Official Hank | “Feel Good”

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New York’s Official Hank blends the soulful vocal styling of Prince with the danceable beats of the Scissor Sisters or pop-sensation Mika. He hooked up with producer Heather Holley of Elicit Music (she worked with Christina Aguilera) for his single, “Feel Good,” will keep you dancing whether your at a party or in the clubs.

Here’s a video of a flash mob dancing to “Feel Good”:

We hooked up with Official Hank through our good friend and New York liaison, Jonathan of Orange Juice And Biscuits.

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10 Must-Have New Year’s Eve Party Songs

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With everyone releasing their “Top New Year’s Eve tracks” playlists, we figured we should get in on the action. Because, well, they can suck it and we are better. There’s a few on our list that you might expect, and a few that you won’t (Spoiler: That Mariah Carey “Auld Lang Syne” techno-BS is NOT on this list).

10. U2 | “New Year’s Day”

Is this song about changes to come in the New Year? Is it about a soldier trying to get home during WWII? Does anyone really care what Bono is talking about? Who knows. Take whatever meaning you want from the song, but it’s a great rock tune, and it’s been a classic New Year’s song for years. I think everybody forgets that U2 used to play some good rock (a long, long, long time ago).

9. Snoop Dogg feat. Marty James | “New Year’s Eve”

It wouldn’t be a proper song list if there wasn’t a “It’s so bad, it’s good” entry. “New Year’s Eve” is a half-assed attempt at modern hip hop NYE anthem. It has a dumb chorus, and even worse rhymes by Snoop like “11:59 and not a second later// She’s stayin’ in the mix like a crossfader.” Thanks to Snoop Dogg for constantly making terrible songs that we love.

8. Death Cab for Cutie | “The New Year”

I will probably get some shit because Death Cab are not necessarily known for their upbeat songs, or the fact this song was on the “O.C,” but the idea of grabbing this moment and making it what you want is something to be admired. Actually, this is probably one of the most upbeat Death Cab songs ever.

7. Madonna | “Holiday”

I know it’s hard to imagine that there was a time when Madonna made great pop hits and was slutting it up as a hot 20-something (as opposed to slutting it up like a 55-year-old mother of 4). A feel-good dance track about just dropping everything to take a holiday is perfect for NYE. This song is forever a reminder of what Madonna has done for Pop music.

6. Michael Jackson | “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”

Though almost any song from Jackson’s Off the Wall would make for a good NYE jam, the infectious groove from “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” springs it past all other New Year’s Eve-worthy MJ tracks. I mean, if you had to pick a song to dance to in a sparkly tuxedo, this is THAT song.

5. Daft Punk | “One More Time”

I’m sad that this song doesn’t show up on more NYE party lists. It’s a techno-pop classic, everyone knows the words (there’s only like 3 lines), it’s about dancing and celebrating, what else could make it a more worthy entry? Nothing. So make sure this is on your playlist come midnight!

4. REM | “It’s the End of the World As We Know It”

Half the fun of this apocalyptic rock classic is trying to sing along with it. Make sure to watch everyone attempt a drunken mumble through the spit-fire, nonsensical verses. Nobody will care because it’s New Year’s Eve and they’re all drunk, but God help you if you miss the “Leonard Bernstein” moment.

3. Earth, Wind & Fire | “September”

This is a perfect NYE jam because it not only encompasses reflecting upon fond memories, but it’s also one of the greatest funk songs ever. When this song kicks on, you better be dancing in a stupid hat with a bottle of cheap champagne in your hand.

2. Kool & The Gang | “Celebration”

Probably the #1 choice for NYE party-goers over the age of 50, and for good reason. It’s got a funky groove, an easy to sing chorus, and a part where you can seriously just yell “Ya-hoo!” It’s called “Celebration,” for crying out loud. It may be cheesy, but come 12:01am, you’ll be singing along just like everyone else.

1. Prince | “1999”

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Because I will use any excuse to listen to Prince. End of the old year? Prince. Beginning of the New Year? Prince. If Prince is playing in the background as the world come to a firey end, I will go out with a smile on my face.

16 Songs for the End of the World

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16. Justice – “Genesis”

Is there anything more epic than the first 60 seconds of this song? The booming horns are of Biblical proportions. Bring forth the flood!

15. The Vandals – “We’ll All Get Laid”

Leave it to party-punk kings, The Vandals, to encapsulate what we all hope the Rapture is really going to be. Because when the world finally comes to an end, I’d like to thing everyone will bust out into a giant orgy.

14. Electric Six – “The Band In Hell”

Though more of a love song, frontman Dick Valentine describes Hell as a seedy night club, and the house band consists of Hitler, The Devil and himself.

13. Van Halen – “Runnin’ With The Devil”

Honestly, I would go out bangin’ my head with the best of them if this Halen jam ushered in the fire and brimstone.

12. Daft Punk – “One More Time”

“One More Time” is a New Year’s Eve classic from the French techno legends, but I could see the “glass if half full” kind of people dancing their way into oblivion.

