Country Music Stars Through The Ages

Posted by Nadine Segal • August 13, 2013 at 01:35 PM

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Country music first began in the Southern United States in the 1920’s. Over the years the popularity of country music has steadily grown and so has the effect it has had on Top 40 music. You can see the evolution of country over the years, through its biggest stars.

Fiddlin John Carson was the first major act in country music. His first hit song was “The little Old Log Cabin in The Lane” which was released in 1923.

Hank Williams is regarded as one of the most significant influences in the development of country music ever. He was mentored by Rufus Payne, a blues musician. With Payne’s influence Williams was able to blend hillbilly, folk and blues music.  Williams’ song “Lovesick Blues” was released in 1949 and topped the country charts.

When hillbilly rock became the most popular type of country music in the 1950’s artists like Johnny Cash rose to fame. Cash has become a legend in country music. His distinctive voice and musical sound set him apart from other performers. One of his greatest songs and Cash’s first #1 hit was “I Walk the Line”. The song was released in 1956.

Outlaw Country, a popular subcategory of country music in the 1960’s and 70’s was characterized by artists like the great Willie Nelson. Check out this clip of Nelson performing at the Grand Ole’ Opry in 1965.

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Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

 

Disclosure – F For You (TEED Remix)

Posted by iMesh • August 05, 2013 at 12:58 PM
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Last week we announced that The Techno Kittens had won iMesh’s Guest Blogging Competition, “So You Think You Can Blog”. We loved the blog, which reviews the latest techno tracks, accompanied by kitten inspired artwork. Leigh and Nicola from The Techno Kittens have written  the below post, a review of the track  “F For You (TEED Remix)”. Check it out and let us know what you think.

 

Disclosure – F For You (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix)

Two of the hottest electronic music exports to come out of the UK recently have been the almighty Disclosure duo and the absurdly but brilliantly named Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (or TEED for short). These two acts have been big influences on the electronic music scene for the past couple of years… Disclosure have been tearing up the UK singles charts, most notably with their tracks ‘White Noise‘ and ‘Latch‘ and have also secured themselves a number one album with their debut Settle, bringing electronic music back into the heart of the UK charts. TEED has brought attention to the scene with his beautifully composed, feel good tracks ‘Garden‘ and ‘Waulking Song‘ that feature on his debut album Trouble. There’s also his BBC Radio 1 Essential mix that aired last August which serves as a great introduction to the DJ wizadry of TEED and the eclectic sounds (you’ll hear bass, garage, deep house and electro influences) that he manages to jump between so well.
 
So it’s fair to say that the remix treatment doesn’t get much sweeter than this – a TEED remix of Disclosure’s F For You. The dino loving producer brings a darker, underground feel to the track by stripping out the warm pad sounds and the clear cut vocals of the original, replacing them with a grittier bass melody and hashing up the vocals. He’s upped the tempo and added depth to the track with a delicate balance of twinkling sounds and menacing roars (that we can’t get enough of). A well placed drop breaks up the track nicely and the melody develops a progressive feel towards the back end as those warm pad sounds subtly sneak back in.
 
This isn’t the first Disclosure remix to have caught our attention – Australian producer Flume had a bash with ‘You & Me‘. As did one of our favourite production duo’s and fellow bloggers, Bicep. Both of which are two Disclosure remixes you should check out. Finally let’s not forget that the Disclosure boys themselves catapulted into the limelight with their remix of UK female vocalist Jessie Ware’s single ‘Running‘. It all goes to show you that a remix can be a powerful thing…
 
 

The Techno Kittens Win “So You Think You Can Blog”

Posted by Nadine Segal • July 31, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Prized Kitten

Congratulations to The Techno Kittens on winning iMesh’s Guest Blogging Competition, “So You Think You Can Blog”.

The Techno Kittens is an great blog and it involves two of our favorite things awesome music and cute kittens.

The blog, created by Leigh & Nicola, reviews of all the latest tracks in techno music.  Each post is paired with artwork involving either photos or drawings of adorable kittens.

The post from The Techno Kittens will be coming soon, so keep a look out.

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

 

iMesh DJ Feature

Posted by Nadine Segal • July 23, 2013 at 01:53 PM

 DJ Dog

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to build a playlist for any mood or occasion, iMesh has the answer. You can use iMesh’s DJ Feature to get a quality playlist, based on any song or artist. You can also choose a playlist from a list of suggestions, like Chill Out, Love Songs or Cover Versions Playlists. If you want to find the perfect playlist for any party, this is the fastest and easiest way to do it. Here is how it works.

When you open iMesh, click on the DJ tab.

iMesh DJ Tab

You can then input any name of a song or artist and click “play”. You can also click on “select a mood…” and a drop down menu will appear and you can choose a playlist.

