Tag Archives: Kanye West

Top Eight Thursday: 27 January 2011

1. Chromeo – Fancy Footwork (Live from Montreal)
2. Bag Raiders – Sunlight
3. Kid Sister – Gucci Rag Top (ft. Gucci Mane)
4. Cut Copy – Take Me Over
5. Theophilus London – Why Even Try (ft. Sara Quin) [FREE DOWNLOAD]
6. Kanye West – Get Em High (A-Trak remix)
7. Toro y Moi – Still Sound [VIDEO]
8. Yelle – Safari Disco Club

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Can’t stop the dance! I’m really looking forward to hearing more from Theophilus London now that he has a record deal. This collaboration with half of Tegan and Sara is an interesting preview. Also, I don’t know where Yelle has been hiding, but the full album had better be out soon.

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Why I dropped everything to watch the premiere of Kanye West’s short film even though I haven’t listened to a lot of his music

As you may have heard, Kanye West premiered a 35-minute film yesterday evening. Runaway tells the story of a phoenix, portrayed by model Selita Ebanks, and contains music from his next album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Even though I haven’t even heard any of his previous albums all the way through (shame on me), I made sure I was watching, because I knew it would be a game-changer. And it is–while the acting talents of West and Ebanks left much to be desired, Runaway demonstrated a clear artistic vision that is not often seen. It takes an artist of West’s stature to raise the bar for visual branding. Animal Collective’s film ODDSAC may have made indie headlines, but Runaway has the potential to revolutionize how major labels do marketing. Ultimately, such projects require deep pockets, especially if the production values are to be as high as Runaway‘s, as well as enough people who are sufficiently interested to at least pretend to pay attention for more than half an hour. Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” video was already challenging enough to attention spans at nine and a half minutes. However, Runaway serves to promote the entire album, justifying the length, though admittedly the extended ballet sequence was a little too extended. What counts is the obvious amount of effort that went into the realization of this film, which not only shows West’s dedication to his craft, but it gets people talking, and that’s what counts.

Top Eight Thursday: 16 September 2010

1. Chromeo – I Could Be Wrong (ft. Ezra Koenig)
2. Kisses – Midnight Lover
3. Chromeo – Night by Night
4. Summer Camp – Ghost Train
5. Kisses – Kisses
6. Ra Ra Riot – Massachusetts
7. Summer Camp – Jake Ryan
8. Kanye West – Monster (ft. Bon Iver, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z)

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My flavor of the month and my flavor of the year teamed up, so of course that’s number one. As per “Midnight Lover,” I would like to take them all out for a nice steak dinner, though I’m pretty sure I’ve read that Mssrs. Macklovitch and Koenig are meat-free and I’m also trying to cut down my carbon footprint. I’m late to the Summer Camp bandwagon, but that’s better than missing it completely.

Top Eight Thursday: 1 July 2010

1. Das Racist – “Fake Patois”
2. Kid Sister – “Right Hand Hi”
3. Das Racist – “Nutmeg”
4. Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg – “California Gurls (MSTRKRFT Remix)”
5. Dirty Projectors + Björk – “On and Ever Onward”
6. Kid Sister ft. Kanye West – “Pro Nails”
7. Local Natives – “Sun Hands”
8. Local Natives – “Airplanes”

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A wish I could use right now would be for more Local Natives in my life.