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HOWDY WORDPRESSERS,

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One Republic “Feels Again” For A Cause

Ever since seeing them open for Maroon 5 a couple of years ago, I instantly became a fan of One Republic. Their CD, Waking Up, is still in heavy rotation on my iPod. From “Made For You” to “Good Life” to “Secrets” to their massive hit “Apologize”, the group seems to do no wrong. Needless to say, I’m eager to hear their new CD (as yet untitled), set to be released at the end of this year. Check out their new music video for the song “Feel Again”, which was just released last Tuesday. The song is linked with Save the Children and Ad Council’s “Every Beat Matters” campaign. One Republic used the heartbeats taken from healthy children in Malawi and and Guatemala, as part of The Heartbeat Project online initiative. Not only is “Feel Again” a great song, but for every download of the single on iTunes, part of the proceeds go towards preventing the death of infants and children around the world. Go to www.EveryBeatMatters.org to find out more on how you can help.

In the meantime, check out One Republic’s new single “Feel Again”. What do you think about the song and the music video? It’s also rumored that B.O.B. will be featured on the new CD as well. I’m interested to see how that collaboration will turn out. Make sure you go out and purchase the “Feel Again” single too….especially since it’s for a good cause.

No Doubt “Pushes and Shoves” Back To Music

It’s been a few years since we’ve heard from the group No Doubt. You probably remember them from such hits like “Hell Good”, “Hey Baby”, “Don’t Speak”, and “Underneath It All”. In the meantime, front woman Gwen Stefani has enjoyed massive solo success on her own. But on September 25, 2012, the group will reunite to release their new project, Push and Shove. I’m sure many hard-core No Doubt fans are waiting for this new CD, since they haven’t released any new material since 2001’s Rock Steady. Their new single, “Settle Down” is an upbeat mix of rock, pop and some hip hop. Will this be another hit from the group? Only time will tell. Although I don’t see “Settle Down” being a massive success on the charts, I do think it will do well and get fans ready to Push and Shove on September 25th to buy their new CD.

What are your thoughts on this song and the video? Are you a No Doubt fan or do you prefer Gwen Stefani on her own?

Music Monday: Throwing Another Tantrum

I was first introduced to Fitz and the Tantrums on Halloween of 2011. I was featured on a radio interview with DLD the Eclectic (check out his show tonight at 7:00 pm CST, http://www.fishbowlradionetwork.com/fkshow.html) on the FK Show. I’m always open to new music and DLD was telling me about an overseas group that he was listening to. I heard a couple of songs and immediately started asking him more information on the group and their music. A few days later, I went out and purchased their CD, Pickin’ Up The Pieces. Although I can’t quite categorize the group into a certain genre, if I had to describe them, they would be “vintage soul, pop and rock”.  The group has an old school vibe, and a female singer who is reminiscent of Lauryn Hill in her glory days. If you could mix the pop funk of Maroon 5, the soul of The Fugees, and the chemistry (without the domestic violence) of Ike and Tina Turner, then you have something close to Fitz and the Tantrums. But part of what makes them so cool is that they really can’t be conformed to any specific genre.

The group tries their hand at such topics as politics, gold diggers, heartbreak and society’s current values system. And they not only try, they succeed and win. Only 10 songs strong, Fitz and the Tantrums seem to realize what so many artists of today’s time seem to miss….less is more. An 18 track CD usually means 11 of the songs are worth listening to. Although I have my favorites, there’s not one song on here I can say I dislike. My most favorite track here though is the song, “MoneyGrabber”. The lyrics are extremely addictive and it just sounds like something epic you’ve never heard before (Like the time you said you could buy it for me/Cuz I’m in trouble/Here’s my advice/I don’t pay twice for the price of a cheap dime whore). Who needs vulgar profanity? Tell us how you really feel Fitz! LOL. But seriously, this CD has great instrumentation, singing, and lyrics….a combination that’s severely lacking in much of today’s music. Other highlights on the CD include “Pickin Up the Pieces” (a vulnerable, upbeat declaration of love gloom….if there is such a thing), “Dear Mr. President” (a wake up call to pay attention and put our foot down to the real issues of the world) and “Tighter” (a pleading declaration of deep regret).

