“Just the Way You Are”, Bruno Mars
Mars has the sweetest, smoothest voice I’ve heard in a long time, and this is an adorable love song. I miss when male singers could actually hit the high notes like this. It makes them even more endearing and vulnerable. Enjoy!
“You Don’t Know Me”, Michael Grimm
I didn’t know the meaning of soul until I listened to Michael Grimm. He has complete control of his rough, yet emotionally charged voice to give me shivers, so you KNOW it’s good. Weirdly (and luckily!) enough, I found him through a random America’s Got Talent video clip, a show that I don’t even watch:
“Dynamite”, Taio Cruz
Hands down, the BEST getting ready/dancing song I’ve ever heard. Disclaimer: This beat will stay in your head … for days! And it’s starting to be played on the radio more often, which renders me ecstatic:
“Waving Flag”, K’naan featuring Nancy Ajram
This wasn’t the actual World Cup song – it was the Coca-Cola sponsored one. Clearly, K’naan + a united theme + flags from everywhere does not make this song. The message he’s trying to get across is positive, yes, but the real gem in this song is Nancy Ajram. The second she started singing, I fell in love with her sweetly uplifting voice:
Imagine – you’re about to graduate from college. Future plans? Psh please. You’ve got an album out already! You rap about college life (the bros LOVE it), you’re captain of the college soccer team, you’ve got a record deal, your songs are #1 on iTunes, and oh yeah – you share a name with a great-tasting beer. Check Sam Adams out:
Let’s get one thing straight – I’m not huge on rap. I think the majority of Sam Adams’ success comes from the support of the new (at least to me) “bro-mmunity”. BroBible that, or let me explain it to you from my own observations.
Everyone knows a bro. They’re average-looking males in college who only talk about the sex they aren’t having/girls dumb enough to sleep with them (whom they then degrade), overused movie quotes, and getting blackout drunk enough to piss their own pants. I’m not even exaggerating. Although I think some parts of this new male adolescent sub-culture are pretty hilarious, I can’t help but be offended by a lot of their terminology. I’m sure it’s in jest. (But if it’s not, then I really hope there are no bros elected to any position where they can have any impact/effect on well… anyone.)
The only females they interact with apparently don’t mind referring to themselves as “slampiece69” and have an IQ below that of an inanimate object. After slacking off at life for as long as possible, putting off STD treatment out of pure denial that “bros” can even get diseases, acting like they are the only people on their college campus worth knowing, and putting BRO in as many annoying BRO-tastic words as possible, its clear that bros just want to live the good life without regard to anyone else. Oh hey Sam Adams! I forgot this post was about YOU:
You can see that bros are crafting a new, even more impossible definition of what it means to be male in today’s society (as if there weren’t enough stereotypes in mainstream culture as it is). Otherwise, I think they’re pretty harmless. Aside from the few stupid people who actually take Ned’s Younger Brother’s advice seriously and act like “bros” in real life. But I don’t know one female who would tolerate being called a slampiece. Or one intelligent male who would use the term.
One thing bros are REALLY good for is amusement purposes. I can’t wait to see these lost bros eventually grow up! For as long as possible, I imagine they’ll find ways to avoid getting married and having a steady job. Then lo and behold, sometime after daddy’s money runs out, they’ll end up buying a van with extra storage underneath the seats and a home with a two car garage in the suburbs.
I can’t wait for the female counterpart to bros to become popular, if it ever does. Any idea of what the female equivalent of a bro would be?
I’d like to salute you, whoever showed me the double meaning of Sam Adams. Now I have the opportunity to confuse people with my copious amounts of cultural knowledge. “The beer? I love the beer! I just bought a six…OHHH, the bro rapper from Boston!” Double pow.
“All You Need is Love”, by 156 musicians worldwide
Take a classic Beatles song and add a bit of international inspiration. Voila! Meet this rendition that nearly brings me to tears! I love that this timeless song was used for international collaboration…
“Memories”, by David Guetta & Kid Cudi
David Guetta is one of the best deejays out there – he ALWAYS makes me want to dance. And I can relate to all of Kid Cudi’s song lyrics targeted towards the soul-searchers in the crowd. Put them together and its the catchiest song I’ve heard in a LONG time.
“Bed Rock”, by Young Money
This is the only song on the radio lately that I don’t mind hearing. I don’t like any of the rappers, though. It’s all in the beat (genius!). I only know and appreciate the chorus – Lloyd could be singing about the Flintstones, a broom handle, or Japanese anime (any number of ridiculous things) and I would still love it.
“Wonderful Tonight” cover, by the Spartan Dischords (John Abud on solo)
It helps that I love this song, regardless of who sings it. But I obsess over John Abud. He has the most gorgeous voice I’ve ever heard live (If you like this one, you should check out his version of Beautiful Girl, too!). So here’s your accapella fix, with the most ridiculous, hilarious accapella group I know of.
