The video “Playa v Playa Round 1!” is an entertaining look at the sounds and skills of a live hip hop DJ. Bringing his sense of humor to the turntable as well as his talent, SwurvRadio.com’s DJ KayPlaya plays dual roles, battling himself in different clothing and on two different turntables. Bringing back to life some of the old school original music and a little new school as well, DJ KayPlaya bangs out some serious remixes, dancing and grooving all the while. It’s a show to behold as one song after another becomes the stage for the showdown between the two (or the one). While the outcome in the DJ battle may seem to be a tie, the clear winner is the viewer. The talented DJ keeps the dancing tight, and the music pumping and right on the edge where it started and has managed to stay since its inception.
The video "Judas of D.C." by rock/alternative band Cutting Edge is a musical and visual protest against the betrayal of the American people by Washington, D.C. politicians. No one is spared as it gets the message across with rock and rap that we have chosen those who are currently in office, but they're not carrying on the people's business. Images of the band begin the video, but are quickly replaced by pictures of well- known politicians and political cartoon features. With hard hitting lyrics like, "A few of the people decided you started out as good/You were chosen among the many/And we thought you understood/Then we sent you to D.C. to represent our state/And that's when you betrayed us and we all lost faith/Your insane betrayal, guess who paid for all the cost?/You turned your back on us when we needed you the most/We knew the place you were headed and it was so plain to see/You became one of them -- a Judas of D.C./, it's quite clear that this band isn't timid about speaking their minds on this subject. Fast paced, fun, and clean with a great rock vibe, this video addresses a very serious subject in an innovative and entertaining way.
Directed by Mogcat and shot in Canada and in 6 states in the U.S. over a 10 day period, covering 6,000 miles, Pennan Brae's video "Pathways" from his debut release Shaded Joy conveys the story of a couple who are obviously experiencing some turbulence in their relationship. Initially, the young woman waits for her lover with anticipation at a restaurant, and they continue to text each other while he makes a trek that seems to take him across the world and through all types of terrain and weather. He walks in haste with the sole purpose of getting to her, but an apparent pain from the past won't allow her to believe that he's really coming. One of his last text messages to her is that "He's almost there" and to "Order a beer" for him. She responds, "Sure you are," waits a few more moments and then departs to the ladies room in disillusionment. Mere seconds later, he arrives, doesn't see her, and leaves. It's a lesson about how sometimes we fail to give each other the benefit of the doubt when we should and how if you just believe and hold on, what you've been waiting for might be just around the corner. The video is an emotional one, almost invoking tears at the end when you realize that if either of them had only given the other a break and not given up, they would be together.Musically, the folksy harmonica plays a huge role in the song, both as part of the background and as a solo. The piano, drums, guitar and bass carry the tune well, which is easygoing and part Americana and country. Brae's mellow voice is perfect for "Pathways," which is quite touching, with lyrics like 'As the daylight shines/My mind is calmly thinking/When the evening calls/Your light is gently sinking' and 'As you draw the blinds/To end another day/Should our pathways fail/Good luck along the way'.
The band Cutting Edge knows how to make a political statement with both impact and style. They simply do it musically, in a way that captures your attention and never lets go. Their video, "If The Walls Could Talk" begins with a powerful guitar lead that is backed up by a bass and rhythm guitar that go into overdrive bringing it all together. The piercing lyrics kick off a pretty substantial critique of the workings of our government, bringing to light the questions "If the walls could talk on Capital Hill, what do you think they would say? Would it be a place of honor or a place worse than hell? How can they say they truly feel our pain, when we're the ones who suffer and they're the ones that gain?" Greedy, power hungry politicians who do not have the people's best interest in mind are not spared the rod by this group."If The Walls Could Talk" reminds one of the way music videos used to be made – always moving, very busy and highly intriguing. It begins with a live performance and shifts constantly between pictures of the Capital in Washington, D.C., the "devils" in Washington, and scenes indicative of seduction, manipulation and crookedness. The point is firmly driven home with a talking mouth that appears on various sites in D.C. and other famous places, mouthing the words to the song, even throwing in images from Star Trek, Jay Leno and others. Highly creative and entertaining, the video is a perfect match for the track, which is thought provoking and expresses the sentiments of the way most Americans feel about the government. It's impossible to stop watching as it grabs you at the proverbial collar and leaves you thinking about what the walls would indeed say if they could talk. The perfect mixture of rock, rap, and frankness make "If The Walls Could Talk" cutting edge, fun, fresh, and fantastic!
