This Week In Music: Karmin’s “I Want It All” Music Video

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Karmin’s Amy and Nick in “I Want It All” music video

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Couple and pop duo Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan of Karmin are back with a sassy new hit titled “I Want It All,” featuring the jazziest of melodies.

The song features a ear-gasmic crescendo of “da da das” in the intro, which carries throughout the rest of the song as well. The chorus becomes a party when the trumpet melodies come flooding in, mixing perfectly with Amy’s voice.

In the music video, it appears that Amy “want[s] it all,” but there’s a gold plated wall blocking her from taking hold of her desires?

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Fortunately, the gold wall doesn’t stop Amy, Nick and the supporting dancers. The groove of this song coupled with the old-school jazz themed music video will make you feel like you can have it all, right there on the dance floor, even while dancing on roller skates.

Yes, the video contains roller skate dancing. No, just the dancers, not Amy and Nick, I’m afraid.

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The most interesting thing to realize about “I Want It All” is the fact that in it, Amy does not rap a single line. This could be a problem for fans who love her female rapper techniques most.

Luckily, the music video might be just what the doctor ordered.

Enjoy!

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Album Review: Jesse McCartney’s ‘In Technicolor (Part 1)’

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After three years of silence in the music industry, Jesse McCartney is back with his new EP In Technicolor (Part 1), out today, December 10, 2013.

For those of you who are a bit puzzled, the answer is yes, Jesse McCartney is the kid that used to look like this:

Except now he’s 26, his hair is dark brown, and his music has more of an R&B feel instead of the pop tunes he sang back in the 2000s.

In Technicolor (Part 1) is a short EP of four songs, totaling 12 minutes.

The EP begins with the introductory 1:41 track “In Technicolor (Part 1).” The first chorus hits home, as McCartney sings,

Get a job, pay the rent,
Rinse, wash, repeat do it again, oh
We all live in a black and white world
But let’s face it, while time’s wasting,
We’re all here with the same motivation,
Trying to find that someone who sees your worth.

This verse sets up the premise for the song, which is the concept of living a life with the main goal of finding someone to be with as it all unfolds. This person makes your dreary, everyday, black and white world turn technicolor.

How beautiful!

“Back Together” and “Tie the Knot” sound very Justin Timberlake, with their funky, upbeat, R&B feel, complete with trumpets and bass guitar melodies.

“Tie the Knot” features some impulsive elope-sounding lyrics. “I’m ready, you’re ready, we’re ready, been ready / Come on girl let’s tie the knot,” he sings excitedly. Is there something you’re not telling us about you and Katie Peterson’s relationship status, Jesse?

The EP concludes on a serious note with “Checkmate,” the only ballad on the album.  “You are gonna lose ’cause you chose to make the moves you make” is the lyric in the chorus that stands out the most.

It’s nice to hear Jesse McCartney’s voice back on the market again. I’m assuming there will be a part 2 to this sometime in the near future?

Please don’t take another three years to release it, Jesse!

Listen to In Technicolor (Part 1) on Spotify.

Album Review: Parachute’s ‘Overnight’

Today marks the release of Parachute’s new album Overnight!

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I’ve been in love with Parachute ever since a friend got me hooked on their song “She is Love.” Since then, I’ve also been hooked on “Mess I Made” and “All I Know.”

Now Parachute is back with a brand new album that I am listening to for the first time as I write this review. So, all of my opinions will be first impressions.

As soon as I heard the first song on the album, “Meant to Be,” I knew this was going to be a good album. I just love lead singer Will Anderson’s voice! The lyrics as so captivating, as he sings,

“When I found you
You could run so fast
You never really wanted love
And it couldn’t really hold you back.”

This song set the bar high for the rest of this album.

I had already heard “Can’t Help” and “Hearts Go Crazy” before the album was released. “Can’t Help” is one of those love sick songs with an addicting piano melody. I love the bell sounds in the song “Hearts Go Crazy.”

“Drive You Home” was kind of a let down for me, because the intro led me to believe that it was going to be a really slow tempo ballad, but it isn’t. I think the song would have been better if it were slower.

“Hurricane” has a bit of an R&B feel. The drum is like a heartbeat throughout the song. I don’t hate it but I don’t love it either. Will Anderson’s falsetto is great in this song.

