Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
When her album finally dropped, I quickly became obsessed with it, and when I say that, I mean it should probably get a restraining order against me. I have been listening to this album non-stop since it came out. There is not one bad song on this album. It's got this hip-hop flavor that blends in with her bluesy voice so well. I don't know how she does it. She is not only gorgeous but she's incredibly talented as well. Certain live performances aside, I think she'll make a splash in this industry if she's marketed correctly.
My absolute favorite song from "Born To Die," is "This Is What Makes Us Girls." ABSOLUTE perfection. It reminds me of my friends and I in the summer of 2006, running around my hometown, hanging out with boys at the skate park, eating at Taco Bell every day, and getting into trouble. One of the best summers of my life. I sincerely hope Lana releases a video for this song and it gets a wide audience because this song is amazing.
Anyone who hasn't given Lana a chance, should. She's got a haunted way of singing, like she's literally reading the pages of her diary. She puts a lot of effort into seeming disinterested but you can hear the crack of emotions coming through. She's brilliant and I am a huge fan of hers. I hope she continues to make more music like this and never sell out. We have enough female sell-outs on the Billboard charts (I'm looking at you, Rihanna, Katy, and Nicki.)
This is what makes us girls
We all look for heaven and we put our love first
Don't ya know we'd die for it, it's our curse
Don't cry about it, don't cry about it
This is what makes us girls
We don't stick together 'cause we put our love first
Don't cry about him, don't cry about him
It's all gonna happen
Cudi has always been the laid-back guy with an "I don't give a fuck" attitude, but he does care about his music. A lot people on Twitter spewed a lot of hate for Cudi's latest effort saying that the Man on the Moon was truly gone and some weirdo took his place. But honestly I don't see much of a difference in what Cudi is doing now to what he did a few years ago. Yes "Man on the Moon" is Cudi's best album, hands down, but an artist should be allowed to grow and evolve. I like that he's experimenting and exploring new sounds. He even said himself this was just an experiment that he wanted to try. I'm sure he'll get back to hip-hop soon, especially with Kanye West at the helm. Everyone needs to be patient and realize that a true artist needs to be able to feed his creativity, even if no one wants to listen to it. He's the one making the money. Let him do as he pleases.
I happen to like "WZRD" a lot actually. But that's probably because I love rock music anyway. I love when rock and hip-hop are fused together. I only listened to it a few times before I went back to my fun. addiction but I enjoyed what I heard. As long as Cudi makes another album filled with Yeezy-produced beats, then I am all for him doing his own thing for awhile.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
I am morally and profusely opposed to bandwagons. I guess it's the hipster in me. So when I first heard the buzz surrounding fun. and their single "We Are Young," (a song currently resting atop the Billboard Hot 100 over single powerhouses like Adele, Katy Perry, and Kelly Clarkson) I chose to ignore it. But then my boyfriend put the chorus as his ringtone and I was immediately enamored with it. So I went ahead and downloaded the album. I was pretty much blown away. This is definitely the best album of 2012 so far. From the opening of the album with "Some Nights" I was taken in by the almost-anthemic, yet campfire-esque feel to it. It's so fun yet meaningful and powerful. There's no one out there quite like this band. Of course "We Are Young" is absolutely brilliant with it's changing chords and twists and turns. The surprising, yet pleasing collab with Janelle Monáe is deeply satisfying. The song is reminiscent of a track that would play in an early 90s teen movie, during some character-defining scene going in slow motion. The next best track HAS to be "Carry On" which also has that teen-movie-anthem thing going on. This band kinda reminds me of a modern twist on The Beatles. (I hope that's not too blasphemous to say.) But that's how I feel. When I listen to The Beatles, I feel uplifted and optimistic and this is the only other band I feel the same way about. fun.'s music is by definition "uplifting." It's positive music and people just don't make that kind of music anymore. The radio airwaves are saturated with party music and sex and empty words. So I'm glad this guys are defying all norms and taking the #1 spot. Much like Foster the People did before them. Every single song on the album is beautiful and intricate and I love them. They're my newest obsession. I can't wait to see more from these guys.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Monday, November 14, 2011
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Monday, November 7, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
I recently acquired an iPhone, which allowed me to join in on the nationwide obsession with Angry Birds, this silly video game that has pretty much taken over all forms of gaming platforms. I don't know why it's so addicting but it is. There's something about knocking over pieces of glass and wood and killing those fat green pigs that get me hooked. I have no idea what the purpose or story of the game is and I don't need to know. It's a mindless adventure that gets distracted from homework or class. It has the whole instant gratification effect that I know everyone loves.
I've played Angry Birds on two platforms. One on the Google Chrome application, which was a shock seeing the birds so huge on my screen, the other on my iPhone. On my phone, the controls are obviously different and extremely simple, given that I only have to use one finger while playing it. I find it easier to play on a smaller screen. I've never experienced any glitches or hiccups. The only annoying part about it is the ads.
The graphics are surprisingly very streamlined and clear, but because the game is so touch-sensitive I have to be careful not to touch the screen again until the moment I want to, since some of the birds have a little extra something. If you play with the noise on, it can be a bit distracting from gameplay if you're trying to get serious. The noises the birds and pigs make are so helplessly funny. But I usually play with the sound off. It's hard to find the same trajectories as the previous bird that flew from the slingshot and that is one of the many challenges of the game.
I don't think any of the technologies detracted from the game at all; in fact I think the game is defined by its technology. Every day, Rovio works to improve the game and give players more levels and I think the fact that people are mildly psychotic about their games suggests their formulas work. I think the key to this game's success is its simplicity. I think it's cool that the owners wanted to spread the game to other gaming platforms, but I think it's best on where it originated: the phone. When you try to play on tablets or computers, the effect just isn't the same.