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August 2017

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Artist Spotlight: Oriel Poole

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My hunt for new artists has brought me Oriel Poole, an electro-soul singer/songwriter whose debut EP, Sunday, is produced by Max Savage and represents quite the risk, given that Poole put aside her successful career as a production designer to pursue music. Of her decision to follow a new path, Poole said, “It’s crazy, but I feel like the economic climate back in 2008 gave rise to the art form I felt most deeply connected to. If it wasn’t for a challenging couple of years post college, I would have never given music a realistic consideration, but I am so grateful I did.” Poole is UK born and self taught, and her retro-synth vibe sets her apart. She’s the girl you play in the background at your cool house party where your guest stops you, mid-conversation to say, “Who is this artist?”

Download or Stream the EP from your favorite digital source now and keep up with Oriel by visiting OrielPoole.com.

Thursday

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July 2017

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Kesha Releases “Praying” and Macklemore Releases “Glorious” – Intentional Competition?

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Forgive me if I find on-the-nose schmaltz to be off-putting. While I’m certainly happy Kesha is making a comeback and speaking her truth, my heartless core just happens to be put off by this indulgence, and the epic drum back-beat just feels like a try-hard attempt at making the music memorable. The song, entitled “Praying,” was co-written with Macklemore’s Ryan Lewis, and the track was strangely released the same day as Macklemore’s new song, “Glorious” (absent Ryan Lewis). The fast-rap hip hop duo won three Grammies, and Lewis left their partnership without any tangible explanation. Ben Haggerty says that “the decision came from a place of love for one another” but some “creative space would be good” for both of them.

It’s no secret that Kesha has endured a bear of a legal battle, fighting Dr. Luke and Sony to exit her contract amid claims of sexual harassment. “Praying” will be the “Tik Tok” singer’s first new material since the 2013 EP ‘Deconstructed.’ As for Macklemore, “Glorious” is fine. It’s catchy, as all his songs are. Listen to both tracks below.

Wednesday

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July 2017

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Jay-Z’s Anti-Semitic Lyrics on 4:44 – There’s No Excuse

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Excited about Jay-Z’s new album, I listened to it in its entirety, and without outside influence of any kind. I was immediately struck by a lyric on “The Story of O.J.,” which says, “You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America? This how they did it.” I listened again and again, in hopes that the context would in some way call-out the anti-Semitic stereotype, and I quickly discovered that was not the case. Soon, I turned to google, where I found a ridiculous defense by famed Israeli-American music manager Guy Oseary, in which he claims Jay’s lyrics are actually a compliment.
 
First, shame on Guy Oseary. To use what I can only assume is a personal friendship to cloud his judgment is gross. Claims like these are never a compliment, and though he acknowledges that the “‘rich jew’ the ‘business jew’ the ‘jew that owns the world’ is a stereotype which has been repeatedly used with the wrong sentiment,” somehow Jay gets a pass here because Mr. Oseary read it in context. I too read the context, and that context is indeed anti-Semitic. I am perfectly capable of understanding the implication here, and I’m no sycophant whose entire paycheck is fueled by the music industry’s power players.

The anti-Semitic notion that Jews own the world and that our success is to the detriment of others, is not only offensive, it’s extremely dangerous. These conspiracies such as the world domination by Jews, are the same claims that once fueled Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party, who felt it their purpose to stop us from such a takeover. It’s a heated declaration with dire consequences, and it should not be taken lightly — or as a compliment.

Finally, is it possible Jay-Z had pure intentions, and he wrongly used this lyric as an expression of admiration? To put it simply, it doesn’t matter. If Bill Maher doesn’t get a pass from the black community for wrongly using the horrific term “house nig***” in a terrible attempt at a joke, then Jay-Z doesn’t get a pass from the Jewish community for perpetuating this disgusting stereotype. He should know better.

Thursday

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March 2017

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Lorde’s “Liability” v. My Chemical Romance’s “Welcome to the Black Parade”

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Remember when I said Lorde can do no wrong after listening to her new single, “Green Light.” I take it back. After listening to her new, relatively disappointing single, “Liability,” it’s occurred to me (via a kind friend who pointed this out and asked not be quoted) that it’s strikingly similar to My Chemical Romance’s “The Black Parade.” Her upcoming album, ‘Melodrama,’ is out June 16. According to Lorde, the song is about the price of fame, and how everyone in her inner circle will at some point be attacked or impacted even if it means giving up a little portion of their privacy. Liability was also produced by Jack Antonoff. Listen below and judge the similarities for yourself. I called it disappointing for a variety of reasons. First, it’s just not that original, and if you’re going to have a very basic song, then be Adele and make it all about the vocals. Lorde’s voice is strikingly unique, and it deserves a unique melody. Second, I’m not into the piano at all. I imagine that is Antonoff’s influence, and it just doesn’t work. And lastly, the lyrics don’t really justify the sad tone.

Friday

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May 2016

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Diana Ebe’s “Elusive Pleasure” — Listen Now

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Just who is Diana Ebe, and how did she achieve her hypnotic sound? The Stockholm native got an early start in the music industry with piano lessons at age four and classical training with the esteemed Swedish musical theater performer and producer, Andreas Eldeen. Her fittingly titled, “Elusive Pleasure” video takes you through startling lyrics about love against the backdrop of haunting images and alluring landscapes. According to Ebe, her works is about expressing the “lonely and longing feeling of love and life.” Watch the video below.