Tasty Jams

Grandmaster Chu Recalls What It’s Like to Aspire to be a “Marvel”

Grandmaster Chu is back with “Marvels,” a song that perfectly encapsulates what it’s like to grow up as a nerd. The opening of the video with the burned comic covers harkens back to a dark time in American comics in the late 50’s when The Seduction of the Innocent warned parents that comics would turn their kids into deviants. Even these days, when comics seem to be more normalized and geek culture is more pervasive than ever, there’s still an underlying stigma associated with being a nerd.

What I love about this track is that it’s a universal story. Certainly Chu is Asian as is Fresh Off the Boat’s Hudson Yang who stars in the video, but I the struggles of being a nerd cross ethnic and social boundaries.

You can grab the track from Grandmaster Chu’s site and check out more of his music that always seems to be full of feels.

Jay Z Returns July 4

Normally when a commercial pops up on a YouTube video, I hover over that skip button and click it as soon as those first five seconds are up.  But last night, this video for Jay Z’s upcoming “Magna Carta Holy Grail” popped up on eight of the videos I wanted to watch and I sat through all three minutes of it eight times.  That thing guitar part layered with those piano chords leading into the drop that blows out a speaker? That’s fucking Hip Hop!  And I can’t wait to hear the whole damn thing.

We’ve also got Timbaland and Pharrell lurking around in the studio, so you know the production on this thing is gonna be thick with crazy instrumentation and strange beats that all just fit together.  Honestly, I’d like to see a feature length film of Timbaland and Pharrell just dicking about in the studio creating magic.

Never expected to write so much about music, but this is shaping up to be an awesome summer!

Daft Punk Unboxes Random Access Memeories

I’m not really a fan of unboxing videos, but this made my pants all crunchy.  I hope we get to see more of Daft Punk’s secret lair in whatever videos are shot for their upcoming album because it looks like a lot of fun.  Definitely has a classic 70s sci fi feel to it.

All these teaser videos, releasing “Get Lucky” early, the postering campaign, everything they’ve done in anticipation of the album release has built such great anticipation for the thing! May 21 can’t come soon enough!!!

“Get Lucky” On iTunes!

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It’s been an awful week so I was overjoyed when I saw that the radio edit of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” off their upcoming Random Access Memories is up on iTunes.  I’ve been rocking that shit all morning and even created this horrible tribute piece.

Thank you, robots!  This is exactly what I needed to close out the week!

Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams

No matter how many times I hear bits a pieces of “Get Lucky,” I still fucking love it. Such an amazing groove that just gets into your soul.  There’s something magical about it and listening to Pharrell talk about the collaboration makes it sound like a religious experience.  Love it!

Man, if there’s a special edition of this thing, they have my money!

PSY is a Mother Fuckin’ Gentleman

PSY’s followup to “Gangnam Style” is here and though it’s not as catchy, it’s still a worthy ear worm that will make you want to dance like a spaz.  I’ve seen some haters complaining that he’s just acting like a jerk through the entire video.  Did they miss “Gangnam Style?”  I feel like he’s just playing the same character.

Giant noodle scene is the best.  I want giant noodles now.

UPDATE:  It begins!  Here’s the video re-edited to be a horror movie trailer.

Daft Punk and Nile Rodgers

You may not recognize the name, but you’ve heard his guitar grooving on tracks from Chic, Sister Sledge, Madonna, Diana Ross, Duran Duran, David Bowie, Adam Lambert, Sam Sparro, Joe Raposo, and now Daft Punk!  Disco is alive and well and I absolutely love that the robots are working with so many artists who built the foundation of dance music in the 70s.  This album is going to be so damn fun.

Desire for clear acrylic Strat, growing!

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