Eurovision Song Contest Wrap-Up

So, first, sorry for the delay, I have had some major crap go down that did not allow me to post this when I wanted (the reason for that will be made very evident on Friday when I post my 100th [100TH!!!] post).

With that said, let’s look at the top 5 songs from the show along with what I believed the verdict would be:

 

WINNER: Conchita Wurst – “Rise Like a Phoenix” (Austria)

 

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Verdict: It’s a hard call, but I think this may be the one song that probably deserves to get in, but doesn’t because it’s not poppy enough. Actually, it’s more like the song feels too dated for the times

2ND PLACE: The Common Linnetts – “Calm Before the Storm” (The Netherlands)

 

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Verdict: This is another tricky one because it’s not going to necessarily be done on the merits. They’ll clear the semis, no problem. While I don’t believe country music is as huge worldwide as it is here, I don’t see why they don’t make the finals purely on quality. I wonder if the fact that it’s country music they’re selling hurts their chances, and I don’t know if the youth set connects to them easily, so I don’t think they win, but they may make a good push.

3RD PLACE: Sanna Nielsen – “Undo” (Sweden)

 

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Verdict: Sanna’ll make the finals relatively easily. If she stabilizes that one word, she will be a major threat. She should make top ten, even make a good push for five. As it stands she’s hovering around the three spot in my book.

4TH PLACE – Aram MP3 – “Not Alone” (Armenia)

 

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Verdict: Since Aram Mp3 has talent, he’ll make the finals relatively easily. I don’t think he’ll win in the finals, but I have a feeling he’ll pop relatively high. He may make top ten, even

5TH PLACE – Andras Kallay-Saunders – “Running” (Hungary)

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Verdict: He’s in the finals, guaranteed. If Kállay-Saunders can pull this off live, and they keep the DnB beats on it, then he’s got a real good shot to bring Budapest a show. This is probably going to end up being my either number one or number two pick right here especially since this was my personal pick when the songs were just starting to get released.

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Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014 – Lithuania

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Welcome to part 23 of our 39 part run up to the Eurovision Song Contest. Vilija Matačiūnaitė has been chosen to bring the Contest to Vilnius, the question is: does she have a hope in hell of pulling it off?

Artist: Vilija Matačiūnaitė

Song: “Attention”

Analysis: The only good thing about this track is the use of piano. It takes a lot for me to not like an electronic track. This sounds like someone who just figured out how to run a synth and drum machine. Don’t get me started on the vocalist. I can’t pronounce her name, and she can’t sing. Hell she even chant or shout!

Verdict: There is no way she wins this. Hell, I don’t think she gets out of the semis, and that’s saying something with this semis group. Most, if not all, of the tracks have have legit shots at winning are in the first half. To get in the finals on this bottom half, all you have to do is not suck. And if you do suck, it’s gotta be a lot, and unfortunately, I think that is what we have here.

Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014 – Poland

 

Welcome to part 21 of our 39 part run up to the Eurovision Song Contest. Today’s edition features probably one of the most…unique sounds coming out of the ESC. Fresh from Warsaw, Donatan & Cleo!

Artist: Donatan & Cleo

Song:  “My Słowianie – We Are Slavic”

Analysis: It took me about a full minute before it clicked it, but I finally get it. This chick is the Polish native version of MIA, or more specifically, this is kind of like the Polish native equivalent to “Paper Planes”. That is, female rapper, dub/electro beat, native instruments/feel.. Is this as good as “Paper Planes”? Hell no, but it is interesting…for at least ninety seconds. The vocals are kind of thrown at you, the beat’s okay, but there’s just nothing special here.

Verdict: You know, I’m not quite sure about this one. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt because I haven’t heard the rest of the offerings (or haven’t made their draft pages) yet and say they’ll clear the semis (barely), but there’s no way in hell they get into the top half of the finals.

Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014 – Moldova

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Part 11 of our 39 part run up to the start of the Eurovision Song Contest takes us to Chișinău, and don’t ask me to pronounce that, I can’t. Cristina Scarlat can, but can she win this thing for Moldova? Let’s find out!

Artist: Cristina Scarlat

Song: “Wild Soul”

Analysis: Let’s get this out of the way first: what the fuck is this chick wearing? I thought we escaped the Thunderdome. Okay, that’s out of my system, to the music. First off: dark and depressing  yet again. I guess that’s par for the course. The song itself is just bad. It’s such a dubstep wannabe without going all the way. Scarlat has a lovely husky voice, it’s just a shame that it’s wasted on this song. It’s also a shame that she stays in such a narrow range of notes until her power note where I swear she’s either off key, or the song is written deliberately in the most awkward way ever.

Verdict: Yeah, this is going nowhere. She doesn’t make the finals, and even if she did (and she’s not, but let’s say she did) she will clock in towards the bottom of the pack.

Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014 – Armenia

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Part 2 of our 39 part run up to the start of the Eurovision Song Contest takes us to Armenia to look at Aram Mp3’s chances at bringing the Contest to sunny Yerevan

Artist: Aram Mp3

Song: “Not Alone”

Analysis: When I set up the draft of this post, Aram Mp3 had not announced the track he was using, but even then I decided he was a pretty good singer based on the live performances I saw on Youtube. I’ve seen comparisons with JT (that’s Justin Timberlake for those who fell off the back of a turnip truck), and they aren’t unfounded…

…but then I found the video for the song. Now, first of all, there’s only one video for this song, and it’s the official music video, so no, I do not have him singing *this* song live, which could be a problem. It’s a slow, fairly depressing song, which generally doesn’t work, but for someone with talent, it could work. Aram Mp3 (and what the hell is up with the name?) has the chops to make it work…if it had stayed depressing. Near the end, he takes the song into a hard right turn to wtf…as he proceeds to go dubstep (dare I say grime, even) on the track. Why in God’s name would you do that, son?

Verdict: Since Aram Mp3 has talent, he’ll make the finals relatively easily. I don’t think he’ll win in the finals, but I have a feeling he’ll pop relatively high. He may make top ten, even

Backtrax: Jump Prep Mix – Spring/Summer 2011

After a mini hiatus due to the introduction of Muzak Musings, introducing the Biorhythm mix for this time two years ago: Biorhythm Mix (Jump Prep Mix)!

Name Game: I was rewatching Babylon 5 for the first time since I was a kid, and at the same time getting ready to move out of my parents’ house after a crash landing back home after college. In this case, the “jump” is the move, rather than opening a jump point into hyperspace.

Temporality: Morning/afternoon. This was another in a series of transit mixes. Hell, they’re mostly all transit mixes, but specifically this was when I was working the early shift driving up to Mayfield Heights. The last third or so of the list is an evening commute, but all of them, save for “Beautiful World” would be good for a morning or late afternoon drive.

Notable Tracks:

Soulstice – “Alright (3PM Mix)”

Andy Caldwell is a pimp. Let’s put that out there right now. I’ve been with Soulstice now since 2005 or 2006, and their sophomore offering is good, though it’s not as electronic as I had hoped. This track more or less spot on titled, though I think it’s more of a 10AM rather than a 3, but then again, I’ve never listened to it at 3PM. Gina René scores again with her vocals, which put just the right splash of soul into the track

Skream – “Where You Should Be”

Dubstep is all the rage right now, but the vast majority of it is just terrible, near atonal noise only fit for insane benders of hard drugs. Skream’s offering here however, is Skrillex on mellow drugs, with good manners, and a college degree. It’s high class dubstep. Late night cruising, or just cruising in general, at its grimy best. It keeps me awake…

Little Yellow Dance Machine – “Empty Spaces”

Medina – “You and I (Deadmau5 Remix)”

I like my trance either loud and melodic like someone slipped me a hit of E, or slowed down, vocal and contemplative. These two tracks are examples of the latter. The vocals are rich, sung by singers who know what they are doing. The tracks themselves are hypnotic without running into the trap of being repetitive (at least at first. The first twenty or so playthroughs are butter)

Shontelle – “Say Hello to Goodbye (Lenny B. Club Mix)”

Generally speaking, I don’t do breakup/cheating/revenge pop songs, mainly because they’re almost always slow and boring, ending with a resolution to do something everyone knows will so totally happen. Shontelle definitely does the same thing, but Lenny B put such a great track behind this song, that the words totally don’t matter.

Tracklist:

  1. Hindi Zahra – “Imik Si Mik”
  2. Sjonni’s Friends – “Coming Home”
  3. Patrice – “Nobody Else’s”
  4. Vampire Weekend – “White Sky (Cecile Remix)”
  5. Office Gossip – “Street Talk”
  6. Bonobo – “Kiara”
  7. Soulstice – “Alright (3PM Mix)”
  8. Soulstice – “Soul On Fire (Tribute to the Angel Mix)”
  9. The Mothership Orchestra – “London Breeze (Navigatorz Mix)
  10. Digitalism – “2 Hearts”
  11. Skream – “Where You Should Be”
  12. Ben Westbeech – “Falling (Original Extended Mix)”
  13. Richard Earnshaw feat. Oby – “Never Gonna Let You Down”
  14. Hanna Hais – “Parfum Chic (Matty’s II Deep Dub Mix)”
  15. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – “Off and On”
  16. Sylvia Tosun – “World Keeps Turning (Sted-E & Hybrid Heights Dub Mix)”
  17. Shontelle – “Say Hello to Goodbye (Lenny B. Club Mix)”
  18. Arias and Arno Cost feat Michael Feiner – “The Days to Come”
  19. UVUK – “Forever”
  20. Ad Brown feat Mango and Kerry Leva – “Tonight”
  21. Moonpax – “Ice Coffee”
  22. Mike Saint-Jules pres. Saint X feat Sandel – “Summerlives”
  23. Tiesto & Mark Knight feat. Dino – “Beautiful World (Original Club Mix)
  24. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – “Starlight”
  25. Little Yellow Dance Machine – “Empty Spaces”
  26. Medina – “You and I (Deadmau5 Remix)”
  27. Mark Romboy & Stephan Bodzin – “Atlas (Gui Boratto Remix)”
  28. Depeche Mode – “Personal Jesus (Alex Metric Remix)”
  29. Lena – “Taken By a Stranger”

Happy Listening!