Archive for November, 2009

MEDIA GARBAGE

MEDIA GARBAGE
by Rob Brayl
Copyright © 2009 / All Rights Reserved

Vodka & confetti
Flood the dancefloor
Where pretty people
With ugly habits
Synchronize bodies
Like battery-operated
Plastic toys

Sweat dropping
Like bombs over Pearl Harbor
Landing in a cage
Of monsters & Barbie dolls

Speakers explode
Glasses break
Voodoo cast
Time reverses
Circa Studio 54
When disco balls were revolutionary
And cocaine ran through veins
Like wildfire
True emotion seems tainted these days
Hiding behind sequins & dancing shoes

Flash forward
Our generation
Still distracted
Running like wild horses
Through a tsunami
Of dirt & thunder
Minds full of media garbage
Instead of Jesus Christ

Check out GRITS (above) and a song that will probably NEVER leave your head once you’ve pressed play. You’ve been warned. My life be like ooooohhhh ahhhhhhhhh, ohhhhhhhh ahhhhhhhh. Man, it gets you every time!

PASSION PIT & THE WOODIES

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

My personal favorite, the boys of Passion Pit, will grace the stage at The Woodies for the first time to deliver an electric rendition of “The Reeling.” Other performers include: Clipse (who will team up with Cam’ron to perform “Popular Demand”), Death Cab For Cutie, Matt & Kim, & The Dead Weather.

The Woodies will air Friday, December 4 at 10PM ET on MTV, MTV2, & mtvU.

TRY SLEEPING WITH A BROKEN HEART

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

“I believe AIDS is the most important issue we face, because how we treat the poor is a reflection of who we are as a people.”

–Alicia Keys

Keys is killin’ it! Each new release from her new album keeps knocking me off my feet.

Check out the just-released music video to TRY SLEEPING WITH A BROKEN HEART, below.

BEYONCE’S ROCK STAR STAGE DIVE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

First it was the VMAs, where a humble B gave up her spotlight for T. Swift, then it was the clip that made us all cry rivers (Justin Timberlake’s in the picture above, get it?!) when Beyonce dedicated Halo to a little girl dying of leukemia, and now, this: Beyonce stage diving pantless. Man! A girl after my own heart.

99.9% of the pop star population could NEVER pull this off, especially while ACTUALLY singing live. Jigga what?! Yeah, I’m white and have no clue what that means but somehow it sounded appropriate. Sue me!

See BK feeling a rush of rock star, taking a stage dive, below.

THE SOBERING SOUND OF LOVE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

“Drugs have NOTHING to do with the creation of music. In fact, they are dumb and self indulgent. Kind of like sucking your thumb!”
–Courtney Love


Courtney Love lets out a primal scream at Electric Lady Studios in NYC.

Photograph by Clay Patrick McBride for Rolling Stone Magazine.

Love’s new album will be her first in which all songs were created while sober. Nobody’s Daughter is expected to be released in early of 2009.

SOAKED IN COUNTRY ROOTS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I’m from the South, and if you know anything about being Southern, you should know that I was raised on country music and apple pie. Although now a New Yorker, there will always be a spot on my plate for a piece of country fried goodness.

For example:

The work of Sugarland originally caught my attention when I first caught glimpse of the music video for the Grammy award-winning track STAY. And now the latest music video also lives up to the duo’s heart-shaking reputation with its gut-wrenching views of a heart broken.

The track is soaked in the beauty of country roots.


Check out Sugarland’s KEEP YOU, above.

HOLDING ON TO LETTING GO

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

‘Come to the edge,’ He said. They said, ‘We are afraid.’ ‘Come to the edge,’ He said.

They came.

He pushed them…and they flew.

— Guillaume Apollinaire


EXPOSING WINGS: THE ROCKET SUMMER

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

When I first discovered THE ROCKET SUMMER, I felt completely moved. Not only did the powerpop leave me feeling alive, the words were stinging also. The message dripped with a social conscious and beauty that was empowering and infectious.


[Photo: Sean O’Kane Photography]

According to Alt Press, The tentative title of The Rocket Summer’s new album, “Of Men and Angels,” comes from a Bible verse that Bryce Avary says is “basically talking about how nothing matters but love. That’s something I really feel hits home with me in this past year of my life.” “I stripped away any worldly goals when I started writing this record, whereas on ‘Do You Feel?,’ I was surrounded by a lot of, ‘You’re gonna be a star, kid!’ vibes,” he says, laughing. ” I just got to the point where I was like, ‘I don’t want to chase after anything anymore; I just want to realize what’s going on right now.’ I’m a Christian [which is] by far the most important thing in my life.”

It’s this mentality and molds Bryce’s music into mosaics.

Check out HILLS & VALLEYS, off The Rocket Summer’s You Gotta Believe EP, below.

Update: Check out the official music video for Hills & Valleys below.

OF MEN & ANGELS, the new full length album from The Rocket Summer, will be released in 2010.

ORIANTHI: GUITAR HERO

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Most known for being Michael Jackson’s guitarist, for his comeback tour This Is It, comes Orianthi (Or-e-o, oops I mean, OR-RI-AN-THEE).

Orianthi, who’s from the land down under, has also jammed out with Carlos Santana, Prince, & Carrie Underwood (what a strange combo?). And now she’s out with her own work.


“It wasn’t easy. It’s like being a male ballerina. Ballet is a girl’s thing and playing guitar is a guy’s thing, but hopefully this will get more girls playing guitar. When you watch the music video it’s not too much guitar but it’s there. If it inspires more girls to play guitar that would be really cool.”

-Orianthi

Check out Orianthi’s ACCORDING TO YOU, the singer/guitar giant’s debut single, above.

