Thursday, July 31, 2014

SYTYCD Season 11: Top 14 & Announcement of All-Stars

 So You Think You Can Dance? (SYTYCD)
Wednesdays on FOX 8/7c

Last night we saw the Top 14 performed in pairs, bottom 6 perform solos, and gender group performances.  Christina Applegate joined as a guest judge.  Oh how I freakin love Christina and her contribution to the show! This week was definitely a better week.

Contestants: Tanisha & Rudy
Style: Contemporary
Song: Seduces Me by Celine Dion
Choreographer: Mandy Moore

Tanisha danced like silk.  As Christina said Tanisha is a freakin anomaly!!!  The fluidity in her dance was breathtaking and Rudy was awesome supporting her in those lifts. 

Contestants: Jessica & Casey
Style:  Contemporary
Song: Like Real People Do by Hozier
Choreographer:  Travis Wall

Such a beautiful performance and the kiss was electric!!!  For being a new partnership, their connection was so real.  Talk about magical!

Contestants: Valerie & Ricky
Style: Hip-Hop
Song: Turn Down For What by DJ Snake & Lil Jon
Choreographer: Pharside and Phoenix

The choreo was just SICK!!!!  Great execution.

Contestants: Top 7 Girls
Style: Contemporary
Song: My Immortal (Band Version) by Evanescence
Choreographer: Mandy Moore

WOW!  The constant movement of different parts that at times separated then together was AMAZING!!

Contestants: Top 7 Guys
Style: Contemporary
Song: Wave by Beck
Choreographer: Travis Wall

I loved how they came from behind in the beginning.  This set the tone for the entire piece.  As Nigel said, they emulated the movement of a reef or wave. 

At the end of the night, the judges saved Casey and Jessica sending Serge, Teddy, Carly, and Emily home.  Right now, my money is on Tanisha and Emilio.  Now we finally head to the moment I've been waiting for. . . the Top 10 w/ All-Stars!!!!!!!!!!!  Here are the match-ups:

  • Bridget and Brandon (Season 5)
  • Emilio and Jasmine (Season 10)
  • Jacque and Chehon (Season 9 Winner)
  • Ricky and Lauren (Season 7 Winner)
  • Tanisha and Ryan (Season 6)
  • Rudy and Jenna (Season 10)
  • Valerie and Ade (Season 5)
  • Zack and Amy (Season 10 Winner)
  • Casey and Kathryn (Season 6)
  • Jessica and tWitch (Season 4)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Recap Report: 7/25/14

The Recap Report:  A feature post that highlights interesting music news collected from the music streets you might have missed

This is What ‘Bae’ Means -  TIME mag breaks down the meaning of "Bae" which has become popular, especially in Pharrell's new song "Come Get it Bae."

Questlove Defends Iggy Azalea, Calls 'Fancy' A 'Game-Changer' For Hip-HopQuest shares his opinions on the infectious song and the Iggy controversy.

Why Are MTV and Spotify Joining Forces? - Music from VH1 shows will be available for streaming on Spotify.

Beyoncé Sings New Version of 'Crazy In Love' in 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Trailer - Check out the new version done just for the movie.

SNL cast member Jay Pharoah does a parody of Usher's Good Kisser, which he calls Bad Kisser.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SYTYCD Season 11: Top 16

 So You Think You Can Dance? (SYTYCD)
Wednesdays on FOX 8/7c

Last night, the Top 16 performed in pairs as well as mini-groups with Misty Copeland once again as guest judge.  Unfortunately, I'm not really connecting with the contestants this year, well except for my boy Emilio.  And the performances aren't doing it for me.  Maybe my expectations are too high for it still being the start of the competition.  However, I did like the fact how each dancer shared a clip of their 1st performance last night, which was cute.

