Restarting blogs: I’m back after a long hiatus! Why…?

October 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm (Musings) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

still here, but I've remained mainly unseen.

Yes it’s true! I’ve decided to restart posting my thoughts and blogs after many months on the lam. Why? Many reasons, one of them being, that I felt I was being to cryptic & withholding (holding back) my thoughts & opinions on music, life, and the world.

I was hiding out in the social media outlets on the internet (i.e. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc.). I had grown a little embittered that all the hard work into my stories, interviews, reviews, etc., were becoming redundant. Namely, I was putting in way too much effort, for so little in return. I mean, meeting & interviewing artists, improving your websites, social media integration, it’s all gravy in the beginning, but it tends to get “the same” after a long time without other motivations.

I was getting a bit worn or burned out. A saying in the blogging world (that I heard) was, “Once you no longer have that stop at nothing, all consuming passion about your writing subject…you might as well stop.”

So I did for awhile, and a month turned into a couple months with little motivation to write new creative articles and stories…until something changed. I found that there were increased e-mails to myself from new contacts! People contacting me, asking for my opinions on music/artists/bands. I was sent a lot more new music from different sources, and asked to do interviews.

In a nutshell, I was becoming busier in “my hiatus” than during my busiest writing/blogging periods. I asked myself and friends why? It seemed strange to me…but my friends and I agreed, that I had probably established myself online enough at that point online, to be considered a respectable & reputable source in the niche of “Canadian indie music”. I saw that there was no point to ask why, but to accept the good fortune and try to move forward with it, and to not take myself to seriously this time.

Let’s see where this goes…

~Jason

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Their Talent always shines through…Darrelle London and Charice

May 23, 2010 at 4:20 pm (Indie Artists, Musings) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I know that I don’t blog very much nowadays (because I’m always trying to up the content on my other sites), however, occasionally I see thinks that “spike” me into writing a reply.

I woke up today Sun. May 23rd, 2010 & I saw 2 things in the Sunday Entertainment section of the Toronto Star (the biggest newspaper in Canada) that struck my attention.

1) The top 10 music sellers according to Nielsen Soundscan for May 10 – 16th. Out of the top 10, at least 4 of those artists/bands I would count as indie music artists.

Actually #1 was an artist named Charice (real name Charice Pempengco) who gained her fame with talent, severe heavy hitter music biz backing & Oprah show.

2) There is a feature article on a couple pages later on Toronto indie music artist, Darrelle London. She has apparently been gathering steam, as her music caught the eye of Perez Hilton (signed with his music label), and she’s getting a big push with her album’s upcoming release “Edible Word Parade”.

WHY AM I BLOGGING ABOUT THIS??

1) Basically, I’m trying to show my point, that indie artists in many cases…crack the top selling charts. Meaning, in many cases, major music selling stars, get their start as indie artists. Not tons of them, but there are lot’s of them. As well Lady Gaga (who is on the list but I didn’t count as Indie), well about 2-3 years ago, Gaga was a New York City indie artist nobody heard about…

Charice Pempengco – I’ve known about this teenage super pop vocalist for awhile on YouTube. She’s had the backing of mega producer David Foster, and her YouTube videos can give you chills with her singing ability. Now, of course getting Oprah’s seal of approval with an invite on her show, cannot hurt an artist’s chances…

2) Darrelle London – I knew about her too…why I wrote a feature on her over a month ago. The Star article says all this good fortune is coming her way, which it is, however, she was instrumental in that happening. She contacted Perez Hilton, she sends her music to anyone she thinks would be interested (like me), basically she makes her own chances, and I happy for her successes (like getting on 90210) soundtrack.

My closing statement is that if you have a good ear (or write about music all the time), know what quality/talented artists/music sounds like, you will generally have heard of the “Breaking New Music Artists” way before they have broken into the mainstream (you aren’t surprised!).