THE RESUSCITATION OF ‘PRECIOUS’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

This past weekend, I ventured to the opening of Lee Daniels’film (Oprah Winfrey + Tyler Perry) Precious. The movie is full of hard knocks, depicting abuse (in all its forms), leaving you feeling like you’ve just been punched in the stomach. The story will shock the breath from your lungs but the meaning and message provides deep resuscitation. I’m being dramatic with my words but there’s nothing dramatic about this film because dramatic is a typical way of describing made up, phony. This film is real. Dramatic, yes, but concocted, no. And in a world of vulgar self-centered attitudes & scripted “reality” shows, films like Precious reminds us how mediocre & meaningless all that staged drama really is.

Monique will literally take your heart and rip it in half. That is how utterly amazing she is in her role as Mary, the mother of sixteen-year-old Precious (a Harlem teen who is pregnant with her second child from her father and who deals with physical and verbal abuse from her mother as well). You will absolutely hate her (Monique) guts. You will think she is a monster. But she plays it so perfectly that you can feel her hatred & pain. Even monsters have a reason behind their misery. The final scene with Monique & Mariah Carey is, for a lack of a better word, flawless. Mariah Carey, who adorns little to no makeup and a fuzzy female stache shines in her role as a social worker, who tries to push Precious into talking about her chaotic home life. Lenny Kravitz delivers a warm performance as the nurse who shows support and kindness to Precious in a time of need. Paula Patton also paints an endearing performance as the teacher who inspires Precious to believe in herself again. And last, but certainly not least, is Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe who plays the role of Precious. There’s moments in the film when you almost pause to think you are watching a documentary, that is how well she fit the character of Clareece “Precious” Jones. And to ruin the entire professionalism of this review, I’ll end by saying — America freakin’ loves you Gabby!

Check out Gabby Sidibe in a more positive setting, booty shaking her way onto the Ellen show, below.

GOLDEN GIRLS: RAT A TAT TATT

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND, CLICKING ON MY SITE EVERY NOW & THEN…YOUR HEART IS TRUE, YOU’RE A PAL AND A BALLER. AND IF YOU THREW A PARTY, INVITED T-PAIN & LIL WAYNE & EVERY HIP HOP STAR UNDER THE MOON, YOU WOULD SEE THE BIGGEST BLING WOULD BE FROM ME, AND THE CARD ATTACHED WOULD SAY, THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND.

If you’re having a bad day–be thankful that you didn’t make the mistake of having four senior citizens permanenty inked near your babymaker!

The Golden Girls is, without a doubt, one of my all-time favorite television shows, but DAMN, I am speechless. Who does this? Eh, I guess it’s better than this for a tattoo.

Thank you for supporting BTB. Cheesecake on the lanai? It’s on me!

BORN THIS WAY

BORN THIS WAY
by Rob Brayl
Copyright © 2009 / All Rights Reserved

I stroke the devil’s backbone
Then read The Bible
And I try to let go of the guilt that stains my brain
The guilt that’s been coated on like a mask
Layers of it drip into my unconsciousness
And I feel confusion and pain
I feel outside myself
I feel drained

Is this a blessing or a curse?
Is this God or just a ghost?
A ghost created by the church
One embedded beneath the surface
Of my sinful skin
Why repress something I don’t feel I asked for to being with?
If there is a God
And His hands created me
Am I not everything He intended me to be?

If you believe God makes no mistakes
Then how can you say
I WASN’T BORN THIS WAY

I AM GORGEOUS
Even in all your forbidden ugly disconnection
I alone carry enough energy
To connect my brokenness
And God
Well
I believe He sees the me
You refuse to embrace
He turns the sin and the scabs
And even your distaste
Into grace

And I am whole again
In all the misunderstood desires
That calculate equations
In my miserable memory of wrong and right

I am more than this shallow self infliction
I am more than your emptiness of judgments
I AM ENOUGH

And I will rise again
In a natural normal guiltless truth
That cleanses the dust
Of my psychosis


You can download WHAT MATTERS MORE for FREE, here.

KRIS ALLEN’S MUSIC VIDEO DEBUT

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

This video was shot from 8PM to 8AM with no breaks, in the desert.

And it looks great. Hard work kids, hard work–it pays off.

Check out Allen’s debut for LIVE LIKE WE’RE DYING (a cover from one of my favorite bands), below.

Allen has worked with everyone from fellow Idol alum Chris Daughtry to Kevin Rudolf to The Fray‘s Joe King for his debut album, which will be released on November 17th.

JARED EVAN WILL MAKE YOU SHIVER

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Influenced by Mogwai, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rat Tat Tat, Jared Evan started rapping over instrumentals of Radiohead, Air, and Coldplay songs.

Evan is also working on his debut album, slated for a 2010 release on Zone 4/Interscope Records. So far, he’s tapped heavyweight producers Timbaland and Polow Da Don (among others).

His song “Frozen,” which he recorded on his laptop in the closet of his basement is featured on the soundtrack to the LeBron James documentary, “More Than A Game.”

Check out the powerfully heartfelt FROZEN music video, below.

POUR SOME SUGAR ON R-PATZ

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

“I was just taking out my trash and I had, like, 300 cans of Diet Coke. It was just like, ‘How did that happen?’ I don’t even remember buying them. I also like Cinnamon Toast Crunch.”

Robert Pattinson


Yeahhh, don’t ask! I was having a moment k?

[Sidenote: Wash your hair kids! It’s not cool to look like you wandered out of a gutter or a sewage pipe. Not everyone has the swagger (or a stylist) to pull off the dirty dude look.]

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