Monthly Archives: January 2011

Girl Power- Female Music Videos

Wow, just took a first look at “Lights”  by Ellie Goulding. Amazing video. The song is great too. (and look for a blog covering this artist soon…).

Also just premiering is Jessie J’s new music video feat. B.o.B. I didn’t like her previous music video “Do it Like a Dude”. “Price Tag” has something to say, and it is a beautiful video as well.

I’ve also been in love with this music video by Medina. She just looks like a Greek goddess with such a unique look. I love this video. I love the club scenes, the bedroom scenes, the alley scenes. It’s its own mini-drama. The lighting is amazing too. It’s also sexy. This is the Dash Berlin remix, and the other remixes are definitely worth a listen (also Deadmau5 remixed this song).

What do you think?

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Music This Minute

What am I listening to right now? Well, it jumps around from what I feel like. A little anguish and frustration, so 30 Seconds to Mars “Hurricane” and “Search and Destroy” and “Alibi” fit that feeling pretty well.

When I first heard this song “Parachute”, I heard it from a European singer Cheryl Cole. I wasn’t really a fan of it. I really liked her song, “Fight for this Love”. I just didn’t like the song that much. I was disappointed after liking “Fight for this Love” so much.

But then I heard Ingrid Michaelson’s version. I wasn’t really feeling it at first, being disappointed from Cheryl Cole’s version, but then I really started to dig it. Turns out, Ingrid Michaelson wrote the song for Cheryl Cole and then released it herself. The way Michaelson sings it, was the true version of the song.

And since I was downloading her version of “Parachute” I went ahead and got “Breakable”.

I was also listening to Enrique Iglesia’s “Tonight I’m Loving You” or the naughty version. Eh. It’s funny how I think back to how Madonna had music videos that were banned for being too racy, and now? Oh boy. Now you can get away with anything, especially if you’re a man. 30 Seconds to Mars with their director’s cut of “Hurricane” and Enrique’s naughty videos are borderline softcore porn. Do I think it’s bad? Yes and no. I think children shouldn’t see it, and these videos online isn’t helping anyone. But, I do believe in freedom of expression. And I think at the end of the day, it’s art and I enjoy art and understand that it’s art.

2011 is an interesting year for music videos. I liked how Lady Gaga brought back the music video and artists are being creative again.

Well, I’ll be posting the next interesting music video I come across. Thanks for reading.

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Jakalope “Witness” & Shontelle “Perfect Nightmare” Music Videos

I know this music video is random as hell. Jakalope is a Canadian pop/electronica band. I stumbled upon this video looking through music videos on Vevo. At first I had flashbacks of Aqua (remember “Barbie Girl”?), although when the chorus kicked in, I liked it.

I feel like the song could use a lot of re-vamping. The rapping verses just don’t work at all. Right when the chorus jumps in, the song gets interesting and very catchy.

I basically know nothing about this band, but I thought the video was intriguing. I like the witch trial and Snow White references. If the verses were re-done, I’d say it could be a potential hit.

Another music video that I wanted to post was Shontelle’s “Perfect Nightmare”.

I like the boxing theme, and the song itself starts off slow, then picks up into a dance/ballad. I remember it stayed up on the Vevo Top 10 charts for a bit a couple of months ago. I think Shontelle deserves some more recognition and I hope she continues with strong songs and climbs up the charts.

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New David Guetta Music Video Feat. Rihanna

David Guetta, one of the best House DJs in the world, a French DJ that recently crossed over into the Pop realm collaborating with the Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Rowland, Akon, and now Rihanna.

This new music video “Who’s That Chick?” reminds me a lot of Benny Benassi’s recent music video “Spaceship” with the whole DJ driving a spaceship with singers tagging along.

I like the colors in the music video, the song itself? Not the best David Guetta song. It’s ok, but nothing too memorable. I fell in love with Guetta with some of his older songs like “Love Won’t Let Me Go” and “Baby When the Lights” and “Love is Gone”. I loved the Pop Life album and also liked One Love, although, I hate to admit, it feels like Guetta is crossing over into commercial territory and is losing his “house” edge.

I’ll wait to see if the “old” David Guetta comes back, but for now, there are always new DJs on the horizon…

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Indie Artists to Check out

I’ve been meaning to do a blog of indie artists that I feel deserve some more recognition, or at least, worthy of a short snippet listen on iTunes which could potentially lead to more.

Kim DiVine’s album “Square One” is an album that is mellow, think of Ingrid Michaelson or Lisa Loeb. Singer/songwriter type of music with a good production, soothing voice and overall calming effect. The best song is “All Night”, other great contenders are: “Raining”, “Little Things”, “We Could” and “Letting Go”. Last I heard, her music was circulating the college radio network.

Check her out here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/square-one/id319213312

Another similar mellow artist with a slight John Mayer vibe is Brent Cates. Mellow music, good driving music and the guitar playing keeps the listener hooked. My favorite songs from the album “Wasted Words” are “She’ll Do” and ” Back to Me”.

Check out his album on iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wasted-words/id307070829

All right, those are my spotlights for the moment, I’ll be back with more indie artists to report on, stay tuned.

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30 Seconds to Mars Live at the Pomona Fox Theater

Recently I have become a 30 Seconds to Mars fan. Upon hearing that they were touring for their hit album “This Is War”, I searched through Craigslist, got tickets the day before and went to see the band in Pomona, CA on January 14th at the Fox Theater.

Opening for 30 Seconds to Mars was Middle Class Rut, a duo that completely rocked out. A guitar player and a drummer who both sang and at one point, the drummer was so frustrated with his vocal mic falling over, that he picked up the mic stand, threw it on his drum set and continued playing like the rock star he was. After the song, he explained the teleprompter told him to throw his mic on the drums.

