Soundtracking: L.A. Noire

So late last night on a whim, I attempted to start playing the Rockstar Games detective fiction, L.A. Noire. As I stated on Getglue at the time, I didn’t get any farther than the start menu for listening to the music that was playing on at the time. It is a beautiful, jazzy (natural, given the game’s overall tone) piece that now reminds me of another classic piece I love to death, John Coltrane’s Naima. Now, Rockstar is always good for putting great music into their games, licensed or not, so this is no surprise. What was the surprise, or maybe it shouldn’t have been, was what I found out after doing a little digging on the piece in question.

After sitting in my office for probably a good five to ten minutes listening to the song simply called L.A. Noire Main Theme, I went straight to see if there was an official soundtrack to buy. Of course, there is one available on Amazon and itunes (I think you know which one I went for). There is also a six song ep of classic jazz songs remixed by some notable producers available as well. Looks as though it’s only on itunes, though. Boo. Anyway, if you care to hear the song I’ve been digging on the last few hours, you can check it out below from Soundcloud. Apparently, Rockstar has uploaded it and 8 other tracks for people to listen to. Peep it out, I’ll wait.

L.A. Noire “Main Theme” Andrew Hale by RockstarGames

So, after buying said soundtrack but before actually going to play the game, I noticed that the guy who composed the soundtrack was one Andrew Hale. At first second, the name didn’t really strike me as familiar off the bat, but as I thought about it, I felt like I should know the name. And sure enough, I did and so do a lot of you. This Andrew Hale is a member from from a little known, highly underrated band named Sweetback, also known as the backup band for one Sade Adu. And it appears dude has been doing more than I thought, because in the course of looking into this, I also found that Hale composed songs for the movie “Scott Pilgrim Versus the World”, which is a video game in itself (both in visually and actually, really) and a few other movies. Pretty awesome from where I sit! So, if you get a chance, go check it out from the Soundcloud link above. Or better yet, go buy the soundtrack if you are into the jazzy moody vibe or have played and liked this game. You will NOT be sorry.

Mystery solved!

Of passings and releases

(This kinda sucks because “something” caused me to lose this post the first time around. That’ll teach me to save, I guess. This might seemed phoned in as a result)

Song of the Moment:
I Wish – Carl Thomas

First things first, A Rock pioneer and founding father, Bo Diddly, has passed away on June 2nd. I was never really up on his pedigree, but I do know that the originator of what is known as the “Bo Diddly beat” has had his style bitten umpteenth amounts of time since the 50s & 60s (That’s 1950s & 1960s for those not trying to grasp it). If there was a song with his name in it, it was either by him, about him, or both. Even if you don’t know his music, you may have also seen one of his cameos in movies like Trading Places. You know of him even if you don’t know him. 🙂 He will be missed.

Now, we come to the new release portion of the post. There were a couple of albums that came out this past Tuesday that caught my fancy enough to grab them. And by caught my fancy I mean that I heard they were coming out and bought them without hearing anything from the artists. I don’t do it often, but often enough when it feels right. That could be something for another time but right now, let’s do this. The albums in question are: Wayman Tisdale’s “Rebound” and Lalah Hathaway’s “Self Portrait“. I’m especially excited for Lalah’s album becuase while it hasn’t been that long since her last album, it’s been too long.

Wayman Tisdale is a former NBA Basketball player turned Jazz artist whom I’d say makes a pretty good Bass player for a B-baller. I caught wind of him during his 1st outing, 1995’s “Power Forward“, which spent pleny of time in rotation (sometimes even now) when it came out. He hasn’t disappionted me yet, so I don’t expect any different for this his 7th album. Below is one of my favorite songs from his Wayman’s first album. Peep it.

