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A Star is Born – Clare Maguire “The Shield and the Sword”

Clare Maguire could be the next Adele/Lady Gaga/Cher. A striking voice, this Irish singer-songwriter is exploding onto the music scene. I feel like pop music is in a run for its money. Maguire is completely fresh, the music video, shot in a museum is visually artistic.

Something I kind of noticed in the music video, I don’t know if it is intentional, but I kind of feel like she is playing different pop stars. When she is sitting with the golden men around her, she kind of looks like Adele in the music video “Rolling in the Deep”.

When she has the blond wig, she looks like Lady Gaga.

And she looks like Katy Perry with the sunglasses with the long dark hair.

Maybe a homage to Pop Stars Past? Just when you think you’ve seen it all, someone like Clare Maguire comes into to shake up the music business. Check out the music video for her latest single, “The Shield and the Sword”.


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Dance Remixes

In honor of the new remix album for Tron Legacy Reconfigured, I wanted to list some of my favorite remixes. Hope you enjoy!




Madonna – “Frozen” (Franck Martinez remix 2009)

An amazing remix of “Frozen”


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

The instruments on this remix is totally different. Ethereal and funky at the same time.


Miike Snow – “Silvia” (Sebastian Ingrosso & Dirty South Remix)

A hauntingly beautiful remix.


30 Seconds to Mars “Kings and Queens” (LA Riots Vocal Mix)

Very upbeat, dancey version of “Kings and Queens”


Cher “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” (Dave Aude Radio Edit)

It’s Cher! There’s no other voice like that.

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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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Semi-Music Review of “Burlesque”

Going into the movie theater for Burlesque, I knew what I was in for: cheesy acting, campy lines, and a plot even a 2 year old could predict.

Regardless, I treated the movie as  a fun night out with the girls, to laugh and hear the songs.

The acting right off the bat is horrible. One minute Christina Aguilera is acting like a shy, quiet farm girl from Iowa, and the next second she’s literally stealing the show by bombarding the stage. I just couldn’t help myself from laughing at the acting.

The movie itself was ok. There were only two good songs (maybe three, the ending credits song was actually decent) in the whole movie. The first one was called, “Express”, by Aguilera. 

I gotta add the curly hair is fabulous (and apparently super curly hair is the style again according to Cosmopolitan, but I regress…) and the outfits are cute.

Although Aguilera has utterly perfect pitch, can belt an entire song out, whenever Cher sang, I remembered the “Believe” era back in the 90s with Cher (as I did not grow up in the 70s, my only experience with Cher is the “Believe” album) and felt a nostalgia only Cher could revive.

Her solo “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” had a duality to it. In the story, Cher is talking about finacial disaster and rising above it, but personally, Cher is back singing again, and we definitely haven’t seen the last of Cher. The song left me in chills the whole time. Although she isn’t Aguilera, she holds her own and I feel more emotion when she sings, and the lyrics I feel like most of America, and the world can relate in this recession.

Here is a remix of the song:

One of the last songs, “Show Me How You Burlseque” was your standard show tune. I didn’t really care. When the ending credits were rolling the song, “The Beautiful People” was playing and I would have rather seen that sung in the movie then have it be the rolling credits. I liked the contrast with the rock guitars and then the quick triplets of ” the beautiful, beautiful, beautiful people…”. I can see why it was stuck in the ending credits, but I think it would have been an exciting song to see performed. Oh well.

And there you go, the other songs just didn’t really grab my attention. Aguilera had some cute solos, and “Tough Lover” was entertaining to watch, but in my opinion, the previously mentioned songs are the ones that left an impression with me.

The movie itself, if you know what you’re in for, was fun. I never saw Glitter and most people said Burlesque was a better film. I love musicals, and I had fun laughing at the acting, I liked the drama and for a minute I was thrown off and didn’t know what would happen. But it was entertaining, more entertaining than the notoriously campy Show Girls. Worth a watch if you love musicals, like to laugh at bad acting, and oh yeah, hear some great singing, because it’s definitely worth it to see these two divas singing their hearts out on the big screen.

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