Happy Birthday, Justin Timberlake!

Today is one of my fave solo artists birthday…

Happy 35th Birthday, Justin Timberlake!!!

JT’s solo album Justified came out back in 2002, and till this day, I must say, it’s in my top albums list.

Songs like Cry Me A River, Rock Your Body and Señorita are on it.

His second solo album FutureSex/LoveSounds came out in 2006, The 20/20 Experience is from 2013 and The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 also came out in 2013.

Apart from being a fantastic singer, dancer and actor, Justin is also a dad + husband – and from what I perceive on pics, he’s a pretty good one, too!

Here’s Like I Love You off Timberlake’s first album, Justified.

The Last Shadow Puppets to release album in April!

The Last Shadow Puppets are an English band consisting of some of the most talented british musicians of this era.

The group is formed by Alex Turner (that guy that happens to be the vocalist of Arctic Monkeys), Miles Kane (ex member of The Rascals and now solo artist), producer James Ford (ex- Simian Mobile Disco) and Zach Dawes (Mini Mansions).

The Baroque Pop/Rock band united forces back in 2007 and performed their first ever show in Brooklyn, New York in March 2008. They’ve played on Later… With Jools Holland (one of my FAVE shows), Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, a secret gig at Glastonbury in 2008, and many more shows here and there.

The band released their first album The Age of the Understatement in 2008. Hit songs such as My Mistakes Were Made For You, Standing Next to Me and of course, The Age of the Understatement.

And in a few months (in April to be exact), the boys are releasing their second studio album called Everything You’ve Come To Expect.

Bad Habits is the first song that’s been released off the 11 song album.

I must say, I think the song is lovely! It’s very exciting and makes me want to shake my head and jump up and down.

Check out Bad Habits off the boys’ upcoming album, Everything You’ve Come To Expect, here!

Remember that song by Britney Spears called Toxic?

Remember that song by Britney Spears called Toxic?

Well, believe it or not, it came out over 10 years ago! It came out in 2004!

I’m sure a hell of a lot of you remember the video… Britney Spears in her prime years, wearing a racy blue stewardess outfit, red hair and a black latex catsuit and a transparent outfit with rhine stones, yes, after that explanation, you have to know what video I’m talking about! (And if not, here it is below).

Random fact: Toxic is Britney’s most expensive video to date, it cost $1 million dollars!!! (Back in 2004).

What I want to get to in this post is that whilst surfing the web (I love that expression, and even though it’s a saying from the early 2000’s, I will use it forever.) I came across a gem.

A cover of Toxic.

Yael Naim is an Israeli singer-songwriter born in Paris and is 37 years old.

(I’m sure you’ll recognise her voice, or at least her song New Soul which was released in 2007.)

Yael did a cover of Spear’s Toxic and it’s AMAZING!

Very different to the original version and the word which describes it best (in my opinion) would be SENSUAL.

Have a listen to it here and let me know what you think.

Remembering Etta

One of my favourite Soul, Blues and Jazz singers, Etta James would turn 78 years old today if she were still with us.

Etta began her career in 1954, gained fames with songs such as The Wallflower, Tell Mama, Something’s Got A Hold of Me, I’d Rather Go Blind and of course, At Last.

James passed away at the age of 73 on the 20th January 2012 in California.

Lets remember the Queen of Soul with two incredible, beautiful, wonderful songs.

Something’s Got A Hold Of Me

At Last

Check out Grimes’ latest song and video, here!

Grimes released the video for another song off her fourth album (Art Angels), Kill V. Maim yesterday.

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The album was released back in November digitally and in physical formats in December.

Since the first time I heard Grimes I felt something very special and I admire Claire’s (AKA Grimes) work a hell of a lot. It’s so fun, unique and mind travelling.

As always, Grimes’ videos are very interesting and entertaining; have a listen and look at Kill V. Maim, here!

Have a listen to my music recommendation from the U.K on this weeks radio programme!

Escuchen el programa del sábado 16 de enero, aquí!

Todos los sábados tengo una pequeña sección en el programa de Jergas (Reactor 105.7 FM de 6pm a 7pm) en donde recomiendo bandas, grupos, músicos del Reino Unido. La recomendación de estas semana es de Bolton, y se llaman STB.

Last weeks programme is here!

Every Saturday I have a small section on my good friend Jergas’ show on Reactor 105.7 FM from 6 pm – 7pm.

