Beatles Commercials

October 12, 2009 at 9:07 pm (music, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Beatles everything’s become popular (once again) thanks to no end to their good music, their albums re-release and rock band.  So their music’s being played in a lot of commercials recently that I’m sure you’ve seen.  I like that the Beatles songs are being played today, but it the moment it may be going overboard.

Macys with come together

Remakes

Blackberry  All you need is love  by who? And it doesn’t seem to be on youtube yet

Target  Hello Goodbye  by the Jonas Brothers.

Do you like the use of Beatles songs in commercials, and their covers, or wish it would end?

Kagehime

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Yacht I bet you never heard of them.

September 30, 2009 at 7:15 pm (music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I heard about the group yacht by looking through an issue of Rolling Stones, the one explaining why the Beatles broke up.  There were a lot of other bands in there that I didn’t look up, but I thought Yacht looked interesting.  They were number 8 on college radio top 10 albums.  College radio usually has a lot of off beat stuff which is something that Yacht is, off beat.  It was the description that made me look them up.  “This dance rock crew release its new album-packed with rubbery synths and Nintendo bloops” 

My favorite of their songs are Psychic City (Voodoo City) and Summer Song.  Both of the music videos feature actors that look somewhat similar to the actual band members.  Psychic city shows yin and yang with the female in black representing voodoo and the male in white representing Catholism who both battle and find love .  Summer song pokes fun at making music videos without a budget.  I crack up everytime I see it.

What do you think about this band?  Good or too weird?

Kagehime

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Rocking German Bands

September 20, 2009 at 10:04 pm (music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Lately I’ve noticed a good number of German bands trying to make it in America.  The problem with a lot of bands trying to make it here is the accent and language.  Americans want to listen to their songs in English and don’t want it to sound foreign.  The countries that do the best with sending there music here are of course England and then Sweden.   There have been German bands such as The Scorpions who have made it big in America, but not many.  I would like to have more make it.  Here are a few that are making an attempt, as far as I can see.

Cinema Bizarre love songs (they kill me)  An anime inspired band that opened for Lady Gaga during her Fame Ball Tour.

Polarkreis 18  allein allein, the colour of snow  In the process of releasing their first album in America.

Tokio Hotel monsoon Had an English language album released and won some awards over here.

I also like oomph, enomine, and rammstein, but I don’t think any of these groups are making moves here.  Besides these groups are older.

If you listen to German rock.  Who are some of your favorites and what do you think their chances of making in America are?

Kagehime

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So many Ladies

April 8, 2009 at 9:22 pm (music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Lately I’ve heard about a lot of ladies in music and I’m wondering where this trend is coming from.  Not to mention an over all trend towards weirder names and stage names in place of real ones. 

Two groups with lady in it are Lady Antebellum and Ladytron.  Lady Antebellum is a country band formed in 2006.  I don’t listen to too much country, but they sound good to me. 

Ladytron is an electro-pop band formed in 1999.  Their song Ghosts was recently featured on the show Kings on NBC.  I acctually heard about Ladytron because of the rumour that they are supposed to be working with Christina Aguilera on her next album. 

ladytronPhotoretouched.jpg image by infinitephoto

Some of the people with lady in their name  are Lady Gaga, Ladyhawke, Lady Starlight, and Lady Saw.  After Lady Gaga’s smash hit Just Dance last summer she quickly became the most popular and well known of the ladies.  I only started hearing about the other ladies after her, although some have been out longer.  And with Lady Gaga is word of Lady Starlight who helped her form her awesomeness and I heard is touring with her. 

There’s also Ladyhawke from New Zealand who released her debut album September 2008.  Her music is strongly reminescent of the 80s and her voice kind of reminds me of Stevie Nicks, but then I guess she had a strong influence on her.  You can see a list of her influences on her myspace.

Lady Soveriegn has been a British rapper since 2003.

Lady Saw has been active in the music business longer than the other ladies I named.  She’s been a reggae singer since 1994. 

And then there’s the Barenaked Ladies.  I kind of forgot about them, but I think they qualify as a “Lady” although none of them are Ladies.  Thank you Michelle for the reminder.

The ladies are from totally different geographical locations and backgrounds.  There are tons more ladies outside of music, but I’m not going to go there.  In fact there are probably more in music, but since I can’t think of anymore I’m going to leave it at that. Can you think of any more ladies and who’s your favorite?

Kagehime

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Guitar!

July 2, 2008 at 2:57 am (music) (, , , , , , , , , )

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       I went out and bought a guitar, amp, and a few other things for it the other day.  It cost a small fortune, but I’m happy.  I got a Mexican made Fender Statocaster and its black and white like the one in the photo.  I’m currently learning my chords and notes. Can’t play any worthwhile songs yet but I will someday.

As a child I never liked music class…so this all seems kind of strange to me.  Maybe it was that I never got to play the instrument that called the most to me.  I mean the recorder or one of those band instruments don’t even come close to the type of sound of the guitar. Not to say that orchestras are not assume, because they are.  It’s just that I guess that’s not the type of music I wanted to play (not that I really had an interest in playing music).   I kind of used to wish to get out of those classes as fast as possible. I kind of regret it now, because I have learn all that music stuff now, even though now I enjoy.  So people can and do change.  I’m proof of that.

Well I’m going to be working on 100 top guitar songs, because I wasn’t happy with the Rolling Stone’s list as were a lot of people.  If you have any suggestions please list them. 

Kagehime

 

 

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