Blondefire – Where The Kids Are

I have new music from Blondfire that I want to feature as well as their new music video (the music video is obviously above). Blondefire is a LA-based brother/sister duo of Bruce and Erica Driscoll. I will try to keep this post under 1000 words.

The siblings play a brand of electro-pop that is, well, awesome. With their newest single, Where The Kids Are, there’s a slight atmospheric sound coupled with Erica’s breathy vocals to create something all the indie kids can dance to. I’m also pretty sure that non-hipsters like my friend Meera will be dancing along though, too.

You can like them on Facebook. You might have heard some of the previous songs in films. I’m pretty sure it probably won’t be the last time.

Their upcoming album, Win The Game, was self-produced. For now, you can purchase the single from iTunes below. Hope you enjoy!

Blondefire

WHERE THE KIDS ARE by Blondfire

Orgone – Who Knows Who

I’m not sure how I can still be hanging onto the idea of summer when we’re now officially into November. I packed away all my summer clothes weeks ago, and I’ve enjoyed plenty of nights splayed out on the couch in front of the fire. Nonetheless, I’m having a hard time accepting that we’re into cold weather season for the long haul– not to mention dealing with the thin layer of ice I’ve been finding on my car in the mornings lately. Summer is my season, yet I live in a part of the country where it is by far the shortest.

But what brings me right back to my favorite time is the memory of my experience at All Good Music Festival. This weekend getaway in West Virginia was the highlight of the warmer months for me, not to mention the most memorable–and not just because of the music. One of the bands I caught there was Orgone, an L.A.-based funky soul group with all the charisma and energy of a Saturday night band. But this particular band played Sunday afternoon, under some of the most forgiving sun rays during the last day of the festival. Dancing along to a band I’d never heard of before that weekend, it was easy to push the thoughts of work the next morning out of my head. I was living in the moment that day, and it’s one of my fondest times to go back to in my mind.

Orgone will be making their way to Baltimore this Friday night, playing along with John Mancini Band, whom you might recall I have a lot of love for. I can’t wait for this line-up of two bands that have an affinity for brass instrumentation and funky bass, yet are otherwise very different.

Check out Orgone’s “Who Knows Who,” featuring sassy vocalist Fanny Franklin, and imagine you’re somewhere 30 degrees warmer on a hillside with thousands of sweaty dancers, all pretending there’s nothing to do tomorrow but dance some more.

Orgone Who Knows Who by Orgone

Christian McBride – I Should Care

At a mere 39 years old, bassist Christian McBride has played on more records and at more shows than many people have heard. He has stood out in combos with jazz legends like Sonny Rollins and Chick Corea, accompanied pop stars like Sting and Queen Latifah, played in an upright bass trio with Ray Brown and John Clayton, and even slapped the bass for the late Mr. James Brown. I first heard Mr. McBride on a great 2001 album called The Philadelphia Experiment with fellow denizens of the City of Brotherly Love Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson of the Roots and classical/jazz pianist/composer Uri Caine.

The Good Feeling, released at the end of September, is McBride’s first album as leader of his own big band and features both his arrangements of some timeless standards and his own compositions. The track I chose to highlight here is “I Should Care,” a standard first published in 1944. McBride’s treatment of this melody showcases both his tasteful arranging and his expressive bass playing. The melody of “I Should Care” is already beautiful and emotional, but McBride’s choice to present it on bass with his own subtle rhythmic variations adds a playfulness to his interpretation. McBride’s arrangement then opens up to allow the wind section of his band to shine before he takes his own improvised solo, right before the full band restates the piece’s recognizable melody.

Pay attention to McBride’s walking doing the trumpet and sax solos in this piece. You’ll get an idea of his impeccable sense of rhythm, which explains why he is such a sought after accompanist and one of the best bassists alive.

Christian McBride – I Should Care

Phantogram – Don’t Move

Nightlife EP

I hope everyone had an acceptable Halloween! What did you dress up as? (You’re never too old, btw.) My costume was a girl who loves sweatpants and rarely ventures outside of her basement because she’s too busy listening to Phantogram.

Phantogram is the New York duo of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter. They describe their sound as “street beat,” which couldn’t be more perfect. Last year’s Eyelid Movies, an album full of pounding beats and glittery keyboards, is evocative of city nights.

“Don’t Move” picks up where Eyelid Movies left off. It’s got a catchy, repetitive hook, pulsating rhythms, and transparent vocals that seem to cast a shadow over the backing music. (I think the perfect way to describe Barthel’s voice is “pleasantly thin.”)

The title may be “Don’t Move”, but anyone with a pulse will find not dancing to this track next to impossible.

Their latest release, Nightlife EP, is out via Barsuk.