Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Playlist

Happy Halloween! Need a Halloween themed playlist to scare up your day? I've thought up a few obvious and not so obvious songs for you to listen to or download.

1. The Beatles - "Revolution 9". The experimental avant garde track from 1968's The White Album is 8 minutes of "What the fuck?" It doesn't make sense, but a fun song to listen to around this time of year for its creepy sounds filled throughout. 

2. Michael Jackson - "Thriller". Well, this is the obvious one. The music video is the way to go, and pretty much everyone has heard this song and seen the video already. Listening to this around Halloween is the same as watching "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." A must for everyone. 

3. The Rolling Stones - "Sympathy for the Devil". A song sung from the point of view of Lucifer himself, the devil. Is there anything else you need to know? 

4. Bette Midler - "I Put a Spell on You". Not originally her song, but this version stands out for being in the Halloween classic Hocus Pocus. And there's Sarah Jessica Parker pre-Sex and the City

5. The Cranberries - "Zombie". Zombies are in right now more than ever thanks to the massive record breaking success of The Walking Dead

6. Stevie Wonder - "Superstition". Possibly his most famous song, its also another perfect song for Halloween. The song brings up many of the popular superstitions that exist in our culture. 

7. U2 - "Until the End of the World". This one is especially good for the 2012 edition of Halloween, with all the Mayan calendar hooplah going on. 

8. The Nightmare Before Christmas cast - "This is Halloween". The song is made specifically for today's holiday, and is best listened to while watching the scene in the film itself.

9. David Bowie - "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)". You can tell this is creepy from the title, and the song is about a woman who turns mad. 

10. Lady Gaga - "Judas". How about a more recent song? Its not really about the devil, the devil is more of a metaphor in this song. Plus, Lady Gaga tends to scare some people, as well as dress up like its Halloween more than just on October 31. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Atlantic City Boardwalks Destroyed by Hurricane Sandy

The home of Boardwalk Empire has a new sight to it after being hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. The famous boardwalks of Atlanic City, New Jersey are gone, as water fills most of the streets, while sand fills streets in other locations that aren't buried with water. Some buildings that were near the boardwalk have also been reduced to their foundations thanks to the powerful storm surge. Its sad to see something so well known and historic be destroyed in a few hours. Over on Casino Pier in Seaside, the roller coaster is now in the ocean after the boardwalk there went down with it. 

Meanwhile, Atlantic City mayor Lorenzo Langford wants to confront Governor Chris Christie following criticisms. Taking Boardwalk Empire a little too seriously there. Worry about fixing everything first, please.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Print This For Motivation

I decided to make a quick little motivational/inspirational picture for people to print our or make as a computer wallpaper and enjoy on a daily basis. If you're ever feeling overwhelmed or stressed, this will no doubt get you through your day. Enjoy! (click to make it bigger)

Instant stress relief, with a little help from your friends Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen and Britney Spears.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Listen to The Rolling Stones' "Doom and Gloom"

Caution: Will make you want moves like Jagger. 'Doom and Gloom', the first new song from The Rolling Stones in seven years, was just released to radio and for purchase on iTunes today. I have a feeling this will easily become a favorite for many Rolling Stones fans, and maybe even convert some new ones. Check it out:

When I first heard the song I thought it could easily stand on similar footing with 'Start Me Up'. That's the song from their catalog it most closely resembles, which is obviously a good thing. Its a loud, energetic song that really does make you want to move and dance as Mick Jagger previously said. They had to put out a rollicking song like this in the wake of Maroon 5's 'Moves Like Jagger', and he'll surely be moving again when they hit the stage later this fall in New York and London.

'Doom and Gloom' probably blasts past most peoples' expectations before hearing it. Amazing that they could release a song like this 50 years in their legendary career. Props to Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood for continuing to make us feel good.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Rolling Stones New Single "Doom & Gloom"

'Doom and Gloom', the new single by The Rolling Stones, will be released on Thursday October 11th to radio and for sale on iTunes (and hopefully Amazon). It marks the first new song by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Co since their last studio album, A Bigger Bang, was released in 2005. The song will also be one of two new tracks on their upcoming career spanning hits set GRRR! which comes out on November 12th.

Jagger says, "It’s called Doom & Gloom, though it’s a really raunchy rocker you can dance to & not gloomy at all! It was fun and quick to record, & Jeff Bhaskar has done a great mix. Hope you like it." It will be played for the first time on BBC Radio 2 at 8:15 am British time. Should be interesting to hear what they've come up with 50 years into their career.

Richards also said that the band will be playing more shows in London and New York than previously announced. He didn't say when the dates will be, but presumably later this fall or early winter.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Listen to "Skyfall" from Adele

Adele has released her much anticipated new song "Skyfall" from the upcoming James Bond movie of the same name. Daniel Craig reprises his role as 007, and ever since Adele was announced to be performing the theme song, everyone has been buzzing about it. The film itself releases on October 26, 2012 in the UK and November 9, 2012 in the USA & elsewhere.

The song lives up to the hype and opens perfectly with a little James Bond style intro that quickly turns into the piano driven song you would expect. It increasingly speeds up though, which makes a good fit for the spy/action film it accompanies. Some familiar 007 themes are heard throughout, and the song is pretty much a guarantee to be a hit on radio, as well as cementing itself as the best Bond theme ever. Listen below.

Monday, October 1, 2012

September 2012: Out with a Bang

The regular NFL referees made their return this week after the Seahawks-Packers Monday Night Football controversy. There were still complaints and boo-birds brought out, including a "refs still suck" chant in Green Bay. Though it was a welcome sight that the NFL got this done. By the way, the Packers won and Seahawks lost, which probably made a few people happy.

The Miami Dolphins lost to the Arizona Cardinals in overtime, even after setting records. Ryan Tannehill broke Dan Marino's Dolphin record for most passing yards in a game by a rookie, and fell 1 yard shy of the NFL record. A week after missing two make-able field goals against the sloppy Jets, kicker Dan Carpenter missed another. It was a 51 yard try, no easy feat, but it was inside a dome without any wind. Someone call Ace Ventura, it looks like Ray Finkle is back and terrorizing us Dolphins fans. The luck ran out for the Jets though, who could be heading for last place after getting destroyed at home. The Dolphins need to find more points and learn how to pull away from teams. You can't have the #1 Run Defense, #5 Run Offense, #1 Wide Receiver (surprisingly & temporarily) and keep losing.

Some TV shows made their returns. Homeland, which dominated the Emmy Awards, returned to Showtime with its biggest ratings ever and didn't miss a beat. Claire Danes & Damian Lewis proved why they won the Drama Awards, picking up right where they left off. I've anointed Claire Danes as the "Charlize Theron of Television" for her rapid rise as an actress who can do anything. Her character Carrie is back on a mission for the CIA, and back to (almost) normal, after her mental breakdown that ended last season.

Revenge, ABC's guilty pleasure, came back with a bang as if there was any other way. Victoria is alive in the witness protection program, though still plotting against people, and nobody should be surprised. Also, the dude who played Shang Tsung in the Mortal Kombat movie (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) took over the role of Takeda. So that's where you probably recognized him from. They should let him say "your soul is mine" at least once.

And props to The Simpsons for starting their 24th Season, going to New York City for the first time since Season 9. They made the Metro North platform look way too clean though.

Also, Lindsay Lohan got in a fight with some guy over cell phone pictures taken of her. Why is she out at 4 AM anyway? She doesn't even deserve a career at this point. If Lohan really wants to shock people, go home and read a book or something. Nothing good will happen to you after midnight.