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Here it is, folks, the new Madonna single

Not entirely sure what I think about this yet, but I like it a lot more than anything from her last album. Madonna seemed to lose her way in the 2010s, following weird trends that she never quite fit. This new song is mostly whispered and feels rather microscopic next to the huge, bombastic and obtuse songs like “Bitch, I’m Madonna,” but this is exactly where she seems to feel the most at home.

It doesn’t hurt that she’s joined by the stunningly hot Maluma.

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Evening Drive Song – Breathe Me by Chris Salvatore

I hadn’t heard this song until I was at the Red Line (a kinda gay neighborhood bar staggering distance from my place) and it was playing… Apparently it’s a couple years old, but after I Shazammed it and added it to my phone’s playlist and it came up while I was driving home from a job in Hollywood last night… I discovered that it’s a REALLY good “driving home fast down the 101 late at night” song.

And… why haven’t I been asked to direct a video for him yet? I love doing music videos and I work cheap… practically for free as long as it’s not porn….

Enjoy….

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First Play: Steve Grand Not The End Of Me

Just a quick opening of the new Steve Grand album. And yes… Shut Up, Jasun will return. Soon. So start sending me questions again.

I’m really enjoying this Steve Grand album quite a bit… My travel turntable is one of my favorite possessions… I spend a lot of time on the road shooting movies, and I always try to find time to go vinyl searching when I’m gone. So being able to play it at my hotel is… vital. Anyway… here’s the new Steve Grand album Not The End Of Me that you can get at his website.

Check out Steve’s new single and VERY dark video “Disciple.”

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Some things are so sacred…

Canadian New Wave diva Dalbello was way too talented for the New Wave scene in the 80s in Canada.

Her three albums Whomanforsays, She and Whore are all so perfect it’s hard to describe. But it was all a bit too much, including this single Black On Black that was about masturbating alter boys, sin and guilt and anger.

One of my favorite albums. I still put this one on a lot.

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Blondie and Joan Jett’s video for Doom Or Destiny.

The first rock concert I ever saw was Brian Adams opening for Loverboy. That was great and I had a blast.

But the SECOND rock concert I ever saw was Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. And that changed my life. Joan was incredible… the magic in the crowd that hot summer night was something I’ll never forget.

And now… 35 years later… here’s Blondie (another one of my favorite bands) and Joan Jett together from the new Blondie album.

 

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YOU GOTTA GO BALLISTIC!!

I grew up thinking that The B-52’s were the 5 coolest people in the world… Ricky died when I was in 10th grade and I was bit of a mess. But his sister and the band, in various incarnations, still persevere to this day… I saw them play a free show in downtown LA this summer that was so over-attended that it shut down the city.

Anyway… Cindy has a new album and although this song isn’t on it, both of her EPs and her new full length album can be downloaded or purchased (don’t be cheap, buy it) on her Band Camp page.

But this song is what I’ve been singing in my mind all day (while I toured various colleges around Los Angeles trying to decide where I’m going to go… news on that soon, probably… stay tuned).

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A song from… LONG ago… A blast from MY past…

Yesterday I got… a letter.

Almost as cool as a Hogwarts letter….

A royalty check for a song I wrote almost 20 years ago.  I wrote a song that was included in the show FX The Series… And while we got royalties from it for a while…those eventually dried up. And then… I guess the show has been remastered in HD and re-released to streaming and tertiary markets… Because I got a rather huge royalty check for a song that I barely remember.

Anyway… I figured that I’d post this here, it’s too X-rated to post on my Facebook. The video was done a few years back for Island House (my favorite resort in Key West).

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Wish Me Luck…

Her previous album Shaday had managed to spawn a mega-hit with Im Nin’Alu and a minor hit with Galbi… I think we all thought she’d manage a huge hit with her mostly-english album Desert Wind and this rather cute and poppy single “Wish Me Luck.” It wasn’t the hit we thought it would be but I still put this album on a lot…

 

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I HATE MEN

Most of you under 50 would just remember Nancy Walker as “The Quicker Picker Upper” lady from the paper towel commercials. If you’re under about 37, you might recognize her as “Rhoda’s Mother.”

But she was, in fact, a hilarious and talented woman of stage and screen. She was also a TV director, bringing us episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. So yes, she was a genius.

But few people under 60 know that she also had a beautiful singing voice and had quite the recording career. Her first commercially available record was in the 40s, avaialble only a 10″ shellacs, a selection of songs from “On The Town.”

Listen to the whole album after the jump… Read more →

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