Fan Art Fridays: The 1975’s Matt Healy

Today The 1975 released the music video for their new single “UGH!” After watching it this morning, I just had to make Matt Healy the subject of this week’s Fan Art Fridays.

The music video was directed by Adam Powell, who also directed The 1975’s “Girls.” He plays with a lot of psychedelic lighting in the video, bringing the song’s ostentatiousness to a new level.

I just can’t get over how great Matt Healy’s curls look in the music video and in this fan art sketch of him I found on Tumblr by Melanie. Definitely loving the way that shaved portion of his hair grew back!

The 1975 are always fun to watch in music videos, and I hope I can see them live one day. It would be so awesome to hear some of the songs from their upcoming album I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it performed live!

See the original fan art here, and enjoy the music video below!

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Fan Art Fridays: Tove Lo

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I was listening to Coldplay’s new album A Head Full of Dreams on Spotify today and I got really excited when I saw that Tove Lo is featured on their song “Fun.” She brings an interesting vibe to the album with her alt-pop vocals and multi-dimensional personality.

Her voice blends very well on the ballady track as a backup vocal to Chris Martin. “Fun” is one of my favorites on the album, along with “Army of One” and “Adventure Of A Lifetime.”

The song inspired me to look around for some cool fan art of Tove Lo, and I came across this cartoon portrait by Lily-the-Animator on Deviant Art. You gotta love her somber-looking, droopy, googly blue eyes!

View the original fan art here and check out “Fun” for yourself on Spotify!

 

Fan Art Fridays: Lionel Richie

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Lionel Richie was in the news this week because he’s become the latest of a large group of musicians that want to collaborate with the lovely Adele.

Get in line, buddy.

Apparently, when he first found out the name of Adele’s single “Hello,” he thought it was a cover of his original 1983 hit of the same name.

It’s safe to bet that Lionel Richie and Adele are probably going to be coming soon to your ears. On the same track. Together.

In honor of this news, I found this really fun cartoon version of Lionel Richie. It’s by an artist that goes by the name Menekse Cam online, and she’s got tons more where this one came from.

Also, am the only one that goes all out ROTFL when they see one of these shirts?

View the original fan art here.

 

 

Fan Art Fridays: Our Newest Bond Boy, Sam Smith

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Earlier this week, Sam Smith confirmed he is singing the theme for the next James Bond movie, Spectre.

What?! He lied to us back in July about not being the one singing the theme. Jeez. That must have been some strict contract agreement he was under.

The song is called “Writing’s on the Wall,” and we’ll get to hear it on September 25th. Spectre comes out in theaters on November 6th. So. Much. Excitement!

I was searching for some Sam Smith fan art to celebrate the news, and I found this wonderful sketch by sean_art on Instagram. He looks totally Bond-tastic with his hand on his chin and the popped collar.

Me likey.

View the original here.

This Week in Music: Urban Cone’s “Weekends”

It’s only Tuesday and Urban Cone’s already got us thinking about the weekend.

The band released a new track off their upcoming album Polaroid Memories called “Weekends,” and it’s got a very cheery, upbeat chill vibe.

It’s the kind of song you want to burst out the door to on a Saturday morning as you jump on your bike with your friends riding alongside you.

The song’s fuzzy synth and happy guitar rifts are enough to put you in a good mood. “Can you feel it?” they sing. “I can feel it.”

There is a slightly melancholy part of the song right before the chorus, which is my favorite part, probably because I’m used to Urban Cone’s melancholy lyrics.

Before the chorus they sing, “Do you remember, we used to build castles?” in a very reminiscent voice. “I used to feel it. You used to feel it.” They continue as the beat slows down and the guitar begins to strum lightly.

Oh, the Polaroid memories. (see what I did there?)

In any case, the song is definitely more pop sounding than their other stuff, and I can’t say I’m in love with it or anything. It’s alright, but I think I liked “Sadness Disease” a lot better than I enjoyed “Weekends.”

Listen to “Weekends” below and pre-order Polaroid Memories here.

2014’s Best in Music

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2014 was another amazing year for music. So many new artists came onto the scene and killed it! This year’s list includes not only albums, but EPs and official motion picture soundtracks as well. And, of course, Taylor Swift’s 1989 would be on this list under the song “Wildest Dreams,” but she pulled her music from Spotify and I don’t want any holes in the playlist.

In no particular order, here are my 25 picks for the best songs, albums, and artists of 2014:

1. “I Should’ve Guessed” ft. Speak, RAC, Strangers Part II: There’s just something about that light pizzicato in the chorus. It gets me every time.


2. “Speeding,” LIGHTS, Little Machines: LIGHTS, we don’t want you to stay still. Keep speeding, girl.


