Archive for July, 2009

Electronic Tunes on the Brain

Filed under: Music Genres — Hope on July 28, 2009 @ 2:09 am

So I’m only like a year and a half out of the loop, but I’m just discovering Passion Pit for the first time tonight. They apparently formed in late 2007, but it took about a year for them to release their popular EP titled “Chunk of Change”. I guess I’m not toooo behind though, because they just released their first full length album, “Manners” in May of this year (2009). If you have also been out of the loop…just f.y.i. they are an American electronic band. I heard their song “Better Things” on my manager’s ipod at work tonight and I totally dug it, so I jotted the artist and song down. It’s such a fun song, one that makes me want to dance. It’s extremely catchy. So anyway, when I got home tonight I listened to it on YouTube and then checked out their song “Sleepyhead” and realized I have in fact heard them before, because I recognized that song…and yeuup… I dig it.  Then I checked out their song “The Reeling” and I’m pretty sure I heard it playing the other night at the popular East Hampton club, Lily Pond. These songs are all on their newest album, which can also be heard on their website, www.passionpitmusic.com.

I’m also very behind on the British Electropop band Hot Chip. They are a bit similar to Passion Pit. I’m pretty sure if you know them you’ve heard their popular song, “Shake a Fist” and I’m also pretty sure that if you haven’t heard it already you definitely should …that is of course only if you like fun things. “In the Privacy of Our Love” is a nice slow tune by them as well. It’s a very unique tune.

Another cool song I enjoyed dancing to at Lily Pond was the remake of Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Round”, which is called “Right Round”, re-done by the rap artist Flo Rida featuring Kesha. I know this has been out for a hot second as well. I’ve always loved the original version of this song, but the remix is actually pretty errrrrrsome. And of course the d.j. took a spin on Lady GaGa’s popular hit “Poker Face”, good stuff.

I’m also currently digging on the band MGMT, especially their hit “Electric Feel”. I’m stoked because I get to see them perform this Sunday, along with Coldplay (most likely my absolute favorite band of all time) and several other bands at the All Points West Music Festival in Jersey City. I can’t wait and I will def. give you an update!

Just Look Over Your Shoulder Honey, ooh!

Filed under: Music Genres — Hope on July 10, 2009 @ 2:04 pm

Every once in a while I find myself on a dance floor trying to moonwalk; sadly I have not been able to master it. Michael Jackson wasn’t in fact the first one to do the moonwalk. It was actually first recorded by a tap dancer named Bill Bailey in 1955, then it was redone by the mime Marcel Marceau and later by David Bowie, then by James Brown all before Michael Jackson made it his own. But Michael Jackson did indeed make it popular. Not only did he reinvent the moonwalk, but he reinvented himself so many times over the years that it caused concern. But what the King of Pop will always be remembered for is his amazing ability to write so many passionate songs that touched millions of people over so many generations. He won 13 Grammy awards and had 13 number 1 singles and sold over 750 million records. Up to one billion people watched his recent memorial service. I have definitely been moved by many of Michael’s songs, I’m pretty sure my two favorites are “Earth Song” and “Will You Be There”. My favorite part of “Earth Song” has always been the simple ah aah aah’s Michael sings. There is so much passion seeping out of that recording. It’s songs like that that make the listener not only feel but also feel like they know the artist. Michael was so naked (open and bearing all) in the way he performed, which is why I believe he had so many die hard fans. I would even say to the extent that thousands, perhaps even millions, were borderline psychotic fans. But perhaps that is also due to the fame and the fact that some people believe that because someone is famous they are untouchable and god-like in a sense. Anyway, enough about psycho fans who would literally cry in their eagerness to touch Michael Jackson’s arm. I first heard “Will You Be There” when I saw Free Willy in 1993. I was 10 years old. I think the reason I wanted to see that movie so much was due to the hype that the song “Will You Be There” triggered in the previews. The song really brought to life the fact that Willy was finally free and that because of it Jesse was too. Michael’s songs had a lot of diversity, but most of his hits were pretty uplifting. He promised to be there along with his brothers in “I’ll Be There”, he encouraged us to make the world a better place in “Heal the World”, and he truly cared about bonding the human race in “Black or White”. I believe that through hearing those songs people were motivated to make a change in their own lives for the better. Wherever you are today know that God is right over your shoulder and has created you for a specific purpose, to make a specific change…and while you’re at it try and do the moonwalk, some of you may not have to try as hard as me.


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