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[Save The Date] Houston First Presents: HUE MURAL FESTIVAL

October 17-24, 2015  –  a week-long annual mural festival presented by HOUSTON FIRST and in partnership with EADO District, East End Foundation and Washington Avenue Arts District.  For Sponsorship and Volunteer information contact the festival at info@huemuralfestival.com.  Full Artist and Community Partner Rosters to be announced soon.  Stay tuned! Visit huemuralfestival.com for more information.

Snoop Dogg Signs to Pharrell’s Label – New Album Will Feature Stevie Wonder

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Honestly, I can care less that Snoop’s made more headlines than music.  And I really don’t care that some of you thought he was a bit to old to be feuding with Iggy Yucky Azalea.  I actually cracked up at those IG videos he made.  Yup, I’m that type of girl – I love me some bad boys.  Most importantly, I still support EVERTHING about Snoop – name changes and all – even though he has yet to respond to my #IWannaBraidSnoopDogsHair Twitter campaign.

So you know that I am completely over the top at the latest news of him signing to my other boo’s label – Mr. Pharrell (make me happy) Williams.  The news broke today while I was driving. Reported by BillboardSnoop’s next album will be released via Pharrell’s i am OTHER label and Columbia Records

So, here I am sitting in a parking lot, writing this.  Why? Because not only is this label signing thing big news but the album will feature Charlie Wilson and Stevie Wonder.  Did you get that people? Charlie Wilson. Stevie Wonder. Exclamation multiplied a million times!




Rolling Stone Films Presents ‘Rick Was Here,’ Dawn of Def Jam

Courtesy BET.com
Courtesy BET.com

In 1984, Def Jam Records, the label that defined hip-hop’s commercial and artistic potential, was born in a very unlikely location: a tiny New York University dorm room. Founder Rick Rubin — now a record-industry legend who’s shepherded the careers of everyone from Jay Z to the Red Hot Chili Peppers — hadn’t returned to that Greenwich Village double-occupancy room in three decades. But for Rolling Stone Films’ premiere documentary, Rick Was Here, he ventured back to Weinstein Hall, room 712, to remember how it all began. “I can’t believe it’s 30 years,” he says. “It’s really trippy.”

More at RollingStone.com

‘The Good Wife’ is Saying Goodbye to Kalinda (Archie Panjabi)


This is just too much for me already!!!!

First I had to deal with the loss of Will Gardner – wait, I’m lying.  I am STILL dealing with his loss.  Great now I’m about to cry and get mad all over again. I really wanted that steamy affair to go on between him and Alicia.  And no, I don’t care if it was right or not.  Their relationship was H-O-T!

Now, I have to deal with saying goodbye to Kalinda?  Well, I suppose knowing ahead of time helps ease the pain.  Unlike the jaw dropping, WTF moment I had when Will died.

Variety reported that Panjabi is in the works of headlining a new drama pilot for Twentieth Century Fox.

So a huge congratulations to Panjabi and a sad goodbye to Kalinda.


Atlantic Records Signs Janine and the Mixtape!

I just found and wrote about Janine and the Mixtape a couple of weeks ago and now this……
Atlantic Records has announced a joint venture with Little Mixtapes Records and its founder, Janine and The Mixtape, managed by Andy Murnane/Frequency Media Group. “DARK MIND,” the New Zealand-born singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer’s acclaimed debut EP, will be re-released at all US-based DSP’s on November 4th.
“DARK MIND” is preceded by the new single, “Hold Me (Feat. Pusha T),” which goes on sale tomorrow, October 14th at digital retailers after premiering today exclusively via Complex.  The original track has already proven a breakthrough for Janine, drawing more than 1 million plays on her official SoundCloud.
Now based in Brooklyn, Janine and The Mixtape – known to friends and family as Janine Foster – began performing at open mic nights in her native Auckland when she was but 14 years old. She soon developed her own unique amalgam of pop, indie, R&B, and hip hop, all built around her emotional songcraft, otherworldly vocals, and utterly individualistic persona. Released initially by her own Little Mixtapes Records in 2013, “DARK MIND” immediately shot Janine and The Mixtape into the spotlight – as well as the top 2 on the iTunes Store’s “Top R&B Albums” chart. The EP – which also includes the hit single/video, “Little Bit” (featured on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Hollywood) – received worldwide applause, with high praise coming from such outlets as MTV, BillboardVIBE Vixen,Complex, and VIBE, which ranked Janine and The Mixtape among their “R&B Secret Society: 26 Acts You Should Be Listening To.”
Visit my previous post  to check out her music.

Listen to Prince’s New Albums – Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum

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Tuesday just got a bit funkier with the release of ‘Art Official Age’ and ‘Plectrumelectrum’ , his first full length projecst since his 2010 release of 20Ten.


So I haven’t had the opportunity to dissect each and every song  but upon my first listen, here are my initial thoughts:

Some of the songs, Art Official Cage in particular are somewhat reminiscent of NY City Limelight club days dating back to the mid to late nineties.  It also has a Lady Gaga-ish feel to it.

The beginning instrumentals of The Gold Standard immediately reminded of Parliament’s Give up the Funk for some reason.  I’m sure many will disagree with me but hey, these are my thoughts after all.

The Breakfast Can Wait track is a little bit of sexy mixed with some funk.

I so wanted to listen to the entirety of This Could Be Us but I just couldn’t take it seriously and only those of you that are into social media can understand why.

Let’s see how many of you want to immediately bust out in a pop and lock routine to FunknRoll  (yep, I did that).

And is it just me or are you waiting for Prince to start singing the lyrics to Darling Nikki right at the 13 second mark of Affirmation III?

Synthesized funk with a little bit of sexy, Art Official Age – take a listen for yourself.



Also, check out Plectrumelectrum


Lola’s New Music Discovery: Janine and the Mixtape – Dark Mind EP

Thanks to GoogleMusic, I now have some great new music to listen to!

Janine and the Mixtape – Dark Mind EP (2013)

Of course, upon hearing this sultry, get into my feelings voice, I immediately downloaded the music and added it to my “all about bae” playlist.

A New Zealand import, Janine – singer, songwriter, producer and instrumentalist –  spent some time in Brooklyn to complete the Dark Mind EP. Take a listen for yourself and enjoy.  Oh, but get you a glass of wine first and light a few candles too while you’re at it.

“Hold Me”, one of the five singles on Dark Mind (and one of my favorites) has gotten the attention of music critics nationwide. Check out her video below.