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Revisiting Republica’s March Release “Christiana Obey”

Posted by Shamir Lee on 12/13 at 02:49 PM

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Okay, so I’m a little late on this, but better late than never, right? 90s band Republica released a new track this past March called “Christiana Obey.” The song is a dark track that is reminiscent of their earlier sound. It’s hard to tell exactly what this song is about, but I interpret it as a message of a woman who possesses two personalities, good and evil. Christiana is the evil side. She must be tamed and forced to “obey” the good side’s behavior and actions. If my interpretation is correct, this is a very interesting song. It’s personally very relatable. It’s too bad it won’t receive more airplay. They retain their 90s sound, almost too much, which wouldn’t fit in with the only somewhat 80s/90s-inspired (but not half as creative) music of today.

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12 Songs for December

Posted by Shamir Lee on 12/05 at 04:18 PM

December isn’t only reserved for holiday tunes and festive melodies. You can listen to all types of music during this time. And quite frankly, I get tired of hearing all of the Christmas songs all over the radio. So instead of a typical holiday playlist, here’s a list of some songs I can’t get off my mind. A few of them fall under the holiday category, but overall they are in the pop realm. Here are 12 songs for the 12th month of the year.

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Flashback to 1991: “How Can I Ease the Pain”

Posted by Shamir Lee on 11/20 at 05:15 PM

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The 90s brought forth slow ‘jamz,’ sleek music videos, and a more subdued attitude compared to the prior decade. This attitude change did not only occur in the R&B world, but also in rock as well, with the death of hair metal and the bursting popularity of the mellow, somewhat depressing sounds of grunge. However, R&B and soul was where it was most apparent. Lisa Fischer’s 1991 hit, “How Can I Ease the Pain,” is very representative of this.

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Five Songs for November

Posted by Shamir Lee on 11/13 at 03:45 PM

November has brought on the stress, the dark moods, and the anxiety for the end of the semester and approaching school breaks that don’t seem to be coming quickly enough. I find myself listening to more music than usual to calm myself down and distract me from reality. There are five songs in particular that have been taking me into another world, where I almost forget about my true responsibilities. I would like to say that’s a good thing, but my grades and class attendance may say the opposite.

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Blacklisted Me releases new ‘dark pop’ material

Posted by Shamir Lee on 11/06 at 05:06 PM

Lexus Amanda, the one woman show behind Blacklisted Me, has recently released a new song, “Freak Like Me,” from her upcoming album. The album title and release date is yet to be revealed, but based on the official Facebook page, the material will possess a dark pop sound, notably different from Blacklisted Me’s past releases.

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My Top 10 Horror Film Themes

Posted by Shamir Lee on 10/30 at 04:20 PM

So it’s about that time. Haunted houses, scary costumes, horror film countdowns, it’s the month of Halloween. October is all about the horror. While others may be excited to get candy or dress up in scantily clad outfits and drink until they can’t remember the night before, I’m excited to watch my favorite horror movies. Every weekend I curl up with a big bowl of popcorn and have a scary movie marathon. Sometimes it lasts longer than the month of October, and sometimes it starts before October even begins, six months before. The gore, the cheap scares, and the psychological twists never fail to entertain, well, most of the time. But what’s a good horror film without a great score? The music is what creates the eerie atmosphere. These are a few theme songs that I can’t forget. You might have to sleep with the lights on tonight.

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On Repeat: 3 Songs I Can’t Stop Listening To

Posted by Shamir Lee on 10/23 at 11:03 AM

I love it when I discover new songs. There are some songs that get played out in a day, but then there are others that never get old, and I think I found three new ones that fit into that category. I’ve had them on repeat daily, and they’ve been stuck in my head day and night. Usually, I want a song to get out of my head. In this case, I’m happy they’re stuck, and wouldn’t mind if they stayed forever.

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The Music of “Gravity”

Posted by Shamir Lee on 10/16 at 11:56 AM

When a film relies on silence, how can it have such an amazing score as Gravity? The film was released in the US on October 4th to critical acclaim. Part of the reason for the positive reception was the music. In order to properly depict life in space, while also promoting the dramatic elements and intense moments, silence had to be incorporated in a way that was still audible. Expressing this silence through music was one of the film’s greatest achievements. Director Alfonso Cuaron stated “We knew we needed to express silence. We didn’t want the score to be descriptive, but psychological and emotional. We composed a score which is expressive of surroundings. Here the music is moving around you all the time.” In charge of this incredible task was British composer Steven Price.

