I have a feeling there are a lot of people wanting to hear the end result of this studio session. Via Pharrell's Twitter a couple of hours ago. Looks like Jay isn't resting after opening up the Barclays Center, huh?
If you missed Frank Ocean make his Saturday Night Live debut earlier tonight, then simply put, you missed a treat. Ocean was accompanied by John Mayer, who flanked him on guitar for performances of "Thinkin' Bout You" and "Pyramids". Both songs contained many subtleties that are different than the studio versions of Channel Orange, as both the sounds of Mayer and the band, plus Ocean's own twist on the vocals make both of these videos must-sees to catch the differences.
I particularly liked the endings of both as in "Thinkin' Bout You", Ocean's vocals and mannerisms raise up a notch (with some ad-libbing as well) and in "Pyramids", Mayer's guitar solo combined with Ocean actually playing the arcade game to symbolically mean... something. I'm not sure exactly what, but what I am sure of is that arcade games are awesome. Be sure to watch both of these - "Thinkin' Bout You" above and "Pyramids" below!
With SNL rehearsals likely going down in New York this week, Frank Ocean couldn't hold his excitement to share the news that he'll be accompanied by John Mayer for the season premiere this Saturday. With Mayer's contribution to "Pyramids", I suspect that will be the song Ocean performs with Mayer. My prediction for the other song: it's gotta be "Bad Religion" right? We'll find out soon enough this Saturday night.
Well we already knew Rihanna was set to perform, but now MTV has announced that the model will be the show opener. As I mentioned yesterday she will be performing 'We Found Love' then leading into 'Cockiness' with A$AP Rocky.
Also look for election SNL. Jason Sudeikis is already slated to be Mitt Romney and only hilarity ensues. Though Kristin Wiig and Andy Samberg will be leaving the cast, there is still so much to look forward to this coming season.
Frank Ocean has been known to turn lemons into lemonade solid gold. Rumors circulating about his bisexuality were confirmed with a heartfelt tumblr post only steering him into commercial success. I couldn't have been happier for mankind! Set to perform on one of the biggest stages at Lolla, Frank Ocean was intially rained out of his performance but was able to start a late set at 9:45pm after the Saturday Lolla rain delay. The weather couldn't rain out his heart burning performance of "Bad Religion."
September is already looking out to be a good month. Perhaps the summer ending isn't so bad after all...
Newly dubbed PBR&B (Pabst Blue Ribbon/Rhythm & Blues), after the choice "hipster" beer, has been growing. Lyrically-layered, emotional verses, lo-fi rhythms, todays R&B artist are not afraid to lay it on the line. Frank Ocean, Drake,Miguel are leading the pack of breaking and new grounds. Recently coming out about his bisexuality, Frank Ocean risked his commercial success just a week before releasing Channel Orange. Taking influences from Marvin Gaye and the Temptations just to name a few, I like where today's R&B is going.