Kate Nash – Girl Talk
I discovered Kate Nash a few years ago while in the UK. I heard “Mouthwash” on the radio and thought ‘YES! This is everything I’m thinking all the time.” When I saw that Nash was playing in San Francisco, I bought tickets as soon as they went on sale. Good call, as the show sold out. Saturday night, I went to see her at The Chapel and it was, without exaggeration, the best live show I’ve ever been to (where I wasn’t friends with the band, at least). Between the gorgeous venue, the super-excited crowd, and the perfect set list mix of old songs and new, it was everything I could have asked for. Add to that the fact that Kate Nash is just a genuine, conversational, wonderful artist who really connects with her audience and seemed truly excited to be there and it was a recipe for magic. Seriously, go download Girl Talk now and if she’s touring anywhere near you buy tickets. You will not be disappointed.
The Great Gatsby (Music from Baz Luhrmann’s Film)
Back when I used to write bad screenplays, I had three filmmaking idols: Quentin Tarantino, Richard Curtis, and Baz Luhrmann. Those three know how to work music into their films like no other filmmakers today. While I still haven’t seen The Great Gatsby (I’ve got a date to see it tonight, don’t worry), I had to go ahead and download the Jay-Z produced soundtrack. I was not sorry and the songs have been on constant rotation in my car (and my head) ever since. My favorite tracks: the 20′s inspired Emeli Sande cover of “Crazy in Love” and the moody take on “Back to Black” from Andre 3000 and Beyonce.