I’m not into hip hop and rap history, but I’ve always wondered about 2Pac/Tupac. He died, right? Or not? Why does the controversy surrounding his death even exist? Is it legit in the slightest?
Because there’s no doubt – people DO think that he’s still alive. In fact, someone created an entire website about the reasons why 2Pac could still be alive. And some of the reasons actually SEEM pretty legit, albeit a few misspelled words:
There were no witnesses on the street or in the car, and no suspects in the shooting
No pictures were released of him in the hospital
Tupac’s funeral was canceled for unknown reasons
He always wore a bulletproof vest. But apparently the night of Tyson’s fight, he wasn’t.
In “I Ain’t Mad Atcha”, released a few days after his death, Tupac is shown as an angel in heaven.
He raps about being buried, but was cremated the day after he died. Strange to be cremated so soon, and to be cremated at all.
The name of the album released after his death was Machiavelli, who “is an Italian war strategist who faked his death to fool his enemies”
Even for a skeptic like me, these reasons seem valid. But that was just a personal site. When I checked valid news sites, I found no controversy surrounding 2Pac’s death at all. For instance, NPR just leaves it at the fact that his murder is “unsolved”:
“Shakur was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, as he sat in the car of music mogul Suge Knight. Shakur was placed on life support but died six days later, on Sept. 13th, 1996. His murder remains unsolved.”
It’s also strange that his record company, Death Row, released so many posthumous Shakur albums. But then I did more research and found out a lot of the albums were just remixes or inspired by 2Pac’s poetry, etc. I now just think it’s sad that they’re still trying to make money off of him.
And Cracked.com most likely isn’t helping things. Yeah, it’s a humorous website, but a lot of people don’t know that! So when they reported on Tupac’s death and mentioned an article from Spring 2005 entitled “Tupac Alive and Well”, I checked it out. At first, it seemed legit, even though the rest of the article was kind of sketchy. They even included a screenshot.
But when I searched Google for the story, nothing came up. According to snopes.com, someone made a their own CNN news website and wrote a fake story about 2Pac. The real CNN made them take the article down (the domain was Nauru, a “small island in the Pacific”). Apparently somewhere on the fake article it says “April Fool! Tupac’s dead, get over it.” Or something to that effect.
So anyway, I guess Tupac really is dead. Just wanted to clear that up.
“Perfectly Lonely”, John Mayer
I mentioned another John Mayer song in my last musical obsessions post, but that was before Battle Studies officially came out! Mayer captures the delicious essence of single-ness in this song. It’s carefree, a bit humorous, and ends with the temporal realization of it all – when he’s ready, he’ll want to settle down. Out of all of the songs on the new CD, this one struck a chord with me (pardon the pun), and I’ve had it on repeat ever since. Cause I don’t belong to anyone, nobody belongs to me…
“Pursuit of Happiness”, Kid Cudi Another song about marijuana? Not entirely. I prefer to address the youthful connotations and the search for happiness. If there’s one thing I really love about Kid Cudi, it’s his topic choice for his songs. EVERYONE is on the pursuit of happiness. The background music is fantastic – let the trippy guitar chords wash over you on those 4am mornings when you’re awake and want to think about life. I think you’ll appreciate it more then. p.s. the chorus is addictive.
“Beautiful Story” by Taylor Swift vs Akon ft Omarion (Ryson Remix)
I’ve never really been a fan of mash-ups until someone in my digital media class showed me Ryson Remixes. This kid knows how to mash songs. I never thought Akon and T.Swift could sound so good together! The songs transition seamlessly.
“I Could’ve Danced All Night”, Audrey Hepburn
Sigh. What a classic. I was reminded by watching Hollie Steel from Britain’s Got Talent. Her beautiful, darling rendition of the song prompted me to go back to the source: My Fair Lady. It reminds me of how you feel after prom, weddings, etc. Enjoy!
“Haven’t Met You Yet”, Michael Bublé
Oh Michael. Not only do you have an amazing voice, but you also will sing to us in a grocery store, or daydream about singing to us in a grocery store. I love his voice, which goes perfectly with your typical, bouncy, feel-good love song. See sample A below:
“Michael Jackson Melody”, Sam Tsui
As always, some AMAZING accapella to round off the list! Sam Tsui is one stuck up Ivy Leaguer (he goes to Yale). Since he’s too awesome to sing accapella in a group like a normal person, he made this song with 7 of none other than…himself. Yes, he’s singing all of the back-up positions a normal accapella group would have. You’ll enjoy his vocal range, which goes from Damn-that-sounds-exactly-like-Michael-Jackson to My-ears-are-experiencing-intense-pleasure.