Mar 21, 2012

Madonna - Girls Gone Wild (video)

Madonna, you are fun to watch.   The song is exactly what I would expect to hear remixed at a club in West Hollywood.   The boys in heels are epic.   Kind of difficult to think such pretty boys would want to be all up in your business (instead of in each others!) but eh, I'll let that one slide.   You dance like a 20 year old and your hair looks great.

I caught snippets of at least three other songs in your song though.   We already know from the Super Bowl that the title 'Girls Gone Wild' was an issue for Joe Frances.   But leave that out of it for a minute.   The hey hey part reminds me of The Ready Set - Young Forever.

Then there was the part about girls just wanting to have fun.   Was it irony or just being cute that you threw in the Britney line about being 'in the zone"?   And you used a line from a Jennifer Lopez song- "DJ play that song".

Mar 19, 2012

Nick Rosen - Violet

Nick Rosen.   Who?   Oh you haven't heard of him... so you think.   You actually probably have listened to music he has made and didn't even realize it.   I promise- read his bio and tell me I'm wrong:
Nick Rosen is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and band leader that resides in Los Angeles, CA. In 2002, Nick played a pivotal role in helping jazz legend Henry Grimes back onto the jazz scene after a 35 year absence. Nick has been featured in many major publications, including: the L.A. Times front page (twice), The Hollywood Reporter, Jazz Times, the L.A. Weekly, and Vanity Fair. He was music director of the famed Bardot Sessions at Bardot in Hollywood and regularly works with artists such as Bruno Mars, Perry Farrell, Macy Gray, Michel Gondry, Jon Brion, Gavin Degraw, Esthero and many, many more. Nick is now the music director at the Sayers Club, in Hollywood, where he has already done nights with Prince, Will I Am, Estelle, Jamie Foxx, Jeremy Piven, and Common. Nick has worked for many artists as a musical director and is currently working with LP (www.iamlp.com). Nick is signed to Porter records as a solo artist and released his debut album "Into the Sky" in 2010 and will be releasing its follow up "Violet" in early 2012. Nick regularly works in the studio with producers such as Mike Elizondo, Trevor Lawrence Jr., Boy Reckless, Neff-U, and Jahi Sundance. Nick is also a active studio musician in LA and has recorded on numerous scores by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino such as the films Super 8, Star Trek, and Land of the Lost and TV shows LOST and fringe 
NICK ROSEN MUSIC
Yeah.   I thought so.    Now that you know who you are about to be amazed by, let me share his latest and greatest with you.

Today I was listening to some of the tracks from Nick's new album 'Violet' (available tomorrow! 3.20.2012).   It always amazes me when I can hear a new song once, and something about it is so magical that it becomes something you put on repeat and is your go to song.   I immediately felt that way about 'Hope She'll Be Happier with Him'.   Something about the vibe of the song made me feel really happy and at ease.   I sat back and closed my eyes and let the music wash over me.   Another one that really appealed to me was 'See You Again'.   It's a quietly hopeful song that is positive and melancholy at the same time.  
You can listen to these songs, and a few more, on Nick's website - NickRosenMusic.com

About the new album:
Multi-instrumentalist, song writer, singer, Nick Rosen takes his latest release “Violet” into a new direction of folk, soul, pop and jazz.  Each track is uniquely different yet there is a common thread of Rosen’s tasteful approach to song writing.  Melodic pop songs fall away into burning groves of modern day soul that intern blend into an intimate jazz trio. None of the tracks on the album have any editing and most songs were first or second takes.  “I really wanted to capture the moment and was less concerned with perfection, I wanted the emotion of me in the studio with the person or persons that I was doing the track with…” says Rosen. Additional musicians for this project included: Anthony Valadez, Sam Barsh, Paris Carney, Greg Garbowsy, Maiya Sykes, and Dexter Story. 

Basically, get comfy and prepare to be swept away by the smooth, sultry and easy going sounds you are about to experience.   Enjoy!


