Arctic Monkeys: The formidable return of British music

Arctic Monkeys: The formidable return of British music

Not famous for the easy-to-hear pop songs, but by the powerful use of instruments and techniques and the private voice of Alex Turner, the Arctic Monkeys have conquered and had a certain place in the hearts of listeners.

After 5 years of vacation, the Arctic Monkeys announced a new song, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino. This time, the music style of the Arctic Monkeys tended to change, no longer heavy guitar rock, the way the group’s previous AM album became famous but this time the music was more romantic, a bit of easy listening jazz written by the lead vocalist, singer Alex Turner.
Arctic Monkeys is still a band with a solid foundation for each product and its progress. This album introduces an Arctic Monkeys on the path to reincarnation, preparing for a change and shine.

After 16 years of working together, the British band, Arctic Monkeys has been a potential group that can break music charts in the US with their new record, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino. The quartet has just started a North American tour with 25 days in different cities.

Arctic Monkeys have performed well from singing to performing music charts in the UK for years. The most recent album, AM, which debuted in 2013, ranked 6th in the US charts with 1.3 million sales, more than the number of albums sold in the UK of 1.2 million.
The band was praised by many critics, winning seven BRIT awards (equivalent to the British Grammy Award) and many other prestigious awards. Many people have favored, trusting the Arctic Monkeys as a new phenomenon from England, probably the successive music generation of previous geniuses such as the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd – or outstanding individuals like Amy Winehouse and Adele.

On the contrary, many critics also point out some of the reasons why the Arctic Monkeys retain their local English accent is a bit hard to hear and other cultural elements. Anyway, a good example is nothing to stop the Beatles from spreading because of their English accent. Many people complained about a somewhat funny name of Arctic Monkeys, which is not the reason why the British group Led Zeppelin stopped developing.

All the reasons given by listeners or critics are just an excuse for the development of a group. Music is inherently a language, sometimes without you having to understand, but most importantly, feeling. Music language, no matter what language we sing, we can feel it and it does not inhibit any artist’s development because of their own identity.

The Arctic Monkeys began their tour earlier this month and lasted until October this year through New York City, Boston, Washington DC, …

Football Music – A weapon that encourages players on the pitch

Football Music – A weapon that encourages players on the pitch

What is the meaning of football music?
It can be said that football is a “king” sport. It has such a formal name because of the meaning that it brings deeply. Football can blur the gap between strange people, football can affirm the development position of a country. And most of all, it is this sport that contributes to promoting the culture of one country to another.

Referring to football, we cannot forget the typical feature of this subject – football music. Football music is the kind that connects all souls to love sports together. In major tournaments, football music has the task of introducing and opening the match. And there are hugs and clasped hands after the victories, the football music itself has been raised to raise the emotional circuit in millions of hearts.

Music opens and ends in football
Football music is the kind of music used to open every tournament, this type of music is often written in multiple languages. Depending on the tournament organized in which country, that country is responsible for preparing the music piece. It can be said that the type of performance music contributes to the promotion of each tournament and is shown in the opening section. In 2018, World Cup soccer music features the presence of two tracks. The song is performed by Russian and American singers.

Following a different type of music is also expressed quite popularly according to the etiquette of each tournament that is the type of music that awards football. This type of music was played during the start of the award ceremony for the teams. Usually tournaments prefer to use non-verbal football to use in this important rite.
Impressive football music is a powerful weapon in every game. This is a bridge between human emotions and people, it is also a ceremony to promote each tournament, a source of motivation for each player’s spirit. In general, football music is the spiritual medicine that inspires the emotion in the hearts of football fans around the world.

Black Pink and TWICE, Who Is New K-Pop Girl Group at Japan’s “Dome”?

Black Pink and TWICE, Who Is New K-Pop Girl Group at Japan’s “Dome”?

The record that Black Pink and TWICE are holding is easy to confuse the audience and imagine the two groups won each other’s records.

K-Pop fans must all know from thedome stadiums in Japan, which are the largest stadiums in the country. Holding concerts in dome is always the dream of every singer and group. Because there are only the most popular, most crowded artists who can perform at the dome. And making Japan’s largest five dome tour, is a milestone to show that the artist is really the top star in this country.
Previously, only K-Pop boy bands performed at the domes. Like TVXQ, BIG BANG, EXO, SHINee, Super Junior. The number of girl groups that are attractive enough to make concerts at dome is less, only with KARA and SNSD. And not long ago, JYP company proudly showed that TWICE will perform dome tour in Japan in 2019. The girls will have four nights, in three major stadiums: Tokyo Dome, Nagoya Dome and Kyocera Dome. . So TWICE will become the first and fastest K-Pop girl group to perform dome tour.


