Category Archives: Music

Tunes for Tuesday: Duran Duran’s “Pressure Off”

Somehow the New Romantic band Duran Duran–who had no right to outlast fellow acts like Adam Ant and Spandau Ballet–has managed a career than has spanned decades upon decades. With hits throughout both the 1980s and 1990s, they even managed to weather the transition to the next decades with dance hits throughout the aughts. Now in the middle of their fourth decade (fourth!) they just released a song that, by rights, should be the Song of the Summer.

Featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rogers, this infectious throwback groove manages to both be nostalgic and perfectly current with today’s radio sound. Feel free to blast it with the top down.

 

Tunes for Tuesday: The Weeknd

I wasn’t a big fan of The Weeknd when they first started, but over the course of the last year or so, Abel Tesfaye has grown more pop oriented and mixed in a more accessible sound to his dark R&B, it’s really grown on me. His latest single “I Can’t Feel My Face” feels like early Michael Jackson put through the modernizer–but in a good way.

The song debuted at the Apple WWDC conference, but since has gone viral. Below, we’ve got their other best song, which surprisingly, is from the 50 Shades soundtrack.

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Tunes for Tuesday: Cymatics

‘Cymatics’ is the science of visualizing audio frequencies.
All of the experiments are real.

This started out as a really neat video for a electronica track by artist Nigel Stanford… And then he pulled out a Tesla Coil. Then this became the most amazing video I’ll probably seen all month.

For a look behind the scenes of the making of this video, check out the videos below.

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The Eurovision 2015 Finals

After two days of semi-finals, this weekend the Eurovision finals were seen around the globe by millions. With 20 semi finalists performing plus the seven given passes straight to the finals, it was a most densely packed two hours of musical performances. (Seriously, the first act stared at 3:15 EST, and the last ended at 5:15 EST. Idol could take serious lesson in time management from this show.)

Now, as the US viewers might not know, the performers who come to Eurovision come with only one song and one package, which means that if you sat through the semi-finals, you’ve already seen the majority of the performances. Those who were performing only for the first time were “The Big Five” (the top five economic powers in Europe: UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, France), the host country (Austria) and the 60 anniversary invitee Australia, which was rewarded for decades of Eurovision fandom with a performance slot. (Hear that America? We have to be fans for decades before they invite us. And probably not even then.)

Amusingly enough, most of those who got to skip the semis performed worse in the voting than those who were already somewhat familiar in the judge’s and public’s minds. Austria and Germany tied for last place with zero votes, and France and the UK fared little better. Australia got quite a few votes, but the sense was those were thrown their way with the knowledge that they wouldn’t actually crack the top three. After all, no one wants to hold Eurovision in Sydney next year. Only Italy, which had the pimp spot at the very end of the show fared well from the straight to the finals seven.

We have all 27 finalists performances posted below, in the order of the final scoring tally. Enjoy.

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Eurovision 2015 Round Up: SemiFinals Part 2

Yesterday, the second round of the Eurovision 2015 SemiFinals aired across the globe. It was 8pm in Vienna, 3pm in New York and in Australia, well they kept wishing them a good morning, as that country started the next day.

For those who might have worried that we saw the best of the best in the first semi final round, not to worry. In fact, I would say we saw the potential winner of this year’s Eurovision in this second group, provided that those seven who were sent directly to the finals don’t have something really extraordinary up their sleeve for the live show.

With seventeen acts this round, as opposed to Tuesday’s sixteen, this was a tightly packed show with little time for introductions. This batch up for your votes this time consisted of the following countries:

  • Lithuania
  • Ireland
  • San Marino
  • Montenegro
  • Malta
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • The Czech Republic
  • Israel
  • Latvia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Iceland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Cyprus
  • Slovenia
  • Poland

Let’s get to those who were voted through to Saturday’s finals, and the seven less than lucky countries who were cut.

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