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Dance Party Friday: DJs From Mars

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For the first couple months of listening to this mash-up, I could only find the version on YouTube from a Spanish YouTube channel that only referred to the artist as “Amazing” and something about “vogliamo auguravi” but my 5 years of sitting in Spanish class and only participating when I was forced to isn’t really helping me translate anything. So, today when I finally put some effort into discovering the real artist of the song, I decided it should also get some more exposure. 

Anyway, the mash-up sums up 2012 in music and it’s like… really good. It covers all the genres, it covers all the hits (good and bad). It mashes them in a way that you can’t even tell that it would ever be 26 different songs. Drink to it. Dance to it. Just listen.

Songs:

0:13 Calvin Harris – Feel So Close 0:25 Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe 0:29 Zedd Ft Foxes – Clarity 0:34 Calvin Harris Ft. Neyo – Let’s Go 0:38 Flo Rida Ft Sia – Wild Ones 0:44 David Guetta Ft Sia – She Wolf 0:52 Maroon 5 Ft Wiz Kalifa – Payphone 1:02 Flo Rida – Whistle 1:11 Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl Ft. Georgi Kay – In My Mind (Axwell Remix) 1:26 Coldplay & Rihanna – Princess Of China 1:32 David Guetta & Chris Brown – I Can Only Imagine 1:37 Will I Am & Britney Spears – Scream And Shout 1:40 Skrillex – Bangarang 1:41 Martin Solveig – Night Out 1:46 No Doubt – Sittle Down 1:54 Sean Paul – She Doesn’t Mine 2:01 : The Wanted – I’m Glad You 2:04 Skrillex Ft Damian Marley – Make It Bun Dem 2:08 Madonna – Give Me All Your Lovin(Ft Mia & Nicki Minaj) 2:16 Dada Life – Feed The Dada 2:25 Psy – Gangnam Style 2:27 LMFAO – Party Rockin 2:31 Quilinez – Troll 2:34 Deadmau5 & Gerard Way – Personal Griefers 2:42 Nicky Romero – Toulouse 2:55 Alicia Keys – This Girl’s On Fire

Grammys Review

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Disclaimer: So, it’s 1am and I’m attempting to write a review of the Grammys because my family asked me to multiple times. I only mention this because I want them to read this and recognize that I just spent approximately 10 hours doing homework today and if I become sleep deprived, I blame them. 

The Grammys… I think the best way to sum up the Grammys is to just go over a few highlights – both good and bad.

1. Taylor Swift

Here’s what was wrong with Taylor Swift at The Grammys: everything. First, her performance. When did Tim Burton sign on to direct her Grammy performance? Or was that some creepy take on Alice in Wonderland? Either way, no. And seriously, did I not say I never wanted to hear that god awful song again? I’ll be honest, I didn’t catch the supposed diss on Harry Styles because about 45 seconds into her performance, my twitter news feed of everyone wondering who in their right mind decided that Taylor Swift of all people should open the Grammys and wishing she would get off stage became much more entertaining. However, if the diss to the 19-year-old 1D singer did happen, can someone please remind T Swift that she’s 23 years old and just seems pathetic? Then we have to discuss her dancing during The Lumineers performance because that just made me want to barf and then throw my television out the window. 

I guess some actual comments regarding music could be made too… as in, Taylor Swift use to be original and she used to have talent, but in my opinion, she’s just as sold-out as the rest of the other musical artists nowadays. 

2. Ed Sheeran & Elton John

This truly made me die and go to Heaven for a bit. This is music in case anyone needed a refresher. It also put Taylor Swift to shame. As if Ed Sheeran’s voice wasn’t enough, the Grammys added Elton John, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with Elton John (at least, until Juanes covers “Your Song” and translates it into Spanglish).

3. Carly Rae Jepsen

…didn’t win an award so I still have faith in the Grammys. 

4. LL Cool J’s closing performance

So after watching Taylor Swift’s opening act, I’m sure you were all thinking the same thing as me: “Well this can’t get any worse.” Wrong. False. WTF. Because then LL Cool J announced that he needed to do his part in the Grammys. Wrong. False. WTF. Hosting was your contribution to the Grammys – you did not need to perform too. Even bringing Travis Barker and Co. on the stage didn’t help this performance. Then I’m sure you were all thinking the same thing as me again: “Oh this can’t be the way the Grammys ends! Surely something better will come along!” Except all that came along were the credits…

5. Elton John, Mavis Staples, Zac Brown, Alabama Shakes, Mumford and Sons, and T Bone Burnett performed “The Weight”

For full video check out TheDailyBeast.

Hands down the best moment of the Grammys. If you can argue that, then you don’t know what real music is. I’m so happy this was the group that did a tribute piece – I’m so sick and tired of seeing untalented musicians honoring some of the best music talent in history. Also, if I see one more social media post about people not knowing who Mavis Staples is, I’m going to cut them off from music because they’re clearly listening to absolute sh*t (sorry, Mom).

6. The Awards

Honestly, I think they did a great job awarding extremely talented musicians. By far and absolutely unarguably, Mumford & Sons’ Babel deserved Album of The Year more than any other nominee. The other nominees in that category were truly tremendous albums, but Babel was just so spectacular.

The award for Best New Artist was a little disappointing because in my opinion, I feel that The Lumineers are much more original than Fun., but regardless both bands have a certain degree of originality to them. However, real fans of Fun. would recognize that they are not a “new” artist since their first album came out in 2009 – catch up, Grammys.

