Morning Commute – Heartless – “Project Window”

“There’s so much poverty up in the ghetto take my words and and imagine your life getting better

I was like you little homie believe matter fact these words is you speaking through me

thinking about all the things you going through now

food low and you breaking your first package down

You got
visions of being a superstar
but you know to accomplish you gotta sell hard ”

 

Let’s start off your Thursday with a song you can listen to at work. This song is a positive message about making something of yourself out of a bad situation, and it doesn’t have any profanity at all in the lyrics. Now, as someone who curses very frequently, that’s not something I look for specifically in music, but I am definitely struck by it when I notice it. It’s difficult to capture the darker parts of reality without using profanity, but I think that’s exactly what Heartless has accomplished here, and it’s really impressive. I also think I understand the rationale. If his goal is to be a positive voice for the next generation, he is placing an importance on that voice being clean, but also authentic. I think he accomplishes that goal here.

Bio: Lendell Black, ubiquitously known as Heartless, is an American rapper and hip-hop artist. Hailing from Pittsburgh, Heartless is popularly known for his profanity-free and upbeat music, and according to some is another “Bone Crusher” in the making. However, according to Black, ” I have my own style”, which is rightly so as his music is known to strike a chord, thus making it a fulfilling yet exciting experience for his audience.

-Caleb

Looking for more? We’ve added this song and more to our September TOTD Playlist.

Episode 17: Idols

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***NOTE: OUR AUDIO ISN’T PERFECT IN THIS EPISODE DUE TO A ROUGH SKYPE CONNECTION AND SOME PESKY CICADAS, IT WILL BE FIXED NEXT WEEK, BUT CHECK OUT THE AMAZING MUSIC***

Join Seth and Caleb as they premiere a song, discuss idols, self-love, #metoo, the war on drugs, sex and money, gun control, and as always, the very best music you’ve never heard before.

Show Notes

Intro: pig$ – “Out Gettin’ Sushi”
Elevenpigs – Out-gettin-sushi-1

Emily Brown – “Beautiful Baby” (PREMIERE)
youtu.be/AYjXaHjVN98

2. Welshly Arms – “Down to the River”
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cHCqXVUE74
bsideguys.com/2018/06/04/welshly-arms/
The band are playing Reading and Leeds festival in the UK 24 to 26 Aug please nme.com/news/music/reading-an…-2018-line-up-2240997

3. Gareth Inkster – “Misfire”
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOLty211S6A
bsideguys.com/2018/06/07/garethinkster/
Debut EP (which features Misfire) on the 20th.

4. Jamar Carr – “American Way”
www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_CKV6uxgQE
bsideguys.com/2018/06/04/jamar-carr/

Check out “Million Dollar Slaves” and “Elevators”
Check out 13th documentary on Netflix

5 and 6. Jim Audet – “Sex and Money” and “Mojave Rain”
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTI7kJ5GXC0
www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5Ls0AjtigE
bsideguys.com/2018/06/01/jim-audet/

7. Keyiente – “Why Don’t You”
www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5aIAg_7Skk
bsideguys.com/2018/06/08/keyiente/

Bonus Episode: Sam Damask (Grand Commander) Interview and Demo

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Check out this amazing interview with Sam Damask where we discuss his music video for Grand Commander – Bad Bad Rabbit, Chiptune, being a solo artist, artistic integrity, video games, play a fun quiz, and much more.
Video version:
[youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ffu5CTKeqk]

Here is his music video for “Bad Bad Rabbit”:

[youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzxsZTfzMJ8&w=560&h=315]

 

Mid Day Music Blast: Femke “Wounded”

“Pain is a part of us, but we’ll walk through it”

I really can’t think of a more positive line that I’ve read in a while. This song is dark, but allows you to see the glimpses of hope in the darkness with juxtaposition throughout it. I have always liked artists that are realistic about the trial and tribulations that make us human, yet give a signal of hope to surviving those things.

“Sometimes it hurts too much, memories you can’t untouch”

I just love basically everything about this song. The lyrics, the haunting vocals, the clean production. This is definitely one that will be added to all of my playlists ASAP.

A little more about Femke:

Femke is a producer during the day but an artist at night, and on one of those nights Wounded was born. “It came from kind of a dark but hopeful place, the lyric is the hopeful part but the music still reflects the darkness.” Femke, who has collaborated with artists such as Belle Mt, Estelle,  Mark Hoppus and many more throws a curveball into her mainly electronic repertoire with this song.

 

Find this song and many more on our June TOTD Spotify playlist right here.

-Caleb

 

TOTD: Grizzly Buddha – “Chalis”

 

We have an excellent track for you for today’s Track of the Day. The harmonies in this song immediately blew me away. And it has some great southern style guitar riffs that work relentlessly throughout it. They self describe their sound as “unique with a familiar feel,” and I couldn’t agree more. It has elements of some old greats like Patsy Cline or Janis Joplin, mixed with some modern influence (I hear some First Aid Kit and some Black Keys or Portugal. The Man).

You can find their newest release It’ll Be Too Late When You’re Dead wherever you enjoy music. I think that album title is very appropriate to their artistic expression. Go make things now, ’cause it’ll be too late when you’re dead. And I’m so glad Grizzly Buddha didn’t wait.

 

Check out this song and all of our June TOTD’s on our Spotify Playlist right here. 

-Caleb

 

Mid Day Music Blast: Caroline Lazar “Georgia”

 

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I love how analog this song sounds. It really sounds like your favorite vinyl that you’ve played so many times that there are a few clicks and distortions, but that really adds to the flavor of the song. One of my favorite elements of the song, as someone from the small town south, is the crickets playing the background. It makes me so nostalgic for summer nights where their sounds are the orchestra to playing tag, hide and seek, catching fireflies, etc.

“Why am I looking for you looking for someone else

Bending over backwards to see if you are kissing to tell,

chapped lips soaked in red wine,

maybe it’s the last time.”

 

What a strong start to the song lyrically. It has all of those elements that I mentioned before of the nostalgia of young love, and it’s so relatable. Who hasn’t been caught up with someone and wondered about the intentions, wondered if it was actually going to go anywhere? I really can’t say enough good things about this song. Do yourself a favor and add it to all your playlists. We already added it to ours.

-Caleb

 

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Morning Commute: ollebirde – “You Let Me Down”

Wake up! It’s Saturday morning and I have the perfect song to get your Saturday started right! The build up on this song is so cool, and I love that the melody reminds me so much of that classic Wham! song “Careless Whisper”Where that song meanders and ventures in melancholy, this song stays upbeat and makes you want to dance around the kitchen while you get your coffee going and make brunch plans.

Also, I just have to mention some other things that ollebirde have done that I’m in love with, like this beautiful cover of one of my favorite The National songs:

What I’m basically saying is, go follow them everywhere you can, because they are oozing with potential and I can’t wait to see what else they create.

-Caleb

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