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American Idol S7

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

What a way to break my unannounced hiatus, start with what my first ever post was about.

Actually I just felt like mentioning this — Is it just me or are they really focusing less and less on the actual talent? Well, that isn’t to say that the winners aren’t good, it’s just that the things that happen in between the first audition and the announcing of the winner seems too…

For instance. I was watching the audition a few days ago, and saw how this one guy came in wearing what I can only describe as an amazon costume. Paula tells him he can come back after he’s removed the hair on his chest, because it was distracting her. Well, I do get that the judges need a break, but sometimes it feels like they’re deliberately shifting our attention to other things other than the talent.

I still think that American Idol is the single reality show that has the potential to last forever (or at least, till the end of human kind), but I hope it isn’t for the wrong reasons.

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Backstreet’s back…again.

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Backstreet Boys

The Backstreet Boys.

Haha. I gotta admit I got caught in the boyband craze, and I’m sure that doesn’t come as a surprise. But now they’re back, albeit missing one member, and their music is just as solid.

But what does this era hold in store for them? We never really noticed how or when it happened exactly, but the boyband era is over. Back then, you could sell albums just for being a boyband.

Although there are a handful of BSB songs that I am not ashamed to say I still like now (like Set Adrift On Memory Bliss), it just seems that the music scene won’t be as accepting as it used to be. Or a boyband, that is.

I heard their new song “Inconsolable”.

It’s like the music that doesn’t offend you, but you don’t really go out of your way to listen to. An “okay” song. That filler song on your iPod shuffle. You get the idea. But kudos to them for still being around.

Technorati tags: backstreet boys, boybands

On going mainstream

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

If you’ve seen the MTV Video Music Awards, you may remember that the Gym Class Heroes won the “best new artist” award. Okay I’ll be honest, I hadn’t heard of then till their latest album, so in my mind, they really are a new band.

But as many of you know (and as I found out), they’ve been around for 10 years now…just not in the mainstream. And now that they’re out there, they’re considered a “new artist”.

Actually I don’t know all that much about the Gym Class Heroes, and while I’ve tried out one album, only about 4 stuck with me. Not to say they’re bad, but anyway that’s besides the point. They said in an interview that they don’t like to overanalyze their music, so they have some freedom and don’t keep trying to fall into some category. This makes me think about the other artists who’ve had careers before going mainstream. The tendency, as music history dictates, is that once they get out there, they change (or even “compromise”) their musical style to fit the mainstream.

It can be a good thing, I know, but there’s a fine line I guess between giving up what you were originally about and just trying to reach more people. And either can be good or bad, depending on the artist and the situation. I hope that makes sense ;)

Technorati tags: gym class heroes, mainstream, band, music

Sting dubbed worst lyricist

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Sting

A survey by Blender Magazine reveals Sting as the worst lyricist, making special mention of The Police’s 1980s hit Don’t Stand So Close To Me and If You Love Someone Set Them Free.

He beat other artists such as Rush drummer Neil Peart at number 2, Creed frontman Scott Stapp at number 3, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher at number 4, and Dan Fogelberg at number 5.

Even Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant (number 23) and Paul McCartney (38 for Ebony and Ivory) got in the list.

Funny how these are all hits anyway.

I mean that not as a social commentary. I mean, I guess nobody really cares, including myself. I agree though, good lyrics make a good song, but in the end, it only takes that people can relate — in any way, to a song. And that’s enough to make it a hit.

Classic rock never needed smart lyrics. Just my opinion. ;P

Technorati tags: music, blender, magazine, survey, worst lyricist, lyrics, writer, sting, rush, creed, oasis, led zeppelin, paul mccartney, police

Always issues with Kanye West

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

Apparently he’s vowed to never return to MTV, after failing to get a single award at Sept. 9’s VMAs. He was nominated for 5 awards, but again, failed to get video of the year.

Kanye West

Last year, he had a meltdown, saying the VMA loses it’s credibility for not giving them the award. And last week he did it again backstage, shouting how they should give him a chance. It was a very troubling scene.

I’d share it, but yeah, it’s troubling.

“Give a black man a chance. I’m trying hard, man.”

Well, it’s especially disturbing for me because I like his music. But as always, his ego is huge, bigger than his body, bigger than his music career. It’s hard to get inside his head. I do think he’s great (I’ll leave my extra biased comments out for now), but the fact that he can’t be mature about this lowers the way I see him.

And he even made a comment against pop music. What’s up with that Kanye? I want to say I expect more from you, but I’ve got nothing to go on.

Technorati tags: kanye west, music, video music awards, vma, mtv, meltdown

Paradigm Shift

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

For most people, there’s always that one genre of music that they refuse to listen to.

For instance, my brother used to hate country, he really didn’t like how country music was arranged. On the other hand, a friend of mine once said “There’s good music and there’s bad music. And then there’s emo.” Yeah, he’s got a lot of hostility toward the emo genre, and doesn’t consider it music at all.

Read the caption at the right.

“Yeah, yeah, we know, emo’s a music thing, not a fashion movement…” 

Well to me, it’s one thing to not like a certain genre, it’s another to say that it isn’t worthy to be called music. And it’s yet another thing to judge people because of the music they listen to.

Well, I used to be like that. I would walk past a group of emo people and judge them. I used to be judged too, because I listened to music from other countries, because i listened to rap music in a heavily rock-influenced town. I was already pretty versatile with my taste in music — I liked metal, alternative, r&b, rap, jazz, electronica, house, name it. But emo, to me, was different. To me the theme of the genre itself was enough reason not to consider it music.

But soon I came to realize something. Many of the songs I liked in certain genres, I liked because of the technical aspects in the song. I won’t explain that, but think about oldschool rock bands and you’ll get it. However, for some, it was just that I found a way to connect to the music, that I liked them so much. R&B rarely ever had any killer instrument lines, so you basically had the melody, arrangement, words and the beat. And yet, they could be considered works of genius.

And that made me think, who was I to judge these people, when they were making use of the language of music just as it should be used? Just as I would do, only for other genres?

After all, if you look up the definition of music, these genres do fall under it, no matter how much they don’t appeal to us. It’s a language after all, and in this case I believe, the end justifies the means. You can say that you don’t like a certain genre and give all your valid reasons, but to deny it that basic fact, is injustice. Just my two cents.

Technorati tags: bias, music, genre