Monday, July 13, 2015

Music Videos That Are Fun to Watch

Three Music Videos

This blog has been an absolute failure in recent weeks with no posts since May 27. Oh well, hopefully things will change as I have now decided to post some interesting, hopefully new YouTube videos that I have recently found.

To kick this off, I offer 3 new music videos from YouTube that I have found for your viewing and listening pleasure. In no particular order here they are:

"I Want You - I Want You Now"
 by Kevin McKnelly




Kevin McKnelly is probably best known for his song that was included on the Once Bitten movie soundtrack, "You're On My Mind" which came out in 1985.

In what is billed as his first music video McKnelly is back as "the world's oldest rapper" with " I Want You - I Want You Now". The track prominently features his 91-year-old father in a walker surrounded by 4 young dancing women. McKnelly also appears on the dance oriented track rapping about Imelda Marcos, shoes, happiness and consumerism. The song is lighthearted fun.

"Dumb" by The Heydaze



I know nothing about The Heydaze, but apparently they are relatively new and more than likely fit into the often maligned "boy band" mold. However they are not a vocal group and by the looks of this video, they actually play instruments.

"Dumb" is a catchy tune that could use more airplay to become a bonafide top 40 hit. The video is interesting enough to keep me watching as the group members get pelted with a variety of substances by an attractive young woman. Not exactly groundbreaking but like the previous video, "fun"!

"Nippon Manju" by Ladybaby


Speaking of fun, the new video by Ladybaby actually made me laugh the first time I saw it. This track was released last week and it already has close to a million hits if not so already. The song has elements of sugar-sweet J-Pop mixed with growling heavy metal.

The unlikely mix of music styles is attributed to Australian heavy metal singer and pro wrestler Richard Magarey who goes by the persona "Ladybeard". He's immediately identifiable by wearing a dress like his two teenaged counterparts Rie Kaneko​ and Rei Kuromiya​ who provide the sweet female voices opposite of his grungy guitar backed growls.

As unlikely as the music mix is, the video is quite a novel fun romp promoting Japanese consumerism. It is also the first video that I noticed that makes extensive use of cameras mounted on selfie sticks.




Wednesday, May 27, 2015

"Another Man" is This Week's #1 Song



"Itch" is the name singer Jonny "Itch" Fox goes by these days. He is a British music artist who was once the lead singer in a ukelele punk band called The King Blues. He went solo in 2012 and released his first album in 2014 called The Deep End. His most well known song is "Another Man" featuring Megan Joy on vocals. The track has yet to chart in America and was featured as a free iTunes track in April 2015. "Another Man" did chart twice in Australia in 2014.

The song is a throwback to the late 50s/early 60s do-wop style. The video is a features a brilliant use of color and black and white computer generation to illustrate the song's point. Megan Joy's vocals are a little overpowering but definitely delivers the charm to this song.

The song is the current #1 track on Mel's Weekly Top 20 Chart which makes a comeback to this blog page as of this posting.

The Weekly Top 20 Chart now shows up on its own page within this blog (with a later update planned for the original chart page) using Google Docs as the database back end. The chart has not been regularly published since September 2014 as other obligations by the publisher was more pressing.

However chart data has been kept in an offline database on a weekly basis.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Honokaa Jazz Band at Ala Moana Centerstage


Honokaa Jazz Band

The Honokaa Jazz Band made its debut public performance at the recently renovated Ala Moana Centerstage venue yesterday (April 16) to a crowd that was treated to a variety of jazz, blues and R&B standards. The band with more than 30 members are currently touring Oahu and playing at a number of venues this weekend. The Ala Moana Shopping Center concert was the first of several.

The band has a long established reputation of creating memorable performances with a wide range of musical styles, mostly focused on the jazz genre. The band is led by Mr. Gary Washburn who has been a music instructor at Honokaa High and Intermediate School for many years. The Honokaa Jazz Band won a special Grammy Award in 2011 for “its unique and outstanding band program.”

Honokaa Jazz Band will be performing in Waikiki tomorrow starting at 5:00 pm at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center.



More Photos at Flickr.com

Monday, April 13, 2015

Bryan Lanning - This Is Home



So I been watching this Vlog series for a couple of months now - DAILY BUMPS - with Bryan, Missy, Ollie and Karma.... a family somewhere in the U.S. (don't exactly know which state).... they share a daily video of whatever happens in their family's life of about 15 minutes each day. The videos are tightly edited that gives the viewer a snapshot of "this is what happened today". They're quite an entertaining family as you get to see what is happening on their daily grind.

For a while I had no idea what Bryan or Missy do for a living besides making video blogs.

Bryan is a musician and he recently released his debut single called "This is Home". The song is available for purchase at the usual places... iTunes, Amazon, Google. Check the video out. It's a good contemporary, family-friendly single that is radio friendly to a number of formats including AC, Country and perhaps even Contemporary Christian.

Daily Bumps YouTube Channel

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Lynda Kay - I Put a Spell on You



I've liked the few Lynda Kay songs I've heard over the years. This one is a cover from 2013 - "I Put a Spell on You" first recorded by "Screamin'" Jay Hawkins back in 1956 - Kay's send up of the track makes it originally her own. Give it a listen, it's a great cover!

She's also got a new song out. "I'll Never Let You Go" streams on her site. Check it out.