Thursday, May 31, 2007

Maroon5 makes ME wonder... or two summers ago, I loved loved loved Maroon 5's debut album Songs About Jane. Although the majority of what I listen to would be considered "Indie Music" -usually associating people with music snobbiness (if you will)....I am not very hard to please when it comes to music. I like to embrace every genre in the same way. If I hear a good Pop song, its a good pop song. If I hear a solid rap artist ryme, I'll probably take a liking. I say that only because nothing of what we listen to today is original, including "indie music" - a lot of it has been inspired by something already past. ( For example, Feist is our modern day Francoise Hardy, Block Party our modern day Police/The Clash) I've been known to put a great "indie" song right next to Maroon 5's "Sunday Morning" on a mix or really makes no difference to me. If it is solid in its structure and there is fluidity in speaking to the audience throught the use of a meaningful lyric...I'm a fan. I am not a fan, however, of poor writing. Examples of this would include artists like, Vanessa Carlton - "If I could fall into the sky/do you think time could pass me by?" or maybe 50 Cent - "I love you like a fat kid loves cake." or perhaps Shakira - "Lucky that my breasts are small and huble/so you don't confuse them with mountains.". Yes, these are real lyrics. I could go on and on...but I think you get the picture.

So anyway, Maroon 5 was one of my favorite pop bands playing music today. Their first single was different from anything else I'd heard in Pop Music. On top of that, the video for the song didn't focus on the hot hot hot lead vocalist...but on the music. Check it out:

These guys actually started out as a Rock & Roll band, playing small venues - all until the band's break to go to school. College exposed them to music they had never heard before- a lot of gospel music and most importantly Stevie Wonder. From then on, the band's style had changed from writing hard rock songs, to something a bit more R&B. From song to song, Songs About Jane was one of those summer CDs you just play over and over. But after their summer tour, all of a sudden, Maroon 5 was no where to be found. It wasn't until I popped in an old mix I had made that I thought to myself, "Hm...where the heck did those boys go?"

To my surprise and sheer excitement, 2 months later Maroon 5 started popping up here and there in the news again. Talks about a new single and a new album and reasons for their 2 year hiatus were making headlines in the music industry. I didn't care one bit. I just wanted to hear their new single!

I turn on the radio one day and hear the DJ say.."Alright Guys! I know some of you have been waiting for this! The NEW single from Maroon 5's new album, It Won't Be Soon Before Long, (which makes no sence to me), here is "Makes Me Wonder" on 94.9 The Point!"

So, Here's The Video for the song...Take a listen and take a look:


...Ok - On how many levels was that, just...all wrong?

The lyrics aren't as bad as I hoped them to be; I'd say somewhat mediocre, almost to the point where you can tell Levine had a tough time filling the measures and the way his melody sounded with words that rymed- but scratch the words if you CANT UNDERSTAND WHAT THE HECK HE'S SAYING - only because he's too busy trying to sound "bluesy" or whatever he's trying to make of the melody. He sounds more like that weird guy in the produce section of Farm Fresh that when you ask him where the lemons are, he answers in an unbelievably uninterperetable twang.
"I wake up with blood-shot eyes / Struggled to memorize / The way it felt between your thighs / Pleasure that made you cry / Feels so good to be bad / Not worth the aftermath, after that / After that Try to get you back".
...Uh? Did you get any of that? Because I sure as hell didn't. The song really wouldn't be that bad had it not reminded me of "Get The Party Started" by Pink. The heavy distortion on the bass to make the song just poppy enough to not be considered anything but, the pink lights, the hot girls and their heavy petting of Levine's uncontrolable shaking hips, with scruffy looking, long haired Carmichael and Madden ( which I think was the stylists attempt to keep the bands, "rock credibility") on keys and bass lipping the words a long with their front man, not to mention his being in EVERY SINGLE SCENE, as if Levine was now the focal point of the band - UGH! What has happened? Did losing that drummer you used to have make you lose all of your credible musical ability?! And Levine, grow facial hair again...I liked the fact that you reminded me of Casey Jones from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. I liked the fact that you didn't need hot women in too many of your videos. I liked the fact that you guys didn't wear skinny suits and that you didn't get hair cuts because you genuinely didn't like getting them. I liked the simplicity of songs like, "Sunday Morning" and "This Love". Destorted bass lines, will get you NOWHERE.

I guess thats all for today ladies and gentlemen.
What is your opinion? Yay or Nay on the new Maroon 5?

Oh, and by the way...their new album hit #1 this week. Tisk Tisk America, Tisk Tisk.

Julia R.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

In the beginning...

Yeah, guys...I know, I deleted my myspace. You really don't have to remind me everytime you see me. I am indeed, completely aware. I have to admit that in the few conversations I've recently had with people gushing over the "blessings" and/or curses of myspace, I'm completely proud of the fact that I've been able to say, "See...this is why I deleted mine." And to that, many times, people have responded, "Ughh..see, I wish i had your strength. I wish I could do it, but I can't!"

And to that I would respond, Shut up and Get over it. Would it really be that painful to delete your myspace? Is it that much apart of who you are that your physical state would not hang? Need I remind you lovelies, it takes only the strength of a few clicks of your worn out mouse to do so. For me, I guess I just really wanted to prove to myself that I didn't want it anymore. I felt like it was a waste of time and energy. Sure, its fun to be able to put a face on for people via thom's myspace editor, you can also stock whoever, whenever the heck you want to [because we all know that when it comes down to it, thats really what its all about]...but lets get serious: How many of you reading this blog right now can say that myspace has at one time or another ruined and/or tainted a relationship you've had in the past? How many of you reading this blog have been completely distracted at work because you're just so anxious to see who has commented on what and how many more people have visited, or maybe asked yourself, "I wonder if this girl has commented on my guys page again..." etc, etc, etc?

How many of you reading this blog right now have felt the shame of seeing someone or meeting someone somewhere and saying, "Hey...I think I've met you before?" ...only for the two of you, to awkwardly realize, " was actually ALL on myspace." Lame...but we've ALL done it.

If you want something a little more polished with zero blinking adds, no middleschoolers, and more great music, visit VIRB. Any social network with FEIST as their #1 artist is good to go with me. There aren't many people on Virb so all of the adds and crazy friend requests from people you don't even know are pretty much non-existent. I like to use it to communicate with family and friends that I really do know...especially those that live far away.

One thing I most certainly have missed, however, is my myspace blog. My myspace blog was my favorite part of the site. I had 25 subscribers at the time I canceled my account with nearly 45k hits. It was a fun outlet for me that people actually read and enjoyed and I have truly been itching to scribble again. So here it very own blogspot. In it you will find my opinions; answers to questions asked, my views on current events, music reviews, fashion reviews, movie reviews, you name it...everything and all thoughts associated with everything that is, Julia R.

To the right you will find links to my personal blog favorites. . . enjoy!

Get ready. Get set.

Julia R.

[p.s. ew. I just realized that 95% of my blog was about myspace. Sorry about that...]