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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Nur Ein 6: Round 6 Review

If you want to download any of the songs I'm reviewing in this post, there's a link to the Nur Ein site in my sidebar. Check it out for free music. In this round the title was "Kids", and the artists were not allowed to use real instruments.

The Worldly Self Assurance - Did a good job of holding my interest musically throughout considering the limitations this round. Lyrically I enjoyed it as well. Very strong entry, well done.

Paco del Stinko - Couldn't agree more. I'll be sending this to my old boss at the daycare. In a round where not much stood out, the humor in this will help you in my eyes.

Merisan - I'm sorry, but I'm starting to think this vocalist could sing anything & I'd like it. Thought it was sweet, and catchy. Didn't really stand out...but it was good.

Ross Durand - I liked the pacing of this, and kitchen stuff kinda sounded like wind chimes...that was cool. Is this about a movie or something? Sounds familiar, but something I hadn't seen in maybe a loooong time.

Manhattan Glutton - Hey now, I like Fox News...anyways... I thought the music was pretty creative, but didn't really get into the lyrics. They weren't bad, but it's a slow paced song that didn't have anything lyrically that grabbed me to keep me into it.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Song Fight Review: Bag Of Bones

The last challenge over at Song Fight was titled "Who Said I'm Dead", and my favorite entry was from Longfellow Street. This time the fight wasn't even close. Longfellow Street dominated with 51 votes. A new batch of songs can be found over at Song Fight, so I suggest you go pick your favorite songs for the current round. My picks are listed below:

Voted For:
(Right Click "Save As" on the artist's name for a MP3 of their entry.)

Young Stroke aka Young Muscle - This made me laugh, and what made it even better is the fact that I know someone like this. I can't wait to see him & play this for him. BTW, SpinTunes has not yet had a rapper compete in it...not that I'm pushing...

King Arthur - "the baby care" is that another term for daycare? If so, I've not heard it referred to as that. If not, what's it mean? Catchy tune, and aside from a couple lines I dug the story.

(Head over to Song Fight to listen to these songs.)

Night Elf Mohawk - Within seconds I was annoyed. When I looked to see how long I'd have to suffer I was more annoyed. Then the talking...the characters...the singing...everytime I thought you hit bottom you would just dig some more. I was about 60% done with the song when there was a total change of pace that gave me a little hope...but it was REALLY short lived. Do I get some sort of trophy for making it through the entire thing?

Jan Krueger - I like the direction the story went, and some of the musical elements, but overall it didn't mesh for me. The marimba was cool or whatever it was.

Crack Hole - A pointless waste of my time. But at least you have an excuse for not using the lyrics forum.

Duderonymus Bosch - The 30 seconds you spent writing the lyrics should have been spent doing something more worth while. For instance: cracking your knuckles, thinking of a cool nickname for your penis or trying to imagine what a rainbow would taste like.

Billy's Little Trip feat. E-Bow Phillips - I knew ahead of time the general direction this entry would go lyrically (Billy + this title...isn't hard to guess), and most of the time stories like this don't do it for me. Liked it otherwise.

Friday, May 27, 2011

May U-Stream & Computer Problems

I was working on getting the files ready for this months U-Stream show when *poof* my laptop overheats & turns into a doorstop. I still have access to a desktop computer, and I think I can use it to broadcast (although I haven't done so yet). My big problem is that the 40ish songs (not counting Song Fight & Nur Ein stuff) that I had ready to play are now gone. I could try to find them again...but I'm not going to. Takes too long, and it's almost time for the show.

So I'm going to give you 2 options:

1. No show this month.
2. I use this months show to feature past SpinTunes songs & songs from this months Song Fights & Nur Ein rounds.

