Mean Motor Scooter “Hindu Flying Machine” Review

Mean Motor Scooter’s Hindu Flying Machine is more of a journey than an album, but it’s a particularly pleasant ride nonetheless. Over the course of ten tracks, peculiarities are to be expected. For the most part, they work. A track-by-track review begins below.

We’re Not Alone – Right after the first few riffs, the song plunges the listener into a feast of powerful bass lines. The double time is a surprisingly effective push, and the lo-fi vocals strike an interesting aural imagery of a long-forgotten time.

“Wavespotting” – Sporadic drums guide us through the jungle of a 60s comic scene. The power chords partnered with the bass fuel the ride even further like a vintage mustang sailing in the air above the Mississippi River. It’s a short ride, but it gives enough kick to keep the listener (and possibly a crowd) hyped.

“Sea Serpent” – This one set off with a nearly clean guitar riff, dropping in some serious punches with the full blown band. The vocals are over-driven, reminiscent of Franz Ferdinand.

“Cosmonaut” – Reverb and distortion are king here. What makes this track a standout is its similarity to “Welcome to the Black Parade” by MCR, rendering rendering a satisfying listen between each section. The interlude in particular was a nice touch, and its overall quality is a nice surprise.

“Lizard Man” – Things begin to pick up with “Lizard Man.” While not much of a standout as its predecessors, it features a pretty nice, although short, guitar solo.

“Shape Shifter” – It begins to feel a little routine by this point. The keyboard adds a nice touch, while the bassline is jumpy as always. The female vocals once again pour plenty of life into the track.

“Sam, the Homosapein” – The opening’s immediately sounds very AC/DC, yet with a clean and playful rhythm. The lyrics bring tangible imagery to the mind, and one can clearly visualize the footsteps of the Homosapein.

“Come and Get It” ­– The overall vintage feel is revitalized here. Still in a bit of a routine sonic-wise, but this time it works in the album’s favor.

“Dr.Benway” – This track is more like a succession to the previous track than a song on its own. The keyboard is much more pronounced than in previous tracks.

“Brainhole” – We finally reach the closing track of the album as well as the frenetic journey it took us on. While “Brainhole” could have been better suited for a “middle track,” it still works here. We get a nice summary of the musical themes and motifs.

Verdict: There are indeed some surprises here and there, and the song Cosmonaut is one to keep an eye on. Even though a main criticism its “routine” nature, that’s actually where the album shines the most. It’s familiar. There’s plenty to digest here, and overall Hindu Flying Machine is worth more than one listen.

Girl Keep It! Mariah Carey to Perform New Year’s Eve Special…Again

 

Mariah Carey is returning to the stage…the one we’re trying to forget about. Yes,  social media backlash, a media circus, and public embarrassment can’t keep a good diva down. The “Dreamlover” songstress announced on Instagram her plans to return to Dick Clark’s “New Years Rockin’ Eve” event.

Still incredulous? I don’t blame you, but there’s proof below.

Take 2. #RockinEve #NYE 🎉🥂

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Now, this doesn’t mean I’m counting her out just yet. Mariah Carey is, if nothing else, resilient. Many times during her long (and successful) career, she’s been counted out by the media. However, at some point it’s time to just bow out gracefully. The girl has hits on top of hits to her name. There’s really no reason for her to perform to begin with. I get that she wants to be “seen,” but really? There has to be some other way to handle whatever new project she’s hoping this will call attention to.

I mean, it’s going to take her performing a miracle on stage to make us forget this:

If nothing else, expect this to be entertaining…even if it’s for all the wrong reasons. Will you be tuning in?

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Cardi B Sounds…Unfortunate on New Single “Bartier Cardi”

 

Cardi B stans, whatever you call yourselves, don’t kill me just yet. See, I really wanted to like this song. As unintelligible as “Bodack Yellow” is, it’s still my go-to gym bop. This new single? Well…let’s just say I tried my hardest.

Teaming up with 21 Savage, Cardi B unleashed her second single from her upcoming project after much anticipation. I’m honestly not feeling it, but maybe you’ll like it. Find out for sure below.

I’ll give it to Cardi. The girl’s got plenty of energy. However, does that make up for the lack of enunciation? To be a little harsh, it sounds like this was made by any old SoundCloud rapper from your hometown. It’s just not polished. Be honest with yourself. How many words could you even make out while you were listening?

Perhaps my overly-analytical take on the single is due to Cardi B’s recent chart milestone. The “Love & Hip Hop” trailblazer earned the coveted #1 spot on the Billboard chart earlier this year, after all. The last female rapper who accomplished that was Lauryn Hill in 1998. There’s some perspective for you. We won’t start comparing Lauryn Hill’s music to Cardi B. There’s no point in being “obvious-petty.” What I will do, however, is have a healthy degree of expectation.

