And now I’m finding myself composing pop songs as I wake up. Anyone wanna start an internet-themed boy band? :B The lead single, “All Your Heart (Are Belong to Us)” features the line “You’re my main screen turn-on”.
Iced Earth- Plagues of Babylon: I can never remember if I actually like these guys. I’m gonna go with “No, I do not actually.” I’ve got a few songs from them, but this album is really overdoing it. There’s just something about the lead singer’s voice that makes it sound like he’s constantly about to throw up. This could be good metal, but it just really, really sounds like they’re trying too hard. 4.5/10
Bruce Springsteen- High Hopes: He may be getting on in years, but Springsteen’s been doing some decent stuff over the last decade or so. He’s still doing the same thing, more or less, but this is a really strong album, musically speaking. There honestly aren’t any weak tracks, and things get even better when he pulls out the Irish folk. If you’re not into Springsteen, the overwhelming Americana might throw you off, but he’s the one musician who can make it sound celebratory instead of pandering. This is his best album since last century. 7.5/10
So I was talking the other day with a friend about boy bands, namely how much we hate them. And then, as tends to occur to me in situations like this, I realized that One Direction is technically a boy band, and lots of people hate them, but I’ve never really mustered up the gumption to join in. Maybe it’s because teenage girls are way out of my age range and I don’t have to deal with them on a daily basis? To be honest, I even like one or two of 1D’s singles. I mean, they play their own instruments! That’s like, half the reason I hated NSync and Backstreet Boys. Granted, their first single, “Because You’re Beautiful”, is really manufactured-sounding, driving home their corporate pop roots, which is the other reason I tend to hate boy bands. (It’s also kind of creepy. I mean, it’s obviously designed to make young girls with low self esteem say, “I don’t think I’m beautiful… That means I’m beautiful!” That’s kind of empowering, but it’s also just plain skeezy.) For that reason, I’m skipping their first album and checking out the other two, just for the sake of having an opinion on them. (Did you know they’ve brought out three albums in as many years? Manufactured!)
Take Me Home: I’ve heard covers of the lead single, “Kiss You”, from Youtube groups (Not Another Boy Band: second-best boy band ever!), and it’s pretty decent for a pop song. This is, all in all, a fairly standard teen pop album. It’s got a good bit more variety than I expected, with a number of acoustic pieces. The lyrics of course do nothing for me, but the singers harmonize well, and there are some pretty catchy choruses in here. Nothing infuriating, though. 5.5/10
Midnight Memories: Their most recent album is from 2013 and contains “Story of My Life”, which has a much more mature sound than anything they’ve done previously. It’s the song that really made me think they might be worth listening to. Granted, the opening track, “Best Song Ever”, is the kind of garbage pop music Strong Bad wrote derogatory emails about. It’s like Tenacious D’s “Tribute” if the D had been hormonal teenagers when they wrote it. Still, “Diana” is notable because they move away from the one-size-fits-all songs directed at an unnamed “you” to sing about one girl in particular. “Story” really defines this album, and they (or their songwriters) show growth, embracing bits of the indie folk sound that has permeated radio rock lately. It’s still just manufactured teen pop, but there’s a lot more to like about it. 6.5/10
Enrique Iglesias- Sex and Love: I really wish Enrique Iglesias would stop trying to do what everyone else is doing. It doesn’t suit him at all. The first track, featuring Pitbull, is just embarrassing, his most ridiculous song since “Hero”. I do not want my mother listening to “skeet skeet skeet skeet” when she pops in a CD by her favorite artist. Things get better after that, at least until Pitbull shows up again, but this is a pretty thin pop album overall. 5.5/10
Anberlin- Lowborn: Getting on this one rather a bit quicker than I tend to. Can you believe I’m expecting to be disappointed by it because I was disappointed by the Goo Goo Dolls’ newest album? Luckily, I had nothing to fear. Other than “Dissenter”, which is bizarrely harsh, this is a solid Anberlin album and even a step up from their last release. Long-time fans will find a lot to enjoy here. 8.5/10
Foster the People- Supermodel: New album for this year by the “Pumped Up Kicks” guy. Surprising to see a three-year gap between the first two albums. It’s got some good tracks, but the closest thing to another “Pumped Up Kicks” would be “Best Friends”, which sounds like it comes from a totally different group in comparison to the rest of the album. This is a decent indie-ish rock album overall, a bit more pop than his debut, but nothing to write home about. 6.5/10
The Lumineers- The Lumineers: Time to listen to those guys who did that song whose name you can never remember because it’s not named after the chorus, but the nonsense stuff they shout after it. This is a pretty sparse album, all things considered. They were latecomers to the indie folk rock radio scene, and while “Hey Ho” is good, it’s not my favorite overall. I guess they aren’t really worth paying attention to. 5.5/10
oh my fuck ahahahaha
BUT SURELY NOT THE LAST
IT IS OUR DESTINY
MIT’s Tangible Media is coming along nicely,
"Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. And that’s only the beginning."
fisting in long distance relationships now becomes easier
OH MY GOD I LOVE THE FUTURE
one of two comments on this IS NOT APPROPRIATE
Is it a no ninja no ninja no?
Now I feel safe prejudging this movie as garbage.
(Though seriously, it’s way better than Vanilla Ice’s song.)
Eager to make some money, Baby and Not go off to find a robot to interview. They find one in an alley, sitting in some garbage.
This is the sweetest thing I’ve seen in a long time.
I ship Ball Boop.
I ship Ball Boop HARD.
Ball Pit Pony belongs to Atryl, as you can see right heeyuh. (NSFW Link)
I hate how easy it is to fall into ships.
I don’t have to tell you what it tastes like.
It tastes like an extra hour.
so I decided to join the bandwagon of pokemon shaming
and this is Ryouta, a big scaredy-cat of storms
Okay but Never Gonna Give You Up (better known as Rickroll) is actually a really really horrible song for many reasons, which I will better explain under the cut.
Brace yourselves, this is pretty long.
Making this was so painful because i could only imagine what these characters would be like in smash