I really like the beat of the song “Overnight”, the song that the album is named for. They layer some really cool beats, including the cool guitar rift and snare on the chorus. I also love it when “I should be sleeping” repeats for the bridge.

I think “Didn’t See it Coming” is the most creative and catchy song on the album. I love the talking bits, especially when he says, “And I was told don’t speak with your mouth open / But I couldn’t help it…” I also love how Will Anderson goes up the scale as he sings the word “coming” in the chorus. This song is brilliant, and will most likely be stuck in my head all night.

“The Other Side” is a sweet, slow ballad. Anderson sings “Darling don’t look back, no need to worry / I’ll be here waiting on the other side.” So heartwarming. “The Only One” is also a ballad, although the lyrics are much more powerful than “The Only One.” The chorus is so beautiful:

“Standing by the bedroom door
Staring at an empty face
I can see it in your eyes
Some things you can never change
Nothing else that I can do
While I’m waiting for the end to come
I know youre gonna walk away
But you should know that you’re the only one
You’re the only one.”

The way the word “one” echoes at the end of each chorus really gets to me.

The song “Waiting for that Call” will have your feet tapping and your head bobbing up and down. I love the slight raise of volume on some of the lyrics. Anderson even swears in this one. It was well placed, though.

“Disappear” is really heavy on the acoustics. I guess they decided to focus more on the lyrics for this one.

I’m not going to lie, I was kind of weirded out when I heard the intro for the last song on the album, “Higher.” Its a mixture of crashing sounds, combined with a church choir and a loud guitar. I kind of like it.

In general, I think this album was alright. Parachute tends to grab me with 3-4 songs every album, so I guess this time my favorites are “Meant to Be,” “Didn’t See it Coming” and “Waiting for that Call.”

Check out the album on Spotify!

Katy Perry ‘Prism’ Truck, “Roar” Single Art, and Teaser

Katy Kats! It’s time for The Third Coming!

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At the end of July, Katy Perry announced the release of her third studio album Prism.

Up until its release on October 22, 2013, the golden Prism truck will be touring the United States.

If you find the truck she might retweet you!

I cannot wait until it gets to New York!

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This week, Katy Perry released the single art for her single “Roar” and two teasers titled “Burning Baby Blue” and “The Third Coming.”

“Roar” will be released on August 12th, and UK fans can already pre-order the track here.

The teasers speak for themselves. Katy Perry’s symbolic rendition of her separation from the old sound fails to disappoint with the burning of her signature blue wig and a funeral service.

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“Roar’ Single Art

I just love how she chuckles when the camera focuses on her during the funeral in “The Third Coming.”

So mark your calendars, Katy Kats! She’s coming!

August 12th: “Roar”

October 22nd: Prism

And don’t forget to tweet your photos of the golden Prism, coming to a city near you!

This Week in Music: Mike Tompkins’ “Shake the Ground”

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 was a big day for Mike Tompkins.

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The genius of a musician released his first original single.

ORIGINAL.

NOT A COVER.

For those of you who have yet to meet the Canadian YouTube phenom, I’ll show you what this guy is about:

Yeah. His voice is his instrument. Literally.

He does covers like this regularly. Most of the songs he remixes with his mouth are of the pop genre, including Demi Lovato, Rihanna, and even Owl City.

You can imagine how excited his fans were when they learned of his original single.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to song beats, since he can rely on his own instrumentation. So would he choose a ballad or something fast paced? Heavy base or loud snare? Vocals or instrumental?

I was itching to know. So I went onto Spotify and listened.

And I loved it.

At first I was kind of disappointed. I stared at my computer thinking, no, Mike Tompkins can do way more than just a chorus of “Oh”s and a steady snare.

And then the beat dropped.

He went electronic on us.

Holy crap, that was unexpected!

“Shake the Ground” is a song about what it feels like to be in the party scene, or even on stage, where the flashing lights transform you.

He sings, “Somehow I feel born again tonight.” The feeling of bursting out of your own skin to show the world who you really are shines through in the lyrics of this song.

This song should definitely be on your next party playlist.

“Shake the Ground” probably describes exactly how Mike Tompkins felt when he performed his original song at Playlist Live.

