Posts by John Kordosh

  • The American Music Awards, Framed

    John Kordosh at Yahoo Music4 mths ago

    It seems fitting that we feature the American Music Awards this week. That's 'cause they were just on TV.

    But instead of featuring just one artist, this week's Framed features many of today's greatest stars! Yes, it's every reader's dream come true ... a veritable hit parade of stars, all enhanced by our captions!

    So kick back and welcome Miley, Gaga, Pitbull, 1D, and all the other super great artists we just saw on the tube. No guarantees, but we'll even try to work in Florida Georgia Line featuring Nellie, 'cause we're in an expansive mood.

    Please feel free to post what we're going to call your thoughts, pending verification.

    Ciao!

    Important blog note! Readers, my time is up. Er, I mean my time here at Y! Music is up. Yep, after 6 ½ years of writing Framed , this is going to be my last blog.

    I estimate I've written well over 4,000 captions during my tenure. They were all really funny, too. Especially those Pumpkinhead captions. Not to mention my many very humorous President Obama captions. ("Kenya believe it?")

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  • Eminem, Framed

    John Kordosh at Yahoo Music5 mths ago

    Let's cut right to the chase and welcome Eminem to Framed this week, as we feature "Survival" from his chartbusting new record, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 . Everybody knows Eminem's story, but we invite you to check out last week's blog by fellow Y! Music guy Paul Grein, whose 10 amazing facts about Em's latest chart feat will astonish and delight you.

    "Survival" comes to us from Call of Duty: Ghosts , and was released as the new album's second single last month. The video -- his third Call of Duty offering, by the way -- features Marshall rapping in front of images from the game. And check out the final scene in the video (our last frame) for a Marshall Mathers flashback.

    As always, we hope you enjoy the video and our captions, which reflect the rich sense of humor music fans have about their favorite artists.

    Later!

    1 -- "Governor Christie! Gimme a hug!"

    2 -- Marshall picks up the 5-7-10 split! Easily !

    3 -- In the future, the Ghost of Eminem will be bigger than Eminem !

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  • The Band Perry, Framed

    John Kordosh at Yahoo Music5 mths ago

    In honor of last week's CMA Awards -- and, boy, didn't (fill in name because we're writing this a few days before the CMAs) bring down the house? You damn right (he/she/they) did!In the spirit of the awards, this week we're welcoming The Band Perry to Framed. The talented trio -- siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry -- were nominated in the Vocal Group of the Year category and (won/were robbed.) Readers will remember they won the CMA's New Artist of the Year in 2011, of course.

    Our video this week is last year's "Postcard From Paris," which hit #6 on the Country charts. Our friends at TasteofCountry.com gave the song four stars out of five, calling it "a beautiful song that finds a fresh way to spell love." We don't know about that, but it's pretty entertaining, and our captions, as always, (are funnier than hell/suck beyond belief.)

    See you next week!

    1 -- Go, Gadget, go!

    2 -- "Hey! This is Clarksville! You're the last train! I was supposed to meet somebody here!"

    3 -- "See? It says here that our galaxy has 11 billion other Earth-like planets, and they all hate country music."

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  • Avril Lavigne, Framed

    John Kordosh at Framed (NEW)5 mths ago

    Everyone likes Avril Lavigne, but few like her more than Framed. This is the fourth time we've featured one of her vids here, and it's always a good time all around. This week we've got "Let Me Go," a Vevo premiere featuring Avril and her new husband Chad Kroeger of Nickleback. The track is slated to appear on Ms. Lavigne's new, self-titled LP, due for a November 5 release.

    The piano-driven tune is, perhaps surprisingly, a ballad, and a break-up ballad at that. That's sort of strange in that Chad and Av have only been married for three months. We'd like to say that Avril's projecting a more grown-up image, except her earlier 2013 release, "Here's To Never Growing Up," will also be on the new album.

    So what's your take, readers? Is this the same snot that gave us "Girlfriend," which was, of course, the second video ever highlighted by this blog? Or is this a new, more sophisticated songstress with a more mature story to tell? We'll hold our breath until you get back to us.

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  • Punish Fort, Framed

    John Kordosh at Framed6 mths ago

    Welcome back to Framed , readers. This week, we're presenting the Best Video We've Ever Seen.

    It's the work of Punish Fort, a Seattle-based hard rock band, and is from their 2008 album, the niftily-titled Cripe, All Mighty . The song, about a creepy pumpkin-headed being, is called "Pumpkinhead," and--although it's absolutely the most obscure video to ever grace our blog--it shows that great art is not the province of the corporations. Good work, Punish Fort!

    Pumpkinhead, unsurprisingly, is no friend to we humans. Watch as a terrorized citizen attempts to flee, only to be cornered by the cunning vegetable-man! Quake at Pumpkinhead's macabre stand-up routine! Listen as Punish Fort repeats the word "pumpkinhead" interminably!

    What do you say, readers? Can you name a better music video? Should Punish Fort be forever remembered as geniuses of the art form? Should we go back to doing today's hottest-selling artists?

    We await your verdict as well as your breathless thanks!

    1 -- Science now believes that rock bands can suck under many lighting conditions.

