Month: December 2013

New Single: Pharrell Williams – Happy [Official Music Video]

:: So catchy – H A P P Y rocks!


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Pharrell Williams Debuts “Happy”—The World’s First 24-Hour Music Video 

Pharrell Williams, ICONOCLAST and i am OTHER Entertainment present “Happy,” both the official music video and the world’s first 24-hour music video. The song is prominently featured in Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s blockbuster Despicable Me 2 in the film’s soundtrack.

The video clip was directed by the creative duo We Are From L.A. and was filmed entirely on Steady Cam, requiring the crew to walk nearly eight miles per day over the course of 11 days. The production took place in Los Angeles and more than 400 hundred extras—including many celebrities—appear in the video.

A maverick concept, the 24-hour video is the first of its kind. Viewers may visit 24hoursofhappy.com, where they are automatically taken to the point in the video that the time on their computer reflects. At the top of every hour, Williams performs for the duration of the song, and he appears 24 times in the video. Directly following his performance every hour, 14 unique cameos play in four-minute intervals. Users can watch the video in real time or skip to a different time of the day and share favorite moments on Twitter and Facebook.

In Despicable Me 2, “Happy” is heard during a pivotal moment in the storyline, and he wanted to re-create that feeling with his music video. “Gru, the lead character who’s no longer a villain, has fallen in love and feels so much joy he literally dances through the streets,” said Williams. “That kind of happiness is so infectious; you can’t help but smile.” Williams calls the song his best work to date.

The clip features celebrity appearances including two of the film’s stars, Steve Carell and Miranda Cosgrove; as well as Jamie Foxx; Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt from Odd Future; Jimmy Kimmel; Magic Johnson; Kelly Osbourne; Sérgio Mendes; Ana Ortiz; Issa Rae; and Bevy Smith, among others. [Press release]

24 hour version here: www.24hoursofhappy.com

Cover Art:
pharrell-williams_happy

Artist: Pharrell Williams
Title of Single: Happy
Release Date: December 16, 2013
Label: Back Lot Music

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Listen: Chantal Acda – Let Your Hands Be My Guide [Full Album Stream] / Track ‘Arms Up High’

:: Exquisite.


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Cover Art:
ChantalAcda LetYourHandsBeMyGuide

Artist: Chantal Acda
Title of Album: Let Your Hands Be My Guide
Release Date: November 11, 2013
Label: Gizeh Records

Tracklist:
1. Jason
2. We Will, We Must
3. My Night
4. Own Time
5. Arms Up High
6. Lost
7. Backdrops
8. Wintercoat
9. We Must Hold On

Upcoming Tour Dates:
25 Jan // N9 // Eeklo
26 Jan // Ambientfestival // Cologne
07 Feb // Maz // Brugge
15 Feb // Kunstencentrum // Hasselt
27 Mar // Le Grand Mix // Tourcoing
07 Apr // Grammatikoff // Duisburg
08 Apr // Societaetstheater // Dresden
09 Apr // Neues Museum // Nurnberg
10 Apr // Feinkostlampe // Hannover
14 Jun // Minstrel Festival // Zwolle


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New: French Wives – If I Could Disappear [Free Download]

:: Fresh new music from Scotland!

 

If I Could Disappear is one of three new tracks by Scottish indie-pop group French Wives which quietly dropped in the past months via the band’s Soundcloud (listen to The Wagon and Holy Ghost below). The Glasgow-based five-piece comprised of Chris Barclay, Frankie Cardle, Stuart Dougan, Scott WD Macpherson and Johnathyn Smith released their debut album Dream of the Inbetween in May 2012, and these new tracks maybe hint on the sophomore LP to follow soon. Stay stuned for news…

All three tracks are available for free download via the French Wives Soundcloud. If I Could Disappear definitely is more a quieter one (download here) while Holy Ghost is a guitar-driven, energetic fun tune (download here). I hope you’re enjoying the songs as much as I do.

French Wives:
French Wives (2013)


 

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More ‘French Wives’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Feb 29 − New Single: Younger [Free Download]

New EP: Matthew E. White – Outer Face / Track ‘Hot Hot Hot’

:: Love. Love. Love.


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Cover Art:
Matthew E. White - Hot Hot Hot

Artist: Matthew E. White
Title of EP: Outer Face
Release Date: October 22, 2013
Label: Domino

Tracklist: 
01. Eyes Like the Rest
02. Signature Move
03. Human Style
04. In the Valley
05. Hot Hot Hot

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More ‘Matthew E. White’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Sep 03 – One of These Days [Free Download] / Debut Album ‘Big Inner’ (2012/08/21)

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New Single: Lyla Foy – Easy (2013/11/19)

:: This song gets me dreaming…

 

Easy is the current singly by London-based singer, songwriter and producer Lyla Foy, previously known as WALL. The beautiful song was released as limited edition 7″ vinyl single on November 19, 2013 via Sub Pop, including the b-side Head Down. Order your physical copy via Sub Pop’s Webstore (US), Rough Trade (UK) or buy digitally via iTunes.

Cover Art:
Lyla Foy - Easy : Head Down (2013)

Tracklist:
01. Easy
02. Head Down

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Listen: Dean Blunt – Papi / Album ‘The Redeemer’

:: Unmissable!

 

Cover Art:
DEAN BLUNT The Redeemer

Artist: Dean Blunt
Title of Album: The Redeemer
Release Date: May 01, 2013
Label: Hippos In Tanks

Tracklist:
1.  I Run New York
2.  The Pedigree
3.  Demon
4.  Flaxen
5.  V
6.  The Redeemer
7.  Seven Seals Of Affirmation
8.  Walls Of Jericho
9.  Make It Official
10. Need 2 Let U Go
11. Dread
12. Y3
13. Papi
14. Mmix
15. All Dogs Go To Heaven
16. Imperial Gold
17. Predator
18. Brutal
19. Par
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New Single: Milagres – The Letterbomb (2013/12/04)

:: Didn’t like this one on first listen, but I enjoy it even more so now!

 

The Letterbomb is the new single by Brooklyn indie rock foursome Milagres. The band unveiled the first taste off their upcoming sophomore LP a few weeks ago. The album is entitled Violent Light and it will be in stores in the UK/Europe on January 24, 2014 via Memphis Industries and on January 25 in North America via Kill Rock Stars. Preorder your copy via the band’s website.

Milagres will be touring the US from the end of January, check out the dates below.

Cover Art:
Milagres - The Letterbomb (2013)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Thu 16 Jan 2014 // Cleveland, OH // Beachland Ballroom
Fri 17 Jan 2014 // Madison, WI // FRZN Fest
Sat 18 Jan 2014 // Indianapolis, IN // Do 317 Lounge
Sun 19 Jan 2014 // Chicago, IL // Tomorrow Never Knows Festival @ Schubas
Tue 25 Feb 2014 // Allsten, MA // Great Scott
Wed 26 Feb 2014 // New Haven, CT // BAR
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

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More ‘Milagres’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Aug 09 − Halfway [Official Video] / Debut Album ‘Glowing Mouth’ (2011/01/16)