Looking for New Music? 4 Ways to Find Great Music

How many times have we heard the same song play on the radio at least three times within an hour? Ready for something new?

Radio stations provide listeners with great music to listen to while relaxing, working, driving a car, whatever you might be doing. Listening to the same music over and over again is very excruciating. You find yourself browsing through other stations.

Ways to find great music you won’t be tired of:

1. Genius 
An application on iTunes, Genuis is a great tool for discovering music very similar to your music. This is especially handy with those few favorites you listen to a few times a day. The latest version of iTunes includes Genius. From the Genius Sidebar, you can click on the similar songs provided and a 30-second sample will be played.

2. The Radio 
First, some stations have certain hours during which they play new music. For example, Chicago’s 101.9 play’s new music at 9pm. It is a great break from the usual radio playlist. You might even decide to download the song being played!

Second, you may find yourself going through the tuner on the radio. This is a great idea for exploring different radio stations with new genres of music you never knew you liked. You will discover Spanish, pop, hip-hop, classical, christian, rock, and jazz music among others.

3. Talk With Others 
Every person has different songs that they love. Next time you meet with a friend, ask them suggestions for music that they know you like to listen to. You may find a song that will become your favorite for a long time!

4. Websites 
Typing in “new music” or “music for ____”(i.e. exercising) on the internet will bring you many search results. If you are looking for music for a …

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Dispatches: The Trouble With Boris (Channel 4): A Year Long Investigation into the Current Mayor of London

Irish comedian Dara O’Briain makes light during his stand-up that if he had known that presenting Have I Got News For You would have got him the Mayor of London job he wouldn’t have settled for Mock the Week. Although it’s a great joke it does serve an example where the truth is far more bizarre than the set up.

Boris Johnson One Year Later

Dispatches, Channel 4’s long running investigative journalism programme, has tackled many controversial topics over the years such as religious hatred, war and poor school teaching. Now it’s the turn of journalist-cum-politician Boris Johnson (real name Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson) who went from foolish appearances on HIGNFY to the top mayoral job in the UK.

It doesn’t seem like it but a year has passed since Bo Jo was elected Mayor of London by beating Ken Livingston. Here reporter Antony Barnett examines Boris’s time in office and his plans for the capital’s future, such as his contradictory environmental policy and the shaky build-up to the 2012 Olympics.

Boris and the Bendy Buses

Regardless of his image Boris is of course no stranger to TV portraying him as stupid and clumsy but he does know how the media works. This documentary depicted Boris as a master at creating an image and pandering to opinion although exposed that what he says and what he does are completely different.

There was a small selection of interesting clips showing Boris being grilled at meetings about his intervention in calling for Ian Blair’s resignation as the nation’s top cop and the Damian Green arrest, which he was told about in advance. Barnett talked to many groups and other party politicians, who obviously would disprove of Johnson’s actions, but besides a short interview with Barnett there was very little input …

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Superhero Movies

Top Ten List

I’ve seen some of the lists offered on this site and I wanted to set the record straight. I’m a huge fan of superhero movies and I wanted to put together a list that would serve as a guide going forward into the 21st century. I specifically looked at style, substance, and how much the film makes you suspend your disbelief. For the sake of brevity, I categorized some of the films by franchise. With that being said, here is my list:

10. Ghost Rider (2007)

The Good: Nicholas Cage comes across as the free-wheeling stunt man, Johnny Blaze. Cage communicates the idea of being resolved to ones fate as he carries on with the knowledge that he has made a pact with the devil. One night, his skull catches fire and he transforms into the justice seeking wraith, Ghost Rider. This is an interesting play on the “cursed soul” trying to do good and Eva Mendez makes any movie better. He rides a motorcycle with flaming wheels, wields a chain, and can use his gaze to place evil-doers into a coma. The Bad: The villain Blackheart is played by Wes Bentley. He is joined by a group of elemental henchmen. Blackheart is the son of Satan (Peter Fonda) and becomes Legion once he obtains a contract of souls. His power is he can suck the life out of people. The Ugly: There’s not really a climactic battle at the end of the film. Instead, there is a realization by Blaze that he can control his power and does not have to do Satan’s bidding.

9. The Incredibles (2004)

The Good: This film is a parody on the idea of a superhero by showing what happens when these heroes grow old and have families. There is …

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What Not to Do at the Movies

Taboos in the Cinema

It never fails. I am seated quite nicely in the theater when a couple arriving during the previews decides to sit directly in front of me, only to make their romantic comedy. Please, please, do not be these people. Remember you are not the only person in the theater. Several rules are posted in the theater regarding conduct, but some unwritten rules exist.