Playlist Search Box

Your playlist will then begin. You can see the playlist on the right and switch between songs. You can click “Save” beneath the playlist to save it in your library or click “Clear” to clear the playlist and start again.

iMesh Playlist

What is your favorite playlist?

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

 

“Magna Carta” Debuts at #1 but Not Everyone Is Happy

Posted by Nadine Segal • July 17, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Jay-Z in The Studio

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Jay-Z’s new album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail” has debuted at #1 this week selling over 527,000 copies. Jay- Z however, sold more than that before the album was even released. Jay-Z made a 5 million dollar deal with Samsung selling 1 million copies of his album for the company to give away to users via a free app which was available on July 4th, 3 days prior to the album’s release. The deal ensured his album “Magna Carta” was a huge success even before its official release. Not everyone was thrilled about it though. Here were a few complaints.

“Magna Carta Holy Grail” was trending on Twitter the moment the app was released.  Not all of the attention was positive though. There were many users complaining that their download was not properly working, due to some sort of bug. Users complained of apps displaying a white screen after loading. Some even claimed they were so disappointed with Samsung they would make the switch to Apple.

If the app did work for you, you had to give away a lot of personal details to get it. At a time when people are growing more and more concerned about who is collecting information online, Samsung requested an extensive amount of personal information when users downloaded the app.

 

Privacy groups have asked that Samsung be investigated by the FTC.

Many are concerned about the fact that the RIAA changed their rules to count the 1 million downloads bought by Samsung. Some say that the rules needed to be updated, as the way people get music has changed. Others felt it unfair that the rules were changed specifically to count Jay-Z’s deal with Samsung.

Most complaints about the album were not addressing the music, merely its distribution methods. which his fans seemed quite pleased with.

 

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

 

Celebrate Bastille Day with Great French Music

Posted by Nadine Segal • July 14, 2013 at 08:14 AM

Woman Holding French Flag

July 14th is Bastille Day, it is a day where the French commemorate the storming of the Bastille. France has a long history rich in culture and art. Music has also played an important role in French history. In honor of Bastille Day, below are some of our favorite French musicians.

Daft Punk – Together Guy-Manuel de Homem-Cristo and Thomas Bangalter are the electronic duo Daft Punk. The band has had a big year so far with the success of their most recent album, Random Access Memories. Two hit singles have already been released from the album. Both of the tracks, “Get Lucky” and “Lose Yourself to Dance” feature Pharrell Williams. .  The band famously known for performing live in costume, including robot costumes, has been around since the mid 90’s.

Phoenix – Phoenix is an indie-rock band from Versailles, France. They first became popular in the early 2000’s. One of Phoenix’s members, guitarist, Laurent Brancowitz was previously in a band with the guys from Daft Punk. The band’s latest album, titled Bankrupt! was released in April debuted at #4 on the Billboard charts. The band has been playing festivals and shows around the world the last few months, they are supposed to continue touring till November.  Check out the video for their latest sing “Trying to be Cool” below.

Gipsy Kings – While all of the Gipsy Kings are from the South of France, their flamenco influence comes from their Spanish Romani heritage. The band’s self-titled album became an international hit in 1989. The band introduced flamenco-pop to mainstream audiences with singles like “Bamboleo”.  They also did successful covers of the songs “Hotel California” and “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”.

Francoise Hardy – Francoise sings in French, English, Italian, Spanish, German and Portuguese.  The singer grew up in Paris and began her career as a sing in the 1960’s. She recorded the song ”To The End (La Comedie)” with the band Blur in 1995, the song was a remake of the Blur song “To The End”.

You can get music from all your favorite French artists using iMesh. Click the Download Button below to start downloading all your favorite music. All free and legal!

 

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

 

Pop Star Tattoos

Posted by Nadine Segal • July 09, 2013 at 11:07 AM

 Tattooed Woman

It used to be that only rock stars and other “edgy” musicians decided to ink their skin, but over time tattoos have become the standard, even amongst the most mainstream musicians. Ozzy Osbourne was quoted saying “If you want to be f***ing individual, don’t get a tattoo. Every f***er’s got one these days.” Ozzy is right everyone in the music business seems to have a tattoo these days from Pop Princesses to Boy Band Members.

Justin Bieber – Remember when Justin Bieber was an innocent child singing songs like “Baby, baby, baby”. What happened to that kid? Now The Biebs is out partying hard and getting into trouble with the paparazzi. To solidify his “bad boy” image Justin has been adding tattoos non-stop. Each tattoo has special meaning and this one from his shoulder is a mascot for the Canadian Junior Hockey Team.

Justin Bieber Tattooo

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Rihanna – Rihanna is no stranger to the “bad girl” image, her Instagram User is even @badgirlriri. She has quite a few tattoos. One is a large one of the goddess Isis on her ribs. Riri often shows off her tattoos on her Instagram account. Here is one shot of her proudly displaying her ink.

