Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

It’s one of those mornings, you know, the kind that just spring up at you out of nowhere like all “hey there, guess what day it is?  NOT FRIDAY!” So in honor of not wanting to wake up to non-Fridays, I bring you WILL SMITH THURSDAY!

Yep, get your English muffin and orange marmalade ready because we’re about to take a trip down AWESOME lane on the corner of HE’S COOLER THAN YOU street and catty-corner to BAMF avenue.  Ok, all that was a bit much…but clearly I’m excited for some Will Smith videos!

 

Wild Wild West

*Dru Hill dancing around like he’s got ants his pants is the best part of the entire music video.

Men in Black

Nod Ya Head

Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It

Miami

Switch

And just as a bonus you get some Pitbull who has a song featured in the upcoming Men in Black 3.

If you weren’t aware that the music business was cutthroat as it is, here is further proof.  The Guardian is reporting that just 30 minutes after pop-icon Whitney Houston’s death, Sony Music raised the price of her music by 60% on iTunes and Amazon regarding her Ultimate Collection album.

The website Next Web says this;

It appears that within 30 minutes of Houston’s death becoming public, the price of the artist’s The Ultimate Collection album (released in 2007) rose from £4.99 to £7.99. Some iTunes users told DigitalSpy that as the price change propagated, the album became unavailable to download.

Immediately, users began accusing Apple of taking advantage of the singer’s death, ramping up pricing in order to profit from the announcement. By Sunday evening, the album had returned to its original price…As it turns out, the Sony Music was responsible for the price increase after it increased the wholesale price of The Ultimate Collection.

Now, couple this with the big music company’s trying to force SOPA and PIPA against us and the world.  Yes, my friends, I would say its ok if you torrent that classic album you want to listen to. There’s nothing worse than a company capitalizing on the death of an icon.

F*ck you, Sony, f*ck you.

What began as a YouTube sensation, with a couple of thousand views, the musical duo of Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan quickly became internet sensations when they took Chris Brown’s (yes, that joker) “Look At Me Now” and perfected it in a way that not even Chris Brown with the help of Busta Rhymes could do.  After a couple other covers of relevant pop music, the duo – now dubbed “Karmin” – was quickly signed up by Epic Records due to their over-whelmingly increasing popularity.

It seems like over night the duo became stars as they’ve already released the single “Crash Your Party” to their upcoming debut album “Inside Out”, accompanied with a very watchable music video.  Their success has been capped off with “Crash Your Party” making the radio circuit around the country.  Now they’ve reached the pinnacle of stardom, getting the musical guest spot on NBC’s Saturday Night Live this past weekend.

Here’s the thing with Karmin, they may sound like your average Katy Perry/Jessie J knock-off but it’s Heidemann’s ability to rap and string together breathtaking verses with ease that set them apart from the rest.  They’re really a breath of fresh air and I’m glad their success garnered from the internet has actually paid off.

Catchy tunes plus the chick’s pretty hot, what’s not to like?

Check out their SNL vids:

 

Have you ever wondered what Wes Anderson’s movies would be like if they were turned into music videos for Ja Rule?  What, you’ve never pondered that while laying awake at 2:30am?  Stupid.  Well, those of you reading this that actually have wondered what Wes Anderson’s movies would be like if Ja Rule narrated the slow motion scenes, your waiting has paid off!

Now, I’ll admit I’m not the biggest Wes Anderson fan (seriously, is there anyone out there that liked The Darjeeling Limited?  Anyone?  Didn’t think so.)  I also have no idea if Ja Rule is still alive, but this mash-up is quite frankly, genius.

Lean back and enjoy!

Via Slacktory

Grammy’s 2012: Who Won What?

Posted: February 13, 2012 in Music

The 2012 Grammy Awards were held last night, just one day after Whitney Houston was found dead of unknown causes, and quickly turned in the Adele Show as she collected SIX (6!) Grammy Awards.

Here’s a list of the winners and my thoughts:

Record of the Year – “Rolling in the Deep” Adele

I’ll admit, I’m pretty tired of hearing Adele everywhere I go, but that doesn’t mean her voice isn’t beautiful and that her songs are amazingly heartfelt.  “Rolling in the Deep” may have been what got Adele her mainstream notice but the British singer/song-writer had been touching souls long before her album “21” hit.  There was no doubt in my mind that Adele was going to take this Grammy home.