Yall decide. If anyone wants the show, and would show up, just let me know in the comments. The show would be this upcoming Monday from 7:30-10PM. (Cincinnati time)

I don't know if I'll be getting my computer fixed or not. I'm going to take it to the store today, and see how much it'll cost. I probably won't be able to afford it, and if that's the case there probably won't be anymore Spintown U-Stream shows after SpinTunes. I don't have all the software I need on this computer, and buying the software again costs too much as well.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

YouTube Treasure Hunt #24

If you don't know how these hunts work, you can find the RULES <-- here. In short, this is the one time of the month I REALLY go out of my way to find unknown talent on YouTube. I sift through the crap, to bring you folks with potential. Sometimes I end up subscribing the people I find & they get featured on the "Songs Of The Day" page on a regular basis.

Most of the time I struggle to find talent while doing these hunts. This time was different though. I only had to make 2 searches to find enough material for this blog, and it seemed like I was finding a new talent with every other video I clicked. Made this month fairly easy in comparison to most months. Anyways...if you like any of these videos, please visit the individual channels to check out more. I'll probably post some of the ones that just missed the cut on the "Songs Of The Day" page over the next week or so.

Winter's On Its Way by Branden Sipes (114 subs)

BrandenSipes & @brandensipes

Me For Me by Katie Sky (1,119 subs)

katieskymusic & @katieskymusic

Dreaming by Gary McDowell (174 subs)

Zeeebo14 & @garymcdowell

Walk Into This Place by David Ashley (3 subs)

davidashleyonline & @mrdavidashley

Doing Me by The Anser (8 subs)

TheAnserMusic & @TheAnser

I Feel That Fire by Malvasio (360 subs)


Rid Of You by Emilie Landry (37 subs)

EmiliieVlogs & @SincerleyEmilie

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Nur Ein 6: Round 5 Review

If you want to download any of the songs I'm reviewing in this post, there's a link to the Nur Ein site in my sidebar. Check it out for free music. In this round the title was "Heart Shaker", and the artists also had to display a creative use of a flatline tone.

WreckdoM - I thought the vocals were too low in the mix, and I didn't really care for the lyrics anyways. I thought the performance was fine, just up the volume a bit. The music was ok, but in a tough round...I don't know if you're going to make it to the next round.

Ross Durand - Honestly on the first listen I wasn't a fan of this until the big reveal. The performance & music was great, but I was thinking to myself "This story is just all over the place." Then at the end I was like "OOOOOOHHHH", and all was good. :p

Manhattan Glutton - I liked this after the first listen, but thought a few lines sucked. Then I read your analysis after the lyrics & listened again. Maybe I shouldn't let the analysis affect my rankings, but it did clear the issues up I had with a couple lines. You jumped a couple spots just because you posted that. I encourage people to post song bios & analysis in SpinTunes for just this reason. Don't know how that's looked at in Nur Ein? Song certainly felt like it was driving the listener on, and I honestly didn't feel I had a choice but to go on this journey.

Frankie Big Face - Has shitloads of clipping on the vocals. :p Honestly I would really love this with new vocals. Get someone who can sing this & it would be about perfect. I never noticed a dial tone is the same as a flat line tone? If they are, nice work. If there's a slight difference that the other judges decide to jump on...I reserve the right to conform to the opinions of the mass. :p

The Worldly Self Assurance - Was really into this, and thought your use of the flat line tone was the best of the bunch. Least favorite part was:

"I played out my heart
My heart on my sleeve
I've just been restarted
And soon I must leave you my dear"
The lyrics are fine...but I didn't care for the performance, and I didn't need to hear it 3 times. It was the only thing I didn't like about the entry though...so good job.

Paco del Stinko - I'm really not sure what I think about this. The story is just a little to creepy for some of the music. The music isn't bad, it's just the overall effect is...odd. So how do I rank this? *picks up a dart* This is where you landed.

DJ Ranger Den - The music has a creepy feel to it, and sounds kinda like something on a horror soundtrack. The vocals didn't really seem to fit the music. Maybe they were just too loud in the mix? Lyrics...same thoughts as most rounds.

