Name: Adam Bernard Home: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States About Me: Entertainment journalist with 15+ years of experience. Supporter of indie music. Lover of day baseball, fringe movies, & chicken shawarma. Part time ninja. Nerdy, but awesome. See my complete profile
For quite a few years now I’ve had to refer to Corina Corina as a “Bay Area songstress,” but just a few weeks ago she moved back to NYC, which is where I first met her, and saw her perform. Right around the time she was unpacking her things, Corina Corina released the video for her latest single, “Katie Girl,” and it’s filled with vintage clips from her first go-around in NYC.
The song was written after what Corina Corina calls the most painful breakup she’s ever been through, noting her partner had found her large personality, and even larger ambitions, “hard to love.”
She says of the song, "I wanted to vent my frustration about this being the demise of past relationships in a way that expressed my extreme anger and disappointment about it. Deto-22 sent me this slow and haunting instrumental and it fit the feel of the song perfectly. The real cherry on top was Willie Green's string arrangement.”
She adds, “I wasn't sure how this song would be received, but when I took it on the road with me last fall it was an instant fan favorite.”
If someone’s ever told you that you’re “too much,” “Katie Girl” is going to resonate with you. Check it out, and relate to Corina Corina’s frustration.
Over the course of his career, indie hip-hop soul artist Toussaint Morrison has proven himself to be both a top notch emcee, and an incredible soul singer. He has once again combined those talents for his latest single, “Baby Gots Venom.”
Myspace has the exclusive premiere of the video for “Baby Gots Venom,” as well as my Q&A with Morrison about the song, and the clip.
Make no mistake, Everclear frontman Art Alexakis is excited about the 20th anniversary of the band’s celebrated album So Much for the Afterglow, but his excitement isn’t limited to his own accomplishments.
This week’s NYC Scene Report features the dark pop of HOLDN, a pop-rock tune from The Running Lights, some power rock from Migrant Motel, and a wild video from indie pop favorites Rubblebucket.
* HOLDN – the new dark pop alter-ego of NYC-based artist Gina Petro – is announcing her presence in a big way with the single “BURN.”
“‘BURN’ is about someone walking out of my life without warning,” she explains, “and that person staying within close enough proximity to watch me struggle to stand back up while they continue on as if my pain was non-existent.”
While Petro has a rich history in the alternative rock scene, “BURN” is a decidedly new sound for her, and it’s one she’s spent plenty of time honing, as she went through over 100 demos before landing on “BURN” as the perfect song to debut HOLDN.
Check out the video for “BURN,” and catch HOLDN’s vibe.
* Making great pop music is a heck of a challenge, but NYC trio The Running Lights have clearly figured it out, as their new single, “Once Upon A Time,” is a slice of pop perfection.
In a statement, the band explained the song, saying, “We wanted ‘Once Upon A Time’ to speak to anyone who’s ever been insecure, or embarrassed about the way they feel. Unsaid things can quickly turn into negative thoughts, which can be a drag for you and for those close to you. We want to encourage those people to be open about their feelings, and not solely feelings of love and loss, but about anything and everything.”
The Running Lights, who will be releasing an EP later this year, have appeared on The Voice, and toured with Melanie Martinez, but with “Once Upon A Time” they’re ready to have the spotlight all to themselves. Check out the song, and hear for yourself.
* If you’re looking to rock out, look no further than NYC/Boston-based power rock trio Migrant Motel. The band just released their debut single, “New Religion,” and it’s a wild time.
Migrant Motel’s David Stewart Jr. says of “New Religion,” “This has got to be the most exciting tune we've ever cranked out. We've always found it challenging to be inventive while true to our rock 'n roll roots, but with this song, and the hours and hours of work by the whole Migrant team, I think we've been able to put something really special together.”
“New Religion” is a song you love at first listen, and Migrant Motel is one motel where you’ll want an extended stay.
* Brooklyn-based indie pop faves Rubblebucket have released a video for their latest single, “If U C My Enemies,” and it’s quite the trip.
Singer Kal Traver describes the clip, saying, “When director Ian Pearlman came to us with the idea to do a video based all the kitschy haunted horror cabin films of the ages we couldn't say no, but we had to make sure that the villain was a gender ambiguous fashion witch who taught their victims how to love, and be present with each other, instead of bloodily killing them.”
