Project Lavrador: Week 14

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31 mars 2012, 20h33m


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Week 14: The World's Greatest Genre, House 1, Heavy Metal 1, Finnish Tango

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Day 93 -
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Day 98 -

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Day 92: Teen Pop

To Represent:

Justin Bieber - My World 2.0

Samples:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kffacxfA7G4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z5-P9v3F8w

Wikipedia:
Justin Drew Bieber[7] (play /ˈbiːbər/ BEE-bər, born March 1, 1994)[1] is a Canadian pop/R&B singer, songwriter and actor.[2][4] Bieber was discovered in 2008 by Scooter Braun,[8] who came across Bieber's videos on YouTube and later became his manager. Braun arranged for him to meet with Usher in Atlanta, Georgia, and Bieber was soon signed to Raymond Braun Media Group (RBMG), a joint venture between Braun and Usher,[9] and then to a recording contract with Island Records offered by L.A. Reid.[5][10] Bieber's debut single, "One Time", was released in 2009 and peaked in the top twenty in Canada and charted in the top thirty in several international markets. His debut album, the seven-track EP My World, followed in November 2009, and was soon certified platinum in the United States. He became the first artist to have seven songs from a debut album chart on the Billboard Hot 100.[11]

Bieber's first full-length studio album, My World 2.0, was released in March 2010. It debuted at number one or within the top ten in several countries and was certified platinum in the United States. It was preceded by the worldwide top-ten single, "Baby". The music video of "Baby" is currently ranked as the most viewed and most discussed YouTube video.[12] Bieber followed-up the release of his debut album with his first headlining tour, the My World Tour, the remix albums My Worlds Acoustic and Never Say Never – The Remixes, and the 3D biopic-concert film Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – which had an opening weekend gross that nearly matched the record for the biggest opening weekend for a concert-film. Bieber released his second studio album, Under the Mistletoe in November 2011, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Bieber has received numerous awards, including Artist of the Year at the 2010 American Music Awards — and has been nominated for numerous awards, including Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album at the 53rd Grammy Awards. To date Bieber has sold more than 8 million albums worldwide. [13]


9.2/10

You know why people claim to hate Justin Bieber? Because here's the truth; they're afraid of his talent being truly unraveled to the entire world, so what they want to do is super glue numerous warning signs and keep away posters around this rabid musician that other people wouldn't even dare listening to such an artist.

But of course when I mean rabid musician is that Justin Bieber can put up a humongous fight within the entire music scene. He comes from Canada, which is the same country where artists such as Rush, Skinny Puppy and Nickelback originate from and acclaimed fame from there to the world. So he obviously has to be good when we look at those three aforementioned artists. Justin Bieber claims to be the next Michael Jackson, but I wouldn't dare say that, no, he's going to triumph over Michael Jackson, becoming one of the greatest artists in history since even Beethoven or Mozart.

When I get into the album to what people claimed to be so bad, first hearing "Baby" and I'm like... wow. It blew me away. A flourish of piano chords storm the breaches and down comes Bieber like the voice of a young virgin angel drinking honey tea subjecting lyrics towards heartbreak and first love in both such an obvious, yet abstract way, and they're so clever, touching, yet humorous as well. Guest vocalist Ludacris dish out lyrics on the meaning of first and true love, narrates in such a strong operatic voice in a style as if he was rapping? How did he do this?! This is too brilliant!

Then there are thunderous, high octane yet classy pieces like "Somebody to Love" to deliver to the dance floors via weddings, parlor gatherings, and business parties. Then there are ballads like "U Smile" unleashes a barrage of complicated piano scales and Vivacissimo progressions of varied emotions. This is not material I could even obtain from Bach or Schubert, this is the work of a super-genious, a being of supernatural status.

The reason I couldn't give this a full 5 stars is because I felt like I wasn't worthy to listen to such an album and towards the end, I couldn't quite decode the divine messages Bieber takes through. I am in the process of doing so right now and only in a matter of months will that 5 star come, this is a future 10... no 15 out of 10 album.

