Our Favorite Modern Day Xmas Tunes

Mariah Carey- “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jN6nvuWIWc

Cee Lo Green- “This Christmas”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QYxHds7fR0

Lady Antebellum- “A Holly Jolly Christmas”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hBsjONxPq0

Justin Bieber- “All I Want For Christmas Is You”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGFNmEOntFA

Coldplay- “Christmas Lights”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1rYmzQ8C9Q

Glee Cast- “White Christmas”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSRQjO-bpIA

Last Christmas vs. Gangnam Style
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv5TXUrOGhs

Backstreet Boys- “It’s Christmas Time Again”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aj9NokRStdU

Dubstep Christmas Lights
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7LtfYPV96M

Sufjan Stevens- “Christmas Unicorn”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_cPQn6vOdo

Colbie Caillat- “Christmas In The Sand”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RtSu3woTKM

John Lennon- “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN4Uu0OlmTg

Michael Buble- “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aw2yuYAKoE

Nsync- “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKj92352UAE

Now that’s how you end a show…

Now that’s how you end a show…

A Tribute To “M”TV’s Former Glory, On The Anniversary of “Thriller”

Anyone born before the early 90s can attest to the fact that Music Television was, once upon a time, based solely upon the topic of its namesake. Rather than exposing the world to pregnant teens and bros fighting bros, it was once actually a television station that introduced us to the cultural phenomenon of music videos. Moreover, the content of these videos was greatly superior to anything getting produced these days. While today’s youth is exposed to rappers popping bottles surrounded by half-naked women, music videos were once mini movies with expertly crafted plots and groundbreaking choreography.

The foremost example of this is, of course, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” still renowned as the best video of all time 29 years after its release.

MJ was a pioneer in the music industry, moon-walking his way up the charts with the most influential pop music video of all time. Not only were his moves revolutionary, still memorized by most semi-conscious human beings today, but the success of “Thriller” actually broke down racial boundaries as the first black artist to be featured on many “white” stations.

The video has sold over nine million copies and been seen by more than four BILLION people all over the world. Talk about a legacy.

Happy Birthday, “Thriller,” and RIP MTV, we miss you!

Honoring a legend…Happy 70th Birthday to the one and only Jimi Hendrix!

iAlbums new site launching soon!

Hey followers! Are you pumped for the launch of a brand new and revolutionary music player? Check out some of the new features coming along with the new iAlbums site, set to launch any day now!

First of all, no longer is your iTunes library the limit; here, you’ll have access to 11 million YouTube videos, all of which have been totally re-cataloged for your convenience! Think of the new site like a Pinterest for these videos. Your “PlayBoard,” as you will come to know it, is your personal space for videos of your choice in addition to automatically generated information on your favorite artists, including Wikipedia pages, their latest Facebook posts and tweets, and much more. Moreover, we make it easy to discover new music based on your tastes in a way that has never been done before—by exposing you to your favorite artists’ influences, rather than just remaining in a particular genre. The whole experience is very simple and user-friendly; we do all the hard stuff for you, all you have to do is sit back, listen and learn!

The most engaged users can make the experience even more fun AND rewarding by becoming their favorite artists’ “biggest fan.” This will allow them to achieve “gold records,” which result in free music downloads, concert tickets, and many more incentives.

Soon you will be able to experience the iAlbums revolution for yourself! Stay tuned for music news and updates on the official launch of our new and improved site, which will be available WORLDWIDE!

The Willy Wonka of the music biz is at it again! This past weekend, Peter Shapiro launched the Jazz & Colors Festival in New York, a free event featuring thirty bands playing identical setlists throughout Central Park.
Peter Shapiro is the driving force behind Brooklyn Bowl, Relix Magazine, and the recent reopening of the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY, amongst several other business ventures.
Check out the setlist below & read more about the festival here.

The First Set
"Straight No Chaser" - Thelonious Monk, 1951
"Take The A Train" - Billy Strayhorn, 1939
"Central Park West" - John Coltrane,
"Nature Boy" - Eden Ahbez, 1947
"Fall" - The Miles Davis Quartet, 1967
"Autumn Serenade" - Johnny Harman / John Coltrane, 1963
"Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" - Charles Mingus, 1959
"Manhattan" - Rodgers and Hart, 1925
"Blue Train" - John Coltrane, 1957
Intermission
Featuring Jazz & Colors Rising Stars Soloist Contest Winners,
The Second Set
"Scrapple From The Apple" - Charlie Parker, 1947
"The Blues Walk" - Clifford Brown and Max Roach, 1955
"Body and Soul" - Louis Armstrong, 1930
"Skating in Central Park" - John Lewis, 1959
"Rhythm-A-Ning" - Thelonious Monk, 1957
"Peace" - Ornette Coleman, 1959
"Nostalgia in Times Square" - Charles Mingus, 1960
"Autumn in New York" - Vernon Duke, 1934
"Empire State of Mind" - Jay-Z & Alicia Keys, 2009

The Willy Wonka of the music biz is at it again! This past weekend, Peter Shapiro launched the Jazz & Colors Festival in New York, a free event featuring thirty bands playing identical setlists throughout Central Park.

Peter Shapiro is the driving force behind Brooklyn Bowl, Relix Magazine, and the recent reopening of the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY, amongst several other business ventures.

Check out the setlist below & read more about the festival here.