Merisan - Sometimes I know I'm going to rank a song highly just by how much I tap my foot & chair dance while listening. This was one of those songs. The lyrics aren't that deep, but they're fun, and flow nicely. I enjoyed the music & the performance...well done.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Scott Bradlee Plays Your Requests

I've featured Scott on my blogs in the past. His piano playing is amazing, and he recently started taking requests that he's putting into Mashups. I'm always pimping "Today's The Day" by Inverse T. Clown when it comes to cover requests, so once again I put in a request. As I was watching his newest video I was surprized to see he included my request. Here's a list of the songs in the mashup:

1. "Under Pressure" - Queen & David Bowie (MormonPJesus)
2. "Friday" - Rebecca Black (piano2live09)
3. "Pump It Up" - Elvis Costello (crimsong19)
4. "Today's The Day" - Inverse T. Clown (Spintown7)
5. "Sweet Caroline" - Neil Diamond (baixistarj)
6. "Mad World" - Tears For Fears (bounder7985)
7. "Sunny Afternoon" - The Kinks (Giovanna220)
8. "Someday My Prince Will Come" - Adriana Caselotti (saxplayer19)
9. "Back To The Future Theme" - Alan Silvestri (valerie2776)
10. "Freebird" - Lynyrd Skynyrd (JamieTricks)

If you want to cover "Today's The Day", you'll be featured on the the "Today's The Day" blog run by Dave Leigh.

For those wondering why I request this song ALL the time...well there's a few reasons.

1. I like the song.
2. I know Inverse.
3. I just think it's really cool to have people cover a song they've never heard of, by an independent artist who nobody's ever heard of.

During the past year or so there have been over a dozen covers of this song, and it's actually hard to find a copy of the original. Be the next to cover the song, and join in on the fun.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Jonathan Mann On The NSFW Show

I enjoyed this interview with Jonathan Mann. Really glad his project got funded.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Thank You For Subscribing

I started another new blog just for kicks. It's called "Thank You For Subscribing"...even though I couldn't get the URL I wanted. Anyways it's basically me & a few friends messing around with my new YouTube subscribers. I don't want to go into detail here, but there's an "About" page that explains it all. I think it's funny...and it entertains me...so I'll probably continue to update it whenever I get enough new subs to merit new updates.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

SpinTunes #3 Sign Ups & Word Of Mouth

For those of you paying attention...you know that SpinTunes #3 is going to start soon. I've recently posted the rules & the projected schedule for the contest. Today, sign ups officially started. You can click this link to go to the sign up page.

As you know SpinTunes is a small songwriting contest that's run for fun. It's not sponsored, the music is FREE for everyone, and it's just meant for people to have fun with while hopefully being challenged. For things to get started I need your help though. If you want to compete that's great, sign up. But that's not enough. My audience isn't very big, so I need help spreading the word about the contest. Word of mouth has to be what gets people here because it's all we got. I blog, I tweet, I Facebook it, and I do what I can to spread the word. You need to do the same if you actually want people to compete against (or if you just enjoy following the contest).

So start tweeting, retweeting, linking & spreading the word any way that you can. What's even better is if you know musicians that you can reach out to personally. Friendly with someone on YouTube who writes music? Drop them a PM. The guy in the next apartment over in a band? Strike up a conversation with him, and tell him about the contest.

Thanks in advance for any help you can manage,

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Nur Ein 6: Round 4 Review

SpinTunes #3 will be starting in June when Nur Ein ends. I recently posted the rules for the contest, and more updates will be coming this week. (draft of schedule & sign ups) If you compete in Song Fight, or are a musician who just follows this blog...check it out.

If you want to download any of the songs I'm reviewing in this post, there's a link to the Nur Ein site in my sidebar. Check it out for free music. In this round the title was "Patient Number 7", and the song had to include a significant use of cacophony.

DJ Ranger Den - I was completely with you through the first verse & diggin' everything. Then I got lost halfway through the 2nd verse. I had to look up the term "cacophony" before doing these reviews. I didn't let this challenge effect my scoring too much simply cause I didn't feel qualified to judge it. I didn't really hear it in this song...but that could just be me.

WreckdoM - It sounded crazy...which is what you were going for I guess. The overall experience just wasn't enjoyable for me.

Paco del Stinko - Cute. I really liked that you went in a different direction for everyone else. I really didn't see this coming, but I think you can make it to the next round.

