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Teach Us Your Ways, Marcus

I go to a lot of really cool concerts so it’s rare for me to have severe concert envy, but right now I can honestly say I’ve never been more jealous of anyone than I am of Marcus Haney. Who is Marcus Haney? No one, really, except for this really ballsy guy who decided to break into every music festival you can think of (even The Grammy Awards!) over the past four years and make a movie about it. Crazy right?!

Marcus’s movie is called “No Cameras Allowed” to pay homage to the fact that he not only snuck himself into all of these music festivals (50+ since 2010), but also snuck in his video equipment and managed to film these shows from all the places you’re typically not allowed to shoot from (side of the stage, in the crowd, etc). Along the way, Marcus has befriended a ton of interesting people, from “Acid Chris” who is a guy he found on Craigslist to help him put gas in his car, to the band Mumford and Sons who have actually become good friends of his and have aided Marcus in his cinematic efforts.

Marcus has been shopping his finished film around to different studios and higher-ups, but a couple of weeks ago an unapproved version of “No Camera’s Allowed” trailer leaked onto the Internet, quickly going viral. On the 23rd, the feature film was screened in full for the first time in California and received rave reviews.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see the full film. Mostly so I can pick up some tips and tricks on how to get myself into Coachella next year without forcing my bank account to organize a mutiny against me.

Posted by Ameara

Headphones Project

I am a firm believer that music makes everything better. I always seem to have something playing in the background – a little soundtrack to my life, if ya’ will. My “workout” Spotify playlist is a necessary accompaniment for my morning runs; I have the “good tunes” on shuffle while walking to work to pump myself up for making #mShit happen; then, once at the office, I put my ear buds in and cue the Pandora when I need to concentrate on press releases, pitches and other necessary writings that make up my days as a publicist. My tastes in music are random – from classic rock (Van Morrison’s Caravan is one of my absolute favorites), to epic 80’s ballads. Top 40 hits are an obvious choice when the mood is right, while Broadway tunes also make an appearance (Les Mis “On my Own” gets me every time – the Frances Ruffelle version, not Anne Hathaway’s attempt). Your guess is as good as mine as to what I will be listening to at any given moment – even while writing this I’ve listened to Bruce Springsteen, followed by The Fugees, and on to Alison Krauss.

Prior to moving to Boston, I lived in NYC where everyone you see has headphones in as a way to block out the noise and not focus on the 19739027029367023029032 people who are constantly in your way. That said, I can see how people think that the iPod has made us a bit less friendly, because gone are the days of striking up conversations with randos in line, when everyone has headphones in as a way of saying “don’t talk to me.”

So when I stumbled upon “The Headphone Project” blog the other day, I found it to be a creative way to a) be social (passively, via the Internet, of course!) b) learn about people and why they listen to what they do and c) hopefully add a few more songs to the ol’ playlist.

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I like the idea of reaching out to people and connecting over music. Who knows, maybe next time I’m waiting for a light to turn green on Boylston Street, perhaps  I’ll risk looking like a creep and ask the first person I see what they’re listening to. And if it’s a hot dude, even better!

Posted by Laura

Valley Girl Swag via Australia (As if!)

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If you haven’t heard the latest in music news, then you might have overlooked Iggy Azalea’s steady rise to fame. You may have glanced at her and seen so many others: Lady Gaga, Lana del Ray, Taylor Swift, even Nicki Minaj. And in all honesty, what actually sets Iggy Azalea apart from her predecessors? The blonde haired, blue-eyed female with no lack of sex appeal and presence (you know, like when favey fave Jakey G walks into a room and everyone gulps and goes, “Oooh”) at first reminded me of Cora, the archetypal singer from Music and Lyrics. No one wants to be like Cora. On the surface, Iggy Azalea appears to be just-the-latest, greatest, and youngest new ‘thing’ in the female pop star realm, aka a commodity to consume. My first reaction to her hit music videos was, “Gee, she seems like a nice girl, I wonder what showbiz will do to her.” As our culture is propagated furiously with the slogan “sex, money, drugs,” it may be difficult for us to truly imagine the perseverance and determination that must go into avoiding the addiction rampant in America’s celebrity world. But perhaps that’s also what led me to re-evaluate Iggy Azalea.

She isn’t the answer to feminism in pop culture, she doesn’t have killer pipes like Adele or Beyoncé, and she is not interested in being your new BFFL. Iggy Azalea is a rapper in her own right, complete with her own struggles and an intriguing story. She both idolizes and chastises Americans with her swaggy lyrics, and I wouldn’t be surprised if concert posters help broadcast her story — No money, no family, 16 in the middle of Miami. This would all seem like a disaster waiting to blow up if it weren’t clear she’s hell-bent on establishing and maintaining her career. After all, you don’t scrub floors and clean hotels for three years, abandon your family in Australia, travel across the world to Miami at 16, negotiate with prolific record labels, produce an album with T.I., sign on with previously unknown recording executives, and earn an O2 visa — just to throw it down the drain for addiction. She’s worked hard and it’s finally paying off. Now 23, her first album that she’s been working on for two years, The New Classic, debuted last week, promptly landing at No. 3 on the Billboard charts. So remember when you listen: she isn’t some youngster being manipulated by her record label. Here’s to hoping we can  expect great things from someone with such a vision.

Top 3 Songs

Work – Details her story, that of an Australian teenager growing up in the middle of nowhere and dreaming of bigger things for herself.

Best lyrics: Hustle and struggle is the only thing I’m trusting

Fancy – Features English singer, Charli XCX and hilariously pokes fun at Clueless and our obsession with popularity. Awesome scene recreations from the movie!

