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Monday, June 26, 2017

These New Spaces Are All Designed To Be Flexible

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Light Balance

Friday, June 23, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Nur Ein 12 Round 7 Reviews

Title: Get Out

All the songs from this round can be listened to & downloaded from HERE.

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Glenn Case - Rockin’ videogamey solo.  Lyrically I had no issues with the song, but musically it did nothing for me.  The buzz grew annoying, and since it was there throughout I never got into it.  Performance wise you did a fine job, especially with the yelling.

Skub - Very different from your previous entries.  At first I thought it might be the type of song that would accompany one of my old Pain For Laughs videos.  But then it turned out to be an uplifting song about the aftermath of one of the people in one of those videos.  Very enjoyable all the way around.  My 1 complaint is you have some very loud inhales in various places that need to edited out.  Sometimes I let that go, but some are pretty loud.

73 Keep It Beautiful - Sent in a song, but forgot to post lyrics.

Merisan - Withdrew to go on their honeymoon.

Strangelove - Posted lyrics, but forgot to send in a song.

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Conclusion:  Both the people I reviewed are very talented individuals who deserve to be in the finals.  In this particular case Puce wins hands down for ME.  Overall I was thrilled with the quality of songs everyone entered into Nur Ein 12, and I’m grateful to be allowed to judge you since I’m woefully unqualified.  So thank you Niveous for the invite.  Thank you competitors for the music I’ve added to my collection.  And another HUGE thank you to the other judges who did more of the heavy lifting in this contest.  I just kinda rode the coattails of the Song Fight vets.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Nur Ein 12 Round 6 Reviews

Title: Excuse Me
Challenge:  A lipogram - your lyrics may not contain any letter "A".

All the songs from this round can be listened to & downloaded from HERE.

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Glenn Case - Best 5 minute song about the Wheel Of Fortune I’ve heard today.  Another great job with the lyrics.  I’m starting to think we should have got rid of the letter “E”, this sounds easy for you.  Then the rapping...you’re just rubbing our face in this challenge like, “THIS IS NOT WORTHY OF ME, BRING ME SOMETHING HARD!”  I probably would have got a little bored if you neglected to mix it up a little, so good call...and well done.

Skub - Your vocals are great, but I’m still of the mindset if you have multiple characters I should hear multiple voices.  The story is well written, no Yoda’s here.  Music was solid, but honestly this round was strong.  Good song or not, something minor like that 2nd vocalist will probably drop you a spot in my rankings.

73 Keep It Beautiful - You were the first song I listened to this round and I’d say we’re off to a fine start.  One thing I was worried about this round is getting a lot of “Yoda-like” lyrics because we’ve basically limited everyone's vocabulary this round.  I was glad you didn’t have that issue.  Overall I thought it sounded lovely (music, singing, lyrics, etc..), and it’s a very relatable song.

Merisan - At this point I’d be shocked if you turned something in I wasn’t impressed with.  For the most part I loved both your vocals together.  I’d love for you to soften a few of those beginning & ending sounds in the words a little verses saying them perfectly at times.  Otherwise...no complaints.

Strangelove - Performance wise you had moments I enjoyed, but it wasn’t consistent throughout the song.  Lyrically & musically nothing really stuck with me after listening the first time.  After a few more listens same thing…  While avoiding the Yoda, some of your lyrics didn’t really flow all that great or left me wanting a rhyme.  You’ve had some strong songs this contest, but in the end, this was a forgettable song for me.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Smells Like Teen Spirit

I go from liking this to being annoyed by it each time I play it.  Kina is an amazing talent, but has reached a point where most of her songs & covers just all start to sound the same...

Friday, May 26, 2017

Breathe

Djamila (who once guest judged SpinTunes) has a new music video out.  So cool to see her doing so well putting out great music.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

You're Nobody's Sweetheart

Gunhild Carling featuring Idun Blomé.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Nur Ein 12 Round 5 Reviews

Title: Elevator Men
Challenge:  Prominent musical repetition.

All the songs from this round can be listened to & downloaded from HERE.

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Skub - Beatboxing, awesome.  Don’t really get a ton of this in these online contests.  WOAH.  You waited over a minute before using any instruments & you were already well on your way to a good review from me.  Then you laid it down.  Man you did a good job of setting the bar high just so you could come over & knock it up again halfway through your song when a lot of songs are getting predictable.  I came into this contest REALLY liking 1 of your past songs...I’m going to leave it with small fanboy crush.

Glenn Case - Musically not really up my alley, but it does set the mood well for your story.  The story is actually the strongest from this round (so far at least, still have 2 more to review), and keeps me interested throughout the song.  In a round without a lot of lyrical details you stand out.

Berkeley Social Scene - God I’m dense.  At first I’m thinking this is a positive song about the elevator guys that actually hit the buttons & shit for you.  Then the snow line & I spend 2 minutes trying to figure out what snow has to do with it.  Not your fault, I’m just not hip with the drug lingo...and as I said I’m just dense.  After I checked the lyrics page & saw the “jonesing” line a lightbulb went off & I enjoyed the song as a whole MUCH more. ;p  Thought your musical hook was really strong.  Well done, strong entry overall.

