Every few months, I will push the oldest AcaVids clips to this page.
Week of June 25, 2012
And we’re back, after yet another work-related absence. No unifying theme this week, just some videos for you to enjoy.
First up, Sonos. Last we heard, they are working on their next album. I noticed that my iTunes categorized their first album as “easy listening,” which really bothered me (I tweeted my displeasure).
Anyway, here is the most recent video of them performing I could find; the video quality isn’t great, but it sounds fine, and it is a new original song that we can hope/assume will be on their new album.
Next up, a video which has been all over the place this past week: the terrific high school group Vocal Rush has produced a nice “official” video of “Let us be loving”.
Third, a Dutch group performing a cover of a– get ready– Skrillex song. Curious what you think.
Last, Western New York group Cut Off performed with Ball in the House and newcomers The Exchange recently. Here’s Cut Off performing “They Don’t Care.”
Week of June 11, 2012
So we are a month away from VoCALnation, the next big a cappella festival in the U.S., and even though I won’t be able to make it, I am very impressed with the talent for the professional showcase concert. Here are videos from the 3 groups performing on Saturday, July 14. (Here’s a link to the festival page, I believe tickets are still available).
Cluster, the Italian superstars who have won and been nominated for numerous CARA awards, are on my bucket list of groups to see someday. Here’s one reason why:
I think my love for what Afro Blue accomplished on Season 3 of the Sing Off is well-documented, so I’ll just let this clip of their performance at Sing Strong a few months ago speak for itself (the opening solo from bassist Reggie Bowens is terrific).
Finally, D.C.-based group Vox Pop won a competition to open the Saturday night contest. Here’s their appearance earlier this year on a local stage show in D.C..
Week of June 4, 2012
I heard a story on the radio this morning about some New York City residents in the Village who are so irritated by the constant doo wop singers outside their apartment in the summertime that they want to “shoot them all dead.” The story is here.
New Yorkers do not all feel this way. Although, I have heard some terrible singers on the subway who did stir similar feelings…
In any event, in honor of this wonderful music lover, I’m devoting this week’s AcaVids to the classic style which is an ancient yet still present source for this a cappella music we love. Hope you enjoy. [Note- I later learned that Herb Reed, of The Platters, passed away today. All the more reason we should pay attention to the legacy of the early doo wop groups]
First up, a self-proclaimed “megamix” of doo wop hits…if you haven’t sung at least 3 of the songs on this list, you probably haven’t been singing a cappella long enough or often enough.
Next, I thought I’d change things up a bit. For your viewing pleasure…Kermit the Frog.
Last, I had heard that these guys (The Alley Cats) are a pretty solid doo wop group out there right now. Mostly I love this clip for their interaction with the guy from the audience. If you want to hear how good the group is with songs that don’t include audience members, check out their clip of “Only You” or “Duke of Earl.”
Week of May 28, 2012
Yes, I’ve been slacking. Lucky for you, plenty of others out there have NOT. Here’s some of the hard-working aca-peeps who have been putting out videos for your (and my) viewing pleasure recently.
Corey Slutsky, from Voices Only, has put together an a cappella all-star collaboration to benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The song is available for purchase on iTunes, and the proceeds benefit said fund. The video, featuring a whole lotta Sing Off folks as well as other aca-notables like Alfredo Austin and Nick Girard (Overboard), Bill Hare (and family), and many others, is right here.
Peter Hollens and Scott Hoying (from Pentatonix) got a new video up, which you can watch here
and then check out the bloopers and behind the scenes here
And finally, the Save the Sing Off movement proceeds, here with a new video in support by Northwestern’s X-Factors. If you haven’t signed the petition, go do so right after watching their video.
Weeks of May 7 and 14, 2012
I was knocked out last week with a nasty stomach virus and then work, so forgive my absence on here. This week’s selections are completely random, but unequivocally great.
To make up for last week’s absence, this first video is LOOOONG. As in, the entire set Pentatonix offered at the recent Acappella Palooza fundraiser concert for the Mass General Cancer Center (you can donate to this worthy cause by clicking hereand then clicking on Support Us).
Next up, the House Jacks. I saw them in NYC last Friday night, I’ll have a review of the show up shortly, but I found this interview from their last tour to Germany interesting.
Finally, I have really enjoyed a series of videos by Transit VP James Wallace called Rhythm in Motion, and this is one of the most important vids he offered. It showcases how important it is for the bass and VP to work together, and this is something I have talked about before- the synergy between those two parts is critical to a solid groove. Great stuff.
Week of April 30, 2012
ICCA and ICHSA finals were this past weekend, so it is only fair to pay tribute to those who worked so hard and achieved so much.