 

Song of the Year – “Rolling in the Deep” Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth

I bet you didn’t know Adele’s last name was Adkins, did you?  Ha!

 

New Artist – Bon Iver

Who the hell is this?  And who the hell named him Bon?  I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest indie music fan, but Iver’s music is pretty genuine if not odd.  It’s like you’re listening to Radiohead while tripping on acid.  Have I ever tripped on acid?  No, but I know how to imagine tripping on acid listening to some rubbish ass music.

 

Pop Solo Performance – “Someone Like You” Adele

Once again Adele shows Lady Gaga a thing or two about how to sing and perform.  Classy lady.

 

Pop Performance by a Duo or Group – “Body & Soul” Tony Bennett and Amy Whinehouse

This is the Grammy’s way of acknowledging Whinehouse posthumously even if it may not have been warranted.  Either way, Whinehouse had an amazing voice and incredible song-writing potential.  Stupid drug whore.

 

Pop Vocal Album – “21” Adele

Adele…again…get used to this.

 

Alternative Album – “Bon Iver” Bon Iver

Once again, the Grammy Association or whatever the hell the collective group of people call themselves who vote on these awards, try to prove that they are more “hip” than us average music listeners.  If you listened to the Bon Iver song I posted above you’ll quickly agree with me that Bon Iver fucking sucks and that there is no way he should have won “Alternative Album of the Year”, GTFOHWTBS!

 

Rock Song – “Walk” Foo Fighters

It doesn’t matter how old the Foo Fighters get, they still know how to rock your socks off.

 

Rock Album – “Wasting Light” Foo Fighters

Very well deserved win for a great album, might be the Foo Fighters best album in their career…which is saying A FREAKING TON!

 

Rock Performance – “Walk” Foo Fighters

 

Hard Rock/Metal Performance – “White Limo” Foo Fighters

I didn’t realize that these guys took home four Grammy’s…wow!

 

R&B Album – “F.A.M.E.” Chris Brown

Only in America, and only at the Grammy Awards could Chris Brown, a convicted woman beater (remember Rhianna’s police photo…yikes!) could win two Grammy’s only two years removed from being jailed.  Live the dream, Chris, live that American Dreeeeeaaaaammmmm Yeeeeeeeaaaaa!  If the following song and music video was not proof that Chris Brown needs to be murdered, I don’t know what will.  This douche bag uses the lyrics in the song below, “If we ain’t freaking, we ain’t speaking…”….lmao, really Grammy Awards?  Really?

 

R&B Song – “Fool for You” Cee Lo Green, Melanie Hallim, & Jack Splash

I love me some Cee Lo Green, ya’ll.

 

R&B Performance – “Is This Love” Corrine Bailey Rae

I could listen to Ms. Bailey Rae all day every day…love her voice!

 

Traditional R&B Vocal Performance – “Fool for You” Cee Lo Green, Melanie Hallim, & Jack Splash

 

Rap Album – “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” Kanye West

Perhaps one of the best “rap” albums of the past decade, Kanye West came out of hibernation to concoct this greatness.

 

Rap Performance – “Otis” Jay-Z & Kanye West

I felt like Ni**as in Paris was the better song, you can’t go wrong with Otis either.

 

Rap Song – “All of the Lights” Kanye West

An amazing collaboration of voices on one track and the track hits it out of the park…see the above Kanye music video.

 

Rap/Sung Collaboration – “All of the Lights” Kanye West, Rhianna, Kid Cudi, & Fergie

 

Dance Recording – “Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites” Skrillex

Never heard of them…but I’m not much of the “dubstep” fan either…

 

Dance/Electronica Album – “Scary Monsters  & Nice Sprites” Skrillex

Bleh.

 

Musical Theater Album – “The Book of Mormon” Robert Lopez, Trey Parker, & Matt Stone

LAWL! The creators of South Park have now won a Grammy!  They’re living that American Dream with Chris Brown, ya’ll!

 

World Music Album – “Tassili” Tinariwen

This guy’s a badass on the guitar…easy listening FTW!