Merisan - Sounds like something that might play during a montage in a 60’s or 70’s movie.  You know, in a happy montage where everything is right in the world right before all hell breaks loose.  Vocals may be a little to loud in the mix, but really nothing bad to say here.

Strangelove - It starts very abruptly.  I know repetition was part of the challenge, but I’d like a little more story.  Have to admit it turned out to be a bit of an earworm for me.  This could be the Song Fight version of Banana Phone.

Micah Sommersmith - The opening sounds like something from an 8-bit videogame.  Liked the music & vocals were ok.  What I’d like to see done is replacing the last 2 lines of the first verse with the last 2 of the 2nd….then just getting rid of the 2nd verse.  You spend too much time explaining how boring these suits are.  Get it done in 1 verse so your song doesn’t start to get boring.  Then write another verse about the secrets you mentioned in the 3rd verse.

73 Keep It Beautiful - You had me at the start, but eventually I found myself wanting this to continue down a different path story wise.  Really wanted you to explore in more detail these elevator men.  But nothing new is learned about this mysterious cult or their secret floor.  Musically it sounded fine, you just peaked my curiousity & left me hanging.

Balance Lost - You create some beautiful sounds at times, and then at other times it just feels to busy & more like noise.  Mostly beautiful, but yeah, sometimes not.  A bit lost with whatever message you’re trying to convey lyrically, but I’m pretty dense.  Why I like mine more on the nose.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017

I'm The One (Song Rants)

I love it when they roast these asshole hacks.

 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Our American Cousin

Masters Of Song Fu throwback...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Nur Ein 12 Round 4 Reviews

Title: A Sense Of The Absurd
Challenge:  Write your lyric around a mondegreen.

All the songs from this round can be listened to & downloaded from HERE.


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Micah Sommersmith - Love the idea, and it’s something that I probably would be overly annoyed with if a girlfriend constantly sang the wrong words to songs I knew.  Great job with all the examples.  Musically I wasn’t blown away by anything, but lyrically it kept me entertained.

Berkeley Social Scene - You had me early on with the cheesy first verse.  Creative mondegreens in there.  I do feel like you peeked in the first verse, but that’s not to say the rest of the song wasn’t good.  But the most memorable part for me came early.  Nice work getting the Kool-Aid Man to do the “Oh Yeah” parts.

Merisan - Story kinda bored me, but the performances were great.  Musically it was very cheerful & entertaining right from the start.  You’ve set the bar pretty damn high so far, so even though I’m ranking you high, I was honestly a little disappointed just based on your other entries.

Cavedwellers - Lyrically I was kinda tuned out pretty fast, but musically it was an enjoyable experience.  Hate to admit it took me longer than it should have to get “Each Hidden Die”.  I had to say it out loud a dozen times first.

Glenn Case - Forgive me for not knowing the terminology I should probably use, but the music made the hair on my arms stand up...in a bad way.  I’m not a fan of distorted instruments or whatever effects you were using.  Lyrically I thought you did fine, and it’s fun to see how some of you all are using the same examples here and there at times.  But I can’t really say I’m ever going to want to listen to this again.

Jerkatorium - I’ve liked most of your work thus far, but this one missed the mark for me.  Nothing sit well with me, the music was ok...but the change of pace just felt out of place.  Lyrics bored me, and the only positive was your vocals.

Balance Lost - Didn’t care for the instrumental section towards the end, but enjoyed the music otherwise.  Thought the performance was solid and sold the lyrics in places.

Strangelove - As an ignorant American who knows nothing of cricket, I’m sure some things were lost on me here.  Nothing here really held my attention.

73 Keep It Beautiful - The story is from the POV of someone who is stressing out about his girl possibly kissing another guy...but the music is so slow & chill.  To me this just doesn’t sit right.  The song idea wasn’t bad, but there’s no real conclusion or payoff.  Throw in the fact slow songs usually aren’t my thing and you’re looking at a lower ranking from me this round.

Nick Soma - Vocals killed this one for me.  Not sure I’d have been ok with the lyrics anyways.  Even reading along with the lyrics I got lost in the first verse at 1 point.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Ballad Of #Moldylocks (Just Hit Me)

Stumbling onto this was the biggest wtf moment I've had online in awhile...

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Let's Call The Wole Thing Off

Gunhild Carling is one of the most amazing performers I've every seen.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Nur Ein 12 Round 3 Reviews

Title: Regime Change
Challenge:  Two or more guest vocalists, each appearing in a separate section of your song.


All the songs from this round can be listened to & downloaded from HERE.

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Skub - Wow, that rocked.  Only entry this round that I found myself bobbin' my head to.  The mood of the lyrics, music & performance all fit perfectly.  Cleverly written, all parties involved meshed together perfectly.  You win.

73 Keep It Beautiful - The kids nailed their lines, well done.  The idea is really funny, and the lyrics did a good job of telling the story.  Can’t find anything to complain about...which is good for you.

Glenn Case - You went above & beyond for this challenge.  4 guest vocalist, and the combination of them all sounded great.  The song itself  was a lot of fun, something that is catchy & easy to sing.  Without getting too political going the direction of Trump was a natural & obvious choice.  Since this is the first song I’ve listened to, I’m hoping not EVERYONE did that though.  This just set the bar insanely high for everyone else this round.

Berkeley Social Scene - All your vocalist did a fine job, I was very impressed.  I think it was a great idea to have 1 vocalist play Trump with the others being the voice of (some of) the people.  The lyrics flowed well, and I only have 1 minor complaint for the entire song…stop beating around the bush & end the song when it needs ended.  Excellent in every other way though.

Micah Sommersmith - This sounds like a mixture of Brian Gray & Inverse T. Clown (both SpinTuners).  That’s not really a bad thing either.  Smart lyrics, accordion, and a little humor.  The guest vocalist did pretty well.  The section Sally sang sounded great, but it was an odd transition.  Her part didn’t even sound like it should be in the same song.

Jerkatorium - Without getting into details of who you’re writing about you widened your audience which is good & bad.  As long as this is meant to be a light-hearted fun song, it’s great.  If it’s meant to be a real protest song you fail there.  Overall I really liked it though.  I’m usually less into the heavy stuff & like the fun shit.  When you opened with Jeff singing I was worried for the next guest vocalist.  Especially when I saw that they both carried large portions of the song.  Jeff was good, but it set the bar really high so I worried the 2nd half would suck in comparison.  Fortunately I was wrong cause Chumpy was up to the task.  Sheri on the other hand...sounded like a robot.  Not sure if you wanted that or if you just had to cover up some really terrible raw vocal tracks.  Either way it couldn’t have sounded worse without those effects.  At least I hope not.  Redo the bridge, but other than that...well done.

Cavedwellers - Rachel’s guest vocals were pleasant, but Michael’s were a little though to listen to.  I was happy you picked a different direction than Trump.  Not that I’m for or against that topic, but nobody wants to listen to 10 songs all saying the same thing.  Lyrically I liked what you did with the verses & the chorus, but the bridges didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the song.  Solid work, but could be better.

Balance Lost - Nice work with the vocalist.  Musically it was interesting & well done.  Lyrically I’m just thinking we have different tastes.  I like telling clear stories, and you seem to be more about feeling & presenting a general picture.  It sucks ranking you lower for something that’s not bad at all, but not something I personally enjoy.  Dems the breaks I guess.

Strangelove - I’m not sure how vital your guests were to any 1 part of the song, so in that regard I’m not as impressed as I was with some others.  I liked that your story was unique in this group.  Didn’t really think I’d be getting a song about a guy fresh off a break-up getting back into the dating scene, but it was very enjoyable.  Probably knock you down a bit in my rankings due to how you used the guest vocalist though.

Nick Soma - Now I know it didn’t say the guest vocalist could be audio clips from other media, so I guess I can let that slide.  That’s straddlin’ the fence in terms of meeting the challenge though.  What bothers me most is that this song screams out for multiple vocalist & you don’t have them.  You wrote 3 characters into your song, and most people don’t have the range to play 3 different people.  I’ll assume you don’t since you didn’t try, and sang exactly the same throughout.  It’s a bit of a pet peeve I guess. I want a different voice for each character when I can, and with THIS challenge even more so.  Recently in SpinTunes the same thing happened with a vocalist who did very well (Ryan Brewer).  Despite his great vocals the song felt shorted by not having a different person for each role.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Nur Ein 12 Round 2 Reviews

Title: Tired of Talking Challenge: Lyric consists of only one sentence.

All the songs from this round can be listened to & downloaded from HERE.

I’m pretty sure we just gave a perfect challenge for Dub Step remixes....


Strangelove - This is exactly what I was hoping to see people do.  You crafted a sentence that could be broken down to use bits & pieces of.  The dance track is a good choice with the lyrical limitations.  I probably would have liked a shorter sentence that wasn’t such a run on, but it worked.  Next step would be to have various versions of the lines.  The rather bland reading of the sentence could later become singing, screaming, whispering or performed any number of ways...but well done.


ROTR - I like the sound, but the sentence is again rather uninteresting.  Great idea using “talk talk talk” as a chorus though.


Merisan - Amazed at your ability to craft a song thus far in the contest.  Not thrilled with the run on sentence as it doesn’t even read well for a run on.  Can’t knock you much for that considering a lot of people ended up in the same boat.  But it’s the only negative thing I can think of.  Was a pleasure to listen to.


Paco del Stinko - I think it would have been better to have the sentence come early in the track verse at the end.  I liked how between the 34-43 second marks your instrumentations gave me a mental image of 2 people having a back & forth.


Glenn Case - Nice little haiku.  Honestly I’d have finished singing after the first time you sang your sentence.  Let the rest of the song be an instrumental.


Berkeley Social Scene - Enjoyed the music a lot, the run on sentence was pretty good.  After the first use of it I would have found it interesting if you had broken it up again instead of repeating it all again.  Make it seem more gibberish like as the more tired you get.  Nice effort overall.


Micah Sommersmith - Of the people who went the run on direction yours sounds like the most traditional song in the bunch.  That and managing to tell a story better than the others is an accomplishment.


Jerkatorium - I was expecting a lot of run on sentences, and you’re the first I’ve listened to that really ran with that idea.  It rocked, and I laughed a bit when you said, “um” and decided to rock a little more.  Was hoping people that went this direction would craft their run on sentences so that fragments could be used again later on & it wouldn’t just be repeated completely a 2nd time, but it was fun for what it was.


