Great news everyone! I’m writing pop culture opinion pieces for PolicyMic now. Naturally, my first one is about a cappella — which is a lot bigger than you think.
There is something inherently lame about a cappella singing. This may be because of its roots in barbershop or the high technical barrier required for entry. Or maybe it’s the fact that a group of people standing around mimicking instruments is kind of ridiculous. How could voices ever stand up to actual instruments, especially in the face of an era benchmarked by electronic sound? That said, what a cappella groups can do is undeniably distinct. When done well, a cappella definitely does stand up. As we move through the 2010s a cappella is seeing its moment in the sun. Popular culture is finally catching up to what so many fans already knew: a cappella is worthy of our iPods, our downloads, our views. If it weren’t for the internet and viral videos, the genre would not be nearly as successful.
There are some great clips within, so please check it out.
Twitter unveils #Music — where you can listen to 30 second clips of trending songs. It’s as if ‘TRL’ never ended.
Zach is figuring out which hits of last year will accompany the film hits of this year.
The Muppets 2 x Carly Rae Jepsen
Carrie remake x Fiona Apple’s “Daredevil”
Ender’s Game or Pacific Rim or Oblivion x Usher’s “Climax”
Etc. More fun at Vulture.
Fox teen musical show Glee will resume their fourth season on Thursday (1/24) and if you somehow end up watching, you’ll notice that they’ll be singing a cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” However, NYC geek rock fave Jonathan Coulton just tweeted that they ripped of his cover of the song without contacting him. You can stream Jonathan’s version and Glee’s version below… the similarities are pretty undeniable.
Probably the only time you’ll see Brooklyn Vegan and Glee in the same headline…
I like ‘Glee’ but their alleged swiping of small artists (Kiki viral choreogrpaher, Oregon Divisi, now this) is becoming a trend.
The following albums are available digitally through Amazon for $2 or less, but only for today. They include: Taylor Shift, Rihanna, Carly Rae Jepsen, Bob Marley, Abba, Ellie Goulding, Simon & Garfunkel, Hall and Oates, No Doubt, Ne-Yo, Carpenters, Norah Jones, Johnny Cash, Lana Del Rey, Paul McCartney, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton and more.
Listening to the lyrics, this makes a lot of sense.