Thursday, September 24, 2009

YiR'09: The Blog's Musical Review, Part 4.

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE
BY A GROUP OR DUO.



"QUIMICAMENTE MEJORADO" 
Performed and Produced by Poolpo.
From the EP "Octopus" (DR, 2009)


Runnerups: "I Gotta Feeling" by Black Eyed Peas; "Funny The 
Way It Is" by Dave Matthwes Band; "Decode" by Paramore.

BEST FEMALE VOCAL PERFORMANCE



"JUST DANCE"
Performed by Lady Gaga featuring Colby 
O'Donnis and Akon. Produced by RedOne.
From the Album "The Fame" (USA, 2008)

Runnerups: "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It!)" by Beyoncé; 
"Sober" by P!nk; "Womanizer" by Britney Spears.

BEST MALE VOCAL PERFORMANCE



"VUELVO"
Performed by Beto Cuevas. Produced by 
Steve Toushar and Aureo Baqueiro.
From the Album "Miedo Escénico" (Chile, 2008).


Runnerups: "I Know You Want Me (Calle 8)" by Pitbull; "Mala Persona" by 
Nélson Poket; "Si No Fuera Por Tí" by Enrique Bunbury; and "Tú Versus Yo" by Juango Dávalos.

DOMINICAN POP/ROCK
SINGLE OF THE YEAR




"TU VERSUS YO"
Performed and produced by Juango Dávalos.
From the EP "Un Niño Antiguo" (DR, 2009).

Runnerups: "Químicamente Mejorado" by Poolpo; "Mala Persona" by 
Nélson Poket; "El Blues del Ping Pong" by Rita Indiana y Los Misterios.

2009 SONG OF THE YEAR



"JUST DANCE"
Performed by Lady Gaga featuring Colby 
O'Donnis and Akon. Produced by RedOne.
From the Album "The Fame" (USA, 2008)

Runnerups: "I Gotta Feeling" by Black Eyed Peas; "Single 
Ladies (Put a Ring on It!)" by Beyoncé; and "Womanizer" by Britney Spears.

Tomorrow we'll have a special post for this year's Legends Award recipient: Nine Inch Nails, as well as the conclusion of the review with the awards for Male and Female Artist of the Year, Best Group or Duo, Breakthrough Artist and 2009 Artist of the Year.

Ehl.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

YiR'09: The Blog's Musical Review, Part 3.

Vocal performances are judged separetely in this review from artistic efforts for a very distinct reason: Sometimes an artist can score that one song in a year a hit it big time, whereas another artist can solidify its fame further than that one hit, his efforts went well beyond that combining artistic innovation, sales, touring, the works. But that doesn't mean that a song, by not having the same exposure, looses its beauty, so thats why we hit it separately. Just like a really sucky song can have a great video, same premise works here.

That said, we kick of the Vocal Performances Categories (Songs):

BEST ALTERNATIVE
MUSIC PERFORMANCE








"TU VERSUS YO" PERFORMED AND 
PRODUCED BY JUANGO DAVALOS

From the EP "Un Niño Antiguo" (DR, 2009)
Runnerups: "Happy Up Here" by Royksopp; "El Blues del Ping Pong"by Rita Indiana 
y Los Misterios; "Si No Fuera por Tí" by Enrique Bunbury and "Electromovimiento" by Calle 13.

Juango Dávalos is one of the best kept secrets our country has to offer the market right now. His debut single, "Té Versus Yo" has been Number 1 in all pop-rock radio stations in Santo Domingo, based on catchy vintage tunes, melodic vocals and great effects on a very well achieved album. One can only imagine this product placed under the right hands where top would be for this promising new dominican solo artist. The other noteworthy song in the runnerups post, is probably dominican gazelle Rita Indiana and her band "Los Misterios", composed of well known rockers, that are experimenting with the music arround them, namely, street mambo. Rita's most important contribution, if any, has been bringing a new crowd of listeners to her concerts and present them with a brand new sound and melodies very attipical for what the crowds in Cinema Cafe or Quintana are used to, and that is probably as award-worthy than anyone else here.