Balance Lost - This is about what I thought I’d get from you based on what I’ve heard thus far.  It’s not a bad thing, it’s rather pleasant to listen to.  At the same time I wasn’t really moved in any way, and there’s not much of a story.  Given the challenge though, I can’t really fault you there.  Cool sound.  You’re the first song I listened too this round, and I’m doing the reviews as I listen...so I have no idea where you’ll fall in my rankings yet.


Wendy Wiseman Fisher - This is a tough challenge for you.  I mean it’s a challenge that lends itself to leaning on instrumentals, yet you just got vocals.  However I think this was the catchiest of your entries so far, and it’s not a horrible choice for a sentence.  Something people can relate to, while still being pretty open in terms of what they’re talking about.  I suggest leaving a second or 2 of silence at the end.


73 Keep It Beautiful - I’m not sure how you got the 6 Million Dollar Man to run in slow motion throughout this recording process, but it might just be the best collab of the contest so far.


Nick Soma - While the music was interesting, the sentence you wrote basically says, “Yo I can’t talk now so listen to this..” lol  Except you say it in a way to make it seem deep, when it’s just meta.  Pretty music, but I wouldn't dive into it.


Pigfarmer Jr - Another run on attempt.  The music sounded fine, but I didn’t really care for the lyrics.  I wish more people embraced the limitations this round instead of trying to find ways add lyrics.  That isn’t directed at just you, but most people this round.


Skub - I would say embrace the restrictions, but as you had immunity you should always use that to have fun & do what you want.  If you’re going to bend the challenge you’re doing it at the right time.


Inflatable Vegetables - Ok, I’m very quickly figuring out that this round is going to have to be about a feeling for me.  I knew 1 sentence wasn’t going to lend itself to a great story, but so far the sentences that have been chosen are rather blah…  They should be something that’s going to evoke some sort of emotion since you have so little to say this round.


Cavedwellers - I was beginning to wonder if you had lyrics for a minute.  The music was interesting, but a couple transitions felt odd to me, like around the 16-17 second mark & the 57-56 second mark.  When it comes to your sentence I don’t really make a connection between the musical style & your lyrics.  They just felt tacked on, and that’s a lot of tacks considering the run on you used.

Zed Dead Baby - At the time of me reviewing this, I’m not sure if songs are usually required to have lyrics, but in a round where you’re told to have the lyrics be 1 sentence I’d have to vote to DQ this.  Will have to ask the other judges with more experience in Nur Ein though.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Nur Ein XII Round 1 Reviews

All the songs can be listened to or downloaded HERE.

Jerkatorium - This was just beautiful.  This song came in around 4 minutes, and you left me wanting more.  At the start the music was sad & hopeful at the same time & your vocals perfect.  You could feel when the chorus was coming & at that point I was thinking to myself, “Don’t fuck this up.”  You didn’t, and at the time of me writing this you’ve got my favorite song of the round.  Now I’m only halfway done with my reviews so I’m not sure if you’ll stay at the top, but nice fucking job. Not sure about the “humming” & “coming” lines in the chorus...but I’m complaining.  I’m struggling to find something bad to say.

Merisan - I can see you winning again with this song.  Dark & lovely, and THANK YOU for thinking outside the box with the title.

Zed Dead Baby - Probably a song a lot of people can relate to, even the listeners who aren’t musicians.  I mean who hasn’t had to give a speech or presentation after someone who just killed it?  Nice job of storytelling, and it’s actually a really catchy barroom song that could easily get a lot of people singing during the chorus.

Inflatable Vegetables - I felt like I was in this song.  Any complaints I might have would be nit picking when you take that into consideration.  Very well done.

Glenn Case - Great use of the counter melody.  Incredibly sweet & moving song.  If one of the judges breaks down & cries during their reviews...you’re probably to blame.

Glenn Case (Fingers Crossed) - Your song more than any other that round grows on me with repeat listens.  Had I had longer before posting rankings you could have climbed a few spots.

Skub - You got me.  I thought this was going in a different direction completely.  I loved the attitude at the beginning.  I even had a bit of a snarl on my face.  Then you switched gears completely.  You set a great picture, the music was funky, and your vocals were very impressive.  I told someone else this topic was uninspired, but you just proved the topic wasn’t the problem...it was the execution.  *tips hat*

Pigfarmer Jr - This is the first direction I thought of when I heard this challenge.  You did it well.  Only thing I disliked was how long it took to get to the line “I am a better man after you”.  I know you used the previous 2 lines with the counter melody later on, but they seem to stall the song when people already get where you’re going.  Get on with it.  Overall...well done.

Cavedwellers - The music in this was beautiful.  Metaphors & similes often take me out of a song if overused.  I don’t think you went that far, but the line “obsolescence like a rotary phone” is just awkward in an otherwise lovely song.  Well done with the vocals btw.

ROTL - “A stain on the blue dress of life”... Worst line of the contest so far.  Aside from the 2nd half of that verse I enjoyed the song.  Singable, flowed well, and solid all around.  Too bad the thing that stuck out the most was that line.

73 Keep It Beautiful - Ok, most people are going 1 of 2 ways.  1.  You made the world so much better when I found you.  2.  You made the world so much worse.  With so many people taking this approach it makes it hard to stand out, and I think you’re middle of the road this round.  Very relaxing music though.  Lowered my blood pressure a bit I’m sure.