Traver adds, “We were extremely lucky to have access to a special location – our drummer, and friend, Jeremy's family's 100 year old converted schoolhouse deep in the woods of the Berkshires (it is truly haunted!), and an adjoining long-abandoned marble quarry which furnished the marble for the Lincoln Memorial.”
Rubblebucket will be touring the west coast in May, but you can see their crazy horror themed video for “If U C My Enemies” right here.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.
Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from Sheryl Crow’s new audience, to an unexpected houseguest for Drake, to Justin Timberlake altering the law of the land, and since this is Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
* Sheryl Crow debuted new music on NCIS: New Orleans this past week. Judging by the target demo of NCIS shows, apparently all she wants to do now is go to bed at a reasonable hour.
* In an interview with Rolling Stone, Harry Styles described the relationship he had with Taylor Swift as a “learning experience.” I’m just wondering, where can I sign up for that class? I’d like to register for Taylor Swift 101, please!
* Nat Geo will be airing a docu-series titled Race With Jay Z. Sadly, this will not be a bunch of people lining up to do a 40 yard dash against Jay Z, which is something I would DVR on a weekly basis.
* A Drake fan was charged with felony burglary for allegedly stealing Pepsi, Sprite, and Fiji water after breaking into the rapper's Los Angeles home. The woman in question was found in one of Drake’s bedrooms, wearing one of the rapper’s hoodies. There’s no word on if Drake’s next album will consist solely of love songs to this woman, but would it really surprise anyone if that turned out to be the case?
* With rumors swirling about a separation, Janet Jackson's husband, Wissam Al Mana, wrote a letter to his wife on his website. Cuz nothing says “things are going fine” like having to talk to your wife through online postings.
* Tampa nightclub AJA Channelside is seeking money from Chris Brown after he cut an hour-long appearance short by 55 minutes, and allegedly punched a photographer. Because of his early exit, the club is asking Brown to pay back the $30,000 he was paid to appear at the venue. Just a reminder, this is a man who posted a picture of his diploma from his court ordered anger management class.
* Lil Uzi Vert paid a reported $220,000 for a new chain honoring Marilyn Manson. Marilyn Mason, in turn, is really close to finding out what a Lil Uzi Vert is.
* Last year Justin Timberlake caused a bit of a commotion when he posted a selfie from a Memphis voting booth. At the time that was an illegal act that could lead to a $50 fine, and up to 30 days in jail. Note my use of “at the time,” because Tennessee lawmakers have ruled that photography and other videotaping devices are now allowed to capture a filled-out ballot. It looks as though we’re gonna need to update some Schoolhouse Rock! songs, as there’s now an important step in the process of becoming a law where Justin Timberlake gets involved.
* Kid Rock, who was spotted at the White House last week, is reportedly now engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Audrey Berry. The pair met after Rock's divorce from Pamela Anderson in 2007, but have kept their relationship as private as possible. I assume he will celebrate their nuptials by painting the town red, and painting his wife …
* Finally, DNCE have returned with a playful new single where they, and guest vocalist Nicki Minaj, are “Kissing Strangers.” There’s a bit of a disco vibe to this one, and I expect it to be in pop radio playlists throughout the spring, and summer.
And with that, my time is up for the week, but I'll be back next week with more shots on all things pop.
DYLN may look familiar to frequent readers of this site, as she bears a striking resemblance to longtime Adam’s World favorite Stef Lang, but this is a whole new Stef Lang. Call it a rebirth, call it an artistic alter-ego, whatever you decide to label the name change, one thing listeners will agree on is that DYLN is giving us some great pop music with “Better Things.”
Check out the song, and the video, as “Better Things” sounds like it would fit in perfectly on Top 40 radio, blasting from your car on a beautiful spring day.
B-Listers are a select group of artists that were featured in my Artist Of The Week series that ran every Monday from April of '06 to April of '11. All of these artists have two things in common; extreme talent, and a flight path far too under the radar for my liking. They took on the title of B-Listers as they embraced being featured by me, Adam B. Check out the AOTW Archives for all the interviews.