Tag Archives: music videos

I love the Broken Ones

You should watch/listen to this because:

  1. It is a lovely, lovely song.
  2. Dia Frampton, and for that matter, the rest of the Frampton sisters, who feature in this music video are gorgeous.
  3. According to the interwebs, this song is getting a little bit famous, and it’s about time Dia (and Meg, and the band) got some recognition. Maybe people will stop looking at me blankly when I say that Meg & Dia is one of my favourite bands? Maybe. Just listen.
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Marina’s heart is Radioactive

I wish I only had good things to say about Marina & the Diamonds, but I’ve found the marketing scheme around her upcoming album tacky at best. Her twitter feed resembles that of an internet-hipster, and her tumblr makes me want to throw up on so many levels. The layout! the self-indulgent photos! the cryptic one-line posts! pictures of galaxies and pills! Maybe I’m just a snob. Maybe I expected more from Marina; I love her debut album and had certain expectations, damn it!

Marina’s obnoxious web-presence can most probably be attributed to her alter-ego, Electra Heart, who seems to still be an enigma. Maybe more will be revealed at the album’s release? Maybe not. *shrug* All I know is that the tweets and the tumbls have kept me away from listening to her new stuff; her marketing tactics alienating me from what I used to love about her.

But today Marina released this music video (part two to compliment last week’s part one: fear and loathing)

…and suddenly I don’t care that she’s been an annoying internet-hipster for the past couple of months. It’s good to know that despite the alter-ego, you can still make enjoyable music, Marina/Electra. I am eagerly awaiting your next album, don’t let me down!

just because you know my name doesn't mean you know my game

also, you look damn fine in a bleach-blonde wig

On Kate Voegele and resigning oneself to emotional abuse

(edit: oh well apparently I haven’t been “given permission” to embed the video, so I guess linking it will have to do.)

I discovered Kate Voegele in 2004 or 2005, when someone on a forum suggested her on a thread about musicians similar to Michelle Branch. I guess the comparison was drawn because they were both guitar-wielding brunettes singing pop songs, but after listening to a few live clips of Voegele singing, I decided that they while they may have looked the same, Voegele’s voice was much richer, and did not quite fit in with the rest of the Pop scene at the time. Indeed, their careers took very different turns; by that point Branch had already reached her pinnacle of fame for her single Everywhere, released her sophomore album Hotel Paper, was still being confused with Vanessa Carlton, and then went Country. Voegele, on the other hand, released her debut label-album Don’t Look Away, and shortly after joined the cast of One Tree Hill as Mia Catalano, and thus she was inducted into the Hall of One Tree Hill Musicians. She’s fairly popular amongst OTH viewers, but the rest of the world are pretty oblivious to her existence.

Which is a shame, because I think she is one of the most underrated artists out there. She recently released her third album, Gravity Happens, which sees Voegele a more content, wise and world-worn person than in her last two albums, but still retaining a youthful hope for future happinesses in life and love.

Although you probably wouldn’t be able to tell from the album’s first single, ‘Heart in Chains’. The chorus has a light, catchy beat, but is essentially about being resigned to staying in an emotionally abusive relationship. Maybe what surprised me the most was the imagery and metaphor used in the music video; it’s not what I expected of Kate Voegele, given that her past music videos have been more typical pop songs, and were treated as such. I’m supposing the video treatment was written up by Grandson & Son, who directed and edited the video, and they did a fantastic job. There’s so much vulnerability and a sense of being fragile conveyed through shots of scraped knees hidden by white lace; forts and shadow puppets, crowns and stars are reminiscent of childhood, and the simple need that a child has for attention and love.

There’s a lot more I could talk about that I find interesting in the music video, like the use of white, the covered heads, ghost imagery and the butterfly in a jar, but this blog entry is in danger of becoming an English essay. So I won’t. Suffice it to say that the music video certainly reflects the song’s troubling themes of hurt and internal struggle that comes with being with/loving someone who’s constantly wrecking you in every sense. At least the way I read into it — though I do tend to read into things a lot.

But basically, you should listen to Kate Voegele’ music. It’s fantastic, she’s fantastic.

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‘Heart in Chains’
Artist: Kate Voegele
Released: 2011
Director: Grandson & Son

Weekly Link Round-Up

Is it a good idea to do a link round-up in the middle of the week? I SAY YES!

  • Rebecca Black made a comeback with her new single, ‘My Moment‘ yesterday. Pop Dust says everything I wanted to say on the matter.
  • There’s rumour of Guillermo del Toro directing an adaption ‘Beauty and the Beast’, and Emma Watson may be attached to the project. While I find this interesting, I’m still kind of mad about ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ being made into a film. And Emma Watson having anything to do with it.
  • Borders is finally closing all its stores. It’s a sad, sad time and marks the beginning of the end of bookstore culture, and I really love bookstores. You can’t run your hand along the spines of books at Amazon, you can’t pick one up at random and flick through its pages. The people at my local Borders were pretty cool, for the most part, and I will miss it all.
  • Not recent news, but I’ve recently gotten into terrariums, ever since Marieke Hardy tweeted about them. They’re pretty cool, guys!

Panic! at the Disco are ready to go

I haven’t paid that much attention to Panic! at the Disco since their debut album. I remember some controversy about them deciding on removing the exclamation from their name a couple years back (but they seem to still be using it now, what’s up with that?) and I mildly enjoyed their sophomore album, but when I found out that they were releasing another album, it wasn’t enough to get me super-excited. Or excited at all. I’d just grown tired of them (‘Pretty. Odd.’ was not a great album, guys).

But then I was directed to their latest music video by this charming fellow and I’ve got to say, I was rather impressed. Having not really listened to much of their new stuff, ‘Ready to Go’ was a pleasant surprise for me. The music was much more ‘pop’ than I expected, since the only new song I’d heard from Panic! had been ‘The Ballad of Mona Lisa’ which is decidedly more ‘alternative’ than ‘pop’. Right after the video ended, I saw that there was another music video, released around late 2010 (so I know I’m really late to the party) for Panic!’s song ‘New Perspective’, which is also pretty poptastic, so maybe that’s kind of the direction they’re taking now? Don’t look at me like that; I know there are people who are probably already yelling at me for calling Panic! a pop act. I suppose they’re not exactly. Alterna-pop, maybe. Whatever you want to label them, I assure you, it will still have pop in the title. Genres are lame! Stop yelling at me!

But back to the video, it seems to by very show-tuney, in that Brendan Urie sings and dances with back up dancers and props in every verse. Then there’s that obvious shout-out to Mary Poppins (come on, dancing chimney sweeps? flying through a cartoonish Old London skyline and then dancing with umbrellas? TOTALLY Mary Poppins!). I enjoy pop songs, and I enjoy dancing, and I enjoy music videos in which pop (or, sigh, alterna-pop) artists who don’t usually dance, dance (and then fall apart to half time).* When I saw Urie bust out in 50’s attire (possibly an homage to Grease) and do that adorable, almost boyband-ish dance with two lovely back up dancers, it reminded me of the well-timed choreography in Marina and the Diamonds’ video for ‘Oh No!’, which made my heart happy.

In short, the aesthetics in Panic!’s music video for ‘Ready to Go’ were fantastic, and reflected the fun, upbeat sound of the song. I think I’ll be welcoming Panic! at the Disco back into my music library.

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‘Ready to Go (Get Me Out of my Mind)’
Artist: Panic! at the Disco
Released: 2011
Director: Shane Drake

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*bad joke?