Is There Anything The Roots Can't Do?

Posted on Sunday, March 23, 2014 by fillups

The Roots In a previous blog, I mentioned the endless versatility of The Roots. I knew about their role in popularizing the neo soul movement, their deep sense of musical history and their multi genre approach to music which meant that they were capable of creating all sorts of music. Still, I was surprised to see this: You can actually see Idina Menzel's face light up as . . . more »

The 2014 Academy Award Winners at SCCLD

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 by fillups

2014 Oscar Winners The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrated the best movies of 2013 at the March 2nd Academy Awards ceremony. Check out these Oscar winning movies! 12 Years A Slave Best Picture Winner Best Supporting Actress Winner-Lupita Nyong'o Best Adapted Screenplay Blu-ray Read the book Gravity Best Director Winner Best Cinematography Winner Best Film Editing Winner Best Original Score Winner Best Sound Effects Editing . . . more »

The 2014 Grammy Award Winners

Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 by fillups

Daft Punk at the 2014 Grammy Awards In one of the signs of the ultimate demise of humankind, robots ended up dominating the 2014 Grammy Awards. Actually, it just looks that way--the "robots" are the veteran electronica group from France known as Daft Punk. Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis all managed to win four Grammys each. However, the biggest news for me was the win for Lalah Hathaway . . . more »

The 2014 Grammy Award Winners

Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 by fillups

Daft Punk at the 2014 Grammy Awards In one of the signs of the ultimate demise of humankind, robots ended up dominating the 2014 Grammy Awards. Actually, it just looks that way--the "robots" are the veteran electronica group from France known as Daft Punk. Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis all managed to win four Grammys each. However, the biggest news for me was the win for Lalah Hathaway . . . more »

Pharrell Williams and the Happy Terrific Very Good Award Nominations

Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 by fillups

Pharrell Williams Pharrell Williams is having one heck of an awards season this year. Not only is he nominated for seven 2014 Grammy Awards, he just received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song for his work on Despicable Me 2 in the feel good anthem "Happy." All the current acclaim is for work that shows off Pharrell's skills at creating fun upbeat soulful tunes with absolutely . . . more »

Pharrell Williams and the Happy Terrific Very Good Award Nominations

Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 by fillups

Pharrell Williams Pharrell Williams is having one heck of an awards season this year. Not only is he nominated for seven 2014 Grammy Awards, he just received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song for his work on Despicable Me 2 in the feel good anthem "Happy." All the current acclaim is for work that shows off Pharrell's skills at creating fun upbeat soulful tunes with absolutely . . . more »

A Glorious Fusion: The Music of Snarky Puppy and the R&B Grammy Nominees

Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 by fillups

The bandmember of Snarky Puppy Like most music fans, including the SCCLD Music and Movie Team's Gina, I LOVE being blown away by a new sound or an incredible band. For me, Snarky Puppy is THAT band. They have an astounding range of beautiful sounds to offer. Snarky Puppy was nominated for the 2014 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Performance for their track, "Something" featuring Lalah Hathaway from their album . . . more »

A Glorious Fusion: The Music of Snarky Puppy and the R&B Grammy Nominees

Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 by fillups

The bandmember of Snarky Puppy Like most music fans, including the SCCLD Music and Movie Team's Gina, I LOVE being blown away by a new sound or an incredible band. For me, Snarky Puppy is THAT band. They have an astounding range of beautiful sounds to offer. Snarky Puppy was nominated for the 2014 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Performance for their track, "Something" featuring Lalah Hathaway from their album . . . more »

A Perfect Cover-Great Reinterpretations of Songs

Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 by fillups

Scene from the film High Fidelity When I love a song, it can be a disorienting experience to hear a different version of it. However, when a song is covered or reinterpreted well, it can make me hear and think about it in a whole different way. That happened to me recently when I bumped into Mayer Hawthorne's cover of Lorde's "Royals." The rough edges of the song are smoothed and . . . more »

A Perfect Cover-Great Reinterpretations of Songs

Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 by fillups

Scene from the film High Fidelity When I love a song, it can be a disorienting experience to hear a different version of it. However, when a song is covered or reinterpreted well, it can make me hear and think about it in a whole different way. That happened to me recently when I bumped into Mayer Hawthorne's cover of Lorde's "Royals." The rough edges of the song are smoothed and . . . more »

Exploring the Nominees for the 2014 Grammy Awards

Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by fillups

Grammy Awards The announcement of the 2014 Grammy Award nominations contained a lot of surprises. Many music fans were expecting the music industry to recognize popular efforts by Justin Timberlake and Kanye West with Album of the Year nominations. The surprises reveal a competitive and deep field of nominees. You can check out all the general category Grammy nominees including the acclaimed albums nominated for Album of . . . more »

Janelle Monáe & Mayer Hawthorne-Rising Stars of R&B

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by fillups

Janelle Monae, Mayer Hawthorne If you like great R&B, you need to check out two of my favorite albums of 2013. Janelle Monáe (top, left) has been a major creative force with her unique take on R&B. She continues exploring the boundaries of R&B with her fusion of classic R&B, hip hop and science fiction in The Electric Lady Her video "Q.U.E.E.N." with Erykah Badu seems to be almost . . . more »

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