Thursday, November 30, 2006

Airwave Blog 2: The Wreckers' album takes a 'Stand'

Best album of 2006: Grammy-winning singer Michelle Branch left behind the pop music and turned to country with the help from fellow singer/songerwriter and Kansas City native Jessica Harp. The duo formed The Wreckers and its debut CD from this past year Stand Still, Look Pretty (Maverick Records) country music has never sounded so good.

I would admit that I was not into country music before I decided to pick up this CD and put into my CD player. However, upon listening to the group's first single release, "Leave the Pieces" everything I thought I knew about country music was either an illusion or just dead wrong.

It turned out to be the latter and with a catchy tune like "Leave the Pieces" and its chorus in addition to, going further into the CD I love country music now, more than ever:

Like the chorus says:

And it's alright, yeah I'll be fine
Don't worry 'bout this heart of mine
Just take your love and hit the road
There's nothing you can do or say
You're gonna break my heart anyway
So just leave the pieces when you go

You can drag out the heartache
Baby you can make it quick
Really get it over with
And just let me move on

Furthermore, it's not just the talents of the guitar-playing duo but also the addition of the band throughout and Branch's husband Teddy Landau and the other in between. Recorded in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville, when it comes to the sounds of the instruments everything from the banjo, fiddles it takes the audience to the background of Music City U.S.A.

Not only that but Branch, also put up her Calabasas home up for sale for $3.3 million as she lives out in Nashville with hubby and child in tow. Since the age of 18 Branch has wanted to live in the city and having knowing Harp for a period since 2000 her passion for country music is reinforced even more so.

So, fans of the Arizona native who thought that perhaps Branch would go back to recording pop music again if you didn't know that's when she met Harp that she had thought that both would take a 'shot in the dark' and blended their songwriting skills toward country. Although it took a while before producer John Leventhal heard the music and Maverick Records gave them a shot with a record deal, it all turned out better than ever. You can hear it throughout the album itself. They DID it indeed.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Videos: Madonna 'Jump' CD single remixes

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Airwave Blog 2: Matisyahu is 'Youth(ful)' on debut

The first best album of 2006 has got to be Matisyahu (born Matthew Miller) with his debut CD Youth (JDub/Epic Records). The Jewish-mytic rapper is totally awesome on this CD. Matisyahu, who is describe as the rapping Jew, (is that fair to say?) has a message of people and reflection throughout this album.

As Los Angeles station KROQ 106.7 radio was playing the first single that was released off the album, "King Without a Crown" listeners were so smitten with the song that when his album was finally released on Mar. 7 I flocked to get this album while it was still out there.

At first when I put this album on my CD player I was expecting an album that was way too much spiritually, in a sense just a quick run through of the music that was just made.

How wrong I turned out to be, it was spiritual yes, but more in a way that Matisyahu was calling for peace and with the song, "Indestructible." This song should have been released...damn it:

Fear nobody but His Majesty,
My spirit, you retrieved,
For you I wait silently,
It seems that you believe in me

Indestructable digging through the rubble
Bubblin we don't need no more trouble
That bahella-scope vision, hot hot fiction
Like im running a muck upon a rhythm

Stay on the plan so you don't lose the vision
Stay sizzling Peter pan I'm from a land hip like this
From the city feeling it
Ya breathing in, ya put on your glasses and ya see through it

Fear nobody but His Majesty, (fear no one)
My spirit, you retrieved,
For you I wait silently, (his majesty)
It seems that you believe in me

There is the message above and how wrong can anyone be about this track itself. Matisyahu, if you are listening...Dude should have released this song and I would have played it all day long.

1. Fire Of Heaven / Altar Of Earth
2. Youth
3. Time Of Your Song
4. Dispatch The Troops
5. Indestructible
6. What I'm Fighting For
7. Jerusalem
8. WP
9. Shalom/Saalam
10. Late Night in Zion
11. Unique Is My Dove
12. Ancient Lullaby
13. King Without A Crown

Get the album!

Rating: 5 out of 5

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Airwave Blog 2: Best albums of 2006

As 2006 comes to a close I will take a look back over the next what, month to look at the albums that were great or not so great from the past year. There are so many that I had to narrow it down to only the last few one that I think were worth the ear. It was a hard decision to come to but I had to do it for the listeners out there who love music as much as I do. As we head in 2007 there are some great album coming out as well (i.e. the return of Norah Jones, Switchfoot, just to name a few).

So, if you take a peek at Air-wave I will take a look back at the music that determined 2006. Everyone from Gwen Stefani, to Matisyahu, to My Chemical Romance, everyone will be included.

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Airwave Blog 2: Saosin hears 'Voices'

Saosin, the Southern California quintet with its latest single, "Voices" from its self-titled CD Saosin (Capital Records) has proven itself to being a band that will be around for a long time.

From its website:

Seemingly overnight, stylized bands playing strains of melodic post-hardcore have sailed up the pop charts. But for Saosin -- Reber, bassist Chris Sorenson, drummer Alex Rodriguez, and guitarists Beau Burchell and Justin Shekoski -- things have played out a bit differently.

During the scene’s ascension, the band’s members have all but shunned the idea of a genre tag or an “image” -- unless, of course, you count the jeans and t-shirts they soak in sweat every night onstage -- and have instead focused their energies on making an album that will live or die strictly on musical merits.

Read more Saosin's web site.

But not to be outdone the single, "Voices" is a great song with great lyrics:

We speak in different voices
When fighting with the ones we've loved
We speak in different voices
We say these things to know they're real.

