Monday, August 31, 2009
I thought I loved their first album, until I heard this song! The song and the video sound and look are more raw and in a good way, too. (P.S. I know I used too many "ands." Ha. But that's how excited I am!)
Selena Gomez and The Scene - Falling Down
Why do I like this song? I cannot stand the chorus, I do not love Selena as a singer and she sings "You" strangely. However, the verses, the hook and the bridge are so catchy and I love how she sings "darling." Oh, the confusion in my head! On the bright side, this is not a typical Disney sound, so thumbs up to that!
Maya Azucane - Get It Together
I am always a fool for a positive song and a song like this should be one of those songs belonging to a new Civil Right Movement for our generation.
Paolo Nutini- Candy
He sounds older, but in a good way, a very good way! I feel like I am in the 70s with Cat Stevens, James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkle, Joni Mitchell, Carole King and the other singer-songwriters. It is such a beautiful song and definitely what I call a love song!
Laura Izibor - Don't Stay
Simply, her voice and this song have so much soul and depth and I can listen to her all day if I had to! I know it is sad song, but it still makes me smile!
Laura Izibor - Don't Stay
Ginuwine - Trouble
Ginuwine is back to his old sound and I am liking it! The plus is I can listen to this song and not feel disgusted!
Colby Calait - Falling For You
One word - adorable!
Official Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7qtLrQVUFQ
Digital Girl ft. Drake, The Dream & Kanye West - Digital Girl
When it comes to Drake's verse, I am feeling it, but right after his verse, the song goes downhill and I stop listening. At least Drake gaining a little of my respect again, especially after the "Best I Ever Had" video, the Blackberry Freestyle and that terrible "Forever" song.
Update: Listened to "Successful" and he lost a little of my respect again!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
AUGUST 1: ART
12:30-2 p.m.: Live painting in the street with John Exit & Mike Die
2-3:30 p.m.: Children’s Songswap with Rob Yuzuk (Wahoo Skiffle Crazies) & Kristen Rodak
3:30-3:50 p.m.: Opening ceremony on the main stage
4:30-5:20 p.m.: Kilgore Trout is Dead
5:30-6:20 p.m.: Captain Ahab & the Sea Crackens
6:30-7:20 p.m.: Paragraph
8 p.m.-3 a.m.: After-parties at The Cup & Martini Red
AUGUST 8: SPORTS
12:30-2 p.m.: Kids’ street games (badmitton, water baloons, toss across, bubble wand, jump rope & more)
2-3:30 p.m.: Women’s basketball clinic
3:30-7 p.m.: Open skateboarding session sponsored by DC Shoes
4:30-5:20 p.m.: The Seconds
5:30-6:20 p.m.: The Pragmatics
6:30-7:20 p.m. The Great Unwashed
8 p.m.-3 a.m.: After-parties at The Cup & Martini Red
AUGUST 15: RELAXATION
12:30-1 p.m.: Group-led meditation and excercise in the street
1-2 p.m.: Yoga in the street
2-3 p.m.: Pilates in the Street
3-4 p.m.: Martial arts in the Street
4:30-5:20 p.m.: Wahoo Skiffle Crazies
5:30-6:20 p.m.: The Headlocks
6:30-7:20 p.m.: The Bandulos
8 p.m.-3 a.m.: After-parties at The Cup & Martini Red
AUGUST 22: DANCE
12:30-1 p.m.: Children’s Modern Dance Workshop
1-2 p.m.: Bellydancing demonstration
2-3 p.m.: Breakbeats (break dancers & DJ)
2-6 p.m.: Sandy Lo book signing/selling of “Lost in You” at Bent Pages
4:30-5:20 p.m.: Baptist Choir
5:30-6:20 p.m.: Aqua Vibe
6:30-7:20 p.m.: Scott James
Monday, August 24, 2009
Jason Lewis (Wiley, JME, Frisco) - Too Many Weave (Too Many Men parody)
Alphacat - Best I Ever Had Spoof (Drake)
Alphacat - She Wolf Spoof (Shakira)
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Fefe's Back! I love these songs and I can't stop listening to them! "I Want You" is reminiscent of The Ramones, simple but rocking! "Watch Me Move" is simply hot and she looks like Mick Jagger while dancing!
To put it simply, I am glad Kanye is rapping again, Rihanna's nasally voice fits the dark vibe of the video and song, but Jay-Z does not really fit in with the song. Also, the video makes me think of a cult version of "California Love" with Tupac and Dr. Dre. However, the song is not as epic as they might have wanted it to be. The song is good, not great, but good.
Tyler Perry and Mary J. Blige together are legendary! Powerhouse performances in both hise movies and her songs. Enough said!
Dwele - Travelin' Girl
Underground R&B and Soul is so much better than mainstream R&B and this guy is one reason why. Ever since I heard "I'm Cheating," I have loved his voice, sound and lyrics. This song has a strong horn section and Dwele's smooth voice fits it perfectly.
Creed - My Own Prison
Another artist that has returned! Creed proves that you can be a Christian artist, and still be just as good as any rock band out there and be real! Being a Christian is not always happy times, but at the same you have hope in the cross and this song puts that on my heart.
