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How to write a music review

For those who want to describe music in a way that goes beyond just “this song is really good”, music reviews are the way to go. If you’ve never written one before, fear not, for here are a few tips for beginners, from a fellow beginner. Continue reading

Review: Tame Impala’s Currents

The Black Keys meets MGMT in Tame Impala’s newest multi-faceted album, Currents. Kevin Parker’s psychedelic rock band streamed its album on NPR days before its official release, scheduled for tomorrow (July 17th). Continue reading

The Power of the Remix

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I know what it feels like, to cringe as an artist completely butchers a perfectly intact song, or a music producer bizarrely remixes a song with great potential. I typically respond by emitting an audible groan, abandoning hope.

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Lea Michele: Always in the spotlight

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Just as Miley Cyrus shed her TV identity as Hannah Montana, so too should Lea Michele ditch her role as the neurotic but talented Rachel Berry on the hit TV-show Glee.

As the series wraps up with its sixth and final season, it is evident that Michele is headed on to a bright future. Continue reading

Wildcat! Wildcat!: Too Underground for You?

Wildcat! Wildcat! is the name of a new band that just released their first EP, which consists of four beautifully constructed songs.

“The Chief” leads you into the album with a swanky beat, accompanied by a simple piano playing in the background. Right away, you’ll notice that these songs contain few lyrics; they aren’t trying to cram in as many words as possible. Rather, they let their voices stretch out the words, letting them ring out and fade away into the melody. I’ve always had a fond appreciation of these sorts of songs. The song ends with a saxophone solo that comes into the foreground, allowing the voices to be the background accompaniment. Continue reading

Wednesday: what i’m listening to

Have you ever found a song that feels like it was written just for you? From a band so obscure and underground that you can’t help but feel like you were their first fan? Of course you can, and that’s exactly how I feel about the Zolas.

I’ve expressed in the past that when I appreciate music, I try to appreciate just the music and not the artists. I didn’t even research the Zolas before I wrote this post, but that doesn’t bother me at all. So I won’t give a background of the band because I don’t know and I really couldn’t care less about it, but I will tell you exactly why I adore the song “You’re So Cool.”

Live commentary as I listen to the song with headphones on, volume cranked up loud:

I enjoy this song so much, but not entirely for the lyrics. The Zolas are such a small and undiscovered band, yet I can’t believe that this guy’s voice hasn’t been recognized yet. Whatever, I’m glad that the Zolas haven’t been on the radio, otherwise the band would have been ruined for me foerver.

There is such truth in these lyrics; the music largely fades out and you’re just left with this guy’s voice, singing:

I can tell we’ll never be safe, till the walls come down

Every morning chipping away, till the walls come down

What about the portion when the band just starts chanting I’m wide awake, I’m wide awake, I’m wide awake? This music is ideal for leg kicking and cane waving, if you know what I mean.

This music is a nice deviation from what popular music is shifting towards, by which I mean, techno-beats and autotune; this sounds like the perfect mix of contemporary and classical that I’ve come to love.

This man’s voice is in the perfect range for singing and when he goes back and harmonizes with himself, magic is in the air, I swear.

The lyrics we all want something that’s bigger than fashion is sort of just the frontman calling out society for focusing mainly on petty details and outward beauty.

On the surface, the lyrics of the song remind me vaguely of the Mike Posner song “Cooler than Me.” Except, Posner sort of just pokes fun at some anonymous girl and doesn’t really make much of a statement besides that, which the techno-beat sort of accounts for. Some lyrics of the Zolas’ song are reminiscent of this message but when he slows down and the background music just fades away, he’s getting the core message across: we’ll never be safe until the walls fall down…stop trying to block me out.

The humorous element of this is that since I’m a debater, I’m constantly surrounded by timers that are going off with a high-pitched, continuous beeping, and part of the background music in this song SOUNDS EXACTLY LIKE IT, so that whenever I’m listening to it, I have to take off my headphones and make sure my timer isn’t accidentally going off.

Towards the end, when the lead sings over and over again “I can tell we’ll never be safe, till the walls fall down. Every morning dripping away, till the walls fall down,” he augments it by building up to the foot-kicking portion, so that the song doesn’t look any of its genuine quality.

The ending though…slows down perfectly to just whisper-sing the title of the song into your song as the final thought, the good-bye from the Zolas to me.

Bravo.

I wrote a poem based off of a lyric from another song by the Zolas, “Ancient Mars”: read it here!

Here’s the song itself, “You’re Too Cool” by the Zolas