For example,Stefani Germanotta, now known as Lady Gaga, performing at Ultraviolet Live, NYU’s annual talent show. She ended up coming in 3rd place. 2nd place was Funky Butter. 1st place was Tom Costello & Stephan Magloire. I think this was 2006…

Lady GaGa before she was famous…

~Jason a.k.a. Chodidee

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“Latent Anxiety” is a nominee for online eWorld Music Award 2010

January 26, 2010 at 11:36 pm (Indie Artists, Music Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

About half a year ago, as I was just beginning my foray into Social media, I got wind of the experimental/electronic/rock band from L.A. called Latent Anxiety. They a bring a dark vibe in their mix of sounds, with dark videos, but with strong relevant lyrics. It’s a hybrid of electronic and rock to produce a euro industrial sound. It’s really hard to describe, there’s links for you check below, and I’ll put in one my fav videos of theirs.

Latent Anxiety is an accomplished group, winning awards in a variety of categories. In the past, Latent Anxiety won the Equinox I Music Video & Audio Contest 2009 www.akmusicvideo.com/contest1.php.

Presently, Latent Anxiety is one of the three contending nominees to win the online eWorld Music Award 2010 www.eworldmusicawards.com/node/29. If you can help them out and vote for them, as today is the last day of the competition.  But you be the judge, the links and video are below.

~Jason a.k.a. Chodidee

Check out their links:

www.latentanxiety.com
www.myspace.com/latentanxiety
www.youtube.com/latentanxiety
www.twitter.com/latentanxiety
www.delvianrecords.com/html/latent_anxiety.html

Latent Anxiety – Galley [HD]

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Junior League Band is the real deal

November 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm (Indie Artists, Music Reviews, Musings) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The funny thing is at the Examiner website, my topic is Canadian music, which is a large and broad topic, however, I’m not allowed to write about anything else. This of course leaves out many great musicians/indie bands out there. So, I’ll use this blog to put up some cool new “foreign” music that I’m not allowed print at the Examiner.com/Canada.

You know that saying, “when you least expect it, you get it!”, well that saying goes far in explaining how I got introduced to this next band’s music. Normally, it’s myself trolling through the internet, music sites, listening to songs, looking for that group that just shines & sparkles. Oftentimes it’s few and far between. This time the band, found me on Twitter. I usually find my way listening to most of what people send me, but realistically I only time to write about a certain number of acts.

There are many ways to look at indie: just starting out & trying to find their sound; those that are starting to turn heads & have the talent, and are gigging like mad to make it (at this time they are pretty much ready); Indie/underground groups that have been around so long that they are very respected, but shameful they didn’t break through into the mainstream.

I would class the Junior League band in the second category, as they certainly are up and coming, but they bring a throwback roots/americana/country/acoustic sound. The Lissy Rosemount (the singer) stands out from the pack as her soulful voice that is truly unique, & the band has that polished sound that comes with many performances together. Anyway, you can check out their videos for yourselves. I chose: South Carolina Blues and Kiss You In The Morning b/c. they are more their “music videos”, the other clips are more raw performances.

Junior League Band- South Carolina Blues

Junior League Band – Kiss You In The Morning

If you want to see more, or leave a comment with them, check out these links:

Junior League Band’s Official Homepage: http://www.juniorleagueband.com/

Junior League Band’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/JuniorLeague

Junior League Band’s Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/juniorleagueband

Junior League Band’s Twitter: http://twitter.com/JrLeagueBand2

~ Jason Chu

Canadian Music Examiner


Jason Chu’s Twitter

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New trend…that I’ve seen in YouTube videos

November 9, 2009 at 6:28 pm (Musings) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

As you probably know I have a YouTube channel, and for the first 2 1/2 years, I rarely used or touched it. With jumping headlong into the social media abyss, I decided to re-start/re-brand my YouTube channel as one that purely focused on music. I’ve structured it with all “Uploads” being mainstream popular music (music live performances – that will probably get more views). So, with the idea that my uploaded videos bring in viewers, all my “favourites” are than my indie, underground, unsigned music artists.

