April 2009


Single and Listening

Single Reviews by Release Date

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all over the place

carries a tune

part of the chorus

featured soloist

conducting the choir

Plain White T’s “1, 2, 3, 4” Released:  December 2008
From Latest Release:  Big Bad World ♫♫
This is sweet melodious ear- and heart-candy that makes me want create a fantasy dreamscape to escape into with the one (if there were one).  The strings tug at your nobler sentiments.

Jesse McCartney “Leavin’” Released:  March 10, 2008
From Latest Release:  Departure ♫♫
Okay.  So, who has this young white boy singing like a grown black man?  Sounds good, though.  Let me research who produced it to see who put the soul on him.  Ah, Tricky Stewart and The-Dream, so there you go.  It’s a hot track.  One of those I would put on repeat and listen to all day long.

Asher Roth “Be By Myself” Released:  April 30, 2009
From Latest Release:  Asleep in the Bread Isle ♫♪
So, let’s get the comparison to Eminem out of the way.  When he’s the only one at his level that has come before, it’s going to be there.  And, Roth’s delivery echoes his style though his content maybe somewhat different.  Not a bad song.  I’m not blow away and it’s not something I haven’t ever heard before.  The talent is obvious and the potential is there.  Wonder if he’s the white version of Kid ‘n Play and DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince?  You know the regular, humorous high school kid rapper as opposed to the hardcore street-smart MC.  Guess time will tell.

And, now, without further ado, what you’ve all been waiting for, or atleast I have.  Here’s Number 1.

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For those who don’t know, I was a film major.  It was my dream to direct music videos.  I wasn’t even interested in feature films.  I thought I’d be happy doing just music videos.   Don’t get me wrong.  I love film and music.  With this countdown I combine both loves.

 This MY TOP 10 features songs that either equaled or transcended the pop cultural significance of the films from whence they came.  It’s less about the movies and more about the songs.  I’m including 5 male and 5 female performers and alternating between them to keep things fair and balanced.  I’m starting off with a woman so a man can be on top. 

Just flipping the script from how I ran thangs with February’s MY TOP 10 (Sexiest Videos for those of you who don’t know) where a woman lead the pack.

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dtrt1. Public Enemy  “Fight the Power” from Do the Right Thing

This song and the way it plays out in the film and underscores Radio Raheem’s fate and the aftermath of that fate is visceral.  It’s a powerful scene and the power of this song adds to the layers conveyed therein.  Spike Lee directed not only the film, but 2 versions of “Fight the Power.”  One contains scenes from the film, the other is the more known protest demonstration version.  You’ll get both here. 

This is one of those songs (as I mentioned in a previous post) where it’s hard to separate the message and power of the song from that of the film.  If you haven’t seen the film, I would check it out.  I consider it amongst the greatest American films ever made.  For now, check out the videos.

***BONUS*** Public Enemy “Fight the Power” from Do the Right Thing

So, something personal came up yesterday, so I was not able to post Number 2.  Apologies for the delay.  You get a two-fer today.

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For those who don’t know, I was a film major.  It was my dream to direct music videos.  I wasn’t even interested in feature films.  I thought I’d be happy doing just music videos.   Don’t get me wrong.  I love film and music.  With this countdown I combine both loves.

This MY TOP 10 features songs that either equaled or transcended the pop cultural significance of the films from whence they came.  It’s less about the movies and more about the songs.  I’m including 5 male and 5 female performers and alternating between them to keep things fair and balanced.  I’m starting off with a woman so a man can be on top. 

Just flipping the script from how I ran thangs with February’s MY TOP 10 (Sexiest Videos for those of you who don’t know) where a woman lead the pack.

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ca2. Destiny’s Child  “Independent Women Pt. 1” from Charlie’s Angels

This was the fall jam of  2000.  I cannot deny that this song was bumpin’.  I never got tired of it.  I sang along to it each and every time it came on the radio in the car or the video on the TV in the house.  A smart coming together of two powerful and sexy triumvirates of tv/film and music.  “Independent Women” was the perfect theme song for Charlie’s Angels and Destiny’s Child, alike, with undeniable call-outs and addictive hooks, to boot.

