Five Collaborations I Would Love To See

Music collaborations can be fantastic for the fans, the artists/bands involved, and for music in general – when done right. Collaborations that are done correctly fuse elements of genres into a perfect musical cuisine that tastes just wonderful in your ears. Sorry about that, I’m a wee bit hungry while writing this! But the best collaborations are done when artists/bands from vastly different genres, yet a collaboration can be successful when putting together similar genre artists/bands.

Here are examples of collaborations have been done correctly:

Eminem & Elton John – ‘Stan’

Run DMC & Aerosmith – ‘Walk This Way’

Michael Jackson & Eddie Van Halen – ‘Beat It’

Kid Cui, MGMT, & Rattat – ‘Pursuit of Happiness’

Gorillaz & Del tha Funkee Homosapien

All of the above are exemplary examples of collaborations done right, and there are MANY more that I could have listed, but I decided to stick with examples that are well known.

Here are five collaborations that I would love to see:

Miley Cyrus & Arcade Fire

Sara Bareilles & Counting Crows

Childish Gambino & M.I.A. (this would be FIRE!)

A Day To Remember & Azealia Banks

Beck & Slipknot

All of those may seem to be outrageous to be paired together, but that is what I believe could make a collaboration stick out and be great. Pushing the limits of their own genre, while trying to keep a balance with the person/band they’re collaborating with could produce music that would end world hunger! Hyperbole, I know, yet I still would love to see all of that happen – world hunger ending, especially.

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September 12th: Music News

Here is your music news round up.

Buzzfeed: 27 Things Only Blink-182 Fans Will Understand

SPIN Magazine: Slideshow of Blink-182 At Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg

Rolling Stone: Bon Jovi’s Tico Torres Has Appendix Taken Out

Alternative Press: Max Bemis Announces Acoustic Tour With Matt Pryor, Perma, Sherri Dupree-Bemis, and Merriment

Alternative Press: Watch A Day To Remember Perform New Song “Dead and Buried”

NME: Pictures of Nirvana

Here’s some more Johnny Cash:

September 4th: Music Related Stories

Here’s your round-up of music related stories.

SPIN Magazine: Odd Future’s the Internet Become a Band on Chad Hugo-Assisted ‘Feel Good’ LP

Alternative Press: A Day To Remember Release Rap Music Video Man, this is hilariously bad. It’s a parody of the ‘Popped a Molly, I’m Sweatin” rap.

Alternative Press: Hayley Williams provides guest vocals on Zedd’s “Stay The Night”

Rolling Stone: Kanye West Criticized For Performance In Kazakhstan

Paying tribute to Alabama

Buzzfeed: MGMT Gets Freak With The NSA And Mysterious Reptilian Overlords In Their New Album Trailer

Stream the new Arctic Monkeys Album on iTunes:

There you have it.  If you have any music news you feel is necessary to add, please let me know in the comments.

Enjoy Your Afternoon With A Day To Remember

Never heard of A Day To Remember, also known as ADTR, before today?  Well good!

They’re an American rock band, but they mostly play music closely linked to sub-genres metalcore and emo-pop.  Don’t let the words “metal” or “emo” discourage you from listening because, although they occasionally scream, there is a lot to love about lead singer Jeremy McKinnon’s singing voice.

Here’s ADTR covering Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You Been Gone” and it sounds great:

If you liked that cover then you’ll likely enjoy most of their other music.  Their older music is much more “hardcore” and has a harsher sound to it, but is very enjoyable.  My favorite album of there’s is Homesick because it has a great mix of screamo, singing, and a wonderful rock band sound.

Listen First Before You Judge

We all have that certain band, or artist, that we could listen to all day, all night, every second and never get tired of them.  For me that band is Taking Back Sunday.  Every single song they put out I love, absolutely love.  I have my favorites, of course, but overall I love their entire body of work.

(I recently bought their acoustic CD!)

Then we have those bands, or artists or genres, we completely and utterly despise.  Everyone and their brother will tell you “Nickelback sucks!” or “Creed is so bad!” or “Taylor Swift has no place on my radio!”  Yet I ask them, “Have you ever listened to Nickelback? (or Creed, or Taylor Swift)?”  Most say, “Well, no they’re terrible!”  How can you judge the musicians if you’ve never even given them a chance?

(Side note: I do dislike Nickelback mainly because most of their songs sound the same, Creed is okay, and Taylor Swift could be worse but she’s acceptable.)

Maybe those aren’t the best examples, so I’ll use genres instead.

When I was away at college I lived in a duplex with five other guys, so six total in one duplex.  My one roommate would always give me flak over listening to screamo music (it wasn’t really full-on banshee screamo, but rather bands like A Day To Remember, Killswitch Engage, and the like).  He’d always ask how I could stand that and not get headaches.  Every time he brought this up to me I would always say immediately, “Try listening to it once, man.  Just once give it a go and see what you think.”  He would always reply, half-heartedly, “Yeah, sure I’ll get on that.”

A few months after the initial conversation on screamo, I could hear some screamo ringing down from his speakers upstairs (he had sick speakers).  I had the biggest smile on my face when he came down and told me, “All right, Brad. SOME screamo is okay and I like it.”

I was so happy that I had introduced my roommate to some new music, but there was a catch. “Now you have to listen to some country music!” he grinned.

“No! Not that!” I thought, but after thinking about how I tried so hard convincing him into liking a new type of music I gave in and let him give me some suggestions for country music.

After listening to country music, I will say that country music isn’t as terrible as I had originally thought.  There are some great country singers (Jake Owen, Miranda Lambert to name two), but overall country music is not my cup of tea.  I won’t bag on anyone who happens to like country, even if it isn’t my favorite genre.

Remember: to each their own, but make sure you at least give any and all music a chance.