20 Watts

Editor’s Pick #276: For you, Sade by jmlittman
February 5, 2010, 11:21 pm
Filed under: Editor Picks | Tags: , , , ,

PREVIEW: Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II

There’s nothing more I can do than just quote The Tripwire when they said, “This one is so weird, we’re just going to straight up explain what’s going on here with facts and shit.” So, even though this video has very little musical or cultural relevance, I’ll give you the facts.

Newly resurfaced Sade publicly announced she was a fan of Raekwon’s, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II. Raekwon caught wind of the comment and the end result was well…this video. Raekwon unveils his astonishing musical talent by lip-syncing and pretending to play the piano to Stevie Wonder‘s “Overjoyed.” Enjoy Sade, this one’s for you.

-Jen Littman, Fact Checker

Comments Off on Editor’s Pick #276: For you, Sade

City Sounds 11/23: Detroit by krkuchta

The Supremes are one of the many influential Motown acts to come out of the Motor City

City Sounds goes to the Motor City this week to listen to some of it’s native sounds.

Detroit is known mainly for it’s automobile industry, but a close second would be Motown.  As the birthplace of Motown Records, Detroit provided the world with one of the most important musical genres of all time. An influence to almost every other musical genre following it’s dominance, Motown and it’s notoriety still stand as the ideal for popular music.

Artists like Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, and Stevie Wonder topped the charts with hit after hit after hit, and it set a new standard for pop.  Motown reigned supreme (some pun intended) through the ’60s and into part of the ’80s. Even though the hits have dwindled in quantity, the quality of music is still heard around the world.

Motown put Detroit on the map, but it wasn’t the only source of great music.  Detroit also had it’s moments during the garage rock revival in the early 2000s with bands like The White Stripes, The Von Bondies and Electric Six.  It also presented the world with arguably one of the most influential rappers of all time, Eminem.

There’s plenty of great music from Detroit that will all be covered on Monday, November 23, from 11pm-1am on WERW. Tune in and listen up!

— Kyle Kuchta

Comments Off on City Sounds 11/23: Detroit

Editors Picks 48: Soundtracks Pt. 1 by Alison Baitz

All through the month of November I’ll be discussing my favorite movie soundtracks. It’s sometimes embarrassing to admit that you discover a band because you heard it in a movie, but right now I’m fessing up- I find out about a fair amount of bands thanks to some genius music coordinators. While acknowledging the brilliant, I also recognize that there are also plenty of throw-away bands that sound good once but aren’t worth pursuing past the film. We’ll discuss both in this series.

This week, let’s talk about the movies that shaped my adolescence: Movies of my Childhood. [Please note that not all of the songs discussed are on the for-sale soundtrack, but are definitely featured in the films].

1. Clueless. “No shit, you guys got coke here?” Constantly relegated to the realm of “chick flicks,” this movie is seriously universally funny. Though aspects of the soundtrack are definitely dated [plenty of 90’s grunge plus the Mighty Mighty Bosstones!], it’s universal. Listed right next to Luscious Jackson is Coolio; next to Salt-N-Pepa is No Doubt.  There are also a few standout tracks, including “Fake Plastic Trees” by Radiohead and a great cover of The Psychedelic Furs’s “The Ghost in You” by the Counting Crows. True fact: I brought this soundtrack into my 3rd grade show and tell. Relive the magic of the movie’s multifaceted soundtrack with this classic clip. “Can you do this?”

Continue reading