Archive for December, 2011

Top 5 Local Songs of 2011

Posted by    |    December 21st, 2011 at 3:39 pm

It’s been a remarkable year of local music for us here at YouPlusDallas; we’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with a variety of talented Dallas/Fort Worth songsters. Here are our Top 5 Local Songs of 2011.

5. Seryn (This Is Where We Are) – “We Will All Be Changed”

Seryn’s vocal harmonies never cease to will listeners into a comatose serenity. A favorite of Paste Magazine and fronted by Dallas Observer Music Awards Best Male Vocalist winner Trenton Wheeler, Seryn’s “We Will All Be Changed” should make you cry tears of emotional ecstasy, and we promise to not judge you. (more…)

House on Holiday Hill

Posted by    |    December 21st, 2011 at 6:00 am

WARNING: Flashing lights, and lots of them.

‘Tis the holiday season; the period for Christmas lights and inflatable yard décor. In this video, a Utah homeowner takes decorating to a whole new level with a musical light show…on a house. I’m thinking this person has too much free time on his or her hands. Timed perfectly to the song rhythm, this yard wins ‘Most Entrancing Of the Season’ with 45,000 lights brightening up the night all Christmas long.

Thanks to this video, I now feel like a total Christmas decoration slacker. Does lighting a Christmas-scented candle count?

Christmas Mobile Mobile

Posted by    |    December 20th, 2011 at 6:00 am

I don’t know about you, but when I get a new cell phone, the old one goes straight into a box in the back of my closet. I do not recycle them.  I do not donate them. To be completely honest, I doubt I’ve ever looked at them again.

However, this company had a rather creative idea for their old phones. Programmed to the tune of “Carol of the Bells,” this mobile chandelier greets guests waiting in the lobby of a London company.

To add another element of awesomeness to this invention, anyone can go online and create their own mobile jingle to play through the chandelier. All you need is a keyboard and a web browser.

Gaylord Texan Resort is Staycation Paradise

Posted by    |    December 19th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

There’s something so special about the Gaylord Texan Resort that it’s hard to sum up how this one magical place makes you feel.  If you’ve ever been in the Lone Star Atrium past the hotel lobby, you can attest to the awestruck wonder you feel the first time you see it.  After watching fun television segments with fabulous PR Director Martha Neibling on the “Lonestar Christmas” spectacular, my husband asked to stay there for his birthday weekend.  Truth be told, this was as much of a gift for me as it was for him!  Visiting the Texan is one thing; staying there is another.  When you hear people rave about the amazing hospitality and fun attractions, take note.  They aren’t just blowing smoke. (more…)

Escaping The Ordinary: Interview with Founder Ty Griffin

Posted by    |    December 16th, 2011 at 1:20 pm

New music is discovered via word of mouth, Twitter, long, sweaty days spent at music festivals, perusing the pages of old faithfuls Spin and Rolling Stone, or shazaming an overhead catchy pop ditty.  iTunes libraries grow at the rate of Giada DeLaurentiis’ peak-of-season garden. Pop culture is oversaturated with the Katy Perrys and Rihannas of the world, and rightfully so to an extent; they didn’t get to be as popular as they are without talent, but they can overshadow bands who work hard without achieving similar radio play.

North Texas resident Ty Griffin, founder of EscapingTheOrdinary.net, is working relentlessly to push listeners out of the VIP room of mainstream music and into the studio with lesser-known artists.

A graduate of Texas Tech, the Marketing and Management double major cites that working in the music industry was always a goal. After graduation, he received an internship with Kirtland Records [The Toadies, Sarah Jaffe, Smile, Smile] in Dallas. “After a while, I got the itch to do something, and I came across this site called ExplodingInSound.com. Their site has the best compilations, and I was completely blown away. I got in contact with the founder of the site, Dan Goldin,” Griffin says, recounting that a friendship and partnership with Goldin built from there. “The whole framework for how I do [Escaping the Ordinary] came from what [Goldin] was doing.”

