BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #64: Miley, Gaga, and the VMAs

This week, Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Lisa Timmons (socialitelife.com) take on MTV’s annual display of craziness: the VMAs! We tackle everything from Miley’s twerking to Gaga’s wigging out. Plus, the much-hyped NSYNC reunion, Macklemore’s J-Hud moment, and Katy Perry’s time in the ring. Come listen!

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VIDEO: The Best ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ Cover You’ll See All Year

I suppose we really shouldn’t be surprised to learn that when it comes to “All I Want For Christmas” by Mariah Carey, the best person to cover the song is… Mariah Carey. Check out the newest rendition of the holiday classic performed by Mariah, Jimmy Falon, The Roots, and some cute kids.

Izzz the best.

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Dissecting Kathy Troccoli’s ’90s Masterpiece, ‘Everything Changes’

Lisa Timmons and I were bored recently; so we decided to take a look at a forgotten gem from the ’90s: “Everything Changes” by Kathy Troccoli. Who? Doesn’t matter. Anyway, enjoy our commentary, and sorry for the bad audio quality. Will improve it in the future!

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VIDEO: Past ‘American Idol’ Contestants Give Us ‘Beauty and the Beat’

People often wonder whatever happened to beloved American Idol songbird Vonzell Solomon, and I’m happy to report that she has resurfaced in a pretty amusing viral video called “Beauty and the Beat!” I won’t ruin the surprise of the video, but it’s not half bad. Plus, Vonzell’s not the only Idol alum on board. Forgotten also-rans Katie Stevens and Todrick Hall are here too along with YouTube stars GloZell, Antoine Dodson, and Miles Jai (he of “Like Mah Status“). Yes, I realize that all these names may not exactly have you clamoring to watch the video, but trust me that this parody is actually pretty funny and well produced (by Hall), even if it does go about a minute too long. Good for Vonzell, Todrick, and Katie for doing something entertaining with their post-Idol careers.

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10 Things Starships Were Meant To Do (Other Than Fly)

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After hearing Nicki Minaj’s ubiquitous hit Starships for about the umpteenth time today, I couldn’t help but get the phrase “Starships were meant to fly” in my head for the latter part of my afternoon. It made me think: starships might be meant to fly, but is that all they can do?

After the jump, ten other things that starships are meant to do. Continue reading

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VIDEO: Carly Rae Jepsen Before She Invaded Your Head

If you’re like me, you’re utterly obsessed with Carly Rae Jepsen’s song, “Call Me Maybe,” and while I am a thirty-three year old male, I’m not saying that I’ve spent countless hours singing the song at full blast in my car (I have), but I do quite enjoy the ditty a bunch.

Well, there’s great news for anyone in LA who isn’t shipping off to Coachella this weekend. Carly is giving a free (FREE!) concert at Universal Citywalk tomorrow night (show starts at 8), and while it may be odd for me to go (again, note my age and gender), I can’t deny that I’m very tempted to head that way. While I contemplate such a move, check out the video above of Carly when she was just a young babe in the woods, or rather, a wannabe on Canadian Idol.

Superstar!

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5 Best ‘Call Me Maybe’ Tributes

Since Los Angeles Top-40 radio stations are perennially six weeks behind the rest of the country, I’m only now discovering the pure joy of a pop confection known simply as “Call Me Maybe.” The song, which is in iTunes’ top ten (and notably #74 on KIIS-FM Los Angeles’s playlist), might be described by the casual observer as “vapid” or “ridiculous.” But to me, I call it nothing short of SHEER GENIUS.

Sure, Carly Rae Jepsen’s mere name might make you want to go running for the hills, and sure she might be the protege of The Biebs, but don’t let this pseudo-Michelle Trachtenberg scare you. The only thing you should fear is the song’s hook taking up permanent residence in your head for the next several weeks.

Nevertheless, after the jump, check out five surprisingly fun and charming tributes to “Call Me Maybe,” including one co-starring Justin Bieber himself!

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VIDEO: Some Hall & Oates Fun For Your Monday

Good morning! (or afternoon depending on where you live) You look a little down. Turn that frown upside down with this neat Hall & Oates cover. See, it’s already working, isn’t it?

Via The Daily What

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VIDEO: Check Out This Cool Zither Cover of Adele

Well, this is fun. It’s a viral video that surfaced last week of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep,” as played on a GuZheng (or a Chinese zither). Surprisingly very cool. Just when you thought you were done with Adele covers…

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