Adam Sandler - Real Love
After seeing "Funny People" and hearing this song, I want Adam to release a full Adam. The only time I have heard him sing was when he was doing SNL skits or a comedy album, but he needs to do a serious album because he has a sweet voice and he would make John Lennon proud if he heard this cover!
Pink - Funhouse
Pink can always take a song with a sad undertone and make it fun to listen to. She is as explosive as her video!
Miley Cyrus - Party In the USA
My problem with this song is that Miley is not right for it. It has the potential to be a good song and the melody is good, but when she opens her mouth, it sounds awkward and I do not like it as much.
Honor Society - Where Are You Now
Hearing this song makes me want to go see Bandslam. At first, I did not want to like this group because I thought they would sound like the Jonas Brothers and I do not like copycats, but they are actually good. Good choice, Jonas Brothers!
Whitney Houston - Million Dollar Bill/I Look to You
Our last returnee, Whitney! Once I got past the weird note at the beginning, I realized that the song has a nice old school "feel good" vibe to it and even though her voice does not sound as good as it did before, Whitney can still out-sing a lot of other singers out there now.
Not one of her powerhouse performances, but it is still a good song for her return and I am feeling it!
Now for my Huh? moment of today...
Jason Mraz ft Lil Wayne and Jah Cure - I'm Yours Remix
"I'm Yours" is one of my favorite songs and Jason Mraz and Jah Cure are two of my favorite artists, but why is Lil Wayne on here? But I will have to admit that he does sound better on here and his lyrics are good for a chance; why can't Lil Wayne sound like this more often? Still he does not fit with this song!
Here are three others I forgot to mention...
Smokey Robinson - Don't Know Why
Smokey and a Norah Jones cover equals magic! Like someone said he has the voice of an angel!
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll
I kept forgetting to put this song on here, so here it is! I love the dance party and horror movie mix to this song! Creepy yet entertaining! The plus is an MJ werewolf and blood that looks like confetti (but then it would probably be too fun to kill people in real life)!
Official Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK4SUof_yv8
Pleasure P - Under
Okay, I only put this video here because Tia Mowry is in it, other than that it is your typical R&B pop song with autotune in it and not really memorable (and I know he can do better than that!). But at least Pleasure P is on his own because he was the best thing about Pretty Ricky (who were the other guys again?). What I do not get is the extra girl in the video and the corny bed/water scene; are those really necessary?
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Thanks to the Recording Academy (aka Grammy University), as a member, I got an exclusive invite last Wednesday to go to an interview with the talented John Legend for free! Since it was my first time there, it was a bit awkward. Picture me going into this huge, fancy building on 42nd street and waiting at the front desk while a bunch of girly girls with their dresses and make-up come in for the same event...I felt so plain jane in there. Well, when we walked in the room, it was a lot more intimate setting than I thought it would be (close enough to see the designs on his sneakers!). As we sat there waiting, I read some of the free booklets and Grammy Awards book that they gave out, and then finally the man of the hour (literally it was an hour) came out! OMG! I thought I was going to faint; he looked so much more handsome in person.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
In honor of the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, here is a little taste of it with some songs and videos from the three days of great music in upstate New York! However being in the crowd was not all lovely-dovey -- from the stench of human waste and body odor, little if edible food, the mud, the rain, the disorganization, and some of the people extremely high on drugs to other nightmarish parts of the festival. If I was there I probably would have hated it, but at least we have videos to see from the comfort of our own homes! Still the myth of peace and love lives on; if only the world was truly like that. Well...Enjoy!
Richie Havens - Freedom
Richie Havens - Strawberry Fields Forever cover
The Who - My Generation
Joe Cocker - Little Help From My Friends
Santana - Soul Sacrifice
Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze
Jimi Hendrix - National Anthem
Crosby, Stills and Nash - Blackbird
Crosby, Stills and Nash - A Long Time Come
Country Joe - Rock and Soul Music
Arlo Gunthrie - Coming Into Los Angeles
Joan Baez - We Shall Overcome
Joan Baez - Joe Hill/Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Jefferson Airplane - Saturday Afternoon
Janis Joplin - Piece of My Heart
Bert Sommer - Jennifer
Sly and the Family Stone - I Want to Take You Higher
Sly and the Family Stone - Love City
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Remember Bobby McFerrin? The guy who had the famous hit, "Don't Worry, Be Happy." Well, he is a conductor and participates in many music education programs, such as volunteering to teach music and lecture across the country. In the World Science Festival, he showed the audience how most of us do have an innate musical ability with the pentatonic scale:
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Maxwell - Bad Habits
Talk about hot in here! Maxwell knows how to make anything sound so romantic and sexy! Also, the video with Kerry Washington is classy and naughty at the same time! Go, Maxwell!
Brendon Urie, Cee-lo, Janelle Monae, Patrick Stump, Travis McCoy - Open Happiness
The song and the video put a smile on my face! The plus is that everyone in the song are some of my favorite artists! Woohoo! Too bad it is for a Coca Cola commercial because I don't really drink it anymore. Oh well.