Griffin has made a bit of a name for himself by creating two musical compilations, Escaping the Ordinary Volumes One and Two, composed of bands he considers yet-to-be discovered by large audiences. “They’re bands that I feel are unique,” he says. “It’s a combination of bands that have been an influence on me, and bands that just need to be heard.” (more…)

Organizing ArtBabble

Posted by    |    December 16th, 2011 at 5:20 am

We have grown a lot since we launched, and over the past few months we have been researching ways to reorganize our videos on ArtBabble. As we continue to expand, having our channels listed in alphabetical order isn’t the best way to allow our users to search and browse our content. Read the whole story on the IMA Blog about how we are devising a new system of presenting our content to you- and let us know what you think!

http://www.imamuseum.org/blog/2011/12/14/organizing-artbabble/

NYU N’Harmonics Redefine ‘Winter Concert’

Posted by    |    December 15th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Now, this post has absolutely nothing to do with Dallas. But it does have everything to do with Arts & Entertainment, as well as the holiday season, and seeing as how you’re reading this blog in the Arts & Entertainment Network in mid-December, I think we’re good.

NYU’s A Capella group, N’Harmonics, held their Winter Concert last Friday. The only thing more captivating than the choral of pitch-perfect pipes on these envy-ensuing college kids is the clever sign hung in the background that reads “Occupy the North Pole”. Check out the video below (all the way to the end, you ADD-Internet generation) and your eardrums will never be the same.

 

A Case of Cryptomnesia: Doves vs. Jay Nash

Posted by    |    December 14th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Author’s Note: Cryptomnesia (musically speaking) is one song distinctly reminiscent of another song, almost as if one musician was listening to the other’s work as he or she was composing a new song.

Required Reading: In the first installment of A Case of Cryptomnesia, we discussed a prominent district court case, and why Mat Kearney and Ben Rector maybe need to be less enthusiastic about each other’s work.

We now consider the case of English band Doves vs. East Coast Americana crooner Jay Nash, and the first eight measures of their songs “There Goes the Fear” and “If I Was a Ghost,” respectively.

While the two approaches are vastly different; (Doves’ intro features twangy, jingle-belled vamps, while Nash’s intro is soft and buttery guitar picking) each song waits for the listener to pound his or her head against the wall and exclaim ‘Where have I heard this before?!’. (more…)

Electric Touch Knows What They’re Doin’; Doin’ it Well, and Doin’ it for a Very Long Time

Posted by    |    December 12th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

There is only one band whose collective members could each fit into your favorite pair of skinny jeans. They are Electric Touch, and chances are that you, dear reader, (not unlike your skin-tight skinnies) fit into one of these categories: you have already seen them on tour, or you are about to see them on tour.

The Austin, TX-based band recently performed at Curtain Club in Deep Ellum and at 102.1 the Edge’s ‘How the Edge Stole Christmas’, sharing the bill with the likes of the Joy Formidable, Rise Against and Taking Back Sunday.

Electric Touch’s 2012 touring schedule is packed basically all the way through next May; they just announced a handful of January tour dates supporting Evanescence and Rival Sons, and they will be back in the Big D next March, touring with AMA Best New Artist Hot Chelle Rae. Here’s hoping the band has gotten used to fitting their lives into a suitcase (shouldn’t be too hard given the relative size of the aforementioned skinny jeans).

Last week, Electric Touch premiered their first-ever music video for single “Don’t Stop” on the Vevo homepage, racking up a profound number of views. The label Island Def-Jam video features a dance party that takes place around the band performing in what appears to be an abandoned Brooklyn apartment complex. A prototypical party scene unfolds as twenty-somethings bust a move and experience a vibrant downpour of confetti. You know, just your average house party. Check it out below:

Electric Touch’s latest EP “Don’t Stop” is now available on iTunes

My Morning Jacket at Verizon Theater

Posted by    |    December 8th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

If (for purposes of this article) the world was ending, and all radio stations were forced to be on the same frequency, My Morning Jacket’s lifeworks would need to emit through the airwaves on repeat. Their songs mirror the gamut of emotions humans would undoubtedly experience as they huddled their families together and drew their final breaths of air.

Last night at Verizon Theater, MMJ rocked (indied/bluesed/folked/electronicaed) the stage in their usual manner, upholding their status as one of the best live band experiences physically possible. They coursed through so many music genres, the show was like witnessing a schizophrenic exhaust his or her personality palette.

The air inside the theater was alarmingly thick with the scent of marijuana and whiskey, a musky combination that could be bottled as ‘Eau de Louisville, KY’, the band’s hometown. The lights were crafted for the under-the-influence audience member, especially during anger-driven track “Holdin On to Black Metal,” where black tadpole-esque creatures mouthed backup vocals on the LED screens behind the band.

My Morning Jacket must be battery operated; there is no other way to bring their raucous energy level and dedication to the art of the jam night after night. The band powered through their set with no need for witty banter between songs. In two hours of playing time, they didn’t miss and eighth note. (more…)