The Lonely Island Bring Comedy to Artist of the Week

LONELY-ISLAND-472x472This week, self-described “frappers” The Lonely Island release their second album of what can best be described as “comedy-rap”. Akiva, Jorma, and Andy have produced an album as crass, taboo, and hilarious as you might imagine- featuring songs like “Diaper Money”, “Spring Break Anthem”, “YOLO”- which was featured as a digital short on SNL, and other tracks with titles I can’t repeat here.

Guest contributors include Justin Timberlake, Adam Levine, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, and Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong.

On this station you’ll hear the comedic lineage of the Lonely Island- from influences like Adam Sandler and Monty Python to their comedy brethren like Tenacious D and Flight of the Conchords. You’ll also hear tracks from the stars that have been good enough sports to appear on their albums and videos—like Justin Timberlake, Akon, and even Michael Bolton. The Lonely Island is Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

World Music Festivals Take on the Summer

Desert Blues, Latin Alternative, Gypsy Funk, Arabic,  Brazilian, Afro-pop, Asian, Celtic and a lot more is on tap as festivals, music series and historic tours roll out for Summer 2013.  Here’s a taste of what is in store for the year.

Festivals and Music Series

Maracatu Naçáo Estrela BrilhanteA bunch of summer fests and music series that feature World Music have announced their line-ups.  And there is a LOT to choose from, whether you are into trad, cutting edge, cross-cultural fusions or world DJ culture & dance.  So get out there, some are even FREE!  Here’s just a sampling.

California World Fest 

Celebrate Brooklyn

Grand Performances Los Angeles

Lincoln Center Midsummer Night Swing 

Lincoln Center Out Of Doors 

Rhythm Foundation Miami

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival 

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 

Stern Grove Festival San Francisco 

Ukelele Festival Hawaii 

 

Tours

There are some major – and historic – tours coming this summer too.  Be on the lookout for these and more:

A Tale of Two Nations featuring Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante and Nation Beat. This historic tour not only pairs one of the oldest traditional maracatu groups from Brazil with a contemporary Brooklyn-Brazil cross-cultural mash-up, but it is the first time a trad maracatu group from Brazil has ever toured North America! Thiscarnaval is not to be missed.  August.

Festival au Desert_Caravan For Peace TourFestival au Desert: Caravan of Peace featuring Mali’s Mamadou Kelly & The Ali Farka Touré AllstarsTartit, and Imharhan.  Another historic tour and one with a message and the hope of keeping Timbuktu’s legendary Festival au Desert alive, which has been canceled due to Mali’s tumultuous civil war.  “Until the music can return to its roots with freedom of expression and dignity, the Festival au Desert has become, a Festival in Exile.”  July.

Fatoumata Diawarawho has enjoyed quite a buzz since the release of her debut CD Fatou,brings more of Mali’s rich musical tradition and songs about love, politics and empowerment to North America for a two month tour beginning in June

Nigerian Toureg guitar sensation Bombino, who just released a new CD produced by Black Key Dan Auerbach,  will be on the road through July 26.  His hypnotic show is something to revel in!

The legendary Gipsy Kings return to North America July 28 through August 12.

Reggae stalwarts Steel Pulse will bring their groove all this summer too with dates through August.

Up-and-coming Indian folk-rocker,  Raghu Dixit joins Indian tradition with contemporary stylings.  He brings his energetic show to North America in July

Solas, the quintessential Irish-American band, is touring all summer long and well into the fall in support the release of their latest CD.

Italy’s fabulous Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, who hail from Salento, Puglia, will be in North America for most of July.  

Like I mentioned at the start,  this is just a taste. There is so much more world music going on across North America this summer.  Rise up, get out, enjoy and support live music!

 

 

 

Queens of the Stone Age – Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

QOTSA-472x472At this point, Queens of the Stone Age is a project of Josh Homme and friends. From his stoner-rock beginnings in California’s Mojave Desert to his current status as a swaggering rock icon and sought-after guest star on numerous other projects, the Queens remain his most consistent outlet and output.