Billy's Little Trip - Really liked the lyrics, with one exception. A condom full of cum isn't an image I needed. Music rocked, but I didn't hear anything in terms of cacophony? It'll hurt you a little, but you're still safe in my rankings. Hopefully the other judges picked up on something I missed, cause this was rockin'.

Frankie Big Face - Wasn't a huge fan of that odd instrumental section, but the lyrics were great. Overall the song worked in a creepy way. Well done.

John Kloberdanz - Just wasn't all that catchy to me. Lyrics weren't bad...but going accapella can be tough to hold someone's attention.

Ross Durand - It made me feel bad ass, therefore you are bad ass. I really did feel as if I were staring into a scope trying to put the crosshairs on someone. Well done.

Bram Tant - The music sounded chaotic. Maybe you meant to do that because it's about an insane guy, but it didn't come together for me. Lyrically there isn't much there unfortunately.

Manhattan Glutton - At least you won last round.

The Worldly Self Assurance - Some lines I really dug, while other made me go "meh". The music & vocals were well done. I've complained a lot about 5 minute + songs recently. This has been one of the few to hold my attention throughout, but honestly even it could be shortened.

Merisan - Nice vocals...again. Music was ok, but this is the first time I didn't really care for the story you told.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Song Fight Review: Who Said I'm Dead

SpinTunes #3 will be starting in June when Nur Ein ends. I recently posted the rules for the contest, and more updates will be coming this week. (draft of schedule & sign ups) If you compete in Song Fight, or are a musician who just follows this blog...check it out.

The last challenge over at Song Fight was titled "If I Had One", and my favorite entry was from bgm. It was close, but Jonathan Mann ended up with the victory taking 1st place over bgm by 1 point. A new batch of songs can be found over at Song Fight, so I suggest you go pick your favorite songs for the current round. My picks are listed below:

Voted For:
(Right Click "Save As" on the artist's name for a MP3 of their entry.)

Longfellow Street - The attitude in the vocals...teach this to your fellow competitors... Loved everything about this, please enter more often.

The Panna Cotta Army - I paused this after 5 seconds just to say I'm already diggin' the cheery music. Ok...back to the song. And....done. Ok, you didn't blow it. Lyrics were alright, and I smiled throughout while bouncin' in my chair. I don't know if I liked how you repeated/layered certain lines like "ready to stop", "cemetery plot", etc... It's a very minor complaint, but just not sure I like that.

James Owens - This made me laugh. Topical & funny Johnny Cash.

Berkeley Social Scene - My favorite recent entry from you. The bridge was a bit long, and normally I'd knock a song that goes over a minute without lyrics, but the music was hot so it gets a pass.

Daring Front - Really liked this. The music didn't seem hard enough considering the lyrics...if that makes since.

(Head over to Song Fight to listen to these songs.)

Tibor - I didn't care for the lyrics, but they were better than your last effort. The music was GREAT. Really relaxing, and even the vocals were alright despite the accent. Just loved the way it came together. If the lyrics were more up my alley, I would have voted for this. Very good entry though.

DJ Ranger Den - Your voice sounds great in this (even better than usual). I know your kinda our piano girl, but use that guitar more. Lyrics keep you from getting a vote. (shocking)

Community Payback - If I ever lose my hearing, I would get a little joy outta knowing I would never have to listen to your crap again. Honestly...I'd love to know the percentage of people who actually got to the lyrics before hitting stop.

Dirge - Are you afraid of someone hearing your vocals? You sound like it. The guitar at the end is the only thing that didn't make me sleepy.

EggNogAdam - Meant to be funny...wasn't. First line kinda sucked.

Hey it's Romer - Uninspired, and the flow was weak.

Integration Test - You never really hit that last note...no point in holding onto it. Overall it wasn't bad, but not really for me.

Jelizaboaz - If you want people to believe you can be the life of the party you need to sing like it. Your performance doesn't convince me that YOU believe that.

King Arthur - It's odd for me to say this about one of your entries, but nothing stood out for me. Your vocal performance was the best thing about it for me, and everything else just seemed bland.

