Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tuesday Tunes: Sugar, Sugar...Is it Christmas Already?

This week on Tuesday Tunes, the first artist/song/album/instrument that comes to mind with a word association.

Play along if you like.

1. Sugar

The first song that comes to mind when I hear the word sugar is...

Sugar, Sugar by The Archies which was a #1 hit in 1969 and still never gets old to this day.

2. Little

Little Richard for some reason popped into my head for the word little. You know, "wap bapalula wap bam boom" or some thing like that. I guess I didn't think about rappers like Lil' Kim and Lil' Bow Wow first because they're Lil' rather than "little".

3. Holly

Merry Christmas II YouThis one evokes thoughts of Christmas tunes but none in particular. Just the merry sounds of Christmas tunes on the radio making the season festive.

Speaking of Christmas tunes, Mariah Carey's new Christmas album is available.

4. Tree

Tree I guess is too close to Holly and makes me think yet again about Christmas. Christmas trees? Yeah its that season again.

5. Joy

Joy to the World - a traditional Christmas tune.

6. Night

Three Dog Night - They did a song called Joy to the World. It's because I just looked it up on Whosampled.

7. Cold

Coldplay - which I'm not a big fan of but heard a joke about them today.

8. Home

I'll be Home for Christmas - I guess I either can't get Christmas out of my head now or the person who created the meme was in a festive mood.

9. Travel

Makes me think about Travie McCoy's Billionaire because:

  • Travie sounds like Travel
  • My mom, my sister and I first heard this when we were travelling by car across I-75 from Ft. Lauderdale to Port Charlotte earlier this year. 
Great song and I've heard so many covers, parodies and remakes of the song, some funny, some strange and some just awful. 

10. Gift

Now I know they were thinking about Christmas. Too bad this last one makes me think about Jay-Z's Blueprint II: The Gift and The Curse

Not exactly Christmas-ish and not exactly classic like The Blueprint (which I own) but that's the first thing that popped into my head. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tuesday Tunes: Music I'm Thankful For in 2010

This week I'm starting a new series called Tuesday Tunes inspired by a meme started by Music Memoirs. They post a question about music and I'm gonna answer it here.

This weeks question, in keeping with the holiday tradition is "What music are you thankful for in 2010?"

It's kinda tough to answer because I'm not too much into all this new music. I still listen to 90's hip hop a lot.

My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasySince joining the website, WhoSampled.com, I've discovered a lot of great music that I never knew about and I'm really enjoying those. The funk music of the 70's, soul of the 60's, electronic music and underground hip hop artists that I hadn't heard about.

The only music that I've been interested in this year is recently, the new Kanye West album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

I guess this is what I'm most thankful for. Kanye's new album is more than just a hip hop album. The guy, no matter how many times he's called a douchebag, is an artist in that he has created a piece of art that will be cherished for years to come. A timeless masterpiece.

This is the type of music I could listen to in 2010 and beyond and it gives me a break from having to play 90's hip hop albums and listen to more current stuff. That is something to be truly thankful for.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Arena Rock Song List (3 CD Set) - As Seen on TV

Anyone else see that new Arena Rock CD compilation on tv and wondering what the song list looked like?

Well I got the Arena Rock song list right here. 

The Arena Rock CD compilation is a 3 cd set filled with big 'arena rock' hits from the 1980s. Bands like Toto, Foreigner, Boston, Cheap Trick, KISS and a whole lot of others. There's like 50 tracks in total so its a must have if you want to get that nostalgic 80s feeling and sigh in disgust about how shitty music is today.

Ok, so the Arena Rock track list....

Disc 1

01. More Than a Feeling | Boston
02. Feels Like The First Time | Foreigner
03. Hold The Line | Toto
04. Don't Bring Me Down | ELO
05. Burning For You | Blue Oyster Cult
06. Cat Scratch Fever | Ted Nugent
07. Two Tickets To Paradise | Eddie Money
08. No More Mr. Nice Guy | Alice Cooper
09. I Want You To Want Me | Cheap Trick
10. Lay It On The Line | Triumph
11. Frankenstein | Edgar Winter Group
12. American Woman | Guess Who
13. Long Time | Boston
14. Games People Play | Alan Parsons Project
15. Turn Me Loose | Loverboy
16. Two Out of Three Ain't Bad | Meat Loaf

From Disc 1, here's Eddie Money performing Two Tickets To Paradise at a live concert in 1988.

Disc 2

01. Rock and Roll All Nite | KISS
02. You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet | Backman Turner Overdrive
03. Renegade | Styx
04. Closer To The Heart | Rush
05. The Stroke | Billy Squire
06. Show Me The Way | Peter Frampton
07. All Right Now | Free
08. Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy | Sammy Hagar
09. Radar Love | Golden Earring
10. The Boys Are Back In Town | Thin Lizzy
11. Rockin' Into The Night | 38 Special
12. Heat Of The Moment | Asia
13. Don't Tell Me You Love Me | Night Ranger
14. Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor) | Robert Palmer
15. Let It Ride | Bachman Turner Overdrive
16. Love Hurts | Nazareth

Check out Rush's live performance of Closer to the Heart in 1981.

