The weekend is just about upon us. If you don’t have a chance to catch any music shows this weekend, perhaps these clips will help fill your free time with some live energy. OK, to be fair, the last couple clips are more “psuedo-live” than anything else, but we’ve included them anyhow. The quality varies from one-take webcam videos to on-stage performances to something more polished and music-video-like.
Greetings. It’s the middle of the week so you know what that means here in a-Tunes land… our weekly music video reviews round-up! This one is a relatively thicker pack of videos, with a number of artists debuting their work during and shortly after the holiday weekend. But that just means more for you to enjoy this first week in December!
Marie Digby – “Home (Ireland)”
Marie has had many opportunities to explore her Japanese heritage, but it wasn’t until more recently when she had the chance to experience her Irish background. This tune takes Digby in a more sleepy, peaceful direction that helps convey a genuine sense of awe. The breathe taking shots of the country certainly made the video a great watch.
Rocky Sandoval – “Heart Slows Down”
We finally have a video for this 2012 single. The good news is that the joint is off his newly announced debut album, Throwback. I always thought this was one of his more polished tunes and something that has the potentially to chart fairly well on top 40 radio. Or maybe I just think we could all use a little bit more R&B in our lives.
Dawen – “美麗 (Beautiful)”
Dawen takes things in a completely different direction from his last single, “Hello“, and instead chooses a more melodramatic route for this ballad. The move makes sense, as it caters to a style and aesthetic that Asian Pop has mastered over the years.
Another week, another solid outing by our favorite contestant on this season of The Voice, Tessanne Chin. She has yet to have a weak performance and thankfully, the country seems to agree. Although things are getting close to the wire as the season rapidly approaches the finale. But regardless, Ms Chin has found herself in the Top 5 and will be giving us another opportunity to listen to her great vocals next week. This week, she sang a Marley tune (and why not? It’s her “bread and butta” after all) and then proceeded to outsing Katy Perry on “Unconditionally”.
When Lee Ann Womack sang the words “I Hope You Dance”, I’m not sure she understood how powerful that mantra could be. Because when the heart and soul desires to move, nothing can hold you back, not even heavy doses of anesthesia for a wisdom tooth extraction.
Chessa, you inspire us. Especially when you do ballet with your eyes.
We certainly hope your holiday weekend was restful and full of good food and company. As you prepare to return to the usual grind as everything returns to normalcy come Monday. But we’re looking to provide you with some tunage for your late Sunday evening, and we’re going an international route this time. So here are some covers of songs from abroad, along with the occasional translation of an English song. Welcome to the 1st week of December, everyone!
Angeli (of Blush) Covers “Hawak Kamay” by Yeng Constantino
The music video round-up is a little thing this week, but it’s understandable considering the holiday festivities. We hope you are spending time some quality time with those you love the most (even if it’s yourself). We’ve got a lot to be feel blessed for and we hope you are able to say the same. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Jason Chen – “Unexpectedly”
This is from Jason’s What If acoustic project, and if things look extra sharp this time around, it’s because of Ross Ching. The video’s got his trademark simple yet crisp touch to it, and that’s the perfect tone for nearly any acoustic song.
Dia Frampton Features for The Crystal Method – “Over It”
There’s some tongue-in-cheek humor with this video. I wasn’t sure what to expect for the visual for this collaboration but when all is said and done, it makes sense. I mean… this is still a Crystal Method track, only sweetened a little bit with Dia’s soft vocals.
OK, America. That was kind of close. But long story short, our favorite contestant on this season of The Voice, Tessanne Chin, has been saved by your votes and lives to sing another week. But I’m beginning to see a troubling trend where she’s making less of a splash with the public. I’ve seen it happen on TV singing competitions many times where a fantastic vocalist loses the interest of the the voters because they are too consistently good. There’s less drama and unfortunately it makes them a little forgettable… and it raises a challenge where every performance has to be a homerun.
I’m diggin’ her rendition of Gwen Stafani’s “Underneath It All”, and it was a natural fit for the island girl, but I can see how it lacked a glory note moment – which matters far too much on TV. But we can breathe and rest easy for at least one more week.
Let’s make one thing clear. I didn’t watch last night’s American Music Awards. I did skim through a youtube upload of Katy’s now infamous performance because of the hoopla, but I didn’t see it live. So I initially had no idea what happened and I woke up this morning to several social media shares regarding herset at the AMAs and how it was racist and disrespectful. Corners of the the internet were in an up-”roar” (see what I did there?), with one camp crying foul while the other side, the Katy apologists, said it was a tribute and that people are making too big a deal out of it. Several media outlets praised the performance before throttling back a bit, as public outcry began to grow. And of course there was a large collective group in the middle, unaware of the entire ordeal and not caring too much one way or the other.
Believe it or not folks, I’m kind of in that middle camp. Kind of.
I dunno how things are where you may be tonight, but it’s frigid over here on the East coast. But hopefully you guys are enjoying your evening and if you’re a Hip-Hop fan, maybe this will make things just that much better. We’ve got 7 Hip-Hop remixes by artists you know and love. Some are spit over some older, classic beats while others took the more current route.
Akoustiq x Johnnyphlo x Wonjin x MYK Remix DJ Premier’s Remix of “7 Days” by Craig David
A little late this week but we got em in there. Here’s your mid-week review collection with a healthy mix of indie alt-rock, to variations of Pop and a little bit of Hip-Hop as well. It’s a diverse bag for the week, but I can appreciate that – keep things interesting, don’t you agree?
Andy Suzuki & the Method – “Born Out of Mischief”
A. Suzuki & company have done a good job with this video in mixing in genuine moments of nostalgia with the unbridled spirit of being a young artist today. The video really hits the mark in representing the song well. If this band isn’t on your watch list as an upcoming act, they should be. A great effort through and through for this EP title track.
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – “The Feeling Kind”
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down return with their quirky blend of folk/rock, making a splash with a new music video. Despite having the proper permits in place, production was shut down on the new bay bridge due to drivers being too distracted. That alone should be enough reason to check out this single from We the Common.