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  • One Republic, Framed

    John Kordosh at Framed (NEW)6 mths ago

    This week's guest artists, the Colorado band One Republic, first caught the public's fancy with their 2007 hit, "Apologize." Since then, their work has sold steadily if not spectacularly, although their 2013 album, Native , hit #4 in the U.S.

    This week's video, "Counting Stars," is from that album, and the video is sort of weird. The band is performing or practicing in a horrible basement somewhere. Meanwhile, in a room right above them, some sort of Christian revival is taking place. Eventually, the floor of the church room collapses, and one its members tumbles down there with the Republic guys. End of video.

    We've watched this thing several times and still don't know what it means. The lyrics are no help. We got nothing. So this week, we're turning to you, our valuable and canny readers: what the heck's going on here? Anyone who can supply a satisfactory answer will win a pretty good prize, although we haven't figured out what it'll be yet. Maybe a car or something like a small house.

    So enjoy the tune, enjoy our captions, and please let us know your take on this very puzzling video event.

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  • Steve Martin, Framed

    John Kordosh at Framed (NEW)6 mths ago

    Everyone knows that Steve Martin is a great, great comedian, a fine actor and one hell of a writer. But how many know that Mr. Martin is also quite a musician, and a banjo player of considerable skill?

    We here at Framed knew, of course, since we're highly (if randomly and seemingly arbitrarily) paid observers of the modern culture. It's our job to know stuff like this.

    Martin says he got interested in the banjo when he was 17, and learned to play it with help from John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, who later served as Martin's back-up band on his 1978 hit novelty tune, "King Tut." To underscore his love of the instrument, in 2010 Martin created the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, which includes a $50,000 cash prize.

    Our video this week is "Jubilation Day," a catchy and humorous bluegrass tune performed by Steve and the Steep Canyon Rangers. It appears on his2011 LP, Rare Bird Alert , which also features titles like "Go Away, Stop, Turn Around, Come Back," and "Atheists Don't Have No Songs."

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  • Hoobastank, Framed

    John Kordosh at Framed (NEW)6 mths ago

    Good day to you, readers, and thanks for looking in. Framed is the only blog that entertains you at every level of your consciousness, so you've made a good choice.

    This week our video feature is courtesy of Hoobastank, the great SoCal combo that took the world by storm about a decade ago with their big hit, "The Reason." We'll examine the video and make many germane, if oblique, comments through our captions, all of which are copyright protected.

    The song seems to be about regret -- we invite you to check out lyricinterpretations.com -- but the video is about a carefully-staged heist of a valuable gem. It's like a mini Ocean's Eleven. In the vid, the band fakes an accident, drawing a crowd and allowing them to pull off their chicanery.

    We were also going to tell you how the band got its name, but, once we heard the story, we thought it was kind of boring. Instead, we ask you to enjoy the video and our captions, and invite you to tune into Framed again next week.

    1 -- Sleeping during Hoobastank videos is not only acceptable, it's unavoidable.

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  • Marc Anthony, Framed

    John Kordosh at Framed (NEW)6 mths ago

    We're excited -- that's our default state, by the way -- that this week's special guest artist is the great pop/salsa singer, Marc Anthony. Readers may best know Marc as J-Lo's ex-husband, but, of course, he's a star in his own right, having scored three Top 10 LPs in the U.S. over his several-decades-long career.

    The video we're featuring is "Vivir Mi Vida," a new Vevo premier that's picked up over six million views in a week. The title translates into English as "Live My Life," and the lyrics are about living and enjoying life; laughing and dancing instead of crying and suffering.

    Good advice, to be sure, readers! The video's in black and white, so we asked Marc to comment, in caption form, on the artistic values involved in that choice.

    He graciously agreed, but we think he may have misunderstood us. That happens to us a lot. But, since we're on a tight deadline, we'll go with what he gave us, and hope it all goes well.

    See you next week, readers! With a whole new Framed !

    1 -- "Like many singers, I've often wondered what life would be like if it the world was bereft of color. A world of grays and whites and blacks."

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  • Katy Perry, Framed

    John Kordosh at Framed (NEW)7 mths ago

    Hola, readers, and welcome back to Framed , the world's only music video/humor blog that is, on occasion, bilingual.

    ¡Muy bueno!

    This week we're bringing back demure superstar songstress Katy Perry, whose new video, "Roar," is gathering scads of views. It's already passed 60 million on Vevo as of this writing, and most of those viewers had to sit through a Grand Theft Auto ad just to see it!

    Oh, Vevo, you darn capitalists, you!

    The song seems to be about a gal who will no longer turn the other cheek, and the video pretty much depicts Katy as Sheena, Queen of the Jungle. It's a rocker, let there be no doubt. So please take our good advice and enjoy the vid, as well as the splendid captions we've written, and return here in one week for even more music video shenanigans!

    ¡Hasta luego!

    1 -- JungleScope is something like CinemaScope, only jungler!

    2 -- Could the Dharma Initiative be far away?

    3 -- Katy often uses an ugly man in drag as a stunt double!

    4 -- This video is a crock! Do you get it, readers?

    5 -- "I am the handsome prince! Now where's that demure songstress?"

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