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“It don’t have to change” (especially when it sounds this good)

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I just have to say it: I love Julia Nunes.

She’s got everything a good musician, in my humble opinion, should have: a killer voice, a fun personality that makes you want to become her bff, and a down-to-earth spirit.

Her videos vary from quirky covers, to soulful ballads (like the cover below) and her approach to music is where the industry is heading. In a January article from The Stranger, Paul Constant sums this up nicely, “Nunes is part of a generation of musicians who make their own media and personally cultivate adoring fan bases online. Their DIY approach refutes the impersonal megastar tactics the record labels have lived on for decades.”

Nunes sells out shows up and down the east coast when she’s touring, she’s played shows with Ben Folds and is set to perform at this year’s Bonnaroo.

Her most recent video is “It don’t have to change” originally by John Legend. It’s a little more “serious” than the majority of her videos, but the performance is consistent with her unique personality.

For some fun and funky videos, I suggest checking out the following covers:
Jesus Walks” by Kanye West, “Her Majesty” by The Beatles, “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child.

Want more Julia?

You can download Julia’s EP on iTunes, follow her on Twitter, and visit her website here.

Written by meghankathleen

May 5, 2010 at 3:51 pm

All your favorite TV theme songs in one video

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TV theme songs are so fun. They’re quirky, catchy and remind you that it’s time to sit down after a long day and enjoy some laughs and entertainment. When your favorite show isn’t on, have no fear, Fredde Gredde of Switzerland has made a compilation that is sure to hit your favorite TV show nostalgia nerve.

Despite the fact that Fredde states outright on his bio, “Sorry that I can’t upload videos more often, it just takes too much time, and time is money you know!” this is definitely a situation of quality versus quantity. For some fantastic covers, check out the TV Theme Medley video (below) and the 32 Songs in 8 Minutes video. For originals, see The Wayfarer and Beside Me.

As always, if you like what you see, feel free to subscribe to Fredde’s YouTube channel, Freddie25.  Download the full MP3 here.

TV Medley (full list of theme songs below video).

0:01 Two and a Half Men
0:22 The Simpsons
0:36 O.C
1:00 Naruto
1:11 Family Guy
1:41 Married with Children
1:57 Cheers
2:16 That 70′s Show
2:41 Big Love
2:58 Freaks and Geeks
3:18 Malcolm in the Middle
3:35 X-Files
3:55 Firefly
4:09 The Office
4:24 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
4:44 Scrubs
4:54 True Blood
5:27 Charles in Charge
5:38 The Big Bang Theory
5:55 How I Met Your Mother
6:05 Mission Impossible
6:14 Friends

Written by meghankathleen

March 30, 2010 at 11:37 am

A “Hey Soul Sister” cover always looks better in a Red Beanie

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“I do not know HOW to sing. I think I can adequately hold a note but I do not have any skills or techniques used by professionals,” claims Chris Holmes of Red Beanie Music.

But 551,587+ people (total video upload views) beg to differ.

Her music isn’t glitzy or glamorous, but with videos that cover anyone from Paramore to Corinne Bailey Rae, Chris Holmes proves herself wrong- she does know how to sing.

Check out her cover of “Hey Soul Sister” by Train– an impressive cover for someone who doesn’t know how to sing.

If you like what you hear, check out the rest of Chris’s YouTube videos and visit her MySpace page, which has a few original overs. I particularly really like “What it Means to Hold a Hand”

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March 24, 2010 at 10:25 am

How sweet is a sweet pea? I bet Amos Lee knows.

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I like to call Amos Lee a “small artist with big reach.” He’s a singer songwriter who’s music and shows have gained widespread exposure because of his talent, not his Hollywood antics, like some other singer songwriters out there (I’m looking at you, John Mayer).

Many people will recognize Amos Lee’s “Sweet Pea” from AT&T’s cell phone coverage commercial, but he’s been on the scene since 2005 and his music has been featured on hit TV shows like House and Grey’s Anatomy and he’s performed at notable music festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits. Having had the pleasure to produce a show with Amos Lee in 2007, I’ve seen first hand that his personality is just as genuine as his music.

Now that you know Amos Lee, let me introduce you to Nick and NJ from Pacific Union College. While they’ve only got a few videos on YouTube, what they lack in quantity is certainly made up in quality.

What is great about their cover of Amos Lee’s “Sweet Pea” is the amount of energy, soulful harmonies and personality that bursts throughout the video. Take a look for yourself and if you like what you hear, don’t forget to subscribe or rate their video. They’ve also got two original tracks up on MySpace worth checking out.

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March 15, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Gabe Bondoc: For some musicians, there’s only one shot

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Sometimes in life, you only have one shot to get it right (or as close to right as possible).

Musician Gabe Bondoc gets his one shot every time he records a video for YouTube. On his channel, he does “OTS” or One Take Sessions where he records a video only once. Some videos have mistakes, some don’t, but they get uploaded as-is. He’s got a variety of videos on his channel ranging classic covers (Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror”) to silly originals (“Twitter Song”).

What I love about Gabe and his music is that it’s very, very genuine. He doesn’t beg people to subcribe, comment and rate his videos- rather, he exudes a general excitement about sharing his music with the world.

Check out his cover of John Mayer’s “Neon” below, and if you’re in the mood for something silly and fun, check out his “Twitter Song” below that.

If you like what you hear, subscribe to his YouTube channel, follow him on Twitter, and listen to some of his more polished tracks on MySpace.

Cover- John Mayer “Neon”

Original song- “Twitter Song”

Written by meghankathleen

March 10, 2010 at 2:57 pm

“Oh Vienna” your sounds are smooth like the rain

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It’s a rainy day here in D.C. and Joel Bickford’s cover of Passion’s “Oh Vienna” is the perfect song to set the tone for a day like today.

Joel hails from Davenport, Iowa and has a Jazz-y-Blues-Folk-Pop sound, also known as “musical deliciousness.”

From what I can tell, Joel is just breaking into the music scene, but he’s doing it with with a big amount of talent.

Watch his cover of “Oh Vienna” below and for the rest of his videos, visit TheJoelBickford YouTube page.

Keep up with Joel on Twitter, become a fan of his music on Facebook and check out his recent jams on MySpace (and tell your friends about him!)

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March 3, 2010 at 7:27 pm

I’ve never heard a more refreshing, “Hello”

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There’s something so distinctive about Gloria Lee’s voice- it’s, pure, refreshing and just plain fun. Annnnd she reminds me of Zee Avi, someone who went from YouTube to Monotone/Brushfire Records (Jack Johnson, ALO, the White Stripes…). My fingers are crossed that Gloria Lee gets the same kind of recognition some day.

Besides her distinctive vocal style, Gloria spices up her songs and covers by recoring multiple harmonies and mixes in some creative edits to her videos. I really can’t say enough good things about Gloria, so I’ll let her video do the talking.

Sit back, relax, and watch “Hello”- an original by Gloria Lee (if you like what you hear, download the MP3 for free here).

Watch the rest of Gloria’s videos on her YouTube channel.

Written by meghankathleen

February 22, 2010 at 12:00 am

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