Posts Tagged ‘song of the week’

I don’t know how many of you actually went to the One World Concert, but let me tell you something – it was the longest, but most rewarding concert experience of my entire life.

The show lasted about 5 hours, which is just short of festival length, so it was a long one. At about 11:30pm I was getting restless since I’m an old lady and go to bed around that time every night, needless to say, I was ready to crash. But I needed to see my old friends that make up the Counting Crows. Even though we really aren’t old friends I would like to think we are since we’ve been together musically since middle school. So okay to get to the point – I wasn’t leaving until the dreadlock headed man sang to me.

If you were there, you obviously know, it was an amazing performance. Never have I ever seen a performance that got so deep in such a small amount of time. Round here is a solid track that holds a lot of emotion and without Adam Duritz voice it would never survive. He didn’t just sing the song but turned it into a story/conversational piece/something that’s even more amazing than my words could ever describe.

The video above probably doesn’t give his performance in the Dome justice, but it’s the closest thing to it. I’ll be looking into going to another show of theirs and I hope you guys enjoy the song and potentially look into more of the music since they’re pretty great, especially ‘round here.

-Brooke Leone

South Korean rapper Psy, is the latest sensation with his hit “Gangnam Style”. If you haven’t heard it yet, which I’m sure you probably have, you really should.

What I want to know, is where this man even came from. Within what seems like a few days, his hit has majorly skyrocketed, making him a household name in America.

Announced on July 15, Gangnam Style became an instant hit, which now has more than 42 million views on Youtube. The track even surpassed The Bieb’s new tune on August 21, 2012 when it officially charter No. 1 on the itunes Music Video Charts. This, as you may have guessed, has never been accomplished by a South Korean artist in the U.S.

Psy made a huge debut on the Today show a few weeks ago during the Toyota Concert Series. Not only did he bring fans from all over the country to New York City to see him perform, he also taught the cast of the Today Show how to dance the Gangnam Style.

Along with news updates and music videos, the fans are taking the song into their own hands and recreating the “Call Me Maybe” craze. Couples are dancing to the song at their weddings and posting videos of it on Youtube. Sailors are also dancing around their base. I don’t think there are as many videos as the lipcyncs to “Call Me Maybe”, but it’s getting there. No matter how insane this song is, people love it. I’m on the fence though. I mean, what is he even saying?

This ridiculous-upbeat-lets-make-our-own-videos-to-stupid-songs craze hasn’t stopped yet. The only question is, what song comes next

-Brooke Leone

While listening to All For Me Grog, I get the feeling that I’m in an Irish pub or something singing along with the whole bar. You know that feeling?

Joey formerly was in the band The Briggs with his brother Jason. However, he decided to do some solo work in LA and tour a bit around the world. His solo work expresses his interest in the dying music industry and politics along with several other issues. Even with Joey’s success as one, he does discuss on that they will be getting back together as a band. As Joey says, it now will be a mix of the new Briggs and the old Briggs.

Briggs has an interesting sound that will hook anyone with one listen. For instance, I think Briggs brings out his political view points in 37 Cents with lines like, “I’ve got something to say about how your running this country into the ground.” Even though listeners might not be political buffs, the way in which he sings and presents his lyrics catches everyone’s attention.

Maybe it’s just the writing major in me, but what I love about his music, is that everything seems to fit together to ultimately form an overall message. The track titles he uses tell a story relevant to the theme and name of his album title, “The Traveling Salesman, Pariah, and Me.” It’s nice to see clean lines and ties between his music and titles. This type of organization isn’t too common among artists these days.

