Melanie Martinez

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The creepy cute world I live in is pretty small. It takes a lot for a music artist to captivate me sonically and visually. I like a lot of music, but I don’t necessarily connect with every song I enjoy. Even if I can relate to the lyrics, the artist might actually bore me. I know that sounds bad. I really believe that music and visuals are of equal importance. That’s how a story is told. I could never be that artist that just gets on stage with their guitar and sings a couple songs. I respect that, but those aren’t the artists that generally inspire me.

I haven’t come across such a unique artist as Melanie Martinez in quite some time. Not long ago, I stumbled upon her music video for “Dollhouse” and was mesmerized. It brings back memories of discovering Bubblegoth singer Kerli for the first time, creepy dolls included. The song itself starts out sounding like a demented carnival, similar to the iconic Crispin Glover’s “Clowny Clown Clown”. The visuals aren’t as creepy as that video (thankfully lol), but they’re still spooky and stunning. The lyrics are really smart as well. The song explores the concept of perfection and how people may look like dolls to the world, but behind closed doors is where their flaws come out. Dad is cheating on mom, who’s an alcoholic. And the brother is a drug addict. But, the family hides these secrets to the world. Check out the video below:

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Melanie first came into the spotlight on Season 3 of the U.S. singing competition “The Voice”. For her audition, she sang an alternative version of Britney Spears’ “Toxic”, which was really cool. Playing the tambourine with your feet is pretty badass. Melanie only made it to the Top 5 on the show, but that was enough to build a loyal fanbase called the “Little Bows”, suitable as Melanie always wears cute bows in her hair. Melanie’s appearance is very interesting. She has a large gap between her front two teeth, is known for her two-tone hair, and she is clearly influenced by Lolita with her fashion in the “Dollhouse” video. Melanie is an indie artist and has been compared to Lorde, though she reminds me more of Marina and the Diamonds. She plays the guitar and does acoustic performances quite well. I can’t believe she’s only 18!

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Hopefully Melanie’s first album will be released this year! I really stand behind this girl and I think she’s going to be a huge star. I can tell when a musician is just being edgy as a strategy to make more money. Quirky is who Melanie really is. She’s proving that weird can be just as marketable as sexy. Remember: don’t let them look through the curtains…

Musical Obsessions and Tumblr

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I may have disappeared for a little bit again. I’m back with good music finds though, so no one hit me? ๐Ÿ™‚

Nikki Williams – Glowing

This girl is gonna be a huge star. Hailing from South Africa, Nikki Williams has blasted onto the dance music scene with her powerful pipes and songwriting talent. She actually co-wrote Demi Lovato’s single “Heart Attack”, which was a huge hit all over the world and one of my favorite songs released this year. The heartfelt lyrics and pulsing beats on “Glowing” really showcase Nikki’s vocal range and writing skills. Love the long red tresses, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Avicii and Nicky Romero – I Could Be The One

I won’t lie, I like this music video more than the song itself. I really love the message of rebelling against a life that society pushes upon you. Quit that job you hate. Move somewhere new. Start over. Never give a FUCK about outside opinions. Just do you.

Unicorn Kid – Pure Space

Electronic artist Unicorn Kid makes music you might hear at a rave. Some of his songs sound like they could be in old video games. Visuals are off the chain as well. He’s a cutie.

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Iggy Azalea – Work

“Work” is an anthem for me. Australian rapper Iggy Azalea shows that you can get what you want in life through hard work and determination. I can’t believe I didn’t include her in my previous post on female rappers because honestly, Iggy deserves her own post. I really identify with artists like Iggy who have overcome their struggles and turned pain into beauty. Along with being a rapper, Iggy is also a model (she’s so gorgeous). I don’t know if her ass is real or not, but who cares? She’s the shit. And I must do a cover of “Work”…

Charli XCX – You (Ha Ha Ha)

Charli XCX is probably the artist I’m most obsessed with at the moment. Her sound is dark bubblegum pop with an 80’s influence and I can’t get enough of it. Charli just released her debut album,ย True Romance,ย full of dark lyrics and electronic soundscapes. The album includes a collaboration with fierce rapper Brooke Candy, another of my favorite musicians out there right now. She is also going to be supporting Marina and the Diamonds on her U.S. tour in May, which makes me very happy. Marina and Charli look like sisters and if Marina likes an artist, you know they’re good. Charli also wrote Icona Pop’s song “I Love It”, which has been blowing up everywhere. And her fashion sense is wicked amazing. Charli looks like she just fell out of a Tumblr blog and takes fashion inspiration from Wednesday Addams and Fairuza Balk from the film The Craft.ย I could just go on and on. This gothy pop princess has my heart. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Along with sharing some splendid artists, I wanted to share that I have also recently created a Tumblr blog! I seem to be posting a lot of creepy cute stuff and little life tidbits there, so follow me for BubbleGoth fun! You never know what might be posted…especially since Tumblr is my new obsession. I’ll try to keep the selfies and nudes to a minimum. lol

Huggles โค

~Jonathan

Top 12 Songs of 2012

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Happy New Year! I thought I would celebrate with a countdown of my favorite songs from 2012. It was so hard for me to narrow it down to just 12, but here goes:

12.) Sleigh Bells – “Comeback Kid”

This was probably my first song obsession of 2012. “Comeback Kid” really gets me pumped! Lead singer Alexis Krauss’ angelic vocals work strangely well against the hardcore beats.