BEST URBAN MUSIC PERFORMANCE




"RIGHT ROUND" PERFORMED BY FLO RIDA
PRODUCED BY DR. LUKE
From the Album : "R. O. O. T. S." (USA, 2009)
Runnerups: "I Know You Want Me (Calle 8)" by Pitbull; 
"Electromovimiento" by Calle 13; "We Made You" by Eminem;

Even over the pop sensation "I Know You Want Me" by Pitbull, Flo Rida's rendition of Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" excells by literally remaking the sucess of the original song, and vilelly I dare say, overcomes it. No, Flo's version will not be an instant classic, but boy is it good on the dance floor!

BEST ROCK MUSIC PERFORMANCE




"QUIMICAMENTE MEJORADO" PERFORMED BY POOLPO
PRODUCED BY POOLPO
From the EP "Octopus" (DR, 2009)
Runnerups: "Funny The Way It Is" by Dave Matthews Band;
"Wrong" by Depeche Mode; "For What It's Worth" by Placebo.

The sound and the energy that oozes from this single, the last from the "Octopus" EP that featured singles like "Hacia el Final del Arcoiris" and last years nominee for Best Dominican Rock Single, "Popular", rock though all six songs of the ep. It still amazes me how low key dominican talent is kept, with so much of it growing everywhere. The single has a video directed by Jean Gabriel Guerra, not exactly a masterpiece but delivers in showing the strong, sound blasting performance that the band brings to every live show they're in.


BEST POP MUSIC PERFORMANCE





"JUST DANCE" PERFORMED BY LADY GAGA 
FEATURING COLBY O'DONNIS AND AKON

PRODUCED BY RedOne
From the Album: "The Fame" (USA, 2009).
Runnerups: "Vuelvo" by Beto Cuevas; "Single Ladies (Put a 
Ring on It)" by Beyoncé; "Womanizer" by Britney Spears.


Most definetly one success story for the ages. "The Fame" has been out since late 2007, but Lady Gaga didn't really come into our televisions until well into late 2008 when her song "Just Dance" rumbled through every chart possible, even becoming 2009's first Number 1 Song in Billboard Magazine's Top 100. And more so, the re-issuing of "The Fame" saw the rebirth of singles like "Poker Face", "LoveGame" and "Paparazzi", this last one a tribute to said professionals and the media in general. Britney made her comeback, but we were busy Just Dancing.

Tomorrow we round up the Recording catergories with Best Male, Female and Group Vocal Performances, and 2009 Song of the Year.

Ehl.


If this is a scam...

... I'm ging to get really, really mad. I was sent this on an email chain, for whatever reason I opened it (I don't open chains) and I don't know, it's the first email since I got my first chain letter back in 2000 that actually touched me, so here goes!


Christian the Lion - The funniest home videos are here

Ehl.

El Dominicano y la Bocina



Una de las mañas del dominicano que más me irritan es la necesidad que tienen de, por cualquier motivo, sonar la bocina del vehículo. Pareciera que la primera clase al momento de prestarse a abordar un vehículo por primera vez sería algo así como: "No importa lo que pase, no importa lo que pienses, toca la bocina".

Y mientras más veces mejor.

Resulta increíble que el cuento aquel de los tres colores del semáforo pudo haber tenido su orígen en Dominicana, lo creo hoy más que nunca: "Rojo Pase, Amarillo Acelere y Verde Bocina". Y lo peor de todo es que tenemos choferes que predicen el futuro también... Si el semáforo está en rojo, todos empiezan a tocar la bocina como quien cree que al momento de tocarla, se pondrá verde más rápido. Tambien choferes impacientes: Pues si el semáforo tiene reloj, a los 3 segundos ya están tocando bocina como quién dice "vaya saliendo que ya no importa ya casi está verde".

Y en los tapones? Me resulta exasperante cuando estoy en un embotellamiento en (Nombre su calle capitalina preferida aquí) entre 7 y 8 AM, y luego de 5 a 7 PM (Sin nombre el break de las doce porque almuerzo en mi trabajo) y fíjese usted que el hecho de estar parados es ya motivo de tocar bocina. A ver si haciendo eso se mueve el tráfico....

