Thursday, January 28, 2010

Patrick Stump, Solo Edition

I was going to go to sleep, and then stumbled across this:

Patrick Stump from Patrick Stump on Vimeo.

Patrick Stump is working on a solo album, and according to the end of this video will be "writing/producing/performing" everything himself.

Do you see how many instruments he's playing right there? Do you hear how much this is not Fall Out Boy? Do you see the completely endearing guitar dancing? Do you hear how happy this music is?

I'm in. Bring it, Stump.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Recent and Ancient Covers

I've seen VersaEmerge live once, back in November, and I didn't quite get it. It was kind of "scene meets Nightmare Before Christmas" which in my head should be awesome but in reality was... not.

But combine a band I didn't much care for with a song I used to love (you are so not allowed to judge) and you get this:

It works. I don't know why, but it totally works and I love this cover. It also demonstrates that Britney Spears (or more correctly, the people who actually write her music) makes perfect pop music. You can take her songs and translate them into any genre and still have something interesting and enjoyable to listen to. I love it here, with the dark, creepy edge. It fits really well with the lyrics and the tone of the song.

This next cover is from years ago. The date on it is 2004, and yet it still sticks in my head.

It's by JD Natasha, an artist I knew nothing about but was mildly obsessed with in high school. Most of her songs are in Spanish, and they're easy to understand and sing. I loved "Lagrimas," "Plastico," and "Tatuaje," and can still sing most of them by heart.

But this cover of Outkast's "Hey Ya" is how I found her. It's interesting, with the cello and the acoustics and her imperfect voice.

And just because I can, here is "Plastico" by JD Natasha. I love this song so much. Another of my favorite lyrics: "Soy imbecil por quererte, me causas dolor." I must have played this song a thousand times when I was 15.

(Funny how there are no high quality embeds of foreign language videos on the internet... Also you have to sit through a Spanish commercial, which is kind of silly. But the song is worth it.)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Whataya Want From Me?

I'm tired. It was the first day of classes and it's been a long day and really, Whataya Want From Me?!

Okay, horrible segue, but seriously, tired. Also, can we discuss the awesome that is Adam Lambert? I've never watched more than one or two audition episodes of American Idol, and I'm not a fan of pop, but there was so much buzz over Adam Lambert that I had to find out more. I found this video:

Can we just talk about the amount that I want to be at that concert at the end? That is the kind of club show that I live for, and it breaks my heart that Lambert is now too big of a star to ever play this small of a show. But that level of stage presence and entertainment on that small of a stage is what every club wants to be but never is. Damn.

And of course, no Lambert post is complete without mention of the AMA performance. I didn't see it, and it looks like I never will, but I'd like to note (as thousands of bloggers before me have) that in the news story the following morning on CBS, they blurred Lambert kissing his male bassist, but not Britney kissing Madonna.

So girls can make out on TV because guys can get off on it, but Middle America is still afraid of two guys kissing? Or because it's alright to objectify women into sexual objects, but not men? Both options piss me off.

I'll let you make of it what you will.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

New Album (and a documentary?) from Jukebox the Ghost

I know My Chemical Romance is coming out with a new album this year, and I'm pumped. And I know The Gaslight Anthem is coming out with a new album this year and I am beyond stoked.

But my most anticipated album of 2010? This:

It better come out this year. It must. I demand it. Their first album is in my top five favorite albums of all time, and they put on some of the best live shows. I'm beyond excited for the new Jukebox the Ghost album, which would also mean a tour and shows in the area and some of the best, happiest music I've ever heard. Also, I love "Mistletoe," which is the song being sung in this video. I've seen it live and it is really beautiful and heartbreaking and I want more songs like that!

(P.S. Hi, World. You and I need to have a chat. I mean, I know that I've told you that I want to be a thousand different things. I guess that can be confusing. I've settled, I think, on having my own show on the Discovery Channel, a research science based hour that takes the wicked awesome science happening all over the world and translates it into a medium that everyone can understand, no PhD required. It even has the added goal of making the point that science isn't just done by balding old men in lab coats, and that science is cool. Science is awesome. I will show the world that science can be done by girls with purple hair in skinny jeans and band tees, and I will pave the way for thousands of girls after me who will realize that they can both be their own awesome selves AND be science nerds, that the two things aren't mutually exclusive. I'm going to change the way this country views science. I'm going to usher in a new generation that wants to grow up to be scientists AND rockstars.

But, in exchange for giving you thousands of willing, eager, excited new researchers who will fight diseases, you could let me do some music related things on the side too, right? I mean, this kind of documentary is what I want to do! I've said it before, and I'm not limiting myself to any genre. I want to make tour documentaries and direct music videos. I want to bring music to people everywhere, give people a different way to relate to songs and artists.