Mar 18, 2012

RapGenius

I am definitely one of those people who sings along to the music in my car, puts on a concert in the shower, hums when I am grocery shopping... always have a song in my head.   What I do not always have though, is the lyrics.   I know.   I just sort of suck at retaining the words.   I can however, mimic a song to perfection- you would never know I am just making it sound like I know what I'm saying (unless perhaps you are the writer or artist, in which case I offer my sincerest apologies because I assume it would be painful to watch someone butcher your work like that).

Anyway, so this all brings me to a site I was just told about (shout out to you two for that!) called RapGenius. (RapGenius - look at it here)
It literally is genius.   Basically the idea is like a lyrical wikipedia of sorts- people input the meanings to the lyrics of rap songs.
I KNOW!
You would have thought this existed forever ago, right?  
For instance- I was recently listening to the Soulja Boy song 'Kiss Me Through the Phone'.   You know that high part in the chorus where no one knows what he is saying?   Well, I have a friend who actually does know the lyrics to everything and he informed me after I tried (and failed) to mumble along that not only did he know the lyrics- but that it was a phone number!   Yuh.
I need you in my life, yeah all day everyday I need ya
And every time I see ya my feelings get deeper
I miss ya, I miss ya, I really wanna kiss you but I can't
Six, seven, eight, triple nine, eight, two, one, two
see that 678-999-8212.
So naturally, I tried calling it... I had heard that it used to go to a recording of some sort but this time it did not allow me to make the call.   Boo.

My point is- it's awesome.   Another song I went and tested was the Drake song "I'm on One" with Lil Wayne... http://rapgenius.com/Drake-im-on-one-lyrics
It is really funny but also helps you understand what they are trying to say... literally GENIUS.

St. Patricks @ The Sayers Club 3.17.12

Laugh if you want to, but you can't put a price on a good time- so yes, once again I ended up at Sayers twice in one week.   This time I have a great excuse- my girl Chloe Leighton (who I previously posted about here) was performing so naturally I had to go.   I am so glad that I did!!!!
First up, the ever impressive Maiya Sykes.   This diva owns that stage, every time.   It never ceases to amaze me at how her voice is powerful enough to control the entire room- literally every eye is on her when she sings.


Next up, was a great cover of the Amy Winhouse 'Valerie' - I did not catch her name but this girl owned it!   I had trouble uploading the video but here it is now... and if you know her name please comment because I want to give her credit!


Moving on to Chloe- watch this and tell me she did not blow it out of the water!   I never thought of taking this song, slowing it down and making people groove to it, but she did exactly that and made it wonderful on a whole new level-

Because I know her family back home is watching this, I just want to say that Chloe is amazing and I am really glad that I am able to let you watch what she does so well by putting up these videos for you.   It must be hard to be so far away from her and hopefully this makes your day a lot better and gives you comfort knowing she is doing great things and surrounded by people who care about her!

For the last performance of the night, they did a phenomenal cover of The Temper Trap by Fader.  I can admit that I wasn't familiar with the song prior, but now I am all over it and very grateful to have been introduced to it!   (And congrats on your graduation - I didn't get a chance to tell you after the show but very happy for you!)

In hindsight I realized that while standing at the very front to watch the show is awesome live, it messes with the sound quality a bit, so next time I will try to get back to one of the other spots where the audio was clearer.


Mar 17, 2012

Homemadesoul - Heartbreak Hotel

I'd like to introduce you to the mellow smoothness of Homemadesoul.  

I received a link to his new single- Heartbreak Hotel and have had it on repeat for a good half hour.   This song is the perfect blend of rhythm and laid back soul... matches the rainy day outside and makes me feel all warm and good.   Almost like the feeling you get when you have a warm mug of coffee and cozy socks on a chilly day.   Enough descriptives- have a listen and check out his links.


