Monthly Archives: May 2011

“Save the World” – Swedish House Mafia

I never really listened to the Swedish House Mafia before, I heard the name in passing here and there. I finally got to check out this music video, and I love it.

The song is good, but I think the music video itself is funny and captivating. The theme is dogs becoming heroes and saving the world. Wouldn’t that be nice? When bad things happen, a group of cute dogs chase down the bad guys. It’s a nice thought. Also, the lyrics, I find comforting as well. I think the timing of these lyrics is just right, the world is going crazy, global warming, wars, teenagers popping out kids, there’s a lot of things happening in the world. I think songs like this are important. Talking about unity, “turn up the love now”. Who will save the world? Hopefully we all will.

Watch the fantasy here:

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The Girls Just Keep on Rocking: Avril Lavigne, Beyonce, Keri Hilson feat. Nelly

Music videos have obviously upped their visual game. Music videos cater to the internet audience, MTV long gone from premiering new music videos. Vevo has control of music videos releases, audio leaks, and music videos themselves have higher budgets than the past.

Avril Lavigne has been making a slow comeback ever since Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland released. Her latest single, “Smile” is probably one of my favorite Lavigne songs. I was not a fan of hers in the past. But now, I like this happier sound, it’s not so idiotically catchy, it’s light and fun. I also have to say, I think Lavigne is the only person that can pull off green hair.

Beyonce is back with “Run the World (Girls)”. I remember hearing the song on the radio, I sort of liked it, but felt weird about it at the same time. I think this song has its good moments, and moments where it falls flat. As for the music video, I was stunned at the first dancing sequence. I have not seen choreography that made my jaw drop like that in a while. Choreography seems like, “one and two and three and four” to me, because it just seems so emotionless. The dance sequence at “0:52” is just amazing. She’s doing that in HEELS too! That blew me away. The way Beyonce flings her hair and her facial expression at “3:56” is fierce. I saw complaints online that the dancing wasn’t good, the music video sucks, the song sucks. It’s a different song, not for everyone, it’s a stepping/cheer kind of song. I appreciate the message, and honestly, I like it better than “Single Ladies”. I think the ending with all the girls dancing together is chilling.

Keri Hilson has also debuted a visual stunning video, “Lose Control”. She reminds me of Rihanna and Beyonce. The song is good, nothing groundbreaking, but still catchy and has potential to be a hit. I think this is Hilson’s best work as of yet. Nelly is a nice touch in the song. I think my only gripe is I’m kind of tired of hearing songs about “hooking up”. I hear enough of that, tell us something new, ok? The bridge with the piano solo is one of the best parts of the song.

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Indie Artist to Check Out: Kelsey Skaggs “Facebook Admirer”

Since it’s kind of hard for me to pin down a day to talk about indie artists, I’m going to change the title of these posts from “Indie Artist Mondays” to “Indie Artist to Check Out:”

I found Kelsey on Myspace two years ago. I thought her song, “Facebook Admirer” was an instant hit. She’s still working on music, and I hope things get better for her, her lyrics are cute and right to the point. Skaggs is 19 years old and from Ohio.

Check out a Youtube of her performing live below and check out her website here: http://www.kelseyskaggs.com/

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Taylor Swift – Mean

Taylor Swift is probably the only country singer that I would admit to liking. Wait, I lied, Leanne Ryhmes back in the 90s was good too. Let’s just say, country music isn’t my cup of tea.

I love the messages Swift conveys with her lyrics. She is actually a good role model. Although, she dates guys WAY too old for her… but regardless, with her music, she keeps things simple, but relays good messages that I think people of all ages need to hear.

I loved her song, “Innocent” that referred to Kanye West. That was the first country song I bought. I noted the significance of the event to myself. Again, let me emphasize that I’m not a fan of country music. For that song, I saw her perform it live at the MTV VMAs where it premiered, so it was a little special to me, and the lyrics really hit me as well.

For Swift’s latest release, she goes after the bullies. It’s simple, but I love it. She sings about bullies will always be mean, and she’ll move on, and the music video reflects that idea by showing kids being picked on, and then growing up and getting good jobs and moving on with their lives. This music video and song does target high schoolers, but me, being quite far from high school, can still relate, and people are still mean out of high school, so I can still relate to the message.

