Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Tunesday: Nick Jonas "Levels"

For the first time in Leslie Taylor's Manic Neon Wasteland history, this Tunesday does not come with an accompanying music video. Why? Because I hate the music video for this song. Usually the blatant sexual exploitation of the female back up dancers doesn't bother me (too used to it) but this one really has no grounds. I don't know.

Regardless, keeping with the trend started last week with Fleur's "Sax", here is another catchy-as-hell pop song. I first heard this song while using the washroom of a restaurant when I was out for lunch with a friend. Although I was finished my business, I stayed in the stall until the song was over because I was enjoying it so much. I tried to commit the lyrics to memory so that I could find out what song it was, but my memory left all helpful information behind in the stall. Despite my seniors moment, I was able to hunt down the song and have been enjoying it ever since. Now, it is your turn.

A little bonus: I was never a Jonas Brother's fan, and I would not call myself a Nick Jonas fan today (I really don't like "Jealous")... but, if you like a good laugh as much as I do, watch this clip from their reality TV show "Married to Jonas" entitled "Kevin Feels the Pressure" and enjoy the complete lack of chemistry between the two of them, the awkwardness radiating off of both Danielle and Kevin, the stiff delivery of "Oh, you're talking to me!" that makes me wonder if Danielle has ever been around a dog before that was filmed...  If you ever find your confidence in your romantic relationship lagging, watch this clip, and suddenly even the most bland couple looks like a riske, whirlwind rom-com compared to Kevin and Danielle.

(A.N. This clip is the only clip from Married to Jonas I've watched. I have no idea what their relationship is actually like. All statements are made off of this one clip. Please do not kill me.)

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Tunesday: Gotye "Seven Hours With a Backseat Driver"

I had the pleasure of getting free tickets to see Gotye when he played Ontario Place in 2012. I, like everyone else in the audience, only knew "Somebody I used to Know." And while the majority of the people left after he played his radio hit (which I found incredibly rude - it was an outdoor summer concert, he can see you in the audience, guys), I was completely won over by the amazing animations that accompanied his music. They've all been uploaded to his youtube channel - I highly recommend taking a look.

"Seven Hours with a Backseat Driver" is my favourite of his music videos. Don't ask me why. I couldn't even begin to fathom why I love it so much. Is it the bright colours? The warped vintage aesthetic? The fact that this video terrifies my friend so much (who was also at the concert, which is really the only way you'd know about it) that she is afraid to open any of the links I send her because I've try to prank her so many times with it? (I'm never going to stop).

Here's a double shot of Gotye, following the twisted vintage animation theme: "State of the Art"

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Tunesday: Stromae "Tous Le Memes"

I live for the emotive "echo" dancers in this video. I just think it's so cool, I'm having a hard time putting it into words. And the lush geometric fabric of his blazer, to put it in the words of Stromae himself, c'est formidable!