B.O.B (Bobby Ray) - Put Me On
Again, showing you what real Hip-hop is! Sampling Tribe Called Quest's Bonita Applebaum, this guy can sing and rap (unlike Lil' Wayne who makes no sense or steals rhymes and Soulja Boy who has no flow). I feel like I am back in the early 90s with this guy, when Hip-hop was at its peak.
Tanya Morgan - So Damn Down
Another Hip-hop track that should be on the top of the charts and should be a classic, too. I am loving the Jazzy feel to this song! These guys should be more popular.
Ledisi - Going Through Changes
Ledisi is amazing. Sultry, natural, beautiful - this is what R&B should sound like now. Just like Maxwell, she can make something that is bad or painful sound so good.
K'Jon - On the Ocean
Speaking of what R&B should sound like...This is my "feel good" music. It reminds of Otis Redding's "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" because of its eeriness, but it also sounds like the positive sequel to the song.
Official Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHQ2zpxWwuc
Jet - She's a Genius
I want to think this song is about me...haha! Jet is exciting and rocking, but what's with the video. I think the director was having some editing problems, ran out of film footage or high, and why is the girl in a wookie costume?
Bat for Lashes - Sleep Alone
This song sounds like something a minstrel would sing at a Renaissance fair mixed with the creepiness in a horror movie...I love it!
Amie Mirello - Brand New
Why am I always attracted to interesting-sounding voices? Amie's sound is like a mix of country, jazz and blues. The song feels genuine and fresh (just as fresh-faced as she looks). Two thumbs up and I hope to hear more from her!
Urban Rock Band - Black Morning
They call themselves Hip-hop meets the Beatles and I say more at Pearl Jam with this song. More creative and different than a lot of the mainstream garbage out there. Once again, proof that Hip-hop is not dead, one just has to seep through the trash floating above!
Thenewno2 - Yomp
If you know my favorite bands from the 60s to now, you will understand why I like this group and the song. I guess being George Harrison's son has its benefits! Dhani!
3 Doors Down - Let Me Be Myself
Most people have probably heard this song from the Geico commercial with the cavemen, well the video expands on this concept. When I think about it the song is too good to have a video like this; it distracts my attention from the emotional and uplifting element of the song. The song can be a hit without the funny gimmick of the cavemen.
Official Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM6J6Ksz6QU
Heavy D - No Matter What
Leave Heavy D alone! Stop trying to put the guy in a box; he is not the greatest reggae singer in history, but he is pretty good and the song is sweet!
Seether - Careless Whisper
A rock version of a classic George Michael song? I am not sure about this one, but Shaun's voice is great as usual. On the other hand, what's up with the "video game" video? I understand the 80s references, but am I suppose to laugh instead of take the song seriously?
Tyler Woods - Slow Jam/Relations
K'Jon and Tyler are my R&B heroes right now! Tyler is bringing back the old school slow jam. I am starting to beleive his statement that he is the next Curtis Mayfield and shouts to 9th wonder for introducing such talent.
Matisyahu - One Day
My favorite Reggae Jew is back! Matisyahu always finds a way to bring light and joy to my day!
Now for the so-so stuff....
Shakira - She Wolf (Loba)
What happened to the old Shakira, the one with darker colored hair and a guitar? Is it just me or is she trying too hard to be liked by the mainstream audience? Or maybe she just has too much bleach in her hair and the fumes are distorting her judgment. I guess after a while the song started to grow on me and it is good to dance to, but it is just not her best song.
Mariah Carey - Obsessed
Mariah Carey is another singer who I miss the old version of, but I do like the song and the video is funny (sorry, Em).
Official Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDSFSfHcmp0
Jeremih - Imma Star
"Birthday Sex" made me sick, but at least this song is better, not great, but better. I just wish these guys who are not even that huge would stop bragging about how much they have or how hot they are when they probably do not have anything yet!
And finally for the biggest offender of them all...Soulja Boy and his S.O.D. Money Gang
S.O.D. Money Gang - Outer Space Flow
Wow! Okay, people, just because he is beats are good and he is making money does not mean Soulja Boy is a good rapper at all. He has no flow! As soon as he started rapping, I wanted to puch him out! However, I will admit that he is better, especially after "Crank Dat Soulja Boy."
Jess Origliasso from The Veronicas said this:
“Never forget to question everything. There is more to music then what Record Companies force feed you! Discover old music and new music."
I agree with her completely! Why do you think I created this blog and I have said it so many times on this blog! We should not just take what music is given to us because half of it is not even that good in the first place.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Playing for Change is a music documentary, record and multimedia movement that is trying to bring the world together and create peace through music. Started in 2004 by producer Mark Johnson and his Timeless Media Group, local musicians from all over the world performed and recorded covers of legendary songs. Then the music and film were combined to create beautiful masterpieces that will inspire anyone... Here are two of the songs from the DVD, "Stand By Me" and "One Love"
Stand By Me (RIP Roger Ridley)
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- "Brand New Flava In Your Ear" (Update)
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- The Psychology of Music
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