Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Legacy Of Joan Sebastian - RIP

Photo Courtesy: Joan Sebastian facebook page

Joan Sebastian is not just any Mexican musician; he defined Mexican music. A singer-songwriter of his caliber would be one to win 5 Grammys (the most American Grammys by a Mexican artist) over 50 albums and innumerable songs.

His personal life was that of turmoil and tribulations, known for being a womanizer, but in countless interviews he would always talk about being enamored by women. And, those women in his life were the inspiration for many of his songs. He fathered eight children, two of the oldest gunned down four years apart.

Joan Sebastian had been battling cancer since 1999; he was a fighter, and as such he did not let this terrible disease bring him down. He fought till the very end, outliving any medical prediction. As a man of faith, he often referred to keeping the faith that he would win the battle.

Joan Sebastian was a fighter, a loving father, and a man of compassion who loved deeply. He loved his family, music, fans, fellow colleagues, and his town of Juliantla Guerrero. He loved his town so much that it was the place he chose to give his final breath.

He is the type of iconic artist that brings together a legion of fans. A grandma and mom can sing his songs, with as much passion and dedication as a younger counterpart. He was that bridge that brought together any generation gap.

His death leaves a void that no artist will ever be able to fill. Joan Sebastian was a rare gem, a singer-songwriter whose music will be remembered for generations to come. While his fans (myself included) mourn his absence and send prayers to his family, his music legacy is eternal.

I leave you with some of my favorite songs from his extensive collection.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

#SelenaVive - 20 Years Later

Because no one can rock a red lipstick quite like her 

Because those high-waisted jeans highlighted her envious butt

Because her bustier (busti que? busti caca) is TIMELESS!

Because that high bun reached the sky

Because you've done the washing machine dance while singing along to "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom"

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And because...

Credit: rebloggy

Thursday, February 26, 2015


I have fond memories of Passion Pit, the best one of course, when I saw them at Coachella 2010 which also coincided with meeting Ben Nemtin (The Buried Life.)

Now, if you were born in 1985, I envy you for multiple reasons…
You are barely going to turn 30, lucky you!
Passion Pit’s new album Kindred has a freakin’ song called “Lifted Up 1985” 1985!!!!!!
Your significant other (if he or she is music savvy enough) will totally dedicate this song to you on that milestone birthday - consider me jealous!!!

Anyway, if the two videos below are any indication, 2015 is the year of Passion Pit, and I am ecstatic! Ranger Dave better work his magic so they can play at Outside Lands this Summer.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Fifty Shades Of Grey – Music Edition

Photo Courtesy: Fifty Shades of Grey: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Various Artists (Facebook)

While EVERYBODY is either excited or riled up about the release of Fifty Shades Of Grey, there has not been much buzz on the magnificent soundtrack that accompanies the film. All I have read on multiple online outlets is either how great or how dreadful the movie is.

I will be shying away from the theaters, and hold off my curiosity until the movie gets a Netflix release. I will not however shy away from talking about the wonderful job done with the soundtrack.

The first glimpse of the soundtrack came via Queen Bey, and the song "Haunted." There was also the NSFW video for the song "Earned It" by The Weeknd.

I have been obsessively playing the entire soundtrack, and it truly is quite magnificent. It enlists the likes of Skylar Gray, Ellie Goulding, AWOLNATION, Jessie Ware, Laura Welsh, Danny Elfman, VAULTS. And, fresh off the GRAMMYS, the amazing Annie Lenox, and Sia. Also, a remastered version of "Witchcraft" by the only and only Frank Sinatra.

While the movie might not be perceived in the tone of romance, the soundtrack surely does deliver that – a combination of haunting power ballads, along with some classics.

If you are skipping the movie theater altogether; I highly recommend that you do incorporate the soundtrack to your romantic Valentine's Day plans.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Because Sam Smith Is Perfect

Sam Smith is music KING, and this Christmas classic is perfection with his sweet & tender voice.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Victoria's Secret Angels > Taylor Swift

I've been avoiding the spoilers online so I cannot wait to check out the show tomorrow!

And, can we get the Angels to ALWAYS lip-sync to Taylor Swift? Please, and Thank You!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Introducing Lynx: Listen Now, Thank Me Later

I am always up to check out artists on the rise, and I was thrilled at the opportunity to interview Bachata singer-songwriter Lynx.

A Latino from the Bronx, Lynx is making his mark in the music business, competing with the likes of Romeo Santos, and Prince Royce. His debut album Dosis De Mi is out NOW, and if you are a lover of Bachata music, you should check it out.

Check out my interview with Lynx below, and don’t forget to connect with him on twitter, instagram, and facebook. You can find Dosis De Mi on itunes, amazon & Google Play.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Queen Gwen Is Gracing Us With New Music

REJOICE! Queen Gwen is BACK! Perhaps she found new inspiration while coaching The Voice - whichever the reason, I am so excited!

Check out the audio of "Baby Don't Lie" - the video will premiere on VEVO tomorrow, but you can catch a sneek-peek tonight on The Voice at 8/7c on NBC.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Hunger Is Campaign

Get your tissues ready... what a heartfelt speech by Viola Davis.

"I didn't join the Hunger Is campaign to save the world. I didn't," she said. "I set out to save myself. You know, they say that you're never too old to have a happy childhood and although my childhood was filled with many happy memories it was also spent in abject poverty."

Click HERE to learn more about Hunger Is.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Paloma Faith: Listen Now And Thank Me Later

Photo Courtesy: EPIC Records

Let’s talk about Paloma Faith for a second, the red-haired stunner is relatively new to the music scene, and more specific new in the USA market. However, her talent is undeniable, and the UK music business took note.

Paloma Faith already has two fantastic albums under her belt, Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful? and Fall To Grace. Her third album titled A Perfect Contradiction will debut in the USA on October 7th.

I was lucky to get an exclusive listen of the new album, and let me tell you; it is one for the books and worth purchasing. Paloma enlisted the likes of Pharrell Williams, Raphael Saadiq and Diane Warren. A Perfect Contradiction, has soulful tracks about the pain of a heartbreak, while also giving us funky tunes, as it is the case with "Can’t Rely On You" which was co-authored with Pharrell.

The music industry in the USA was in desperate need of a powerful voice like Paloma’s. If you love Adele, if you miss Amy Winehouse & Whitney Houston, then Paloma Faith is the artist you will want to listen to. In an era where auto-tune is what makes an “artist” famous, it is so refreshing to come across singers like Paloma Faith.

I have been a huge fan of her music since 2009, and I am ecstatic that she is finally getting the recognition she deserves.

She just started a US tour and will be playing at Slim’s on Monday October 6th. I highly recommend that you get tickets to the show. It will certainly be an intimate show that you simply cannot miss out.

Check out of some of her top tracks below:

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