This is sheer brilliance. Don't believe what people say about him, they're just afraid of his talent. Get this album now!

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Day 93: House

I was never too employed with house music despite that I do express interest in various electronic dance music but I suppose that's because I am too enthusiastic with techno, trance and formerly EBM at the moment.

I have expectations regardless. Party music in this house.

To Represent:

Rinôçérôse - Installation Sonore

Samples:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AP8FlAsx1IA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmydV3IDVXM

6.9/10

Uses a good amount of electric guitars. The beats don't usually carry themselves away either, employing a bit of a chillout behavior in the process.

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Day 94: Italo House

My first impressions with Italo House was not because it comes from Italy, but the approach on a astro/spacey sound comparable to spacesynth like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtJ3JonFWew


That was not the case.

To Represent:

Black Box - Dreamland

Wikipedia:
Black Box was an Italian house music group popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The members of the group included a trio made up of a club DJ (Daniele Davoli), a classically trained clarinet teacher (Valerio Semplici), and a keyboard and electronic music "wiz" (Mirko Limoni). The three created an image for the Black Box act using French fashion model Katrin Quinol as its album/singles cover art and supposed lead singer in all of the group's music videos.[1] Davoli, Semplici, and Limoni had previously formed a group called Groove Groove Melody, producing dance music under names such as Starlight (who had a UK Top 10 hit in August 1989 with "Numero Uno"[2]) and Wood Allen. They went on to record music under many other aliases, most notably the alias Mixmaster, which scored a UK #9 hit in November 1989 with the song "Grand Piano".

Samples:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_XI4FZ3wHw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18N2k1TBBRE

6.6/10

Continuing from what I was saying, it's female vocalized piano-heavy house.

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Day 95: Hip-House

It's as it sounds, hip-hop beats and rapping interlaced into a house background.

To Represent:
The KLF - Who Killed The JAMs

Samples:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFTCKOW5RQc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Kz_Z-mbNkw

Wikipedia:
The KLF (also known as The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, The Timelords and other names) were one of the seminal bands of the British acid house movement during the late 1980s and early 1990s.[1]

Beginning in 1987, Bill Drummond (alias King Boy D) and Jimmy Cauty (alias Rockman Rock) released hip hop-inspired and sample-heavy records as The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, and on one occasion (the British number one hit single "Doctorin' the Tardis") as The Timelords. The abbreviation of the band has long been a mystery; however in a interview in Wired 2010 Bill revealed it to stand for "Kentucky Liberation Front", meant as a satire of the United States as the band saw it at the time. As The KLF, Drummond and Cauty pioneered the genres "stadium house" (rave music with a pop-rock production and sampled crowd noise) and "ambient house[citation needed]. The KLF released a series of international top-ten hits[citation needed] on their own KLF Communications record label, and became the biggest-selling singles act in the world for 1991[citation needed] The duo also published a book, The Manual, and worked on a road movie called The White Room.

From the outset, they adopted the philosophy espoused by esoteric novel series The Illuminatus! Trilogy, gaining notoriety for various anarchic situationist manifestations, including the defacement of billboard adverts, the posting of prominent cryptic advertisements in NME magazine and the mainstream press, and highly distinctive and unusual performances on Top of the Pops. Their most notorious performance was a collaboration with Extreme Noise Terror at the February 1992 BRIT Awards, where they fired machine gun blanks into the audience and dumped a dead sheep at the aftershow party. This performance announced The KLF's departure from the music business, and in May 1992 the duo deleted their entire back catalogue.

With The KLF's profits, Drummond and Cauty established the K Foundation and sought to subvert the art world, staging an alternative art award for the worst artist of the year and burning one million pounds sterling. Although Drummond and Cauty remained true to their word of May 1992—the KLF Communications catalogue remains deleted in the UK, but The White Room is still being pressed in the US by Arista. They have released a small number of new tracks since then, as the K Foundation, The One World Orchestra and most recently, in 1997, as 2K.


