Justin Timberlake just released his new video for "Love Stoned/I Think She Knows." It's futuristic by the way of cool animation, interesting graphics and synth vibes.
In preparation for my interview tomorrow with Ben Harper (my third time talking to the roots rocker), I stumbled across a forum post talking about Ben's duet with Brazilian chanteuse Vanessa da Mata for the song "Boa Sorte/Good Luck" on her album that is available as an import on Amazon. While I don't know anything about Vanessa, I do know that Ben's a great judge of character and knows talent. The song, as far as I know, doesn't have a release date for the US, but here's music set to a photo montage. It's truly a captivating and beautiful track. The pair harmonize well together and Ben's Weissenborn playing is, as always, magic. And as long as I'm talking about Ben, he had a Jimi moment last night, performing an instrumental version of the "Star Spangled Banner" at game three of the NBA Finals. Watch that too -- and I dare you to not get chills.
Manu Chao, the Parisian-born musician of Spanish descent who has made a career of creating multi-influential, multi-cultural music (and who had one of the most energetic, lively and fun sets at Lollapalooza last year), has a new album on tap and slated for release in September. The first single, "Rainin in Paradise," is currently available for free download, which is a nice teaser for what's planned on the forthcoming La Radiolina, his first album in six years. Hit his website to either stream or download the single. If you want to hear a great night of music, try and catch Manu Chao during his current North American tour, which even makes a stop in Tijuana!