You can listen to the album here: Inspired By A True Story
Now that you've listened, check out the bio-

"Let's go back to the golden days…",lyrics from one of Homemadesoul's signature original tunes, takes you back to a time where music was felt, deep from within.

His own music is a refreshing sound of classic soul/r&b, and modern jazz. His performance is a rare glimpse at classic showmanship, and an intimacy that demands the attention of the audience. His voice grabs you and holds you close, never letting you go, even after the last note is played.

Once an active duty Airman in the U.S. Air Force, Homemadesoul has begun to lay his footprint in the Florida Emerald Coast, performing musical works from the great soul artists that influence him, namely, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Ray Charles. Since leaving the military, Homemadesoul has traveled the world, performing in Iraq, Guatemala, Kuwait, and Japan…spreading the love from within. 

Dec 2011, he was nominated for 4 Beachcomber Awards, the local publication that covers the Emerald Coast music scene. And with these nominations comes the release of a new EP, "Inspired By A True Story Vol. 1". This is the first installment in an ongoing quest to tell true stories of everyday life, as they are experienced, seen, and felt.

Come, listen, and feel his story.

Now Accepting Music Submissions...

Happy St. Patrick's dolls!   Whatever you are doing today to celebrate, I am certain there will be music involved somehow which brings me to the point of this post.  

After having a great conversation with two very inspirational new friends last night, I am more determined to actually stay on top of this blog and post real content of live music and help get undiscovered talent out there.   If you, or someone you know, has ORIGINAL content that you would like me to watch, listen to, review and post- please send it my way and I will work my magic and put it out there for you.   I will of course accept covers as well but would rather try to stick to original stuff.    My preference at this point would be to get finished videos with great sound quality that I can easily post... but I'll work with you!   I am also more than happy to come record you myself and use that content as well.   Basically, I want to spread music and find new awesome stuff and if I can help someone out along the way then even better.

So- tell your friends and pass it on- you can email me directly: chanisays@gmail.com
And just because this song never gets old and is one of my favorites:

Mar 16, 2012

Rocking Out at Sayers Club 3.15.12

Sayers Club is by far my most favorite place, specifically Thursdays.   Best night out in Hollywood.   As usual, the artists who performed killed it... I never record everything, because I really love to watch the performance and dance (hard to do that AND keep the camera steady) but I always try to snag a few songs to post.   There was a great cover of 'The Sultans of Swing' but being as I LOVE that song, I did not record it at all, and I'm sorry because in hindsight it would have been awesome to have done so...

I know I am extremely biased but my two favorite performers are always the two I record.   Every time.
My Edwards Scissorhands crush has grown exponentially- I adore him beyond words.   There is magic in the way he sings- and you can tell the music flows right from his soul into the mic through the sound system and into the crowd and to my ears.   So of course, I had to record him.  First up- gorgeous cover of 'The Cave' from Mumford and Sons.  I could cry I love how he sings this song.


Then the always incredible Maiya Sykes.   She did a kickass cover of 'Start Me Up' from the Rolling Stones.   Check out how great she sounds!   Also very cool, Jeremy Piven was in the house and he jammed on the drums for this song :)


Maiya also performed the beautiful and in my opinion Hollywood Party Ballad (new term I just made up but it seems apt) 'We Are Young'.   A few weeks ago LP performed this song as well and I loved it then, I love it now, just an inspiring song that reminds me how much it absolutely rocks to be young and living life.


And then the finale- I apologize- usually I make it a point to find out the song and artist being covered but I actually have no idea what this song is or if it's original or what- I just know I love his voice and performance and he did not disappoint!


And that, my darlings, was Sayers Club for this week.   Have a wonderful weekend, play music often and loud, and live your life- you only get one!

Mar 10, 2012

Myths and Legends - original acoustic song by V4VLuLz (video)

I got this video sent to me randomly, and although I don't usually watch videos I get sent through youtube unless I know the sender, I glanced at the comments and thought I'd listen... glad I did.   Maybe not the most amazing guitarist in the world, but there is something about this piece of music that I really enjoyed.   It's called 'Myths and Legends' and was posted by V4VLuLz.  

