Carly Rae Jepsen Releases New Video for ‘Cut to the Feeling’

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Carly Slay Jepsen can do no wrong. She’s released Emotion, a perfect pop album, and because that just wasn’t enough for our gay hearts, she released Emotion: Side B, which introduced us to the ultimate bodega anthem, “Store.” Since that pinnacle of pop excellence, she’s settled into her throne and taken it easy until, on May 26, she graced the world with “Cut to the Feeling.”

Now that we’ve had a full three months to listen to it a thousand times and drunkenly request it at clubs across the country, she’s dropped a long-awaited video for it. For the stripped-down visuals, Jepsen trades in narrative for a look into what it’s like to be her for the first half of the track as a countdown clock ticks anxiously towards zero in the corner. Carly Rae makes a perfect cup of coffee! She laughs! She tries on sunglasses! It’s all good fun, but as the clock strikes zero, the magic begins.

At the 1:40 mark, she walks slowly towards the stage and then a sequence happens that’s so Carly Slay that I audibly said “oh my god” to my laptop. A star! Mood lighting! Dancing! It’s incredible, but then again, we’d probably be wowed by her even if she was sitting at a table reading an ingredients list. Watch the video below and dance on the roof. Cut to the feeling. Oh, yeah.

 

Of Course Someone Put Together ‘Call Me Maybe’ and Nine Inch Nails

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Since the dawn of the mashup, people with sound editing software and extensive music collections have been seeking the most diametrically opposed jams to fuse together and pray they work. Let’s put Ke$ha and The Beatles together and subvert the pop music canon! Let’s remix "My Neck, My Back" with "Jolene!" How crazy would that be? (I could actually see this one kind of working.) 

People make careers out of this; a few are very good, most are not so good. UK mashup maker pomDeter decided to test the attraction of two opposites by putting together Nine Inch Nails’ "Head Like A Hole" and Carly Rae Jepsen’s "Call Me Maybe," two very good songs on their own. It makes for a strange alternate-universe version of both tracks, like the cast of Glee got a hold of it but someone thwarted their evil plan before they could ruin it, if that makes any sense. It’s one of many in an overcrowded field, and it’s not the greatest thing to ever happen even for all the all-caps hallelujahs surrounding it, but you know what? It works. And hey, if you like Nine Inch Nails but you’re riding in the car with someone who loves Carly Rae Jepsen, now you have a driving soundtrack to satisfy both your musical cravings.

It’s Time We Stop Playing “Ho Hey”

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I always think it’s a little depressing when a band hits that one-hit-wonder territory. Remember Carly Rae Jepsen? Will we ever hear from that Canadian lass again? Probably not. And as overplayed as "Call Me Maybe" was, it is such a great song, one that somehow transcended annoyance and was an all-around great summer jam. Meanwhile, The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” has turned into the most rage-inducing one-hit-wonder of 2013. People, we have got to stop playing this song.

As of this writing, I have heard “Ho Hey” three times today. Generally, I hear it on the office speakers about five or six times. Then there’s the chance that I’m in a cab and I hear it on the radio. Or at a fast-food restaurant at lunch. (Yeah, I could be eating healthier. Orrrrr they could just stop playing “Ho Hey” on the radio.) And then there are the Silver Lining Playbook TV spots. I think it’s safe to say that if I hear “Ho Hey” one more time today, I will probably attempt to assassinate the entire Silver Linings Playbook cast with banjo strings. Sorry, Chris Tucker. Blame The Lumineers. 

Join me in my "Ho Hey" rage, won’t you?

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BlackBook Tracks #29: Sucks to be Anyone in Music Who’s Not Justin Timberlake or Destiny’s Child

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I know you’ve probably been in a Justin Timberlake and Destiny’s Child K-hole for the past day, but if you feel like crawling out, here are some other songs for you to listen to.

We Were Evergreen – “Leeway”

There are plenty of things that can go wrong in life, but We Were Evergreen get twee-pop right. Alongside launching a Kickstarter for their debut album, the London-via-Paris trio has released charming new single “Leeway.”

Drop The Lime – “No Sleep For The Wicked”

The retro/electro wizard’s new video boasts more zombie cheerleaders than an episode of Misfits. His penchant for horror and killer beats serves as a reminder that there are all kinds of things that go bump in the night.

Anna Calvi – “The Devil”

If that last track wasn’t evil enough, remember that Anna Calvi must have made a deal with “the Devil” to become such a skilled guitarist.

Housse de Racket – “Aquarium”

Clocking in at close to seven minutes, Housse de Racket’s latest single is a slow burner that’s worth every second. Those who have seen the Parisian electro-rock duo live know this as the striking closer to their show.

Sharon Van Etten – “People Ain’t No Good”

I’m jealous of people in Australia, because it’s summer there. Also, Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten is on a sojourn down under, where she made a stop at Triple J radio to cover future tourmate Nick Cave.

Caitlin Rose – “I Was Cruel”

Singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose tells a familiar story of love gone sour on this cut from her forthcoming album The Stand-In. Her voice manages to be both vulnerable and matter-of-fact, and there’s the hint of steel guitar that you might expect from a Nashville artist.

Palma Violets – “Step Up For The Cool Cats”

London rockers Palma Violets are on track to be 2013’s It Brits, and this 60s-inflected track hints at what’s to come when they release their debut album in February.

Gold Fields – “Dark Again” (Diamond Rings remix)

Australian up-and-comers Gold Fields are plenty charismatic on their own, but Diamond Rings punches up the original to make it a little more dancefloor-friendly.

Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe” (Dan Deacon remix)

By “remix,” I mean that this is the a capella version layered 147 times. It’s strangely compelling, hearing “Hey, I just met you” repeated ad infinitum.

When The Computer Listens To Bob Newhart

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Here’s a philosophical one for you: is your computer forced to listen to everything you play through it? Is it perhaps very, very sick of so-called deep cuts from Carly Rae Jepsen? I know it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but as we learned yesterday by way of a murderous navigation app, Apple products—and this certainly includes iTunes—can have a mind of their own. Which brings me to legendary comedian Bob Newhart.

Yeah, there’s a Bob Newhart album in my iTunes: Something Like This … The Bob Newhart Anthology. Really funny stuff, and groundbreaking, too! Still, when I clicked over to my “Top 25 Most Played” list, I didn’t expect Bob to be taking up every slot. And I surely didn’t imagine I’d listened to the album all the way through 22 times. Yet that’s what iTunes was telling me.

Okay, there are explanations for this that don’t include my computer being an obsessive Bob Newhart fan. Maybe I did listen to him a lot. Or maybe I left the album on repeat, muted. In that case, though—the endlessly looped but muted album—what is actually happening? Is the computer not still unspooling the relevant information, running a hand over it … in effect, listening? Alone? Honing its comedic timing? Could explain why I saw mine at the open mic last night. 

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Oh Boy, Someone Put Together “Call Me Maybe” and “Gangnam Style”

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Generally, the rule of thumb with your really great idea for a mashup is “just because you can doesn’t mean you should.” This is especially true with source material choices that were clearly made just to see if it would work (e.g. Ke$ha with The Beatles)—it usually doesn’t (although that Ke$ha/Beatles mashup is actually sort of okay).

So it was only a matter of time before someone got the brilliant idea to put together the two songs that have been battling it out all summer for megahit supremacy together. That person turned out to be SoundCloud user “xaeroseven,” who, indeed, has taken the “Call Me Maybe,” and mixed it with the “Gangnam Style.” Psy’s hit sounds a little out of place slowed down for Carly Rae Jepsen’s backing track, but once the higher-pitched “Hey, sexy lady!” kicks in, the whole thing actually starts to gel a bit. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t have the dance party punch of certain mashup makeovers of either song (perhaps the "Gangnam" background with Carly Rae Jepsen’s vocals would have worked better?). Either way, have a listen, as perhaps the power of listening to both songs at once may finally get them out of your head. 

Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Kiss’: The Triumph Of Brainless Synth-Pop

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Sweet merciful Jesus, how I’ve waited for this day.

Having just listened to Carly Rae Jepsen’s debut album the whole way through for the first time, I am ecstatic to report that it encompasses the exact type of overly saccharine, paint-by-numbers, hook-within-hook, usually Swedish, synthesizer-based pop music I have been ridiculed for listening to for nigh a decade. Really, I can’t exaggerate how good it feels to come out of—do they have closets in Sweden?

This won’t be like when I declared my affection for Nicki Minaj’s ravey throwbacks on Roman Reloaded only to find out I’d been stranded in the dancefloor wilderness. Because there’s no way Jepsen’s Kiss doesn’t spawn a few hits beside “Call Me Maybe,” which is pretty transcendently formulaic in its own right. Surely “Drive” will get some radio play just because people liked the movie. Even “Good Time” is brilliantly hateable—a lyrical retread of a Black Eyed Peas single, featuring the Owl City guy? Fuck me, that’s genius: I’ll be humming it up until I pull the trigger.

You have to appreciate how much studio engineering went into something quite so undercooked as a song called “Your Heart Is A Muscle.” That’s straight-up cribbing from a sixth-grader’s diary. (If you’re a sixth-grader who had that concept stolen from your diary by Carly Rae Jepsen, email me at milesklee@gmail.com and we will blow the roof of this thing, I promise.) But again, bravo. We were all so busily outraged about the dumbing-down of the Top 40 that we never stopped to consider it might eat an IQ test instead of flunking it. Thanks, Carly, for lowering rock bottom once more.

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‘Glee’ to Make “Call Me Maybe” Even More Insufferable

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Trekkies. Star Wars fans. Cookie Monster. Barack Obama. Swimmers. Guys in drag. CorgisRandom tweens. Nobody can get enough of Carly Rae Jepsen’s "Call Me Maybe," and we, as a nation of idiiots, can’t get enough of people who can’t get enough of it. And now, of course, Glee is set to add their own overly autotuned version into the mix, as is their way. (Yes, I’m referring to Glee as a group of people. A group of terrible, terrible people.)

As Entertainment Weekly reports, the upcoming season premiere will feature the poppy pop hit. The episode will be called "The New Rachel," and I assume that it’ll be about the robot doppelganger of Lea Michelle coming to murder the rest of the cast except for Jane Lynch, who in this scenario I will allow to be left unscathed and dignified as long as we never make mention of Ryan Murphy’s exercise in ruining musical theater ever again. 

Drag Dude On Chatroulette Wins At Life, ‘Call Me Maybe’ Covers

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Call Me Maybe covers haven’t been original for, oh, years. But Steve Kardynal — a dude in drag who trolled Chatroulette in a bikini, body glitter and a rad wig — blows all the competition out of the water.

First of all, Chatroulette is a still a "thing." I could not go on without mentioning that.

 

Second of all, most of the people on the other side of Chatroulette are single bros. There are a couple girls or groups of people, but mostly it is dudes who take varying amounts of time to realize the bikini-clad individual humping the bed to the bass of Call Me Maybe also has a mustache.

A tip my hat to you, Steve Kardynal. I’m just surprised no one showed you their dick.