Posts by Jeremy Blacklow
- Jeremy Blacklow at Yahoo Music16 days ago
House music lost its "Godfather" on Monday afternoon when the legendary Frankie Knuckles passed away at 59 from complications due to Type II diabetes.
Frankie was born and raised in New York City, but made a name for himself in the Chicago scene where his work in the studio and at clubs like the Warehouse and the Power Plant in the '80s helped create the soulful foundations of contemporary dance music. He later returned to NYC where he continued his legacy for two more decades, much to the delight of dance floor inhabitants who would flock to the city's clubs from around the world for a chance to hear him play.
Frankie didn't just remix others' music, he was an artist and producer in his own right. Personally, I last had the honor of hearing him spin many of his best tracks live in NYC in the summer of 2013 at a party on the rooftop of Hudson Terrace. The event was nothing short of heavenly.
- Jeremy Blacklow at Yahoo Music28 days ago
It doesn't get much happier than wagging along to this. The folks over at The Pet Collective are at it again, this time featuring a whole lot of adorable dogs and puppies romping around to the tune of Pharrell's hit Academy Award-nominated song "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2." In the changed lyrics, the song takes on a canine perspective on happiness. "I might be waggy, but I wanna play / I'm your best friend but you can get away / I deserve a treat 'cause I'm a lucky babe / I got hair, shakin' the air, doggie by the day," the new track goes. [Related: Watch 'Elf' Reenacted by Pug Puppies] it's unclear if Pharrell resang the song or not, but it certainly sounds like him. Consider us barking along! In celebration of the International Day of Happiness, Pharrell partnered with the United Nations Foundation to celebrate 24 hours of happiness. Check out some his favorite videos from around the world on his website.
- Yahoo Music1 mth ago
It's a happy robot day, indeed.
Fans of both Daft Punk and Jay Z awoke with glee this morning as a never-before-released collaboration from two of music's biggest acts leaked online.
"Computerized," a track intended for the Daft Punk-composed score to the 2010 Disney film "TRON: Legacy," surfaced Monday on a Daft Punk fan site, and although reps for the artists have yet to confirm the track as 100 percent legit, it certainly seems to be. (A publicist for Daft Punk's label didn't know anything about the track or its authenticity; personal reps for Jay Z and Daft Punk didn't immediately respond to Yahoo's calls seeking comment; however, Pitchfork reported that the song "in fact, real.")
- Yahoo Music1 mth ago
Bob Casale, guitarist for the reverse-flowerpot-hat-wearing '80s new wave band Devo, died Monday of heart failure at age 61. Casale was one of the founding members of the Ohio band best known for its 1980 hit "Whip It," one of the first videos in heavy rotation on MTV when the music channel launched in 1981. The surviving members of Devo, which first formed in 1972, posted a tribute to Casale on their website. "As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning," his brother and fellow band member Gerald Casale wrote. "He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got." He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again," Gerald continued. "His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all." Bob is survived by wife Lisa, daughter Samantha, and son Alex.
- Jeremy Blacklow at The New Now2 mths ago
She might not have any postcode envy, but Lorde sure is thankful to her home country. After winning two Grammys on Sunday (for Song of the Year and Pop Solo Performance, besting the likes of Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Pink, and Macklemore along the way), Kiwi hero Lorde, 17, returned to her native New Zealand on Wednesday, and made sure to send out some serious love to her fans. "if you're reading this, Joel & I won. HOLY CRAP," begins the handwritten full-page ad/thank-you note the "Royals" placedin the New Zealand Herald.
- Yahoo Music2 mths ago
Say it ain't so, muskrat lovers! Cathryn "Toni" Tennille, 73, one-half of the chart-topping '70s musical team the Captain and Tennille, has filed for divorce from her husband, Daryl "The Captain" Dragon, 71, after 39 years of marriage. A spokesman for the Yavapai County courthouse told Yahoo on Wednesday that the petition was filed in Prescott, Arizona, on Jan. 16. The long-time duo have no children together. The husband-and-wife tandem was the force behind such a slew of easy-listening hits, including "Love Will Keep Us Together," "Muskrat Love," "Do That to Me One More Time," "Lonely Night (Angel Face)," and "Shop Around. The Captain was originally a keyboardist for the Beach Boys — with Toni later joining him on tour. They launched their own act in 1974 after being discovered by Neil Sedaka performing at the Smokehouse restaurant in Burbank, California. They won the Record of the Year Grammy in 1975 for "Love Will Keep Us Together," and went on to host a variety series on ABC from 1976-77. Dragon said that he was blind-sided by the filing."I don't know why she filed," he told TMZ. "I gotta figure it out for myself first."
- Yahoo Music3 mths ago
One Direction are on top of the world. With a hit new album on their hands, two of their catchiest singles ever dominating radio, and an upcoming 2014 world tour on the horizon, you'd think nothing could go wrong for the fearless quintet.