Disc 3

01. Sweet Home Alabama | Lynyrd Skynyrd
02. Ramblin' Man | The Allman Brothers Band
03. Heard It In A Love Song | The Marshall Tucker Band
04. Pride And Joy | Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
05. Tuff Enuff | The Fabulous Thunderbirds
06. Flirtin' With Disaster | Molly Hatchet
07. Keep Your Hands To Yourself | The Georgia Satellites
08. Wild-Eyes Southern Boys | .38 Special
09. Mississippi Queen | Mountain
10. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down | The Band
11. Rocky Mountain Way | Joe Walsh
12. Bad To the Bone | George Thorogood & The Destroyers
13. The South's Gonna Do It Again | The Charlie Daniels Band
14. Fooled Around And Fell In Love | Elvin Bishop
15. Can't You See | The Marshall Tucker Band
16. Midnight Rider | The Allman Brothers Band
17. Amie | Pure Prairie League
18. Free Bird | Lynyrd Skynyrd

Disc 3 is probably my favorite out of the whole collection because it has on some of my favorite songs on Arena Rock.

I can only imagine that there's some glaring omission of an artist or song you wished were on here. Please tell me about it in the comments below.

You can check out the Arena Rock 3 CD set on Musicspace.com

Monday, July 26, 2010

Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides Teaser Trailer Released

I didn't even know they were making another Pirates of the Caribbean movie but now that the teaser trailer has been released I need to go watch Dead Man's Chest and At World's End.

Surprisingly, I haven't seen these two sequels but would have loved to. The original Pirates of the Caribbean movie was shot in my home country, St. Vincent and the Grenadines which makes it a bit special for me.

Pirates is an interesting adventure/fantasy franchise which I hope they don't beat to death. I mean, can you imagine watching Pirates of the Caribbean X: Jack Sparrow vs Captain Hook?

The Trailer

Pirates of the Caribbean 4 Trailer

The movie is set to be released in 3D in 2011 with Johnny Depp returning as Captain Jack Sparrow.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Monica Still Standing Album Track List + Preview

Just listened to Monica's new album 'Still Standing' which hit stores earlier today.

10 tracks and they're all good. Can't say there's a track that I didn't like on there.

I made a playlist you can listen all the songs below providing Youtube hasn't deleted any of the songs.

Here's the tracklist for Still Standing.

1. Still Standing (feat. Ludacris)
2. One in a Lifetime
3. Stay or Go
4. Everything to Me
5. If You Were My Man
6. Mirror
7. Here I Am
8. Superman
9. Love All Over Me
10. Believing In Me

Still Standing is available at Amazon.com.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Sandra Bullock - Best Actress Winner Oscars 2010 + Mo'nique

Sandra Bullock won best actress at the 2010 Academy awards for her performance as Leigh Anne Tuohy in the football movie The Blind Side.

I'm really glad she won the Oscar because I read this morning that she won a Razzie Award for her performance in last year's All About Steve.

This is the first time someone has won an Oscar for Best Actress and a Razzie for Worst Actress in the same year so to me, to quote Chris Brown, its like wow!

I first saw Sandra Bullock in the 1994 movie Speed which is one of my favorite suspense movies. I've seen my share of good performances from Ms Bullock and also some bad ones like the unbelievably bad sequel to Speed.

Congrats to Sandra Bullock, 2010's Best Actress Winner who can now be called Academy Award Winning Actress Sandra Bullock in her next trailer or on her next DVD release.

Also congrats to Mo'nique on her Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in Precious. That is a great accomplishment in African American film.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Dr Phil Relationship Rescue Review

Who doesn't know Dr. Phil? Popular TV personality and relationship expert who is as much a part of pop culture as your favorite actor or musical artist. 

So when you need relationship advice ourselves, when things are going tough, its only logical that we either seek out "real world" advice or seek the advice of someone we're already familiar with, who has that credibility we seek. We look no further than Dr. Philip McGraw and his book Relationship Rescue. 

With Relationship Rescue, Dr. Philip C. McGraw has done a great amount of work to try and help people put their lives back together after things have fallen apart. This is no different from anything else that he has done on television with his show that brings in people who are in the middle of family crisis. If there are problems that people are having, he will help them find a way to solve it themselves.

While it might be better to have Dr. Phil right there with you to help you figure things out, his book, Relationship rescue, provides the next best thing. While it is always recommended to go seek counseling, it may not always be feasible. What makes many efforts to save relationships fail is that there is no action taken. Dr. Phil insists that if your relationship is to be saved, then both parties must work to save it. Any marriage counseling or relationship advice that anyone will give you will let you know that work is involved.

Phil McGraw's book gives people instructions that are very helpful but can be difficult because he challenges both parties in the love relationship to look inwardly and own up to their problems and work to fix them. He tells them that they need to work as hard to fix themselves as they expect their partner or spouse to work on theirs. Relationship Rescue says that even if you think that your significant other is the root of all the problems you must scrutinize yourself.

