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Lego House – Ed Sheeran @ The BRIT Awards

2 Mar

I have to confess… I didn’t actually fully watch the BRIT Awards this year. I was too busy watching football. However, at half time I did flick channels just to see how everyone was getting on and was pleasantly surprised by a juxtaposition of the two worlds; Cesc Fabregas presenting an award (for absolutely no apparent reason). One of the night’s big winners was Ed Sheeran and he capped it all off with what I thought was the night’s best performance.

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The One That Got Away (Acoustic) – Katy Perry & Jon Brian

19 Jan

This newly released TOTGA cover is notable for a few reasons and as I’m tired I’m going to list these numerically (because sometimes, maths is useful.):

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Mrs Winchester – Dog Ears

16 Jan

Don’t we love songs with stories? They always add to the song’s overall narrative and add an extra edge. Today is such a day when you find another one of those songs after the jump. Continue reading

10 Things I Love About Pop

7 Jan
KP, LMFAO and RiRi: 2011, it's like we never left 'ye.

KP, LMFAO and RiRi: 2011, it’s like we never left ‘ye.

Welcome to 10 Things I Love About Pop: 2012! Or, 10 Things I Loved About Pop In The Year The World Was Supposed To End. Whatever works for you. Let’s have some good news anyway, shall we? Michael and Jonah have both returned to the blog: Good for fans of Drake and indie bands respectively (more news from them later) and great news for Henry’s energy levels. There’s only so many unreleased Katy Perry demos one can write about. So let’s head into another year of pop music, head’s high and smiling. It’s as glossy and slightly disconcerting as ever and we’re going to have a lot of fun analyzing it. Enjoy:

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The Year In: Underdog Anthems

28 Dec

Losers Like Them: GaGa, P!nk, Taylor and Glee.

If there were ever a year to be an outcast, 2011 was that year. I’m not being cynical about it because society can be pretty isolating and if people can find support through music, so be it. Of the year’s biggest themes in popular music (dubstep and underdogs), the anthems that heralded the misfits and anyone that the majority deems different were surprisingly heartening. There are far worse trends (homophobia, misogyny) that artists have exploited in the past. At least this one spreads a freakin’ good message. So we’ve rounded up the top 5 most notable examples of artists singing, ‘hey, just because you think stamp-collecting while drinking hedgehog blood is the bee’s knees doesn’t mean you’re weird. In fact, you’re all the better for it.’ Unsurprisingly, every single choice on this list has been featured on Glee (Edit: Taylor’s Mean totally hasn’t). That may make people roll their eyes, but it makes me want to give the show a massive hug and make it cookies. There is however, a problem with these anthems as they tend to convey a broadbrush message completely devoid of subtlety. But that’s another post entirely. Please also note that I am currently tired from an excess of eating, unwrapping and sellotape-induced injuries. I have already misspelt ‘underdog’ as ‘undergod’ twice which would give this article a much different, more worrying undercurrent. Bear with me:

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The Can You Hear This Countdown: Album of the Year

21 Dec

Picture Perfect: 2011’s best (according to Henry, Michael, Jonah and Bal) albums

Ho, ho, ho. Welcome to the second installment of the Can You Hear This Countdown (we’re going to work on a better name for next year but as I am editing this at 2:00 am that’s what you’re getting- Merry Christmas.) We’re moving on from single of the year to album of the year now. Since I started writing for Can You Hear This, I’ve noticed how much more I listen to albums as a whole. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with just listening to singles (hell, most of my favourite artists are probably classified as singles artists) but when you hear 10 or so tracks back to back, it can lend individual songs more coherency. Of course, it can also make something seem even more incongruous but I crave context. And in 2011, albums like 4 and Take Care only really come into their own when heard as a whole. So there you go, my new years resolution: Listen to more albums. I’m a man of ambition, you can see. Final installment’s on Friday (Friday, Friday.)

The Can You Hear This Countdown: Single of the Year

19 Dec

At Christmas we get two of the greatest things in life: End-of-year lists and snowglobes. Now, we wanted to focus on one of these things and thought it would probably be easiest to feature the former. Behold, the first of the Can You Hear This Countdown (catchy, I know). We’ve compiled a list of our favourite singles, albums and artists of the year for our readers’ pleasure. First up, which singles we loved this year. Check back this week for the next two additions. Disclaimer: no end-of-year list is definitive. That is to say, none of us at Can You Hear This has listened to every single second of music that has been released via a record label, YouTube or Myspace. These are our personal choices, chosen from what we actually have listened to, that we feel will define 2011 for us. And even then, I use ‘define’ briefly. No three minutes of music is going to describe an entire year in anyone’s life. So there you go. I’m setting out with the knowledge that this project is going to fail but that doesn’t really matter, embrace the uncertainty. Someone’s been reading their Beckett.

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Cold Shoulder – Adele

15 Dec

I hate to rain on Adele’s parade but I really do prefer her first album. I’ve said this before but there’s a raw quality that is missing from the finesse of 21. That’s not a negative remark on her sophomore effort- it’s just what floats my particular boat. It’s nowhere more evident than it is here on Cold Shoulder. So Bluesy:

There’s a live rendition after the jump (normally Adele’s live performances are worth jumping for):

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10 Things I Love About Pop: Week 8

3 Dec

Pink Ladies: GaGa, Nicki and KP.

Don’t hate me because this is a short post, let your eyes thank me for all the reading I saved them! Brevity is all:

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Along The Way – The Honorary Title

7 Nov

If you remember Friday, I wrote about the musical gifts Greek gave me. Continuing with this theme, I’ve written about a song from the show. Continue reading