknd. Kygo’s come a long way since then and now he gets to work with Goulding on an original track. First Time is a follow up hit to another recent collaboration Kygo did with Selenia Gomez titled It Aint Me. The last time we posted on Kygo was his hit Carry Me (2016) and Goulding was On My Mind (2015) .
Linkin Park has now released an official music video for Good Goodbye; their latest single that dropped early last month. The video adds intro music very similar to that of the Stranger Things title sequence, as well as being shot in an similar 1980s sci-fi movie look with neon red/pink bleeding edges. The video combines Mortal Kombat with NBA Jam in a supernatural life-or-death basketball competition where NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar serves as judge and executioner. Pusha T and Stormzy from the single also make appearances in the video. The rest of the album One More Light is out May 19.
The duo of last year’s beer pong anthem Pong Dance is back! This time Vigiland is taking over the repeat button on your Friday nights. With a very similar target audience to that of Pong Dance, their 2014 hit Shots and Squats has been their most successful hit to date.
Update May 11: Vigiland has now released the music video for Friday Night: