If you haven't noticed, I have not posted any blogs in, well... three weeks. I needed a break from writing. Part of it had to do with readjusting to my son's school year schedule. He and I needed to return to a routine that didn't involve sleeping in every day. Now that I'm back in the groove, I can focus on writing again. For those that missed reading my blogs, I apologize.
I have been keeping up on researching new music, so some of these videos are ones that you may have seen already. Others are new discoveries surrounding the Mtv Video Music awards, which I watched on Sunday evening (and did about 100 tweets on my Twitter account- still debating on writing a blog over the show). Be prepared for a lot of artists you recognize or listen to...
Florence + The Machine "What the Water Gave Me"
Yay! New music from Florence + The Machine! I became a fan last year, after "Dog Days Are Over" was nominated for a VMA. I like how the lyrics and music combine to make powerful songs. There is no denying that there is pure talent and I am excited to hear more music from this yet-to-be-released album.
Oh, and is it just me or does she look like a mix between Zooey Deschanel and Chloe Sevigny in this video???
You know, contributing to the Twilight soundtrack really worked to Paramore's benefit. They gained a multitude of fans (including me- Stephanie Meyer has some badass taste in music). Speaking of soundtracks, this song was released earlier this summer as part of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. I didn't discover this song until two weeks ago, when the video played on the Mtv Hits channel. Better late than never... especially since I really like the song.
Lady Gaga "You and I"
Okay, I was going to have a New Music Tuesday blog for you last week, but this music video stopped me from posting it. I couldn't find the words to describe what I had just seen. I expected the erratic outfits and the possibility this video would be filmed somewhere out in the country. What I didn't expect was to react with "So this is what a bad version of the Footloose remake looks like."
I can say I FINALLY got weirded out by a Lady Gaga video. I did like seeing her in drag- which the likeness grew after her Video Music Awards performance (loved that she stayed in character the entire time and I was amused by a lot of tweets making fun of her as Jo Calderone). I love seeing her in the middle of the corn field with the piano (and herself as Jo)- that could have been the entire video.
Jay-Z and Kanye West "Otis"
If the Otis Redding sample doesn't pull you into this song, I don't know what will. It makes the song an instant "modern classic." Kanye and Jay-Z collaborate very well. Great song guys and you two did a great job performing this at the VMA's!!!
First reaction to this video: Every man's wet dream come true. The video is so sexually charged that you feel like you are seduced by Beyonce herself. The lyrics contribute to this... "make love to me." Oh yeah... this video will make women fall for her. Also, congrats to Beyonce and Jay-Z for what will be a very talented (and very spoiled) baby-to-be. :-)
Rihanna "Cheers (Drink to That)"
Rumors are that Rihanna is expected to release a new album, much like the way Lady Gaga did with The Fame, then The Fame Monster. Either way, the trend to release another album, while still having singles top the charts from the current one, seems to be going strong. One of these times, a pop artist is going to check themselves in for exhaustion... and I will be waiting to see that headline all over the social media sites. As far as the song itself, it's alright. I do like the Avril Lavigne sample in the chorus but the song, to me, seems like it could be easily forgettable.
Nicki Minaj feat Rihanna "Fly"
This video reminds me of the movie Wall-E, without the robots. Nicki and Rihanna look absolutely gorgeous!!! I really like the song. Nicki has the ability to be able to rap alongside some of the biggest rappers today, but she can also pull off a softer, melodic side. I think I found my next music purchase.
Bad Meets Evil feat. Bruno Mars "Lighters"
This is currently my favorite song of the moment. When I realized this was the second single from the Bad Meets Evil album, I made the trip to Target to buy the album within a week. Between the beautiful chorus sung by Bruno Mars and the career reflections of Eminem and Royce da 5'9'', I enjoy listening and singing to the song. I just cannot get enough of this song!!!
Wiz Khalifa "No Sleep"
Bold statement of the week: I like this song better than "Black and Yellow."
OK Go and the Muppets "Muppets Theme Song"
Combining the unforgettable videos of OK Go with the Muppets.... highly entertaining!!! If anyone watched this video and have not watched any of OK Go's videos, you need to look up their videos now. This music video will be funnier if you do so. This video got me excited for the upcoming Muppet film, due out in late Fall.
All righty... that's a wrap for this week. See you again in seven days!!