10 videos you need in your life this week

10 videos you need in your life this week

Claudia Maddaluno · 12 months ago · Music

Balthazar – Wrong Vibration

Following the release of their album Fever, Balthazar released the video for Wrong Vibration which is about the balance and how to lose it.

Venerus – IoxTe

Even if it’s all a blur in this video, it’s clear how much we love Venerus.

Divino Niño – Foam

Divino Niño are finally back. If you don’t know their music you should have to because it’s such a mystical experience.

Avey Tare – Saturdays (Again)

Animal Collective member Avey Tare has announced a new album Cows On Hourglass Pond and shared a surreal, colorful video for its first single Saturdays (Again).

UMI – High School

On this nostalgic video, UMI takes us back in time when we used to sing along in our bedrooms using the hairbrush as the mic.

Stella Donnelly – Lunch

Stella introduces you her amazing friends on this vintage clip directed and shot by herself. The track is taken by her debut album out March 8.

Colapesce – Canzone dell’amore perduto (De Andrè cover)

We have found love again.

Mitski – A Pearl

This animated video features 1,480 unique frames that were illustrated and painted by the creative studio Art Camp in collaboration with Spotify. Watching all those fluid movements is like a sweet dream.

Palace – No Other

Palace released the stunning animated video for their latest single No Other which “tells the story of a great and real love lifting a person out of a difficult situation, inspiring hope and new life, and showing the pathway to new places and the possibility of all that the future holds”.

Billie Eilish – bury a friend

Eilish’s debut full-length When We All Go To Sleep, Where Do We Go? is out on March 29. Here is the video for bury a friend which is not recommended for uptight people.

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And the Oscar Goes To…Each of Best Original Song Nominees!

And the Oscar Goes To…Each of Best Original Song Nominees!

Claudia Maddaluno · 12 months ago · Music

There are only a few weeks left before the most anticipated awards ceremony in the world of cinema: the 91st Academy Awards ceremony will take place at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 24.

It is set to be the first ceremony in three decades to be conducted with no host. And that’s not the only change: it was reported initially that ABC was looking to have just two live performances but that plan appears to have been changed with Variety reporting that all five nominated acts have been invited to perform live.

The Best Song category at this year’s Oscars features Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper‘s A Star Is Born hit “Shallow”, Kendrick Lamar and SZA‘s “All The Stars” from Black Panther, RBG song “I’ll Fight” performed by Jennifer Hudson, “The Place Where Lost Things Go”, from Mary Poppins Returns and “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings”, from The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs.

So voters being asked to choose between classic songs and monster hits. From Kendrick Lamar to Lady Gaga, each stands a fighting chance at winning the statue.

Shallow – A Star Is Born

“Shallow” was the first single from A Star Is Born soundtrack, written by Lady Gaga with Andrew Wyatt, Anthony Rossomando and Mark Ronson.
The song is a nostalgic and romantic ballad that captures all the feelings showed on Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born.

It should win the award because…
… that sweet acoustic guitar intro reminds us Ronan Keating’s “When You Say Nothing at All” from Notting Hill, a film that we’ve always loved since 1999.
“Shallow” should win also because it helped lead the soundtrack album to No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Moreover, in a recent interview with Variety, Gaga said that “Shallow” is one of the most authentic songs she has ever written.
If you need proof of authenticity, watch this performance.

All The Stars – Black Panther

Epic track for a not epic film. The lead single from the Black Panther soundtrack (entirely curated by Kendrick Lamar) is a collaboration between the Compton’s rapper and SZA. It snagged high spots on the commercial charts, behind more than 400 million on-demand streams in 2018, earning also 4 Grammy Awards nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
You will have to listen to it on the radio just a couple of times.

It should win the award because…
… Lamar actually deserves it. On May 2018 he made history being the first hip-hop act to win a Pulitzer Prize in music for his acclaimed 2017 album DAMN.. Moreover, Black Panther The Album should prove to Hollywood that Afro-American culture has the power to generate big resonance.

I’ll Fight – RBG

RBG is a documentary film directed and produced by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, focusing on the life and the career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ironically called Notorious RBG. Since the 1960s she fought for gender equality while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.
The Oscar-nominated song “I’ll Fight” was written by Diane Warren and performed by the classic voice of Jennifer Hudson.

It should win the award because…
… 2018 was the year of a new wave of feminism. So, if “I’ll Fight” wins, it’s going to be a women’s victory.

