Wu-Tang’s GZA, k.i.d.’s Kara Lane, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello & The Roots on Fallon

Wu-Tang’s GZA, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, The Roots and a spectacular, mysterious female singer (more on her below) performed a mind-blowing, hip hop meets monster rock cover of Babe Ruth’s “The Mexican” live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. There’s also a brief breakdancing cameo by B-boy legend Crazy Legs.

It took some digging, but I’m excited to announce the name of the female singer – listed as “anonymous” in the song’s credits and so far ignored by most other music sites sharing this video – is Kara Lane of indie-pop duo k.i.d. You’re welcome.

k.i.d. Official Site

Muruch’s Top Albums of 2014

It’s that time of year again! This year brought us several astoundingly brilliant releases (especially my #1-5), a shockingly pleasant surprise from a formerly disliked artist (#18?!?) and even more shocking disappointments from formerly beloved ones (Charlie XCX, Foxygen, Leela James, Lia Ices, Gerard Way). Here are the 20 albums I enjoyed most this year. Click the album titles for my original reviews. And you can listen to the albums in this Spotify playlist.

Muruch’s Top 20 Albums of 2014…

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D’Angelo: Black Messiah

Now this is an album. You see, once upon a time, instead of auto-tuned pop puppets churning out vapid radio singles, there were artists who took years, sometimes decades, to conceive, create, collaborate and masterfully hone their music-making craft before even stepping one tiptoe into a studio to record an album. That is why and how there is a Kind of Blue, a Tapestry, a Zoso, a Purple Rain, a Ten, The Archandroid and, now, a Black Messiah. D’Angelo has gifted the world with a work of Shakespearan proportions in an era of penny dreadfuls.

in a world where we all circle the fiery sun,
with a need for love, what have we become?
tragedy flows unbound and there’s no place to run

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Jimmy Fallon & will.i.am: “Ew!” Video

I can’t believe Jimmy Fallon made me like a will.i.am song – based on Fallon’s “Ew!” skit. It’s like they made a full song of the “oh my God, Becky” intro of “Baby’s Got Back”…