Berkeley Social Scene - There is nothing wrong with this song...aside from the fact there’s so many other songs that went in the same direction.  Not really your fault, but it doesn’t stand out.  As for actual constructive feedback, the vocals were pretty good, but a little more emotion could have been put into the bit right before the guitar solo.  Nice work with the counter melodies.

Lucky Witch & The Righteous Ghost - The music was a little more pleasing to the ear this time around, and the lyrics were again top notch.  Not sure you’ll climb much in my rankings though, mostly because too many people went down the same road as you this time around.

Nick Soma - Your vocals get a little lost in the mix.  Some of the lyrics seem lazy or pointless.  I mean “Felt like drunk” is only acceptable if you collabed with Yoda.  There’s a number of other lines that just seem to give pointless information not important to anything.  Unless that unnamed Spanish guy is making an appearance in an upcoming sequel to this song...drop him.

Strangelove - Failed to tell a story that could hold my interest.  Music was very chill, but became boring after awhile when nothing else about the song stood out to grab the listener's attention.

Paco Del Stinko - This didn’t really grab me at all. Music was more enjoyable than some others, but the topic & lyrics were uninspired.  

Boffo Yux Dudes - Not sure why you decided to do this at such a slow tempo.  I mean if this is supposed to be funny stop trying to simultaneously bore me with the music.  I almost feel like you should have went straight & just made a song about being the bigger man without the attempt at humor if you’re going to use this music.

Wendy Wiseman Fisher - Vocals were again pretty, but lyrically you don’t really paint much of a picture.  Not exactly a happy song…  Some of the lyrics felt like they came out of Speak & Spell...just an awkward delivery.

Balance Lost - I actually found the music interesting.  Other than that I’ll be completely honest.  I didn’t get it.

Micah Sommersmith - Ok...you’re a hated guy...but why?  You left out the interesting part.  If you’re only going to be a minute long...at least give me something interesting.

Lichen Throat - The vocals sounded like you might have bored yourself.  Overall there were too many things competing for my attention (in a bad way) for me to focus on the lyrics.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Nur Ein XII Round 0 Reviews

A lot of you know how I judge because I've reviewed here in the past & of course I've judged SpinTunes a lot. For those new to my reviews I'll tell you a little about how I do things.

I'm not a musician of any kind. So when it comes to technical stuff I'm pretty useless. I can just tell you what I like & what I don't. Often can't tell you why as skillfully as other judges. So you'll notice I focus on lyrics a lot. My final rankings are just how much I enjoyed a song. No fancy system that factors in performance, music, lyrics, production, etc...etc...just how much I'd want to hear your song again. Pretty simple. The type of music I tend to like is upbeat, tells a CLEAR story, fun to sing, and I do like a little humor in my music. If I can't decide between 2 songs, I will often look at how creatively you met the challenge. Not that anyone here would or should write to please any 1 judge, but I hope this helps people understand where I'm coming from when you read my reviews.

Anyways, overall...it was a fun round to listen to. I wasn't amazed with how most of the backwards lyrics were used. Too often felt tacked on, but a lot of talent was displayed nonetheless. Looking forward to hearing the songs from round 1.

All the songs can be listened to or downloaded HERE.

Skub - ROCK! Take all the good things I said in all the other reviews & pretend they’re written here as well.

Merisan - How can something be so beautiful & horrifying at the same time? This is sick...in a good & bad way. Excellent work.

Pigfarmer Jr - Ok...I got nothing bad to say here. Just well done. I like a little history in my music, and you did a great job of telling a story & keeping it interesting.

Glenn Case - Want reviews? Post lyrics....

Jerkatorium - Didn’t think you incorporated the backwards singing very well, but A LOT of people failed in that. However, I really think you did a great job otherwise. Lyrics flowed well, it was funny, and you had plenty of personality in the performance. Sometimes when people try to be funny they fail to sell it with the performance, you didn’t.

Nick Soma - As someone who has some anxiety issues I could relate to this a little. Enjoyed it overall, but there were a couple of lines that could flow better. 1 minor thing I’d point out is the “shit” you included might not be needed. I’m not against cursing in songs...or anywhere else. I fucking do it all the time. If you’re going to do it, I think the emotional level you’ve taken the listener to needs to be at a certain point. You don’t want the curse to be a distraction vs an emotional peak. In this case I didn’t think it was needed. Lyrically you COULD argue you were there, but performance wise it didn’t feel like it. This is going to a very useful review or utter bullshit….

Paco del Stinko - What’s on the list? Some really catchy elements here, and I enjoyed the performance A LOT. You can sell a lot with personality...except an ugly girl.

ROTR - Has some catchy moments, but the story itself is a little dull. Solid performance. Oh, and why tell her to throw salt over her shoulder if the song is about you not believing in superstition?

73 Keep It Beautiful - Would like a little more backstory in there. Was well done though. It has some memorable moments & was fun to sing along with.

Berkeley Social Scene - Who am I supposed to be looking out for exactly? This is another song where the lyrics leave me wanting more details. Otherwise, very enjoyable.

Strangelove - Had a nice groove to it. Lyrically there wasn’t much there, too repetitive for my tastes. More of a mood piece. I can see someone listening to this to motivate themselves to keep driving forward out of some bad times.

