The Mid-Week Music Video Mini-Reviews Youtube Round-Up – 4/9/14

Hello, dear friends! We skipped a couple weeks but we’re back with the mini-review round-up and this one is a little heftier than normal. We are playing catch-up after all! But we’re bringing you nearly a dozen new music videos along with some brief commentary which you’re more than welcome to agree or disagree with and voice your own opinion! Enjoy.

DANakaDAN x Priska – “Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow”
I wasn’t quite sure whether to peg this as a remix or an original that samples/borrows heavily from Rihanna’s “Stay”. I’ve opted to lean towards the latter – not that it matters though because either way this is a strong collaboration between Dan & Priska. Dan has always had an unconventional flow that is better suited to different genres of music other than straight Hip-Hop. So he definitely played to his strengths with this one – plus it’s set against an emotionally charged video that is pretty well made.

G.R.L. Featuring for Pitbull – “Wild Wild Love”
Even though Pitbull has been impossible to escape in Top 40 music the past couple years, this is one case I actually don’t mind too much. First and foremost, it has a lot to do with Emmalyn and her group, G.R.L., being prominent guest features on the track video. Secondly, it’s kind of a catchy song – and not in an annoying way. Video is standard Pop fare but everyone’s looking sharp.

AJ Rafael – “Matchmaker”
AJ & company make great use of a space to bring distinctly unique feels to this music video. It’s a fun watch set to the Pop/Rock tune and though it may not be as lavish as some of his other work – it gets the job done nicely. It almost reminded me of classic footage from American Bandstand from decades ago.

Kina Grannis & Friends – “Dear River”
Kina’s next project, Elements, ain’t too far away and with promotions ramping up we have this lyric video for “Dear River”. But what’s especially notable is the number of special cameos who help bring a little extra fun to the festivities. Ryan Higa, Kevjumba, Wong Fu, Sam Tsui, David Choi, Marie Digby, and Clara C all make appearances – and that’s just to name a few. I’m definitely looking forward to the album.

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The “Happy” Youtube Covers Round-Up – 3/25/14

“Happy” was one of those surprise hits from Pharrell that kind of snuck up on you. It was suddenly everywhere! Perhaps it’s just the infectious, throwback feel to the song that is so easy to sing along to that has made people such fans but regardless, it’s stuck to a number of our artists as well. So here are a handful plus cover versions plus one straight lip-sync video to the original. If you’re not sick of the song yet, hopefully you’ll enjoy this batch!

Kina Grannis x Fresh Big Mouf

David Choi & Friends

 

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The End-of-The-Week Music Video Mini-Reviews Youtube Round-Up – 3/14/14

Wow. This is one of the busier weeks for music video releases, and surprisingly, the majority are Hip-Hop joints. But we still got a couple different genre’s here to mix it up. There are a couple faces we haven’t seen a while in this mix as well as some we could almost consider weekly staples at this point. Have a gander and enjoy your Friday!

Rob Campman x J. Reyez – “Here for the Night”
As Rob Campman continues to distance himself from his Southstar alias, it seems like he’s built up a strong working relationship with J. Reyez. And along the way, I’ve gone from mildly apathetic to fairly appreciative of their music. This most recent drop (off Red Envelope) is their strongest yet – even with a video that looks an awful like a Bacardi ad.

Power Struggle – “In Your Hands… Until the End”
I’m always a fan when a Hip-Hop artist puts a little soul and heart into their craft, and Power Struggle has done that again with his latest. Some people like songs that make you drink, and some like those that make you think. This is definitely the latter – and I’m a fan.

Kina x Misa x Emi Grannis – “My Own”
Kina’s next album, Elements, is due in just a couple months but we’re given a nice preview via this song/video for the only track off the project that is about her family. And it even features her lovely sisters, Misa & Emi. This is one of those, just-sit-back-and-enjoy type of affairs – and I think most of you will.

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The Late-In-The-Week Music Video Mini-Reviews Youtube Round-Up – 3/8/14

Happy Saturday, dear friends. It was a glorious late Winter/pre-Spring day here in the Mid-Atlantic area! But for those of you that may find yourselves indoors with some time to kill this weekend, here’s the latest batch of music videos for you to check out from the past week. Also, don’t forget to set your clocks forward!

The Bar – “Coming (to America)”
I’d be lying if I told you that The Bar’s Barkada isn’t one of my most anticipated project. We’re only a few days away, but thankfully we also have this new video from Pro & Bam. The video is full of community support, even if it’s not the sharpest visual ever. But I’m loving this soulful Hip-Hop track with it’s sprinkle of culture and Tagalog.

Clara C – “Wildflower”
The MV for Clara’s latest single is a promotional tool for Girl Rising, a movement dedicated to raising awareness and funds for girls’ education worldwide. So not only do we get a breezy new single from the artist, but we get a simple but supportive video for an important cause.