Circumstance

Now for miss Hathaway. If that name sounds familiar, it might be because you may have heard of her father, Soul great Donnie Hathaway, whose voice has been imitated a few times here and there (*cough* Donnie, Kenny Latimore *cough*). Lalah, however, is NOT her father, and is very distinctive and beautiful in her own sound. Make no mistake, though. She is her father daugther in that she is a great artist with a smoky hot voice. I first came across her back in 1990 with the first single “Somethin’” from her debut self titled album, “Lalah Hathaway“. Her releases since then have been staggered, particularly between the 2nd and 3rd joints, but always a treat. Again, I don’t expect her latest to disappoint in the least. I’ll know once I get to peep this and Wayman out, though. One note: in the liner notes of her new album, Lalah notes that “pitch is the new black”. Sounds like a shot at all of the “studio vocalists” running around nowadays. I LIKE IT! 🙂 By the way, I call myself a fan, yet haven’t checked out her blog in quite some time. For shame, but you can check it out yourself. Below, you will find one of my favorite songs from Lalah’s first album. Give it a listen.

I’m Coming Back

Once I get around to listening the these two albums, maybe I’ll do another quick review. I’m lazy and got a long work week ahead, so don’t hold your breath. In the meantime, you may have noticed the little music players behind the last couple paragraphs. They are from a site called Muzicons.com. you can put up song to your blog pretty easy with it. All you do is click on an icon, upload a song, choose the look and the color and copy and paste the code it spits out on the right side into your blog or a post. Pretty easy. Legality is not certain, but considering the other sites that are around, it might be here a minute. Looks like a Russian operation anyway, if it matters. Try it out if you want.

That said, Peace!

What What, Jean?

I gotta give props to one of the baddest MC’s in the game at the the moment. Or at least for as long as she’s still in the game, if the rumors are true. I’m thinking of blaming Busta, but that might not be right. Yes folks, I’m speaking on Jean Grae. Probably one of the few real MC’s (female or otherwise) still out there right now. She’s been repping strong since she was going by the name What? What? back in the day. I’m hoping the aforementioned rumors are not true(though this is making me believe it is) because pickings are slim right now and Jean stays fresh like zip loc bags and baking soda… I don’t know what that means either so let’s move on, shall we?

Anywhoo, a few months ago, I heard the song “Love Thirst“(produced by 9th Wonder) from Jean’s hopefully soon to be forthcoming album, “Jeanius“, during a little event you should have heard of called the Cupid Hunt(if you didn’t, shame on me). Props go to the Big La, Todd Kelley (check his entry here) for that one because I might not had heard it if it wasn’t for him. The song is a little different from what I’m used to hearing Jean spit, but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! It’s in rotation constantly (despite what Last.fm says). Well, now there is a video for it that shows Jean…going through changes, if you will. I’m thinking sexy and Hip Hop, two words that don’t exactly taste great together. Peep out the video below and get your head nod on.

Check Jean Greazy out on Myspace for her thoughts (I believe it really is her) and some of her videos. And to Jean, if you are seeing this: I understand if you gotta, I thank you for being you. Ans SOMEBODY’S got to have the actual video for Natural Resource’s “Negro League Baseball“! I know I do, but have no way to get it on Youtube. SUX!

Quick reviews…just ’cause

The Roots – Rising Down: Go get it.

Estelle – Shine: Why don’t you already have this?

Portishead – Third
: Still need to spin this one some more, but get it anyway. Maybe they’ll get their asses into the studio more. (If any member of Portishead happens to see this, I say this with love. And where the Hell is Keybored 299 03??)

Iron Man movie: Hadn’t seen it. Shut up! I usually wait until they get to DVD anyway.

Grand Theft Auto IV: It apparently is the shit. I’ve only cracked it open and started it before getting busy with other crap. Lemme lone. If I finish it before Soul Calibur IV, that’ll be saying something.

