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SOUNDCHECK: CAMILLE

camilleMore Camille fun! So yes, I know that Music Hole is almost a year old, but good music doesn’t have an expiration date. With that being said, I’ve been youtubing almost every performance of hers, she’s so good live! I can’t stop singing her songs, I can’t stop talking about her, she’s just awesome.

While I was youtubing, I did find these clips from  her Music Hole documentary. There’ about 10 minutes apiece, and even tho they’re quite short, I think I’ve fallen in love with her creative, quirky and sarcastic personality. Like one commenter on the video noted, “she’s all rhythm and poetry.” She does a great job of illustrating in the documentary that music is everywhere in our lives, and it doesn’t always have to come from man made instruments, or the radio. We’re perfectly capable of  creating wonderful sounds on our own. =)

Jonelle Vette is great

vette1You know how you stumble upon some really good music, and you feel you must tell people about it or your head will explode? Well that’s how I’m feeling right now about Jonelle Vette aka VETTE.  I was on Facebook messing with a bunch of apps when I did the whole 10 free downloads thingy, and I just happened to choose this song called Bound by VETTE. I didn’t really have any expectations for it, but I gotta say, it’s pretty damn good. It’s got almost a blues-y feely but then it’s kinda alternative pop-ish..I like.

SOUNDCHECK: CAMILLE – Home Is Where It Hurts

camille_music_holeAs you know from the last SOUNDCHECK post, I’m in love with Camille. I still haven’t found out much about her, but I don’t really think I’ll ever get around to it. Mainly because I’m enthralled by her music, and that’s enough for me. With that being said her song “Home Is Where It Hurts” is currently on repeat. It’s from the album Music Hole, which is her latest release.

The Grammys Are Tomorrow

grammysAnd I’m really looking forward to it. I know I’m kinda late in talking about it, but I haven’t been this interested in awards shows since I realized they had one for EVERYTHING. Plus the fact that I hardly listen to American music gave me no reason to tune in, but for some reason this year, I think I actually want to watch. The Grammys are, after all, the biggest awards show.

Check out some of the nominees, and some of the coolest ad posters I’ve ever seen:

Justin Nozuka

Justin Nozuka is a 20-year-old, acoustic soul singer/songwriter. He’s half Japanese and half American. Born in New York and raised in Toronto, Canada. Justin was number six of seven children, where all four of his brothers are artists in some form. His mother, Holly Sedgwick (sister of actress Kyra Sedgwick), raised him and his siblings by herself.

I first heard of Justin about 8 months ago (I’m guessing) when I saw his “After Tonight” video posted on some girl’s blog. He has a beautiful voice.

Disillusionment Sucks.

janis-joplin-0I take music personally. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but when I adore someone’s music, I tend to fall in love with them as well. I’m not talking like that stalker he-is-singing-only-to-me-and-we’re-gonna-get-married-or-else falling in love, but I fall in love with them as a human being. If that makes any sense. Have you ever been enchanted by an musician and just became starry eyed? It’s really hard to explain, but…yeah. Anywho, like I was saying, disillusionment sucks.

SOUNDCHECK: Camille

lefilcamilleI was introduced to Camille‘s music last winter when one of the choreographers at my school used a few tracks from her album le fil as a part of her piece. When I first heard it, all I could think was OMFG WHO IS THAT!? It was awesomely hypnotic, and before long, all of the dancers, choreographers, and even the stage crew were singing along to her beats. What I find most interesting about Camille is that she rarely uses instruments as the main source of music in her songs, and instead opts to use her body. Whereas many artist have gotten used to synth beats and even acoustic instruments, Camille will just as quickly start beating on her chest, making guttural sounds, and even just breathing on the mic to get the sound she’s looking for. Seriously she creates some of the best music I’ve heard. EVER. I’m addicted to her sound, and I’m sure you’ll be too.

20-CRY

20-CRYMiliyah Kato, 20, released her  14th  single titled 20-Cry last week and I love it.  The single is a tie-in with a special cell phone drama of the same name, and it draws on the emotional changes that a young 20 year old woman goes through. The ballad is very reminiscent of her previous release 19 Memories, on which she also sang about the emotional shift of becoming an adult.

K'Naan

knaan He was born in Somalia (in Mogadishu) – a place where it topped Iraq and Afghanistan on Forbes magazine’s Most Dangerous Destinations, where nobody (children or the elderly) was safe, where it was lawless, and where 6-year-olds patrolled the streets with AK-47s. He is a Muslim. His aunt, Magool, was one of Somalia’s most famous singers. His grandfather was a well-known poet, which says a lot for a country called, “Nation of Poets”. He spent his childhood in the district of Wardhiigleey (“The Lake of Blood”) during the Somali Civil War.

He is an emcee straight from Somali.
Who is he?
He is…
K’Naan.

The Boy Can Sing

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Yes he sure can! Who am I talking about? G. Soul is who. G Soul is signed under JYP and is supposedly R. Kelly’s “protege”. I don’t know about that, but he definitely can sing his ass off. Check out some  this youtube vid of him singing Steve Wonder’s Someday @ Christmas (yeah I know the holiday has passed, but I still like hearing him sing it.)

Guess Who! It's Grandmaster Flash

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FidgLJMUc_s] *After you press play, be sure to click the button that looks like an up-arrow, and then click on the HQ (high quality) Kristen Lepore created this very cool stop-motion video....

Jessica H.o's Life Is Good

jessica1In case you didn’t know, I’m a fan of Korean music..also, it’s been some time since I’ve listened to any; almost a year! So you can imagine my surprise when I checked my inbox this morning and found that a friend of mine sent me a little nudge about one of Kpop’s good Bad Girls. I was even more surprised that it was Jessica H.o no less. I guess you can say I call her a “good Bad Girl” because she’s like the girl in your crew who is a sweet heart, but she’s always up to something, and you KNOW it’s going to lead to trouble, but you’re so down for the ride. Also, I guess you can kinda say that I didn’t expect Jessica to really recover from her mistake a few years back, but she did…and apparently Life is Good.