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Forgot About Friday/Jesse McCartney

When it comes to spilling about the nearly two-decade long career of “Beautiful Soul” crooner Jesse McCartney, it can be broken down in many, many ways.

You know…just in case you forgot. 

For one, we could break mugs about his accomplished acting skills, which have seen him take over the Broadway stages, as well as T.V. and movie screens across the globe.

We could also talk about his swooning vocal abilities, which have been laced across four studio albums and many, many, many songs for Disney. Or, we could most definitely spill about his incredible songwriting skills, in which he’s penned hits for the likes of Toni Braxton J.R. Rotem and Ms. Leona Lewis for a little/big breakup anthem called “Bleeding Love.” 

Or, we could spill about it all because Mr. McCartney is actually going to be taking over the Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Atlantic City this weekend, so a reminisce sesh on everything he’s given us over the years in certainly a must. 

After the “Shake” singer got his start on the Great White Way stages, he landed his first recurring acting gig on the long-running daytime opera, All My Children. This would lead McCartney to joining the ridiculously young boy band, Dream Street, all by the time he was just twelve years old.

Remember? Of course you do. 

But since, you know, boy bands certainly don’t last forever, McCartney got the smarts to branch out on his own and linked up a special songwriting contract with Disney. In fact, in the early ’00s, there wasn’t a Disney soundtrack that you could find that didn’t have the credits “written and performed by Jesse McCartney.” On his list of Mickey Mouse-d tunes are “Get Your Shine On” from Kim Possible, “The Best Day of My Life” from A Cinderella Story, and we just can’t leave out his rewiring of Elton John’s ’70s classic, “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart” from Ella Enchanted, which also co-starred Ms. Ella herself, Anne Hathaway

Oh, and that moment he co-starred on the short-lived WB (and Aaron Spelling produced!) drama, Summerland, alongside Lori Loughlin, Zac Efron and True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten? F@#king priceless. 

Of course, McCartney’s own hits for all of us are the reasons why he’s still going strong, and with such Billboard charting hits like “Shake,” “Leavin,” “Body Language,” “How Do You Sleep?” and of course, “Beautiful Soul” all under his accomplished career belt, it’s no wonder we’re still kind of obsessed with him today. He’s even just released his latest romp, “Better With You,” which is set to serve as the lead single to his as-yet-untitled fifth studio album, which is due for your streaming pleasure later this year. 

So, there you have it….an A to Z stroll down memory lane with Jesse McCartney. Which means it’s the perfect time to get those tickets to see him in Atlantic City this weekend, because, let’s face it, this dude’s got talent…..

…..and because “Bleeding Love” is still your break up jam. 

Happy Forgot About Friday! 

Cover photo courtesy of Billboard 

 

 

 

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Rewerk Wednesday/LOSH

So, what’s going to happen when Philly based DJ LOSH takes over NOTO on Saturday night? 

In a word….one of the best f@cking dance parties of the season is about to go down. So, let’s get rewerked and ready for that dance floor. 

Venezuelan born, LOSH (real name….Salomon Muci), got his music start at the age of nine (as it do), and by the time he was sixteen he had already begun making waves on the local DJ scene.  Along the way, he’s not only made a name for himself nationally (and immersed himself in several instruments, including the acoustic guitar), but across the disco globe as well where he’s become beat buds with fellow DJs Robin Schulz, Victor Porfidio, Free and a buffet of several other top beat maestros in the game.

With his mix of hard hitting romps, trance vibes with just a hint of deep house, LOSH‘s explosive catalog (see playlist below) has also been featured all over BeatPort and owning top online dance music blogs like EDMTunes and LaTropical. So, go ahead and have a few rounds with his destructive hits, “Echoes on Tomorrow,” “Make My Body,” “Freedom,” and his latest fire, “One More Chance,” which is the groove you need as we f@#king finally head into those warmer temps. It’s all yes. 

In fact, we need all of it right now, so go support this tremendous local DJ at NOTO this weekend. 

Your general well-being will thank you. Let’s dance. 

And for much more dance music tea w/Nosh, peep this out

Cover photo courtesy of DJ LOSH & Facebook 

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Music Tea w/Jukebox the Ghost

With their bombastic mix of polished vocals, swingin’ piano hooks, killer guitar riffs and shiny, happy melodies, Jukebox the Ghost knows exactly what they’re doing when it comes to pleasing their many, many legions of fans. 

Since linking up at George Washington University in 2003, Ben Thornewill (piano/vocals), Tommy Siegel (vocals/guitar) and Jesse Kristin (vocals/drums) have been working dubiously to make sure they stand out not just in the studio, but on the road as well, having performing over 1,000 shows since their formation. 

Throw in stops along the way on Conan O’Brien and David Letterman and what it all comes down to is……these guys have truly only just begun making their shimmering, one-of-a-kind waves. 

Thanks to their feisty, fiery hot-to-headphones new set, Off to the Races (go here…right now), the fine-tuned Jukebox gentlemen will kick off their biggest headlining tour yet, which will see them taking over stages in Phoenix, Orlando, San Diego and Philly, where it all begins tonight at Union Transfer. Yes. 

So, if you’re looking to truly get down with those grooves as we (finally!!) glide into spring, stream their new set and then go see them reel you in tonight…..you won’t be disappointed. But as you’re looking to to grab those tickets, one-third of this dynamic trio, Mr. Tommy Siegel, stopped by for a spot of piping hot music tea, where he broke mugs about studio time, life on the road and infinite words of wisdom for all of us tryin’ to make in this crazy entertainment world. 

Spill on below and Jukebox the Ghost will see you on the road this spring!

Hey, Tommy! Thanks for taking the time out of your crazy schedule to chat with Philly Mixtape! Kicking things off, how’s the tour prep going so far leading up to tonight’s big opener?  Going great! This record was a fairly elaborate recording process, so we are still figuring out how to execute the tunes live. For one tune, “Colorful” we only realized we needed a mandolin a week ago. So: we’re ironing out the kinks! But so far the new tunes are sounding great and going over great in a live setting.

How have you guys been feeling now that ‘Off to the Races’ is out for the world to get down to? SO excited to get on the road. We haven’t done a full national tour in a couple of years and we are just over the moon to get to do it again.

Spill for everyone a little bit about the recording process of the new set…. Since we’re independent these days, it was a longer recording process than prior records. Most of it was recorded with some friends in NYC, but some of it was also pieced together from home recordings and some sessions in LA.

What can your Philly fans expect from tonight’s big show at Union Transfer?  It’s the first stop of tour, so it’s gonna be fresh as hell for us! Some song debuts, some oldies…Maybe a surprise cover????

What’s on Jukebox the Ghost’s agenda for the rest of the year? More touring!

Sum up the band’s sound in one word……   Hm… fun? We’re generally fun, except when we aren’t! 

One last sip of tea…..what infinite words of wisdom would you give any aspiring musician right now? Ooh… hm… learn to produce your own music! With less and less money coming from music sales, I think artists are at a huge advantage if they can make music cheaply. Recording your own music is empowering as a songwriter and financially sustainable!

And there you have it, kids. For much more with Jukebox the Ghost, get on down right here. 

Cover photo courtesy of Jukebox the Ghost