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Image Courtesy of last.fm

Image Courtesy of last.fm

It’s moments like these that make Lady Gaga so much more talented than other pop singers, such as Britney Spears. A week ago Lady GaGa performed a stripped down, and reworked piano version of her song “Paparazzi” for London’s own Capital FM. It’s amazing, and just shows how diverse and talented she actually is. You get the chance to really hear how strong her vocals actually are, and some piano skills as well. I think GaGa is definitely in the running for Britney Spear’s title as “Princess of Pop.” Check it out below!

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Image Courtesy of Gossiponthis.com

Here is a new video from Kanye West for his song “Amazing” featuring Young Jeezy. Even though I don’t think the video is “amazing,” I don’t think it’s bad either. I really like all the different aerial nature shots that make you feel like you’re flying overhead, but does anyone else find it funny that Kanye is rapping/singing in the middle of the forest? That just seemed kind of random to me. I think the video should have had more of a story to it. Maybe he could have been going through all these different locations searching for something, and then they could revealed what it was in the end. I think a story concept would have made it more interesting. Just an idea. Check it out below.

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NewsWatch: Adam Ostrow

Image Courtesy of ASU's Website

Image Courtesy of ASU's Website

Here is an interview I did with NewsWatch student Adam Ostrow. I asked about his job as Technical Director and Chryon operator for the Cronkite NewsWatch news program. It was the first time I had ever done an interview with a voiceover track, and just a video with B-roll, an interview, and NAT sound so it was different for me to edit than a usual package. Overall, I didn’t find the project difficult because of my background in Broadcast Journalism. Check it out below and see what you think of it.

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Image Courtesy of Little Boots Official Myspace Page

Image Courtesy of Little Boots Official Myspace Page

Little Boots (Victoria Hesketh) is a singer from the U.K. who is starting to gain attention with her upbeat dance/disco sound. Her song “Stuck On Repeat” has been creating quite a buzz for her with it’s synth pop sound that you can’t help but want to dance to. The fact that it was produced by Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard doesn’t hurt either. Little Boots just recently released a new song called “New In Town,” which sounds a lot like something Kylie Minogue would come out with. The song is basically about showing someone a night on the town, and is just a fun song to listen to. You’ll either be dancing or singing along once you listen to it.Check it out below, and also Little Boot’s debut album Hands will be out in a few months so look out for it.

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Crystal Castles

Image Courtesy of Crystal Castles Official Myspace Page

Image Courtesy of Crystal Castles Official Myspace Page

I first heard of the duo Crystal Castles a few months ago when their song “Crimewave” kept popping up on music blogs across the web. They’re a Canadian electronica duo comprised of lead vocalist Alice Glass and instrumentalist Ethan Kath, who have been together since 2003, but have just started gaining more attention recently. They released they’re debut album in the states Crystal Castles in 2008, and have been gaining a lot of underground hype since the release. They have a very distinct sound that most people aren’t used of hearing. Everything they put out is electronica, but they sample a lot of early video game (Atari) sounds. Also the distorted vocals of Glass often make the lyrics barely recognizable, but more intriguing. Check out a live performance of “Crimewave” below and the video for their song “Courtship Dating.”

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Image Courtesy of The Sounds official myspace page

Image Courtesy of The Sounds official myspace page

The Sounds are a Swedish new wave/alternative band for those of you who haven’t heard of them. They’ve been around for a while and are about to be in three albums deep with their new release Crossing the Rubicon, which is set to be released in June. Most likely you’ve seen lead singer Maja Ivarsson before. She sang on Cobra Starship’s 2006 single “Snakes on a Plane (Bring It).” It’s been over two years since they released their single “Painted By Numbers in the U.S., and they are finally back with a new single called “No One Sleeps When I’m Awake.” The song is pretty good and a typical record by The Sounds. The song has a pop rock vibe to it with a little bit of synths, and it actually reminds me a bit of “Painted By Numbers,” which is a good thing. I’m looking forward to seeing what else comes from the new album.

Here’s a live performance they did of “No One Sleeps When I’m Awake” on Last Call With Carson Daly:

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Video Slideshow

Here is a video slideshow I made to go along with my interview I did two weeks ago with ASU/Newswatch student Matthew Burrows. Check it out and see what you think. It’s my first attempt at putting together a slideshow.

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