Cleveland Music Scene

It’s Thursday… by ClevelandBloggers
April 30, 2010, 3:20 am
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Awwwww mannnnnn……..

At least there’s always music to save us from the boredom while we wait for the Friday that never seems to come! My recent obsession: Ida Maria. This lady is awesome. She’s like 1/3 ska, 1/3 punk, and 1/3 something else that I can’t figure out. Ida Maria has a deep, raspy, chain smoker-esque voice and an “I don’t care” attitude. Sometimes when she shouts, her voice cracks…which adds to the (excuse my French) “bad-ass-ted-ness” of the music.

The majority of Ida Maria’s songs are pretty simple, and really easy to sing along to. Her most popular song is “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked“, off of her latest album, Fortress ’round My Heart. My favorite song from Fortress ’round My Heart is “Stella“. It’s a lot slower than most of the songs on the album. Ida Maria’s songs have been used a few times on TV. Her song “Keep Me Warm” was used in a lotion commercial (woot?) and “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked” was featured in Greys Anatomy and My Life As Liz.

Fortress ’round My Heart is the perfect album for when you’re mad, bored, sad…or just need to move around! If you like Ida Maria, you might like Vampire Weekend, The Hives, The Aquabats, The Bird and the Bee, Blur, Black Kids, Noah and the Whale, The Ting Tings, Regina Spektor, and We Are Scientists <——click the band names to hear music from them! Enjoy, and check out the video for Ida Maria’s song “Oh My God” featuring Iggy Pop!


(P.S.) What was up with the short lunch today? Haha


First it was Vinyl, next Music Videos, and now… DVDs by ClevelandBloggers
April 28, 2010, 5:17 am
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Apparently, the next big step for bands is the DVD. In only a matter of months, Bring Me The Horizon, Escape the Fate, All Time Low, and 3Oh!3 have released, or are preparing to release, DVD diaries.

Bring Me The Horizon’s first DVD to be released by the band is titled Suicide Season Cut Up, basically a deluxe package that comes with the band’s original full track album released in 2008, along with a second album carrying the remixes of the band’s work by eclectic artists such as The Secret Handshake and Travis McCoy. Finally, the third disc included in the package is the DVD, a compilation of live performances as well as four music videos Bring Me The Horizon has released.

To be honest, the DVD wasn’t too incredible of an investment, because the live performances seem to lack audience participation and true exhilaration. The music videos can also be viewed online at any time for free. If you’re a true fan of BMTH, investing in the DVD will in no way lead you to regret, but it is not a commodity if one wants to merely know the band.

Escape the Fate, as of April 27th, has re-released their 2008 album titled This War is Ours. The band has often alluded to the fact that the production of this album was rushed, and that they could (and will) do much better on future records. This promise is kept with the two additional tracks on the album that are fresh to the line-up. And yes, a DVD comes along for the ride in the new Deluxe Edition. It includes the music video for “This War is Ours (The Guillotine Part Two)”, as well as Behind the Scenes Footage and more.

All Time Low has not yet released their DVD (which is set to hit stores May 25th), titled All Time Low: Straight to DVD, but the previews for it seem to ensure that it is not in any way meant for innocent eyes. Nudity, perverted jokes, and all around fun are going to be incorporated in this tour diary, and will most likely leave fans laughing hysterically, while parents shake their heads in the background. But hey, that’s usually means you’ve made the right choice!

3Oh!3 has not yet released their DVD either, but it is set to drop in early May, and is titled Streets of Gold. What I gather from the previews is that it will be a partly fictional tale of the band trying to find inspiration to write their next album. It’s seem funny, entertaining, and a good investment for fans.

Obviously, this DVD movement is not the first of its kind. Bands dating back to when our parents were kids have DVDs all over record stores today, and bands such as AFI, Green Day, and Avenged Sevenfold have released incredible DVD live performances in the past five years. But a sudden spike in DVDs in nearly the same three months? Maybe it’s just a new way for bands to have fun and record companies to promote the music. And I’m not complaining; a good DVD is always perfect accompaniment to a good album!

-Natalie Knipe