For a duo, they were extremely impressive, they had the energy and the sound to rock out the crowd and I’m looking forward to hearing them in the future. Their song, “New Low” was one of my favorites. http://www.myspace.com/middleclassrut

30 Seconds to Mars came onstage to a crowd of screaming girls. I didn’t realize their fan base consisted of mostly rocker chicks. Silly me. Jared Leto strutted onto stage with sunglasses and a black furry jacket. I couldn’t help but laugh. Seriously? Are we back in the 80s? I guess that’s the kind of rock star he is. Leto maintained his fierce rocker energy through out the show. Running around the whole stage and when he finally took of the jacket and sunglasses, I could see his wild eyes. I guess it’s the actor thing, he’s just committed onstage.

During the middle of the set, Leto called out two people sitting in the balcony, telling them to get up and jump along with the rest of the crowd. I’m not a huge fan of jumping, but the energy in the crowd was contagious.

A part of me wanted to see 30 Seconds to Mars in an arena. I felt like it was a big band on a little stage. Leto definitely needs more room to run around on stage and work up the crowd, not that he didn’t already, but I just felt like there could have been more potential in the show they presented.

“Search and Destroy” was one of my favorites of the night, when Leto screams, “I’m a whore!” lifting his shirt amidst all the screaming girls. (Seriously, I didn’t think there would be so many screaming girls at the concert). Some of the slower songs, “Alibi” and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” were a nice touch to showcase Leto’s voice. And speaking of Leto’s voice, my BIGGEST complaint of the night was that he wasn’t singing enough, he let the crowd sing the majority of the choruses. Yeah, it’s fun once in a while, but I paid to hear him sing, not a karaoke version of the crowd. That was disappointing.

The concert consisted of songs from the “This is War” album, “Night of the Hunter”, “Closer to the Edge” and the encore songs were “Hurricane” and “Kings and Queens”. I was waiting for “Hurricane” the whole night, after seeing their racy unedited music video on Vevo, I was even more intrigued with the band (and the review of the music video is for another blog entirely). The last song, “Kings and Queens” members from the crowd were allowed onstage. I bet those screaming rocker chicks just loved that!

The bass was insane at the Fox Theater, the sound was good. I had some gripes, although I had fun at the concert.

If I ever do see 30 Seconds to Mars again, it would have to be at an arena, I feel like big spaces is their natural territory, for the sound and for the show itself.

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The Ultimate Workout Music Mix

Hanz and Franz here, and we’re going to PUMP you UP!

Ok, seriously, here is a list of songs that are good for working out. For jogging and speed walking. (What? You don’t speed walk? It’s good for lengthening muscles and low impact for bad knees, etc.)” There is a mix of trance, dance, rock, remixes and pop for your workout pleasure. Enjoy and let me know which songs you like!

 

For running:

“Dangerous Power (Gabriel & Dresden Extended Mix)” – Gabriel & Dresden.

“Harrier” – Ashley Wallbridge

“Celebration (Benny Benassi Remix)” – Madonna

” Closer to the Edge” – 30 Seconds to Mars

“3” – Britney Spears

“Escape Me (Feat. C.C. Sheffield)” – Tiesto

“Who Wants to be Alone (feat. Nelly Furtado)” – Tiesto

“Naturally (Dave Aude Radio Remix) – Selena Gomez & the Scene

“Here Comes the Rain Again” –  N.R.C.

“The Beautiful People (From ‘Burlesque‘)” –  Christina Aguilera

“Flashback” – Calvin Harris

“Bulletproof (Manhattan Clique Remix Radio)” – La Roux

“Give it 2 Me (Jody Den Broeder Club Edit)” – Madonna

“Winner” – Nuttin’ But Strings

“Waiting” – Dash Berlin & Emma Hewitt

“Strawberry Swing” – Coldplay

“Young Folks” – Peter, Bjorn & John

“He Lives in You [Reprise]” – The Lion King Musical Soundtrack (Now I know this one is a little weird, but hear my out, right at 1:17 when then chorus starts and you hear the background voices chanting and it keeps getting louder, you’re going to run a lot faster by the end of this song. Great for sprinting.)

“La Noyee” & “La Valse D’Amelie” – Amelie Soundtrack (You’re probably think I’m crazy here, but great orchestrations can really get me running. It’s also fun to be running to such dramatic music.)

“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me (Dave Aude Radio Remix)” – Cher (It’s frickin’ Cher!)

” A Praise Chorus” – Jimmy Eat World

“L’amour Et  Le Violence” – Rejected – SL3 vs. Sebastian Tellier (This song is heart achingly beautiful.)

“Sylvia (Tiesto Remix)” – Miike Snow

“Just Stop Believin (Lady Gaga vs. Journey) – DJ Tripp

“Human (Ocelots Remix)” – The Killers

 

For Speed walking:

“Desert Rose (Melodic Club Mix Radio Edit)” – Sting

“Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” – Shakira (This one is very upbeat, great pace for speed walking.)

“I’m Not Your Toy (Jack Beats Remix)” – La Roux

“Miss Independent” – Ne-Yo

“Here  (In Your Arms) [Young Americans Remix] – Hellogoodbye

(I will have to add another list for speed walking. I’m running out of steam here after the long running music list. I’ll be back with more workout music for speed walking)

 

Bonus: For Uphill Climbing:

“Alejandro” – Lady Gaga (The slow but upbeat song works perfectly for a steady pace going uphill.)

“Let’s Get Lost” – Beck & Bat For Lashes

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