The Place Where Lost Things Go – Mary Poppins returns

The original soundtrack for Mary Poppins returns was composed by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. On the Oscar-nominated “The Place Where Lost Things Go” Emily Blunt brings a soft touch to the soothing tune, carrying listeners to a magic world far from their own.
The heartbreaking song is about the sense of loss:
Do you ever dream
Or reminisce
Wondering where to find
What you truly miss
Well maybe all those things
That you love so
Are waiting in the place
Where the lost things go

It should win the award because…
Mary Poppins won in 1964 and its sequel should continue the tradition, showing, once more, the power of Disney songs.

When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is an amazing western anthology film by the Coen brothers, sold to Netflix for distribution. It features six epic vignettes that take place in the American frontier soundtracked with traditional country songs. The melancholic ballad “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” accompanies the ending of the first episode, capturing its dark and otherworldly atmosphere.

It should win the award because…
… Netflix has won two Oscars for documentary films, but never any for Best original song. There’s always a first time!

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10 videos you need in your life this week

10 videos you need in your life this week

Claudia Maddaluno · 12 months ago · Music

Ghemon – Rose viola

Ghemon made his Sanremo festival debut as contestant with the track Rose Viola. The video that accompanies the song is a tribute to iconic works of art like Michelangelo’s Pieta and Canova’s Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss, expressing the stillness of a woman tired of a sick relationship.

Mahmood – Soldi

Ghemon’s Rose Viola faces its toughest challenge against Soldi, the monster hit penned by Mahmood with Dardust and Charlie Charles. Here is the video for Soldi directed by Attilio Cusani and I really love the tattoo scene.

James Blake – Mile High

James Blake and Travis Scott star in the dystopian Mile High video directed by Nabil. In the clip the pair meet in a cafe entering the abyss as Blake stirs his tea.

A$AP Rocky – Kids Turned Out Fine

A$AP Rocky has shared a colorful new visual for his song Kids Turned Out Fine that represents the transition from childhood to adulthood. Directed by Dexter Navy, the cinematic video starts off with a babushka-clad Rocky dropping acid and wearing psychedelic clothes.

Cuco & Dillon Francis – Fix Me

Enter the pink world of Cuco and tell me how I could resist when he sings:
Llamame a mi teléfono
Mándame texto o FaceTime call
Lo que tú quieras I’ll do it all
Solo dame una oportunidad

Toro Y Moi – Ordinary Pleasure

In his new video for Ordinary Pleasure, Chaz Bear aka Toro Y Moi leads fans on a tour of his colorful studio office (Company Records), playing with the band and posing with a rose for a quick photo shoot. Soon we’re outside for a chill house party where Chaz dances with his friends. Ordinary Pleasure.

Gus Dapperton – My Favorite Fish

Gus Dapperton has released a new video for My Favorite Fish which is a track from his upcoming debut album ‘Where Polly People Go To Read’, out on 19th April. He said: “The song captures what I feel at the apex of true love as opposed to most of my music which is generally inspired by heartbreak. It is about my girlfriend. The video mostly consists of visual innuendos that mimic the lyrics in the song“. Watch the video above and dance like Gus.

Meek Mill – Going Bad feat. Drake

Meek Mill’s new music video for his song Going Bad features Drake and other notable faces including Swizz Beatz, T.I., Nipsey Hustle, DJ Mustard, J Prince, Jas Prince and Shy Glizzy. They bet on horses, smoke cigars and crash expensive cars recklessly.

Maverick Sabre – Slow Down Feat. Jorja Smith

Our favorite female R&B artist joins the UK rapper Maverick Sabre in this new video for the gorgeous track Slow Down. Sabre plays a cab driver and Jorja is his passenger and their shared glances in the rear-view mirror are everything.

Ariana Grande – break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored

Ariana Grande’s new album, Thank U, Next, has arrived. She also shared the video for the track break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored starring Riverdale’s Charles Melton and actress Ariel Yasmine, who plays an Ari lookalike.

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Why we are so surprised by Mahmood’s victory at Sanremo

Why we are so surprised by Mahmood’s victory at Sanremo

Claudia Maddaluno · 12 months ago · Music

It happened: born in Milan to an Italian mother and an Egyptian father, 27-year-old Mahmood won the 69th edition of Sanremo song festival over the weekend.

