The curse of dating a musician is he or she might write a less-than-flattering song about you, but in the universe of Theo Katzman‘s latest video for “Hard For You” the Brooklyn-based performer whose sound is best described as a blend of indie and soul takes the threat just a step further, imaging a world where the uber-sucessful musician stalks his ex through the inescapable landscape of ever-present advertisements.
“The song was inspired by the idea of my girlfriend leaving me for a guy who makes more money, who seems more professional, who has his life together more than I do,” explained Katzman, who was formerly part of the dance-oriented band My Dear Disco. “In the song, I explain how, while this other guy may have his job and his money, I’m the guy with the soul. I’m the guy with the music.”
Charlene Kaye‘s music is at once classic and contemporary, a mix of glam rock and classical music in just the right measures. In her new video for “Forever Is A Long Time,” she takes a darker turn.
“I wanted do a ballsy rock video, something that would really capture the chaos and panic of the song,” Kaye explained to VH1. “Liam (White, the video’s director) got a bunch of public access footage and projected it over us, and if you look closely you can see that there are two narratives going on- one of the past, and of the present, which is something I think is really beautiful and relevant to the song. The shots range from bombs raining down during WWII to old circus acts in the 1920s to the Hindenberg exploding, so there’s no lack of things to look at!”
“Forever Is A Long Time” is the third song off her most recent, Kickstarter-funded album, Animal Love, to get a music video, and is definitely less sunshine and hope than Kaye’s previous tracks.
What’s the recipe for the worst gig ever turned best? Just ask LA-based indie band Monsters Calling Home, who went from low to high in an instant. The back story: The band shot a music video for their song, “Fight to Keep” inside their Hondas. Honda came across it on YouTube and wanted to say thanks in an epic way as part of their Honda Loves You Back campaign, so Honda invited the band to play a private show for a bunch of executives.
Sounds like the break they needed, but when the band showed up for the gig, but there was no audience. They were told that everyone was held up in meetings. Worst gig ever. That’s when Honda dropped the big reveal — They weren’t meant to play for a bunch of execs, Honda had scored them a surprise slot on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Their priceless reactions were caught on film.
From worst to best in a couple of seconds. Priceless.
To test out the new ‘Pass The Pop’ feature on Pop Up Videos we asked our friends at Buzzworthy and BuzzFeed to join us in popping up fun’s “We Are Young” video. Did you know that singer Nate Ruess was “tipsy” when pitching the song to a producer? Or that guitarist Jack Antonoff‘s sister Rachel is featured in the video? You can join in on and Pop Up with us, or create your own video on the VH1 Pop Up Video site. Get popping! Read more…
Team StarKid — the Chicago-based theater company that boasts Glee’s Darren Criss among its primary collaborators – might be masters of pop culture parody with their Harry Potter and Batman-themed musicals blowing up on YouTube, but we wanted to see if they were really up-to-date on their pop culture references. When the troupe came through New York on their most recent Mayan-god themed Apocalyptour we sat them down for a little pop culture guessing game.
First up — 50 Shades of Grey. Do the StarKids know a thing or two about the most popular BDSM book series? We had them guess the fake quote amidst 3 real quotes from the novels. Let’s just say they weren’t as knowledgeable about kinky sex dungeons as they are about wizards and wands. (Warning: One swear word in this video, so it’s slightly NSFW!) Check back tomorrow when we quiz them on Hunger Games: Catching Fire.