Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Video Of The Day: DJ Earworm United State Of Pop 2010

DJ Earworm is back with this year's United State of Pop mashup featuring Billboard's Top 25 songs of 2010. And clearly 2010 was the year for dance music, since I'm only spotting two songs here that weren't staples on rhythmic stations - Hey Soul Sister and Need You Now. Sigh.

I blame the songs on this mashup not being as good as last year's, which was AMAZING. Check it out here:

Friday, December 24, 2010

Video Of The Day: Miracle On 22nd Street

The New York Times posted this wonderful feature piece about two NYC men, Jim and Dylan, who have somehow been receiving hundreds of letters addressed to Santa Claus. Rather than ignore the letters, they have been doing as much as they can to fulfill some of the requests. What a great story and what great people they are.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Video Of The Day: New John Mayer Song - Age Of Worry

John Mayer performed yesterday at a WPLJ benefit for Blythedale Children's Hospital and sang a new song, called "Age of Worry". It's a little hard to hear, and Mayer's looking like Johnny Depp's doppleganger, but ... new music!

Video by salty721

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Kris Allen At Chris-Mix

Kris Allen performed an epic set as the headliner of the Mix 104.9 Chris-Mix in Santa Rosa, doing the full version of "Gangsta's Paradise". FULL VERSION. RAPPING.

He started the song by talking about how he did "Heartless" on American Idol and has been playing it since. And that he's done playing "Heartless" (if you don't know, he's been playing it as a mashup with "Gangsta's Paradise" for about a year now). And then they started playing the guitar intro for "Heartless", and we were all in the audience going ...... um ....? before he went full into K-Swizzle rap mode.

By the way, the audience reaction to this was deafening. This got the biggest applause of the night by far.

Also, check out this video of Kris doing a strip-tease of his cardigan while Cale plays the guitar lick for Under Pressure (or Ice Ice Baby lol). The background story is that Kris said earlier that it was hot, and someone in the audience yelled "Take off your sweater!". Kris joked that they had it planned out for the seventh song in the concert.

And one more video: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (gorgeous vocals!):

The setlist was: Alright With Me, Can't Stay Away, Red Guitar, Everybody Wants To Rule The World/The Way You Make Me Feel, Before We Come Undone, Gangsta's Paradise, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Happy Birthday, Stuck In A Moment, The Truth, Live Like We're Dying, The Christmas Song/We Wish You a Merry Christmas. The original setlist (which was written on a paper plate lol) had To Make You Feel My Love next to Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, as well as Falling Slowly on it. Apparently, they added Gangsta's Paradise because the original setlist had too many slow songs.

Also performing at the Chris-Mix were local band Pat Jordan Band, Days Difference (or, as I called them, Day Difference since only the lead singer Jeremy was there) and Hedley, a fairly successful Canadian band whose lead singer Jacob Hoggard placed third in the second season of Canadian Idol. Pat Jordan Band sang some lulzy songs, including one that made you think he was singing about hard-ons, another song that was about sitting at a bus stop sucking on a pork chop (because lollipop doesn't rhyme with stop?) and something else about dropping a load. IDEK. Days Difference was fine - Jeremy has a nice voice and plays the piano well. He apparently chipped a tooth while singing. If you've seen him perform, you would not be surprised. I enjoyed Hedley. I'm not sure I would necessarily enjoy full band Hedley, but acoustic half of Hedley was really enjoyable for me. Jacob's season of Canadian Idol was one of my favorite seasons of any Idol show I've seen, and it was cool to see him do his thing and to see his band finally make some headway in the States. I know they tried to break in the U.S. a few years ago, but weren't able to get off the ground much. Their song "Perfect" is doing pretty well at radio right now.

And then Kris. It's kind of hard to put into words just how amazing this concert was. Bill Pinella from the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat did a good job of doing this (Read review here). All I can really say is Kris is the kind of performer you just want to keep seeing over and over again because you just never know what you're going to get; he's constantly surprising us. I really can't emphasize enough how much personality, charm and humor Kris has and how much fun his shows are.


Friday, December 10, 2010

Video Of The Day - Paul McCartney On Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Not long after landing Bruce Springsteen as a guest, Jimmy Fallon got another big one, with Sir Paul McCartney paying a visit to Late Night on Thursday. Jimmy got Paul to sing the original lyrics to "Yesterday", which infamously started out as with a working title of "Scrambled Eggs". Check the two of them singing "Scrambled Eggs" below (nice harmonies, Jimmy!).

Paul later talked about John Lennon and his death and then performed the song "Here Today" in tribute to him. He intro'd the song by telling the audience, "This is a conversation that we never had. We say to people, if you want to say to someone you love them, tell them now because there may come a point when it's too late and you think I wish I had said that."

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Matt Giraud Live At River City Studios

American Idol 8 Top 5 finalist Matt Giraud is featured on the premiere episode of Live at River City Studios. Matt sings four original songs (4 AM, Brand New Day, I'll See You In A Little While, and Baby Girl) and is interviewed in this 23 minute-long video.

He sounds AMAZING. Um, record and sell this, Matt. I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

Watch the video here: Live at River City Studios - Matt Giraud

And one more time because this can't be said enough: #SignMattGiraud

Video Of The Day: Adele - Rolling In The Deep

Grammy Award winner Adele is back with a new single and video from her upcoming album 21 - "Rolling In The Deep". The album won't be released in the UK until January 24 and in the U.S. until Feb. 22 (aagh why so late?). In the meantime, you can pre-order the album or purchase the single or just watch the video, which premiered today, below.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Video Of The Day - Zac Brown Band, Amos Lee Sing Colder Weather

I watched CMT's Artist of the Year special on Friday mostly to see the Adele/Darius Rucker duet of Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" and the Maroon 5 cover of Taylor Swift's "Mine". The former was lovely, the latter was a disaster. But the performance of the night for me ended up being this one by Zac Brown Band and Amos Lee - "Colder Weather".

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Latest Idol Promo Shows Different Grouping

American Idol has been running a series of promo ads of various lengths featuring their winners. Most of the ads that have run were shorter spots featuring the seemingly anointed group of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, David Cook, Fantasia and Lee DeWyze. But tonight a new commercial with a new group of Kelly, Carrie, David, Fantasia and Kris Allen aired during Bones. Kind of makes you wonder if Lee's poor sales debut have gotten him dropped him from that group. If that's the case, damn, that didn't take long.

I'd like to think that they're just trying to spread the wealth, but I tend to run cynical when it comes to Idol. I guess we'll see as they continue to run more ads!