Archive for November, 2010
By: Rob Brayl
Bryce took to The Rocket Summer’s Facebook fan page and sent the following message to fans: “My grandfather suddenly passed away this morning… He was a Godly, loving man who enriched people’s lives and will be greatly missed. I was blessed to be off tour and with him when he went to be with the Lord. Take a moment to tell the people in your family that you love them today…”
Our condolences go out to Bryce and his family during this difficult time.
By: Maria Ciezak
Check out an amazing cover of Michael Jackson’s Rock With You by the New York-based band Duwende. This is the second video song off the group’s first cover album. The acappella harmonies are beautiful, and the mouth bass will make you feel the heat.
Check it out now as these six amazing talents perform empty-handed.
By: Rob Brayl
[Contest open 11.23 – 12.07]
For a chance to meet the internationally respected artist/remixer/producer DJ David Guetta, a karaoke contest has just been launched for fans! To qualify, visit the link provided below, record one of Guetta’s hits, and enter for a chance to win a pair of concert tickets, travel and accommodations for two, and a backstage pass to meet DG!
The winner will be chosen by David Guetta himself and announced at the end of the promotion.
The three songs offered in the contest are: Memories, Sexy Chick, & When Love Takes Over from his album One Love.
You can access more information about the contest by clicking here.
Good luck, kids.
By: Rob Brayl
Influenced by the likes of Regina Spektor and Fiona Apple, comes the incredibly gifted singer/songwriter Cara Salimando. Unlike most artists who are discovered through connections, demos, or in bars, Salimando was discovered in a very random place. After she played a gig at a Jersey taco bar, she was approached by an A&R rep who had first heard her tunes on MySpace.
“I just kind of was always musical, even as a baby,” Salimando told Popeater. “I was really annoying. You know how everyone had toy instruments? I was that one that never, ever, ever stopped playing the piano one. It was terrible. There’s a video of my brother smashing me over the head with it to make me stop.”
The music video for her new single Dust, the title track off her debut EP, is a beautifully wrapped video set against the raw passion of the emotional ballad. The wonderful video was directed by Jason Beattie.
By: Rob Brayl
Just saw someone with muffin toe (this is what I made up as slang for the power combo of muffin top + camel toe). Talk about stuffed turkey!
By: Rob Brayl
Everyone please “like” WE DAY (go to search and type “We Day”, or click here), it’s a wonderful organization that will donate a $1 for every “like” to the Free The Children campaign, up to $1,000,000. That’s a lot of potential money for kids who would be very thankful. Takes a second to click and besides, it’s Thankgiving. Time to give! So click away and spread the word.
One click will help to bring together thousands of youth, educators and honoured guests together to celebrate the power of young people to change the world.
Watch Greyson & Colbie Caillat (among other other celebrities who are taking part in the project) in a PSA for the wonderful cause below.
By: Rob Brayl
And yes, the event was a Halloween affair. Obviously…
Can you spot yours truly? Here’s a hint: eyes closed (and I slightly resemble Taylor Swift mixed with guns, roses, a penis, and a whole lot of sex appeal…ha). Yep, I’m throwin’ down glam rock style for a good cause. What can I say? It’s what I do.
To find out more, you can watch Jesse McCartney’s visit to City of Hope by clicking here.
By: Rob Brayl
Admittedly, Kanye West has pissed me off a time or two. I would be lying if I said I hadn’t referred to him as pretty much every vulgar name in the book at one point or another. But those words and that unsettling feeling vanished the minute I heard My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Kanye West’s critically acclaimed new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, dropped Monday (November 22), and if there’s any word to describe the joint, it certainly wouldn’t be vulgar at all. To cut the bullshit (pseudo vulgar), the album is stunning. Jaw-dropping, first-class, shot-through-the-heart stunning.
West has officially made the album of 2010 in my opinion. And I must say — I am so proud of you, Kanye. You have continued to take the hateration that has shot your way through one media storm after another (most of which you often seem to rightfully deserve) and have turned it into something beautiful. I’m not sure if beautiful would be a word I would use to describe this record, but the process of conquering something out of such a tumultuous terrain as you have, conquering an album of this level is a beautiful thing.
My favorite track (if I had to choose) on the record is the triumphant victory velvet rope that is All Of The Lights — which features (are you ready for this list?): Elly Jackson of La Roux, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, John Legend, The-Dream, Fergie, Kid Cudi, Elton John (on piano), Ryan Leslie, Charlie Wilson and Tony Williams. The song is epic.
Elly Jackson (Lead singer of La Roux) recently told MTV:
“It’s a big, bold thing to do,” she said about the track. “But isn’t that what pop music and big music is about? It’s definitely going to be an amazing record. It’s massive. It is just huge. It’s a great hip-hop record.”
Great is an understatement. This record is a genuine masterpiece!
A few of my favorite lines from the album:
[From All Of The Lights]
The signs of truth were tattooed across our authentic vagina —
[From Lost In The World]
Who the fuck got your p-ssy all re-upholstered? —
[Chris Rock on Blame Game]
Listen to the brilliance that is All Of The Lights, below!