Lake City - Music was dull. I think you can sing, but this song does show much of it.

Nurvuss - Music was...annoying. Performance seemed awkward.

Sanity - Repeating the title over & over shouldn't be 50% of your lyrics.

Secret Submarine - Dug the music & performance, but I didn't get the lyrics at all.

That Guy - Hated the vocals. They either bored me or had me laughing. Really, this just did nothing for me.

TOSHIRO - No! *smacks with a rolled up newspaper*

Side Note:
There's a lyric forum...for people to post their lyrics...feel free to use it sometime.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Everything Is A Remix, Part 2

I posted part 1 of this Kirby Ferguson series long ago, and figured I should post part 2 before part 3 comes out.

Song Fight Review: If I Had One

Blogger has had some technical issues this week, and it had to remove all blog posts that were made yesterday. So this is a repost. It doesn't have links to all the songs like the first post did, but I might come back & add those later.

bgm - Dang, another good yet depressing song. What makes this my favorite song of the fight is the vocals. They just sound so sad & pitiful.

Hip Hop Anonymous - Not much musically, but the performance & lyrics kept me into the song. This is a good example of why I want rap included in SpinTunes. After 2 contests we still haven't had any rappers compete. Well done, you get a vote.

King Arthur - I've listened to this 5 times and can't think of anything bad to say. There's plenty of positives, but stuff I always say about your entries. Love the story telling, performance, etc... So...I'm voting...now moving on.

Graham Parry - I would imagine it's tough to write a good sad song. I think you've done it. I don't know what it is exactly, but your songs take me back a couple decades.

Daring Front - Found the music really interesting, and loved the lyrics. Didn't care for the chorus much, but enjoyed the vocals throughout.

DJ Ranger Den - Vocals are way to low in the mix, but on the bright side I'm pretty sure I understood your lyrics for a change. Remix, do another recording or whatever it is you need to do to get louder...but it's getting a vote even as is.

Berkeley Social Scene - The vocals weren't great, but good enough. The levels were good, which is often something I complain about. The track was just too freakin' long. The lyrics were sparse, and even though I thought it was a good song, it wasn't good enough to hold my interest for well over 5 minutes.

EggNogAdam - Kinda cute I guess. Everyone wants a dinosaur at some point. I enjoyed the simple music & the vocal performance was good. It felt a little odd because the subject matter & lyrics didn't really match the mood of the music.

Jonathan Mann - Nice performance & as usual with your entries the production is great. Lyrically I just didn't get into the song, but it's a solid entry. In a normal fight this would have got my vote, but in my opinion, this was a tougher than average fight.

Tibor - 1 minute is too long for me to wait for the lyrics to start. Once they did I found them pretty dull & too repetitive. Have enjoyed your other recent entries more.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Introducing Music Beta By Google

I was going to post a Song Fight review today, but then I saw this and thought it was pretty cool. Song Fight can wait another day.

Other Updates I Posted Today:

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Nur Ein 6: Round 3 Review

If you want to download any of the songs I'm reviewing in this post, there's a link to the Nur Ein site in my sidebar. Check it out for free music. In this round the title was "Unholy Alliance", and the song had to be a duet.

Billy's Little Trip - Really liked the music in this one & the take on the title was interesting. It wasn't much of a duet unfortunately, so despite being a good song...it's getting knocked down a peg or two in my rankings.

Bram Tant - Songs about rebelling against government or rules are usually not my thing, but I liked the lyrics. The vocal performances let this down, and the music wasn't bad, but it wasn't all that interesting either.

DJ Ranger Den - Sometimes I don't like the mix of Joe & Den's vocals. I think this is the best I've heard them together, and I enjoyed both vocals. I really liked everything about this...aside from the lyrics. It's pretty, but when I can't get into the lyrics, the song will normally fall in the atmospheric category. That means it doesn't get played a lot on my MP3 player.

