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REVIEW OF RUNNING TO THE SUN

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At first listen, I thought it was OK. So, I took a break, said a prayer, meditated, did yoga, talked to my higher self then gave it another listen because I really really wanted to like this EP because I’ve liked other singles such as Borders (which was featured on Season 1, Episode 5 of Insecure).

Note: Didn’t I tell you guys Insecure has the best music ever? The last few music reviews have been connected to Insecure

I guess this is a good time to introduce you to St. Beauty because you guys are probably middle-aged and it’s my responsibility to keep you abreast of millennial trends, you’re welcome. St. Beauty is a group composed of singers Alexe Belle and Isis Valentino who met while working at a boutique (because all talent is hidden in retail) then formed a group (obviously). I am fairly certain they are on Janelle Monae’s label but don’t quote me.

Anyway, I would describe this EP as fun and teeny-bopperish. If Urban Outfitters could produce an album, it would sound like this.

Obviously, I like Borders (I downloaded it after it premiered on Insecure). Caught and Tides are OK. I love Stone Mountain. Colors, Not Discuss It, and Lucid Dreams are… meh. Most importantly, they are super cute, have beautiful voices (like teenage angels), and I would like to come back as a combination of them in my next life. And, do you see their hair? Not relevant… Basically, I am saying I am happy I downloaded it on Spotify… because, it’s a fee I already pay for. But you guys know how fickle I am, the more I listen to it, the more I may like it… or not. Anyway, read my previous music review: Good For You.

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GOOD FOR YOU

Music is one of the tools I use to prevent myself from slipping into middleagedhood (not a word). You know, that stage where you start complaining about music not being what it used to be. Thanks to Tiny Desk, I keep a pretty nice rotation of new (but old by the time I find out about it) music. Last week, Amine showed up in my queue.

Amine is Ethiopian, was born and raised in Portland, and built his rap skills by dissing rival high schools. Are rival high schools really a thing? Then again, I didn’t go to a real high school so I don’t know how these things work. In 2014, he released his first mixtape, was broke, blah, blah, blah, and here we are (or something like that).

At first listen, I clutched my pearls. Like most rap, it’s vulgar but then I remembered that I came from the “back that azz up” era and started enjoying it. My favorite songs are: Veggies, Caroline, Spice Girl, and Heebiejeebies. I like: Sundays, Turf, Blinds, Dakota, Slide, and Beach Boy. I detest: Yellow, Hero, STFU, Wedding Crashers, and Money.

The thing I love most is the random ad-libs from Charlie Wilson throughout the album. It’s quite the treat and actually works but what do I know? Read and share my previous post: Naturalversary. Subscribe, like, and follow me @pinkgumbeaux.

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DANIEL CAESAR APPRECIATION POST

It would be totally neglectful if I did not mention Daniel Caesar before the year ended. I know you guys live for my opinion on everything. Right? *stares*

As stated numerous times, Insecure has the best soundtrack of any show or movie, past present and future (Read: How Insecure Made Me Obsessed with Nick Hakim). In that post, I forgot to mention a song I liked, forgot it existed then it showed up on YouTube. Shout out to YouTube for being hella stalkerish but always giving me the best recommendations. Anyway, the song I’m referring to is “Blessed” (Season 2, Episode 8).

Daniel Caesar is a Canadian singer-songwriter who built his popularity online through several singles and EPs and dude is just 22. In August, he dropped Freudian (his debut album) to rave reviews. I literally listen to this album every day and Husband is highly annoyed by it. My favorites:

Who else is listening to this? If you’re not, you probably have sucky taste in music *stares at Husband* Anyway, Read and share my previous post: Baby Gumbeaux Turns 1 Month. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @pinkgumbeaux and @babygumbeaux

Oh and Happy New Year. Ashlee, out!

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HOW INSECURE MADE ME OBSESSED WITH NICK HAKIM

Insecure has ended, what are we supposed to do with our Sunday nights? Something productive? Eck! Human interaction? I doubt it. Anyway, one thing that can carry us into the next season is their soundtrack.