By: Caitlin Hoffman
Iâ€™m not usually one to rant. Nor am I usually one to knock a bandâ€™s creative exploration. Often a change of sound is a sign of maturity and expansion of the group, an urge to reach out into larger demographics and tinker with their own musical limits.
But seriously, what is up with Linkin Parkâ€™s new album?
I didnâ€™t believe people when they warned me to stay away from it, when so many die-hard Linkin Park fans were moaning about the bandâ€™s â€˜new-found soundâ€™. The change of pace in their previous album, Minutes to Midnight, didnâ€™t anger me. And I figured that, no matter how intense their surgery, theyâ€™d still come out of the operating room with that kick-ass melody, that heart-breaking angst, that unique thrash phunk metal that made their music so genius.
A Thousand Suns seems to be nothing more than a confused mutation of what Linkin Park used to be. Burning In the Skies did anything but, and when listening to Waiting For the End, I did just that. Everything seems to be turned down too low, and when they try to crank it up, it misses its mark. It gives me the impression of what would happen if Linkin Park fell into a blender.
Iâ€™m not saying itâ€™s all bad. Itâ€™s not like theyâ€™ve ODâ€™d on electronics, forgotten how to write lyrics or swallowed a big case of auto-tune. And some of the best artists have blasted into unknown areas of their solar system, only to return to more familiar galaxies all the more learned. Pink and many others have done this, all to be forgiven. My biggest problem is I dug into every inch of this album, and left with nothing but a big question mark over my head. I travel to Linkin Park Island to get enlightened, not to get dosed with mediocrity.
Am I totally alone on this? Seriously, if I am, wake me up and let me know! And to any ever-loyal LP fans who are wanting to crush my throat right now, do make your voices known and right my wrongs!
â€˜Till then, Iâ€™m going to yearn for the good old days, and pump the volume with Nobodyâ€™s Listening, one of my old favourites. Listen to that, then Waiting For the End, and maybe youâ€™ll get why Iâ€™m disappointed.
On a sidenote, Rob digs their latest effort. Check that out here!
By: Rob Brayl
Early in 2010, long before Aggro Santos exploded onto radio, we interviewed the UK rapper exclusively here at BTB. At the time, Santos had just released his track Candy ft. Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt. Once I heard the song initially, I knew it was an instant smash for the track was laced with addictive pop sugar and held an insane hook. It’s one of those songs that you hear once and it’s stuck in your brain for life. Seriously!
Aggro is out with his new single Like U Like with Girls Aloud’s Kimberley Walsh. The track is taken from his upcoming debut album AggroSantos.Com, due out January 24th. Again, it’s a sure-to-be hit record. Now, if only we could get Aggro play in the states.
Check out the vid premiere of Like U Like ft. Kimberley Walsh below.
[Related Post: BTB Exclusive Interview: Aggro Santos]
By: Rob Brayl
R&B/Pop singer-songwriter Bruno Mars is out with one killer video for his heartbreak jam, Grenade. And if you’ve ever been lied to, lead on, told you were loved by someone who used you for their own narcissistic bullshit then you will certainly relate. In the clip, Mars is seen dragging a piano across the city to get to the one he loves, only to find her with another guy.
Bruno Mars exploded onto the music scene last summer with two smash collaborations: Nothinâ€™ on You by B.o.B and Billionaire by Travie McCoy. Grenade follows his No. 1 record Just The Way You Are, taken from his solo album Doo-Wops & Hooligans.
You tossed it in the trash, yes you did.
To give me all your love is all I ever asked, ’cause
What you don’t understand is…
I’d catch a grenade for ya
Throw my hand on a blade for ya
I’d jump in front of a train for ya
You know I’d do anything for ya
I would go through all of this pain,
Take a bullet straight through my brain
Yes, I would die for ya, baby,
But you won’t do the same.
By: Maria Ciezak
MARIA CIEZAK: How did you Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights form? Give us a back-story on the band.
JONATHAN TYLER: I met Brandon in high school. We both played guitar and loved music, so we instantly became friends. Nick and Jordan are both from Oklahoma and knew each before connecting with Brandon and me. We started playing music together informally while attending school. Later, we all dropped out of school and began to take our band much more seriously. Quickly after we formed the Northern Lights things started picking up around Dallas. Now we are breaking into the national scene. So that’s a short version of a very long story.
MC: I am truly in love with this record. What is the inspiration behind the album title ‘Pardon Me’?
JT: It’s an introduction of sorts. Our first record for Atlantic Records. We wanted to come out with a bang for the people just discovering us.
MC: What was is like working with Jay Joyce, I am a huge fan of his work.
JT: Jay is a total character. He’s eccentric, creative, and in love with music. He never seems to run out of ideas. And his ear for sonics in the studio is seriously trained. On a personal level we get along really well and that always helps.
MC: Was your mission as a group to become a signed act, or did it just happen to fall into place? What’s your claim to fame?