ICCA winners, for the 3rd time (this time making it there as a Wildcard), the SoCalVoCals (I could not find a clip of their ICCA set from this year, but I wanted to be sure I at least got this year’s members performing)
ICCA runners-up UCLA Scattertones (from LAAF in early 2012)
ICHSA winners Oakland School for the Arts Vocal Rush
Week of April 23, 2012
Since I have no theme this week, I’m offering a random collection of things I have enjoyed watching recently. Hope you enjoy!
Bobby McFerrin is a genius. Nobody could or would dispute this. I love what he does with audiences.
Ingrid Michaelson- we know her music, we love her. We love this.
Blueprint was very impressive at BOSS (I know, I know- third straight week- but this clip just went up yesterday!). Here’s one of their tunes from that festival.
Week of April 16, 2012
I’ve had a #BOSS2012 hangover all day. So, I’m going to offer 3 clips from groups that really impressed or surprised me at the festival. Only one is a repeat group from last week. Enjoy.
University of Chicago’s Voices in your Head won the Friday night competition with a breathtaking and visually stunning performance. Since I cannot find a clip of them performing this year, nor a clip which would do justice to the performance they offered on Friday night, I’m using their video of “Sharp,” an original song which was only good enough to get nominated for a CARA for Best Scholastic Original and selected for inclusion on SING 8: Too Cubed.
The Northeastern Nor’easters were the runners-up in the Friday night competition, and I have to say they could just as easily have won the whole thing. It’s a shame that they were runners-up in their regional ICCA semi-final, runners-up in the ICCA Wild Card round, and now runners-up yet again here, because they have a VERY strong set.
Finally, the ladies of Traces were just so good that I had to repeat and give them another clip here.
Week of April 9, 2012
BOSS! Boston Sings Festival is less than 5 days away, and I’m excited to be attending. Here are some of the groups performing.
Ball in the House
Week of April 2, 2012
I recently received an email from Justus in Germany, who requested more videos of groups singing in languages other than English. He is actually fan of Maybebop (so he has good taste), and requested a video from them. No problem! And along with it, a few other acavids featuring songs I do not understand (lyrically) at all! But that’s what Google Translate is for, right? Enjoy, Justus.
Maybebop, offering a unique take on this old (very old) poem which has been set to music by numerous (some very famous) composers.
Next up, favorites of mine, Club for Five, performing several new songs on what appears to have been a webstreamed concert!
Another terrific European group, Pust, is up next.
Finally, a group from Russia called A’Cappella ExpreSSS.
Week of March 26, 2012
Later today, I will be posting the first in a new series for the blog. This week’s videos relate to the subject of that post… see if you can make the connection. [It’s not too difficult!]
UNC Clef Hangers
Week of March 19, 2012
The annual Sing Strong festival will take place in Reston, Virginia this coming weekend. I’ve already mentioned that Pentatonix and Afro-Blue will be performing. Here are some clips from a few other groups or performers that you might not have heard as much about. And let me warn you- the variety of performances for this festival is STUNNING. I really wish I could be there.
First up, a video from Sing Strong executive producer Jonathan Minkoff’s group Blue Jupiter featuring beatboxer Masai Electro, both of whom will be performing on Saturday night.
Later in that concert, Julia Easterlin, an incredibly talented solo performer who uses pedals and loops, will be performing. Check out this clip.
Alex Glenfeld, renowned throat singer, will also be performing on Saturday night at the second concert. Check this out.
Week of March 12, 2012
In honor of this week’s “Get Vocal 2012” festival in Australia, I chose clips from 3 groups performing at that festival. Other than The Idea of North, I had not heard of any of these groups until now, but I’m sure glad to learn about them.
The Idea of North
Week of March 5, 2012
So, I sent out the following tweet yesterday: “In a world championship of professional #acappella, the European team would be stacked but the American team would have the best farm system”
What I meant is that while Europe has a slew of powerhouse professional groups breaking new ground seemingly every week (Postyr Project and Cluster, I’m looking at you right now), I have seen/heard/read about a ton of new or relatively new a cappella groups or vocal bands here in the U.S. who I believe demonstrate a bright future for American a cappella. They are in varying stages of their development, but here are 4 examples of the groups I’m excited to hear more from.
Breath of Soul- this 4-man group from Nashville will be competing at the Chicago regional of the Harmony Sweepstakes competition in a few weeks.
Six Appeal- another group which will be competing in the Harmony Sweepstakes, this time in the Pacific Northwest competition this coming weekend
Threadbare- this D.C.-based group just announced their presence to the world on Twitter this past weekend, and they are immediately noteworthy to Mouth Off listeners for their members Alli Brooks and Christopher Diaz. This clip is, as Christopher would (possibly) say, VERY not-terrible.
The Executive Board- finally, I had to include a local group (we don’t get many on Long Island), who recently posted this introductory video. I am hoping they will inspire a newer, bigger a cappella scene here in the shadows of NYC.
Week of Feb. 27, 2012