Refrain from kicking the back of my seat. This is less of a problem in a stadium style seated theater, but in case we are in a traditional cinema, keep your feet off my seat. Also, please make sure your kid is not kicking the back of my seat either. Also be aware that the seats in front of you are not footrests, peoples heads will be where your dirty pair of shoes once rested, show some courtesy.

Open your smuggled drink prior to the start of the feature. Listen, if you want to circumvent the horrible prices at the concession stand, be a polite crook and open that bottle or can prior to when the dialog I paid ten bucks for starts. That goes for that crinkly bag of chips too!

Do not bring in a full course meal. I am so sorry you missed dinner, it is not like the theater posts the times the movies start in about fifty locations. How could you possibly know that the rest of the theater does not want to smell your sandwich, pizza, or even fried chicken? Stop at the concession stand and buy some popcorn, maybe even a few Jr. Mints, if you are hungry. Or even, perish the thought, use that brain of yours and allow enough time to stop and eat BEFORE coming to the movie.

The rest

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Dark Tower Movie

So there is a rumor that J.J. Abrams (Lost, Fringe, Star Trek) and Stephen King are talking.
Talking about making not one, not two, but seven Dark Tower movies. Whether these movies will be based on the novels or the graphic novels is unknown at this point.

Today I went to see an old friend of mine and we got to talking about this possible series and who we would cast as each of the characters. The list follows:

My ideal “Dark Tower” movie cast:

Roland- Mickey Rourke 
One bad ass (see Sin City “Marv”) I think he could play Roland 
very well and be versatile enough to encompass all that Roland is 
and becomes

Eddie- Johnny Depp or Christan Bale 
Johnny Depp can do anything and do it well. He is very versatile and 
can convince people that he is a crazed Heroin addict who becomes 
a gunslinger. Christan Bale is big right now and shows off his 
gunslinger/ sword fu in Equilibrium

Cuthbert- Ryan Reynolds 
Sexy, smart ass, and cut. Ryan played Dead pool perfectly and I can 
hear him mouthing off to Roland. I could also see him as Eddie.

Jake- Ed Sanders 
This little guy stole my heart and the show in Sweeney Todd. He 
also works really well with Johnny Depp. I think he is one talented 
kid.

Susannah- Judy Reyes or Jada Pickett Smith 
Both a strong women who have done well in their fields. Jada is 
an overall phenomenal woman. And I loved Judy as Carla on Scrubs 
for the past eight years. She was never afraid to speak her mind 
and she was vulnerable and tough at the same time.

Cort- Bruce Willis 
Bald bad ass 
That is all

Man in Black- Cillian Murphy 
The Scarecrow in both new Batman movies. Creepy …

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Personality Through Music

Have you ever wondered why you act the way you do? The type of music you listen to has a lot to do with who you are or what your personality will be. Music has changed a lot in the past couple of decade, (Take for instance this day in age) Rap, R&B;, Hip-Hop has developed rapidly through teens all over the world. Rap was first introduced back in the late 1970’s and has grown to what it is today. About 90% of all rap songs have to do with gangs, drugs, violence, sex, and home life. Rappers capture the ears of young listeners because they can relate to the songs. Proven fact: Rap stresses teens and causes them to drive their car in anger. When teens drive in anger they run more red lights, are more careless, and drive over the speed limit. It is also a stereotype that rap causes anger to all teens. It is not true that if you listen to rap you will end up in a gang or gun fight. Rap is not all to blame for violence in society. Many rappers come from poor, low income areas. Because of this, many rappers rap about their experiences on the streets and what they have seen. In a way, you can blame the the economy for the violence because of the poor economy decades ago.

Everyone is different from one another and have different interests in genres of music. This is what makes you who you are. Everyone sees everything differently. The type of music you listen to while you are growing up affects how you will see things in life.

Back in the 1960s and 1970s there was a lot of so called “happy music” being produced through musicians. There was that stereotype that …

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Movies Everyone Can Love!

One of the biggest problems when picking a movie for any group of people is that it’s so hard to please everyone; when you’re on a date, it’s made a little worse because the fate of any relationship may rest on this pick. It probably won’t ruin your chances altogether, but selecting a bad movie can alter the tone of the evening. Your tastes may vary but in my book, a good date movie should have a little romance and a lot of humor, and something that can provoke conversation later. You can’t always pick the perfect movie, but if you don’t know what they’re into, here are a few suggestions that might help you get started:

