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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

What? Yes, I’d love the new David Guetta album!

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Imagine my surprise when I open my e-mail and find that someone had sent me the new David Guetta album, Nothing But the Beat. It’s an even better moment when your sister tells you she bought it the day before. I mean, I would have bought the album eventually because you can’t skip out on David Guetta. I’d love to upload the entire album to Soundcloud and post it here for your listening pleasures, but unfortunately, I like my “job” a little too much to jeopardize it for all of you (not that I don’t love my readers).

Starting with the most obvious, “Where Them Girls At.” Yes, for those of you who apparently don’t speak English, it is “them” and not “dem” in the song title. If you haven’t heard this song, I’m not quite sure what bubble you live in because it was one of the most overplayed radio songs at the beginning of Summer 2011… later it was replaced by, what my sister recognizes at my favorite song ever (please sense my sarcasm), Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything.” Most similar to “Where Them Girls At” on Nothing But the Beat is “Turn Me On” featuring Nicki Minaj, which features that same addicting beat that no matter how much you don’t like Nicki Minaj, you have to listen to it because you can’t stop dancing. On the plus side, it also sounds nothing like Nicki Minaj; in fact, I’m still not convinced it actually is her.

Now if you’re anything like my sister’s boyfriend, you won’t like the song “Titanium” featuring Sia; however, if you’re like me (which you probably are since something we have in common brought you to my blog), you’ll love Sia’s vocals and David Guetta’s drop one minute and fifteen seconds into the song. Sia deserves a little more credit for this because her voice is actually really unique. In addition, the lyrics are simple enough to sing along.

“Little Bad Girl” featuring Taio Cruz and Ludacris is another really popular song recently. Or, maybe it’s just really popular to me because it’s already been played on my computer 36 times and I’ve only had the album since September 1st. Seriously though, it did make its way into the iTunes top 10, which really means nothing more than a lot of people actually paid for the song (I know the concept of paying for music may seem to foreign to some of you). Anyways, “Little Bad Girl” is definitely a club song because if you take out the vocals, it’s still a catchy song. Taio Cruz and Ludacris just add a new effect to Guetta’s beats with their simplistic repeating of “Go little bad girl.”

It’s hard to find one, but I am going to review a not-so-popular song from <i>Nothing But the Beat</i>: “Nothing Really Matters” featuring Will.I.Am. I’m considering this one less popular because it hasn’t made its way onto the radio yet. The title track, “Nothing Really Matters” is a little different from the rest. Eventually, it makes its way up to that dancing beat, but it starts off slower and actually has the ability to speak to its listeners. If you take the time to listen to the lyrics, “nothing really matters in the club but the beat,” you will understand what I mean.

Now, this is already the longest review I’ve written in a while, so I’m not continuing. However, I do urge you to listen to the other songs on the album including “Sweat” with Snoop Dogg, “Night of Your Life” featuring Jennifer Hudson (seriously, listen to that one), and “Crank It Up” featuring Akon (mostly the beat because Akon’s vocals suck).

Overall, I think I’ve been underestimating the true talent of David Guetta. He might actually just be one of the best mainstream producers of my time. Buy or download (I’m not enforcing legal downloads, but I should probably encourage it…) Nothing But the Beat

New Music Tuesday 8/9/11

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Last Wednesday, I did “Recent Releases,” but that was all wrong. It’s supposed to be “New Music Tuesday” and it’s my favorite unofficial holiday.

Today makes me realize how horrible music has gotten in the last few years. 