11. Goldfinger – “99 Red Balloons”

A song about children’s balloons mixed with military paranoia bringing about a nuclear holocaust, how fun! Though German new wave act, Nena, originally wrote the song, I feel punk band Goldfinger delivers a better “we are all screwed” version.

10. Iron Maiden – “Run To The Hills”

“Run To The Hills” is actually about the genocide of Native Americans, but the driving bassline and Bruce Dickinson’s ear-piercing wail would fit right in with the End of Days.

9. Muse – “Apocalypse Please”

I feel like Muse would gladly accept the Apocalypse, given their disdain for virtually everything in the world (except for their music, of course).

8. Blondie – “The Rapture”

Though this song is called “The Rapture,” I feel it’s even more appropriate for this list because no one should EVER have to hear Debbie Harry rap. Also, what the hell is with that dude in the white suit’s dancing?

7. Blue Öyster Cult – “Don’t Fear The Reaper”

We will all have an image of Will Ferrel in our heads as this song plays and we are burnt to a crisp, but at least it would be the end of the “I need more cowbell!” jokes.

6. Iron Maiden – “The Number of the Beast”

Of course Iron Maiden is going to be on here twice. In fact, I’m sure almost every song in Iron Maiden’s catalog would be appropriate for this list. At least this one is actually about the Devil.

5. Prince – “1999”

I imagine even Satan is in awe of Prince’s sexual prowess, and would hire Prince as a pick-up artist after the world ends.

4. Europe – “The Final Countdown”

You had to know this would be on the list. Nothing would be more appropriate to kill us all than an 80s synth-laden track that is played at every sporting event, ever.

3. AC/DC – “Highway To Hell”

Bonn Scott will definitely be waiting for us at the gates of Hades, belting out every note, whiskey bottle in hand, as we all walk into the fire.

2. R.E.M. – “It’s The End of the World As We Know It”

I bet you all expected this to be number 1, huh? I may be cliche, but don’t underestimate my desire to spite you all (which is why I’ll probably be one of the first to go when the world ends). Regardless of the fact that no one can possibly sing every lyric in this song (if you say you can, you’re a liar and will join me in the Hell-fire), you will still go out with a huge grin on your face, singing along to the chorus.

1. Los Del Rio – “Macarena”

Threw you for a curveball, didn’t I? Hear me out. There is a special place in Hell for this friggin’ song. If life as we know it comes to an abrupt and torturous end on Friday, this song will be playing. On repeat. Until we can do nothing but beg for the sweet release of death.

Honorable mentions:

The Doors – “The End”

Bone Thugs N Harmony – “Crossroads”

Richard Vagner – “Ride of the Valkyries”

“Cover It Up!” Halloween Mixtape Vol. 3

Here is the third installment of our Halloween Mixtape series.  Can you believe we gathered so many frickin’ cover songs over the course of this month to dish out to you? They’re all coverin’ up in their little costumes, just look at ’em, so cute! Oh, sorry, I was talking about this basket full of puppies that have Halloween costume kini’s on. Anyway, make sure to download the zip file so you can rock it out and take to your Hollerween parties.

LISTEN HERE

(You can also download as a .zip file)

 

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Track list:

Discovery | “I Want You Back” (Originally by Jackson 5)

The Blue Meanies | “So Happy Together” (The Turtles)

Emanuel | “Kryptonite” (Purple Ribbon All-Stars)

The Riverboat Gamblers | “Let’s Go Crazy” (Prince)

My Brightest Diamond | “Tainted Love” (Soft Cell)

CAKE | “I Will Survive” (Gloria Gaynor)

Save Ferris | “Come On Eileen” (Dexy’s Midnight Runners)

Set Your Goals | “Message In A Bottle” (The Police)

Woodhands | “I Kissed A Girl” (Katy Perry)

Shiny Toy Guns | “Burnin’ For You” (Blue Oyster Cult)

Scissor Sisters | “Comfortably Numb” (Pink Floyd)

Alien Ant Farm | “Smooth Criminal” (Michael Jackson)

Chromeo | “You Make It Rough”

T-minus 6 days until Chromeo‘s new album, Business Casual, hits stores, and we couldn’t be more excited about it! Just to satisfy our craving for that funky two-step until the album drops, a new cut leaked out, entitled “You Make It Rough,” and it is oh so satisfying, indeed.

It’s got a groovy beat and very much resembles their hit single, “Tenderoni.” It even has the pots and pans percussion samples! Hey-oh!

Chromeo | “You Make It Rough” [mp3]

And check out our interview with P-Thugg of Chromeo! We discuss collaborating with Daryl Hall, the tour life, and how they kicked up the funk up a notch for Business Casual.

Official Hank | “Feel Good”

New York’s Official Hank blends the soulful vocal styling of Prince with the danceable beats of the Scissor Sisters or pop-sensation Mika. He hooked up with producer Heather Holley of Elicit Music (she worked with Christina Aguilera) for his single, “Feel Good,” will keep you dancing whether your at a party or in the clubs.

Here’s a video of a flash mob dancing to “Feel Good”:

We hooked up with Official Hank through our good friend and New York liaison, Jonathan of Orange Juice And Biscuits.