The video "Plunky On Fire" by Plunky & Oneness is a live performance that was taped at the Martini Kitchen & Bubble Bar in Richmond, Virginia. First of all, kudos to the venue, an oasis of sophistication that would have been necessary to contain the hotness, professionalism, and savvy of an act such as Plunky & Oneness. The track and video build a fire so hot, you just can't sit still and don't want to! The flame changes colors from red to blue to white hot, climbing higher and higher as Plunky and his band throw down a rhythmic melody that makes you want to jump up and get busy while you're 'Burning, Burning'! A fantastic horn section and synthesizer start things off as the band declares that it's "Oh so hot" and "I'm on Fire", and you best believe they are.This is definitely one groove that will bring everybody to their feet. The video is tastefully done, and the band, dancing, and fire sequences are captured and executed perfect. With a dance hall, jazzy, Jamaican, and just plain funky beat, the message comes across loud and clear that Plunky is indeed on fire. The performance and audience participation are more than impressive, and watching this video makes you wish you had been there to join in on this night because it was obviously a memorable experience, and one that this reviewer wishes she had been a part of.
"My Town" by O.D. is a strong hip hop/rap piece with a fresh flow! With a catchy hook, and a nice flow to the track, O.D. is banging out beats with a steady buildup to get the ballers on the dance floor. The video shows O.D. and his crew in several different public sites in London as he flexes his musical muscle and declares that it's his town. The lyrics are smooth and flow well to good club beats with a nice horn and synthesizer background. The bass is pumping, bodies are bumping, and when you see it, you'll know "It's A London Thing!!!"
The video "We Miss You" by hip hop/R&B artist Mase is a well-produced, sophisticated and savvy video that is a beautiful tribute to his father who passed away. It depicts a son who has obvious material successes, and suggests that the influence of his father helped him to make the choices that allow him to live that way. In the video and track, Mase brings you into his world as he shows and tells how his father's demise all went down, and it's an emotional and touching experience. He's singing a song of remembrance and honor for the fatherly support and love that he knew and lost, asking the question "What am I supposed to do in this crazy world without you?" and issuing affirmative and heartfelt statements like "I am never gonna forget all the time you spent with me". The song should serve as an inspiration to all fathers to do what a loving one like his did – to shape the future that one has created. The music is a good accompaniment to lyrics that are gripping and never let go.The track has a nice beat with a somewhat mysterious sound of electronic water, a nice guitar with background, and accompanying female vocals that are fantastic. "We Miss You" is a must see, must hear video and track.
Tony Adamo's video "What Is Hip" brings both ole school and new music together as it provides us with an Interesting view of the group Tower of Power performing their original hit "What Is Hip," and showcasing an incredibly impressive rhythm section in the process. Adamo does a great job speaking about the group and explaining the history of 70's music and the Oakland, California groove, and it's obvious that he has much respect for both. The video then segways to scenes of Adamo performing his version of "What Is Hip". It's always great to see today's musicians giving respect to those who came before them, and Adamo is deep in the groove with a new conception of voice n' funk with an infectious slice of soul. This track is a fantastic mid-tempo blending of jazz and funk, keeping you in its grasp from beginning to end. There are no computer tricks here – only real music from real musicians that will make you move to the bass, guitar, piano, trumpet, drums, sax and background vocals. Many props go out to both Tower Of Power and Tony Adamo on this one!