In Relationship Rescue, Dr. Phil asks readers to perform an self analysis regarding their feelings about the relationship. There are lists of questions that are categorized by topics like, "Relationship Health Profile," "Personal Concepts Profile," "The Relationship Behavior Profile: Your Partner," "The Relationship Behavior Profile: You." Just looking at those headings you know that it is going to require some serious work and thinking that will be well worth it once you see an improvement in not only your perceptions of the relationship, but in the relationship itself.

Dr. Phil's Relationship Rescue also encourages people to change their perspective of the relationship from a negative one to a positive one. Most people make things out to be worse than they are. Changing one's viewpoint of the other in the love relationship may help them see that the problems may be as bad as first thought.

Dr. Phil, as always, gives common sense relationship advice that requires some hard thinking and some hard work. There are millions of people who have taken his advice that he gives in this book and seen dramatic improvements in their lives. If you don't have the patience or the time to read his Relationship Rescue book, there is an abridged audiobook available that makes the information easy to understand but also helps in that you get to listen to his sound advice in his own voice.

If you're looking at Relationship Rescue for advice on getting your ex back, consider T. W Jackson's guide that addresses this problem directly called The Magic of Making Up.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Nokia's XpressMusic Series - 5800

I recently bought a new smartphone - the Nokia XpressMusic 5800. I must say its a really sweet phone where you can download apps from the Nokia Ovi Store, sync your contacts, music and other media and a lot of other stuff. 

Today's guest article is a review of the Nokia XpressMusic 5800.

Nokia had previously released the 7710 which is technically it's first touch phone but due to certain unfavorable features and other reasons unknown, the 7710 was a total failure. The 5800 ExpressMusic is a winner from every angle and for once,Nokia fans can rejoice at the 5800 ExpressMusic's brilliance. A hybrid between touch phones and music phones, the 5800 ExpressMusic is doing extremely well in the market and rightly so.

Living up to its music phone tag, the 5800 ExpressMusic has volume keys at its side apart from 3 other keys on the front panel. The screen is a brilliant 3'2 inches which is in fact what most true touch phones are equipped with. The 3'2 inch screen offers a stunning 640x360 display resolution and it's quite unbelievable that a music phone can offer you so much for such little. The 5800 ExpressMusic is also fitted with a stylus which snugly fits in the back and can be used for precision.

Using the latest S60 platform that Nokia has released till date, and with the trademark Nokia Symbian OS version 5, operating system wise the Nokia 5800 is comparable to the larger N97.

An essential of a music phone is a large storage space and the Nokia 5800 ExpressMusic does not disappoint you as it comes with a whopping 8 GB internal memory expandable to 16 GB with the microSD slot that is provided. The camera is the 3.12 usual Nokia affair with the Carl Zeiss lenses, LED flash and autofocus. The inbuilt picture editor comes as a fun bonus and it's a surprise as even many of the so called camera phones don't afford this feature.

You can't expect more from a music phone but the 5800 is further armed to the teeth to take on any phone from the whole range of segments. JAVA and Flash enablement for browsing, and of course Wifi 802.11 and Bluetooth V.2 are also included for easy connectivity and data transfer. Calling the Nokia 5800 ExpressMusic a music phone is actually not justified as it can just as well do everything that a mobile computer can. PDF viewer, Excel and word sheets and TV output complete the 5800 ExpressMusic's awesome arsenal.

The only feature missing in this music phone and yes the only one at all is the Nokia OVI features which allows for GPS navigation but this can be overlooked as voice command navigation and self location is made available with additional software upgrades.

The Nokia 5800 ExpressMusic is arguably the best value for it's money. Weighing a mere 109 grams and providing 35 hours of non stop music playback, I'd go for the 5800 Expressmusic with my eyes closed. Price? $350!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Rihanna Rude Boy Official Video

Rihanna just dropped the official video for Rude Boy off her latest album Rated R.

I haven't bought or listened to the album because Rihanna right now is nowhere in my priorities in terms of music. I used to like her but lately I think she's trying to hard for attention or something. I still bump Hard though. That song is fire.

My expectations for Rude Boy was that it would bring out some of that dancehall flavor that we want to hear from the Caribbean native. However, its still pretty much R&B but the video does bring that dancehall vibe.

After listening to it, I would have to say that the song would have to grow on me and the video despite at times having up to 5 Rihannas and some stuff that 13 year old boys would get wet dreams off of, doesn't really evoke much emotion from me.

Check out Rihanna's new video below - The official Rude Boy video.

Monday, February 1, 2010

#1 Song on My Birthday - December 14th, 1981.

This is an interesting tidbit about myself that I decided to look up today. Its the #1 song on the Billboard charts when I was born on December 14th, 1981.

That would be Olivia Newton-John's Physical.

Let's get physical, physical....

Alright, that doesn't in anyway have much to do with who I am, except that if ONJ was talking to me, I'd be like "hell yeah!"

It's interesting though. You can look up the #1 song on your birthday like I did by doing a Google search for "Billboard #1 song on [insert date here]". There's a Wikipedia page that lists the songs.

Or try this nifty site where you can find the #1 song on your birthday.

Then just share it with me in the comments below.