Contestants: Tanisha & Rudy
Style: Hip-Hop
Song: Good Kisser by Usher
Choreographer: Dave Scott

Tanisha continues to shine.  She WORKED that outfit and the attitude.  It was like Kill Bill meets Kiss of the Spiderwoman!!!  And boy did she do things with those legs.  As Justin Timberlake would say "damn girl, damn girl!!

Contestants: Jacque & Zack
Style:  Jazz
Song: Back to Black by Beyonce ft. Andre 3000
Choreographer:  Sonya Tayeh

I loved those moments where Jacque hit the beats with the extensions of her feet and Zack's handstand was done with so much control and strength.  Although, Jacque could've been a bit more raw and edgy with her body language.

Contestants: Mini Group
Style: Contemporary
Song: So Broken (Live) by Bjork
Choreographer: Sonya Tayeh

That performance embodied the concept of "the village of the broken people."  How the girls did the kick off the guys' knee was incredible and then did the MJ Smooth Criminal lean. . .#childredofthecorn

At the end of the night, the judges sent Marcquet and Brooklyn home.  And so we're down to 16.  And next week 4 go home!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Kimbra Promotes New Album The Golden Echo With Fall Tour

Kimbra Announces 2014 Fall Us Tour Plus New Track 'Miracle'

To promote her upcoming sophomore album The Golden Echo (due August 19), Kimbra will embark on a fall tour.  Electro-pop artist Empress Of will open for selected dates.  Last time I saw Kimbra was during her US tour in 2012 and she put on an unforgettable show!  Check out the concert review here.  Tickets go on sale on July 25.

Tour Schedule

Oct 20 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent*
Oct 23 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy*
Oct 24 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory*
Oct 25-26 Las Vegas, NV - Life Is Beautiful Festival
Oct 27 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue*
Oct 28 - Denver, CO - Sherman Street Event Center*
Oct 30 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Café
Nov 1 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
Nov 6 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom*
Nov 7 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live - Downstairs*
Nov 8 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall*
Nov 9 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall*

* w/ Empress Of

Ticket info here

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Release Tuesday: 7/22/14

Common - Nobody Smiling

Preview album here

Find out what music is set to drop this year on our New Album Releases page

Seeing Music in Color, A Look at Synesthesia

In April while being interview by Oprah on Oprah Prime, Pharrell mentioned he saw music as colors with each sound having its own color.  "...I may hear his chords and hear that there’s mustard and yellow and oranges and browns in that chord structure....because it’s all based on the fact that when we’re born, all of our nerve endings are together and they need to prune. So you have your five senses and some of them don’t separate, so they send ghost messaging to the other nerve endings."

What Pharrell was describing is a neurological condition called synesthesia, when your senses blend causing you to see sounds, taste shapes, and hear colors.  This topic came up again in May when I saw a TV interview with an artist named St. Vincent who also admitted to having synesthesia.  This gave more explanation to the vivid, futuristic, and intriguing performance she gave on SNL and use of color in her videos.

Synesthesia was 1st discovered in the mid 1800s.  But scientists couldn't even prove it was real.  Back then, some artists kept it a secret for fear people would give the condition all the credit for their talent.  In the 90s, synesthesia received validity when MRIs discovered for some, listening to music triggered a part of the brain that deals with sound and sight.  Other research has discovered that we're all born with it but most lose it by the time we're 8 months old.

Other musical synesthetes:
  • Mozart -  Described the key of D Major having a warm "orangey" sound to it, while B flat minor was blackish. A major was a rainbow of colors to him.
  • Duke Ellington - A D note looked like dark blue burlap while a G was light blue satin.
  • Kanye West -  "I see music in color and shapes and all and it’s very important for me when I’m performing or doing a video that the visuals match up with the music – the colors – you know, like a lot of times it’s a lonely piano [that] can look like a black and white visual to fit that emotion, even though pianos are blue to me and bass and snares are white; bass lines are like dark brown, dark purple and things like that, so…”
  • Frank Ocean - His album Channel Orange represented the color he felt when he 1st fell in love. 


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