Posted on: May 2, 2011 3:46 pm

Vols' "Swiperboy" releases song praising troops

Posted by Matt Norlander

National events catalyze artists to create inspirational, passionate, terrific music. The soundtrack of the 1960's proves this.

In the immediate wake of the one of biggest stories this decade will see, Tennessee's Renaldo Woolridge, who goes by the moniker of "Swiperboy" when he's on the mic, wasted no time after the news of the killing of Osama bin Laden broke.

Woolridge took the pen to the paper and began writing a tribute to the troops entitled, "USA Troops (Thank You)." Woolridge put the song out for the masses to consume on Twitter Monday morning.

The song is pretty good, considering it was cooked up in less than 12 hours. Here's a portion of one of the verses:

Almost 10 years, feeling kinda long
But the fact is, Osama is gone
President Obama, the soldiers involved, we just thank you for the freedom and justice for all
United we stand, divided we fall
You do it for us, we do for y'all
Red, white, blue, I'm wearing it all, you're giving us the security to stand tall

Give the whole thing a listen. Pretty heartfelt. Again, not easy to just crank out lyrics like this on what I'm presuming is short notice; unless Woolridge had the majority of this song already memorized and added in the bin Laden parts, then this is all fresh.

Love how the song is focused on the positive, the thanks given to the troops, and is pretty tasteful. Well done by Woolridge and all involved in the production of the song.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Music
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:00 pm

Indiana frosh helps Usher in a new tradition

Posted by Matt Norlander

No matter the talent level: more nerve-wracking to sing in front of thousands or shoot a game-winning free throw?

Victor Oladipo could one day have the answer.

The Indiana freshman guard performed Usher's "U Got It Bad" at the first edition of the Spirit of Indiana Showcase, a year-end awards and talent show at the school. Why Oladipo chose this tune, I don't know, but he handles himself well; he clearly has spent many a night crooning in front of his mirror. Singing Usher's stuff isn't an easy thing; a lot of lilt in those songs.

Watch him command a crowd and a mic and a cardigan all at once.

Next step is clear: come October, Oladipo needs to have a new song and performance ready for Midnight Madness. And get some backup dancers, the works, for a huge performance at Assembly Hall. The dancers can be teammates (anyone but Maurice Creek! ). If he sticks with Usher, what should be the pick? If you ask me, Usher's breakout hit from '98 remains his best mainstream pop song, yes? Agree? Anybody? OK, then. Other candidates: "Confessions Part II," "Burn," and, of course, "Yeah" are all strong candidates.

I'm as serious about this as Oladipo was in his performance. Let's have an encore.

(HT, Eamonn Brennan)
Category: NCAAB
Tags: music, Video
Posted on: April 15, 2011 1:05 pm

Former Nova player makes undeniable music video

Posted by Matt Norlander

Whoa, whoa, WHOA. What do we have here? You know, sometimes, greatness slips past your radar, and you're all the more a fool for missing it on that first time around. Fortunately, the Internet is full of sleuths sniffing out the best of the worst.

Below, we've got a transcendent music video from former Villanova Wildcat Will Sheridan. Titled "Welcome to the Jungle," the song is all rhythm and African-inspired rapping. It is very much void of electric guitars and an Indiana-born boy with powerful, shrieking pipes. Plus it's got a lot of attitude and wannabe-sleekness.

Sheridan graduated from Villanova in 2007. This is where his life has taken him. I'm a huge music guy, so more power to him, and no judging from my corner. And if you don't get the concepts behind the video or the song, then that's on you. Your problem entirely.

(HT, The Nova Blog)
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Music, Villanova
Posted on: March 30, 2011 1:25 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 1:27 pm

VCU's parody song has arrived

Posted by Matt Norlander

First off, I want to thank the creative minds behind this latest parody for not going with a tried-and-true sample of some contemporary hip-hop song. I love me some great hip-hop, but it gets repetitive after awhile. I appreciate turning the clock back and going with a classic. Additionally, the opening riff is the catalyst for this VCU tribute.

The song is a parody of Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling." This one is titled, "Shaka's Got 'Em Believing." Instead of ooga-chaka / ooga-ooga /ooga-chaka / ooga-ooga, we get OOGA-SHAKA! OOGA-OOGA! OOGA-SHAKA! OOG-OOGA!

Yes, you will now sing that to yourself for the rest of the day. Shaka Smart, your name knows no pun-worthy bounds. The song's got some cheddar to it, but OOGA-SHAKA! makes it all worthwhile.

Next up: Can we get some "Hey, Bulldog" for Butler? I can AND will transpose all the lyrics to apply to Brad Stevens' team. Just dare me.

(H/T, Darren Rovell)
Category: Mixed Martial Arts
Tags: Music
Posted on: March 4, 2011 9:05 am
Edited on: March 4, 2011 9:21 am

Prepare for Kings of Leon to take over your March

Posted by Matt Norlander

If you're one of those people that really can't stand Kings of Leon but really loves March Madness, then prepare to be pulled in two directions.

And if you don't mind Kings of Leon now, that may change in the next three weeks.

CBS and Turner Sports announced yesterday they're teaming up with the four-man group from Nashville to promote their tournament coverage in a big, unavoidable way. That means you'll be hearing quite a lot of the familial band (three brothers and a cousin) coming in and out of commercial breaks, on billboards, on the Internet ... and if you take a trip to the movies ... and in elevators. This marketing campaign will be touching you from pretty much any tentacle that extends out of the CBS and Turner hubs.
This robust marketing campaign, which combines the powers of two giant media companies, is part of the 14-year agreement between Turner Sports, CBS Sports and the NCAA to air the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. CBS Sports and Turner Sports’ extensive outreach includes online, spot cable, digital billboards, digital elevator ads, spot radio and print. In addition, promotion will also appear on select Turner-owned networks, which include TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, HLN and CNN Airport and select CBS’s shared resources, which includes the CBS Television Network, CBS Radio, CBS Outdoor and CBS Interactive. Throughout March, CBS and Turner also will use its stars in special messages to promote the Tournament. In addition, an aggressive local market plan will be used for the over 200 CBS affiliates across the country.
This will all culminate in Kings playing at the Final Four in Houston as the ultimate act to the Coca-Cola Zero Countdown on Saturday, April 2. Other bands still waiting to be named. I fully expect to find Parrish camped out for this by Wednesday morning. I'll bring you some Clif bars, Gary.

I'm no huge Kings of Leon fan, but I do have three of their albums on my iPod. They're a classic case of a band with humble roots who found a formula, got super-massive, and had a backlash among its hardcore fans. That, and the fact "Use Somebody" was as  inescapable as oxygen in 2009, were the primary factors.

Here's the promo video, which is driven by "The Immortals," an average song off their average new record, "Come Around Sundown." It's more about the title of the song than the quality, of course.

I'm not sure what the marketing inspiration from major networks is when they latch on to one band for an entire event/season. ABC did this with some country acts and Dave Matthews Band. But nothing will ever be worse than the Applebee's campaign from 2005. Again, nothing was worse than that.

Here's my favorite KoL tune. Prepare for the onslaught. There will be no escaping these Kings, so accept your fate now, America.

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