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Midterms Week Playlist

This week, MTL will cater to the college kids who are stuck in the library studying, writing papers, and procrastinating. Everyone can use a good playlist, so here is one to get you through midterms week.

  1. Maroon 5–“Stutter”
  2. Maria Rita–“Num Corpo So”
  3. Ke$ha–” Blow”
  4. Bruno Mars–“The Lazy Song”
  5. Everclear–“I Will Buy You A New Life”
  6. Britney Spears–“Oops I Did It Again”
  7. Natalie Imbruglia–“Torn”
  8. Nena–“99 Luftballons”
  9. Inna–“Hot”
  10. Avril Lavigne–“What the Hell

Would you rather cope with midterms as spelled out to the left, or with the playlist? To listen to the entire playlist, and watch the music videos, click here.

O Tempo Não Pára

MTL Readers,

I have not been able to post on time lately.  However, I have made sure I could get something up by the end of the day Thursday. My school life has been crazy with a lot die this week. I will get back into the groove soon! This week I have been working on a music presentation for my Portuguese class.  My group focused on Brazilian singer Cazuza and his song “O Tempo Não Pára“.  The title translates to “Time Never Stops”.

More to come,

Alex

Band Takes Advantage of Social Media to Promote New Album

Photo: Christine Marie (http://www.socialdistortion.com)

Social Distortion, a rock ‘n roll quartet from Orange County, Ca., is releasing their new album, Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes, on January 18, 2011. The first track, “Road Zombie” is pure music; no voices at all. The track shows that the members truly appreciate music for what it is and aren’t in the business for the fame or to perform the catchiest tune ever created. It sets the tone for the entire album and lets the listener know that they are about to experience: quality music that goes deep into the member’s souls.

If you want to get a great deal on some quality tracks, this is the ideal opportunity. They have an agreement with Amazon.com to reduce the price of the album. For every 100,000 streams, Amazon.com will reduce the album price by $1.00. Each time you listen to a song counts as a stream, so listen as much as you like; the more you listen, the less the album will cost.

Listen here: http://www.voxbloc.com/share/social-distortion-album-stream. Be sure to share the link on MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter to get more streams!

Full album review to come!

Merry Christmas from MTL!

More Than Listening would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas! Some of our favorite bands have released new holiday tracks.  As a treat, you will find links to those holiday songs below for you to download for FREE!

“Keep Me Warm” by The Downtown Fiction

“Love This Holiday” by New County

“Paper and Pen” by Rocky Loves Emily

“Won’t Say Goodbye” by Honor Society— not a holiday song, but still FREE

As a gift to us, please tell your friends about MTL by tweeting about @morethanlisten, sharing a story on facebook, or just showing them the site. Thanks for the support!

Bruno Mars: 1 Man, 1 Year, 7 Grammy Nominations

Bruno Mars (center) and band mates celebrating their Grammy nominations.

Prior to 2010, many Americans had never heard of the name Bruno Mars. Now, his work is so prominent that you may be listening to a song he worked on right now. As a singer, songwriter, and producer he has had his hands on many 2010 chart-toppers. While writing and performing with the likes of Travie McCoy, B.o.B. and Cee Lo Green, Mars was also working on his debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans.

Doo-Wops & Hooligans was released in October and has reached the #3 position on the Billboard 200. Bruno’s first single “Just the Way You Are” made it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. This album has a very eclectic sound and seems to have influences from many genres.  The album starts with his second single, “Grenade”, a simplistic blues tune about a man who would do anything for the woman he loves (but she won’t do the same) and goes into an old school rock tune, “Runaway Baby”, and a reggae-inspired collaboration with Damian Marley titled “Liquor Store Blues”. Bruno Mars allows listeners into his soul as he sings about things like heartbreak and friendship.

As reported on RollingStone.com, songs he had a hand in creating were some of the best-selling singles of 2010. His “Just the Way You Are” claimed #3 on Amazon’s Top-Selling Singles of 2010 list and #18 on iTunes’ Top-Selling Singles of 2010 list. The collaboration with Travie McCoy, “Billionaire”, is ranked #15 and #12 respectively. Bruno Mars has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards including Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Just the Way You Are”. Mars has also been nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Producer of the Year.

Some may think of Bruno Mars as an overnight celebrity, but he has been working in the music industry since he was seventeen years old. The year 2010 has been a successful year for him and allowed him to break out into the mainstream music scene. He has proved himself a force to be reckoned with in the music industry and is possibly the biggest breakout star of the year.  Can Mars shine past Grammy veterans like Eminem, Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, and Alicia Keys?

A Local Favorite: MTV Push Artist of the Week

As I write this, I cannot help but fill with a sense of pride. I remember the day I met these guys; they were one of the opening acts for Valencia at the Ottobar in Baltimore, Md. in 2009. They were just three teenagers from Fairfax, Va. looking for some gas money to get to their next show.

Now, The Downtown Fiction is signed to Photo Finish Records and is MTV Push Artist of the week. The threesome has grown from playing hometown shows at Jammin’ Java (on the nights bassist David Pavluk was not working) to an international act. In September, they toured with We the Kings in Japan and noticed the cultural differences between American and Japanese audiences. Lead singer Cameron Leahy told MTV, “Everyone is really respectful and polite, and everybody will be rocking out to a song… then all of a sudden you finish and everyone is like—silence”.

TDF will be touring with The Ready Set and Allstar Weekend on the GLMR KLLS tour starting in February. The guys will be returning to Baltimore on March 6, 2011, and you can guarantee I will be there to support them.

Be sure to like them on Facebook and download their new holiday track “Keep Me Warm” for free tomorrow!

NOTE: Drummer Eric Jones promised me an ice skating trip (peer pressure does wonders) haha.

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