Frankie Big Face - I enjoyed...most of this. Overall it was fun & quirky, and I thought it was just going to be light fun fluff all the way through. Then at the end (while keeping the same tone) you turn it into a political anti-religion song. If that's the type of song you want I'm fine with that, but you had me in the mood for something else with the first couple minutes of the song. You nailed the challenge though, so props on that.

John Kloberdanz - Man...way to bring a guy down. This needs a new recording more so than any other entry this round. Loved the song, but the static that comes with the female vocalist is annoying as hell. No complaints other than that static.

Jon Eric - No lyrics were posted, and that means no reviews. (Yes...I know it was an instrumental, but I've already said no lyrics = no reviews. I will not be tricked into breaking my own stupid rules.)

Luke Henley - This annoyed me so much that not only do I want to give it a bad review, but I want to go back in time & give you a bad review for your previous song as well. To be fair, 99% of entries in this genre make me feel the same way.

Manhattan Glutton - I generally like humorous songs & one of my favorite Song Fight entries ever is about aliens...but this falls flat with me. I never laughed, and since the humor didn't land it's just an ok song that's really weird.

Paco del Stinko - Nothing grabbed me here...especially the lyrics. It left the same impression that Manhattan Glutton's effort did. Just weird.

Ross Durand - Duet doesn't mean you have to have a 2nd vocalist...I guess. It's sort of what I was expecting, and hoping for though. As a fan of Steve's trumpet, I'm going to find it hard to knock you too much. It's lyrically solid, the performance by both parties is great, and I think it'll be enough to get you through another round.

WreckdoM - So much of the humor attempted this round didn't land with me, but you really had me with the back & forth at the start. I was smiling & chuckling while listening. I didn't really care for the parts where you both came together though. The performances just didn't mesh together well for me, but it's a solid entry.

The Worldly Self Assurance - No lyrics = NO REVIEW FOR YOU!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Talented One-Girl Band

I'm running out of excuses for not getting the current Song Fight reviewed. So this time I'm just going to let you make up the excuse for me. Until I do get it done...enjoy watching someone who's probably more talented than you.

Friday, May 6, 2011


YouTube was jacked up at the time of this posting. Hopefully by the time you read this it's working again. If so, I thought this was a neat & creative new use of the site.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Your Song

I didn't get finished with my Song Fight review, so I found something quick & easy to post for today. Mystery Guitar Man is holding a neat contest that some of you music producers might want to take a crack at.

Chris Commisso has already sent in his entry.

Jon Cozart also has an entertaining video.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Nur Ein 6: Round 2 Review

If you want to download any of the songs I'm reviewing in this post, there's a link to the Nur Ein site in my sidebar. Check it out for free music. In this round the title was "Blame It On Ginger", and the song had to be autobiographical.

Luke Henley - Couldn't blame you if you hated me up to this point. I've been Mr. Negative toward you in round 0 & 1. BUT GOOD NEWS! I liked this. Sure the recording sucks, but it's good enough to get across what could be there. I enjoyed the lyrics, I thought it was by FAR your best performance, and I congratulate you on a job well done. Ok...one negative. That 18 second guitar solo sucked. Maybe it was the recording...but either way it's a small complaint considering the improvement I think you've made.

Manhattan Glutton - This is one of my favorite songs of the contest so far. It's catchy, it's rockin', and it sounds very familiar...but I can't place what it's reminding me of. I was going to mention something about my dislike of the title use, but then I read this:

"Title... well, I do have a good reason for saying ginger, but it's not something I want to share."
That's good enough for me. There's really no way to fact check with a lot of the challenges Nur Ein, SpinTunes & other contests. Sometimes you just have to trust the competitors, and I've got no reason to distrust anyone in the contest yet.

WreckdoM - Tell the little green men flying around your studio that it's a no fly zone while your recording. Seriously that noise bugged the hell out of me. If everything else about this song was flawless...that noise still would have put you in risk of elimination in my opinion. And the rest of the song wasn't flawless.

Boffo Yux Dudes - I know you had a last minute computer crash that pretty much shafted you this round. This last minute meta song might be good enough to save you, but if it does it'll be by the skin of your teeth. Better luck next round...assuming you get the chance.

