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Ear (and Eye) Candy: New Lady Gaga Song, Robbie Williams, Cee-Lo, & Bruno Mars

Been a while since I did a new music post. Just wanted to share some stuff that I’ve been listening to…maybe you’ll find something you like, too…

{Robbie Williams & Gary Barlow “Shame”}

I’m loving this reunion duet by the two Take That guys, a pseudo-country ditty about missed moments and re-building relationship…The video’s a sorta-homage to Brokeback Mountain, full of longing glances and coy boy-bonding moments. Very cute. Robbie’s always been a bit of a risk-taker, and you gotta love his moxie:

{Lady Gaga “Living on the Radio”}

Apparently La Gaga is debuting snippets of some new songs on her recent tour. This one’s made it to the Internet and I had to snag it, even if I’m a few days late. Cute melody; typical post-superstardom-malaise theme: all rendered in her typical cheeky-sincere way. It’s more “Speechless” than “Bad Romance,” and as much as I love the latter, that’s all right with me…Check it out:

{Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are”}

The rising Smeezingtons superproducer (and hook singer) behind B.o.B.’s “Nothin on You” and Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire” (and Cee-lo’s Fuck You”) drops his first solo CD in October, and this is the first single. I fall for high glossy pop like this every so often; it hits that spot in me that doesn’t listen to the radio anymore but likes to sing along to blockbuster hits. This one, I’m sure, is about to be one. (I also get a kick outta young artists who give their songs the same name as songs from before they were born. Like they discovered something new…Guess that’s why they call them cliches, right?)

{Cee-lo “Fuck You”}

I know everyone’s heard this by now, but damn if I can’t stop playing it…I HAD to post it. Because it’s brilliant. Because it’s so dazzingly old-school that it sounds brand-new, like someone created this funky, low-down sound just for Cee-Lo’s voice and sense of humor to rock it.

{Elisabeth Withers “Because I Love You”}

I’m adding this not just because I’m related to Elisabeth Withers (she’s married to my step-mom’s brother) but also because she’s such an amazing talent. You might know her from her Tony-nominated turn as Shug Avery in Broadway’s The Color Purple. Lis has a new CD, No Regrets, coming out this month, and this is the single. Another old-school flava’d ditty made full and new by the rich, many-colored vocals that bring it to life. Pick up the album on the 14th. And tell ya friends!

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Ear (& Eye) Candy: Faith Returns, Eva Mendes’s Sex Tape, and Spring Awakening’s GREAT singer

Yo peeps. Haven’t posted an Ear (and Eye) Candy in a few weeks. But discovered some recent stuff I thought I’d share with y’all this week. Enjoy…!

{FAITH EVANS}

I woke up to an email from a Brooklyn buddy (hi TG!): Faith Evan’s new single. Brought back crazy memories of the mid-90s when I used to chill at a spot called Buddha Bar, where Faith’s “Love Like This” always rocked the crowd of models and music execs ready to get a groove on. I know she’s a big star but I always felt like Faith should have been a bigger star than she already is: her voice is one of those great instruments that can do club-bangers as well as soft and gentle slow jams that rock your heart (“Soon as I Get Home” is a nothing less than a 90s r&b classic) and she’s an incredible songwriter (for Mary J. Blige and others). Soul Culture and Bossip are premiering the new single “Gone Already” from Faith’s new CD Something About Faith. It’s a yummy, piano-driven ballad of love lost and found anchored by the sweet yet emotionally-tortured vocal style that goes right to your soul.

Hear it here or here.

{LAUREN PRITCHARD}

When I saw Spring Awakening on Broadway a few years ago with my buddy Al (we had to support fellow Brown alum Duncan Sheik in his Broadway composing debut!), we both walked away humming a tune called “I Don’t Do Sadness/Blue Wind,” mostly because of the  vocal performance of Lauren Pritchard as Ilse. A smoky, expressive and surprising wonder, Lauren’s voice is like a warm breeze on a chilly day, wrapping you up in its gorgeous tones and carrying you along to a place that feels like home. As you can tell, I love her voice. She has a new single “Painkillers,” from her upcoming debut CD Wasted in Jackson (out September 20); the vid’s below. (And as a bonus, also check out her portion of the Spring Awakening song, if you’re not familiar with it!)

{EVA MENDES}

I’m an Eva Mendes fan, have been since Training Day and that Out of Time flick. I don’t think Hollywood’s really found a way to utilize the full scope of her talents (unless, apparently, she co-starring with Denzel, who I guess, would make anyone look good), but til then, well, she’s fun to behold. Um, homegirl isn’t singing in this clip below, but the sound of the laughter potentially erupting from your gut might sound like music if you’re having the sorta day I’ve been having. Might as well come completely clean: It’s smarter than I expected. Which makes me laugh even harder. Here’s the eagerly-awaited Eva Mendes Sex Tape. Enjoy!

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EarCandy #1: Chromeo & Janelle Monae

Music making me happy these days:

{CHROMEO}

Thanks to Mike over at PopBlerd for re-introducing me to Chromeo, via this crazy-good new track “Don’t Turn the Lights On,” from their upcoming album Business Casual. Part of me is sorta stuck in 1980s pop/r&b–they do say you’re always connected to the music of your youth–but I love when a band or artist can take that studio-slick 80s aesthetic and make it a modern moment like this.

{JANELLE MONAE}

First confession: I was first interested in the Janelle Monae album ArchAndroid because of my own intellectual (and academic) interest in the whole “black body as monster/alien/other” idea. Then I listened to it, and the music blew me away. It’s an eclectic mix, blending funk riffs, hiphop beats, smooth soul, folk pop, psychadelic sounds: it’s really like nothing you heard of late, and smartly rendered, with style and the kind on individualistic bravado that so many artists talk about but rarely put forth. This is one of those new artist albums where you can clearly hear the influences, but you don’t feel like the artist is burdened by them or so beholden to them that she gets lost in the sauce. No, Janelle Monae mixes up her influences–Stevie? Nona Hendryx? Arthur Lee? OutKast? Prince? Stevie Nicks?–and creates an enticing and endlessly listenable stew of her own. I can’t say I’ve followed closely the quasi-mythology of the album’s storyline, part of a larger project Monae began on her first EP, but the music still astonishes, and until I understand the “story” better, I can still say that so far, it’s my favorite new album this year…Two of my fave tracks are here:

“Say You’ll Go”

“Neon Valley Street”

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