7/10

Kinda funny. A really agitated over-accented Englishman raps away and other spoken word moments is the main showcase as hip-hop/house grooves over in a few of the track. Might have an underlying to satire to them but based on this artist's rep, I wouldn't be too surprised.

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Day 96: Heavy Metal

Heavy metal obviously isn't new to me. It all started with Slipknot for me and not too long later and former favorite band; Kamelot. For me it took some time to actually cherish the more extreme genres like death metal and black metal. While my interests for Slipknot were mostly sacrificed, heavy metal still remains a humungous part of my musical tastes which is funny because I really don't consider myself a metalhead, I just consider myself to have a nearly unhealthy preference of numerous different music styles. Hence this project; I really do look forward to learning about styles I'm not acquainted with.

To Represent:

Saxon - Strong Arm Of The Law

Samples:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9Ika-PNmHg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q28cq5QU7qk

Wikipedia:
Saxon are an English heavy metal band, formed in 1976 in Barnsley, Yorkshire. As front-runners of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, they had 8 UK Top 40 albums in the 1980s including 4 UK Top 10 albums. Saxon also had numerous singles in the Top 20 singles chart. Between 1980 and 1987 Saxon established themselves as one of Europe's biggest metal acts, they also had success in Japan and in the USA. In Japan, the single "Motorcycle Man" stayed in the charts for over 5 months. They still tour regularly and have sold more than 13 million albums worldwide.

8.3/10

I know Saxon were a pretty big band of the NWOBHM scene, probably second to Iron Maiden themselves and I probably should've known I would like this. For those who aren't accustomed, it's about the line between Iron Maiden and Motorhead.

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Day 97: Power Metal

Power metal were one of the first metal genres I got into and it definitely is an accessible place to start with if you want to get into metal. This is simply based on the melodic approach and the not-so aggressive vocals.

To Represent:

Helloween - Walls Of Jericho

Samples:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mw33DCFQHM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44KvT7dPcwQ

Wikipedia:
Helloween is a German power metal band founded in the mid 1980s by members of Iron Fist and Powerfool. The band was a pioneering force in the European Power Metal movement and their second and third studio albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 1 and Pt.2, are considered masterpieces of the genre.

Since its creation, the band has released fourteen studio albums and has undergone numerous line-up changes. Former members have gone on to found numerous bands, including Gamma Ray, Iron Savior and Masterplan.


7.9/10

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Day 98: Finnish Tango

To Represent:

Topi Sorsakoski - Tummansininen Sävel

Samples:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j5bxCsUAds
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llvRSlC1p8c

Wikipedia:
Pekka Erkki Juhani Tammilehto[1] (27 October 1952 – 13 August 2011),[1] better known by his stage name Topi Sorsakoski, was a Finnish singer. His father was tango singer Yrjö Tapio aka Jylli Tammilehto. Sorsakoski started his career together with his brother, Antti, who had played in various bands together with Juice Leskinen, in the Kalle Kiwes Blues Band.

Some of Sorsakoski's cousins are also musicians: Seppo Tammilehto, who has played in Alwari Tuohitorvi and later had a solo career, and Juhani Tammela, who has played old dancehall music in his quintet in the 1960s. Next Sorsakoski worked as the guitarist in the band The Boys.[citation needed]

In the 1980s, he started performing together with the band Agents, also singing songs earlier performed by Olavi Virta. Sorsakoski later had a solo career and also worked with the band Kulkukoirat. He returned to for a time to the Agents beginning in May 2007.

Sorsakoski died on Saturday, 13 August 2011 at Seinäjoki Central Hospital. He was 58 years old and had suffered from lung cancer.


8.4/10

This was a very good album. Definitely tango, and the songs are mostly downbeat and depressive, but there's so much going on backing it up with the crisp instrumentation and the strong voice of Sorsakoski. Did not expect to enjoy it this much.

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