Just stick me on a bus, World, or in a van. Give me a camera and a laptop and I will make documentaries and web videos and silly stupid things to make people smile. Then I'll go off and change the world, have fun creating a science and music based revolution. You just have to give me the chance to do both, World. I'm counting on you.

<3 Alex)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Her Words Destroyed My Planet

Motion City Soundtrack's New Video for "Her Words Destroyed My Planet"

I already loved this song. There's this noise at the end of the chorus, and I can't for the life of me figure out what instrument makes it, but it sounds like a synth and a guitar had a baby and it's singing in joy and I love it!

Also, it's got a science fair! And awkward dancing! And children with ray guns! And the theory of everything! This is a cute, fun video. I really like it. Well done, boys, well done.

Who doesn't want to totally crush small children in a science fair and wreck havoc with robots and cloning machines and theories and then dance? It's not just me, right?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

That One Time I Think I Was Almost Run Over By Jared Leto

I'm serious. And if I could think of a reason why Jared Leto would have been in Massachusetts at the time, I would be positive.

I was getting out of my car in a bank parking lot two or three summers ago, and a bright red Mustang whipped into the space right beside me, not noticing that I was standing beside my car. I slammed my door shut and pressed myself against my beat up (but well loved) Oldsmobile to avoid being hit.

The driver's side door on the Mustang popped open, and a dark haired guy who looked wildly familiar got out.

"I'm sorry!" he said. "Are you okay?"

"Yeah," I replied. "I'm fine."

And with that, he smiled at me and walked into the bank. He looked so familiar, and even more familiar when I too entered the bank and the two of us were filling out our deposit slips next to each other. It wasn't until he'd made his deposit and left the bank that it hit me.

"Holy shit," I muttered. "That was Jordan Catalano."

At the time, "The Kill" was popular, and I'd seen it because it was a great reference to The Shining, but I hadn't looked into the band enough to link 30 Seconds to Mars with Jared Leto. I was never very into the band, and when "Kings and Queens" came out, I thought it was a powerful song, but the video took some time to grow on me. However over the past few weeks it has really stuck, and I think that in essence it is a beautiful concept, but one simple enough to invade my mind every time the song comes on the radio. That's what makes it great. Take a look for yourself, and give it more than one shot. I also recommend watching it full screen. It'll be worth it.

Thirty Seconds To Mars - Kings + Queens - HD

30 Seconds to Mars | MySpace Music Videos

(By realizing that "The Kill" was still popular when I was nearly run over, and that it was sometime after I graduated from high school, I pinned the date down to the summer of 2007. I can't find a tour schedule for that summer, as their official site seems to be down. Maybe I'd rather leave it as a mystery, and not know if it really was Angela Chase's dream boy that almost ran me down.)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Heaven Can Wait

I've seen We The Kings live twice. I've never been super impressed, but I've never hated them either. However this song has been all over the radio the past week, and it's been stuck in my head and I like it. Plus, the video has dogs and a surprise... well, if I told you what the surprise was, it wouldn't be half as much fun.

I think this is going to be the one to take them out of the scene and put them on the radio music map. A+ boys.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Never Wanted to Dance With Nobody But You

I know almost nothing about Mindless Self Indulgence. I know that they do some crazy live stuff, I know that Jimmy Urine is a crazy frontman, and through these interviews I know that I kind of want to be Lyn-Z. Or just have her as a fucking awesome older sister.

But I've been obsessed with this song recently:

"Never Wanted To Dance" Music Video from Mindless Self Indulgence on Vimeo.

The video's pretty great too. I want to be at this dance party. Seriously.

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year

Alright, 2010. Bring it on.

First, DJ Earworm has made another great pop mashup of the top 25 songs of 2009. It's definitely worth a listen, especially considering this year's has true lyrics, a story line even. It's both fun to listen to and fun to listen to.

Next, I've recently become obsessed with Glee. I know, I'm so far behind, everyone was all over this months ago, but I was kind of submerged in work. This is my favorite recording off of the CD. This song is gorgeous and one of my new favorites. "Somebody to Love" by Queen, sung by the cast of Glee.

And finally, an old Kodak commercial. I loved this commercial when it first came out, but it was years ago and I could never find it online. It may even have been in a time when YouTube did not exist. But finally, after searching for a while, here it is. It's just a simple, idyllic message, but it's the perfect one to start off a new year. Make friends with everyone, spread the love. Happy New Year.