Carly Rae Jepsen Speaks!
In “Call Me Maybe,” the diminutive Canadian singer created what will likely be the one of the viral sensations of 2012. No other song has inspired so many lip-syncs, covers and creative re-imaginings -- which is why we’re so pleased that Carly Rae took the time to share some of her favorite YouTube videos with us just as her album Kiss releases today. Wondering which “Call Me Maybe” cover she most prefers? Wonder no longer.
Brother Ali: Mourning in America and Dreaming In Color
This midwestern emcee has an interesting backstory which often overshadows his talent. So let’s just get it out of the way: yes, he’s an albino. Yes, he’s legally blind. Yes, he’s been a practicing Muslim for nearly two decades. Now, let it go. Because in his new album, released today and available on YouTube with a full video, Ali has made the album of a lifetime, a release that’s as thoughtful as it is political and as sympathetic as it is pointed. He takes on big issues, but he does it with such lyrical finesse you don’t feel assaulted (and that soul-laced production doesn’t hurt either). As an added bonus, check out Ali’s song-by-song commentary on the album -- all linked to in the video itself.
Live Music Extravaganza
The next week sees a veritable bonanza of live music happening on YouTube. Mark your calendars...it’s going to be a musical ride!
Friday, September 21: Bon Iver
Saturday, September 22: Farm Aid
Sunday, September 23: Metric
Monday, September 24: Grizzly Bear
Wednesday, September 26: Avicii
Sarah Bardeen, music community manager, recently watched “Instituto Mexicano del Sonido - Es-Toy.”