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Recent Musical Obsessions: Soul, Bruno Mars, & Dynamite

“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:

Sam Adams: Beer or Bro?

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.

Music Websites That Do Not Annoy Me

fratmusic.com

Frats might actually be good for something now! You can listen to party playlists put together by frats from around the country. Ah, I can see all of the fist-pumping already just thinking about it.

pandora.com

Classic. Spent last summer discovering new music on it. But now they have ads, so be prepared to put up with those intermittently.

filtermusic.net

Stumbled upon this gem the other day! I love the modern layout and large type.

thisdayinmusic.com

Find out your life/birthday theme song! Warning: mine was a song by Paula Abdul. Ugh.

purevolume.com

Somehow haven’t gotten around to using this one yet, although its been around awhile… but I hear it’s pretty awesome.

Where else do you get your new music from?

Recent Musical Obsessions: Memories, Bedrock, & Internationally Resounding Love

“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.

Recent Musical Obsessions: Mashups & Stuck Up Ivy Leaguers

“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.

My [Recent] Musical Obsessions: Sadly include weed and threesomes?

I like a variety of music, to say the least. Here’s what’s stuck on replay on my iPod at the moment. Disclaimer: the following songs/videos are super addictive, so don’t call me complaining when you can’t get them out of your head!

John Mayer, “Who Says”

I don’t smoke. But according to John, who says you can’t? He intermixes his defense of weed with one night stands and traveling to Japan of all things. It’s slow and oh-so-addictive, like every good John Mayer song should be.

Britney Spears, “3”

Since when is it okay to sing about your sexual encounters with three people? Apparently Britney Spears can pull it off. The beat is way too catchy. If this song had been about any other three things, I don’t think it would have had the same effect. I also really like the album design. Nice use of opaque tints! Oh, and there is no official vid for this song yet, so this is a satisfactory substitute for it, I suppose:

Italobrothers, “Stamp on the Ground”

Because I’m always looking for new workout songs, I have this newfound obsession with European Techno. Italobrothers are actually from Germany (misleading, I know) but this is a sweet song to run to. Also, be sure to check out my favorite part – the guys stomping in the background are absolutely insane!

Amanda Seyfried, “I Have A Dream”

Amanda Seyfried’s voice is just too good to pass up. And this song is so simple and beautiful. However, today I was informed that she uses vibrato WAY too much. And now that I noticed it, I guess it is too much. But I still love her voice, constant vibrato and all. This is actually a hidden track on the Mamma Mia! Soundtrack. Enjoy:

MSU Accafellas, “Happier”

Because no recent musical obsession is complete without some accapella. I found out last night that the Accafellas were almost in an accapella show on NBC! Pretty crazy. This is their version of Guster’s “Happier”, which is actually better than the original. Seriously.

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Cannot Be Outdone.

This woman is freaking amazing. She was a famous model. Now we know and love her (we can debate this opinion, if you’d like) as the First Lady of France. SINGER, too!? Again, simply amazing. My French-speaking roommate alerted me to this music video:

I do not speak French but this song is so relaxing. Perfect for right before bed. Want to know what she’s saying in that oh-so-tranquil French voice of hers? So did I…

“I’m told that our lives aren’t worth much,
They pass like an instant, like wilting roses.
I’m told that time slipping by is a bastard
Making its coat of our sorrows.
Yet someone told me…

That you still loved me
Someone told me…
That you still loved me.
Well ? Could that be possible?

I’m told that fate makes fun of us,
That it gives us nothing and promises everything,
When happiness seems to be within our reach,
We reach out and find ourselves like fools.
Yet someone told me…

That you still loved me
Someone told me…
That you still loved me.
Well ? Could that be possible?

So who said that you still loved me?
I don’t remember any more, it was late at night,
I can still hear the voice, but I can no longer see the face,
“He loves you, it’s secret, don’t tell him I told you.”
You see, someone told me

That you still loved me
Someone told me…
That you still loved me.
Well ? Could that be possible?”

-Translation taken from http://nichitastanescu.wordpress.com/2007/04/05/quelquun-ma-dit-carla-bruni-translation/