An up-and-comer to love: Ryn Weaver

Ryn Weaver is a singer from New York and LA, and is actually really hard to Google stalk. What we know: Her real name is Aryn Wüthrich, she’s 21, and she’s released some other stuff on Soundcloud under the username FemFemFem.

She’s been working with my long-term favourite Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit (as well as Charli XCX – yuss!) and produced this gem which dropped on soundcloud a week ago.

Argh! So catchy!

Like her on Facebook to see what she does next.

The best BBC Radio1 Live Lounge covers

I love a good cover, and BBC1’s Live Lounge has some of the best covers around. Here are some of my faves:

Kings of Leon cover Robyn’s Dancing By Myself

Bastille cover Miley Cyrus’s We Can’t Stop

Usher cover’s Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People

Hit me up in the comments with your favourite celeb covers!

The best pop mashups of 2012… So far

One of my favourite things about hitting the end of any year is the year-in-review style music mashups.

They’re coming a little early this year, and while we’re still waiting on DJ Earworm’s anticipated United State of Pop 2012 round up, these are still good offerings.

Daniel Kim’s Pop Danthology 2012

Robin Skouteris’ PopLove 2012

Bobby Fisher’s Pop Life

Two reasons to love Lucy Spraggan

Lucy Spraggan

Lucy Spraggan is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Yorkshire who is about to become your new musical obsession.

She’s hit The X Factor UK like a breath of fresh air, winning hearts when she sings her own songs, losing them when she sings other people’s.

Her initial audition, singing Last Night, a humorous ode to drinking too much, saw her go through to the next round.

Her next original song was Tea and Toast and came during the bootcamp round.

Now she’s through to the finals – and you know who I’m hoping will see it through!

The best of the ‘Call Me Maybe’ meme

If you haven’t heard Carly Rae Jepsen’s catchy song Call Me Maybe, where have you been? This song has been played and parodied all over the place. Please stop listening to and hanging out on boring websites, and check out the original track here.

For the rest of you, here’s a compilation of the best videos, rage comics and meme pieces floating across the interwebs. Please add your favourites in the comments!

How much fun are Jimmy Fallon and The Roots having with Carly on this cover?

You know it’s blown up when ObamaDubs gets amongst.

The powercut version: With all your favourite internet stars like Keenan Cahill and Sam Tsui, pop stars Katy Perry, Jesse J and Justin Bieber, and actor James Franco:

And some statics to enjoy:

Call me Daddy

Not gonna happen

One Does Not Simply

Bath Salts

Back to the future maybe

Business time, maybe

This is dog

Thanks to Dave, Emma, and Bridget for their suggestions!

Creative covers of Top 40 hits

Longtime readers (and followers of me on Twitter) know I can’t resist a good YouTube clip, or a good tune. And sometimes I find something that meets both of those drives.

First up:

cdza create what they call “musical video experiments”, and here’s one called Pianists in Paris – seven players, one piano. Enjoy!

Kindof reminds me of the Walk Off The Earth version of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know

And while you’re checking out unusual covers of modern songs, check out Aston – here they are covering Katy Perry’s ET.

If you’ve discovered some amazing covers, I’d love to take a look – link me up in the comments! x

Top 40 hits that make me facepalm

It’s always amusing – and facepalmy – when a song with stupid lyrics makes it to the Top 40.

What’s worse is when the lyrics are in equal parts stupid and disrespectful. It’s as if the lyricists don’t have two braincells to rub together.

What if we swapped the genders – make the women the singers and the men featured in the lyrics – would we see them for what they really are? Here’s a sample of upended lyrics from some fine tunes that hit the top of the charts this year – that’s 2012, not 1962.

Whistle – by Flo Rida
I’m betting you love creep mode, and I’m betting you like boys that give love to boys, and stroke your little ego

The moral: Men like boys that give love to boys. It strokes their egos, hard.

Turn All The Lights On – by T Pain
This must be his song, dancing like ain’t nobody else in here, Sexy as he wanna be and he dancing so close to me. I said ‘please excuse you steppin’ on expensive shoes’. He is a perfect ten, this angelic body made you sin. I love the way you get it in, come over here and shake it for a lady – cause you want it

The moral: It turns out men actually really WANT to dance in front of leering women! And true ladies want men to “shake it”. Just mind my shoes, pet. They be pricey.

Sorry For Party Rocking – LMFAO
When I’m in the club, sippin bub, really drunk, and I see a guys ass, gotta have it. I’ma grab it.

The moral: If you’re drunk, just grab some random ass. No one minds.

International Love – Pitbull
I’ve been to countries and cities I can’t pronounce, and places on the globe I didn’t know existed. In Romania, he pulled me to the side and told me “Pit, you can have me, and my brother.”

The moral: Pitbull should have stayed in school, and these lyrics are actually fucking creepy… Even when the genders aren’t reversed.

The Motto – Drake
Some Spanish boys love me like I’m on Aventura… Clubbing hard, fucking men, ain’t much to do.

The moral: When bored, get busy. It makes you look cool.

Leave You Alone – Young Jeezy
[Dear boyfriend:] keep your stomach, inner thighs, and your legs right, while I’m out here focus getting this bread right.

The moral: Women won’t support a man with a beer gut. Get it sorted, guys.

I’m actually sick of this stuff. It’s awful. Why do we buy into it, and let it lace itself into our culture?!

To finish, I’ll paraphrase the worst of them all: Faded, by Tyga and Lil Wayne. These men are class and I hope their families are proud.

  • Women are dogs, so sexual partners get the nickname “Lassie”.
  • During sex, put your thumb in a woman’s anus, and then make her smell it, in the hopes that she vomits.
  • “Pregnant bitch titties” are bad because you can milk them.
  • Have sex with a woman while playing your own music, then break “a bitch heart” once you’re done.

Stay classy, gentlemen.

5 reasons to love Jónsi

Jónsi (real name Jón Þór Birgisson) is a singer-songwriter from Iceland who, I think, brings happiness and wonder back into music. He’s released a solo album, but gained fame as part of the Icelandic band Sigur Ros. Jónsi sometimes plays his guitar with a cello bow, wears sunglasses through entire shows and has invented his own language, which he calls “Hopelandic”.

So he’s ecclectic. That’s your first reason to love Jónsi. Here’s another four, in musical form:

Jónsi – Animal Arithmetic

Jónsi – Sinking Friendships

Jónsi – Kolniður

Jónsi covers MGMT’s Time to Pretend

I hope you enjoy him as much as I do!