It's actually been a rather stressful week for the 1Ders! That is, as stressful as things can get when you're the cutest darn boy band on the planet.
Here's a recap of five really tough things that happened to the "Midnight Memories" makers this past week.
1) Niall goes under the knife — Oh no! Niall's injury is worse than we all first thought! It was common knowledge that he blew out his knee back in December during rehearsals, but we didn't the extent of his injuries.
After pictures emerged in British newspaper The Sun of the blond babe hobbling around on crutches, he took to Twitter to take control of the rumor mill:
Hey guys I know most of you have seen those pics today! Yes Ive had major knee surgery , a much larger surgery than first anticipated ,
But i would like to tell u , it was a complete success ! Considering the scale of it! So all I ask of you guys is that you would respect my
- Yahoo Music3 mths ago
It's that time of year again when music writers get a chance to share their totally subjective year end lists. As Yahoo's resident electronic music expert, for the second year in a row I have the honor of writing a bit about my top electronic music album picks with all of you. Electronic dance music (EDM to some) is a diverse field made up of many different genres and sub-genres — most fans would likely scoff at the idea of trying to compile a list like this, when any such attempt is like comparing apples and oranges. Moreover, this is a list only of full albums (with one EP exception), and most folks making electronic music are more likely to have put out singles or remixes rather than albums (hence the absence of several very popular DJs like Hardwell, Laidback Luke, Martin Solveig, Nicky Romero, and many others). As I always like to disclaim before doing lists like this, this is simply my personal Top 10 list — yours very well might look quite different. Admittedly, my picks happen to also be very mainstream. That's just the direction my taste happens to lean. But we want to hear from you. Do you agree or disagree with these picks? What were your favorite electronic albums of the year? Take a moment to share your thoughts in the comments section below. 10. Kavinsky — "Outrun" I first heard of French artist Kavinsky through his track "Nightcall" from the 2011 film "Drive." A couple of years later, he exploded onto the scene with his video game sound influenced debut album, which lived up to the promise of that first breakthrough single. If "Tron" ever makes another sequel, this is the guy to grab the torch from Daft Punk and produce the soundtrack. 9. Rudimental — "Home" Although Rudimental first hit the scene in 2012, their debut album officially dropped in 2013. This Brit quartet is the sole drum and bass representative on my list. The album is a solid compilation of various sounds from start to finish, and features singers including Emili Sandé, Foxes, Angel Haze, John Newman, and Alex Clare. Expect big things from them in the near future. 8. RAC — "Don't Talk To" (EP) Sure it's only a 4-song EP, but the gentlemen also known as Remix Artist Collective made quite an impact in 2013, mostly on the strength of their first original production, "Let Go" (feat. Kele and MNDR). According to their Facebook page, they recently finished mastering on a full-length album, which should be out in early 2014. Their remixes of Phoenix's "Trying to be Cool" and Two Door Cinema Club's "Next Year" (neither of which were on this EP) were two of the best remixes of the year. 7. Major Lazer - "Free The Universe" Major Lazer certainly delivered the dance party album of the year. Diplo kept his dancehall outfit going strong with its second full-length studio album, featuring artists ranging from Flux Pavilion and Elephant Man to Santigold, Peaches,
- Jeremy Blacklow at Yahoo Music4 mths ago
Melissa Etheridge is again speaking out for gay and lesbian equality, and this time she's sending her message through a new song.
The rocker debuted her new track, "Uprising of Love," in NYC this week, in conjunction with the launch of the same-named non-profit organization. The group, which supports same-sex freedom, took its name from Melissa's song, which will be released commercially in early 2014.
Celebs including Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Jake Shears, Lance Bass, Lily Tomlin, Jim Parsons, James Franco, Julianne Moore, Judith Light, and Sigourney Weaver are all joining Etheridge to stand up in support of gay rights in Russia, in the precipitous approach of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The new non-profit's goal is twofold:
1. To support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex community in Russia and foster an atmosphere where Russians feel bolstered to be themselves and speak up for this cause, and …
2. To raise awareness among the international community to continue to build public pressure and vigilance.
- Jeremy Blacklow at Yahoo Music4 mths ago
You could probably count on one paw the number of people who were surprised yesterday when the news came out that Lady Gaga's latest album, "ARTPOP," sold only 258K copies in its debut week.
For those of you keeping score, that's just slightly less than the 286K sold by Katy Perry's "Prism" in mid-October or the 270K sold by Miley Cyrus's "Bangerz" two weeks before that. It was still enough to debut at #1 on the Billboard album charts, but it's a huge drop from the 1,108K copies of Gaga's previous album, 2011's "Born This Way" (even if you take away the 440K copies of that album which sold for $.99 through Amazon, "Born This Way" still sold 668K full-price opening week copies). My Yahoo Music cohort Paul Grein has a much more detailed chart analysis in his weekly column.
Here are five reasons we think "ARTPOP" is a flop, compared to what it could've been:
1) It's Too Highbrow