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I had no idea who Chiddy Bang was until this past Tuesday when iTunes featured their song “Opposite of Adults” as their free music video of the week.

And after hearing the song (and watching the really cool video), I have to say I’m intrigued.

Chiddy Bang is an alt-hip-hop duo who have made a name sampling some well-known songs.  In “Opposite of Adults” they’ve taken MGMT’s “Kids” and turned it into a natural hip-hop beat.  It’s got a little bit of a Kid Cudi flavor to it.  The group is supposed to have their debut album out sometime this year, possibly by the end of the summer.

Check out the video below, and then go download it for free on iTunes if you like it:

-Sam

Sixth-grade talent shows are usually pretty painful events – full of ear-bleeding recorder solos, boy band dance routines, and a magic show or two.

But this kid absolutely owns his performance – of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” no less.  And I’m not even saying this is good in the “It’s good for a sixth-grader” way.  No, this is actually good good.  Like this little guy should seriously think about pursuing this talent.  And aside from the amazing singing voice, he’s got all the confidence in the world in his performance.  And I’m sure that has to be at least a little hard when you’re a guy singing a Lady Gaga song to a bunch of your sixth grade classmates.  Think of the potential beatings that could entail!

But no one can really make fun of him after that performance.  Just watch the girls’ faces in the background.  Once they realize what song it is, they’re all like “Oh no he isn’t!” and are ready to laugh him off.  But he’s got them in the palm of his hand by the end and gets an appropriately enthusiastic applause.  And keep an eye on the blond in the back row.  You can literally see her falling in love with this kid by the second.

All I can say is that he better have won first place.

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-Sam

I wish this was a real subway

22 MarchComments Off
Author: Sam

Hat tip to “theonlyone” who posted this awesome musical subway map on Flickr and to MetalSucks for leading me there.

Just pretend each rock genre had its own subway line and the connectors were determined by genre compatibility and you get this:

You’re likely going to have to visit the site to get a larger version of the map in order to read all the bands, but it’s definitely worth a couple minutes of your time.

Most of the designations are pretty spot on, although I don’t know what Death Cab for Cutie is doing on the Punk Rock line or what Nine Inch Nails is doing on the Heavy Metal Line.

-Sam

Too Much Lady GaGa?

22 February24 comments
Author: Elliot

Ever since the pop-artist, Lady GaGa hit radio and Top Ten lists, it seems like every other band has covered at least one song. Bands ranging from We The Kings, Of Mice And Men, even Daughtry have put their own spin on one of GaGa’s top hits. At first glance, the covers all sound similar and aren’t worth much of a listen (Unless, of course, you’re one of those hardcore fans that have every song ever by your favorite band). Sure, credit is given where credit is earned, and some artists show great creativity when they’re able to take a song, completely turn it around, and still make it sound good. But then again, what if that creativity was channeled into something more individual, and in the long run, productive?
It’s discouraging to see so many bands flocking to the same routine, blending in in a time when it’s preferred to stand out.

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Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan

Avenged Sevenfold recently posted on their website that Mike Portnoy, the drumming legend of the severely technical metal band Dream Theater, shall be recording with A7X on their upcoming album.

This is the post that Avenged Sevenfold put up on their website on February 17th:

I want our fans to know that with Jimmy in our hearts, our journey to record has officially began. Jimmy helped leave this world an amazing gift and now it’s our job to make sure to deliver that gift to our fans. We asked Jimmy’s all time favorite drummer Mike Portnoy to record on behalf of him. Mike said it would be an honor and without question that’s what Jim would have wanted. Its comforting to us that someone like Mike, who is undoubtedly revered as one of the best drummers in the world, held such respect and adoration for the Rev’s abilities. Even though it will never be the same without our brother by our side, his essence lives in our hearts and through the music he helped create. He was a legend before any of the success or any of that bullshit and we are fucking excited to lay this down for our fans, and especially for Jimmy.

- Avenged Sevenfold

You can also view a tribute video for Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan on www.AvengedSevenfold.com

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Mike Portnoy



Other than chocolates, plush teddy bears, and red roses, what says Valentine’s Day more than music?

Of course, there’s generally three kinds of people who want specific music on this holiday.  1) The person happily in love with someone wants music that reflects that. 2) The person who may or may not be pining for a love lost, but who is feeling the loneliness that this day can bring to those unattached souls. 3) The person who probably just got out of a bad relationship and needs some angry music to help vent.

So with that in mind, I concocted three Valentine’s Day mixtapes for your enjoyment.

First up is what I’m calling the “Madly in Love” mixtape.  The other two appear after the jump.

1. “Book of Love” – The Monotones

2. “Us” – Regina Spektor

3. “Eyes Wider Than Before” – Scott Matthews

4. “Never Had Nobody Like You” – M. Ward

5. “Paperweight” – Joshua Radin

6. “This Magic Moment” – Ben E. King and The Drifters

7. “Here In My Room” – Incubus

8. “Passenger Seat” – Death Cab for Cutie

9. “At My Most Beautiful” – R.E.M.

10. “You Picked Me” – A Fine Frenzy

11. “Sea of Love” – Cat Power

12. “Blue Eyes” – Cary Brothers

13. “Such Great Heights” – Iron & Wine

14. “All My Days” – Alexi Murdoch

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