Music Video Spotlight: The Limousines

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Though their album Get Sharp debuted over a year and a half ago, The Limousines didn't get around to making their video for their single "The Future" until just recently, and it debuted yesterday on YouTube. I think we can forgive them though considering it opens with the Back to the Future Delorean and has some great phantom camera slow-motion to complement the catchy electro melody. The video is an excellent follow-up to their other video for "Internet Killed the Radio Star" (a nice throwback to the famous Buggles hit) and just might be one of the few that would warrant a viewing even if there wasn't a great song playing over it.

Check it out below.

Feb
08
2012
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Music Video Spotlight: CeCe Teneal

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Take a blues sensibility and combine it with vocals born of a gospel and you come somewhere close to describing CeCe Teneal. Hailing from Florida, CeCe has been touring while championing her efforts to raise awareness about homelessness. Not surprisingly then, you'll notice plenty of related imagery in her music video for her cover of The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" (or "All the Lonely People"). She slows the beloved song down while reducing its instrumental background to a blues-y twang and then lays her soulful vocals over the top. The result is a beautiful combination that makes for one of the more respectable covers of the song we've heard.

Feb
06
2012
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Join in Luke Bryan's Celebration of Tanning Negligence and Truck-Based Feasts by Winning His Album

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Ever just had nowhere to be for four hours as you waited for the bouncers at the local stadium to let you into your seats? What's a guy painted half blue and half green to do? If you put a shirt on, you'll smear your exquisitely painted team pride, but if you don't no restaurant will let you in. So what do you do? Smear the paint or do you take the grill from the back of your truck and you cook a few hotdogs in the parking lot? Or how about another scenario: you're working construction on what will eventually be the eyesore of the skyline [read: any skyscraper by Donald Trump] and the sun slowly cooks you as you lay the building's foundation. Do you keep applying sunscreen? Or do you embrace the unique tan you're sure to receive?

Sep
29
2011
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Music Video Spotlight: "Weird Al" Yankovic

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If you don't think anything "Weird Al" Yankovic has done is funny, then frankly you just might not have a soul. There. I said it. I won't apologize. The man comes from a proud line of polka folk (at least one other Yankovic was a polka master, and two people can make a line, I'm pretty sure) and he continues the tradition in their honor. And because it's funny. Does a man need any more reason than that to stage a photo of the four horsemen of the Alpolkalypse? Neigh. Seriously Al, why'd you stop with just "Alpocalypse"? The polka apocalypse joke writes itself. Anyways, Weird Al has recently released his music video for "Polka Face" and it's just as great as it should be. We've also included "Party in the CIA", which is one of his best in a long time. Both of these videos are included as extras on Weird Al's DVD coming out on October 4th.

Sep
29
2011
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Gary Moore Lives...at Montreux...in 2010

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Wandering from one musical outfit to another throughout his career, Gary Moore has had many highs with Thin Lizzy, going solo, and recording with artists such as Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce. Consequently, he's accumulated an impressive following over the years and musical library appreciated by most discerning music lovers. In 2010, he gave fans a terrific tour that culminated with a recorded appearance in Montreux, Switzerland where he played many favorites as well as three never-before-released tracks. About seven months later, on February 6, 2011, he died of a heart attack and the world lost an incredible and deeply soulful blues musician.

In mourning of his loss and celebration of his legacy, Gary Moore: Live at Montreux 2010 has been released as a CD/DVD combo, and we've got 3 to give away.

Sep
26
2011
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Make 'Em Laugh: Wyatt Cenac's "Comedy Person"

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The track record of comedians who rise to popularity by being a correspondent on The Daily Show doesn’t necessarily instill one with confidence that they’ll be just as funny when doing stand-up. There’s promise, sure, but more correspondents have faded into obscurity instead of becoming comedy powerhouses. Let’s all hope Wyatt Cenac becomes one of the exceptions to that trend, because if his album Comedy Person is any indication of his comedy chops this man deserves success. With just the right combination of storytelling, absurdity, and cultural critique, Cenac might be one of the funniest newcomers out there.

Sep
10
2011
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What We're Listening To Now: I Fight Dragons, Jelly Jells, Tola and more

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There's lots of new music to be absorbed in every given week, and it can all get a bit overwhelming trying to stay on the ball. Well, we're not going to attempt to keep you at the forefront of music, as that would require more effort than a mere blog can make on your behalf, but we can bring you a share of the stuff we're paying attention to. This week that includes the likes of I Fight Dragons, Co La, the Fairchilds, Tola, Night Shining, Noah Wall, Lost Boy, and Jelly Jells. We've included a song from each of them below.

Sep
10
2011
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Make 'Em Laugh: Godfrey's "Black By Accident"

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Unless you're really paying attention to the national stand-up comedy scene (and who knows, maybe you are), then most likely you'll only recognize Godfrey if you're an avid watcher of FX's Louie or 30 Rock, or, if your memory's good, Zoolander (think "The files are in the computer?"). He's considered one of the rising stars of the comedy world, and with the release of his Comedy Central special Black By Accident, there are hints of why people might say that. However, there's also evidence that his act needs a lot more tweaking before he can ever seriously compete with some of the more established personalities of today.

Sep
06
2011
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Make 'Em Laugh: Doug Benson's "Potty Mouth"

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Another day, another comedian, and if Dan Levy's forays into run-on stories about overdosing on pot cookies pushes the limits of your tolerance in that line of comedy, then Doug Benson is really not for you. Here's a guy who, while not at Mitch Hedbergian levels of highness, manages to come across as stoned but witty. That's his schtick. Today we had the pleasure to listen through his latest comedy album Potty Mouth, and if you're so inclined you can pick it up as it went on sale as of August 29th. Reluctant to buy comedy albums? You're not the only one, so we'll give you a taste to help you decide.

Aug
31
2011
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Make 'Em Laugh: Dan Levy's "Congrats On Your Success"

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Here at JustPressPlay we go through quite a bit of stand-up comedy, whether it's as an album or DVD release. Since comedy albums feel out of place under "Music Reviews" we've decided to give them their own little corner where they can stand-up and do their thing. We know the internet doesn't really have "corners" per se, but shut up. You get the point. Today we're looking at Dan Levy (a writer for the upcoming Whitney Cummings sitcom Whitney) and more specifically his album Congrats On Your Success, released on August 16th.

Aug
30
2011
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