3. “Mind Over Matter,” Young the Giant, Mind Over Matter: Don’t shake the world too hard now, Sameer Gadhia.


4. “Are You What You Wanna Be?,” Foster the People, Supermodel: Questions to ask yourself in the new year…

5. “I Want It All,” Karmin, Pulses: Amy and Nick need to go elope already.

6. “I Need You,” M83, Divergent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: So many amazing songs on this soundtrack, and M83 did fantastic job with this ballad.

 

7. “Freakin’ Me Out,” The Ready Set, The Bad & The Better: The song itself won’t freak you out. I promise.


8. “Feelings,” Maroon 5, V: I’ve got some feelings about Adam Levine’s falsetto…


9. “Dust Clears” ft. Noonie Bao, Clean Bandit, New Eyes: This song was my alarm tone all summer. Noonie Bao adds some serious sass to this tune, and I just can’t get enough!


10. “Runaway,” Ed Sheeran, x: Just don’t run away without releasing and ÷, Teddy.

11. “Happy Little Pill,” Troye Sivan, Happy Little Pill: Mr. Sivan, you’ve done your fans proud, YouTube and beyond.

12. “Stay With Us,” Seoul, Magestic Casual 2: As long as Majestic Casual releases another mix album, I’ll stay. Keeping a close eye on Seoul as well!


13. “Run-Time,” Imogen Heap, Sparks: Imogen Heap can do no wrong.


14. “Together” ft. Gwen Stefani, Calvin Harris, Motion: Honesty time. Every time the bridge comes around I fall into a state of utter bliss and whisper, One day…”.


15. “Simple and Sweet,” Jon Bellion, The Definition: Jon Bellion was a very pleasant surprise this year. He’s got a very nice balance between philosophical and impulsive creativity on this album.


16. “Roses,” Angus & Julia Stone, Angus & Julia Stone: Hearing “Roses” for the first time made my heart skip a beat. Indietronica! YES, PLEASE.


17. “This is Not a Game,” The Chemical Brothers ft. Miguel, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I OST: It most definitely is not a game, guys. Lorde, this soundtrack is sheer brilliance.


18. “Little Bit More” – Bodhi Remix, Bo Saris, Bondax & Friends – The Mix Album: Can I just take a moment to thank Bondax and their friends for this stellar mix album?


19. “Young Love,” Jesse McCartney, In Technicolor: Jesse McCartney brought some lovely color to the music scene this year.

20. “Teacher,” Nick Jonas, Nick Jonas: My Jonas fever will never die for this one…

21. “Espoir,” Darius, Romance: “Espoir” is French for “hopeless.” Darius might be hopelessly in love, but I have high hopes for his music.

22. “Why” ft. Nate Salman, Le Sins, Michael: “Wanna go there?” Chaz Bundick and Nate Salman take you there on this track. Still trying to figure out who Michael is though…


23. “Vanilla Chocolat” ft. Connect-R, Alexandra Stan, Unlocked: This Romanian beauty took all the romance languages she could find and used them to connect with her fans on this album. All the vanilla chocolates for you, my darling…


24. “Shot Me Down” ft. Skylar Grey, David Guetta, Listen: David Guetta demanded that we listen, and listen we did. And Skylar Grey, don’t let ’em shoot you down.

25. “Two Bodies” ft. Emma Louise, Flight Facilities, Down to Earth: Emma Louise, your voice is precious. Flight Facilities, your rhythms capture the essence of life’s absurd conundrums. And Rod Sterling, thank you for inspiring the glorious intro portion of “Two Bodies.”

 

Happy New Year, everyone!

Lorde’s Birthday Wish and “Yellow Flicker Beat” Music Video

Today, Lorde turned 18!

Gosh, she’s so young.

Wondering what the singer wished for?

Less acne.

About 10 seconds into her big day, Lorde took to her Tumblr page, stating,

it’s midnight, and i’m all of ten seconds into being eighteen. the first thing that came into my head just now is that i thought i would have less acne at eighteen.. some things never change. lol. happy birthday me.

Girl, I feel your pain.

This isn’t the first time Lorde made a public statement about her acne problems.

In a comparison between two photos of the singer taken during a concert performance, Lorde took a stand for her imperfections.

“I find this curious — two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real. remember flaws are ok :-)”

Lorde also has no shame in posting photos of her face covered in acne cream. She doesn’t try to hide her acne. She just wishes it weren’t there.

But I’m not gonna lie to you, girl. I’m 20 and I still have acne!

You just keep being you, and your fans see past your acne into your beautiful soul.

It also seems that Lorde likes to give on her birthday rather than receive.

The music video for The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack song “Yellow Flicker Beat” is finally here!

Woohoo!

Enjoy your day, Lorde!

And for the fans, enjoy her new music video for “Yellow Flicker Beat.”