I am SLAIN! This song. This video. That voice. Straight out of Brooklyn via Annie Lennox, Trixie Whitley‘s Breathe You In My Dreams (from new album Fourth Corner) is a devastating and gorgeous song, Whitley possesses a gorgeous instrument and this video is absolutely mesmerizing. Watch. Now.
A young Cuban-American influenced by Delta blues, cultivated in Chicago with a dash of Latin rhythms, all brought together and honed in Madrid – that is the lovely Vivian Garcia. Ms. Garcia’s debut album, Cold Bed, is a collection of intimate blues songs I’ve had in heavy rotation since it’s mid-December release. Ms. Garcia has the command and power of a flamenco singer with an honest and vulnerable charm that can take lines like, “If love is everything / then what am I to do / when everyday I walk these streets alone / and I come home to a cold bed too” and deliver them matter-of-factly without a trace of bitterness. Currently in Chicago for the holidays, the CD release party is this Thursday at Barra Ñ. Below is the video for Cold Bed.
I miss your dumb faces. 2012 was kind of bullshit with a few bright spots so I’m ready to grab 2013 by the balls and have myself a good ol time. This will be the second year I’ve shied away from any kind of “Best of…” list because aside from not having the time to organize my notes, edit my drafts and search for decent YouTube and SoundCloud links, I just haven’t been feeling it. I agree with so many of the lists already out there it just feels stupid for me to chime in with my $0.02. Instead I’ll leave you with this fucking song that Baby Bee became obsessed with this year and even has a sorta-routine choreographed for it. Happy New Year, bitches!