Posts Tagged ‘Haley Isaacson’

Between Lady Gaga’s Thanksgiving holiday special, her holiday EP and her holiday workshop at Barney’s in New York City, she sure does have the holiday spirit. None of us really are surprised though at Gaga’s attempt to devote the entire holiday season to herself. When Gaga does something, she goes big or goes home.

Her Thanksgiving special aired on ABC on Thanksgiving night and was a 90-minute primetime event featuring a special appearance from Tony Bennett. The special, titled “A Very Gaga Thanksgiving,” took the scene of a typical jazz bar or diners with a singer providing the entertainment–except Gaga was the performer and her guests were her closest friends and family. To our surprise though, the special was not in true Gaga costume nature.

On top of the Thanksgiving special, Gaga has decided to release some of her holiday favorites performed live that evening on a mini EP titled “A Very Gaga Holiday.” The four-track EP will all be vocals taken from the Thanksgiving special recordings.

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I’m assuming you have all heard of camp, especially if you go to Syracuse.  Never would I have thought, though, to put my cup-stacking skills learned at summer camp to musical use.  Apparently, Erato did though.

Check out this video created by three singers of the Swedish girl group  Ebba Lovisa Anderson, Amanda Wikström and Petra Brohäll.  Robyn originally performs the song, “Call Your Girlfriend.” This unique cover is unlike any take on any other song I have other seen.  The singers use a childhood cup-stacking game to add percussion to their vocals and perfect harmonies.  This cover is also a very stripped-down version of the original, which includes many electronic tendencies and would be considered a dance song in my mind.  But, I love the cover nonetheless.

-Hayley Isaacson

Not to double post on ya’ll, but this was necessary.  A few weeks ago, I spoke about my excitement for the release of Florence and the Machine’s second album “Ceremonials” and it was finally released on November 1.  

I have already listened to the album in its entirety several times.  “Ceremonials”  has the same F+TM feel as their debut album “Lungs,” but it seems to have a stronger sense of maturity.  The songs have a depth to them that isn’t as apparent on “Lungs.”

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Kaskade released his seventh studio album “Fire & Ice” a day and 44 minutes early.  The original release date was supposed to be October 25, but was pushed forward to the 24th to “accommodate iTunes’s busy release schedule.”  Kaskade apparently was just too antsy though to wait until midnight, releasing the album for download 44 minutes before the clock struck twelve.  Let’s hope for Cinderella’s sake, she got home in time.

This album is bliss.  Pure bliss.

The album is divided into two disks.  Disk one, titled “Fire,” sets the tone of the original tracks on the album. Kaskade collaborates with artists such as Skrillex, Neon Trees, Quadron and more. Then, just when you thought things couldn’t get any better, BAM!, there’s a second disk.  The second disk is titled “Ice.” This disk takes every track on “Fire” and gives it a Kaskade ICE Mix.

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Okay, this is seriously cool.  When it comes to music there are usually only two ways to consume it: listening or watching. Bjork has now introduced a third consumption method to get your daily tunes, and that is on your iPad!  Leave it up to Bjork to be the first on this inventive train.

Bjork’s new album “Biophilia” puts the listeners in the hands of the music with its new interactive iPad app that complements the album.  This app allows listeners to completely remix the tracks in their own hands.  Users have the ability to change instruments, change track processing, change volume and tempo levels and interact with all of these options via a picture interface.  Users also have the control of the beat, vocal mixing, presence of vocals at all and even the arrangement of the song.

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Spotify, YouTube, Pandora, and now SoundCloud.  It’s evident that, nowadays, playing music on iTunes is people’s last resort when looking for new jams.  I have recently found a new love for SoundCloud.  I’ve known about the website for some time (as you can tell from previous posts), but had never really used it up until recently.  One thing I’ve found is that SoundCloud is the haven of techno and house remixes.  So, obviously, I love it.

SoundCloud allows users to digitally stream tracks they upload and then share them with the online community.  These tracks can simply be copies of already released tracks, or in most cases, have the user’s original spin on the track.  This can mean the song is either remixed or covered.  SoundCloud is basically YouTube minus the videos.  But, there are so many more exciting features to the website.

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I remember the day my dad and I went to buy my sister her first iPod.  It was for her eighth grade graduation (she has now graduated college to put things in perspective). I remember, back then, being so confused as to why she would want an iPod. 10 years later, hand an iPad to a two-year-old, and I guarantee you they will know how to operate it.

I can’t imagine the world today without the invention of iPods and iTunes.  What was the music industry before it went digital?  Of course, there were several MP3 players on the market before the iPod took off, but there was nothing as innovative.  For the first time, music was truly portable.  No more cassette tapes, CDs, or even Walkmans.

It wasn’t simply the introduction of the iPod that revolutionized the music industry, but also the launch of iTunes. It was iTunes that paved the way for hundreds of other digital music outlets.  Since then, we’ve seen the launch of YouTube, Soundcloud, and more recently, Spotify.  But everything always comes back to iTunes, the main threshold that holds every music file in its perfect library and playlists.  It’s almost ironic that as we bid a sad adieu to Steve Jobs, iTunes, too, is slowly beginning to die out.  When free music streaming is now as easily obtainable as snow in a Syracuse winter, why pay $1.29 for a song?

Even if iTunes has seen its better days, it will take a while for something to top the iPod/iPhone portable music player.  And for that, we say thanks, Steve.  Below is a remix by DJ Chuckie dedicated to Steve Jobs.  This song is sick, and a serious gift from me to you.  So be appreciative, and jam out.

-Hayley Isaacson