Stranger than Fiction 
Will Ferrell is an actor who is unfortunately cast often to play a loud and slightly stupid character–as a result, he can be a bit of a turn-off to anyone who doesn’t much care for loud and stupid people. This film really is an example of his range as an actor, as he plays instead the quiet, mumbling Harold Crick: a tax auditor who starts to hear his life narrated by a woman with an English accent. He’s convinced he’s going a little crazy, but becomes really concerned when she announces that he is going to die. Meanwhile, an English writer is having writer’s block–as she can’t quite figure out how to kill off the protagonist in her new novel. Dustin Hoffman comes in as a literature professor Harold consults for information on his situation, Queen Latifah is a new assistant for the authoress, and Maggie Gyllenhaal appears as a woman Harold’s supposed to be auditing, but finds himself falling for. All in all, it’s a surprisingly smart, funny, and romantic film that is easily one of my all-time favorites.…

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Life on Discovery Channel: An Eleven-Hour Series About the Diversity of Animals on the Planet

Narrated by Oprah Winfrey, Life takes viewers on a journey into the diversity of natural history. This landmark event took more than four years to make. The filmmakers spent over 3,000 days filming the unique habitats of the animals that reside on the planet, as they have never been seen before.

From the Brown-Tufted Capuchin monkeys in Brazil, who have learned to use tools to crack their nuts, to the tiny Strawberry poison dart/arrow frog in Costa Rica who climbs trees every day to care for her unborn children, the circle of life unfolds like never before.

Among the creatures that viewers will discover in this epic series are the Weedy Sea Dragon of Australia, the Komodo Dragon of Indonesia, The Humpback Whale in Tonga, Vogelkop Bowerbirds in West Papua, and more. Life on every continent is explored. And with life comes death, as a group of three Cheetah brothers gang up together to kill an Ostrich in Africa. Life is diverse as it can be, and this series brings all its wonder and majesty to the screen.

Discovery Channel and the BBC

The series is a collaboration between Discovery Channel and the BBC. Rupert Barrington of the BBC told a gathering of journalists at a celebration to kick off the series in the Getty Center in Los Angeles, “Making the series has been a long and very personal experience.” He said it has been “a privilege for me” to be associated with the landmark series.

The Discovery Channel and the BBC are known for their epic nature series’. The Blue Planet (2001) and Planet Earth (2006) both received high acclaim from viewers and critics. Life follows in this tradition, not only with its bold and graphic depiction of life on earth, but also with the music that accompanies the …

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Subculture of Latino Music at FSU

For me, Latino music has been in my life since I was six years old. When my mother remarried a Nicaraguan man, I was exposed to a different side of the world. There was so much that I had never known about, but now loved. It is for this reason that I tend to notice where and how many people are listening to Latino music, particularly within the context of music from one’s own home country. I decided to find out how much this music has been integrated into the typical life of an FSU student in Tallahassee, within a group of friends. This music defines Latino culture through sound, behavior, and concept.

To begin with, I had to ask my friends what they listen to. The group that I am focusing on contains seven members. Of those seven, five are Latino and two are “white”; I, Sarva, am half French and half of descent from the British Isles, and the other “white” person, Evan, is of descent from and . The other five are from (Carlos), (Daniel), (Andrea), (Leslie), and (Tony). 
I found through interviews that all of the Latino members of our group listen to music from their homeland on, at the very least, a weekly basis. That means that once a week, they are connecting back to their cultural identities through music. When I asked Evan if he listens to music from or , he said that he doesn’t. “It isn’t because I don’t like it,” he said. “It has just never been a part of my life the way it has been for my girlfriend.” Evan and Andrea have been dating for three months, as Carlos and myself have been dating for nearly three years.

I find that the way things are run in Carlos’ house …

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Hive Mind – the Movie

Watch it Before They Get You

Hive Mind. Now that is a scary thought. The term comes from the social collective consciousness of insects such as bees and ants. The Hive Mind is said to come about through subtle subconscious influences and pressure from peers and society as a whole. Everyone who thinks and feels the same group together into ‘hives’. It is a natural way we tend to form friendships and the way we influence our friends as well.

The ever so popular Social Media of Face Book, My Space, and Twitter have gained such status by enabling people from across the globe to join together and form their own ‘hives’. Some are more diverse than others, but human nature causes us to group with those who tend to think like us.

Now people often agree to disagree and still engage with others out of their little ‘hive’ and ideas are still exchanged. But Disagreements do erupt and fights still ensue only because as individuals we still have control of our minds.

Now what if technology made it possible for everyone to think and feel the same?

This is where Hive Mind takes you.

Hive Mind, an Independent film by Ladd Erlinger Jr, explores the what if of a government given the technology to create a Hive Mind, controlling all thought processes, creating an utopia society without wars. They created a perfect world of people whose only purpose is to do everything for the greater good.

Now the concept of a Hive Mind has been used before, The Borg in Star Trek, the Bugs in Starship Troopers, and in Isaac Asimov’s Nemesis and Hallucination. But Ladd’s film of a man made Hive Mind is far more eerie considering the advancements of Technology and the …

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