11.) Alexandra Stan – “Lemonade”

My summer jam! Summer is definitely my favorite season and “Lemonade” captures that carefree, warm vibe I crave at this time of year. Alexandra’s accent is so damn cute, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

10.) The Veronicas – “Lolita”

This is a step in a darker, more mature direction for The Veronicas and I approve.

9.) Purity Ring – “Fineshrine”

I sort of stumbled upon liking this song. I can’t even really describe what I hear. The lyrics and sound are quite strange, yet I deeply feel the emotion behind them. “Fineshrine” is a great song to space out to. Thanks Grav3yardgirl for recommending Purity Ring to your viewers!

8.) Ke$ha – “Die Young”

“Die Young” gets blasted every single time it comes on the radio in my car. No questions asked. It’s Ke$ha…I love everything she does.

7.) Pink – “Try”

Pink, why are you so damn awesome? Stop making me cry! “Try” is such an honest, relatable song.

6.) Emilie Autumn – “Take The Pill”

I’m both disturbed and in love with “Take The Pill”. The message behind it is one of utmost importance to me. I strongly oppose the pill popper mentality of this society. Drugs do not instantly cure mental illness. Emilie knows this better than anyone. The urgency and chaos that erupt near the end of the song are truly frightening. Can’t wait to hear this live in February!

5.) Marina and the Diamonds – “Starring Role”

I wish so badly that this song was not a direct reflection of my life. Alas, it is. Guys suck! ๐Ÿ˜€ Marina is an absolute doll.

4.) David Guetta feat. Sia – “Titanium”

Once in a while, popular music can have substance. “Titanium” has class and club appeal. The lyrics inspire me to never give up. Sia’s voice is perfection. I’ll never forget dancing with a gorgeous stripper to this song at a club one night. We both knew every lyric and connected through the music. Does life get any better? ๐Ÿ˜€

3.) Adam Lambert – “Cuckoo”

Getting crazy is the best way to be. Adam gets it. I love the concept of “Cuckoo”. Because I’m totally nuts. I don’t think I’ll let you out of that straitjacket, Adam…;)

2.) In This Moment – “Blood”

The duality within the lyrics of “Blood” impresses me. The concepts of love and hate are inverted. I think we all love what’s bad for us sometimes. And there are times when we reject kindness in exchange for pain. “Blood” is totally twisted and awesome. Maria’s fierce voice will slay you.

1.) Kerli – “Zero Gravity”

I hear love when I listen to “Zero Gravity”. I listened to it more than any other song this past year. It makes me feel really happy and inspires me to never hold back or dwell on pain. This should have been a radio hit. The world needs to hear more music like Kerli’s.

And there they are! I can’t wait to hear what 2013 will sound like. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Foreign Female Singers

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I love all kinds of music. And a lot of that music comes from outside the U.S. There are so many great artists from around the world. I’ll share some of my favorite foreign female singers with you.

Bat For Lashes – England

She combines haunting melodies and 1980’s film references flawlessly. And she’s a little creepy. Always a good thing.

Alexandra Stan – Romania

This girl is adorable. I am obsessed with Romanian dance music and its blend of old and new. Somehow saxophones and dance beats go together.

Kanon Wakeshima – Japan

Cute lolita from Japan. And she plays the cello. Classical music will never die!

The Veronicas – Australia

Twin sisters who can harmonize like bosses. I remember playing their albums to shreds.

Bjork – Iceland

Some say she’s crazy. Others think she’s weird. I think she’s a genius. Her vocal range is astounding. Her lyrics are gorgeous. And her visuals are otherworldly. She’s in a league of her own. Bow down.

Marina & The Diamonds – Wales

I do enjoy her critique of American culture. And that she thinks singing coaches/lessons are garbage (I agree). One day she just decided she wanted to become a singer and didn’t stop until it happened. I admire that.

Imogen Heap – England

One of (if not the best) female producers/songwriters in the business. I love that she does it all herself. We need more female artists like her.

Anna Ternheim – Sweden

She’s a great storyteller. And she has that quirky vibe I dig.

Medina – Denmark

Really good dance music. I could get lost on the dancefloor to her music any day.

Kerli – Estonia

Nobody knows where Estonia is. And it doesn’t matter. Her music is a perfect blend of light and dark. I feel love when I listen to her. She’s one of the few artists that can make me cry tears of joy. Her visuals are insane in a good way. And she’s also my favorite singer of all time.

I hope this proves that foreign music is bomb ass. Cuz it most definitely is.