Tag Archive: 2013


Fall Out Boy: “Save Rock and Roll” Album Review

Patrick Stump (if he isn’t officially already) should be hailed as one of the greatest singers alive…

He has a range that is infuriating to any XY types who try to do cover songs, and when put together with the lyrical prowess of Pete Wentz, it’s perfect.  This combination began in small underground club shows, and went worldwide, but in this video, you still see that part of them that thrives in the smaller settings (Warning: Explicit Language).

What more can I say… Continue reading

Introducing the Two Minute Classic

I have been writing music for a while now, and a friend recently proposed a very intriguing idea.  Let’s be honest, the attention span of the average Youtube viewer is around 1 to 2 minutes, unless you are Taylor Swift, in which case you get 20 to 25 minutes from the same obsessed teenagers daily.  And equally as fleeting (on a grander scale) is the ever changing library of electronic “instruments” and sounds people use to make music.  Yet and still, when someone really wants to tug at those heart strings, they fall back onto piano, violin, cello, or some other stringed instrument.  So how does a musician hoping to maximize his Youtube views go about it?

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Enter the Two Minute Classic

Just enough of a popular song to make you appreciate how it was redone, but not enough to bore you when creativity fails and you have to repeat a musical idea.  Anyone else sick of the 5 minute cover video with the 50 second intro apologizing for not being that good at guitar, or sick at the moment, or any of that other nonsense no one cares about?  Get to the song already.  And then when they do, it’s a pseudo-emotional, slower version of the song, because nothing says “musician” like the same open guitar chords capo-ed to be in the right key, strummed in the most familiar pattern known to man.  But it works for some people…they are at least musical enough to add harmony…and record with a microphone that wasn’t an accessory on a cell phone.

Below is my first installment into this Two Minute Classic idea: pop song, classical instrumentation, abridged to give you enough of a taste without filling you up.  Enjoy.

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OneRepublic – Counting Stars, Violin and Guitar Cover by The Last City.

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Save Rock and Roll – Fall Out Boy ( Acoustic Guitar, Violin, Piano ) Cover by The Last City

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Justin Bieber – Bad Day (From Heartbreaker – Guitar and Violin Cover by The Last City)

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My Chemical Romance – I Don’t Love You (Violin and Guitar Cover by The Last City)

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Justin Timberlake – Amnesia (Cover by The Last City)

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OneRepublic- Love Runs Out (Cover by The Last City)

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Damien Rice – What If I’m Wrong (Acoustic Cover by Adam from The Last City)

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Ed Sheeran- Sing (Violin and Guitar Cover by The Last City)

Top 5 Justin Timberlake Moments

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I must admit, I am quite the Justin Timberlake fan.  When I accidentally stumbled across the news of his new single coming out (I happened to find it literally within 20 minutes of the release), I bought that bad boy so quickly there weren’t even comments on ITunes yet.  So, in anticipation of the new album, I had to throw together a quick post for all those nostalgic fans who, like me, are counting the days.

So I present my personal top 5 favorite Justin Timberlake moments (in no particular order…I refuse to decide) Continue reading

Bruno Mars: “Unorthodox Jukebox” Album Review

Saturday Night Live kept Bruno Mars busy when he stopped by…

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Between doing a quite impression range of musical and character impressions, Bruno Mars found the time to take the stage and perform.  With a couple months left before his new, highly anticipated album came out, he gave an incredible rendition of the introduction track, “Young Girls”.  He is a man with everything to prove, and from the sound of it, took his time to make sure he got every detail right.

There’s really nothing to be said except that this was clearly a preview of something incredible ahead. Continue reading