De pol dió sean pacientes!!!


Será que estoy en un proceso de mi vida en el cual debo pasar pro este tipo de pruebas? O a lo mejor soy yo el raro y es que así es como deben ser las cosas? Sí defintivamente debe ser eso, porque no entiendo como sólo soy yo entre 2 millones de personas en la ciudad que he notado esto...

Es por esto, entre otras cosas, que cada día me convenso más de que mi futuro está en residir en la comodidad de un pueblito desconocido y comprarme una jock para trasladarme, como a sus quince Emilkis lo quizo. Ella tenía razón.


Ehl.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

YiR'09: The Blog's Musical Review, Part 2.

So keeping up with the 2009 Review, up next is are the categories for Best Video from a Group or Duo, Best Female/Male Videos, Outstanding Direction and 2009 Video of the Year.

BEST VIDEO FROM A GROUP OR DUO


"WRONG" PERFORMED BY DEPECHE MODE
Directed by Patrick Daughters (UK, 2009)
Runnerups: "Happy Up Here" by Royksopp; "For What It's Worth"
by Placebo; "La Fila del Cine" by Auro y CLEMT.

So Depeche Mode's video for "Wrong" was stricking, we got that. But the real power behind the amazing directing of Patrick Daughters is the focus outside the band for the visuals of this video, placing the Basildon trio in the backseat of sorts for this one, and yet the video plays out wonderfully with the band getting its cameo during the intermediate part of the recording.

BEST MALE VIDEO





"VUELVO" PERFORMED BY BETO CUEVAS
Directed by Alberto Cuevas Olmedo
Runnerups: "El Hombre Delgado..." by Enrique Bunbury; "I Know You 
Want Me" by Pitbull"; "Dime Si Lo Ves" by Pavel Núñez.

El minifilm de Beto Cuevas sale del primer sencillo de su debut como solista. El sonido, muy parecido a los últimos trabajos de La Ley, suena muy diferente a al resto del disco que tiene un tono mas pausado que este sencillo. No obstante el mismo cuenta con buena energía y, en mi opinión, cuenta ocn el tono comercial necesario para quedarse en la memoria de la gente. El video cuenta con una buena dirección artistica y en defintiv cuenta con una estética bastante bien cuidada.

BEST FEMALE VIDEO


"WOMANIZER" PERFORMED BY BRITNEY SPEARS
Directed by Joseph Kahn (USA, 2008).
Runnerups: "Single Ladies" by Beyonce; "The Fear" by 
Lily Allen;  "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga; "Sober" by P!nk.

The stetics of the video show it high above the rest of the competition. Britney, or more so her father, has a very clear idea of the tunes of her songs and how the ideas should pan out on video. Given that Britney isn't in her best, we'll credit her crew for a very well defined storyboard, very complex scenes and a killer coreographer.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION
IN A MUSIC VIDEO

REUBEN SUTHERLAND FOR "HAPPY UP HERE"
AS PERFORMED BY ROYKSOPP (NORWAY, 2009)
Runnerups: Tabaré Blanchard for "La Fila del Cine"; Patrick Daughters 
for "Wrong"; and Edouard Sallier for "El Hombre Delgado...".

The principal achivement in the video for "Happy Up Here", besides the concept, is the fact that it mixes very well live action scenes, CGI and excellent cinematography to achieve a well thought idea that would have been an absoute dissaster if only on paper. However, the end result shows a very detail-oriented effort to produce an excelent tribute to a vintage video game, while providing graphics to a great tune by the norwegan duo.

2009 VIDEO OF THE YEAR

"WRONG" PERFORMED BY DEPECHE MODE
DIRECTED BY PATRICK DAUGHTERS (UK, 2009)
FROM THE ALBUM "SOUNDS OF THE UNIVERSE"
Runnerups: "Dime Si Lo Ves" by Pavel Núñez; "Happy Up Here" by Royksopp;
"La Fila Del Cine" by Auro y CLEMT; and "El Hombre Delgado..." by Enrique Bunbury.