Rihanna Tattoo

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Miley Cyrus – Miley Cyrus used to be a squeaky clean Disney Star but she is pushing the envelope more and more these days with her outfits, her music and most recently her video. Another way she chooses to express her wilder side is her ever growing collection of body art. She has tattoos on her fingers and wrist including this anchor.

Miley Cyrus Anchor Tattoo

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Demi Lovato – Demi Lovato also started out as a “girl next door” teen star, but got edgier as time went on. She proved her belief in her music recently when she had a lyric from one of her songs tattooed on her shoulder. It reads “now I’m a warrior”. It is the newest addition to her many tats.

Demi Lovato Warrior Tattoo

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Harry Styles – The boys from One Direction all appreciate tattoos. Harry Styles has many prominent tattoos on his chest including this large butterfly tattoo on his ribs. Every member of One Direction has at least one tattoo. What ever happened to the days when there was only one “bad boy” per boy band?

Harry Styles Butterfly Tattoo

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Tattoos are no longer alternative they have completely flooded mainstream music. Do you think that these young pop stars will be regretting their decisions later in life or will they cherish the tattoos forever?

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

 

Most Memorable Songs from Movies

Posted by Nadine Segal • June 30, 2013 at 01:02 PM

 dog going to the movies

Movies would not be the same without soundtracks. The right song at the right moment in a film can truly make the scene. Music can make a scene more suspenseful or more emotional.  Imagine the shower scene in Psycho without the music…not so scary. Here the list of most memorable movie songs, the songs that when you hear you think of the movie scene they were featured in and these movie scenes would have never been the same without them.

“Time of My Life” – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes from Dirty Dancing. When you hear this song and the first thing you think of is Baby running down the auditorium aisle to Johnny and nailing the lift. The song would go on inspire wedding dances for many years to come.

“Gonna Fly Now” – Bill Conti from Rocky. Play this song and you are sure to imagine Rocky Balboa running up the stairs in his sweats as he trains for his big fight. If you are looking for the perfect song to give you a boost at the end of your workout, this is a great one and it captures the feeling of perseverance.

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Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

 

The Story Behind the Song – The Beatles’ Yesterday

Posted by Nadine Segal • June 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM

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The Beatles came to be around 1960.  The band was comprised on four musicians with incredible talent, who together created something so great that it is still celebrated and today is Global Beatles Day. The band first began playing shows in their native England, after they became pop sensations at home they came over the U.S. to what was known as the “British Invasion”. This one of a kind band gave us some of the most prolific songs. One of these classics was the song “Yesterday”. The song was released in 1965 and is credited to Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Paul was apparently such a gifted musician that he wrote songs in his sleep, literally.

The story goes like this, Paul was asleep one night and when he woke up he remembered a tune from his sleep. Luckily for him and for everyone who has enjoyed the song, he had a piano handy at the home of his then girlfriend’s family. He ran to the piano and played the song right away as to not forget it. Paul’s primary concern was that he had subconsciously taken the song from somewhere else and supposedly went around for months playing the song for friends to see if anyone had heard it.

After he has convinced he had not in fact sleep-stolen the melody Paul wrote the words to the song. This process took quite some time and for a while the song was referred to as “Scrambled Eggs”. The band decided that the song worked better with a single-word title and McCartney eventually came up with “Yesterday”. When they recorded the song, Paul played the guitar and sang the vocals alone. The song was one of The Beatles hits and to think it all started with a dream.

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Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

 

Musicians’ Amazing Acts of Dedication

Posted by Nadine Segal • June 18, 2013 at 02:01 PM

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There are some musical performers that are so dedicated to their performances they will suffer through almost anything to deliver the show they want. When writing about the story of “Through the Wire” by Kanye West I was truly amazed to discover that he recorded the song with his jaw wired shut. This got me to thinking about other musicians who are so dedicated to their music that they preform even when injured.

Keith Emerson, a pianist and composer was best known for his crazy stage performances including playing the piano as it flew around the stage, with pyrotechnics going off. As you may imagine playing a flying piano is very risky business. Emerson confirmed that when once the spinning piano broke his nose, but Keith is a dedicated musician so he just kept on playing as blood got all over the keys. Emerson was injured many times during performances.

Lady Gaga was in the middle of a performance in Barcelona last year when she was feeling a bit under the weather. She vomited on stage in the middle of a song. She and her dancers continued on with the performance as if nothing had happened. Other famous pop stars who have puked during a show and kept performing are Rihanna and Justin Bieber.

Lady Gaga

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Maybe Lady Gaga should think about being more careful on stage, she was also hit in the head with a pole during a performance last year. She suffered a concussion but once again finished the show after leaving the stage briefly.

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Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.