Best Pop Vocal Album should have gone to Florence and the Machine’s Ceremonials and not because that is my favorite band but because I’ve listened to both Ceremonials and Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger and, while Stronger is great, Ceremonials is just heavenly and a true forward progression in the music industry.

Taylor Swift won a Grammy, but it was for a song that included The Civil Wars so I’ll allow it – not that anything I disapprove of really matters to anyone but me.

7. Carrie Underwood’s … Dress …

So at first, you’re like “oh Carrie Underwood’s wearing another big dress so she doesn’t have to actually move on the stage” and then quickly you’re like…. “wait, why is her dress a projection screen?” Seriously, I love Carrie Underwood’s voice and I think she’s truly talented despite my hate for country music, but the dress. I want whoever planned this performance fired. I couldn’t even pay attention to the song because I couldn’t figure out what was going on or why.

8. Ellen

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Until next year, Grammys. Try to get some better openers and closers though.

Recent “Hits” … so ‘Call Me, Maybe’ ‘Some Nights’ because I’m ‘Happy To You.’

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I really wanted to come back from the dead and write a new blog post, but I have a midterm Thursday that I really need to study for. So, I told myself I would write a new post when I finished going through all the terms that started with “F” (keep in mind, at the time I was rigorously going through the “E” terms). Luckily, there were no terms that started with “F” so it didn’t take long.

For this post, I have to give all thanks to Spotify because some of these songs are so heinously terrible that I couldn’t bring myself to purchase them on iTunes, thus I resorted to Spotify to let me listen for free. See, I found a use for their service other than informing all of my Facebook “friends” what song I’m listening to every moment of the day. On that note, however, Spotify, is it really necessary for you to play two ads after each song I listen to? No, I will NOT subscribe to your service.

1) Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”

I have to start with this song… not because it deserves some amazing review, but because it’s the only song I have heard played this much since Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” And that’s the exact song I’m going to compare it to, as well. I’m SO confused as to how everyone loves this song, but hated Rebecca Black. NEWS FLASH: They’re basically the exact same song.

Let’s discuss some things wrong with this song and, in general, Carly Rae Jepsen.

I. She signed with JUSTIN BIEBER’s record label. Who in their right mind gave that kid a right to produce records? He lost all sense of talent when we hit puberty. The only reason he even started a record label is because the only music he could produce of his own was a Christmas album that essentially ruined all Christmas music for me.

II. How can you love Carly, but hate Rebecca? We all criticized Rebecca Black’s lyrics, “It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday” and “Which seat should I take?” Listen to Carly Rae Jepsen!! My god, “Ripped jeans, skin was showing” and “Here’s my number so call me maybe.” First of all, who wears ripped jeans that you thought it would be an appropriate fashion trend to make reference to? Second, her lyrics are no more intellectual than Rebecca Black’s.

On that note, shockingly, I don’t think it’s a bad song. I jumped on the Rebecca Black bandwagon and I will jump on the Carly Rae Jepsen bandwagon as well. I will memorize the entire song, laugh at its simplicity, obnoxiously dance to it every single time it comes on, and sing at the top of my lungs. However, I will never accept it as a nominated, award-winning “song.”

2) Fun. – “Some Nights”

I love fun. – both in the Webster dictionary definition sense and in the musical, amazingly-talented band sense. It’s nice to finally see them get some recognition because, realistically, how many of you knew who they were before their 2009 album, Aim and Ignite? The one thing is actually the entire song as a whole. Interesting fact about “Some Nights,” as well as the entire album, is that it features almost no live drums; instead, the rhythm and sounds are produced by synthetic drums. It works… beautifully. The combination of these synthetic drums and echoed vocals makes this song enchanting and addictive.

Although some critics argue that the song is “too auto-tuned” and “a rip-off” of other bands’ as well as fun.’s own sound, it really is unique. First, it’s not “too auto-tuned.” This is fun.’s sound. It’s unique, it’s alternative, and it’s what they want it to sound like. The entire intention was to have synthetic drums, so I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that the vocals were intended too. Second, the argument that it’s a rip off of their own sound just doesn’t even deserve a rebuttal. I mean, really, how ridiculous that a band would try to sound like themselves? WTF?!

The song debuted at No. 62 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and the album, Some Nights, is currently sitting at No. 3. In addition, fun. was just featured on Billboard’s cover for the March 10, 2012 issue (although, if, like me, you get the Billboard subscription, the cover is actually wasted on an Enrique Iglesias advertisement because that makes complete sense…).

3) Miike Snow – Happy To You

Miike Snow is literally my weakness. Their new album, Happy To You, dropped today and I’m in awe. Their sound is just something that I could never grow tired of. Even walking to class today, I wanted more “spring-time” music (yes, I think such a thing exists) so I played Miike Snow’s last album, Miike Snow. Currently, I’m wondering how I ever thought it would be more spring-time, but in that moment, it seemed perfect.

Perhaps the most recognizable, “Devil’s Work,” features a beautiful piano arrangement mixed with synthesized beats and the deep, mesmerizing vocals. The most popular, according to the ever-reliable iTunes, “The Wave,” has the same general sound as “Devil’s Work” with more addicting vocals and a repeating “ooh” sound that soothes the ears. Their recent single off the album, “Paddling Out,” sounds a little more electronic than the majority of the album, which is probably why the deluxe edition of Happy To You features a remix by Wolfgang Gartner. In addition, the single is iTunes’s Free Single of the Week so if you really don’t believe me that it’s an album worth purchasing, you can try it out for yourself free of charge (not that you couldn’t just download it on Google, but beware because SOPA would NOT approve).