That wasn’t the trend I was talking about, you see on more popular videos (thousands, hundred thousands views, etc.), the video at first is the draw – people want to see the video (it’s fresh/new). It gets piles of views & record companies and concert-filming uploaders are happy. This is where the switch happens…after awhile when there is a fair number of comments, it becomes more like a forum board, and about the exchanges and interchanges through comments! Not only that, sometime the comments may be on a topic unrelated to the video (i.e. anything MJ).

I wasn’t aware of this before b/c. I didn’t have any videos that drew that many views. Why do they do it? I don’t really know, maybe they think they will get more attention to their own channels by posting comments? Some are just fans and like talking about the artist, other times the YouTubers get into arguments that get quite heated.

So, if you think that the only reason people use YouTube is to watch cool videos, that’s clearly not true. Another point to support that, is a lot of YouTubers are just “watchers” not “uploaders of videos”. I don’ t know the stats, but it’s true. So, a lot YouTubers come to watch & talk. Here are some samples.

My current most popular YouTube video (look at all the comments, it’s like a forum on the artist Chrisette Michele)

Chrisette Michele – Blame it on Me (Letterman – Song only version)

Radiohead – Reckoner (Live from the Basement) *The comments become dialogues & questions with each other*


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10 years of waiting for…Dawn Langstroth

September 18, 2009 at 1:07 am (Indie Artists, Music Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Dawn Langstroth exclusive article (The Examiner)

Written by: Jason Chu

http://bit.ly/2a6dqw

Dawn Langstroth "Highwire" will release Sept. 25th, 2009

Dawn Langstroth "Highwire" will be released Sept. 25th, 2009

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Who is Justin Bieber? Does he deserve his 15 minutes of fame…so soon?

September 15, 2009 at 9:53 am (Major Label, Music Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Examiner Bio

The Examiner: article written by ~ Jason Chu

http://bit.ly/fwLDz

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In-Flight Safety Music Review

August 10, 2009 at 4:00 am (Indie Artists, Music Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

http://www.inflightsafety.ca
http://www.myspace.com/inflightsafety

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada

In-Flight Safety

In-Flight Safety

In-Flight Safety
Musicality:
♫♫♪
Vocals:
♫♫♫
Lyrics:
♫♫♫
Flow/Rhythm:
♫♫♪
Freshness:
♫♫♪
Technicality/Quality of Recording: ♫♫♫♪
Visuals/Marketing: ♫
Overall: ♫♫♫
(Out of a maximum ♫)
Let me repeat something fairly evident from previous reviews. A) I’m a hard examiner and am honest with my assessment; B) I’m consistent because I’m comparing the singers/bands to many others that I hear on a continual basis; C) I’m not the biggest fan of the softer rock/pop sound…keep that in mind.
I tend to favor music that has a bit of edge, that sits on the fence of control and mayhem. You can have this edgy attitude in bands/singers in almost any genre (i.e. Metal, Rock, Hip Hop, R&B, Country, Electro, House, Dance, etc.). In-Flight Safety is a little more toned down and refined modeling their sound after New Age 80’s groups to a heavy influence on Cold Play. They play very tight and it shows in a great recording that I listened to on their Myspace page a few times. Their Myspace page described them as Pop/Rock/Indie which they are, however, they lean more on the pop side with a strong melodious music and singing. The thing is, there’s just a little too much Cold Play-esque sound in their music, so it was hard more me to hear them as soley “In-Flight Safety”. The vocals, the melodies, music, and videos are of high quality, I just think the “freshness/flow & rhythm” sections suffer a bit because you want to hear their “distinct” sound (i.e. You don’t want the Pearl Jam effect of the late 90’s). I think In-Flight Safety has a lot of upside, and if they keep making new tracks and maturing as artists, I think they have the potential to do well.
Check In-Flight Safety out on their Twitter:

http://twitter.com/InFlight_Safety

My top song choices of In-Flight Safety are:
1) Big White Elephant
2) I Could Love You More
3) Coast is Clear
Coast is Clear

Model Homes

Surround

~ Jason Chu

http://twitter.com/Chodidees

http://www.myspace.com/chodidee

http://www.youtube.com/Chodidee

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