Archive for May, 2009

PASSION PIT’S IMPRESSIVE MANNERS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Earning four stars from Rolling Stone comes Manners (the first full length record) from Passion Pit.

I had the pleasure of being in Passion Pit’s video for The Reeling (the lead single) off Manners and it was a trip I’ll never forget. The set was like an indie rock infused Studio 54, with paper mache, confetti, and fake guitars.

The music is hypersonic and full of neon spit. And just like the music, the boys make you feel just as good — after the director yelled wrap, the boys of Passion Pit offered us shots at the bar. I was stuffing free Oreos down my throat when I heard the news of tequila but I didn’t move (for I, myself was at an almost one year marker of no alcohol). The boys then pointed me out and I stood proud in the fact that — “I don’t drink.” The words oozed from me (along with a little Oreo dust) and admittedly I felt cool. The boys agreed, laughed and then proceeded to give me a “special” shot which consisted of Brooklyn tap water.

So here’s a lifted shot of Brooklyn tap to the down to earth, geeky sex mavins of electronic girth, PASSION PIT.

Cheers!

You can check out the video for The Reeling as well as a few photos from the shoot, below.



DISSECTION: THE JONAS BROTHERS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

When I first heard PARANOID (the lead single from Lines, Vines, & Trying Times–the 4th record from the Jonas Brothers) I immediately thought it to be stale and lackluster. Coming from a group who paved their way to fame for being a bit of a sugar rush overload was suddenly being a bit demure in a sound that lacked pop fizz.

But, my faith in the tween-like Beatles stayed true for I knew the video would be a million dollar production worthy of making the song more colorful.

And I was right.

Check out the Jonas Brothers in PARANOID below, a stunningly shot video tweaked to fit the ever growing fan base of the boys.

It’s clear the Jonas Brothers are a money making machine maneuvered and structured precisely for sales perfection. And although I can enjoy some of their music, it makes me question their artistic integrity. Will the boys grow into a band, stepping up to the mic with their own creative vision or will the slick hands of commercial goodness eventually wreck the teen machine when they are, say 25?


BEYONCE COVERS ALANIS MORISSETTE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I would love to hear a studio produced Beyonce cover of Alanis Morissette’s instant classic YOU OUGHTA KNOW, as well as a video. That would be disgustingly sick!

BEWARE: The sound quality in the second video is horrible but there’s something eerie and almost horror-like about the overpowering bass and Beyonce’s headbanging that I like.

Word to the wise: DON’T MESS WITH QUEEN B!


DARREN HAYES AGREES!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


“I’m sorry but ‘Battlefield’ by Jordin Sparks is poptastic. Popgasmic. If you think otherwise you don’t have ears. Or maybe just one.”

-Darren Hayes

SUSIE SUH CAN MAKE YOU FEEL AGAIN

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

When I discovered Susie Suh’s music I immediately wondered why she wasn’t on everyone’s brainspace. Her debut was released on Epic records and produced by powerhouse Glen Ballard (who produced Jagged Little Pill for Alanis Morissette).

Was it a glitch in marketing and publicity? Either way, we think something went wrong because her music is UNDENIABLE and should be in everyone’s iPod.

Susie Suh’s music could wake up the lifeless. Filled with haunting folk piano driven ballads and wet beautiful lyrics, Suh’s music could make the cold hearted feel again.

Check out the gorgeous heartbreak-driven All I Want below.


Susie Suh All I Want oth by eelliissaaa

PARIS, NOT FRANCE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Could it be that Paris Hilton is more than a piece of blonde bubblegum?

“That’s not what I wanted when I was a little girl. It’s not what I planned. I always looked up to people like Princess Diana and now I can never be like that.”

YOU BETTER GO & GET YOUR ARMOUR

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Admittedly, I wore NO AIR into the ground. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat.

But compared to Jordin Sparks just released single (off her upcoming sophomore release), NO AIR kinda sucks.

Check out the sure to be summer feel good love anthem BATTLEFIELD (produced by OneRepublic’s front man Ryan Tedder) below.

FROM PANCAKE HOUSE TO JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

A little over two years ago, 20 year old Esmee Denters was just another waittress serving eggs and pancakes in the Netherlands. Flash forward to today (after garnering millions and millions of views of her covers on YouTube with her webcam) she is now signed by Justin Timberlake on his very own Tennman Records.

Check out her lead single (which will eventually be released in the US), Outta Here, produced by JT and Polow Da Don (Ludacris, Will Smith, Chris Brown, Ciara, Kelly Rowland, Fergie, Kelis, Nas, Usher, Nelly, Pussycat Dolls…) below.

NICK LACHEY’S SLICE OF POP

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Say what you want about him but Nick Lachey’s new single is pop perfection.

The sad part is, if it were anyone but Nick Lachey, this song easily could be a summer anthem. Stop judging and simply enjoy the hook of Lachey’s new slice of pop (All In My Head), below.

REGINA SPEKTOR IS LAUGHING WITH GOD

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Regina Spektor’s lead single, Laughing With (off the singer/songwriter’s fifth album), is absolutely breathtaking.


No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a war
No one’s laughing at God when they’re starving or freezing or so very poor

No one laughs at God when the doctor calls after some routine tests
No one’s laughing at God when it’s gotten real late
And their kid’s not back from the party yet

No one laughs at God when their airplane starts to uncontrollably shake
No one’s laughing at God when they see the one they love
Hand in hand with someone else and they hope they’re mistaken

No one laughs at God when the cops knock on their door
And they say we got some bad news, sir
No one’s laughing at God when there’s a famine, fire or flood

But God can be funny
At a cocktail party when listening to a good God-themed joke
Or when the crazies say He hates us
And they get so red in the head you think they’re ’bout to choke

God can be funny
When told he’ll give you money if you just pray the right way
And when presented like a genie who does magic like Houdini
Or grants wishes like Jiminy Cricket and Santa Claus
God can be so hilarious
Ha ha
Ha ha

REJECTION NEVER SOUNDED SO GOOD

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

The All-American Rejects just-released video for THE WIND BLOWS is a visually stunning four minute ride through the emotional turmoil of being rejected and losing love.

Beautiful.

Directed by Rich Lee, whose work you can check out here.

There was a day
You threw our love away
Then you passed it to someone new
You wanna stay
But since you wanna play
We can finally say we’re through

There are times you’re so impossible and you ask me to go

I’ll leave when the wind blows
Take a breath and there it goes
I’ll be outside of your window
I’ll pass by but I’ll go slow
I’ll leave when the wind blows

You can scream there’s just echoes
Pass outside of your window
You’ll be sad that you let me go…

GIVE ME DOLLYWOOD OVER HOLLYWOOD ANY DAY OF THE WEEK

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


Upon first glance of Dolly Parton’s holographic appearence, one might easily forget the power, the work ethic, and the talent that lies underneath her peroxide locks and as she has often pointed out — the “heart underneath the boobs.”

Dolly Parton remains the most successful female artist in country music history with 25 number one singles, and a record 42 top 10 country albums. Besides numerous prestige (she’s won 7 Grammys) Dolly’s endearing and genuine personality still outshines the acclaim, proving that she is indeed larger than life, and larger than boxed and manufactured imitations.

Pay some dues to Dolly, by catching her hilarious and heartbreaking 60 Minutes feature below.

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