This week, Queens of the Stone Age release their 6th album—called “Like Clockwork.” It’s their first album since 2007; Dave Grohl played drums on 6 of the tracks, and the album includes guest appearances from Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, Trent Reznor, and even Elton John.

On this week’s Artist of the Week station, you’ll hear tracks from “…Like Clockwork”, along with a look at the music DNA of Josh Homme and Queens of the Stone Age- the artists they draw inspiration from and the many musicians that are directly influenced by their work.

Click here to check out Queens of the Stone Age – Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

Eliane Elias Celebrates Chet Baker on Slacker Jazz

Eliane Elias I Thought About YouWhile the Great American Songbook and Bossa Nova might at first seem to be disparate juxtapositions, it’s wise to remember that Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto were huge fans of Chet Baker’s relaxed, lyrical delivery of standards. Baker remains an iconic pioneer of West Coast Cool, as both an immediately identifiable vocalist and versatile trumpeter.

On her new Concord Jazz release, “I Thought About You,” vocalist /pianist Eliane Elias pays tribute to vocalist/trumpeter Baker, without losing sight of her Brazilian roots.  Eliane’s former husband, trumpeter Randy Brecker, puts his personal  stamp  on  “There Will Never Be Another You, “ “That Old Feeling,” and “Just Friends.” His phrasing shows that he is aware of Baker’s clear tone and subdued style yet inventive enough to develop a sense of originality on these standards.

Just as Baker grew up listening to music of the ‘30’s and ‘40’s, Elias and Brecker obviously grew up with an appreciation for Baker’s charismatic delivery and subdued style.  Elias, who has previously paid tribute to Jobim and Bill Evans on record, once again proves she is an artist beyond category!

Enjoy the essence of Eliane Elias’ “I Thought About You” on Slacker Jazz and Slacker Modern Jazz!

Carrie Underwood’s “See You Again” is the Song Stuck In My Head

Carrie Underwood "See You Again" Originally written for the 2010 Narnia movie, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, “See You Again” is the 4th single off Carrie Underwood’s platinum-selling album, Blown Away.

Underwood is asking fans to share their graduation photos on Instagram with the hashtag #CUAgain, picking her favorites and posting to her Facebook page. Check out “See You Again” now— it’s the Song Stuck In My Head on Slacker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montreal’s Osheaga Music and Arts Festival Announces Lineup

osheaga music festival lineup This week, Montreal’s Osheaga Music and Arts Festival announced its much-anticipated final lineup and daily schedule. The 3-day festival, which takes place August 2-4 at Parc Jean Drapeau will welcome The Cure, Beck and Mumford and Sons as this year’s headliners. Other heavy hitters include Phoenix, Frank Ocean, Vampire Weekend, New Order, Imagine Dragons, The Lumineers, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Alt-J.

With Montreal’s vibrant indie scene, Osheaga has always included home-grown talent to the roster, this year being Stars, Mac DeMarco, and We Are Wolves. Other notable Canucks who will be there include Tegan and Sara, Diamond Rings, Hollerado and k-os. Click on the poster to see the full lineup.

image04The Osheaga Music and Arts Festival began back in 2006 as a 2-day festival and has since grown to be the largest of its kind in Canada. It attracts music fans from across North America and Europe. Throughout the years it has featured some of the biggest names in music like Coldplay, The Black Keys, Arcade Fire, Eminem and Weezer.

The artists have come to love being part of the festival as well, having as much fun backstage as on stage. The catering of celebrity chef Chuck Hughes is always a huge hit!

