Welcome to a long overdue “Music Videos to Watch.” I have been so busy with work that I have been lax on this blog but anyway here are some videos that I currently repeatedly watch.
Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin “Adrenalina”: This video is sexy and features one of my celebrity crushes, Ricky Martin, who looks super sexy in this video. There is a Spanglish version of this song under Ricky Martin’s discography on iTunes. In the Spanglish version, Ricky sings the chorus in English.
Lady Gaga “G.U.Y. – An ARTPOP film”: This video is almost 12 minutes long and features four songs by Gaga, “ARTPOP”, “Venus”, “G.U.Y.” and “MANiCURE”. The video was shot at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California and features cameos of Andy Cohen and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The video is a masterpiece and is worth watching.
Neon Trees “Sleeping With a Friend”: Following the success of their sophomore album, “Picture Show”, Neon Trees are back with their first single off their forthcoming third album, “Pop Psychology”. “Sleeping With a Friend” video has a 80′s vibe to it and lead singer, Tyler Glenn, who recently came out as gay, embraces his inner gayness in this video.
As a movie and music buff, I like to buy soundtracks to movies so I know what music to expect in the movie. In many cases, most of the best songs on soundtracks were not played until the end credits started. If the soundtrack is mostly composed music with one or two songs on the album, the song(s) are definitely going to during the credits. Take, for example, “Love Song for a Vampire” by Annie Lennox was on the “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” soundtrack and it did not play until halfway through the movie’s end credits.
Here are some more examples of end credit songs:
Welcome to a new feature I like to call “Pop Culture Tidbits.” Here is where I will report on things that are currently happening in pop culture or discoveries that I have made in terms of pop culture.
- “Heroes” to Return to NBC: It was announced yesterday that the hit TV show “Heroes” will returning next year as a 13-episode miniseries called “Heroes Reborn”. While no storyline or characters have been announced, I am hoping that Zachary Quinto, Hayden Panettiere and Milo Ventimiglia will return to reprise their roles. For more information, check out this article on TV.com and here is the teaser video that NBC released:
- KISS Decline to Perform at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction: On their website today, KISS announced that no incarnation of the soon-to-be-inducted band would be performing at the April 10th induction ceremony in New York City. The band claimed it was “an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone.” At first, I was going to say that this was another incident similar to the whole Axl Rose with his Rock Hall induction but upon reading that quote, it was the diplomatic thing to do. More on this story at the link below.
- New Music Discovery: Last night while watching the Canadian sci-fi show, “Continuum”, I heard a song that I fell in love with. The song is called “Everyone is Everyone (and Everything is Everything)” by Au4. Here is the song:
For more information about Au4, go to their website.
- “Dallas” Season 3 starts tomorrow night: Nothing more needs to said about this. Here is the teaser:
Youngblood Hawke performed at the 2013 Mix 94.1 Petapalooza in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 13, 2013. I was there to take pictures and two videos.
During my last few months in Vegas, I attended a Chicago Cubs exhibition game. Here are some previously unpublished pictures from that game.
Ben Vendetta explains the summary of his book, “Wivenhoe Park” at Last Exit Books in Kent, Ohio on November 8, 2013. Mr. Vendetta also reads an excerpt from “Wivenhoe Park.”
On Friday, Ben Vendetta, journalist and co-founder of Elephant Stone Records, appeared at Last Exit Books in Kent, Ohio to promote his debut novel, “Wivenhoe Park.” While the book itself is fiction, Vendetta explained the book is semi-autobiographical. On his biography page on Elephant Stone Records, Vendetta describes his book ,”Young American Anglophile runs away to England — will he find peace, love and understanding or will it all burn down like cigarettes?”
After reading an excerpt from his book, Vendetta answered questions about “Wivenhoe Park” and his own experiences in England as well as his encounters with Bono. The review for “Wivenhoe Park” will be up as soon as possible. “Wivenhoe Park” is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle versions.
On October 22, 2012, I spent my whole day on the Las Vegas Strip in front of the Bellagio as an extra for the film, “Last Vegas”, which all of you know was released on Friday. The experience in itself was great. It reminded me so much of my time in high school drama. The production assistants told us what we would be doing as the cameras rolled. This was followed by a “rehearsal” of the direction before filming began and then numerous takes of doing the same thing. There were many people who had done work as an extra for the film Michael Douglas had filmed in Vegas months earlier, “Behind the Candelabra” and many of them knew each other from that. Filming for that day on “Last Vegas” was for just one scene. Now from what I knew previously about what goes into filming a movie, I figured that more than likely the scene they were filming that day would not be a long scene. After filming wrapped for the day, I was excited to know that possibly I would see some screen time on this movie even if it were just a second.
Fast forward to yesterday when I go to see “Last Vegas” and it comes to the scene that I was in. The scene itself is at the middle of the film and is about one or two minutes and I did not see myself at all. It goes without saying that I was slightly disappointed, but I do not dwell on the fact that I did not have any type of big screen one-second debut. The experience itself was worth it. Maybe I don’t have a promising future in movies but for a day, it was fun participating in the filming of a major film with an actor like Michael Douglas and seeing him just a few feet away.