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.
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.
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