Here’s today’s releases:

1. “Headlines” – Drake

  • I don’t really expect much from Drake because his rapping isn’t really that skilled and his voice doesn’t really stand out from the rest. “Headlines” makes me want to gag though. The beat is a little too constant because it never changes throughout the song and the rhyming in every line annoys me. Also, the extremely clever chorus – repeating the words “they know” about fifteen times – is something a toddler could have written. So, really, WTF Drake?!?!
    Score: 1/5

2. “High Tide or Low Tide” – Bob Marley & The Wailers

  • Technically this song was released in 1973, but it was rereleased today to help launch the “I’m Gonna Be Your Friend” campaign to raise money for the children and families starving in Africa. Bob Marley mixed with The Wailers makes a great song, no arguments. A real acoustic guitar and some real drums mixed with soothing voices makes any listener extremely relaxed.
    Score: 4/5

3. “It Girl” – Jason Derulo

  • Immediately, my first thought about this song was how I liked the whistling accompaniment (and also how frustrated I was that I couldn’t whistle along). It may not be my favorite of Derulo’s songs and I may not like the idea of a song being written around the phrase “It Girl,” but it’s still pretty good. Derulo’s voice still manages to mesmerize me and his high notes still make me sigh. Overall, it will never be one of my Top 25 Most Played, but it will definitely get some iPod play time within the next few weeks.
    Score: 3/5

4. “Titanium” – David Guetta feat. Sia

  • David Guetta does an amazing job creating nice rhythms and beats for the background music for this song. Unfortunately, it’s Sia’s voice that makes this song not work. It sounds like a bad auto-tune version of Justin Bieber. I will admit she sounds better on the verses, but when I hear her sing on the chorus, I cringe a little. However, I think I can deal with the vocals and eventually they will grow on me because Guetta did a great job creating a nice dance track.
    Score: 3/5

5. “What You Want” – Evanescence 

  • I usually rely on YouTube to let me listen to a song before I decide whether or not to waste $1.29 on it, but apparently Evanescence did a good job making sure this song didn’t leak before the release date. Evanescence, to me, has one of those addicting voices that you can’t stop listening to. She has a lot of power in her voice and you can hear her confidence shine through. In addition, the background music is strong and the intertwining of the piano adds a realistic and unique touch.
    Score: 5/5

6. Fool Like Me – Cobra Starship feat. Plastiscines

  • Cobra Starship is one of those bands that is allowed to have silly lyrics because that’s what we expect from them. This song is no different: “I never meant to drive your car into that tree, I’m still real sorry about that.” The Plastiscines also do a nice job acting as the friends throughout the song. In addition, Cobra Starship did a nice job staying within their genre of music while still adding a new spin to their track. Keep your eye out for their new album dropping August 30th and my review of it coming next week!
    Score: 4/5

7. Bananaz – Ray J feat. Rick Ross

  • My first complaint with this song is why did Ray J feel it was necessary to spell what should be bananas with a z? Is that considered cool or something because to me it just looks completely idiotic and stupid. Second complaint: the chorus (again the really clever repetition of “The sex is bananaZ”) sounds like it’s being sung by a forty-year-old midget with a speech impediment. Third complaint: the beat was only exhilarating for the first twenty seconds. I didn’t think it was actually possible to give a song 0 out of 5 stars, but their inability to spell bananas knocked it down an extra point. WTF Ray J?!?!
    Score: 0/5

8. We Don’t Get Down Like Y’all – T.I.

  • T.I. sounds exactly like he did on all of his other songs and the beat sounds exactly like a typical T.I. song so I guess if you liked his old stuff, you’ll like the new song. I’ll admit that when the chorus goes and they sing “We don’t get down like y’all,” it sounds cool, but other than that there’s nothing spectacular or surprising about this song.
    Score: 2/5

9. “Glee the 3D Motion Picture Soundtrack” – Glee Cast

  • Only comment: please don’t get me started on Glee. I stopped watching it when they redid Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Oh wait, that was the first episode? Exactly.
    Score: WTF?!?!

10. Invisible – Skylar Grey

  • Saved the best, in my opinion, for last. This song is what I like about music. It’s not completely auto-tuned or made with computers. It has some concepts of real music and Skylar Grey is actually singing. In addition, this song actually offers up lyrics that have real meaning. Take a look at every other song from this week and maybe one other has meaningful lyrics. It’s not often that we get a song that means something. It’s not often that songs with real singing get noticed.
    Score: 5/5