Video: Sky Ferreira – “Everything is Embarrassing”

 

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Sky Ferreira got her a little vintage Madonna steez going on. In this video for “Everything is Embarrassing,” she flails about like the natural carefree pop star rocker she seems destined to be. That early 90s pop zest on this tune is exactly what we needed to make this sunny Friday seem all the more perfect.

Pitchfork even gave it the honor of Best New Track when it first came out – not too shabby. And she’s quite easy on the eyes with that carefully crafted “messy” hair, too, huh? Winning all around.

The track is part of her upcoming EP, Ghost, where Sky calls on an impressive cast of producers, including Greg Kurstin (Santigold, The Shins), Jon Brion (Fiona Apple), and Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher).

Look out for Ghost on October 16.

CMJ Show Dates
October 17 (10pm) @ Union Hall, NYC
October 18 (early, 8pm) @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC
October 18 (late 11:30pm) @ Santo’s Party House, NYC
October 20 (daytime tbd) @ Piano’s, NYC
October 20 (12am) @ 92Y Tribeca, NYC

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New Track: Escort – “Starlight” (RAC Remix)

 

Remember the way too fun Escort and how awesome they were with that “Why Oh Why” video?! Time to put on those roller skates, leotards, leg warmers and to get to shakin’!

“Starlight” was recently remixed by RAC to give the track an additional layer of bouncy zest. How can you listen to Escort and it not be carefree happy times 24/7?! Always a pick me up. We can’t help but want to transition into Madonna’s “Lucky Star” and keep the party going.

Tour Dates
10/25: Washington, DC @ The Hamilton
10/27: New York, NY @ Webster Hall, 1st Annual Escort Halloween Show w/ St. Lucia
11/7: Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of The Living Arts
11/9: Chicago, IL @ The Metro
11/10: Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
12/7: Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz
12/8: Lisbon, Portugal @ Vodafone Mexefest

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New Track: M.I.A. – “Bad Girls”

 

A new version of M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls” just dropped today as a single from her upcoming album. Originally appearing on her Vicki Leekx mixtape, this new version will be available everywhere tomorrow for download. The accompanying video is set to drop this Friday.

M.I.A.’s fourth album, which is still in the works, will be released this summer.

Finally, word on the street is that she’ll be making a surprise appearance at the Super Bowl halftime show to perform “Give Me All Your Luvin’” with collaborator Madonna.

Stream on Pitchfork.

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Waxploitation Launches 4th Benefit Auction for Darfur

causes2_300Waxploitation has put together its fourth annual auction to benefit Human Rights Watch, Doctors Without Borders and Oxfam America. 100% of the proceeds go toward their work in Darfur and elsewhere.

This year’s selection includes signed recordings and artifacts from Madonna, Kid Rock, Norah Jones, Wilco, The Shins, Gnarls Barkley, Kylie Minogue, Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, Arctic Monkeys, Diplo, Counting Crows, Matisyahu, Stereophonics as well as non-music items signed by Salvador Dali, Luke Chueh, Jean-Luc Godard, Yogi Berra and Hugh Hefner to name a few.

Waxploitation recently released Causes 2, its second benefit album for Darfur. The album includes exclusive songs donated by The Decemberists, Devendra Banhart, Diplo, LCD Soundsystem, My Morning Jacket, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, and others.

“With everything else in the news, it’s important to not forget Darfur,” says Waxploitation founder Jeff Antebi. “When we did our first benefit auction, 70,000 people had already died. Today, the number is estimated to be 300,000.  Almost five million innocent civilians are caught in the middle of this, with nowhere to go.”

The auction launches today, July 27th at www.ebay.com/causesauction

For more info on Waxploitation’s non-profit work, please visit www.waxploitation.com/causes

Giant Step’s Hudson Parties: 18 Going On 19

Photo (c) Bartek Radwan

We’re fast approaching the 20th party at Hudson and showing no signs of slowing down – quite the opposite actually.  Big thanks to everyone who made it uptown for Pete Rock last night.  It was incredible.

Next up is Jellybean Benitez, a disco king back in the eighties and recent inductee into the  2005 Dance Music Hall of Fame.  He’s remixed Whitney Houston, Jocelyn Brown, Patti Austin, George Benson, Shalamar, Hall & Oates, Billy Joel, Pointer Sisters, Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson’s hit “Say, Say, Say,” Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock” and Freeez’s “I.O.U.”  Jellybean helped his once-girlfriend to remix her songs, starting out with “Everybody,” followed by “Physical Attraction,” “Borderline,” “Lucky Star” and her radio breakthrough “Holiday.” “Holiday” was the first song Jellybean ever produced from scratch and the girl was of course… Madonna!

RSVP for Jellybean Benitez at Hudson on 10/20 here.

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(For those who partied at Hudson last night, you might remember this one setting it off)