Daily Archives: March 16, 2011

Aloe Blacc “Good Things” [MUSIC]


Aloe Blacc hails from Orange Country, CA.  A soul singer with RnB and hip hop tendencies.  This guys voice is “like buttah.”

His most recent release “Good Things” draws from his vast musical background.  The first track “I Need A Dollar” is one mans take on what it takes to make it in America.  It’s dark, soulful and true.

His voice is pure and easy to listen to.  He has taken LA by storm and is now currently in Europe promoting his newest release.  This record is for those who like the soulful sounds of the 60’s and 70’s and have a tendency to listen to Marvin Gaye rather than Sly and the Family Stone.  The ever popular theme of love and love lost is all over this record and there is some political stuff as well.  His airy falsettos and soulful voice backed by a fresh take on classic RnB is refreshing to listen to.

Two of my favorite tracks using these themes are the title track “Good Things” which is a poppy breakup tune and “Mama Hold My Hand” which is Blacc’s way of expressing his fears of being on his own.

Good Things – Aloe Blacc

Mama Hold My Hand – Aloe Blacc

Blacc is a refreshing artist and his most recent release “Good Things” is just that, a “good thing” for the LA music scene and beyond.

Check him out here on facebook and here for his personal site and here for his indie label, Stones Throw.

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL |

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POGO – “Oyster Dreamland” [MUSIC]

If you tuned into the latest Independent Artist Playlist #3 you would have noticed the Australian producer’s track “Alice”, along with the creative twist applied to it. This comes from the album “Deeper Down The Rabbit Hole” where POGO samples from the movie ‘Alice In Wonderland’ in every track. “Alice” was a big track at first but the song “Oyster Dreamland” has been growing in popularity a lot as of recent. Kick back to this smooth beat and check out more by POGO here.

Vs. The Earthquake [MUSIC]

*Click the album cover to check out the track list and donate!*

The independent music community is a beautiful thing, and when it comes together to support a cause, the results are always special.  In this case, a number of like-minded bands have donated tracks to create a compilation to raise money for our brothers and sisters in Japan.

As Soupy, singer of “The Wonder Years” explains in the press release:

“Last Friday we woke up in Maryland to read the news about the earthquake that struck Northern Japan and as the hours rolled by, things seem to go from awful to, well, worse than awful. News of tsunamis, floods, fires, radiation leaks and more poured in as we sat feeling helpless in the van. The idea struck to maybe text a few of our friends to see if we could get five or six songs together for a short comp to benefit the victims of this tragedy. I think it really speaks to the sense of community we have in this scene that within the two hour drive to Delaware, over 20 bands agreed to be a part of this. The comp is a collection of primarily rare, hard to find or unreleased recordings. The storefront was donated to us by Limited Pressing and currently, Paypal is allowing you to send money to charities without taking any fees. This means that, aside from the standard fee Paypal may take out when money enters an account, 100% of the money will be going to Americares to help the Japanese.”

As a human being, you can know your money is going to ease the immense suffering overseas and as a music fan, you’re getting a collection of unreleased, rare, and hard to find tracks from a cross-section of the major players in the current (pop) punk/indie/DIY scene.  The track listing is no joke – Transit, Man Overboard, The Wonder Years, Valencia, The Swellers, Koji, Balance and Composure – these are the dudes you need to know.   Kind of reminds me of the “Welcome to the Family” days of Drive Thru.

Go.  Download.  If you can afford $5, you can afford $10.  These stand-up dudes are going above and beyond to offer something in return for your help.

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By: Chris Cullari | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @ChriswithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC