Friday Mood Music: Herb Alpert

It was always a thrill to catch Herb Alpert’s “Rise” on the oldie’s station growing up, a rare event indeed, and it was even more exciting after the Notorious B.I.G. sampled this infectious 1979 dance instrumental on his own 1997 single, “Hypnotize.” I’d never seen this video until today. It too is hypnotizing.

Happy weekend!

Friday Vibes Video: GnR, ‘November Rain’

Friday Vibes Videos are typically poppy and boisterous, but his week’s been looong, and today also happens to be the 27th anniversary of Guns N’ Roses Use Your Illusion I hitting the billboard charts, so I’ve gone a different direction with “November Rain.”

It’s a depressing track, sure, but, I mean, it’s also so great and there’s Stephanie Seymour and Slash’s solo and just… everything. Have good weekends, all!

Doug Hream Blunt Videos For The Weekend

Originally recording in San Francisco in the late 80s and 90s, Doug Hream Blunt’s had a later-in-life renaissance as of late, re-releasing his music on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label, performing in Brooklyn last year at a Pitchfork-sponsored show and showing up in the indie-cum-HBO hit High Maintenance.

As we all prepare for our weekends, here are two original, circa 1990-1992 Doug Hream Blunt music videos: “Ride the Tiger” and “Caribbean Queen,” as well as a recording of “Fly Guy,” the track that appeared in High Maintenance. Find out more at Luaka Bop.

The latter two appear after the jump…

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