We speak in different voices
When fighting with the ones we've loved
We speak in different voices
Why can't we say what we're thinking of

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Airwave Blog 2: Incubus throw 'Light Grenades'

Incubus has returned and fans can now rejoice (or can they) with the band's newest CD Light Grenades (Sony Records) and have they gotten better? Here's the answer: A rare case in which a band actually gets better with time, this California hard rock quintet seems to have finally grown into its skin on its fifth album.

Casting off the dated slap-bass funk and pointless nu-metal angst of its early years (well, mostly), Light Grenades is not only a worthwhile follow-up to 2003's A Crow Left of the Murder--the expansive disc many fans consider Incubus's best--but shows improvements all around.

Singer Brandon Boyd has learned to temper the words he plucks out of the thesaurus with genuine heartbreak, while the rest of the group proves it can do a lot more than offer up nonstop grooves. Yes, Boyd is the man and the results are evident throughout the album. The band's strongest songs are "Anna Molly" and "Diamonds and Coal"....the words "Sweet!" come out of my mouth.

The band can transition from rockers to ballad singer, hence the singles, "Kiss to Send Us Off" to "Dig" totally brilliant. The question is that they have turned into that other band who has improved as well, The Red Hot Chili Peppers? I see them just as good as them...without a doubt.

1. Quicksand
2. Kiss to Send Us Off
3. Dig
4. Anna Molly
5. Love Hurts
6. Light Grenades
7. Earth to Bella, Pt. 1
8. Oil and Water
9. Diamonds and Coal
10. Rogues
11. Paper Shoes
12. Pendulous Threads
13. Earth to Bella, Pt. 2

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Video: Madonna on HSN promoting The English Roses: Too Good To Be True

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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Airwave Blog 2: Castillo, my divine inspiration

Here's my divine inspiration from the X-Men poster that the Journalism Department did for the conference at Cal State Fullerton. Her name is Callisto. I love her because she is hot, and the tatoo is great because it is unique. When I saw her pic for the first time I was in awe of her tatoo. Anyway, she is the bad guy in the final installment of the X-Men series, and I was only questioning why not come out soon then before.

I totally love the pic that I have it posted on the wall I have at the Talon Marks office. No way is it coming down because she is hot.


Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Video: Pet Shop Boys remix and more Madonna


Airwave Blog 2: More FMLA concert pictures

Here are a couple more pics from that Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance concert on Nov. 9. I forgot to add this two pics to the CD I gave the FMLA. Anyway, I love the pics themselves, and I hope to one day do some of the same pics again with the duo. Peace out to all of those in the FMLA. I know, I know, I'm obsessed now.

I know as a beginner, you as a person must take risk and that's exactly what I did when I took these photos. Editor-In-Chief Tany Bermudez also did a great job. I got my pants dirty trying to take the photos of Cal State Long Beach student Daisy Salas, (lead singer of "The Pristines" from the point of looking up; but, it's a dirty job and someone got to do it. There are risk when one is a journalist, you know.

I'm willing to risk my body for a great shot!


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Airwave Blog 2: CDs Galore

The "American Idol" Season 5 winner finally has his day in the spotlight and its coming out in December, can't wait? Well, you are going to have to, just like the rest of us.

Has Incubus returned to glory with its latest album? The band's latest single, "Anna Molly" has received airplay on the rock station KROQ and so much so that perhaps they have out done themselves.

These albums will be reviewed by me and I will split my time between both of my blogs to do so. I told you there was a lot of music out there to review that the CDs are dropping like hot cakes! (Is that even a word?) But anyhow, I love to hear what you think of the CDs as well. Former "American Idol" contestants have released their own albums and there are a few more, Taylor Hicks, Katharine McPhee and Fantasia are up next.

Wasn't Ladies and Gentleman: The Best of George Michael one too many or enough for the fans? The English-born singer has another greatest hits album I don't know why but he's at it with some favorites.

Fantasia (right) follows suit with her own album, after a movie about her life and a book. Is she the exact clone to Ruben Studdard? Is she good? I'll let you know. So, again and I'll repeat this until I turn blue or die don't be afraid to tell me what music you love to hear, (personally Madonna for me) and let me know at
Peace. Love. and Dance the night away.

REMINDER: Happy Thanksgiving people!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Airwave Blog 2: The X-Men in all of Us

Here's the poster that was created for the bring-in competition at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges conference held at Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 3 and Nov. 4. The theme of course is X-Men as you can see all of the editors are in characters. I'm Callisto!

I love the tatoo that, that day I kept it on all day until I got home. I would hope to one day have a tatoo like that but, I am still deciding whether or not to have it on my face. It was so cool that as I walked by people thought that it was real. Cool. I thought.

When I went to the Cosmetology Department to have my hair straighten and a have a ponytail the four women who were around me couldn't believe that my hair was long. It's down to my butt area but I said "No, my hair doesn't have extensions." All four were like, "Oh my God! I wish I had my hair that long." What can I say, but I have never received so much attention from anyone?!

Everyone there was funny and cute!

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Airwave Blog 2: The Continued Saga of Music

This is the start of a second Airwave Blog by Yours Truly, the biggest Madonna fan on the planet ( I AM No. 1) FOREVERMADONNA. I hope you don't mind because I am a totally giantic music freak that I am doing it twice. I hope you approve and as I go through the process again, there is so much music out there that I'm trying to keep up.

NO, seriously, there is so much music coming up for 2007 that I MUST keep it up. I can't wait. Also, as I will return to the Cerritos College student newspaper the Talon Marks I can't wait for the spring semester. I know I will do my best to keep up that I know I can do it again.

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Love. Hugs. Music. and Dance.
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