Osheaga is truly a unique experience…Parc Jean Drapeau is located on the small island of Ile Ste-Hélène, adjacent to the island of Montreal, in the middle of the St-Lawrence river… getting there is easy, either by subway (called the metro), car, bus or bike.  The grounds of the park are filled with lush trees and little ravines…you wander through the woods to the various stages scattered throughout the park, checking out the art stations along the way. There is also a wide-open space where the 2 main stages are located and where the big name artists play…you can be a part of the action in the crowd or chillin’ up on the hill – listening to tunes, basking in the sun, taking in the beautiful Montreal cityscape in the background – either way there is no festival experience like it!

osheaga music festival

Single day tickets or 3 day passes are available. If you can make it, click here to purchase passes and stay tuned as we update you from the festival!

 

10 Remixed Pop Songs in Heavy Rotation Right Now

Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 3.10.59 PMHellllllloooo pop music fans! Live from the city of San Francisco where EDM lives and breathes. I’m Ms. Jackson…music head, DJ and pop music monster. I wanted to pull together a few of the hottest House, Electro, Hip-Hop and Pop remixes from the best DJ / Producers right now.

From the king of the remix, Diddy putting his magic touch on “Scream And Shout” to powerhouse producers and DJs, Sick Individuals, adding hard hitting electro sounds to Icona Pop’s dance anthem – the talent in remixing is alive and well.

Enjoy all these songs on Slacker’s Pop Remix station and let us know which ones are your favorites!

Bruno MarsBruno Mars “Locked Out Of Heaven (Sultan And Ned Shepard Remix)”
Yeah we have been singing along to this tune since it came out but this remix will make your heart buckle from all the bass. “Ah yeah yeah, ah yeah yeah yeah yeah…”

 

Rihanna “Diamonds (Dave Aude 100 Edit)”
Shining bright like a diamond with some beats added from the king of dance and house remixes.

 

Emeli Sandé “Next To Me (Kendrick Lamar Remix)”
The hip-hop heavyweight Kendrick Lamar adds his lyrical force to Britain’s rising pop star debut single.

 

Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera “Feel This Moment (Riddler & Reid Stefan Radio Mix)”
In straight 1980s synth style using A-Ha’s “Take On Me” sample, Riddler and Reid Stefan keep the fist pumping effect with a powerful electro house remix.

 

Calvin HarrisCalvin Harris featuring Florence Welch “Sweet Nothing (Diplo & Grandtheft Remix)”
Diplo and Grandtheft join forces to this already killer collaboration with trap style snares and synths.

Krewella “Alive (Cash Cash & Kalkutta Remix)”
Crank this one up and say Y.O.L.O.

 

Will.I.Am ft. Britney Spears Diddy Hit Boy Lil Wayne and Waka Flocka “Scream and Shout (Remix)”
Diddy calls this the “Super Black Man Remix”….OKAY (in my Lil’ Jon voice)?!?!

 

Icona Pop “I Love It (Sick Individuals Remix)”
I don’t think there could be a mix to top this pop dance anthem but (no pun intended) this is SICK.

 

David Guetta featuring Ne-Yo and Akon “Play Hard (R3hab Remix)”
Maybe Mr. Guetta didn’t mean to straight pull the hook from Alice Deejay’s “Better Off Alone” but dang R3hab (that’s the number 3 instead of an ‘e’ for all that don’t know) kills it as always with this electro banger.

 

Ellie GouldingEllie Goulding “Anything Could Happen (Alex Metric Remix)”
Her voice is undeniable as is her blonde, half shaved head…I wish I had the balls to do that btw. Fellow Brit, Alex Metric created this lush and pulsating song and made it into an electro dance jem.

 

Artist of the Week Demi Lovato Grows Up

LOVATODemi Lovato is one of those artists that is frequently referred to as an “old soul”. From her beginnings as a Disney princess, her public battles with an eating disorder, her recovery–and now with the release of her new album “Demi”—her redemption.

At only 20 years old, she has made a remarkably candid, emotional, and mature album—led by the single Heart Attack. It’s also been announced that she will stay on as a judge for the next season of “X-Factor”

On this station you’ll hear tracks from the new album as well as the songs and artists that influenced and inspired her. Demi Lovato is Slacker’s Artist Of The Week.

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