JT: When we were in high school we dreamed about it, but once we learned more about the business the dream dissipated. We were and remain concerned with making music and getting it out to the people who appreciate it. Our record company Atlantic has been 100% supportive and partnered with us in our goals. So it feels like a healthy relationship. I’m not sure what our claim to fame is. Maybe partying too hard?
MC: When I first heard the album I instantly thought “old school”, but at the same time, it was so fresh and different sounding, in a league all its own. How do you break it down?
JT: Most of the music we really love is pre-1970. But we didn’t want to make a record in 2010 that sounded 40 years old. So we used the best studio gear and microphones to get amazing sounds. But the “feel” and “attitude” may come off as old school, and that’s ok with us.
MC: You guys have toured with a lot of big acts such as AC/DC and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Are there any acts in particular that left the biggest impact?
JT: I think touring with ZZ Top made a big impact on us. Those guys have been playing 40 years now, and it’s the same three members. Music is my life work so I can respect a group of guys that have spent their lives mastering the craft. AC/DC definitely one up’d us on the volume level. That rarely happens. [Laughs]
MC: The sound can be stormy rock, like on ‘Young & Free’ and ‘Gypsy Woman’, or gut-wrenching, slow-burning beauties like ‘She Wears a Smile’ and ‘Paint Me a Picture’; Would you say that your music is somewhat therapeutic?
JT: I definitely use songwriting to get thoughts, convictions, and strong feelings out. I think it’s good for me to understand what’s going on in my head. Putting words to unnamed feelings in a 4 minute song definitely helps that process.
MC: Do Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights have any hobbies we would find interesting?
JT: I think we’re pretty normal guys. We try to keep steady lives outside of our crazy touring schedule. It’s hard, but it keeps us grounded. A few of us collect vinyl records. I ride motorcycles. I’m really into spending time outdoors — snowboarding, fishing, camping, surfing, things like that.
MC: For those who have never seen Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights Live, scold them, and then continue to describe your live show, visually and musically.
JT: I can’t express how much I love making music. The high I get out of playing live is the best feeling I know. So every show is special for me. I try to give every ounce of energy on stage. The band behind me rocks hard, too. It can get raucous and loud.
MC: I think your band will revolutionize rock and roll. What are your thoughts on the revolution?
JT: That’s a heavy statement! But I appreciate it. I think modern rock has been very formulaic. We’re trying to keep a raw and authentic spirit in our music and shows. I think it could catch on and hope it does.
Check out our new favorite band (in the just released Gypsy vid) below.
By: Maria Ciezak
Thereâ€™s something about chicks in hip hop that exudes confidence, swagger, and the empowerment of a female. Nicki Minaj, whoâ€™s much anticipated album Pink Friday will be released November 22nd, is about to bring the bang. With hits already dominating the charts such as Your Love and Right Through Me, Nicki has given her fans a taste of what sheâ€™s got. Once singing backup vocals for local rappers, Minaj later joined Lil’ Wayne’s Young Money and has officially launched her own solo career.
Nicki is one of the worldâ€™s most wanted for collaborations, basically because anything she touches turns to gold. Over the past two years she worked with everyone from Eminem, Kanye West, Trey Songz, Diddy, Christina Aguilera, and so many more. Is there anything this girl canâ€™t do?
Plain and simple, it’s her time now. The album cover exudes Harajuku Barbie with an attitude. Even if you’re not a fan of hip hop, this girl’s got something for all. Her current released tracks prove she’s not going anywhere.
Will you be picking up Pink Friday?
By: Rob Brayl
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By: Rob Brayl
Living in NYC, I have little time to watch TV. However, a few shows find their way into my sphere that I become a bit obsessed with in which I make time for. One of those shows is Glee.
In last week’s episode, it was Max Adler, the actor who plays bully Dave Karovsky who really caught my attention (along with millions of other viewers who found their mouths open at a shocking kiss between Adler’s character and “Kurt”, played by the wonderful Chris Colfer).
Adler recently spoke with MTV News about the shocking moment: “I just got the script like any other script. I had no clue what was going on. I saw Ryan at the premiere, and he said, ‘We just wrote some really good stuff for you for episode six,’ and I was like, ‘Oh, cool. Some more slushies?’ ” he joked.
“And then I got the script, and I was reading that scene, and Kurt, he just doesn’t let up. He keeps on me and he keeps on me, and I thought, ‘I’m going to punch him in the face. This is getting serious.’ And then I turn the page, and it says: ‘Karovsky kisses Kurt.’ And I was like, ‘What?’ I jumped off the couch. I was as shocked as anybody else was. It was totally unexpected.”
Unexpected would be an understatement, kiddo!
“So, yeah, first time I’ve kissed a guy, and I’m glad it was Chris Colfer!” Adler joked.
Adler seems like a genuine guy (one who recently took an anti-bullying stand for the It Gets Better Project), so I hope Murphy brings a little more light and airtime to his character as I know it could be an interesting angle to steer into.
Watch Adler discussing the kiss + Glee’s take on Teenage Dream below.