 

Latin Pop Rock, Rock or Urban Album – “Drama y Luz,” Mana

Reminds me of Los Flamingos…or whatever that band from several years ago was called.  Oh, the Los Lonely Boys.  That’s them.

 

Tropical Latin Album – “Last Mambo,” Cachao

YES!

 

 

Banda or Norteno Album – “Los Tigres Del Norte and Friends” Los Tigres Del Norte

MOAR NOCHES!

 

Regional Mexican or Tejano Album – “Bicentenario” Pepe Aguilar

Ok I’ll stop…

 

 

Country Solo Performance – “Mean” Taylor Swift

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person on the planet who can not stand Taylor Swift anymore.  She’s like 25 years old and still singing about middle school.  Come on now.

 

 

Country Album – “Own the Night” Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum was a fresh act on a played out country music genre, so it’s nice that they get more recognition.

 

Country Performance by a Duo or Group – “Barton Hollow” The Civil Wars

Now here’s a group that actually creates great music and they’re not sleeping together!  Hooray for mutual respect!  Seriously though, Barton Hollow is my shit.

 

Country Song – “Mean” Taylor Swift

See above.

 

Jazz Vocal Album – “The Mosaic Project” Terri Lyne Carrington & various artists

 

 

Jazz Instrumental Album – “Forever” Corea, Clark & White

 

 

Improvised Jazz Solo: “500 Miles High,” Chick Corea

Large Ensemble Jazz Album: “The Good Feeling,” Christian McBride Big Band

Blues Album: “Revelator,” Tedeschi Trucks Band

Folk Album: “Barton Hollow,” The Civil Wars

Pop Instrumental Album: “The Road From Memphis,” Booker T. Jones

Bluegrass Album: “Paper Airplane,” Alison Krauss & Union Station

Americana Album: “Ramble at the Ryman,” Levon Helm

Reggae Album: “Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life,” Stephen Marley

New Age Album: “What’s It All About,” Pat Metheny

Children’s Album: “All About Bullies… Big and Small,” various artists

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Paul Epworth

Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: “Cinema (Skrillex remix),” Sonny Moore

Gospel Song: “Hello Fear,” Kirk Franklin

Gospel/Contemporary Christian Performance: “Jesus,” L’Andria Johnson

Gospel Album: “Hello Fear,” Kirk Franklin

Choral Performance: “Light & Gold,” Eric Whitacre

Classical Contemporary Composition: “Elmer Gantry,” Robert Aldridge & Herschel Garfein

Producer of the Year, Classical: Judith Sherman

Orchestral Performance: “Brahms: Symphony No. 4,” Gustavo Dudamel

Opera Recording: “Adams: Doctor Atomic,” Alan Gilbert, conductor

Spoken Word Album: “If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t),” Betty White

Comedy Album: “Hilarious,” Louis C.K.

Compilation Soundtrack Album For Visual Media: “Boardwalk Empire,” various artists

Score Soundtrack Album For Visual Media: “The King’s Speech,” Alexandre Desplat

Song Written For Visual Media: “I See the Light,” Alan Menken & Glenn Slater

Historical Album: “Band on the Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection – Deluxe Edition),” Paul McCartney

Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists: “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me),” Jorge Calandrelli

Switchfoot – A Lesson In Underrated

Posted: January 15, 2012 in Music

Switchfoot has been around since the year of our Lord, 1996, and have been rocking my body since around 1999.  They’re one of those bands that has found their niche in music without selling out to mainstream media.  Take their first really big hit “The Beautiful Letdown”, which was also the name of their first album on a major record label.  The song was such a big hit for the Christian-Rock group that it set them up for the rest of their careers.  Christian-Rock would forever be changed.

Here are my favorite Switchfoot songs, a sort of “Greatest Hits” list:

The Beautiful Letdown (The Beautiful Letdown)

Dare You To Move (The Beautiful Letdown)

We Are One Tonight (Nothing Is Sound)

Yesterdays (Oh! Gravity)

Faust, Midas, and Myself (Oh! Gravity)

This Is Home (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Soundtrack)

Your Love Is A Song (Hello, Hurricane)

Dark Horses (Vice Verses)