The lyric video features scenes from his performance at Playlist 2013. No word of an official video yet.

Have a listen here. I dare you to challenge his Skrillex-like capabilities!

WRHU 88.7 FM Hofstra University

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This lovely Monday I spent some time at the radio station WRHU 88.7 at my school, Hofstra University. Autumn and Alex were there hosting Alternative Nation, a segment that plays alternative rock songs from artists such as Sixpence None the Richer, Breaking Benjamin, and my favorite, Neon Trees.

They played some really good stuff while I was there. I sat at the table and jammed out to “It’s My Life” and “Do You Really Love Me?” by No Doubt, and the amazing “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay. They even let me request a song! Watch here.


Clearly I had a good time.

Autumn, a broadcast journalism major at Hofstra who helps out with the show “Alternative Nation” every other Monday from 11am-1pm, let me interview her when the show was over. She’s such a sweetheart. Watch the interview here!


WRHU serves the Long Island, NYC, and Conneticut areas. It is home to the New York Islanders Hockey, and of course, Hofstra Pride sports teams.

The station is known for being the leader in development of multimedia, new media, and diverging media platforms. It is Long Island’s largest radio news station team.

WRHU hosts a variety of shows and segments, including “HMWC” (Hofstra Morning Wake Up Call), “Off the Charts”, “Political Seance”, “Jazz Cafe”, “Polka and Oberek”, “R&B Serenade”, “Dead Zone”, “Women’s Show”, “The Locker Room” and more.

WRHU can be streamed online or via iPhone app. To listen online click for PC or Mac. For the iPhone app click here.

WRHU 88.7 allows students to sign up for a training program in order to help out with the station and/or create their own radio show. A few of my friends have participated in the 10-week training course, and they do not regret having taken it one bit!

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If you’re a musician, you can send your music in and they might play it on the air! Send submissions to:

WRHU Music Director
111 Hofstra University
127 Dempster Hall
Hempstead, NY 11549

This Week in Music: Jonas Brother’s “Pom Poms” and Matthew Koma’s “One Night”

The first week of April 2013 has brought to us the music of the Jonas Brothers and Matthew Koma.

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Truth is, I miss the Jonas Brothers. Back in 2007 I was one of those thirteen year old girls who fangirled about anything and everything Jonas. But then they died out. And now they’re trying to come back. I worry that this comeback will be unsuccessful.

Matthew Koma is slowly becoming one of my favorites. I loved his voice in Zedd’s “Spectrum” and his song “Parachute” is amazing. I was really happy to find out he was releasing a new track this week.

And now for the assessment.

JoBros!! What happened?! I used to love these guys so much, with their heartfelt lyrics, sexy vocals and hair raising guitar rifts. “Pom Poms” lacks all three of these qualities!


The video, on the other hand, was quite entertaining. I loved the choreography (this is the first Jonas Brothers video with dancers I believe). Those female dancers have some serious skills! The kid in the milkshake scene was humorous. I also thought the choir was very interesting to see popping up every now and then. I’m kind of confused though, as to why that band player at the end does the bridge, hitting his hat smack down on the grassy field as a result. Weird.

There might be hope for these guys. Might.

And, Nick, please, please let your sexy curls grow back. You’re really starting to creep me out with that shorter cut you’ve been sporting around. I used to drool over Nick’s curls, hoping that one day I’d marry him and watch them turn gray. Sigh. Those days are long gone.

Matthew Koma does some interesting things with the lyrics for “One Night.” I love how he sings the chorus. He makes the song so fun with his cool vibrato and calm vocals. The play on words in the line “In a white Mercedes that bends me to the grave” is just brilliant. The bubble gum metaphor is also genius. I can’t stop myself from singing along when it goes “Chew my love under your tongue like it’s your bubblegum. Just spit me out when it becomes more than fun.”

The music video was a bit odd though. I wish there were better visuals of the carnival, because the bell sounds in the intro of the song remind me of carnival scenes. The part where Matthew Koma touches that guy’s mustache was hilarious. Those crazy teens with the ginormous bubble and the firework were just awkward.

 

Maybe I’m being a bit to harsh, but I think “One Night” won me over. I’m sorry Jonas Bros, but I will not be putting my pom poms down for you guys. Get it together JoBros!