Robert Lauri's avant-garde/experimental video and song "Blueland" off his new album "Power In Heaven" takes you to a place far, far away, allowing your mind to be free flowing along the avenues of adventure and imagination with instruments overlapping and swirling together to form a tranquil harmony and a feeling of peace and tranquility. But "Blueland" is perfect for many moods – relaxing, being contemplative and/or reflective, working, or cruising behind the wheel of your car on a picturesque day. The flute, synthesizer, guitar and percussion provide the perfect backdrop for the striking harmonic piano foundation which repeats throughout the track, keeping the song centered and the listener entranced. "Blueland" has a strong Asian sound and quality about it, which only adds to the serene and natural quality of the song. The percussion really comes to life in the end, taking the track to a new level, where dancers move their bodies in sync fervently in a beautiful and rhythmic way.In keeping with the theme of the music, the video shows nature in all of its splendor and glory, pictures of seemingly prehistoric and medieval times, pyramids, and ancient and famous sites. "Blueland" is an extract from the album Power In Heaven, which is scheduled for release at the end of April. Music and arrangements are by Robert Lauri, and video editing was done by Anna Clara Passarelli.http://www.robert-lauri.com/musicaluniverses/
The video "Positive Movement" from Colorado based hip hop and funk group MTHDS (Music That Heightens Different Senses) features the six member group (L, Don Dilly, Johnny, Neil, Chip and Durtee) dressed as zombies, bloodied by the battle of life. But a funky beat, great harmony and absolutely positive lyrics soon reveal the intended message: "Never in my life did I imagine there'd be peace/In a world of poverty and constant tragedy/Then I found music and used it as release/Started a movement and started spreading positivity". The desire for positivity and unity, the ultimate theme of the video and song, are creatively expressed in a manner that captures and hold the viewer's attention. With pop/hip hop/rock influences, the video shows the group members in various acts of kindness and humanity – everything from rescuing a cat and returning it to its owner, to a scene where a mass of people are engaged in fellowship and unity, and finally to clips of the band playing live. It's a great song, a great video, and a message that needs to be spread widely and continuously. The video was filmed, directed and produced by Ryan Gaddis, Tyler Kellogg, Laura Hemler, and Joe Deats (CAM Records/UCD).
Brandon Jarod and his band performed at the 45 Degrees Martini Lounge in Chesapeake, Virginia on January 11, 2011. The band includes Tyrone Jordan on bass, Brian Athens on drums, and Brandon singing vocals and playing guitar. The video is a live performance of the song "The Crush" from the album/EP of the same name, which is available on iTunes and Amazon. The song, which is a slow tempo mix of pop, rock, and R&B, is about relationships. "The Crush" speaks to the darker side of love in which there is pain, with lyrics that include the statements: "True love gets hard sometimes," "I'm going to make you beg for mercy," and "Going to find my revenge on Valentine's". It's a moving performance by Brandon and company, though somewhat hard to hear at times. Brandon showcases his talent as a guitarist with a nice solo that adds just the right touch to a heartfelt composition.
Alexander Shulgin - Everything's Moving And Changing (Triptych, Part 1) This video shows the recording process of Alexander Shulgin's composition "Vse Techet Menyaetsya (Everything's Moving And Changing)", which is from part one of his songbook Triptych. Much like the song, the recording studio appears to be very laid-back and creates a tranquil environment. This is an absolutely beautiful song and this video shows exactly how it was created. Album: Triptych, Shulgin's Songbook - Part 1 Genre: Instrumental/Smooth Jazz/Lounge Composer: Alexander Shulgin Performers: Paul Drew, Steve King, Simon Rushby, Jon Howells, Laura Whittle Producers: Paul Drew, Greig Watts, Pete Barringer Label: Familia Entertainment http://www.myspace.com/shulginalexander
In this video, we get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of part one of Alexander Shulgin's Songbook, Triptych. Producers Greig Watts, Paul Drew and Pete Barringer discuss what it was like working with Alexander Shulgin while their beautifully-composed smooth jazz music plays in the background. This is an excellent glimpse into the minds of those who made Triptych happen. Album: Triptych, Shulgin's Songbook - Part 1 Genre: Instrumental/Smooth Jazz/Lounge Composer: Alexander Shulgin Performers: Paul Drew (guitar, backing vocal), Steve King (bass), Simon Rushby (keyboards), Jon Howells (drums), Laura Whittle (backing vocal), Chris "Beebe" Aldridge (sax) Producers: Paul Drew, Greig Watts, Pete Barringer Label: Familia Entertainment http://www.myspace.com/shulginalexander
This is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of part two of Alexander Shulgin's Songbook, Triptych. Producer Richard Niles and multi-instrumentalist Gary Husband discuss what it was like creating part two of Alexander Shulgin's instrumental album. "Atmosphere is a key word for me in my musical endeavor, whether it's in the pop, jazz, classical or fusion realms, and here I had a chance to explore exactly that.." - Gary Husband
Bethany & Rufus video diary of the 2005 Ozark Folk Festival in Arkansas (2005)