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My Top 10 Disney Songs

Posted by Shamir Lee on 10/07 at 02:07 PM

I know I just did a top 10 list, but c’mon! You know you want it. I’ve been on a Disney song binge the past few years days, so this seems appropriate. And everybody loves Disney songs, right? We all have our favorites, and while my list may not match yours, we can all agree that each of these films had good scores overall. From the Sherman Brothers to Alan Menken, Disney composers have created masterpieces.  It’s hard to limit this list to only 10 songs, and I feel like I’m betraying the others by not mentioning them, but if I included all of my favorites, the list would never end:

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My 10 Favorite Madonna Songs

Posted by Shamir Lee on 10/02 at 12:52 PM

It was 7th grade year, if I remember it correctly. I was in the library, the Spangdahlem Air Force Base library to be exact. And that’s when I saw her. Not exactly her, but it was her on the album cover. Madonna. The black and white album cover for Like A Virgin drew me in. I checked out the CD, secretly of course. I wasn’t sure if my mom would approve of my choice. I slipped the disc into my CD player, and my life was changed forever. For about two years after that, I was completely obsessed with her, along with Michael Jackson and Paula Abdul, but that’s another story. I listened to her music much more frequently back then. But recently, I revisited my Madonna collection, and I was surprised by how much I still enjoy her music, despite my different music taste nowadays. Here are my 10 favorite Madonna songs.

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Solange Releases Video for “Lovers In The Parking Lot”

Posted by Shamir Lee on 09/23 at 01:35 PM

On September 18th, Solange released the video for “Lovers In The Parking Lot” from her 2012 EP True. It’s been a while since I’ve heard a single from Solange, the last one being “Losing You” almost a year ago, and it’s good to hear her releasing more of her work.

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Cassie Steele is Back! Well, Kind of.

Posted by Shamir Lee on 09/18 at 05:18 PM

My dreams are coming true. On August 29, at Room 5 in LA, Cassie Steele gave a live performance of new music material. Five of the songs were originals, one was an Imagine Dragons cover, and the last was “Summer Nights” from her Destructo Doll album. Of course I didn’t attend the show, but watching it on Youtube was close enough. The video quality wasn’t that great, but the audio made up for it. With just a band in the background, her voice is in the spotlight, and she sounds amazing. It’s similar to what she has done on her first two albums, which is good to hear considering that for a short time she was going down the pop road with the duo KaraMel and the single Shape Shifter.

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NewRetroWave: The 80s Revival

Posted by Shamir Lee on 09/16 at 01:09 PM

If you’ve been waiting for an 80s revival (well, musically anyway), I’ve found the place for you. NewRetroWave, a site established in November of 2011 dedicated “to hosting the best in 80s revival music of today,” doesn’t simply relive the 80s, it aims to promote artists who create and produce original works inspired by the era. The site has its own radio, which plays tracks submitted by current artists in the New Retro Wave scene. “New Retro Wave” isn’t an official term for this kind of music, but with its rise in popularity, noticeable in films like 2011’s Drive, this label might stick. Artists such as Power Glove, Bourgeoisie, and Noir Deco are featured, and each month a different artist gets the spotlight with an accompanying interview. This month it’s Josep Prat Sorolla. Updates and news regarding artists and new music are posted on the blog. Some of the music can even be legally downloaded for free.

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Up-and-coming Artist Bebe Black Releases New Single “I’ll Wait”

Posted by Shamir Lee on 09/12 at 01:02 PM

British artist Bebe Black has recently released her new single, “I’ll Wait,” a climactic song heavily carried by the instrumentals. This quality seems to be a theme throughout Black’s work, evident in “Deathwish” and “Never Forget.” Her light but strong vocals, dark fashion style mixed with albino-like physical features, and simple yet thought-provoking lyrics are all traits I admire about this artist, and I hope to see her go far, not only in her home country but across the world.

Hailing from London, Black, whose real first name is Naomi, is somewhat of a mystery. She stepped onto the scene last year with famed British dubstep producer Benga on his song, “Icon.” An interview with Planet Notion reveals that she originally started with a jazz and blues sound. However, pop was the direction she wanted to go in, and soon she was recording her first album with Columbia Records. Her first two singles were released earlier this year to positive feedback. Hopefully, with the release of her album, Bury My Love, on September 9th, the positivity will continue.

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It’s “Pure Space” with Unicorn Kid

Posted by Shamir Lee on 09/06 at 03:17 PM

It’s another one of those weeks where I discover a new song, and it’s constantly on repeat. I know I’m not alone here, and this song might cause you to do the same. It’s Unicorn Kid’s “Pure Space.” I had never heard of this artist until about a week ago when I saw the name mentioned online somewhere that I can’t seem to remember now. I immediately searched it on Youtube, clicked on the first video I saw, and proceeded to enter the magical, super galactic world of the Unicorn Kid.

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