Cavedwellers - I enjoyed the music a lot, but couldn’t really follow the story.

Zed Dead Baby - I liked the “House rules, house wins again” line. Overall I felt very “meh” about this. Nothing much too bad or good to point out.

Lucky Witch & The Righteous Ghost - You really do create some great images with your lyrics. But I’m still waiting for the music to reach that same level of awesome. The topic was on point for the technical challenge we gave you.

Lichen Throat - Vocals made it hard for me to get into, but if I overlook that & try to picture someone else singing it...I could see myself listening this again. I liked the simplicity of the music, thought it fit the situation of the character.

Inflatable Vegetables - Music was chill & set a really good mood for the direction you took. Lyrically I didn’t find it funny enough or catchy enough to keep my attention. Especially when the rhymes don’t really hit at times. Like “sandals” & “Angeles”, that extra syllable on “Angeles” annoys my left ear. The right one is on the fence...but that left one got pretty annoyed.

Boffo Yux Dudes - What are they trying to get away with? Why is it so bad? I mean you thought of a decent idea & left out all the interesting parts.

Wendy Wiseman Fisher - Nice vocals, but I didn’t really follow the story. Then there was a lot of fucking & it ended. I was left feeling like most of my ex’s…puzzled & unsatisfied.

Micah Sommersmtih - There’s probably a reason it said "section of backwards singing or instrumentation" in the challenge. An entire song of it isn’t easy to do. I can pick out good points if I wanted to here, but what it boils down to is having every other line backwards made it really hard to get into the song at any point.

Balance Lost - Way to set the tone right at the start. Liked the vocals, but other than that there wasn’t enough lryics for me to say anything about. The music was interesting...

Thursday, April 6, 2017

All The Small Things

Postmodern Jukebox featuring Puddles Pity Party.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

SpinTunes 12 Round 4 Reviews

Steve Stearns - Shiny And New
This one was the most catchy song of the round for me.  Very memorable & actually made me want to get up & dance.  Not sure how representative the instruments were to the characters, but it’s clear you met the challenge.  The 3rd verse didn’t sit with me lyrically as well as the first 2 did.  Just felt a little more awkward & didn’t flow as well.  Not enough to hurt you in my rankings though.



Ryan M. Brewer - Second Coming Semantics (Part And Parcel Bound)
Ok, performance wise...you’re the one setting the bar nearly every round.  This didn’t really have a strong hook to stick with you, so even though this is brilliant I’m not sure it’ll rank all that high.  In terms of challenge, you nailed it.  The instruments truly felt representative of the characters in the song.  My favorite part was by far God rapping.  Even though you did a great job with each character I’d really love your sister to lay down vocals for Mari.

Zoe Gray - The Coven
Ok, I’m assuming this was based off the movie “The Coven” (2015)?  If so I’m going to miss any references to that movie you might have made cause I haven’t seen it.  Overall I really liked the song.  Had a spooky feel while still managing to be catchy.  You included 3 characters, and it’s clear you attempted to represent them with a different instrument.  So you met the challenge in my mind….HOWEVER I didn’t really find how you used the instruments to be all that representative of the characters.  Seems more of something slapped on top just to make each verse sound a little different.

Brian Gray - Happy Me
Ok...this is my favorite song of the round...hands down.  It’s also at the bottom of my rankings as I don’t see how this meets the challenge.  If it was up to the judges this round, I’d have to vote to DQ you since this song isn’t about 3 different people.  You can argue it’s about 3 different “characters”, and even that’s a stretch, but the challenge didn’t say characters it said people.  As for the other part of the challenge, I think you did as well as Steve & Zoe with your instruments representing different personality traits.  This song is right up my alley.  Upbeat, clever lyrics, a little humor & catchy.  So I don’t like putting it last...but I have to.

It Ain't Me by Kina Grannis (Selena Gomez cover)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Soundmaker

Rodrigo y Gabriela (Rodrigo Sanchez & Gabriela Quintero) rocking out.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

BOLLYMATION

Jaja Vankova collabs with Poonam & Priyanka Shah.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

SpinTunes 12 Round 2 Reviews

Ryan M. Brewer featuring Raven Faith Brewer - Existentialism On Senior Spring Break
Your vocals could make any lyric seem deep or profound...but when you actually have creative & meaningful lyrics like this it creates a song that would make people literally stop what they’re doing to listen.  On first listen I was going to suggest repeating the 1 line chorus only 3 times.  By the time I got to the end of the song I didn’t really care, and was just amazed by the ending.  Hope you gave your sister a nice Valentine’s day gift or something for helping you out, cause she did a fine job as well.


Sumner Wynn - Singing My Heart Out
Overall I thought this was a huge improvement from your first entry.  I really liked the fact that you submitted a song that could be performed entirely IN a car while on a roadtrip.  I think the lyrics could be cleaned up a little still.  Thought the middle of the song was the strongest part.  To make it a little more relatable I’d change “Vietnamese” to something more common.  The vocalizing that happens multiple times in the song, first at 52 seconds in, is kinda annoying.  As a listener I’m thinking, “Did this guy forget the lyrics to his own damn song?”  Then I thought maybe you picked up a Cherokee hitch hiker.  Again, overall I enjoyed this, but some very minor changes could help it a lot!