Its hard to choose between the two front runners, Wrong (The Winner) and Happy Up Here, as both videos have been well achieved products, however, the edgier, more original concept developed throughout Wrong, brings to mind Depeche Mode's contributions to the development of videos in time. The innovative elements and the raw images that depict a man in his tragic final 4 minutes, goes to show that even in death, art can be found.

Tomorrow I'll be reviewing the Recording Categories, with Alternative Urban, Pop, and Rock Music Performance Awards.

Ehl.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Year in Rock 2009: The Blogs Musical Review

Like every year, I take a look back at the music world and how things have been since last year. As you might remember, last Year I reviewed Kathy Perry and her song "I Kissed a Girl" as Artist and Song of the Year, for obvious reasons; for not so obvious reasons Adele's "Chasing Pavements" was honored Video of the Year. This year the choice wasn't as easy, but here goes...

As usual, we'll tear the review in three parts: Reviews for Artist, Audio Recordings and Videos. Starting with the technical side of the Video category.

OUTSTANDING SPECIAL FX
IN A MUSIC VIDEO



"HAPPY UP HERE" - ROYKSOPP
DIRECTED BY REUBEN SUTHERLAND (Norway, 2009)
Runnerups: "New Divide" by Linking Park; "La Fila del Cine" by Auro y CLEMT.

Definetly the easiest pic out the the whole pac. The video for the norwegan duo was directed by Reuben Sutherland and it is inspired in a real life "Space Invaders" game. I haven't seen a better video this year and this is definetly one of the Best Videos of all time, hands down. Im amazed at how MTV completely overlooked it... amazing.

 OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY
IN A MUSIC VIDEO



"WRONG" BY DEPECHE MODE
DIRECTED BY PATRICK DAUGHTERS (UK, 2009)
Runnerups: "El Hombre Delgado..." by Enrique Bunbury; "La Fila del Cine" 
by Auro y CLEMT; "For What It's Worth" by Placebo

The other masterpiece of this years video development was definetly Depeche Mode's first single for their album "Sounds of the Universe", a powerfull song full of thing you've probably heard of in your lifetime. The video itself is a very bizarre story of a very cruel way to day... and yet it has been masterfully depicted by director Patrick Daughters (Who directed last year's Best Female Video "1234" performed by Feist) and definetly delivered a powerfull story with powerfull, raw images. Other efforts by Edouard Sallier and Howard Greenhalg, with amazing shots as well, but in my opinion Mr. Daughters effort was above par.

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC VIDEO



"EL HOMBRE DELGADO QUE NO FLAQUEARA JAMAS" BY ENRIQUE BUNBURY
DIRECTED BY EDUARD SALLIER (SPAIN, 2008)
Runnerup: "Electromovimiento" by Calle 13

The video for Hellville Deluxe's first single is kind of a tricky thing to judge as the song itself came out a month before the record, and two before the video was actually recorded in a Las Vegas desert, the concept is in itself very experimental, as is Enrique's new twist on his sound, more oriented by 50's rock n roll than ever, more straightforward sound than before. The effort in itself for alternative music is very ambitious, very well finished and the art direction is as well very well handled. The inspiration for the video, if you didn't notice, was the Tarantino-esque gore films of the '70s.

BEST URBAN MUSIC VIDEO




"I KNOW YOU WANT ME (CALLE 8)" BY PITBULL
(USA, 2009)
Runnerup: "Electromovimiento" by Calle 13; "Abusadora" by Wisin y Yandel.

So you know when you have this tune that you just can't get out of your head, for like forever and then someone comes and does a remix or whatever and then you get it back into your system? Well, thats the same thing that happens with Pitbull's "I Know You Want Me". Definetly the club hit of 2009 and the video, without beign pretentious, get the job done.

