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Adam Lambert’s New Look! Yay or Nay?

September 30, 2009 7 comments


– Adam’s thank you video for Donors Choose.Org

Plus more photos… I personally think he’s pretty hot with the facial hair situation…

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FREE Download of “One More Day” by Rocket Club

September 27, 2009 Leave a comment

“One More Day” was written and recorded to benefit Faith’s Lodge (www.faithslodge.org) and appears on “Hope Rocks: Volume II“, available at Target stores beginning September 28th.

What a heartbreaking song… To promote the CD Hope Rocks: Volume II, Rocket Club is offering a FREE download of their song “One More Day” at their official website. (Direct Link)

If you like it, support them by buying the CD at Target.

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Album Review – Mika’s The Boy Who Knew Too Much

September 26, 2009 Leave a comment

So, this is another album exempted from my ‘will only buy singles from now on’ rule. I loved Mika’s debut – “Life in Cartoon Motion” – it was definitely NOT one of those albums chock full of songs I turned out never to have listened to. So, I had a (semi) good feeling about Mika’s sophomore album, the semi-ness mostly because I really didn’t like the first single that was released “We Are Golden”. But I’m happy to report that I’m pretty much sold on the album (well, majority of the songs) now. I’m a huuuge fan of Mika’s soaring falsetto and as in his last offering, the soaring voice is still front and center in this album. Whew – no overproduction that I can detect here!

Basically, if you liked “Life in Cartoon Motion” – just go and buy “The Boy Who Knew Too Much” because it’s very faithful to the upbeat & positive spirit (minus one or two songs) of his debut album. It’s the same piano pop with crazy infectious hooks and driving beats, coupled with joy! laughter! bounci-ness! Add in a bit of vaudeville and a retro-60s touch to the mix. Sprinkle in more ambitious (and expensive?) production values. And voila – it’s just a perfect mix for me. As for the people who criticize Mika’s lyrics – well, I’d have to say that lyrics are not his forte (check out The Avett Brothers for that!) – so if you were critical of the weak lyrics in his last album, you’ll probably remain critical here. I just mostly ignore the words in his songs. Funny. But true.

So, I’ll just go a bit in-depth on the songs. Blame It On the Girls, Touches You and Good Gone Girl are simply perfect for celebrating life and dancing (you can also include running/exercising). Just simple fun-, carefree-, doesn’t take itself too seriously- kind of music that just effortlessly gets your body moving (and before you know it, you’ve burned off x number of calories!). Plus points for being a bit addicting to listen to. I guess you could argue that Rain and We Are Golden are in the same mold, but somehow, I’m not so into these two.

Personal favorites of mine are Dr. John, Blue Eyes and especially the very quirky Toy Boy which made me imagine I was off somewhere enjoying an English fair in the 40s or an old Disney cartoon or a Vaudeville show (think Queen’s Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon or Good Company – they captures the spirit of these Queen songs).

In addition, loved loved the sultriness of Pick Up Off The Floor (it’s a bit jazzy/bluesy), and even the songs that I didn’t really get into that much on first listen, I can see myself warming up to them (eventually). Example was One Foot Boy which I wasn’t too sure of at first, but loved after a couple of listens. I don’t regret getting the whole album – like in my review of the Muse album – there really isn’t a song that’s bad in here and I can see myself listening to the whole thing again and again. I’m pretty sure I won’t be skipping songs with this one!

Mika’s The Boy Who Knew Too Much is available on Amazon ($9.99) with a Special Edition ($11.99) that includes a documentary and live performance videos. It’s also available on iTunes as a Deluxe LP ($11.99).

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Season Promo of Flash Forward

September 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Yay, I am so looking forward to future episodes of Flash Forward. This is a series I want to follow.

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Official Video for ‘I and Love and You’ by The Avett Brothers

September 26, 2009 Leave a comment

I am so in love with this song.

Check out The Avette Brothers‘ album which is currently live streaming at NPR Music! It sooo kicks ass …

I can’t wait for Sept 29th when it finally drops! (I am also going to be broke, since I just bought Mika’s new album and I’ve determined that I want ‘I and Love and You’ real bad too. And I’m vaccilating on Paramore’s new album… Aaargh)

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For 24 hours only! Download Harry Connick Jr.’s “All the Way”

September 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Oprah.Com is offering a FREE download of Harry Connick Jr.’s “All The Way”. I have no idea what time the clock runs down though…

For 24 hours only! Get Harry Connick Jr.’s cover of Frank Sinatra’s “All the Way” from his latest album, Your Songs.

Click here to download! (Direct Link)

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Kris Allen With Ryan Seacrest @ 102.7 KIIS FM

September 25, 2009 2 comments

So, Kris Allen joined Ryan Seacrest in-studio @ 102.7 KIIS FM to debut his new single “Live Like We’re Dying”. Unfortunately, kinda an awkward interview…

Kris sounded so sleepy … he was kinda extra inarticulate. Ouch. And way to go Ryan with your (sort of ) hard-hitting questions … Ellen again? lol – at least Kris was able to (try to) defend picking “Live Like We’re Dying” (although Kris didn’t seem prepared to be asked the “cover” question – memo to his pr people – help Kris spin this!!!). And we got new info re: the deadline for album completion – ooh – October 15. Seems awfully near …

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Preview John Mayer’s New Single “Who Says”

September 25, 2009 2 comments

John Mayer’s new single “Who Says” is currently streaming on his official website.

Hmmm… not quite sure what to think of this song. The first time I listened to it, I was going – whoa, did he just sing that?… I don’t know, I don’t hate it. But I don’t love it either. I mean, it’s a pretty and pleasant little ditty. But I … expected more?

I wonder if he was stoned when he wrote this – I know that this isn’t really a tribute to pot but about the freedom to go after your heart’s desire – but I do wonder… LOL … And I’ll give him this – it is sung very lovingly. plaintively. achingly so. and above all, sincerely. Maybe after the nth hit, it’ll grow on me?

ETA : Okay, after listening to the nth time, the stripped-down acoustic melody does get to me, so yay, for you John Mayer. You still have the magic touch.

“Who Says” is now available for download for $1.29 at Amazon and iTunes.

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