Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Goapele or Gwa-puh-LAY

I can't help myself but to stare in awe. The music, talent and beauty of Goapele are just insane. Girl crush. This native California girl, sings with the rarest type of confidence that's hard to resist and the rawest of emotions that makes your heart break in pieces for her.

Goapele Mohlabane is a soul and R & B singer songwriter who's name is starting to appear in places. Many places. She is not(unfortunately) an overnight sensation. Goapele debuted her first album, Closer, back in 2001. Ever since then, she's spent her time working, refining and growing her musical talents and career. She built her base not with radio play, but with her fantastic live performances. Goapele's the real deal.

Here's Goapele's discography, and some of my favs from them. Hope you enjoy them as much or even more than I do.

Closer (2001) - Closer
Even Closer (2002) - Closer (again), Too Much the Same
Change It All (2005) - First Love
Break of Dawn (2011) - Undertow, Play, Tears On My Pillow, Milk & Honey, Right Here

You can see how Goapele grows throughout her music. From her first album to her latest, she changed from a girl who is just realizing who she is, to a woman who already found herself. By Break of Dawn, she was full fledged adventurous in her music and lyrics. Break of Dawn is my favorite album of her discography...which will be a true statement until the next one.

Friday, December 21, 2012

SPIN-ning it

I've been greeted by many weird things on my way home before. Lost animals, people and things. This one found its way into my mailbox. And then it got ME lost.

I was wondering what happened to this month's SPIN magazine. SPIN has doled out its last PRINT publication last month! Settle down, now. It's not gone. They just moved the publication entirely online. Apparently, to fulfill my passion for music, in print, the parent company thoughtfully sent a magazine that would transfer that same passion for cars! In print.

"I know we can't replace the insight and passion that SPIN delivered to new-music lovers. But we can promise that Car and Driver will provide that same passion and insight for cars."

I definitely appreciate the effort but...I...I don't know.

Well, I guess don't knock it til you've tried it.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday nights at Rubin

It's not exactly "Night at the Museum"...but it's probably just as (or even more) fun!

Rubin Musuem of Art hosts K2 Lounge nights featuring live DJs. I'm mostly intrigued by the background experience the DJs have. The range includes jazz, Afro-beat, Brazilian, Arabic and classical music. And it's free cover for the Lounge and Museum at that time!

Rubin Museum of Art of the Himalayas
150 W. 17th Street
New York, NY 10011

Rubin Museum K2 Nights

Free Admission on Friday nights from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm