Thursday’s Jam of the Day: The Polyphonic Spree


Sometimes bands put out new versions of Christmas songs and this version is particularly epic! The Polyphonic Spree takes on “Silver Bells” and Christmas in a dystopia, psychedelic, sci-fi kind of way – I sort of love this version. It is completely original as far as christmas jamz go. This was a most unexpected tune to hear today and well, Santa is about to be making his pan-continental annual ride. What better way to get ready for the holiday than by listening to “Silver Bells” goes psychedelic?

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Enjoy today’s Jam.

Monday’s Hot Throw Back Jam of the Day: Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf


“Red Light, Green Light, “Apple Juice Break,” and “Charizma What?” are just a few of the hottest tracks to be released in 1991 by Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf that year. Unfortunately these tracks never hit shelves. Charizma was at the time 19 and had just been recording tracks and performing when he was shot dead in a mugging. The story of Charizma is really quite sad. He was about to explose onto the rap scene in the early 90’s and frankly, he probably would have become one of the best of the era but he died so early, only releasing a promotional cassette with the single “Red Light, Green Light” and a flexi disc with the single “Jack the Mack.” However, Peanut Butter Wolf, who would later start his own very famous record label, Stones Throw, would release, in 2003, a full-length album titled Big Shots, featuring all the recorded tracks he made with Charizma. The album is hot and a classic shout to the styles of the early 90’s.  It was unfortunate the potential of Charizma was never fully-experienced but it is fun to imagine.

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Enjoy today’s jamz.

 

Top Jamz of 2012!!!! Jamz Jamz Jamz 2012


Well well well.  Another year has come! and mostly gone by! Yes, it is that time of year again. Fiore Jam of the day, 2012 top Jamz.
With 2012 (and possibly humanity as we know it) nearing its end, Below are my top 20 songs/albums of the year. At least if the world ends, we can enjoy it with music. The best of a year list is always fun to make and I think the below jamz are the most hot and provocative releases of the year.

  • Danny Brown—“All Grown Up”—Album: xxx
  • White Fence—“It Will Never Be”—Album:  Family Perfume Vol. 1
  • Tame Impala—“Feel like Going Backwards” – Album: Lonerism
  • Sharon Van Etten—“We are Fine” + Flawless whole album—Album: Tramp(on and on)
  • Thee Oh Sees—“ Flood’s New Light” — Album: Purtifiers II + all albums
  • King Khan and The Shrines—“Bite My Tongue”—Album: Bite My Tongue Single
  • David Byrne and St. Vincent—Who” + all tracks—Album: Love This Giant
  • Ty Segall Band—“Diddy Wah Diddy” + “Tell Me What’s Inside Your Heart” + all tracks—Album: Slaughterhouse
  • Kishi Bashi—“Chester Bursts Over The Hamptons“ + all Jamz (Virtuosic)—Album: Joyous Sound
  • Willis Earl Beale—“Monotony” + “Take Me Away ” –Album: Acousmatic Sorcery
  • S/S/S—“Beyond Any Doubt”—Album: Beak and Claw
  • Clock Opera—“Man Made”—Album: Ways To Forget
  • Phèdre—“In Decay”—Album: Phèdre
  • Daniel Rosen—“Saint Nothing”—Album: Silent Hour/Golden Mile Ep
  • Empress Of—“Don’t Tell Me” & “Champagne” –Album: 7” 
  • Captain Murphy (Flying Lotus)—“Duality”—Album: Duality
  • WU Block—“Robbed”—Album: WU Block 2012
  • Ryan Lewis and Mackelmore—“Thrift Shop”—Album: The Heist
  • Bill Frisell—“No Turn Back”—Album: Floratone II
  • Le1f—“Wut”—Album: Dark York

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My top bands of the year are as follows (in no particular order): —Explore and Enjoy 2012.

  • Danny Brown—“All Grown Up”—Album: xxxx
  • White Fence—“It Will Never Be”—Album:  Family Perfume Vol. 1
  • Tame Impala—“Feel like Going Backwards” – Album: Lonerism 
  • Sharon Van Etten—“We are Fine” + Flawless whole album—Album: Tramp   (on and on)
  • Thee Oh Sees—“ Flood’s New Light” — Album: Purtifiers II + all albums
  • King Khan and The Shrines—“Bite My Tongue”—Album: Bite My Tongue Single
  • David Byrne and St. Vincent—Who” + all tracks—Album: Love This Giant
  • Ty Segall Band—“Diddy Wah Diddy” + “Tell Me What’s Inside Your Heart” + all tracks—Album: Slaughterhouse   
  • Kishi Bashi—“Chester Bursts Over The Hamptons“ + all Jamz (Virtuosic)—Album: Joyous Sound  
  • Willis Earl Beale—“Monotony” + “Take Me Away ” –Album: Acousmatic Sorcery
  • S/S/S—“Beyond Any Doubt”—Album: Beak and Claw  
  • Clock Opera—“Man Made”—Album: Ways To Forget
  • Phèdre—“In Decay”—Album: Phèdre
  • Daniel Rosen—“Saint Nothing”—Album: Silent Hour/Golden Mile Ep
  • Empress Of—“Don’t Tell Me” & “Champagne” –Album:   7”  
     
