Posts Tagged ‘YouTube’

Stand Up (Mike Tompkins)

In current listenings, tracks to listen to on March 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Many of you have heard about the Bully movie, a documentary which goes hand-in-hand with a major anti-bullying movement that is growing worldwide. This film is particularly influenced by bullying in the United States, where the film was created. It was filmed over one school year and follows the stories of five youths. The MPAA originally chose to give this film an R-rating, preventing anyone under 18 from seeing this film. Obviously, this was a problem, considering that the film is a great opportunity to empower youth and foster conversation and actions to prevent bullying. After a lot of resistance, the MPAA changed the rating of the film to “Unrated”, which leaves the decision to play the movie up to the theatres. This is clearly better than an R rating, but it still means that many people won’t have an opportunity to see the film.

Many of you may have also seen some of the viral videos from Mike Tompkins, who is a beat-boxing, self-producing artist. Mike and I went to high school together, and although we haven’t kept in touch, I have been following his videos and watching his success. He is an incredibly talented guy and always stood out in our high school years as being a unique and creative thinker with exciting ideas.

Today, Mike released a self-written and self-produced song and video on YouTube called “Stand Up“. It is the official music video for the Bully movie and its inspiring to see him use his talents in such a great way. His single is available for purchase on iTunes, and you can out more of his videos on YouTube.

Please visit The Bully Project to find out more information about the film and the movement.

3 Songs by Generationals

In current listenings, tracks to listen to on March 9, 2012 at 11:09 am

Happy Friday, friends!

Let’s keep this short and simple: here’s three songs by Generationals to help you rock out on a Friday. I’ve included these videos in a playlist from YouTube. And once you’ve finished, I added a live video to the mix so you can check it out!

  1. Trust
  2. Greenleaf
  3. Say for Certain

Have a great weekend!

Unfortunately, I can’t post the embedded playlist video here, so instead…click this to watch the playlist of these videos, or watch them individually below!

Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae Jepsen)

In current listenings, tracks to listen to on February 22, 2012 at 10:02 am

All of a sudden this song has exploded onto the pop music scene, at least in Canada, and rumour has it, its working its way up the charts in the US. I don’t usually post mainstream pop on here, but I’ve got to say, Carly Rae Jepsen has released one of the catchiest tunes I’ve heard in a long time. And I’m so proud to say that Ms. Jepsen is Canadian-born, from Mission, B.C..

“Call Me Maybe” is from her new EP, Curiosity, and this girl can sing, too. There are some low-quality live performances on YouTube that show how she actually rocks out to this song live. You could also search some of her videos from her stint on Canadian Idol in 2007, in which she placed third.

Just last week, it was announced that Scooter Braun, signed Carly Rae Jepsen onto his label, Schoolboy Records, which also signed Justin Bieber two years ago.  And only a few days ago, J-Biebs and some of his friends released an impromptu, fun home made video to Jepsen’s song, which you can check out here.

So, I’m sorry if you don’t like pop, but this song is so catchy I couldn’t resist…and I wanted to support a fellow Canadian. Congrats, Carly Rae Jepsen!

#144 – Straight Outta Compton (N.W.A.)

In 150-125, Top 150 on April 18, 2011 at 11:45 am

This was shocking. I went from the smoothly orchestrated, sexy-but-department-store-esque Steely Dan to some pre-mainstream hip-hop featuring Ice Cube and Dr. Dre in their early days.

I’ve gotta say, I love the diversity that this album added to the RS150 so far (even if I’m only 7 albums in, which is wild in itself).

Released in 1988, Straight Outta Compton features Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, DJ Yella, The D. O. C. and the Arabian Prince.

Straight Outta Compton by American rap group N...

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N.W.A. is like the launching point for “gangsta-rap”…or at least close to it. And its really characterized on this album by insane amounts of explicit lyrics, with a lot of guns and drugs, and rebellious lyrics.

Track Listing

  1. Straight Outta Compton
  2. Gangsta Gangsta
  3. F— Tha Police
  4. If It Ain’t Ruff
  5. Parental Discretion Iz Advised
  6. Something Like That
  7. 8 Ball (Remix)
  8. Express Yourself
  9. Compton’s In The House (Remix)
  10. I Ain’t Tha 1
  11. Dopeman (Remix)
  12. Quiet On Tha Set
  13. Something 2 Dance 2
The album starts with an intro of the rappers  who are, Straight Outta Compton, California. It also has tracks like ‘F— Tha Police’, which focuses on racial profiling and police brutality. The lyrics were so explicit and controversial at the time that a lot of N.W.A. was blocked from radio play and even banned from concerts. If I’m not mistaken, their record company may have battled with the authorities because of such violent lyrics. I’m not sure about that 100% though.
So really, I was totally shocked when I listened to this album after Steely Dan. That wasn’t a joke. It was like doing a 180. But my first impressions (which were supported by a bit of research on the inter-web) were that this album was genre-defining and really established hip-hop and rap in a new way. The lyrics are powerful on this album, even if they are explicit. And the beats on this album remind me of albums that are being released now. The tracks on this album are really up-to-date, but they were recorded in 88 – thats more than 20 years ago! The emphasis and the style of rap accompanying the drum tracks definitely remind me of any late 80’s early 90’s rap that I’ve heard, but I really think that the beats could easily be re-used in a current release (perhaps with a bit of re-mastering) and they would sound great.
So there are two major parts to this album that I was really impressed with: my first realization, which was how their beats/drum tracks are apparently timeless, and second, the power of the lyrics (again, even if they are super explicit and/or violent).
I totally see how this album fits into the RS150. Check out ‘Express Yourself’ for a James Brown-esque tune in the middle of the album that’s got a great groove to it (and is mostly free of profanity, actually). It’s also a theme that speaks on the idea of censorship, which was a huge issue with N.W.A.
Also, if you want a blast from the past, check out some of their videos on YouTube.
I think Dr. John is next, who I hadn’t heard about until this list. We’ll see how that goes!

Go (Jónsi)

In albums, current listenings on March 30, 2011 at 11:45 am

album art


So first off, serious thanks to Alex Lepinski for this find. Alex and I were rehearsing a tune for the open mic on Jeju when we got side-tracked (surprised) and she played some of this awesome (literally, awe-some, as in…awe-inspiring) album for me.

Jónsi is the lead singer of a beautifully explorative band known as Sigur Rós (pronunciation here!), which, if you don’t know already, then there’s another new music suggestion for you. They’re an Icelandic, atmospheric-rock band (I made that up, but that’s what I think) with really powerful and intentional compositions that create a really liberating listening experience. Sigur Rós has a number of studio albums out. All of them are great, really but my favourite is probably ( ), released in 2002,  (yes, just parentheses). Favourite tracks are Untitled 4 and Untitled 8 (both from ( ).

Now, back to Jónsi. This album is a short, start-to-finish work of beauty and genius. I don’t really want to say much about it, because I feel like it’s better to explore it on your own, if you choose. It kind of feels like an art-project recorded onto a CD and presented for your ears to enjoy while your mind paints whatever pictures come to it. Seriously.

The album plays about 40 minutes in length, I believe. And once you’ve done that, you can check out the beautiful YouTube videos of the Go Quiet film, which was included in the deluxe edition of the disc as a DVD. It’s the entire album played as an acoustic set. And then, if you still haven’t had enough, check out some of the YouTube videos of the live performances. Jónsi and his new band (Sigur Rós is on hiatus for now) performed an extensive world-wide tour, which, I sadly missed. But watching these videos will make you fall even more into fascination with this fantastic album.

Check it out, and let me know what you think. I love it.


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