Last year, I got a chance to interview Detroit based group, Clear Soul Forces, for Frank151, about their then unreleased album Gold PP7′s.  I remember asking dumb questions like what exactly a Gold PP7 was – but I learned.  (You can check out the interview here)  After speaking with the ‘Fearsome Foursome’ and listening to the album, I can proudly call myself a Clear Soul Forces fan and am glad to see “Solar Heat” finally get the visual treatment.  The video is the final track from the groups sophomore project which you can get here — it’s a great project from start to finish – great production, lyricism everything.

Video credit: Richard Taylor of TaylorMadeHD

With any Tune-Yards track or project, you can expect an interesting and enjoyable music experience.  Keeping true to that, today the Tune-Yards are releasing their new single “Wait For A Minute” from their upcoming project Nikki Nack which will be released May 6th.  “Wait For A Minute” has a real chill vibe – very retro, yet dancey all the same.  I am definitely loving this song.  Make sure to keep your eyes and ears out rather for Tune-Yards new project, Nikki Nack, which will be released May 6th — if your mother is a musical person, this would be a great Mother’s Day gift.  I’m just saying, that’s what I’m giving and some food. #ballingonabudget

Apr 2014 09

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Anytime anyone mentions Marie Dahlstrom’s name it can be said that I gush over her.  She’s one of my favorite new singers hands down which makes me so excited that I get to work with her on PR.  She has an amazing voice.  She’s a great songwriter.  She is a great producer – not to mention, she has an equally interesting and cool personality.  There we go with the gushing that I said exists.  Last year, Dahlstrom had a pretty good year – she won three Scandinavian Soul awards, was voted Soul Bounce’s ‘Bounce Worthy Artist of The Year’ and Soul Singer, Eric Roberson, sang her praises after she performed as his opener on his London tour stop.  She also released two great projects – Gloom, and her covers project The Renditions.  Dahlstrom is now putting the finishing touches on her new covers project The Renditions Part 2, and this is one of the first tastes of what people can expect in the form of her Patrice Rushen cover, “Forget Me Nots.”  For the track, Dahlstrom hooks up with singer Jeremy Passion and they create music.  Dahlstrom also produced this track – another reason for my Marie Dahlstrom gush festivals.

Listen to the stream below but keep an eye out for the project.

Apr 2014 07

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Once again for the worst blogger of the year award – myself.  I have all these cool things to blog, but between blogging over at Solange’s Saint Heron or on my friend and I’s site (that may have been politically incorrect) Technolochic which isn’t getting so much love either currently, I haven’t done so much blogging here.  Really need to work on that.

That being said, one of my most favorite groups ever is The Roots.  I’ve been a fan of The Roots forever.  They are one of my dad’s favorite groups too so we have these real cool jam sessions with them sometimes going through our favorites from their discography: The Tipping Point, Illadelph Halflife,  Things Fall Apart, How I Got Over. The Roots, who have been performing on the Jimmy Fallon show these last few years, are working on their forthcoming LP Then You Shoot Your Cousin.  

Given the title of the album, the album will have a darker sound for The Roots.  With their last effort, Undun, listeners were introduced to an album that you told a story backwards, this time, the album will take a satirical look at violence in our culture and in Hip-Hop.   From the project, the first release we are getting is “When The People Cheer.”  As always, the song combines great production and stellar verses from Black Thought.

“When The People Cheer” is from The Roots upcoming album which will be out May 13th on Def Jam.

Apr 2014 06

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If you’re like me, coffee in the morning is just like brushing your teeth – necessary to be the best you, you can be. I always say that I’m trying to cut coffee out of my diet however, I have yet to fully manage that – the headaches are severe and kill me every time.  Sometimes when I am on the road and attempting to get to work earlier than my coworkers, I tend to visit McDonald’s for one of my favorites, a Vanilla Iced Coffee, or an Iced Mocha. 

Clearly, McDonald’s who is one of the powerhouses and leaders in the Fast Food Industry, knows that there are millions of people like myself and from March 31 to April 13, they are hooking us up.  McDonald’s McCafe is inviting coffee drinkers around the United States to visit their local participating McDonald’s for a freshly brewed small McCafe coffee during the company’s first-ever national Free Coffee Event which is available from March 31 to April 13.

The jumpstart the campaign, McDonald’s is hosting a “Make Friends With McCafe” which will consist of sampling events at high traffic locations around the country.  The events will help to promote McDonald’s great coffee options while giving consumers free coffee and some prizes along the way.

Senior Vice President of McDonald’s says of this event, “McCafe enthusiasts can count on us surprising them in unexpected ways all year long.  We know our guests are busy and we hope McCafe can provide them with a taste they’ll enjoy at the moment when they need a pick-me-up to keep going with their day.”

Starting in mid-April, McCafé will also surprise a Twitter follower every day this year with McCafé coffee and prizes. Fans can also keep up with the conversations using the hash tag #McCafe or by following @McCafe.

McDonald’s launched its McCafé line-up in the U.S. in 2009. The collection included McCafé’s signature blend coffee and quickly expanded to include iced coffees, espresso-based drinks, such as lattes and mochas, blended-ice beverages including smoothies and frappes, triple thick shakes as well as limited-time seasonal offerings.

That being said, if you want to join in with the McCafe events and free coffee – Make sure to post a photo of your favorite McCafe drink and use the hashtag #McCafe or tweet @McCafe with a picture.  If you do this and you are selected – you could win a year of free coffee and other prizes.  Also, while you are at it, make sure to follow @McCafe

This post was created in partnership with McDonald’s. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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