You can’t tell me it’s not the BEST soundtrack that has ever existed for any show or movie, now and in the future. Not too surprising since some of the music’s curators include Solange, Raphael Sadiq and other super important people we don’t know.

After each episode, I replay songs and buy my favorites. Most recently, Boredom by Tyler, The Creator featuring Rex Orange County, Anna Of The North and Corinne Bailey Rae.

 

I never thought I would like any song from him because I mostly dislike him as a person but alas. What’s worse? I hear the album is pretty good but yeah, this is not what this post is about. It’s about that episode, you know the one. Episode 5 where we all collectively knew Molly f***ed up (literally and figuratively). Although I was outraged, I was paying more attention to the song playing than the actual scene. Turned out, it was Needy Bees by Nick Hakim.

 

Go ahead and listen, I’ll wait here.

I don’t know how to even describe the feeling the song gave me but did listen to it about eight times back-to-back the first time. Then, I decided to do a little research on the artist. Nick Hakim is a D.C. native, singer-songwriter who was inspired by both soul and Nueva Cancion (as a result of his South American parents), became interested in music in his late teens, attended Berklee College of Music, did things broke artists do and now we’re here.

After playing only this song for like a week, I downloaded the album and identified a couple more favorites.

 

 

Unfortunately, I have barely been able to listen to songs outside of these but am fairly confident the rest are equally awesome.

Side note: He has a concert coming up in New Orleans which I may attend and am comfortable with being judged for waddling into a club at 8 months pregnant. Who gone check me? Follow Pink Gumbeaux on social media for judgmental and sometimes funny posts. Read and share my previous post: Second Trimester: The Rise and Fall of the Incubator 

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CLOUDS & CRAYONS LIVE

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As founder of the Frenemies of Jackson, I Want to Go Home and But There Is Nothing to Do Associations, I’ve worked hard to not assimilate. Sadly, I’m more informed about what’s going on in New Orleans than in Jackson. But after 14 years, I guess I can give Jackson a shot. Right? This means attending more local events which brings me to Let’s Talk Jackson’s 3rd Live show. Read about their first show here! This show was hosted by Chellese Hall and featured Clouds & Crayons (comprised of Astin Rocks, singer, poet and like 10 other things along with Loki Antiphony, producer and multi-instrumentalist). Their sound is described as a blend of electric, soul, rock, hip hop and R&B which could also be described as “all the above.”

Chellese saying something along the lines of “thanks for coming out, this group is awesome, download Satchel and listen to Let’s Talk Jackson.”

The format was a bit different because part of the interview was recorded without the audience. We were sitting next door where we should’ve been listening but was chatting so I actually listened to the interview a couple of days ago. At one point in the interview, I can hear laughter in the background; specifically, me. When I do actually laugh, it’s very loudly. I should also mention the room was filled with snacks and booze (that I couldn’t drink because westerners don’t support tipsy pregnant women). Anyway.

“lalalalalalalala, ohhhhh yeaaaaah!”

When you listen to the episode, songs are inserted throughout the interview but we got a full concert. 5 songs to be exact (Ugly Like Noise, The Nod, Contradiction, Dangerous Crush and Nightmare). My favorite is Contradiction because who can’t relate to that? We received the backstory behind each song and then were quickly impressed by how just 2 people were able to create such a large sound. I won’t attempt to describe the process which would probably be super disappointing to my musician/producer Dad.

I don’t know what to caption this one. Maybe guitar, guitar, button then guitar?

Last but not least, it was great meeting Astin in person (we’re Instagram friends). And, she was happy to know Pink Gumbeaux is a real person. Well, it depends on what you consider as “real.” I am pretty fake in my everyday life. Listen to their interview here, buy their album as well as one of those buttons for me (it looks exactly like the album cover and is super cute). Read and share my previous post: 48+ Faux Product Reviews