Joey Briggs was on tour most of the summer overseas and ended in California. Let’s welcome him back to the States with some listening. I think he has a great sound that could be linked with The Avett Brothers, The Devil Makes Three, Flogging Molly (in some cases), and other bluegrass, rock n’ roll type of bands. He hasn’t released a recent album yet, but last year The Traveling Salesman came out with this track list:

Suburban Kid
Let The Night Sleep Without Me
Black Cloud
Bottom Of A Beer
So Let Down
The Sun Will Shine
All For Me Grog
37 Cents
First Page Of My Book
Here’s To You
Talking With The Wind
Walk Away

Take a listen and leave a comment. Tell us what you think!

-Brooke Leone

Hey guys! My name is Brooke Leone and I’ll continue to update you with the latest album releases, songs of the week, and maybe a few playlists here and there. Not only do I love music, but fitness and TV are a must as well. Recently I’ve been watching Breaking Bad every single day.

Year/Major: I’m a double major in Writing and Religion as a Senior, which can be kind of scary at times.

Hometown: I’m originally from Rushville, New York and transferred to Syracuse as a Sophomore from Columbia College in Chicago.

Most Embarrassing Moment: Too embarrassed to tell

Biggest Lie I’ve Gotten Away With: We can’t always tell the truth can we?

Movie I could Watch Over and Over: I am always up to watch Sex and The City no matter how awfully made it is.

While following my stories on JERK, you can also see me on Twitter @Blleone33. Let me know if you’d like to see a certain band, genre, or whatever!

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Hey, hey jerks! My name is Chelsey and from now on I will be in charge of bringing you the latest blogs we like and don’t like and will also be sharing my favorite videos of the week. Here is a little about me:

Year and Major: I am a senior (SO SAD) Communication and Rhetorical Studies major with a minor in Political Science.

Hometown: I was born and raised in good ol’ Syracuse, NY. Yes, I didn’t go very far but I can bet none of your moms do your laundry or bring you home cooked meals.

Most Embarrassing Moment: Honestly, I don’t think I have ever been embarrassed. If you can’t laugh at yourself, you’re not doing it right.

Biggest Lie I’ve Gotten Away With: What is a lie if you tell everybody about it?

A Movie I Could Watch Over and Over: Hands down, Billy Madison.

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I feel that even if country music made you cringe you might still like this song. I know when I hear it on the radio I can’t help turning it up and singing along. Not only does Zac Brown Band capture us with his guitar and high paced tunes, he also has the lyrics to tie it all together.

With their most popular song, Chicken Fried, Zac Brown Band rose quickly to the top. The band has several popular songs that will be brought to Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome in November. Tickets will be on sale this Saturday, July 28th through Live Nation and the Carrier Dome Box Office. Every student got the email but I have hopes that more than just SU and ESF students read these articles.


-Brooke Leone

So Dave has been around for several years and most of the people I know love him (if you don’t, well… I don’t know what to do with you). He has personal shows as well as playing festivals and every single show is amazing. If you haven’t gone to one of his shows then you must get to one ASAP, you won’t regret it.

Dave has been a conversation starter a lot lately, though. He has his weekend fun at SPAC already this summer and is headed to Darien Lake in Upstate NY to play on July 3rd. I’m sure he’s been to numerous shows between those two but those are the two that pertain to us Upstater’s the most.  Recently, I’ve found the Life Is Good Festival in Canton, Mass. and Dave will be there in September. I’m definitely going to that for my 21st and it will be amazing.

Anywho, to make this a SONG OF THE WEEK, I have one of my favorite Dave songs. However, this is a Dave and Tim version so it’s acoustic. Dave and Tim work well together and if you haven’t heard any of their renditions, get to listening!

Sister is a sentimental song in my life, because; well, for the sole fact that I have a sister. But it’s a great song and brings some emotion to the table.  Dave said at his Live at Radio City concert in 2010, that this song has great meaning for him and his sister. He said, “When me and my sister were little we used to think that maybe when she was born God, or whatever, took her heart and put it in my chest and took my heart and put it in hers.” Not to jump into a different category for discussion but I thought this brought a realistic vibe to Dave.

Thanks for sharing your stories and ideas Dave.

-Brooke Leone