80s Flashback | Holy Ghost! – “I Wanted to Tell Her”

Ah, there is something so infectious about 80s synths, big hair, and throwback dance parties. If I ever had to throw a big party (which I want to do,) then it would be a big 80s flashback party or an old school funk jam. That would be so much fun! But for now I’ll leave the 80s flashbacks up to Holy Ghost!

The New York dance duo has been known for their 80s electro vibe, so when I found out they were doing a cover of Ministry’s “I Wanted to Tell Her,” I knew it was going to be good stuff. I was anxious to see if they were going to do a video for a song…and they did! The video even features Juan Maclean and Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem & member of Juan Maclean.)

In the music video you get to see Holy Ghost!, Juan Maclean, and Nancy Whang (who did the vocals on the track) parodying 80s high school drama/gossip at a dance. Even though the video was filmed in 2011, it could seriously be a scene out of an 80s movie. It’s a major flashback!

Peep the visuals below for Holy Ghost! video “I Wanted to Tell Her” and be sure to download your copy of the song from Mountain Dew’s Green Label Sound.

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

Undun | A Short Film by The Roots

I still haven’t had the chance to pickup/download The Roots album Undun, but I’ve checked out a few tracks from the album and I’m loving the vibe. You can’t go wrong with The Roots, it’s simply good music.

The Roots has a timeless knack for taking the everyday struggle and methodically crafting music that eloquently expresses the struggle. Undun (from what I’ve heard so far) is an amazing album that shows off the eclectic vibe of the band, and as usual Black Thought, ?uestlove, and the rest of the gang create a grandeur fusion of true hip-hop, blues, and jazz. You’re most likely not going to find any extremely commercialized beats and tracks on this album because, well, that just isn’t The Roots; selling out monetary value hasn’t appeared to be the driving for their music.

The Roots will always be one of my favorite bands (my other favorite is Dave Matthews Band.) I enjoy seeing them every night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and I’m glad to see them providing us with these short music videos for tracks of their album Undun. The videos have been a nice black and white serving of conscious music and social commentary, but now The Roots have provided us with a 9 minute short film for the album.

I’ve noticed a growing trend of independent artists and some major artists creating short films for their music videos, which reminds me of the classic Michael Jackson music videos. All of his videos were beautifully crafted avant-garde films, not just 3-4 minute videos of butt shaking, bling, and swagged out guys. Michael Jackson knew how to do a music video (man, miss him so much….) I credit him for starting the trend of music videos being full stories instead of short videos, which is why I think it’s wonderful that more artists are starting to produce short films for their albums.

Undun is the latest edition to short films for music videos and it tells the story of a young kid who becomes a criminal, yet that was never his intended desire. He is the official video description from The Roots.

“undun is the story of this kid who becomes a criminal, but he wasn’t born a criminal. He’s not the nouveau exotic primitive bug-eyed gunrunner… he’s actually thoughtful and is neither victim nor hero. Just some kid who begins to order his world in a way that makes the most sense to him at a given moment… At the end of the day isn’t that what we all do? – The Roots.”

Powerful concept….watch the short film below.

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com