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In terms of female singers, I think that Mariah Carey is on top of her game. Sure she had a breakdown, who doesnt? Hers just happen to be very public. We see what happenned to Whitney Houston and her coke habit, we see Janet Jackson with tits out and a very embarassing flop of a tour. Then we have legends like Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight who’s all great but no new stuff and only comes out for Gala’s or charity dinners and inaugurations. Then we have singers like Beyonce, who I might say is worthy being Mariah’s next of kin.
And when E=MC2 comes out, Mariah was in competition with Madonna. That “4 Minutes” song? Seriously? That’s what crap would sound like if we listen to it for 4 minutes. I liked Madonna, you know, in Vogue, Like a Virgin, Papa don’t Preach, and that song with the burning cross. Back then she was something. Now Madonna’s just a gimmick with really toned arms and a ridiculous fetish for men half her age. (Okay Mariah did marry Nick Cannon, but at least she didnt divorce a perfectly good, appropriate husband). And Guy Ritchie couldve done so much better than Madonna, Madonna stopped being sexy in 1998. I dont get why she’s still relevant. Madonna sucks ass big time. She’s a circus performer, like Britney, like Lady Gaga (who in my opinion tries way way WAY too hard it becomes awkwardly funny).
So here I have another song which I love from E=MC2 called Thanks 4 Nothin’ Mariah’s songs alwas makes me feel something. If you dont, then you’re a heartless bastard. Ha!
Listen: Mariah Carey – Thanks 4 Nothin’
There’s two kind of rap in Indonesia, the serious, political, with heavy bass and snare or the laid back, goofy, Eminem circa those moments after Marshall Mathers LP. You gotta give props for anybody doing anything unconventional, like rapping in Indonesia and sticking to it. AND Saykoji’s son is just too cute. And apparently everbody’s doing autotune.
Slow Club are Charles and Rebecca from Sheffield, United Kingdom. They sing using quirky lyrics, a variety of percussion instruments and great vocal interplay.
So which one do you think is the most painful, getting dumped in a hasty, jerky move, or in a slow, heartfelt confession that it’s “inevitable” and to the tunes of Aqualung’s Falling Out of Love?
You prefer the jerk or the sensitive man?
As I have been dumped. Hating the jerk is easier, no? But if your guy sings songs like this by the Slow Club – There is No Good Way to Say I’m Leaving You..man, then you seriously wonder what the hell is wrong with you.
So what is the point of making these things when you dont make it every month. Apparently, I checked my posts, and I done skipped a month. And I realized a lot of spelling mistakes. Ha! I’m usually most anal on other peope’s spelling mistakes but I blame my unergonomically designed keyboard.
So for June, I got some old, some new, but all is good in the musicverse.
1. Copeland – Brightest
I first heard this on my boyfriend’s car, and it kind of makes me sad, like I had the sense that some other girl gave this song to him, because its just the kind of songs you try pouring all your souls to.
Mp3: Copeland – Brightest
2. Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder – Thats What Friends are For
I remember in about 6th grade I was taking this amazingly long roadtrip in winter break from Atlanta to New York, and I was in charge of making the mixtape. I took requests from my parents and this is one of the songs that got palyed, over and over.
3. Ciara feat Justin Timberlake – Love, Sex and Magic
I used to really like Justin Timberlake, but now he looks and sound like douche, and Jessica Biel doesnt help much. But I love Ciara, she’s like the underrated Beyonce, if anyone were to take Aaliyah’s position, it would be her. And the video is..*whew* This has the Janet Jackson feel, without the nipple ring.
Aaand thats all Im feeling for this month. Gotta get back to my finals, ciao!
Lets all toast to the days when we just feel like we didn’t fit in, those days when we feel misunderstood, those days when we just want to say “stay the fuck away from me.”
These are the songs for one of those days that we realize we are basically alone.
This anorexic beauty covers a song by Cy Coleman about not fitting in. I envy how Fiona Apple always managed to look so sullen, so composed, the kind of composure that makes you feel she could slit her wrists any second without flinching.
(you know..if I wanted to)
Here’s to another random music list that was in my dashboard draft and decided to let out. I think everybody got songs they wanna fucking cry to. Whether its the stupid, similar to your life lyrics, the memories brought back by the song or, just whatever. Sometimes you just want to close your eyes, put on some songs, pray to god it rains today and get in the mood for a little boo hoo, because you know, there’s a little teary eyed, eyeliner wearing emo, in all of us.
Our favorite 8 octave girl sings a song (and sometimes talk rap) about..well, staying in love and riding shotgun next to your boy. I tried to sing this at karaoke. No one cried.
2/ Jason Mraz – Beautiful Mess
A friend once said, what is it with girls and Jason Mraz? Well I admit, he makes me feel like a beautiful mess. Scratch that. More like Just a Mess. I’m sure you all have this song already.
No lyrics to get nonsensical at, this song is just plain emotions pouring out. Convey this to your convenience. Interpret this, listen to this while driving, listen to this until you fall asleep.
4/ Portishead – Music to Fuck To
I do not know why. Do not ask questions.
Maybe because the song keeps telling you to do the opposite, maybe because Mike Skinner is such an emotional Brit, maybe because there is really no more fish in the sea.
I’ve been listening to countless Kid Cudi songs and watching Kanye West’s videos at 2 AM last night.
And here’s where the schizophrenia kicks in.
I featured The Middle East on the Song of the Month for March and as much as I love my good old top 40 and the mainstream, popular music, I also love discovering overlooked bands. This has caused quite a stir in numerous indie music blogs across the blogosphere. I say, I’m spreading the word.
Think of how much Ashlee Simpson and Vanessa Hudgens we’ve been fed. Think of these talentless hacks dominating the airplays. Then think of a humble band, self funded without a major record label playing in small venues. Picture them after the show, they’d get back home, chill with friends and maybe squeeze a practice in someone’s basement or garage. No money is wasted on PR’s, stylists and entourages.
The result: AWE-fucking-SOME
The Middle East are a very unique band out of Townsville in Queensland, Australia. They use various influences from indie to post-rock to folk to ambient etc. and create a magical, hypnotic sound featuring varying instrumentation and gentle, addictive guitar hooks.
Their live shows have been describe as “surreal” and often create a very calm, space-like atmosphere.
So you know, you be all cool by listening to Sigur Ros, Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky. Well, add them up and you’d get this (no kidding! at least in my opinion!), very very atmospheric sound. I’m actually babbling because I have no fucking idea how to describe what they sound like. I just know this is the music to contemplate to. It’s fucking insane! In-fucking-sane! The female vocal that comes in the middle of songs is just epic!
My favorite tracks are: The Darkest Side, The Fall of Man and Fool’s Gold
Listen to them, if you like them, spread the word.