Best lyrics: Got the whole world asking how I does that

Murda BiznessToddlers and Tiara’s themed with costumes and T.I. galore.

Best lyrics:  If you do good, Momma’s gonna give you a pack of gum, ok?…You look good. Smile, smile for the camera.

For all her efforts, Iggy’s story is that of one classically striving to achieve the elusive American Dream.  And perhaps she already has.

Posted by Audrey

 

Kanye’s Left Out and He’s Probably Pissed

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I’ve never claimed to be super knowledgeable about music, and my listening pleasure is typically limited to the 90’s on 9 SIRIUS XM station in my car (don’t even ask me what Spotify and Rdio are). However, even I was surprised by the results of a map outlining each US state’s most listened-to band. The Echo Nest, a “music intelligence platform” pulled together all their data on America’s favorite music and created this gem of a map, reporting musical preference revelations that I find bizarre. Some of my faves:

My home state of Connecticut = David Guetta??? Since when do suburbanites and folks on Wall Street listen to house music?

Maryland = Kelly Rowland. Beyonce says, “who?” Also, why is Kelly on here but not Beyonce?

West Virginia = Matchbox Twenty… hello 1998!

Arizona = Linkin Park… see above.

And in the sarcastic “shocker” category: New Jersey (Bruce Springsteen), Vermont (Phish), and New Hampshire (Grateful Dead). Duh.

All I know is, Kanye is nowhere to be found and Yeezus is probably PISSED….!

Posted by Amanda

Britney on Broadway

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Being a devout fan of Ms. Spears since her school girl-clad days of “Baby One More Time,” I naturally had a mini freak-out upon skimming headlines that contained “Britney” and “musical” in the same sentence. A MUSICAL OF BRITNEY’S LIFE?! OR, BRITNEY IN A MUSICAL? Either way, this news is fantastic.

Upon further reading, I found out that instead of a Britney-inspired musical (which needs to happen, by the way), someone created a musical about the resurrection of Jesus using Britney’s songs, like “Stronger,” “…Baby One More Time,” “Lucky” and “Crazy.” According to the show’s website, “It is a piece that reconciles a lot of the anxiety 20-somethings feel about living in a society that has thousands of statements and not much substance. It appeals to those from a religious background because it tells an essential story using fragments of pop culture in a non-offensive way.” “Spears: The Gospel According to Britney,” which is still in development, played two advance showings last week at the Foxwoods Theatre in NYC for potential investors only.

I’m not going to get all religious here, but I have trouble believing that lyrics such as “You want a hot body? You want a Bugatti? You want a Maserati? You better work bitch” would be relevant to any point in Jesus’ life. But then again, I’m not a frequent church-goer. If this show ever makes its way to Boston, I can’t promise that I will check it out. But if ever a musical about the life of my gal B.Spears comes along, you know I’ll be in the front row.

Posted by Erin

#ThrowbackThursday – Music Edition

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In the world of social media, Thursdays are dedicated to sharing old pictures in a trend dubbed “#ThrowbackThursday” or “#TBT” for short. Most shares are on Instagram and usually consist of the same predictable pictures: baby pictures, high school party photos (to show off how skinny you used to be, of course), study abroad/vacation shots or even things from last week usually accompanied by the caption “TAKE ME BACK.”

It just so happens that m.blog deadlines are Thursdays, so I’d like to dedicate this #ThrowbackThursday to the music from my youth. Some of these songs were anthems of my childhood, and I am sharing them over this blog post because there’s no way to Instagram a song (yet).

I tried to avoid the obvious B. Spears and BSB songs…just to remind you of some jams you may have forgotten about since middle school.

O-Town – All or Nothing

Who remembers P. Diddy’s “Making the Band”? Or was he Puff Daddy then…

Blu Cantrell – Hit ‘Em Up Style

Fourth grade Nina had no clue what this song was about…

Ashanti – Happy ft. Ja Rule

What happened to Ashanti? And Murder Inc. for that matter?

Vengaboys – We like to Party!

This song made its come back in the Six Flags commercial, but should still be added to everyone’s party playlist

S Club 7 – Bring it All Back

This song’s inspirational lyrics makes it a go-to song when you need motivation

Dream – He Loves U Not

Whatever happened to girl bands…?

No Doubt – Spiderwebs

No Doubt / Gwen Stefani, I’m waiting for your comeback in 2013.

Uncle Kracker – Follow Me

His name is Uncle Kracker, that is all.

I’m already planning a part two for this blog, because I know I’ve forgotten some good ones. Help me out by sending yours!

Posted by Nina

New England Non-Conservatory…Classical Meets New Media!

To most, classical music equals traditional and stuffy, whereas the world of social media equals new, young, innovative, etc. (though if you ask me, most of this social media buzz is BS). However, these two seemingly disparate worlds have a surprising number of intersections and overlap. Most recently, I received news about New England Conservatory’s new online collaborative music installation, NEC# (NEC-sharp). Basically, it is a new YouTube station started by the school to bring together students and non-students alike, profiling these young, emerging musicians in a collective online symphony. At this stage, the site is still being populated with musical vignettes submitted primarily by NEC students, however for all un-enrolled aspiring Beethovens, the public is invited to participate…voice, tuba, cello, organ pedals, all are welcome.

Follow this link to find step-by-step instructions for submitting your video: http://necmusic.edu/nec-sharp/add-video. Otherwise, just check out the site and drown yourself in little snippets of great music from great performers who you’d probably not have an opportunity to hear otherwise. The site is well-designed to provide short bios on each artist and a Featured Artist page profiles select performers.

Also — in good form, you can keep up with NEC# via Facebook and Twitter.

Bravissimo 2.0!

Posted by Sam