The entire month of October, one song reigned supreme in the public eye: Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” The weird, minimal instrumental, coupled with the easily digested lyrical content firmly cemented the song into the public consciousness. Then he released a video and it was all over: Director X’s minimalist video highlighted Drake’s goofy dance moves, seemingly destined to be cut up into 15-second clips for Instagram and Facebook.
Currently, we’re seeing the tail end of Drake hype for 2015: the parodies have all been posted, the song is on its way out.
Coheed and Cambria are one of the most popular rock bands of the last 20 years. Their career has so far spanned seven albums (and with the release of The Color Before The Sun in October, an even eight) and a handful of lineup changes.
Today, September 20, 2015 marks the 10 year anniversary of what is widely considered the band’s biggest album, Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness. Often abbreviated as Good Apollo, the album is the third major release from the band, and marks the band’s rise to prominence backed by its powerful singles and solid orchestration.
At some point in my past, I traded my memory in for an expanded vocabulary. While that’s a pretty fair trade, I have trouble remembering a lot of things about my past. For instance, my younger brothers can rattle off their homeroom teachers from grade school and middle school while I have to consult a yearbook from 1998.
This lack of memories continues back further than that: most people can remember very minor details about their preschool days, but I have only one distinct memory from my early childhood.
Maybe I should call it Spooky September or something?
During last Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, host Miley Cyrus announced that her new album Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz would be available, bypassing the normal pre-release cycle that a majority of today’s releases go through.
This trend of early, unannounced releases most famously occurred in 2013 when Beyonce surprise released her album Beyonce to the iTunes store in December. The buzz surrounding this surprise album drove sales and the album debuted at number one.
With this new album, Cyrus is continuing her apparent quest to separate her pre-adult country releases and polished pop ballads (a la “The Climb“) from her more recent, edgier releases, like 2013’s Bangerz. Cyrus is notable for making headlines with her stage performances, which are filled with a fair amount of bombast and spectacle (and a fair amount of odd sexuality, which serves to frighten middle-aged housewives); Petz is an extension of her recent neo-psychadelic image, and features production by Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips and indie darling Ariel Pink in addition to hip hop producer Mike Will Made It, who Miley worked with previously to great success on “23.”
With that list of prolific production, I hoped the album would be a blend of Coyne’s excellent sonic layering with the post-punk influence of Pink and Mike Will’s tight production wrapping it all up. Things can only go well, right?
Since we moved to our current house 22 years ago, the bathroom off of my parents’ bedroom has normally been reserved for their morning preparation and hygiene. However, on occasion I sneak in and enjoy the luxury of their glass shower and the multiple windows that light the whole room up in the morning. The light helps me wake up on particularly groggy mornings.
However, recently I was reminded of the terror that bathroom spelled for me in my youth.
During a discussion with a friend this week, I was asked what my favorite film is. That question I have an answer for, but then she asked what my top 5 films are.
This is considerably more difficult to answer for me; picking my most influential is easy, but in my 23 years, I’ve seen a LOT of movies, with a large amount of variation between them. Do I pick movies that received critical praise during their time, or do I go off the films I’ve watched the most times?
I decided to pick 5 films that affected me on some level, movies that left a marked effect on me after the first time I watched them, or required a second watch to fully take in. Movies that still hold a certain degree of “magic” to them even after tens of watches.
[Note: I listed my number one favorite, the others are in no particular order.]
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Tagged Adventureland, Antonioni, Blow Up, Brendan Gleeson, Coen Brothers, Colin Farrell, Goodfellas, In Bruges, Jeff Bridges, Jesse Eisenberg, Joe Pesci, John Goodman, Martin Scorcese, Ray Liotta, Robert DeNiro, Steve Buscemi, The Big Lebowski