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Nerdy Heartbeat’s Best Songs of 2010 (so far) August 9, 2010

Sleigh Bells – Crown on the Ground

Foxy Shazam – Oh Lord

Drake – The Resistance

Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

The Wonder Years – Washington Square Park

Motion City Soundtrack – A Lifeless Ordinary (Need a Little Help)

Against Me! – Because of the Shame

Janelle Monae – Cold War

Kanye West – Power

The Gaslight Anthem – Orphans

Four Year Strong – Find My Way Back

The Morning Of – The Ones That Fall Apart

The Maine – Inside of You

The Rocket Summer – Of Men and Angels

LCD Soundsystem – You Wanted A Hit

B.o.B + Hayley Williams – Airplanes

Los Campesinos! – This is A Flag. There Is No Wind.

3OH!3 – Streets of Gold

Mc Chris – Smackababy

Coheed and Cambria – Far

Nicki Minaj (feat Sean Garrett) – Massive Attack

Frightened Rabbit – Nothing Like You

Portugal. The Man – 1000 Years

Minus the Bear – My Time

M.I.A. – Steppin Up

Youtube them. Download them. Buy their albums. Buy their merch. Go to their concerts and their support their music!

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Streets of Gold: Love ’em or Hate ’em, These Colorado Dudes Still Love to Party July 9, 2010

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Yo bro! This 3OH!3 band is totally destroying music! How can people like ’em? They’re not even an actual “band”. They have absolutely no talent, yet their famous! What the hell? Yup 3OH!3, the Colorado-based electro-rap duo, have their share of haters but in a scene plastered with bands like Brokencyde, Millionaires and like 28 radio hits each month that have to do with *ahem* “gettin all up with that shorty on the dance floor”, is two dudes making some silly party music really the worst thing ever?

Don’t answer that question. It really doesn’t matter because frankly, 3OH!3 are walking on streets of gold (see what I did there?). What started off as a white suburban version of Spank Rock became something far more extreme. Every Warped Tour they go on, their fanbase of scene kids, ironic hipsters, biddies and kids who just love to dance gets bigger and more dedicated. It all peaked at the 2009 Warped, in the midst of “Don’t Trust Me” going Top 40; I was there, in a sea of neon and stutter shades. The band’s gang signs were up with pride as the crowd from one end to the other sang and danced in unison. It was ridiculous. It was silly. But it was awesome. Why? Well…

I was never really able to explain my admiration for 3OH!3 to the haters out there other than that it’s just really fun party music. But even that’s a weird reason, for me at least: I prefer Midtown over Cobra Starship anyday, I roll my eyes whenever someone raves about Jason DeRulo or Ke$ha and my party mix CDs consist of punk-pop, indie rock and alternative rap. I’m not into this whole dance party music scene that’s taking over and yet, I love 3OH!3.

My odd admiration for these dudes became a bit more justifiable once I heard Streets of Gold, their sophomore album. The beats are tighter, the choruses are catchier and the overall sound denounces any argument of how 3OH!3 may fall under the extremely unflattering tag, “crunkcore”. In fact, if you need to compare to their previous album Want, it’s more “Don’t Trust Me” and “Colorado Sunshine” and less “Holla Till You Pass Out” and “Chokechain”. There’s far more singing/sing-talking on the record which gives it some variety from the sing-a-long ready ballads “I’m Not the One” and “Streets of Gold” to the Smash Mouth-esque “I Know How to Say” to the apocalyptic electro-rock “Love 2012” to the poppy summer anthem “WeAre Young”. That being said, there’s still some of the atypical dirty electronic-heavy rap their known for. The hit/miss “House Party” is reminiscent of their early work with a hypnotic beat while “I Can Do Anything” boasts some of the better raps these guys have done.

Like Want, it’s all good harmless fun but this time around, it’s a little less trashy. There’s not as much WTF-inducing phrases and lyrically, it’s a vast improvement from their previous work (which honestly isn’t really saying much). That being said with all it’s improvements, this won’t change any of the naysayers’ minds. Don’t like 3OH!3, this album probably won’t convince you otherwise.

I mean let’s be honest, this isn’t the best album of the year. Heck, it won’t even make my top 10 but it’s a good summer album, a damn good summer album. In fact, many of the tracks on Streets of Gold will most definitely be played on your party playlists for months to come. So for those who even mildly liked their previous stuff, check this out. It’ll make you dance and sing like a fool but you’ll love every second of it. And for those who think 3OH!3 is the worst thing to come out of the music industry, go listen to that pop-punk band in your own form of ecstasy and let the kids dance in peace… oh and let me know when the new Taking Back Sunday album is coming out.

RIYL: Cobra Starship, Family Force 5, The Higher, anything AP.net hates

Best Tracks: “Streets of Gold”, “I Know How to Say”, “WeAre Young”, “I’m Not the One”, “I Can Do Anything”, “Double Vision”

 

Nominees for the Good MTV Award Show… October 5, 2009

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MTVU is basically MTV’s cool, non-douchebag little brother that’s programed on almost every college campus. Their annual Woodie Awards highlight up and coming artists in the college music scene. Previous winners included Motion City Soundtrack, Paramore, Gnarles Barkley, mewithoutyou and Death Cab for Cutie. For this years nominees, besides the frat boy potential one hit wonder (Asher Roth), its a fantastic list. Here are the nominees:

Woodie Of The Year

Asher Roth

Kings of Leon

Drake

MGMT

Silversun Pickups

Nerdy Heartbeat’s Pick: MGMT

Best Video Woodie

Matt and Kim – Lessons Learned

The Dead Weather – Treat Me Like Your Mother

Death Cab for Cutie – Grapevine Fires

Anjulie – Boom

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll

Kid Cudi – Day N’ Nite

Nerdy Heartbeat’s Pick: Matt and Kim – Lessons Learned

Breaking Woodie

Grizzly Bear

Never Shout Never

Wale

La Roux

Friendly Fires

Passion Pit

Nerdy Heartbeat’s Pick: Passion Pit

Left Field Woodie

Amanda Blank

Janelle Monae

Major Lazer

Jay Reatard

Tech N9ne

Nerdy Hearbeat’s Pick: Amanda Blank

Perfoming Woodie

Green Day

Pheonix

3OH!3

Animal Collective

P.O.S.

Nerdy Hearbeat’s Pick: 3OH!3

Good Woodie

John Legend – Show Me Campaign

Wyclef Jean – Yéle Haiti

Kenna – PlayPumps

Jamie Tworkowski – To Write Love On Her Arms

Ra Ra Riot – John Ryan Pike Memorial Foundation

Alica Keys – Keep a Child Alive

Nerdy Heartbeat’s Pick: Jamie Tworkowski – To Write Love On Her Arms

 

Your Girlfriend Will Drag You To See It: When in Rome August 20, 2009

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Any movie that uses 3OH!3 in its trailer is fine by me. And is Nick’s friend that guy from Bro Rape?