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The Early-week Music Video Mini-Reviews Youtube Round-Up – 2/23/14

Whoa, this is the biggest MV round-up we’ve had in quite some time! So we’re starting your week off right with this heavy lot. There are over a dozen visuals for you to check out here, and I promise you, many of them are well worth giving a watch. So without further ado, play on.

Tim Be Told – “The Battle Hymn”
In this mega collab of a song, Tim Be Told is joined by Jae Jin, Michelle Chae, Psalm Bird, and Calie Garrett for a powerful new single from their recent album, Mighty Sound. Though none of the artists make an appearance in the video, it honestly didn’t need them as it effectively portrays it’s heart through dance. Great, all the way around.

Esna Yoon – “Lovely Day”
We’re always excited to see Esna step out from behind the scenes as a song writer in Korea and into the spotlight to promote her own material. “Lovely Day” shows some great growth for the artist as singer/songwriter, playing to an infectious indie-Pop sound… all accompanied by a cute video.

Verseatile – “Letting Go”
Overall, I’m a bigger fan of Verse as a rapper versus a singer, but every once in a while he’ll drop something that will momentarily change my mind. This cut off his Good Mourning project is one such song (and he didn’t leave out the rap completely). Great beat selection, decent writing, and sharp R&B sensibilities make this a nice listen. The purple floating head is tad creepy though.

Us – “Falling in Love”
You should already know that I’m a huge Us fan. This video certainly only reinforces that. I mean, by this point it feels like we are just watching saccharine video after video of their never ending honeymoon – and it’s hard to not get sucked in. I bet if this couple ever fought, it’s with pillows and balloons filled with unicorns and rainbows.

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The Throwback Covers Youtube Round-Up – 2/17/14

Maybe it’s a sign of my age, but I’m a huge fan of the music of yesteryear. You know, the songs that pretty much only play on channels dedicated to past decades… And for those of you that are like me and appreciate some classics, this round-up is especially for you. Enjoy these hits from days past, because honestly, when’s the last time you heard most of these tunes?

Kina Grannis Covers “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio

Z. Woods Covers the Saved by the Bell Theme Song

Legaci Covers “Don’t Let Go” by En Vogue

Jane Lui x Tomlyn Tomita x Lynn Chen x Phil Yu & Friends Cover “Waterfalls” by TLC

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The Duets Youtube Covers Round-Up – 2/10/14

What’s going on, friends? On this fateful Monday, we’re posting a collection of recent cover videos featuring duets between two artists. There’s a pretty decent amount of variety in the bunch, with some very popular Top 40 hits along with an indie surprise or two. Double the fun!

Jason Chen x Madilyn Bailey Cover “All of Me” by John Legend

Clara C x Joseph Vincent Cover “Counting Stars” by One Republic

Gerald Ko x Jasmine Thompson Cover “Everything Has Changed” by Taylor Swift x Ed Sheeran

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The “Say Something” & “Let Her Go” Youtube Covers Round-Up – 1/27/14

Two songs that have seen a lot of covers are the ballads “Let Her Go” by Passenger and “Say Something” by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera. Both are slow, moving, and heartfelt tunes and are prime material for a Youtube cover. So here are a number of renditions of those singles by a handful+ of our artists. It’s probably the most chill way you could spend your Monday evening.

“Let Her Go” by Passenger

Joseph Vincent x Andrew Garcia x Andy Lange x Josh Golden

Arden Cho

David Choi

Kina Grannis x Marshall

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Lookin’ Back: Revisiting 2013′s Biggest Moments in a-Tunes

This year has been a very full one, with lots of artists and music covered. Music videos, singles, albums, and side projects have come and gone and we are left looking back the trends and biggest moments of 2013. This summary of the year doesn’t really focus on individual artists and their day to day activities, but instead looks at some of the overarching trends and notable milestones for Asian-American music as a whole.

So in no particular order:

  • In 2013, we started to exist more to Big Business.

Although there is still a long battle ahead of us, corporations are starting to recognize the Asian-American community and it’s artists – with more song placements and even appearances by some of our artists in print and visual advertisements.

The year started off with a crack, with Psy riding the success of his mega hit, “Gangnam Style”, by appearing in a Wonderful Pistachios ad campaign that debuted during the Superbowl.

The year also featured commercial appearances by Jessica Sanchez, Mike Song, KRNFX, Rino Nakasone, Meeghan Henry, Far East Movement, Knewdles, Steve Aoki and Jasmine Villegas. Let’s hope this trend continues!

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The Holiday Covers Youtube Round-Up – 12/24/13

You’ll have to figure the scarcity of posts the past week, being the Christmas season, things have gotten awfully busy. That being said, the post count may remain a little low the next week or so but we don’t want to leave you without the latest batch of Holiday themed covers.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Sam Tsui x Yasmeen Al-Mazeedi Covers “Silent Night”

Paul Kim x David So x Z.Woods Cover “SIlent Night” & “Fa La La” by Justin Bieber

Cynthia Lin & Friends Cover “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey

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