Unfortunately, I may have expected too much. What do you think?

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Eminem Teases New Music Video With Beyonce

 

Newly homosexual Eminem is in “pre-hype mode” for his upcoming album Revival. The song hasn’t gained much traction on the Billboard charts, but there’s still hope. What the rapper needs is a key visual to really kick-start this new era of his. So how is he planning on catching our interest this time around?

Enter Beyonce, the visual artist.

According to the short video released by the Eminem, it looks like he’s going to be serving us THEATER, hunny! Check out a teaser clip from newly-released duet “Walk On Water” below.

It looks quite interesting, but only time will tell at this point. Beyonce’s other duet with Ed Sheeran, “Perfect,” managed to knock it out of the park. Maybe there’s still hope.

Or maybe I could just, you know, enjoy the song. There’s also that…

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Madonna Preparing New Tour for 2018

 

Age is just a number according to Madonna. The “Jump” entertainer is allegedly preparing to leap back onto the stage at 59. Yes, that’s right, sugars. 59-years-old!

Whether you’re indifferent to her music or not, Madonna has established herself as a remarkably intimidating tour force over the years. Each time she launches a new tour, it goes on to give long-standing acts such as The Rolling Stones a run for their money. Literally.

With a clear demand for more Madonna stage-antics, it makes since she would want to hit the stage again. So will she?

While visiting Kelly & Ryan to promote her MDNA Skincare product, the “Music” performer dropped a few hints as to whether we can expect a new tour.

Listen. If she’s willing and able to continue entertaining, then I’m here for it. In a world where 60+ year old men can hobble around on stage for 2 hours and STILL sell out stadiums, let Madge continue slaying in her own way. Hopefully, we can expect a new album from this as well. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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Uh Oh! Jennifer Lopez Will End Las Vegas Shows

 

Better get those tickets while you can. Jennifer Lopez is officially done with Las Vegas, and she’s announced her final tour dates.

Her residency, which began in 2016 at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, will end on September 29th, 2018. The “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” performer released a statement to E! News illustrating her reasons behind her departure.

“Performing ‘All I Have’ in Vegas over the last few years has been an incredible and rewarding experience that I won’t soon forget. Some of the best memories on stage from my career will forever be equated with this city. Thank you to all my fans who traveled far and wide to experience the show with me.”

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 15th at 10 AM Pacific Time. American Express card members can get their tickets early on Monday, December 11th at 10 AM Pacific Time through Thursday, December 14th at 10 PM PT. Total Rewards members get access to an exclusive presale starting Wednesday December 13th at 10 AM through Thursday, December 14th at 10 PM PT.

Jennifer Lopez’s final Las Vegas show dates are as follows:

 

June 2018: 13, 15, 16

September 2018: 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29

So, the question is, will this be you at the concert?

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Sabrina Claudio “About Time” Album Review

Sabrina Claudio is already being hailed as the “the future of R&B.” So, naturally, the pressure to deliver is on, whether she likes it or not. Thankfully, About Time manages to give us a beautiful yet slow showcase of her talent. The subject matter may not amaze you, but Sabrina’s vocals and production will certainly surprise you.

Even when just speaking normally in “About Time (Intro)” Sabrina Claudio pulls the listener in with her breathy, silky voice.

“Will I have accepted the things I cannot change, and will I have changed the things I cannot accept?”

We may have heard such a statement in some old self-help book we threw away ages ago, but it’s her delivery that makes it become pleasantly thought-provoking. “Natural” summarizes About Time with its lyrics of “quickly falling in love” and it feeling, well, “natural.” Sabrina opens the track demonstrating some superlative self-harmonizing, and it’s quickly apparent why someone would boast about her potential talent.

 

“Belong To You” drifts down like morning fog, engulfing us with a need to be snuggled up with our imaginary boyfriends. Lyrics like “Grab hold of me, Gentle love but touch passionately” do nothing to dismiss these fantasies. They only serve to allow the following material to build upon the established theme. The low rumbling vocals in the chorus are also a nice touch. We can feel the singer’s need for companionship.

Of course, things quickly dial up with “Unravel Me,” another single from the album.

“Something in the sun or the air, Is making me wanna run away from here”

Here the production truly gets a chance to shine as “Unravel” is melodically the best track on the album and most likely a fan-favorite.

Our trip through those clouds begins to slow down upon our descent into “Stand Still.” Production-wise, this is the album’s most polished song. Nearly every vocal effect, drum click, and synth riff cluster together in perfect harmony. Sabrina Claudio is at her best vocally when she has room to maneuver, and the mostly sparse production offers plenty of that here. The lyrics “Time is being wasted screaming, Not listen I promise you’ll heal me better” will make you question exactly what you expect out of a relationship.

