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COBRA STARSHIP "Fool Like Me" MP3

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COBRA STARSHIP “Fool Like Me” MP3

Cobra Starship

Oh man, I’m doing it again. I thought that the new single for Cobra Starship “You Make Me Feel…” was just going to be a one time thing. Since then they released two more singles and the latest one “Feel Like Me” sounds “familiar.” It’s not the celebrity party pop punk that they’re known for and now the Top Forties dance track like the last. Instead this new track “Fool Like” is smooth and calm. A jangling acoustic guitar lingers through the song and a girl group hand clap hits the chorus. The lyrics are very teen focused and campy. But if you took away super mainstream pop production, changed the vocals up and some of the lyrics… well, it sounds like Brooklyn’s This Is Ivy League (who happens to be two members in Cobra Starship).

It’s too bad that the duo is probably beyond busy with their musical careers in Cobra Starship. Hopefully they’ll be able to come back with a new album someday in the future. But for now, although not remotely near the indie pop fun of This Is Ivy League, their contributions for Cobra Starship will shine more in the future. Perhaps it will in the band’s forth upcoming album Night Shades which will be out August 30th, 2011 via Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen.

Oh yes, there is something most “indie” bands can learn from Cobra Starship. I always found them to be one of the best bands using social media and their fans to keep their band alive through the rapid changes in the industry. After the first single with an official music video, they came out with “lyric videos” for their song “#1Nite” and “Fool Like Me.” The videos are just music videos using computer effects using text to show the lyrics of the song in a creative way. It’s something that most bands can probably do today with everyone having a MAC and getting some video editing software. You can see Cobra Starship’s second lyric video below:

MP3: “Fool Like Me

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COBRA STARSHIP “You Make Me Feel…” MP3 + OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

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COBRA STARSHIP "You Make Me Feel…" MP3 + OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

Cobra Starship

Boy has “pop punk” changed in the last decade or more. And even further back, it’s even much more different. Well, I remember listening to a slew of bands from Fueled By Ramen as a teen. There were bands like Discount (who happened to be lead by Alison Mosshart of the band The Kills) and ska punk bands such as The Impossibles. But years after that eventually lead to MTV acts such as Fall Out Boy and what this post is about, the band Cobra Starship. Times have truly changed huh?

Well, I first encountered the music of Cobra Starship when the film Snakes On A Plane became a cult classic led by Samuel L. Jackson. The band (who was just Gabe Saporta of New Jersey pop punk band Midtown at the time) penned “Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)” which sky rocketed all over MTV. And coincidentally an indie pop (yes, an actual one) band called This Is Ivy League were hired guns to join the group. Since then they have garnered millions of fans throughout the world with their brand of pop punk that involved thematic songs that were part of the wave of bands such as Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco were known for.

Anyways, I haven’t paid attention to the band since then. But almost two years ago I was in a car driving around Minneapolis and heard a song called “Good Girls Go Bad” in their Top Forties radio station. Eventually, I found it was them and was “WHAT THE HOLY FUCK!” The song was ridiculously huge and I hadn’t even realized the band had already crossed over not only into the mainstream but into the party world and dance realm. I had heard the song in clubs next to songs by other artists such as Katy Perry. Pretty bizzare in my mind if only for a moment.

So with that, I too have changed over the years. Having been born and raised in Miami in middle school my whole world was surrounded by BOOTY MUSIC. Club music, dance music, salsa music, etc. Yes, that anti-indie rock music. But I loved it. I loved dancing. I loved shaking that booty. But after that indie rock took over. Well, after years of indie rock I have accepted “clubbing” into my life and rejoiced and found Top Forties quite relaxing to get CRUNK to. So anyways, Cobra Starship are back with a new single called “You Make Me Feel…” And I swear to the heavens above if I didn’t know about the band and heard this at a club I’d swear it was a some sort of new pop act. Featuring Sabi (although it would’ve been amazing if it was Rihanna instead, no offense Sabi) the song is pretty damn fun. The chorus is catchy and if I were drunk enough I’d probably be raising my hands up in the air like Snooki from Jersey Shore and singing “La La La La.”

Sorry indie pop friends! Their new album Night Shades is out August 30th, 2011 via Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen.

MP3: “You Make Me Feel…

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THIS IS IVY LEAGUE “Crown of Love” (Acarde Fire Cover) MP3

This Is Ivy League

So Arcade Fire recently won the Grammys’ “Album of The Year” pushing the “indies” into the forefront and having mainstream audiences wonder “who?” Well, either way their sales skyrocketed after the announcement. Hopefully the win will also push other indie artists to receive some of the limelight and increase buyer awareness that there is much more music other there than what they’ve been spoon fed for decades.

A band that was thoroughly missed due to their duties in another act (Cobra Starship) was This Is Ivy League. The Brooklyn duo had a hit with their self-titled debut that contained hits such as “The Richest Kids.” But one of their earlier recordings was a cover of Arcade Fire’s “Crown of Love” from their album Funeral. It was a somber acoustic song that recalled their influences of Simon & Garfunkel and Kings of Convenience. It was a beautiful interpretation of one of Arcade Fire’s hits.

MP3: “Crown of Love (Arcade Fire Cover)

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THIS IS IVY LEAGUE "Crown of Love" (Acarde Fire Cover) MP3

This Is Ivy League

So Arcade Fire recently won the Grammys’ “Album of The Year” pushing the “indies” into the forefront and having mainstream audiences wonder “who?” Well, either way their sales skyrocketed after the announcement. Hopefully the win will also push other indie artists to receive some of the limelight and increase buyer awareness that there is much more music other there than what they’ve been spoon fed for decades.

A band that was thoroughly missed due to their duties in another act (Cobra Starship) was This Is Ivy League. The Brooklyn duo had a hit with their self-titled debut that contained hits such as “The Richest Kids.” But one of their earlier recordings was a cover of Arcade Fire’s “Crown of Love” from their album Funeral. It was a somber acoustic song that recalled their influences of Simon & Garfunkel and Kings of Convenience. It was a beautiful interpretation of one of Arcade Fire’s hits.

MP3: “Crown of Love (Arcade Fire Cover)

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THIS IS IVY LEAGUE “The Richest Kids” MP3

This Is Ivy League

Well, my boys This Is Ivy League have been written up on Pitchfork’s column Forkast.” Mature writer Stephen M. Deusner got it right on the dot when he wrote “I assumed they were from Sweden, where this brand of sophisticated, historically-minded twee pop apparently bubbles up from underground springs.” He is completely correct. When I first heard this song myself in their actual Brooklyn apartment with spears surrounding me in their recording room, I was blown away by the harmonies that echoed relentlessly. The tinged 60’s beach sound was humming all over their Brooklyn room.

But unfortunately, someone at Pitchfork must have caught on about This Is Ivy League’s day jobs. Yes, the duo do perform in MTV tween pop punk sensations Cobra Starship. Even famous music news site Idolator caught on quickly. But it will only be the elitists that will discredit the fact that the boys having been writing and cultivating their love for pop music many years prior to the new career was attained.

So if anyone finds my personal blog here, just know that the boys are quite sincere about their love for creating modern and sophisticated AMERICAN pop music.

MP3: “The Richest Kids

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Twentyseven Views is primarily a music blog (although sometimes I will do the random post on a film or something culture or art related). All posts are genuine and honest opinions by the writer.

The writer is based in New York and has run a small indie record label, was a former publicist and has done freelance publicity. The writer has penchant taste in music that lean towards pop. Whether that be indie pop, dance music or hip-hop.

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