James Young - Drive​-​Thru!
This sounds like it came off Weird Al’s “The Food Album”.  That’s not in ANY way a bad thing either.  It’s singable, catchy, tells a story in a humorous way, performed well...I wish I had something negative to say...could have more banjo I guess. ;p


Zoe Gray - Drive To California
8-bity.  Last round I was in the minority, I didn’t really care for your entry.  More for stylistic reasons than anything probably.  But this one is bouncy, fun, and much more my vibe. I enjoyed almost everything about this one.  I’d fade out sooner at the end.  Your chorus is pretty long, AND CATCHY, but still no need to even start the 4th section at the end.  Even if I can’t see myself singing along to this in my car (being a nearly 40 year old male I might get some strange looks with a few of those lyrics), I can totally seeing a group of 16 year old girls doing it.  Oh and the 2nd chorus there’s a spot where 2 lines seem slightly muddled together “listening to old bops/while we drive on”.


Brian Gray - Code Red
I saw the lyrics as I was uploading your track to Bandcamp & honestly I didn’t think the idea was all that funny.  Once I listened however, the music had me flashing back to Smokey And The Bandit & The Dukes Of Hazzard. Which tells me you nailed the challenge topic wise & musically.  You pretty much nailing the music & giving a really good performance made this thoroughly enjoyable, and I ended up smiling or giving a light laugh at most of the jokes. Actually reminded me of a comedy track I used to listen to called "Here's Your Sign".


PS:  I liked the accent, but my co-worker from Texas says you need work.


Megalodon - Accelerator
Excellent entry.  The car sounds weren’t too much & added to the feel, the guitar was rockin’, and over I thought you nailed the challenge.  One thing I liked AND didn’t like was how in the chorus you started with 50 miles to go, and eventually got closer by the end of the song.  I liked that idea of the song telling the listener exactly how close you were to your destination.  I just think you could have done it better.  You were 50 miles away twice, when you could have changed that up a little to make EVERY one different.  The last one when you say, “another little nifty mile to go” annoyed me simply because....well who talks like that?!


Rob From Amersfoort - Still On The Road
I thought this would be a tough fit for your musical style beforehand.  After listening to the song I think I was probably right.  I didn’t dislike the music, but it didn’t feel like something that I’d pop in to jam out to why driving, or even a relaxing cruise type jam.  You definitely met the challenge with your topic, but I still don’t find these rhymes or lyrics in general all that creative.  I need more story/lyric wise for this to hold my attention.


Bryan Schumann - Open Road
Lyrically there’s just not much there, but your idea is a pretty simple one, and there isn’t a ton of story to tell...so I guess that’s all right.  This is more of a mood piece & I think you nailed that mood perfectly.  This song is how I feel 5 days a week.  The only problem is I don’t think I should listen to this as I drive to work.  I get up between 2:30-4:30AM for work normally & I’m so tired this song would make me run smack dab into the back of a semi truck.  Nice performance & solid entry.


Lucky Witch And The Righteous Ghost - Hey Mister
I’m just going to forget that first 60 seconds happened...because it shouldn’t have.  You have some seriously dark & intriguing lyrics here.  I’m left disappointed with the ending though.  Musically it wasn’t dynamic enough.  The ending was pretty repetitive & dull compared to the verses.  In the end some of the best lyrics of the round...but still left me thinking it could have been more.


Steve Stearns - The Ride
You win.


I guess that’s probably not enough for a review…  So ok, right from the start the music grabs you & you know this is going to be good.  The lyrics are catchy & when the claps start...I’m already smiling, head bobbin’, and ready to sing along.  This hits all the marks if I was trying to think of the perfect road trip song.  Even with A LOT of other really good songs this round...there’s a significant gap between first & second in my opinion.


Mick Bordet - Autobahn Hype
Enjoyed the music & track more this round. I thought your idea was good, but felt you dragged out the joke a too long.  I’d have even been happier if it were a small section to a completely different song, other than being it’s own song.  The slowing down & speeding up also makes it a bit hard to get into if you’re the type of person who likes to sing a long.


Kyleen Downes - Taking Daisy For A Drive
Great song idea, that I don’t think I’d have thought of.  Not only was it a unique idea, but it’s totally relatable to so many people.  My favorite thing about it was the reveal at the end.  You had people thinking one thing, and didn’t reveal the truth until the end.  Being a huge Dean Martin fan it reminded me of "The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane".


Shyfox - Are We There Yet?
Musically you hit the nail on the head for me.  It’s constantly driving me forward, and rockin’.  I wouldn’t be against removing 1 or 2 “She wants to know” lines.  It’s odd that you choose “Are we there yet?” as the hook when it’s one of the more annoying questions parents get while driving, but it worked out well.


Governing Dynamics - Three Places (I​​-​​80)
Vocals too hot, and not as solid as the last round (night, right, time & time).  Enjoyed the music throughout, especially the instrumental section...you rocked that.  Enjoyed most of the lyrics, especially the chorus.  I did like hearing you try something more upbeat.  Not sure if the vocals were from you being sick or just because it’s a little different from what you’re used to, but that was my biggest issue with this song.