And just before you touch the ground, the bouncy “Used To” brings the journey to a close. Claudio finds time to be introspective even during an uptempo song, and it works for the most part. In fact, I dare say this could become a trademark of hers. Lord knows we need more uptempos in today’s depressing musical landscape. Here’s to hoping.

So, while About Time doesn’t break the ground it needs to, it more than succeeds in showing off Sabrina’s rich potential as both a songwriter and a vocalist. As “the future of R&B,” she has a lot to prove. Luckily, she has the talent to become something greater.

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K. Michelle’s New Song “Kim K” Calls Out Kardashian Clan for Cultural Appropriation

 

If nothing else, you can always count on K. Michelle to tell us how she really feels. Her new song, “Kim K,” is poised to start quite the firestorm, and I’m honestly here for it.

“Kim K” is the newest promo track from her upcoming LP, Kimberly: The People I Used to Know. The song itself addresses the Kardashian clan’s tendency to swipe up decades-long African-American cultural trends to pass off as their own. Not only is it timely, it’s downright scathing in its honesty.

Some of the lyrics that explicitly call out the Kardashians are:

“Wish I could be a Kardashian so I could be black. They ask if it’s real. I say it’s real fat. Don’t get caught up in facts, cuz ain’t sh*t real. And ain’t sh*t funny. So f**k how you feel.”

“Wish I could be a Kardashian, so I could be black. Put my face over ‘Pac. Wear my braids to the back. Throw a filter on that, cuz ain’t sh*t real. And ain’t sh*t funny. So f**k how you feel.”

Oh geez! Of course, her little “song monologue” doesn’t stop there. She also has a few choice words for black women who don’t support her efforts to woo actor Idris Elba.

“What’s up with all you black women? I date a black man named Idris. You say I’m ghetto,  he trippin. You’d rather him with white women.”

Chile…there is clearly a lot going on here. Wanting to hear the song in full? Catch the tea below, sugars.

What did you make of it? Sound off in the comments below.

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Okay Sis! Britney Spears Shares Acapella Ballad On Birthday

Look, we should know by now that Britney Spears is no vocal powerhouse, right? Still, sharing an acapella version of Elvis Presley’s “Falling In Love” was clearly a set up.

The “Toxic” singer took to Instagram to celebrate her 36th birthday…in song form. In the post she shared with her fans she said:

“I’ve always wanted to do a performance like this… singing in a pretty little black dress, with a simple 360, one take shot! I figured since it was my birthday, why not go for it?! So boom 💥 When the clock struck 12:00, I did it!!! Thank you all for the beautiful birthday wishes, and for letting me do what I love. I appreciate you more than you will ever know!!!!”

Want to see what all the fuss is about? See more below.

There’s not a whole lot that can be said without being shady, but here goes. Britney Spears seems like a nice person, and we know she’s been through a lot. It takes courage at this stage in her career to post something like this for the world to see. Still, you can’t help but marvel at the strides we’ve made in technology. Artists are able to sound incredibly otherworldly thanks to vocal effects and auto tune. Old news, right? I will give Britney her props though. She certainly DOES sound pretty much like you’d expect her to sound outside of the studio.

That’s all I got. Did your wig shift as she gave you a soundtrack to the tour of her home?

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Azealia Banks Performs “The Big Beat” On “Good Day New York”

Not gonna lie, folks. I had several chicken jokes in store for you, but I’m going to save them for a better time. And we all know a better time will eventually arrive when it comes to our beloved Azealia Banks.

You either hate her, love her, or are confused as to what planet she’s actually from. However, the general consensus is that Azealia Banks makes damn good Hip Hop music. With that being said, the “Ice Princess” chocolateer graced the “Good Day New York” stage to perform “The Big Beat,” pulled from last year’s mixtape, “Slay-Z.”

Curious as to how that went down? Keep readings, my sugars.

Okay, not bad, right? Now here’s my main problem with watching this performance. Are you ready for it? I cringed.

I didn’t cringe because her performance sucked. On the contrary, Azealia Banks is not a boring performer by any stretch. I cringed because at this point in the game, the girl should be doing so much better than a crimson curtain backdrop with two hit or miss backup dancers. I was one of the ones who rooted for this girl to succeed. Of course, that was prior to the whole “tar baby” tirade on Twitter during the height of her hysteria. Is it possible for someone like Azealia to make a comeback? Unfortunately, there is.

Chicken-slaying and self-hate aside, you have to remember who our president is. If he can be as belligerent as possible and sit on the highest seat in America, then why can’t Azealia see mainstream success? I mean, I’m not personally about to buy it. I’m the cousin who came to the cookout to be nosy and watch. The real question becomes…

Are You?