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10 Things I Love About Pop: Week 4

5 Nov

GaGa, Klaine, Taylor, Zooey, Zooey Deschanel and a Bieber paternity case: All ingredients for a good week in pop.

As I was away last week, it was a pop-free week at Can You Hear This. Have no fear, we’re back up and running with some prime pop news for your weekend. I hope you’re ready for some heartbreak and Christmas music. And that’s just the first thing I love about pop this week. For the other nine, keep reading!

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10 Things I Love About Pop: Week 2

15 Oct

Welcome to my second column of 10TILAP (here’s last week’s) where I’ll be counting down what’s great, good and pretty gruesome in the world of popular music this week. This week we have: whinging from Matt Cardle! New Radiohead music! And a celebration of my supreme stalking abilities. As my latin teacher once said, ‘you’re only as good as your search engine terms.’ Hope you enjoy!

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Summer Time And The Listening Is Easy: Can You Hear This Writers’ Summer Playlists

3 Aug

From Left: Drake, you’re a firework; Zooey and M Ward in the sun; The Drums go surfing.

At our blog, we experience a seasonal change as music shifts from a calmer spring to the head- rush, soaring pop choruses that symbolise summer music. It’s true that in summer, there’s a tendency for the music industry to churn out ‘up-beat,’ ‘easy-going,’ tracks even more than usual. The Top 40 quickly becomes dominated by pop starlets singing about their varied, sweaty experiences in night-clubs whilst boy bands whine about their summer romances, more Grease and less Sex, Sun and Suspicious Parents. I don’t have a huge problem with this because this decade alone we’ve seen the likes of Umbrella, Jerk It Out and Dance Wiv Me. The problem, like many others, starts with Jennifer Lopez. When her ‘party-people’ infect the chart, they start proclaiming:

‘All I need is some vodka and some coke

And watch, she gon’ get donkey konged.’

This, I think we can all appreciate is a acquired branch of music; a branch anyone who doesn’t use ‘donkey konged’ in normal conversation would find difficult to listen to. With that in mind, we decided to compile some summer playlists that we’d actually want to listen to. And without a single California Gurl in sight.

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How to Say “I Love You” Without the Help of Celine Dion

14 Feb

February 14th has the power to bring out the worst in us. Single and you’re bitter, in a relationship and you can be found wondering in Clinton’s searching for a card without a bear issuing a proclamation of love. But I do not want to take issue with the commercially driven world of Valentine’s day cards, I want to take issue with the commercially driven world of Valentine’s Day music.

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Thieves – She & Him

15 Oct

When darling of independent films, Zooey Deschanel and American singer-songwrite M. Ward announced a collaboration, fans of Almost Famous and the memorable End of Amnesia probably choked on their Vitaminwater and put down their copies of Nylon. Such is the power of a beautiful Hollywood actress with serious independent credentials and an experienced music producer. And yet their debut album, simply named Volume 1 felt a little lackluster. Thankfully tracks like Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? had enough intrigue to stop us immediately returning to our Blake Lively laiden Nylon magazines until their second album. Continuing the theme of inspiring album names, Volume 2 delivers a much more solid sound.

Whereas Volume 1 seemed to have just scratched the surface of a great pairing, Volume 2 delves deeper and provides a richer, more satisfying sound. Earlier in the year, we were charmed by In The Sun. The fresh and gentle song was to California Gurls what Gainsbourg was to Inception. All realeased in the summer, the two formers are subtle, thoughtful contrasts to the latters’ brash heavy-handedness. Zooey charmed us all by living out every (500) Days of Summer watching teenage boys’ fantasy. Here’s the video:

Yup, Rammstein this ain’t. But before you dismiss it as overly twee and bow-laiden, consider some of the lyrics. On Don’t Look Back, Zooey sings:

Orpheus melted the heart of Persephone, but I never had yours
I followed you back to the end of the path, but I never found the door

This is slightly heavier stuff than your average Taylor Swift album. The upcoming single, Thieves is also one of my favourites from the album.

The tune is more elegiac than anything else on the album and Zooey’s soft, mournful voice fits the song perfectly as it accompanies lyrics like:

What’s in my pocket?
You never knew
You didn’t know me well
So well as I knew you

In a music industry concentrated by female acts that have to wear meat dresses*/dress as a nun**/ hang themselves on stage***, it is hopeful that there is still some simple lyrics sans gimmicks that manage to affect the listener without resorting to crude innuendos about ‘lovesticks’ ****

* Lady Gaga

** Lady Gaga

*** Susan Bo Lady Gaga

**** Lady Gaga