Paco del Stinko - I liked the angle you took with the story, but the lyrics didn't flow as much as stumbled at times. The performance & music were fine, and the song was catchy. Just think the lyrics could use a little more TLC.

Glen Raphael - Lyrics sucks. Catchy funk. The vocal performance was alright, but when performing crap you can't mask the smell.

Merisan - 3 rounds are behind you now, and I still don't think you've taken a wrong step. It's catchy, fun lyrics, and the vocal performance is top notch. I really want to say something bad about you...just because you're making this contest look easy.

Billy's Little Trip - So far you haven't blow me away with anything in this contest, but you're consistently submitting quality work. I liked this song, but felt the chorus lyrics were weak. You're easily safe this week.

Bram Tant - This is back to back rounds I really like the guitar. The lyrics & performance didn't sell me. I'm not a huge fan of lyrics that are spoken in the song. With most songs it just takes me out of the moment.

The Worldly Self Assurance - It seems like I complain about your vocals not being up front enough a lot. This time I think they were perfect. The song is very sweet, and for the most part I like the lyrics. The whole idea of someone falling in love because of the age old Mary Ann or Ginger question isn't very believable to me...but you did about as well as I could have expected anyone to do taking this route. Mad props for submitting while having immunity.

Abbott And Hines - Props for Caleb getting something in at the last second despite the problem you guys had. Something is better than nothing, because there's always a chance someone else missed the boat completely. Doesn't look like you'll be getting lucky this round, but nice try.

Ross Durand - Loved the first verse. The rest of the song was fine, but for some reason it just didn't pull me in. I really don't know why this didn't grab me, because I can't find specific negatives.

Frankie Big Face - Slow paced songs don't usually do well with me. The lyrics & the pace made this feel even longer than it was. It's just not my type of song. Not saying it's bad, but it's not for me.

Jon Eric - I've been listening to Song Fight for a couple years now...and even went back & listened to years from before I found the site. So why didn't I know you submitted as Hunky? You rap better than I would have guessed, and I actually liked the rapping better than the chorus. Overall this was great, but the repetition within the chorus kinda bugs me. Great story telling.

John Kloberdanz - I'd like to hear a better recording of this. Maybe bring up the vocals a bit, and just overall it sounds muffled.

DJ Ranger Den - Piano & strings sounded great. Your vocal performance was great, and your lyrics were not for me. On a personal note, I want to hear you let loose with your vocals. Your style doesn't always take advantage of the voice you got. Belt something out like that loud mouth we both know from Michigan. (kidding Edric)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Neck Pain, Thank You & Zarni

After the U-Stream show last night I started getting some insane neck pains that would come & go. Eventually they decided to stick around, and it's pretty painful. Don't know why I'm getting them all of a sudden, but it will delay me posting my Nur Ein VI: Round 2 reviews until Wednesday. I sent my rankings in tonight after only 2 listens to every song. I'd like to listen more, but I don't know what I'll feel like in the morning, and I wanted to make sure I sent them in.

For those of you that attended the U-Stream show, thank you. Tom, Bram, JoAnn, Jack, Caleb, Edric & others I appreciate you stopping by. I really need to post the playlist so people can get an idea of what I play at these things...but not tonight.

Since this blog wasn't very entertaining I thought I'd throw in a video of Zarni de Wet performing her original song "Evaporated" at Songwriters Night - Berklee 2011. Zarni competed in the last SpinTunes competition, and I really like this song.

Monday, May 2, 2011

U-Stream Show TONIGHT!

The details are below, and I hope to see at least a few people in chat tonight. I'll be featuring all my favorite songs from April, and there was a lot of great music that came out last month.

You should expect music from YouTube, Nur Ein, Song Fight, Edric's Songwriting Cycle, BandCamp EP's & more...

Pre-Show starts @ 7:00PM EST
Show starts @ 7:30PM EST

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Dear Dairy

I really don't have time to do a new Song Fight review tonight, so I'm glad Charlie McCarron & Mitchell Johnson (current SpinTunes Champion) uploaded this yesterday. Gives me something funny & easy to post.