Category: Music videos

MusicMusic For Your Mid-Week Blues!

The mid-week blues are a common affliction among dreamers like us fashion girls, so I thought I’d provide a few tunes that should keep you motivated and amped through the rest of the week. Some of you are doing finals, and although I don’t miss being in school, I do remember and kind of envy the end of finals bliss that spreads like wildfire as soon as they’re over. 

SO without further ado, I present Grace Potter & The Nocturnals!

 I caught my first hint of Grace Potter’s awetastic style in these music videos. Then I read an article about her in The Washington Post where she flat out confirmed my suspicion that she was a fellow fashion obsessed artist. Potter says this of her stage garb: “What I’m wearing changes everything about how the show goes,” she proclaims. “If I’m wearing blue jeans and flannel, it’s going to be a country show and I’m going to get my twang on. But if I’m wearing a flapper dress, fringe or sequins, I’m rocking out, Tina Turner style.”

Hope you enjoyed Grace Potter & The Nocturnals as much as I did! 

MusicPlaylister: Smart Moves

Finals are coming up—shouldn’t you be studying? Hey, I trust you. I’m sure you’re just on a quick five minute Internet break to check out our latest outfits. Why not GrooveShark your way thru a couple of brainy tunes while you’re at it? These songs are sure to make you think—or at least bust out the dictionary. 

Radiohead – Fitter Happier
Feeling like your head is jumbled up with too much information? Put it in perspective with this robotic track that reads almost like computerized poetry. As frontman Thom Yorke puts it, “The reason ‘Fitter Happier’ exists is ‘cos of mental background noise. Some days you’re in a disturbed state and it moves to the front.”

Vampire Weekend – A-Punk
These rich boys sure have a way with storytelling! Relax your busy brain with this story about a girl named Johanna chasing after a silver ring—and take a second to marvel and the excellent rhyming of “exotica” with “turquoise harmonica”. Wordsmiths!

Alan Cohen ExperienceSpace & Time (Album)
I couldn’t just narrow this one down. Alan Cohen’s latest album was inspired by Stephen Hawking’s seminal work, A Brief History of Time. Each song is a chapter-by-chapter interpretation of Hawking’s book, and showcases Cohen’s pleasant blend of rock, funk, and pop. Listening to this is at least as educational as reading that textbook next to you!
Visit his Myspace to check out tracks from this record!

Carmen B. 


MusicPlaylister: Mid-Week Blues Buster!

It’s tough to afford music in a world without Limewire—admit it. That’s why I love love love when artists get the hint and release their records for free online!  Here are some of my favorite free releases of the past few years—not all of ‘em are still free, which is all the more incentive to seek out new free albums every day from here on out, ladies! 

Girl Talk – All Day

Girl Talk is RAD, guys. Featuring otherwordly mashups of more popular songs, these tracks take on an addictively fabulous life of their own. This album is available free RIGHT NOW. Check out this article with Girl Talk’s Greg Gillis on his reasons for releasing the album as a free download. 
Here’s a pretty sweet video for Girl Talk’s “Bounce That”

Radiohead – In Rainbows

Radiohead’s career has always leaned toward the experimental side, and their release of album In Rainbows was no different. This album was first offered online in 2007 and left listeners with the option to pay the band as much as each individual wanted to pay for it—I spent $10, for example, though a lot of my pals paid $0.  Though it’s not available anymore, this record is a must-listen for all of you!
Check out “15 Step” below: 

Nine Inch Nails – The Slip

This album rides from trippy ambience to traditional NIN rock and roll to dance tracks to ballads and back again! Still offered for free online, The Slip is a great record for anyone looking for a harder edge to their tunes. 

Here’s that dance track, “Discipline”:

Happy downloading, ladies! 
Carmen B. 

MusicMonday Music Must: Too many to count!

I love the holiday season—comfort food, gift wish lists, and the best new releases from popular artists hoping to ca$h in on present season. This week proves to be the first of the crop, with new releases from Pink, Norah Jones (Check out a great review of this album from Billboard), Josh Groban, Bruce Springsteen, Nelly (with his first release in 4 years!), and my girl Rihanna. With a list like that, you can be sure to get your holiday shopping done early—there’s something out there for everyone on your list! 

Since I’m keen on tunes of the pop persuasion, I took a listen to Pink’s Greatest Hits…So Far!!! and Rihanna’s Loud before anything else. Both albums had me shoutin “Hot damn! This is my jam” with nearly every song. 

It was nice to get a flashback of Pink’s career and to hear the four new cuts on this album. A cover of Adam Lambert’s “Whataya Want From Me” is a standout, though dance party jam “Raise Your Glass” is a close second. Trust me, you and your girlfriends are gonna be screaming that song out of your car windows for at least six months. 

I was especially impressed with Rihanna’s Loud. Although the autotune on her vocals starts to get out of hand, most of these songs are well-written and catchy bubbles of happiness—quite the change from last year’s dark and commercially unsuccessful Rated R. So glad to see RiRi back in the saddle again! You go girl!

Will you be picking up any of these albums this week? C’mon! Buy some tunes! ‘Tis the season, after all!

Carmen B.

MusicPlaylister:MTV’s European Music Awards!

The MTV EMA’s showcase some of the coolest performances out there and feature today’s most popular artists. Since most of us American’s don’t get around to watching them, I figured I’d show y’all my three favorite acts of this year! 

Rihanna: “Only Girl (In The World)”

Following her album’s color saturated theme, RiRi’s performance was full of bright flashes of color, an army of dancers, and a dress I would have died to go to prom in. 
Bright florals in the wintertime? Yes, please. 

Shakira: “Loca”

Shaki is WERKIN it in super-fringed pants and her stunningly powerful abs during this performance. I love the dancers on the wall behind her and her always steamy stage presence. Watch the crowd go nuts when she switches to her inspirational “Waka Waka (Time for Africa).”

Kings of Leon: “Radioactive” 

Though this performance doesn’t feature the epic dance spectacles of most of the other acts, I’ve always got a soft spot for bands that come to these award shows to show viewers the best of their performing abilities without all that other jib-jab. Plus, this song is beautiful! That gravelly voice just gives me the shivers. 

Carmen B.