  • Captain Murphy (Flying Lotus)—“Duality”—Album: Duality
  • WU Block—“Robbed”—Album: WU Block 2012
  • Ryan Lewis and Mackelmore—“Thrift Shop”—Album: The Heist
  • Bill Frisell—“No Turn Back”—Album: Floratone II
  •  Le1f—“Wut”—Album: Dark York

Tuesday’s Can’t Get Enough of this Lady Jam of the Day: Empress Of


Again, I recently wrote about why Empress of blows my mind and how she is about to conquer the music world with awesome jamz like nobody’s business but here’s just another reason. Her website is hysterical, She has a stellar voice, has friends who know how to make a bad ass music video, “Champagne” off her most recent double is the proof in the pudding.  But man-o-man. This video encapsulates how this Brooklynite captures my attention and why I’m digging it –it’s playful and creative. And then Boom, at 0:36 the album dives into an awesome, echoing, and empowered vocals line (uptempo) that drifts through your brain and then gets taken away on a tambourine of love with some Hawaiian inspired picking. So yeah, I dig it. “Don’t Tell Me” was already a stunning song but to see and hear the compliment for the two -sided album is exciting.

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Enjoy.

Monday’s Sick Nasty Ridic Hot Jam of the Day: Wu-Block


Ummm yeah, that happened like dayyyyummm.

It’s no surprise to y’all but I am a die-hard Wu fan and have been since da 90’s. So clearly, anytime they drop a hot album it is gonna get put up here, no questions. So Wu, here we are. Ghostface has just dropped a ridiculous album with Sheek Louch and a number of hot collaborators, Gza, Masta Killa, Erykah Badu, Cappadonna,  Method Man and more.  Da crew hits this album. Wu-Block, Wu-Block 2012 is just ridiculously hot. Wu Block’s title derives from Ghostface and Sheek’s respective groups Wu-Tang Clan and D-Block However, the album’s title track features the original lineup. What are my thoughts? Pretty straight forward, this album is hot in all the right ways. Wu-Block and dayum, every track is what you want. Sounds like a fantasy I had in another dimension. Well, this fantasy is now reality and these tracks so hot with the lines you love.

With tracks like the below, can you really go wrong? Simple answer is, no.

No.         Title

1.            “Crack Spot Stories” (featuring Raekwon & Jadakiss)

2.            “Pour Tha Martini” (featuring Cappadonna)

3.            “Pull Tha Cars Out” (featuring Method Man)

4.            “Guns For Life” (featuring Styles P)

5.            “Comin’ For Ya Head” (featuring Styles P & Raekwon)

6.            “Cocaine Central” (featuring Styles P)

7.            “Take Notice”

8.            “Drivin’ Round” (featuring Masta Killa, GZA & Erykah Badu)

9.            “Different Times Zones” (featuring Inspectah Deck)

10.          “Stick Up Kids” (featuring Jadakiss)

11.          “All In Together” (featuring Styles P & Jadakiss)

12.          “Do It Like Us” (featuring Raekwon)

13.          “Stella” (featuring Method Man)

14.          “Been Robbed”

15.          “Bust Shots” (featuring Inspectah Deck)

 

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Friday’s Stunning and Jaw-Dropping Jam of the Day: Empress Of


I wrote about the beautiful music coming from Empress Of last week. But man-o-man. This video encapsulates the Brooklynites deeply moving talent. What a voice and what a passionate expression. Holy god damn, damn. Listening to her perform live and on piano is soul tearing and unbelievable. She has a real taste for expressive song and a talent to match it. “Don’t Tell Me” was already a stunning song but to see this video and her performance places her into another tier of amazing. Yeah, I’m gushing a bit. But frankly, Empress Of deserves some gushing over her music and sound. Her voices just hangs there and haunts you in the b est kind of way.

Empress Of’s gorgeously produced concept album, Colorminutes was a beautiful series of minute long vignettes of color and sound. The music is electronic and ethereal in nature but possesses powerful angelic vocals by Empress Of .   I anticipate Empress Of is going to explode onto the scene. This video though has cemented my belief. Empress Of has a very real, and very moving, pained voice that has an expression that comes from a burning belly. I am ecstatic to see what continues to come from Empress Of. “Don’t Tell” me is just soul crushing and has been on repeat all day long. Hearing her depart from electronic for the beauty of the ebony and ivory will make you gush.

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Enjoy today’s gorgeous jam.

Thursday’s Jamz of the Day: Lou Reed


Sometimes you just need to bring it back and enjoy the timeless tracks of Lou Reed. Throughout his career he produced amazing tracks. Virtually every project he tackled embraced what came to be quintessential Lou Reed.  Every once in a while you get into a Reed phase and need to go listen to him for a day. I’m in such a phase today and decided to put together the tracks that are striking a chord with me.
Not surprisingly, all of today’s tracks that are stuck in my head are from his album that took the world by storm in 1972, Transformer. Also, it turns out that I god damn love Tubas.

Lou Reed:

  • “Make Up” –1972 Transformer
  • “Walk on the Wild Side”–1972 Transformer
  • “Vicious”–1972 Transformer
  • “New York Telephone Conversation” –1972 Transformer
  • “I’m So Free”– 1972 Transformer

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Enjoy.