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NYC Scene Report - Lion Babe, Fascinator, & more
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

This week's edition of Neighborhood Watch: NYC features the soul music of Lion Babe, hip-hop from Metermaids, electro-psych pop from Fascinator, deep electro-pop-rock from Glass Gang, and the singer-songwriter stylings of David Bronson.

Read the full column at Arena.com.


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Little Boots Gets Down To "Business"

Five years ago Little Boots burst onto the pop scene with her debut album, Hands. As the years passed, however, she found herself wanting to go in other artistic directions. Using personal creativity as her GPS, she led herself to Business Pleasure.

Read the full interview at Arena.com.


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Pop Shots - Bumps and Bruises
Monday, November 24, 2014

Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from Bono’s many mishaps, to Taylor Swift battling herself, to Eminem and Iggy Azalea having some not so nice words for each other, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.

* Bono had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. First the Learjet he was in lost its door mid-flight, and then he got into an accident while riding a bicycle in Central Park that was so bad he required surgery. With Bono out of commission, U2 was forced to postpone their weeklong residency at The Tonight Show. All of that is the bad news, the good news is Citi Bike's upcoming "We almost killed Bono" campaign is looking great!

* The musical lineup for this year’s Victoria's Secret Fashion Show has been announced, and it includes Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande. Scantily clad models, and great pop music? Hmm, throw in a baseball game and I think I will have found the Heaven on earth Belinda Carlisle once sang of.

* Speaking of Taylor Swift, the cover girl of the current issues of both TIME and Businessweek, made history when her single "Blank Space" hit #1 this past week. "Blank Space" replaced her previous single, "Shake It Off," at the top of the chart, making her the first woman in the 56 year history of the Billboard Hot 100 to knock her own song out of the top spot. This is the perfect allegory for the music industry today, because the only competition for Taylor Swift, is Taylor Swift herself.

* A team of pop musicians is hoping to kill ebola with music as One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Chris Martin, Bono, Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding, and Sam Smith are among a lineup of artists that remade the Band Aid charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas." The proceeds from sales of the song will go to fight ebola in Africa, and if it works I expect Nicki Minaj, J.Lo, Iggy Azalea, Sir Mix-A-Lot, and Uncle Luke to team up for a song to cure flat asses.

* Last week the folks over at The Voice learned an important lesson regarding research – they should actually do it. Their complete lack of research was revealed after a producer emailed Jason Isbell asking him if he'd like to audition for the show. What the producer didn't realize was that Isbell is this year's Americana Music Awards Album of the Year winner, and is in no need of a reality TV boost. The Voice won't be deterred in their quest for singers, however, as they just heard about a real up and comer named Adele who they'd like to book for an audition.

* Giorgio Moroder, the producer behind some of Donna Summer's biggest hits in the late 1970s, is making a comeback, as he announced he'll be releasing his first “solo” studio album in 30 years. “Solo” is in quotes because the project will reportedly feature collaborations with Britney Spears, Sia, Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue, Mikky Ekko, Foxes, and Matthew Koma, among others. My biggest hope for the project is that it will result in the world finally getting the long-awaited sequel to the Chicago White Sox's disastrous Disco Demolition Night.

* In truly disturbing news, Eminem rapped about raping Iggy Azalea on a new song, saying, "Put that shit away Iggy / You don't wanna blow that rape whistle on me / Scream! / I love it / 'Fore I get lost with the gettin' off." Iggy lamented in a tweet that her 14 year old brother is a big Eminem fan, and now the artist he admired is talking about raping her. In a rare moment of serious for me, I have to ask, what on earth is Eminem thinking? Iggy is 24. Em has an 18 year old daughter currently in college, surrounded by frat bros who are heavily influenced by his music. Such a lyric represents an astounding level of idiocy, and complete lack of awareness.

* Speaking of the offspring of the uber-famous, Will Smith's 16 year old son, Jaden, who has become a lightening rod for social media banter thanks to his strange tweets, released an album last week titled CTV2. The album was made available for free via a new app titled “Jaden Experience.” Want to know what would happen if you grew up the son of stars of music and film? There's an app for that!

* Finally, because Thanksgiving is this Thursday, there’s no better time to re-foist the awfulness that is “It’s Thanksgiving” onto the world.

And with that, my time is up for the week, but I'll be back next week with more shots on all things pop.


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Vid Pick: Homeboy Sandman - Problems
Friday, November 21, 2014

For longtime Homeboy Sandman fans, "Problems" is like a holy trinity of what we love about him as an artist. The song features his wit, wisdom, and personality, which is really the absolute pinnacle for an emcee.

For those accustomed to Sandman's faster flow, "Problems" slows things down a bit, as he makes sure you can understand every word while he contemplates the issues he's going through, which range from tests at the free clinic, to wondering if he's a hipster.

"Problems" was produced by Knxwledge, and is off of Sandman's latest album, Hallways. The black and white video for the song was directed by Adam Tyree. Check it out, and groove to some of Homeboy Sandman's "Problems."


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Corn Mo Turns His Unique Life Into Adventurous Music
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Upon walking into Rockwood Music Hall one night a few weeks ago I saw a long haired, bearded man on stage playing an accordion and singing a song about Frankenstein. That man was Corn Mo, and that moment was just the tip of the iceberg.

Read the full story at Arena.com.


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New Beat Fund Stay Fun, Add Depth
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SoCal stoner party rockers New Beat Fund have a surprise for fans attending the band’s winter tour that began on November 10th, and will conclude on December 14th. The surprise being some of the group’s new music might not be what everyone expects.

Read the full interview at Arena.com.


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NYC Scene Report - Dream Police, Chumped, & more
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

This week’s edition of Neighborhood Watch: NYC features info on the debut album from The Men side project Dream Police, as well as news on the first full length release from Brooklyn bummer punk band Chumped, an EP from rockers Barkhouse, and a third album from pop harmonizers Anawan.

Read the full column at Arena.com.


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