Adam's World Weekly 10/15 - Birthday Edition (Yeah, I'm Old)!
Courtesy Adam Bernard.
Welcome to the new week everyone. Today is a great day. Why, you ask? Because it's my birthday! That's right, 34 years ago today I made my debut, a crying baby with a full head of hair. Today I have less hair, less tears, and far more clothes on! I also have a ton of great features for you to start your week with. Not one, not two, but THREE interviews are in this week's update as I sat down with hip-hop artist, and longtime B-Lister, Homeboy Sandman, the very jazzy Samantha Preis, and the downtempo pop group Love Inks. In addition to all the interviews, there's also a brand new Pop Shots, and a great Vid Pick from Deathrow Tull that will give you an idea of what their raucous live shows are like.
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Pop Shots - Seeing The Future
Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from Justin Bieber’s potential for becoming a hippie, to Ke$ha invading your bookshelf, to the Cher Lloyd song high school seniors will be crying to come summer, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
There’s no need to beat around the bush, at RapReviews we’re big fans of Homeboy Sandman. We’ve been featuring him in some way, shape, or form, be it an interview, album review, or placement in a podcast, since 2008. With his latest album, First of a Living Breed, having just been released on Stones Throw Records, and Sandman currently on a huge US tour with Brother Ali, we thought it was high time we caught up with him again.
During a relaxed moment before the tour’s New York City date at Bowery Ballroom I sat down with Sandman at a local park, where we later found a few of the city’s finest rats were, in fact, beating around various bushes, to find out how life has been treating him since signing to Stones Throw. Sandman also discussed the new album, what he remains proud of when it comes to his previous releases, and his strong desire to help bring about a rebirth of individuality. Sandman then revealed what aspect of his goals coincides with Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
The stereotype of the coffee shop performer is that of a guy with a guitar attempting to do his best John Mayer, Jack Johnson, or Dave Matthews impression. What you don’t expect is to hear someone who is reminiscent of Norah Jones, or Tori Amos. That was the surprise I experienced when Samantha Preis sat down at the piano at Las Vetas, in Fairfield, CT, two weeks ago.
Preis, a singer/pianist originally from Connecticut, but now residing in NYC, says people describe her work as a mix of genres, “they’re saying it’s pop that’s infused with jazz and folk.” Drawing inspiration from everything from the jazz greats she grew up listening to, to her schooling at Berklee College of Music, to her love of Paul McCartney’s songwriting, Preis creates a relaxed vibe similar to that of a jazz lounge. During her performance I couldn’t help but think she’d be perfectly at home on stage at the Blue Note, or a similar venue.
I caught up with Preis a couple days after that performance to find out more about her and her music, and during our conversation she also discussed a run in she had with a group of Disney princesses, how a tour of Egypt affected her, and why there’s a chance you could get a free cookie at any of her shows.
Love Inks - Love is in the Air, & Coming Through Your Speakers
If the Yeah Yeah Yeahs decided to chill out and do something downtempo they might sound a little like the Austin, Texas, band Love Inks. Comprised of singer Sherrie LeBlanc, her husband, guitarist Kevin Dehan, bassist Derek Brown, and their latest addition, drummer James Jones, the group has been making a name for itself in their hometown’s lively music scene over the past few years.
In 2011 the band released E.S.P., which in this case stands for Emotive Simple Pop, and they’re readying the release of their follow up, Love Field, for the Spring of 2013. On a night when Love Inks was hitting the stage at Pianos in New York City, I caught up with LeBlanc on a bustling Ludlow Street to find out more about the band’s music, her very spiritual side, and where she found support while touring following the passing of her father. LeBlanc also revealed why if you attend a Love Inks show it might be a good idea to bring a date.
New Track to celebrate the birth of my first child. "Waiting For The Finish" was conceived while I was thinking about my future. This song presented an unique opportunity to work with one my favorite beatmakers @Croup123.
Michael Johnson: Football Safety Could Be More Relaxed
DJ Vlad: "The Bengals defensive lineman speaks on the current standards of football safety, explaining that he thinks football is "too safe" right now, and points out how certain players are over protected in the game. Johnson also shares his thoughts on athletes who go broke, and reveals his money management skills that have saved him from going down the same path."