Jailhouse Payback - Wall
I’m glad the transitions weren’t so clunky this time around.  Lyrically I didn’t really get into the story you were giving me.  The music was ok, and there were catchy moments.  Nothing stood out as much as it needed to this round I’m afraid.  I can see it getting lost in the middle.


Boffo Yux Dudes - The Last Road Trip
The idea for a Mad Max type of song could be fun, but I don’t really think this achieved that.  Musically isn’t pretty tame & doesn’t go anywhere.  Lyrically I probably would have been a little confused as to what the song was about without knowing ahead of time.  I mean you start off with a line like, “Spent my last dollar filling up the tank”.  In a post-apocalyptic world you have working gas stations...or dollars that people still value? Set the scene clearly & early unless you’re going for some big twist like Kyleen did...and this wasn’t written in a way to suggest you were.


Turtle Fence - Best Man
So it’s about a last hurrah before getting hitched?  And the guy realizing he’ll give up some things, but gain more in the end?  I feel there was a much more creative way of telling a story like this.  I mean what happened on this trip that made him come to the conclusion at the end?  This is like a hamburger without the meat.  Musically...get a hook.


Ominous Ride - Colipsis
If people do that while driving they are insane.  Very different idea, and one that fits your sound well.  I kinda feel this could even be used in a movie or drama of some sort.  I could picture this story in my mind easily.  Very well done.  Now that being said, if I hadn’t read the information you provided with your song, I’d have been pretty damn confused.  It may not matter to you, but it’ll limit the enjoyment some people get from it who don’t want to have to look shit up. ;p (I don’t mind though)


Dr. Lindyke - On My Way
Most people decided to write a song about leaving home.  I was glad someone wrote about just trying to get home.  Really pretty song, that certainly has a trucker feel.  I’ll assume your boys did a good job, I heard Dave Leigh mostly.  No complaints, but I think I heard a sound around 1:05-1:08...might have been someone hitting a mic?  Not sure.


Ross Durand - Till I Get There
So many different ideas this round.  You had another gem of writing about someone who enjoys taking it all in as they walk down the road.  There are times it seems like your performance is rushed.  Not saying it’s a poor performance, but that you’re trying to get out more syllables than you really have time for in a couple places.  Which to me, affected the overall flow of the song a little.  I really like this, but it’s not in my top 3, and at the time of this writing I have no idea where it’ll fall in the rankings since there a lot of solid tunes.


Army Defense - Autoreise
Ok, not singable...that’s going to hurt it in my rankings.  The idea could maybe be funny, but this didn’t really make me laugh.  No real hook, and there’s no real story other than a robot about to go on a trip.  I look forward to your next song, but this one didn’t do anything for me.


Adam Sakellarides - I Need A Break
Soften those vocals a tad.  What is “jerky root beer”?  I know what you meant, but the way you phrased it was awkward.  Overall it was an enjoyable song, but the music really didn’t hold my attention all the way through.

Emperor Gum - Singalong Ok, I was actually wondering if anyone would take the "Wheels On The Bus" direction for this challenge, and you came the cloeset to doing that. I really like your idea, the execution is mixed. Your chorus is catchy & well done, but the verses need a little work. Instead of such a serious story, I'd rather have something lighthearted & easy for kids to sing with a shanty approach. Because what I rank on mostly is how much I want to hear your song again. Granted the first time was really interesting, but I can't see myself wanting to sing this in my car...nor could I see kids singing this on a road trip.


Andy Glover - Highway Memories (Shadow)
A song about a family on a very unusual trip.  One that’s peaceful & full of contentment.  Not something I associate with family trips, but I realise some people pull it off.  The song leaves me feeling very much like the driver...content.  Little slow for my tastes, but when I’m in a mellow mood, this would do the trick.  Solid effort, thanks for shadowing.


Boffo Yux Dudes - Roadside Attraction (Shadow)
You picked the wrong song.  Nice work coming up with 2 unique ideas this round.  I enjoyed this one a lot more than the first.  Was more of a fun lighthearted song, which is more up my alley.  Musically it was pretty simple, but the harmonica bit mixed it up a little & it was a pretty short song so it didn’t start feeling too repetitive.  Maybe a line or 2 a bit forced, but an enjoyable song.


Mariah Mercedes - Runnin' Free (Shadow)
DAMN! Why did you miss the deadline?  You would have set yourself up SO well going into the 3rd round with this song.  The verses were beautiful & was totally something I’d want to listen to driving down the road.  The chorus felt a little abrupt, actually took me out of the song briefly.  I really do think that between the round 1 song & this song...you would have still been in the top 4.  After SpinTunes, you & Ryan M. Brewer need to collab on something.  I’d LOVE to hear your voices together.

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Steve Stearns - 23
Ryan M. Brewer - 22
Bryan Schumann - 21
Brian Gray - 20
James Young - 19
Dr. Lindyke - 18
Shyfox - 17
Ominous Ride - 16
Kyleen Downes - 15
Ross Durand - 14
Zoe Gray - 13
Governing Dynamics - 12
Megalodon - 11
Sumner Wynn - 10
Emperor Gum - 9
Jailhouse Payback - 8
Adam Sakellarides - 7
Lucky Witch And The Righteous Ghost - 6
Rob From Amersfoort - 5
Boffo Yux Dudes - 4
Turtle Fence - 3
Mick Bordet - 2
Army Defense - 1