Everything will be nothing to say, if Black Pink group recently performed a concert at Kyocera Dome, it became a K-Pop girl group with the fastest dome concert. The two records that Black Pink and TWICE are holding at first may be confusing.
But with TWICE, it was the girl group that made the concert tour (dome tour) in the shortest time since their Japanese debut, and Black Pink is the fastest K-Pop girl group in the night job. solo performances at a stadium. And the achievements of Black Pink and TWICE have made K-Pop fans proud.
Recently, the prestigious New York Times newspaper published a list of 65 best songs in the world in 2018, based on the evaluation of the music critic of this newspaper. An artist / group may have multiple songs appearing in this chart, as long as they meet the criteria.
The Black Pink girls have the right to be proud when the song DDU-DU DDU-DU is ranked 31. This is the theme song for the debut mini album Square Up that the group released in June.

Essential Vinyl Albums To Have

Essential Vinyl Albums To Have

When it comes to vinyl records, you need to be careful about the differences between the “vinyl” aspect and a great albums list. It’s not a simple endeavour as many passionate vinyl enthusiasts can attest to. That being said, we’ve put together a list of some of what we think are essential vinyl records to have in your collection.

Coincidentally these albums would be definitely considered in a best albums list. That being said, we’ve also considered qualities and characteristics of these vinyl albums that make them stand out above the rest.

Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique

Top of our list is an album put together by the Beastie Boys. Made by the Dust Brothers, this album is the follow-up to Licensed to III. This album is arguably better for a variety of reasons. The big reason is the 20th anniversary pressing was stellar work. Aside from the music being good, the triple gatefold and beautiful album art sets it apart. Combine all of this with dramatically improved remastering process means not only are you getting one of the best looking albums, but you are also walking away with one of the best sounding ones too.

The Beatles – Revolver

You may be asking why is Revolver one of the best Beatles album to have as a vinyl record. The answer is simple: Revolver is the best Beatles album. We’re not biased here.

The amount of work (both artistic and technical) that went into the 300 hours of studio time is astonishing. To this day it has yet to be matched. Not only that but the album was made during the time when the band was in their prime. Paired up with the fact that the band had as much time as they wanted to put the album together, you get this album.

In essence this is the record that came out with the right band at the proper time with everything falling perfectly into place at the time. This is a must have, no exceptions.

Beirut – The Flying Club Cup

The second last vinyl album you must have is by Beirut. This makes our list because of what attracts people to this band. One of the biggest draws is the fact the band makes great music through instruments you don’t normally find in typical bands. It provides a unique experience to listeners who can hear instruments like trumpets, ukuleles, accordions, trombones, tubas, flugelhorns and more. Best of all, the vast array of instruments are played in a way so it doesn’t sound like it’s all circus music either.

As for background info on this album, this second album was primarily inspired by a Parisian ball festival. Each track in the album is attributed to a different French city which results in a musical masterpiece. It’s a truly timeless piece to have in any vinyl record collection.

The Black Keys – Thickfreakness

The second album assembled by The Black Keys, they explain that the songs were “recorded and mixed in December 2002 by Patrick Carney in Akron Ohio at studio 45. Carney’s patented recording technique ‘medium fidelity’ was used.”

While that all sounds like technical jargon, if you do some digging, one will find the term “medium fidelity” was a tongue-and-cheek reference to old analog recording equipment. To be specific it was a 1980’s Tascam 388 8-track recorder. Also their “studio” was Patrick Carney’s basement. In there, the duo recorded a 14-hour straight session of garage-rock blues that fans can drool over.

The R&B Music Genre Crisis

The R&B Music Genre Crisis

If you were born in or before the 90s you probably listened to the likes of Westlife, Aaaliyah, Ashanti, Destiny’s Child and Brandy just to name a few. These musicians gave us music that stirred feelings in our hearts and gave us all kinds of feels. The R&B scene in these times are considered to have reached its peak in terms of standard and quality of music. It is not rare to log on to social media, Twitter for instance, and find someone wishing they could get the 1990s, or before, R&B, the crying-in-the-middle-of-the-road in the rain kind of music. If we are being honest with ourselves, that music was all kinds of good.

