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Femion » Music

Gazette #35

January 27th, 2008

The Search for Planet X

This is the first ‘pure science’ story I’ve written in a while. It’s probably pretty boring to read, but it was fun to write.

Carrie Underwood scares me. She’s really smart, but you wouldn’t get that from her songs. First there was the hyper-religious Jesus take the wheel (in situations where your life is in danger, just give up because Jesus will save you), then the song with horrible relationship advice, Before he cheats (has he cheated on you? Don’t worry, go around destroying his stuff). Her latest is All-American Girl:

I have three main problems with this video - first, why couldn’t the father do everything he was going to do with his son with his daughter? Girls can’t play football or go fishing? Secondly, what is so special about this girl, other than being beautiful? Thirdly, why is it that with most of the jobs she keeps her blond hair, but for most of the professions that require years of university (nurse, teacher, scientist) her hair switches to brunette?

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Valentine’s Day Cheesy Music

February 16th, 2007

A busy week and way too much work has prevented me from posting this on the appropriate day.
Let’s just pretend it’s the fourteenth, okay?
Here’s my three most romantic songs. With an extra helping of the fromage.
Elvis Presley: Love me Tender

Although credited with writing the song, Elvis didn’t actually come up with either the lyrics or the tune. The melody is an exact copy of the Civil War ballad Aura Lee, and the words were written by a man named Ken Darby and attributed to Elvis to escape royalties.
Even though he may not have written it, it’s still a very powerful song because Elvis sounds so vunerable.
Carole King - You’ve got a friend

Unlike Love me Tender, Carole King actually wrote You’ve got a friend, though most people assume James Taylor wrote it since he was the one who first sang it and made it popular. To truely appreciate it I would listen to the version she sings on Tapestry when her voice wasn’t so old and without the obnoxious audience metronome in the background.
Billy Joel - Just the way you are

Though Just the way you are is a good song, the real reason I love it is because of the awesome sax solo written by Phil Woods, which I somewhat mastered for a high school concert last year. It’s not quite the same in this version, but it does appear on Joel’s album, The Stranger.

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Randy Newman - A few words in Defense of Our Country

February 3rd, 2007

This is his musical version of a recent New York Times opt-ed he did.

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Return of the random video: Joan Baez’s Lovely Lady Lump

January 17th, 2007

Did you know that Bob Dylan was responsable for every pop song since the seventies?

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Everyone needs a Cuteness Timeout…

December 6th, 2006

…to take a break from studying for exams, right?
Regina Spektor: Us

I’ve been listening to a lot of Spektor in these past few weeks, like this adorable video. She’s got an interesting vocal style, and very strange lyrics (consider these verses, in Ode to Divorce: I

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The Old Country New World

November 29th, 2006

Some people think that Europe can do no wrong. No music could ever be produced in England without the upmost sophistication and taste. To those people I would show this video, which will soon destroy their theory.
Peter Andre and Jordan: A Whole New World

This udder cheeseball comes from the British tabloid’s number three family, after the Beckhams and the royals. A Whole New World is a classic Disney song. Why must they taint it so with their delusions of grandeur and their copycat behavior of Mariah Carey?

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Revenge of the Nerdcore

November 22nd, 2006

Tired of the generic crunk rap with its materialism, sexism and stupidity? Then maybe it’s time for Nerdcore: the rap-music run by nerds, such as MC Hawking with his computer voice and anti-pseudoscience songs and MC Frontalot, the self-proclaimed 579th best rapper in the game. My favourite Nerdcore MC is MC Lars, who sings about the nerd life, college, and being forced to take Statistics. I can relate.
MC Lars: Space Game

The video is pretty lame. MC Lars is actually kind of cute in real life, but I hope that he doesn’t appear in this video. But the song is hilarious. Or at least I thought it was the first time I heard it.

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Some Doubt

November 15th, 2006

Dear Mrs. Stefani,
Why must you suck so bad?
Gwen Stefani: Wind it Up

Not to be confused with the new Barenaked Ladies song by the same name.
Okay, I get it. Stefani loves fashion, yodeling, strange video concepts, and she used to be obsessed with Japanese girls (the video quality isn’t that great, but if those backup dancers are harajuku girls with blonde wigs, she’s up to her old infatuations). Now go back to being the leader of No Doubt.
I don’t get it. Gwen Stefani is touted as being the driving force of No Doubt, holding the band together for two decades and writing most of their music. Some of my favourite songs came from No Doubt, but now that she’s doing the solo act I can’t stand her. Was she really Ms. No Doubt, or just the talentless figurehead?
Or, is she merely singing to the lowest common denominator in order to sell more CDs?
Gwen Stefani’s latest CD, The Sweet Escape is coming out December 5, and although I own every No Doubt CD ever made, I have no doubt this one will not be part of my collection.

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Sam Roberts Band Concert

November 6th, 2006

On Saturday evening I went to the Sam Roberts Band concert at the Cunard centre with Laird… well, he left before Sam Roberts even got on stage.
I walked for fifteen minutes to get there, then I spend over a half hour outside, waiting. Then I waited for over an hour before the concert started. At 9:15 pm, the opening act, Wintersleep started to play. I think they about 80% sucked, and a lot of the people around me started to get annoyed when they were still playing after an hour. Sam Roberts didn’t get on stage until 10:45 pm.
In total, I was standing up for over five hours. Was it worth it? Of course! I was in the front row to a concert of one of my favourite bands! However, my back sort of hurt the day after from leaning on the banister in the front row, and Laird probably hates me for making him come to a concert that pretty much sucked for him.
Sam Roberts has a lot of stage presence, and the music sounds even better live than it did on the record. Here’s a video I took:
Sam Roberts - Hard Road

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Lilly Allen Makes Everything Better

November 1st, 2006

I wish Lilly Allen would ome and sign and dance around campus. Then the sky would be all clear and sunny and I would get an eighty or more on my quiz.
Lilly Allen: LDN

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