Have a listen to the show here and this weeks recommendation from the United Kingdom; STB.

Vigía #31: El Guincho, Sotomayor, Vaya Futuro, White Denim by Jergas on Mixcloud

A quote (by William Blake) and its meaning.

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“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.” – William Blake

What does William Blake refer to with his quote?

The dirty glass door is a metaphor for restricting perception.

Imagine yourself in a short section of a long corridor with a dirty glass door in front of you. You cannot see through it. To perceive something new, you have to open the door, step through the doorway and into the next section of the corridor. In this new section you perceive something new.

But this new piece of corridor is also a short section with a dirty glass door in front. So you must again open the door and step forwards to perceive the new.

And so it goes on. Dirty door after dirty door.

Now imagine those glass doors were dazzlingly clean and crystal clear. You would see right down the corridor. And you would see that possibility of the new goes on for ever.

Now imagine that countless corridors project out from you in countless directions – all with glass doors separating the known from the new. If the doors of perception along all those corridors were cleansed, you’d see infinity in overwhelming clarity.

(I wanted to understand the meaning of this quote and I think this answer nailed it to a T. I looked it up and this is the explanation someone gave and I loved it.) – Goes to say, I didn’t write out this explanation.

Oasis – Wonderwall

Troker cover Bowie’s Blackstar and it’s absolutely beautiful

Troker is a Jazz rock band that formed back in 2003 from Guadalajara, Mexico.

With 4 studio albums and one EP under their belt, the boys decided to cover Blackstar ( Bowie’s latest album name and song off the album) and released it a few hours ago.

It’s absolutely beautiful.

RIP, David Bowie.

I turn 28 years old on Sunday!

This Sunday (17th January) I turn 28 years old.

Making a wish, or 23 last night whilst celebrating my birthday.
Making a wish, or 23 last night whilst celebrating my birthday.

I can’t believe it… I really can’t.

I did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Harry Nilsson – Put The Lime In The Coconut

This year was INSANE in so many ways… I lost friends, made new friends, trusted my intuition a lot more, accepted who I am, stopped worrying about what people think about me, became even more sentimental and emotional, found out I was going to be an aunt for the third time, understood that happiness doesn’t depend on materialistic things (even though they do help, but that’s not happiness), had “The Talk” with my dad about my life and it only lasted about 5 minutes – now that is a MASSIVE accomplishment; we’ve always gotten on great, but we finally accepted and understood each other on another level. My baby sister ain’t so young anymore, she turned 22 and she is the person I most admire in the world. Most importantly, I am understanding and not understanding myself at the same time, it’s weird… The more you know, the less you know. That’s what I learnt this year.

I feel blessed and I’m very lucky and I would like to thank every single person reading this.

James Brown – I Feel Good

Blast from the past (My Eurodance playlist)

I was listening to a music programme the other day and it was all about Eurodance music.

Eurodance is a genre of electronic music that originated in the late 1980’s in Europe (obviously…)!

I’m a big fan of this genre of music and it’s a massive part of who I am!

Growing up in Manchester, England, I listened to this music all the time! On MTV – when they actually played music, on the radio (shout out to Key 103!!!), on the school bus, at parties, at the shops and so on.

I decided to share a few of my fave songs of this genre, hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

(I got a bit too excited and posted a lot of songs, I know I missed out a few, but if I actually put all the 90’s tunes I listened to back then, you guys wouldn’t be going out this weekend.)

One of my faves!!!
Daft Punk – One More Time

The Scatman – Scatman John

Bomfunk MC’s – Freestyler

Vengaboys – Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!

Ian Van Dahl – Castles In The Sky

ATC – All Around The World (la la la la la la)

Next Up: National anthem in the UK in the 90’s!
Ace Of Base – All That She Wants

Snap – Rhythm Is A Dancer

Alice DJ – Better Off Alone

The Shapeshifters – Lola’s Theme

La Bouche – Be My Lover

Mr President – Coco Jambo

Next Up: This is not one of my faves, but we ALL listened to this back in the day!
Eiffel 65 – Blue (Da Ba Dee)

Moloko – Sing It Back

Modjo – Lady

Madison Avenue – Don’t Call Me Baby

Next up: Kind of annoying, but it’s a classic!
Phats & Small – Turn Around

Next up: Me personal favourite
Olive – You’re Not Alone