Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fun Music Friday: Aloe Blacc - The Man

I've been a fan of Aloe Blacc for a while and didn't know it.

Not too long ago there was a show called How to Make it America and I always loved the show's intro song. Unfortunately, my subscription to HBO ended and I never got around to Shazaming the song. (In fact, I'm not 100% sure I had a phone capable of running Shazam when the show was on.) Every now and then after the show's run I would hear the song here or there and would always sing along. It was catchy and I would make a mental note to find out who sang it, a mental note that I promptly forget.

Last weekend I found myself doing something I often do on rainy Saturday afternoons: watching VH1Soul.  Aloe Blacc's "The Man" was in heavy rotation. The video is both visually compelling and uplifting. It some how manages to be set in the past but be relevant to the now. I thought the concept was genius. So, of course, I had to go find out more about this young man singing his heart out in the middle of a riot. And that is when I discovered that I already knew who he was. (I had that, "Ooooohhhh you're the "I Need a Dollar" guy" epiphany.)

After a little digging, I fell in love with Aloe Blacc's music. His new album Lift Your Spirit is one of current favorites. Soul, pop and lyrics done right. I don't say this lightly but this album is amazing. It's exactly what the music industry needs. But don't just take my word for it...

Lift Your Spirit is Aloe Blacc's third solo album. I genuinely hope that the momentum from "The Man" continues to build and we hear a lot more from Aloe. (The song has already been featured in three Beats commercials, my favorite being the one with Richard Sherman. Haters gonna hate, Richard.) And if I can have all of the wishes, some time this summer Aloe Blacc and Anthony David will go on tour together. Yes, I still believe in wishes.

Happy listening, everyone.

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