Look for a new album from Fitz and the Tantrums to be released soon, but in the meantime, check out Pickin’ Up The Pieces. And if you want to try out a sample of their music, go to www.fitzandthetantrums.com and download their free EP, which includes live songs from their House of Blues Boston performance. I’m sure their new album will make an even bigger splash on the music scene than their current project. Something tells me Fitz, Noelle Scaggs, James King, Ethan Phillips, Jeremy Ruzumna and John Wicks will be around for many years to come.

Bombs Away for Dawn Richard?

You may not know the name Dawn Richard, but you’ve definitely seen her. She was a part of the short-lived girl group Danity Kane, from Diddy’s Making the Band series. The group enjoyed multi-platinum success but eventually was forced (in a not so forced kind of way) to disband after releasing only 2 CDs. Unlike some of the group’s members, she has managed to stay relevant in the spotlight….and in a positive way. She found some success with the group Dirty Money as well, which was also created by Diddy. But now it may be her turn to shine on her own.

On March 27, 2012, Dawn released her new EP on iTunes called Armor On. Considering the contrast between the music of groups Danity Kane and Dirty Money, Dawn offers yet another facet of her skill set on the 10 track EP Armor On. I was expecting more ballads with a few uptempo tracks, but Dawn actually presents quite the opposite. This doesn’t mean her EP is a disappointment though.  Many of the tracks here are heavily electronic/pop influenced, but with a hard edge. The music here was produced almost solely by Druski, who has his own style that meshes well with her voice. On some of the tracks, Dawn sounds eerily similar to R & B singer Brandy. Not in a copying sort of way, but more so by happenstance.

In conjunction with the release of Armor On, Dawn Richard released a music video for the song “Bombs”. Definitely one of the stand out tracks from Armor On, the video features Dawn and several dancers in the desert with black outfits and warrior themed accessories. The video will remind you of certain scenes from Beyonce’s “Run The World” clip, released last year.  Other highlights on the project include “Automatic”,”Black Lipstick” and “Save Me From U (Remix)”. You can get Armor On on iTunes now, while you wait for Dawn’s full length upcoming project, GoldenHeart. Her new solo material will not be released on Bad Boy Records. Let’s see what kind of explosion Dawn makes with her new solo ventures….

Are CD’s Being Replaced by iTunes???

Anyone that knows me knows that I’m a lover of music. R & B and Hip Hop are my most favorite, but I can find songs that I like in pretty much any genre. The last 2 CDs I bought were James Fortune’s Identity and Wale’s Ambition (I know…..opposite ends of the spectrum…don’t judge me, lol). Well I actually lied…these weren’t tangible CDs that I bought. I bought them both on iTunes. Although I’m enjoying both of the CDs, I kinda regret getting them on iTunes.

If there is such a thing, I’m a self-proclaimed CD nerd, lol. If it’s a really good CD, I like to have the real CD booklet to read through….not a burned a copy or iTunes download. iTunes does have it’s perks-the digital copy of the CD booklet and sometimes music videos included as a bonus when you purchase the CD. But nothing beats getting the actual CD rang up at Target (Target Tuesdays…..I’m a recovering addict, lol). and reading who produced and wrote the songs and viewing the CD artwork. But I seem to the be in the very slim majority here. Most people are turning towards downloads to get their favorite music instead of purchasing an actual CD. And the artists are becoming more savvy by including perks that only come with an iTunes purchase.

When do you think CD’s will actually become extinct? I personally don’t think it will be long at all.

Are we that enticed by the simple click of a button to get our music instead of paying for it at a register? That seems to be the case. The CD is slowly fading away, so for those that are like me and want the real thing….you may want to stock up now while you can.