Mar 9, 2012

LP covers Gotye 'Somebody That I Used to Know' at Sayers Club 3.8.12

LP.   I don't know where to start so I will backtrack to last week when I randomly went to Sayers on a different night than usual and was treated to this incredible performance.   LP gets on the stage with her curly hair and mandolin and smiles out at the crowd.   She jokes, laughs and starts strumming away... and in a way that is reminiscent of Wayne Newton singing Danke Schein, she starts singing the Gotye song 'Somebody That I Used to Know'.   What does that mean?   Well there's a mandolin and it all seems very light and carefree- like diet pink ginger ale or something.   Then she gets to the chorus and defying the laws of gravity and nature, this epic huge voice bursts out of her and she just slays the song.   You know somebody has done something magical with a live performance when the ENTIRE room is involved, and that's what happened.   Every person was watching, swaying, mouthing the words, dancing, clapping... involved.   So that was last time, and I was so transfixed I actually could not tear myself away form it long enough to start recording!   She followed up with the most amazing rendition of 'Oh! Darling' pretty much ever, like I said... epic.

So, that brings me to last night.   LP gets on the stage and I see the mandolin, so I get ready for what's coming. And true to what I was sure would be happening anyway, LP proceeded to rock the house.   To paraphrase a friend of mine- She Lindsayed the hell out of it.   Way to go.


I wanted to add a bit about LP, so I grabbed this one video of her talking from youtube- she is just one of the most unique and interesting people I have seen in a while and it would be a shame not to share and spread her talent to more people- so watch and share people!

Mar 8, 2012

Rumer Willis at Sayers (I scooped PageSix)

As you know, I regularly post videos about the performances I catch at Sayers.   I recently posted this video of Rumer Willis singing Rumor Has It....

So it was pretty funny for me to see PageSix claiming that her recent encore at Sayers was her musical debut...

Ashton Kutcher cheers, hugs Rumer Willis at concert

Last Updated: 4:56 PM, March 7, 2012
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Ashton Kutcher may not be in touch with estranged wife Demi Moore, but that did not stop him from supporting her daughter Rumer Willis last night as the 23-year-old made her musical debut at The Sayers Club.
People reports that Willis greeted Kutcher as he arrived at the Hollywood club with a friend. Sources tells the magazine that Kutcher was front row and center, cheering loudly, while Willis performed four songs, including Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay." He also apparently snapped a few camera phone photos and sang along to some of the lyrics.
As Willis walked off stage, the two reportedly shared an emotional hug.
"It seemed really happy and loving – and like the two would be friendly no matter what," a source said.
While Kutcher became Willis' step-father when he married Moore in 2005, Willis is only 11 years younger than the "Two and a Half Men" star. In fact, 34-year-old Kutcher is closer in age to Willis than to Moore, who is 49.
Moore arrived back in Los Angeles this week, looking healthier and tanned after being released from rehab and heading to Turks and Caicos with a friend. Moore opted to check into rehab after being hospitalized in January after smoking an "incense-like" substance at a party.
Since Kutcher and Moore split in November, Kutcher has been spotted several times with screenwriter Lorene Scafaria, who he is believed to be romantically involved with.


Mar 4, 2012

Cough Syrup Cover @ Sayers Club

I know I post a lot of videos of this one performer, but it's because I know that no matter what he covers, it will be great.   This time I had a great front view (sorry for the girl on the right, she knew I was there and kept getting into the frame) and as usual, it was a great performance.   I have no idea why this guy is not a household name- he is so uber talented it's ridiculous.   Next time I hope he picks up the guitar too so you can see he is skilled across the board.   This is why I love live music, this is why I love Sayers, and this is why I make an effort to share this stuff with you every week...