That’s all I can think of right now. If this wasn’t enough for you. Allow me to point you to a time passer.
It’s called Typeracer. Sounds self explanatory? It is. You’re a car, you’re in a race with other cars. First one to type their way to the finish line with the given lines of text, wins. Mistakes have to be dealt with before moving on. I personally, suck, but their seems to be some jokers who can type 160 words a second (that’s insane!). There is a leaderboard, if you some choose to participate. You can also practice, which let’s you know how bad you really are. It’s pretty fun…if you like typing games.

Later!

Artist look out

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I’ve said it before, I’m a little slow to pick up on some music. I’m trying to get better about it. That said…

I just came across this video “Drop” from a D.C. artist named Plunky B. The video and song are kinda hot. Makes since since it was from an album called “Cold Heat”. Check out the video for yourself. It’s got an Afro-cuban thing going on that’s pretty sweet. I may have to seek out his stuff if it’s all like this. Actually, I just went back to his site and he has some downloadable songs (including “Drop”) to check out. So go check them out also. It appears that the group Plunky and Oneness has been a round for a minute. Peep the Bio while you are there.

Peace

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New Music Lookout: Chrisette Michele

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Just getting my hands on the album “I Am” from New artist, Chrisette Michele. The album came out today. I’ve been anticipating this since I heard about her a while back. You may have heard her on the songs “Lost One” from Jay-Z and and “Can’t Forget About You” from Nas. Well, now hear her on her on project. Being that I just got it, this is NOT a review. I don’t do those so well anyway. I may have some impressions after I listen to the whole thing. In the mean time, check out out this conversation from Honeysoul.com

Conversation with Chrisette Michele

Also, she has a video for her first single, “If I Have My Way”. You can find it on Youtube or the link from Honeysoul.com

Video: If I Have My Way

Nas – “Can’t Forget About You”

Jay-Z – “Lost Ones”

I’ve seen the listed price of $7.99 at Best Buy and Circuit City. That’s kind of standard for new artists like this. She’s also on iTunes (with 3 bonus tracks – live versions of 3 songs from the album) for the same price, if you like going that route. I’ve not been a fan of itunes’ low bitrate for it’s songs (sans the iTunes Plus stuff), but the deal is solid. Seems to be on Napster, too. Either way, go get it. Wish I could point you to where you can listen to the whole thing, but I can’t. Itunes and Napster may be able to snippet you. What I can do is point you to her AOL music page if you want to hear a song from the album.

Outside of that, Check out her website, ChrisetteMichele.com, which some stuff to check out (most of which I hadn’t seen) and her Myspace page.

Umm, go!

(On a side note, this young lady is Beautiful! That is all.)

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Artist lookout

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This is for all of you American Idol fans. The next time you watch, pay attention to the background singers. There’s one you should aware of (probably all of them are better than most of the clowns in front. I don’t watch the show though.) Her name is Sy Smith. She’s pretty much been everywhere. You can hear her song, “Welcome to Syberspace” can be heard on the beginning of the Neo Soul Cafe audio podcasts. She on Myspace, so you junkies might have run across her music or her video, “Fa Sho”. She sung the title song for the show Soul Food with Al green. She’s also sung on the shows Ally Mcbeal and the aforementioned American Idol. She’s touring all over the place and has even performed in a recent Eric Jerome Dickey book (of which I cannot remember the name of). She’s done backup for a bunch of people including Me’shell N’degeocello (“Bitter” top 10 album easily, personally). Kinda busy, she is.

She’s been around for a few years now so you might have run across her work one way or another. If you haven’t get to know her a little better. She’s had two albums and you can probably find them around one way or another (check below or her website). She did an interview on Honeysoul.com in the middle of last year. Check that out (audio) here:

Honey Soul Music » Conversation with Sy Smith

If you like what you’ve heard, check out her second album “The Syberspace Social” here (and buy it, it’s great):

Get a Taste of Sy Smith – Amie Street

You can also check it out here:

KSDMUSIC.COM – Sy Smith

Show her some love (or flash your breasts if you don’t know how)

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