Honestly, I still can’t even believe it!
All these years, we always bet on the wrong horse. So, before the artistic director and host Claudio Baglioni announced our favorite’s triumph, we’ve already prepared ourselves for this to be another defeat.

But, thankfully, things turned out differently.

Alessandro Mahmoud, who performs under the name Mahmood, beat singer Ultimo to the top spot at the most important Italian song contest with his song Soldi.

After so many editions, we finally heard the verdict we wanted to hear.

For the first time ever since I can remember, the Italy’s historic song festival was won by a song that represents our current listening. Mahmood is not one of those sideshow attractions we used to see at Sanremo and  his “Soldi” is not a classic song. It’s a cool and well-produced track which is about the difficult relationship between father and son, and also features a line in Arabic. For the first time in my life I voted for someone in this annual competition so as the winner was announced I rejoiced as if to win had been a friend of mine. And most of my friends on Facebook enjoyed the triumph because it also means a political choice to the singer’s Italian-Egyptian origins. It is no coincidence that Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who is known for his anti-immigration stance, tweeted: “The most beautiful Italian song?!? I would have chosen Ultimo”.

I actually believe that Mahmood’s victory is a sign of change. I mean, more in Italian music than in Italian political situation.

The 69th edition of Sanremo song festival featured a lot of Italian indie / trap singers: from Ghemon to Motta, Achille Lauro, Ex-Otago and The Zen Circus, there were times when Sanremo festival seemed to be the Miami festival.
Probably the artistic director Claudio Baglioni really wanted to modernize the image of festival by choosing young and alternative artists. Well, for a while, he did.
Watching those kind of artists performing not in their comfort zone was weird and satisfying at the same time. So the show was much more enjoyable for the new generation.

However, we thought that none of them would have won the competition because the Italian traditional singers usually did it.

Instead, a Morocco-pop singer surprisingly won at Sanremo song festival and that finally represents the new generation.

Mahmood’s winning song, “Soldi” is a track that mixes pop, trap, soul, R&B, and exotic beats. The catchy song was produced by Dardust and Charlie Charles (Ghali’s producer), including hand-clapping and Arabic lines: it’s a monster hit and we’re so happy that this was clear to Italian jury too.

Now, the question is: What to expect from the next Sanremo editions?
Can we dream about an invasion of rap? Can we finally say goodbye to Albano, Loredana Bertè, Patty Pravo once and for all? Will Alessandro Cattelan be the next host?

I think it’s better not to dream about it. Just enjoy the victory.
We already know how it’s going to end.


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10 videos you need in your life this week

10 videos you need in your life this week

Claudia Maddaluno · 12 months ago · Music

Julia Holter – Les Jeux to You

Julia Holter has shared the new video for “Les Jeux to You”. The back and white visual – directed by Geneva Jacuzzi – is inspired by Jodorowsky’s “Fando Y Lis” and finds Julia eating roses, getting wheeled around in a wooden cart, holding old dolls, and exploring the psychology of self-destructive relationships.

St. Vincent – Masseduction

St. Vincent’s new video for Masseduction features al the shades of Living Coral Pantone and shows Annie Clark quietly singing while nuclear bombs are exploding on the background.

Weyes Blood – Everyday

Natalie Mering aka Weyes Blood has announced her forthcoming album “Titanic Rising” with a release date of April 5 via Sub Pop. In this 70’s-inspired horror clip for single “Everyday” she looks like Romina Power (but when seen through Dario Argento’s eyes).

SASAMI – Free (feat. Devendra Banhart)

Even if we haven’t found Devendra Banhart (sigh!), this video for SASAMI’s new single “Free” is really cute (especially in the final scene).

Mahalia – Do Not Disturb

I’m putting myself on Do Not Disturb.

Fur – Him and Her

If you like The Strokes and Twister game, you’re in the right place.

Nathy Peluso – Natikillah

The Spanish pop diva Nathy Peluso has shared the video for Natikillah in which she sings around a table full of “frijolito, hueva y mayonesa”, or riding on jet-ski, or walking on a red carpet.

Julia Jacklin – Comfort

You’ll be okay, You’ll be alright” in this pastel-pink comfort zone.

Weezer – Take On Me

OMG! OMG! Finn Wolfhard stars as Rivers Cuomo in the new video for Weezer’s version Of “Take on Me”. Finn plays with his band (Calpurnia) and shows some cute sketches from his work book.

Normani – Waves (feat. 6LACK)

Drop what you’re doing and take a trip to space with Normani and 6LACK.

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