You could say this song could be about West. I think Swift has already addressed the West fiasco, and has moved on. Swift is adorable, and I really like her good-hearted messages. Go girl.

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Blast from the Past Fridays – Back in the Day Cartoons: Jetsons the Movie and The Chipmunks Adventure

Cartoons from the past rocked way harder than whatever it is that they show today.

To prove my theory, here are songs from The Jetson’s Movie and The Chipmunks movie. Original songs, not CGI chipmunks singing the latest Beyonce hits. Oh yeah, and did I mention I love the 80s/early 90s? The Jetsons movie is based on the Jetson’s moving to another part of the galaxy, and of course I liked Judy’s character. Dating a rock star, and then this blue guy. This song, “You and Me” was sung by the Pop queen at the time, Tiffany.

For The Chipmunk Adventure, the chipmunks travel around the world looking for dolls with special diamonds inside of them. Of course, I like the girl chipmunks.

Both of these songs has 80s pop/rock elements. In the Chipmunk Adventure, the girls are versus the boys, and they sing that in, “The Girls of Rock and Roll”.

There’s not really any cartoons like this, and I really love the heart in these kinds of movies. Pixar is probably the best company for heart-felt cartoons in the present.

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Gorillaz – On Melancholy Hill

I remember the Gorillaz releasing their latest album last year, “Plastic Beach”. I didn’t remember much press for the album, or much online buzz.

I came across this music video, and I didn’t even know they released a music video for this song. “On Melancholy Hill” was my favorite song on the album, the other songs were beyond me.

The music video blends CGI with animation. Kind of weird and dark, but as the title states, it’s melancholy.

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The Fall of Gaga

I have stated previously in this blog, that I wanted this blog to be about good music, and not to be like Perez Hilton and rip apart artists, condemn musicians and the like. I rather put out positive posts and instead of ripping apart a well-known artist, to use that time to talk about a lesser-known artist.

I don’t want to rip apart Lady Gaga, and I won’t, but I did want to comment on the reactions I’ve seen lately on her music. From personal Facebook fans to anonymous people on Vevo and Youtube, there is a backlash against Gaga that I’m wondering will garner steam and take down the eccentric Queen of the Pop Universe from her throne.

Lady Gaga’s latest songs seem like reincarnations of her previous hits, but not only that, the production doesn’t seem the same as the Fame Monster album. Lady Gaga’s first single, “Born this Way” was a disappointment. The lyrics were great, and amazing for the gay community. The song itself, not up to par as her previous hits. “Judas” came out, and just reminds me of a copy of “Bad Romance” and “Alejandro”. Then, “The Edge of Glory” came out, and it almost seems unrecognizable as the same artist that was so groundbreaking and poppy in the beginning of her career.

The fans have definitely noticed and are lashing out. What surprises me the most, is how quickly they turned on her. They loved her with a fervor, then they turn around and hate her, all over the internet. Denouncing her, saying they won’t be fans anymore. I can’t really say Lady Gaga sold out, she’s the most artistic she’s ever been in her career and her lyrics are more button-pushing than ever before. She is actually talking about issues in these songs, which is commendable, although the delivery isn’t coming across the same. With easier songs to stomach, dance songs can go straight into catchy dance hooks. With these issue-pushing songs, it’s not as catchy, and the songs are darker because the lyrics actually reflect the mood of the song.

I’m not a die-hard fan of Lady Gaga, my Queen of Pop will always be Madonna. Although, I respect Gaga’s artistic integrity and her messages she cultivates with her music videos. She’s the only “artist” as of this moment. Katy Perry and Rihanna are just regurgitating whatever images the major record labels want them to do, and we all know what happens if that goes on for too long (*coughs* Britney Spears). This is what I think, and I’m not sure what is really going on behind the scenes for all these artists, but sometimes it’s just plain noticeable when an artist is really relaying a message, or just playing dress up.

Those are my two cents on this Pop music battle, and as far as Lady Gaga’s future, hopefully she picks up with some original catchy songs, lest I fear the fans will bury her alive…

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