BEST POP MUSIC VIDEO


"WOMANIZER" BY BRITNEY SPEARS
DIRECTED BY JOSEPH KAHN (USA, 2008)
Runnerups: "Dime si lo ves" by Pavel Núñez; "Single Ladies" by Beyonce; and "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga.

I mean, give a chance to Britbrit, she did her best the first time arround, MTV made tons of money off her, the gave her all those VMAs for that sucky photoshopped video, but this? This is definetly Britney Spears comeback album and the song, her first No. 1 single since "Baby One More Time" and it should. The video, a Nokia advert, is definetly one of the greatest in her storied carreer and lets hope she keeps them coming. Joseph Kahn, who has directed several Spears video nailed on this one yet again and with flying colors.

BEST ROCK VIDEO



"FOR WHAT ITS WORTH" BY PLACEBO
DIRECTED BY HOWARD GREENHALG (UK, 2009)
Runnerups: "New Divide" by Linking Park; "Wrong" by Depeche Mode; "La Fila del Cine" by Auro y CLEMT.

The first single off Placebo's sixth studio album is definetly one of the best rock songs this far into 2009, a great comeback and the video shows the new energy behind the effort of the great britsh rock band. Truth be told, Placebo has been a victim of the pop frenzy that this year has brought upon us... with classic masterpieces such as "Watagatapitusberry", yes indeed. The video itself is inspired by the tabs we tend to put on ourselves as well as the ones everybody else imposes in us throughout a lifetime of trying to live life. Amazing images and amazing song-to-video translation, while preserving the spirit of Placebo somewhere in between.

Tomorrow we'll be publishing the review's choices for Video of the Year, Best Male, Female and Group Video.

Ehl.


Saturday, September 19, 2009

O Sea!!

La composición social dominicana en los últimos años ha cambiaod mucho de lo que era antes. O no sé si el que ha cambiado sea yo y no me esté dando cuenta de eso...

A propósito de la série de TV que lleva el nombre de este post y que se trasmite por Antena Latina, en la tarde de hoy, mientras mi amigo Carloe, mi amigo George y yo disfrutábamos de un rico baño en la piscina de un exclusivo club en la periferia de la Ciudad, o mejor dicho de la Provincia, nos sucedió algo traido de las páginas de un scrip de "O Sea!" que en breve prepararé para la serie y enviaré a Antena Latina con un 911-PRODUCE ASAP alante en letras rojo chino 15.

Resulta que estamos muy tranquilos conversando de diferentes temas en el marco de la celebración oficial del "Sábado de Menores" (Búsquelo en Twitter) cuando nuestro moso nos indica que unas menores que estaban al lado nuestro finalmente se habían ido, que lo tenían al garete y que hay gente creída en el mundo. Habiendose retirado nuestro Julián en busca de las Piña Coladas perdidas, pues hablamos del tem pues notamos su presencia cuando nosotros llegamos y a mí lo único que me llegó a la mente fué el coro del chiste en Twitter de las dos jevitas "O Sea!" en el Lago Enriquillo y el Lacoste Original. No le dimos más importancia al asunto hasta que llegaron las piñitas y más atrás, las menores, que habiendo regresado de donde estaban, vinieron a bañarse en la piscina.

Todo muy bien, hasta que Carloe hizo de las suyas.... En una vió un objetivo, y en su afán de caerle atrás a como de lugar se tiró en la piscina cometiendo el MALDECIDO PECADO CAPITAL DE.... mojar una de las niñas.

Pa'qué fué eso señores... Esas muchachitas estaban como que era green slime que les habían echado en vez de agua y no les voy a contar la de improperios que dijeron por la astronómica suma de RD$400 pesos que pagaron para que les secaran el pelo en su salón.

Ahora, respetando su derecho a exigir, mi pregunta es la siguiente, si usted acaba de ir al salón: PARA QUE CARAJOS SE METE AL AGUA? O mejor aún, si fué al salón, para qué va a la piscina?

Yo no entendí y agradeceré si alguien se atreve a explicarme por favor.

Bien lo dijo Don Quijote: "Cosas veredes Sancho, cosas veredes".

Ehl.

Thursday, September 17, 2009