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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Just a heads up...another post is coming later this weekend about some new stuff I found myself from somewhere in Europe that I haven't been tipped off to (i'm thinking Krezip right now!). This semester has just been so busy! But I just wanted to post a new song that Paul from MySpace sent me...you might know Marie Digby from her white-girl cover of "Umbrella" as used on MTV's The Hills. While the "discovered on the Internet" back story is as fake as Sandi Thom's, give her a chance. Out of all places, this isn't one where i'd be prejudiced against someone signed on a major label. And hey, would you rather have this or Chris Crocker as a popular pop-related viral video?

This song is called "Traffic", and it's a nicely melodic, acoustic track. It actually reminds me of a lot of stuff from the Marit Larsen album.

Marie' Digby - Traffic (Original Song)

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

This is another post about something that i've been tipped off to, this time by David from Jive Records. I didn't know there were new Justin Timberlake "LoveStoned" remixes out! It's been one of my favorite songs from the FutureSex/LoveSounds album, and now it's even better with a dance remix by Kaskade, who also did a great remix of the Pussycat Dolls' "Don't Cha" a few years back.

LoveStoned (I Think She Knows) [Kaskade Remix]

More remixes are available on the remix EP on iTunes (the US store at least), including one by VMA nominees/Kanye West nemesis Justice, a trancey mix by Tiesto, and a shortened radio version that still includes the awesome interlude.

I have to admit, I never used to be a huge fan of Justin until recently (this year or so...I think it was the Emmy winning "Dick in a Box" that put me over the top), and he's definitely doing his thing.

At least he's not joining and then quitting Hell's Kitchen like Lee Ryan. Can you imagine Justin participating in a reality show with a chef who looks like he's never bathed a day in his life, and not even being paid the most money out of the contestants to do it, receiving less than half the fee of someone who lost Britain's Next Top Model and briefly dated a not-American football player (although Abigail Clancy being an ex-member of Genie Queen is possibly worth that money...they were frickin' sweet)? Both stars in their respective boy bands, but the outcomes are very different. Two paths diverged in a yellow wood...apologies to Robert Frost.

Speaking of, the second J.C. Chasez album is most likely never coming out (bummer). Anyway, enjoy the JT. Give it a chance even if you're sick of him by now.


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Monday, September 10, 2007

As you may know if you still read this blog, i'm staunchly against the deification of young acts who write and produce their own music. When that happens, you get "artists" like Soulja Boy with the #1 song in the United States and most likely one day going international. He wrote, produced, and even choreographed his own song! But it still sucks. Give me Girls Aloud any day. Thankfully, young artists who make their own quality music while still possessing that pop appeal are out there.

Jessie from Cornerstone Promotion turned me onto A Fine Frenzy, which is basically one girl named Allison Sudol. Her music is more laid back, organic, and piano-based, but the beauty of pop music is that so many different sounds can fit into it. The album dropped in the States in July, but this needs an international release and I think it could do well.

"You Picked Me" is very Kate Nash without the mockney accent. It's jaunty and reminds me of "We Get On", one of my favorite songs from the Nash album. There are some fun metaphors with the good melody.

She's got that VH1 support so i'm thinking something could happen. She's touring with Brandi Carlile (who should get AFF a Grey's Anatomy placement too!):

9/11 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues

9/12 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues

9/13 San Diego, CA House of Blues

9/14 Phoenix, AZ The Marquee

9/15 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre

9/19 Austin, TX Texas Union Ballroom

9/20 TBD

9/21 Houston, TX Meridian

9/22 New Orleans, LA House of Blues

9/24 Birmingham, AL Workplay SoundStage

9/25 TBD

9/26 TBD

9/28 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

9/29 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live!

10/1 TBD

10/3 New York, NY Fillmore (Irving Plaza)

10/4 New York, NY Fillmore (Irving Plaza)

10/5 Boston, MA Orpheum

10/7 Burlington, VT Higher Ground

10/9 Toronto ONT Phoenix Concert Theatre

10/10 Cleveland, OH House of Blues

10/11 Chicago, IL House of Blues

10/13 Indianapolis, IN Vogue Theatre

10/14 Detroit, MI St. Andrews

10/16 St. Louis, MO Pageant

10/17 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Club

10/18 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue

10/20 TBD

10/23 Boise, ID Big Easy

10/24 Spokane, WA Big Easy

10/25 TBD

10/27 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom

For a peek at AFF live, here's a performance of "Almost Lover", exclusive to the internet.

I've got three demo samplers to give away, featuring alternate versions of songs and one different track! It's open to everyone worldwide. All you have to answer is three questions (and you're allowed to use Google, just don't tell me :P).

1. Who won "monster single of the year" at last night's VMAs? (And no, it wasn't Britney's hot mess)
2. Jamelia has a cheapie greatest hits compilation coming out after being dropped from Parlophone. What was her last single release?
3. Who produced the new Sugababes single "About You Now"?

First three who email me the right answers (link on sidebar) win! Good luck!

I'll leave you with the whimsical music video for first single "Rangers", which is also included on the CD samplers!

Now playing: September - Cry For You (Granite & Phunk Club Mix)
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Disclaimer: I am completely open to submissions from publicists, managers, etc., but i'll post only what I genuinely like on the site, and this definitely qualifies.

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