What really happened to the R&B music industry? Where did all these artists go? This is a question that is quite difficult to answer as some of the musicians that gave us this music are still very much actively involved in the music, churning hit after hit, but why is it not the same as the earlier days R&B?

Early R&B artist Erykah Badu questioned the kind of music artists from the genre were releasing in 2010 calling that style of music pop techno with the boom bip and the hump for the payday. Critics of the genre say most artists in the industry are losing the initial style of the music in the process of reinventing themselves. In the process of everyone trying to stand out with a different sound, they are ending up with absolutely different styles of music.

Other than the sound and beat, today’s R&B has become unrelatable for lack of a better word. Artists are no longer singing about what they’d do for love, or apologies or just serenading their lovers. Instead, there is a lot more music about sex, one-night stands, parties and expensive drinks on the radio today.

While there is nothing wrong with singing about sex, the difference is in how it is being done today. One cannot compare Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get it On to some of the songs about sex on the radio today without being grossed out. The message no longer has an actual, heartfelt message, it’s more superficial and meaningless. This makes it hard to connect to.  John Blake in an article for CNN commented that there is no longer tenderness or seduction in R&B music, which is sort of true.

In addition, as alluded to by Ms. Erykah Badu, artists are chasing the dollar with their music by choosing to produce club banging hits as opposed to the deep soulful music that was a characteristic of earlier days R&B. This literally leaves the music to all kinds of party themed lyrics while that doesn’t have to be the case. Whitney Houston is an example of an artist whose music topped charts with meaningful lyrics proving that it can actually be done.

The need to progress and grow in whatever genre of music cannot be understated. However, in all the change, if the message remained constant, maybe, just maybe we’d still have quality songs about love or any other emotion. It is also important to know that there some artists that have remained in the initial school of R&B showing that there is still hope.

Exploring different genres of music

Exploring different genres of music

Nothing in the world is as comforting as listening to your favorite music or to sing along your favorite song accompanied with a guitar. Once you get to know your favorite genre, you are good to go. However, usually, after people discover one particular genre that they like, they immediately start ignoring the other wonderful areas of music. Whether it is EDM, pop, Classical, Rock, Blues, or Country music, once we become used to what we like the most, it is natural to ignore the rest.

However, this approach to music often limits a budding artist or a musician. This is because exposure to different genres of music usually helps a budding musician in developing his/her own unique style. Moreover, it also allows young learning artists to widen their horizons and to figure out what genre works the best for them. Even as a listener, you could be missing out on a lot of great music without having any idea about it.

Classical Music

It would not be wrong to say that classical music is a direct and straightforward application of western music theory. Hence, anyone having a taste for classical music would have a sound knowledge of western music fundamentals which not only make music a bliss for the listener but also helps budding artists. In fact, a number of legendary musicians such as Johnny Greenwood from Radiohead received classical training in music.

Jazz

Jazz music contains quite a lot of technicalities to it. The essence of jazz music is improvisation, which comes off due to rigorous practice and the application of the fundamental jazz techniques/theory. You will often find Jazz players going off the script live so as to produce something more powerful on the go. Being able to improvise happens to be one of the major beneficial traits that jazz music players carry as it is a skill that they just develop over time.

Rock

Rock music requires a lot of power and precise timing. Hence, generally speaking, rock music performers carry a lot of energy and accuracy since this is exactly what this particular genre is built upon. Though, rock is a vast genre that consists of various sub-styles and tone. Ranging from the fast guitar shredding in a hard rock song to soft emotional licks in an acoustic rock ballad, rock offers a lot of variety to listeners and performers.

Blues

While blues music does not require as much rigorous training as jazz music does, and neither it is as intense as rock music, it is certainly tough to master. The origin of blues can be traced back to African American roots in the southern states. Blues music heavily relies on rhythm and distinct blues scales that give it is particular feel. Hence, blues musicians happen to have a great command of rhythm that could easily separate them from the rest.

Reggae

Reggae music is based upon the off-beat playing. Accents in Reggae music follow the downbeat and the 2nd and 4th notes instead of 1st and 3rd notes. This results in a syncopated sound which is the essence of this particular genre. Reggae music carries inspiration from various other genres especially blues and jazz.