For those who don’t know, I was a film major.  It was my dream to direct music videos.  I wasn’t even interested in feature films.  I thought I’d be happy doing just music videos.   Don’t get me wrong.  I love film and music.  With this countdown I combine both loves.

This MY TOP 10 features songs that either equaled or transcended the pop cultural significance of the films from whence they came.  It’s less about the movies and more about the songs.  I’m including 5 male and 5 female performers and alternating between them to keep things fair and balanced.  I’m starting off with a woman so a man can be on top. 

Just flipping the script from how I ran thangs with February’s MY TOP 10 (Sexiest Videos for those of you who don’t know) where a woman lead the pack.

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pr3. Prince  “When Doves Cry” from Purple Rain

I was torn between the title track and this one, but then I snapped out of it.  Of course this is the better song and it was the bigger hit.  But, you’ll get “Purple Rain” as the BONUS on the other side of this post.  Prince needs no introduction nor does the Purple Rain Soundtrack.  This is a strange soundtrack because when I think back on it I think more about the music and the album as opposed to the movie.  It’s almost as if the film was supplemental to the record and not vice-versa.  The movie should be called Purple Rain The Original Soundtrack Motion Picture.

 

***BONUS*** Prince  “Purple Rain” from Purple Rain

Had to give you “Purple Rain,” too.

April 28, 2009

A popolio selection of today’s New Releases.

Barcelona Absolutes
Cristian Castro El Culpable Soy Yo
Don Omar iDon
Bob Dylan Together Through Life (Deluxe Edition)
Ben Folds Ben Folds Presents:  University A Cappella!
Melody Gardot My One and Only Thrill
Great Northern Remind Me Where the Lights Is
Mike Jones The Voice
NOFX Coaster
Playing for Change Songs Around The World (CD + DVD)
Los Straitjackets The Further Adventures of Los Straitjackets
Tech N9ne Sickology 101
Urban Mystic GRIII:  Old School 2 Nu Skool

Single Reviews by Release Date

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all over the place

carries a tune

part of the chorus

featured soloist

conducting the choir

P!nk   “Please Don’t Leave Me” Released:  January 31, 2009
From Latest Release:  Funhouse ♫♫
I like it.  The combination of sweet melody and bittersweet lyrics works for me.  Can we say, “Theme song for codependence?”  Seriously, though, the da da da da da is  na na na na nice.

Kelly Clarkson “I Do Not Hook Up” Released:  March 30, 2009
From Latest Release:  All I Ever Wanted  ♫♪
Sounds like a P!nk left-over.  Kind of bland to me.  Not a mediocre delivery; just an expected one.

Green Day “Know Your Enemy” Released:  April 16, 2009
From Forthcoming Release:  21st Century Breakdown ♫♪
Sounding like a mellow ’80s rock anthem the drum beat carries the tune.  The killer guitar riffs and strong sentiment outweigh its repetitive nature.

For those who don’t know, I was a film major.  It was my dream to direct music videos.  I wasn’t even interested in feature films.  I thought I’d be happy doing just music videos.   Don’t get me wrong.  I love film and music.  With this countdown I combine both loves.

This MY TOP 10 features songs that either equaled or transcended the pop cultural significance of the films from whence they came.  It’s less about the movies and more about the songs.  I’m including 5 male and 5 female performers and alternating between them to keep things fair and balanced.  I’m starting off with a woman so a man can be on top. 

Just flipping the script from how I ran thangs with February’s MY TOP 10 (Sexiest Videos for those of you who don’t know) where a woman lead the pack.

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mr4. Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, and P!nk  “Lady Marmalade” from Moulin Rouge!

This was the remake (of the Labelle classic) movie collabo that took all these ladies to the next level.  A great video that emulated the film with each vocalist getting equal screen and vocal time.  Though, Christina Aguilera does drip all over this joint with her sonic flourishes.  And, who doesn’t love the call-outs?  ‘Nuff said.  Now watch.

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