The First Set

  • "Straight No Chaser" - Thelonious Monk, 1951
  • "Take The A Train" - Billy Strayhorn, 1939
  • "Central Park West" - John Coltrane,
  • "Nature Boy" - Eden Ahbez, 1947
  • "Fall" - The Miles Davis Quartet, 1967
  • "Autumn Serenade" - Johnny Harman / John Coltrane, 1963
  • "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" - Charles Mingus, 1959
  • "Manhattan" - Rodgers and Hart, 1925
  • "Blue Train" - John Coltrane, 1957

Intermission

  • Featuring Jazz & Colors Rising Stars Soloist Contest Winners,

The Second Set

  • "Scrapple From The Apple" - Charlie Parker, 1947
  • "The Blues Walk" - Clifford Brown and Max Roach, 1955
  • "Body and Soul" - Louis Armstrong, 1930
  • "Skating in Central Park" - John Lewis, 1959
  • "Rhythm-A-Ning" - Thelonious Monk, 1957
  • "Peace" - Ornette Coleman, 1959
  • "Nostalgia in Times Square" - Charles Mingus, 1960
  • "Autumn in New York" - Vernon Duke, 1934
  • "Empire State of Mind" - Jay-Z & Alicia Keys, 2009

Get Off Your Butt (or don’t) And HELP! Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts Made Simple

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve seen the pictures. You’ve heard the news. You know the Jersey Shore is destroyed, nearly 100 lives have been taken, and homes all over the Northeast left in shambles. Sandy was a ruthless one, and while New York and the other areas affected will undoubtedly bounce back, they need all the help they can get right now. Here are some ways you can help—some without even getting off your couch!

-From the US, text 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross

-Log in to your iTunes account and select an amount to donate

-Party for a Cause! Santos Party House in NYC hosting fundraiser tonight, Nov. 6 featuring an all-star DJ lineup

-Many New Yorkers are without food. Donate to the Food Bank for New York City here

-New York—Want to get out there and help? Check out what supplies are needed and where you can go to volunteer here

-Donate to the New York Dream Center and leave the work to them—these guys are out there feeding, clothing and comforting the community daily

-A list of ways to help Staten Island here

-Donate to reconstruction efforts here

-Lots of volunteering and donation options for all over can be found here

-Aaaaaaaand even more options listed here

We’ve given you plenty of options; now go DO something. Anything. Every little bit helps.

Stay strong New York, Jersey, and everywhere else affected by this terrible tragedy- IT WILL GET BETTER!

HeadCount Participation Tour To Benefit Hurricane Relief

An awesome organization just got even more awesome. HeadCount is a voter registration non-profit that pairs democracy with the power of music to encourage people to make their voice heard and get out and vote. You can spot their presence at concerts and events across America as volunteers target young people where they’re already at to make the registration process easy as pie.

With Election Day coming up, HeadCount planned a “Participation Tour” to hype everyone up for the election and remind people to actually get out there and vote. The 4-city run stars Anders Osborne and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and has thus far hit Baltimore, Philly and Washington, DC, culminating tonight in New York City. In addition to Osborne and Dumpsta, tonight’s show will feature an all-star lineup including Questlove, Bela Fleck, and Scott Metzger of Ween.

While the shows have always been for a good cause, the devastating effects of the hurricane have shaken things up a bit. Upon seeing just some of the devastation caused by Sandy, HeadCount Executive Director Andy Berstein decided to put 100% of the tour’s proceeds towards hurricane relief efforts. The money will be donated to City Harvest, which provides meals to victims of the tragedy.

In Manhattan this evening with no plans? Tickets are still available for this awesome event! Listen to some great New Orleans funk while donating to a great cause. Click here for tickets

Hurricane Sandy Relief Through The Power Of Music

As Hurricane relief efforts carry on throughout the Northeast, a star-studded lineup took the stage this past Friday to help raise money for the place that many of them call home.

The hour long NBC telethon, “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together,” aimed to raise money for the American Red Cross by calling to attention the immense amount of damage and asking for donations. The most special part, however, was the personal stories from celebrities whose hometowns were affected by the tragedy.

Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi hailed from New Jersey, Billy Joel paid homage to his native Long Island, Mary J. Blige and Christina Aguilera repped NYC and Sting and some of the members of Aerosmith repped Boston. The songs were emotional and powerful, offering hope, sympathy and encouragement.

Between performances were montages of the destruction amidst calls for donations from more Northeast natives, including Danny DeVito, Jon Stewart and Brian Williams.

Read more about the broadcast here, and text 90999 to donate $10 to the U.S. Red Cross.

Hurricane Sandy’s Impact On The Music Industry

Hurricane Sandy has finally simmered down, leaving a whole mess of destruction and devastation in her wake. With a death toll around 40, over 8 million left without power, and homes and restaurants along the coast beyond repair, this can be considered nothing short of a tragedy. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the disaster and we’ll be praying for the fastest possible recovery of the Northeast.

On a lighter note, let’s take a look at some of ways the storm affected the music industry.

It was one of the busiest weekends of the year for artists—particularly in New York, where Halloween is often celebrated for a week straight. Pre-Halloween weekend is huge for concerts and events all over the city. Some big ones that had to be cancelled or postponed were:

-Ghostface Killah at the Highline Ballroom in NYC

-Journey at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn

-Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Rochester, NY

-Trey Anastasio at the newly renovated Capitol Theater, Port Chester, NY (postponed)

-The xx cancelled tour dates all over the coast

-Pretty Lights cancelled several appearances

-Rufus Wainwright w/ fun. had to cancel appearance at marriage-equality benefit

The list goes on and on. While the artists will suffer some financial damage here, the venues and clubs that had to shut down due to power failure or water damage—most of which will not be up and running for another few days—certainly got hit the hardest. We’re talking about some of their biggest nights of the year here; Halloween celebrations come second only to New Year’s Eve. The financial loss caused by losing a week of concerts and events—this week, in particular—will be devastating to many businesses.

Read more about Sandy’s effects on the music biz here