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Vide-OH! of the day

27 Feb

In honor of Bret McKenzie’s awesome new Oscar, I present his award-winning “Man or Muppet.”

Half-Staff for Whitney?

16 Feb

My state’s mayor, Chris Christie, can be kind of a nut job. He doesn’t put up with crap from anyone, which can kind of be awesome in the world of politics, but it can also be frustrating when he won’t budge on really serious and irrational issues- gay rights, for example. The guys priorities can be totally out-of-wack… which brings me to my issue.

As we all know, Whitney Houston passed away this weekend. Of course I’m sad about the death of one of my favorite musicians, but I still find it a little bit unreasonable that Gov. Christie has decided to keep the flag at half-staff on the day of Whitney Houston’s funeral. That’s right, Chris Christie announced today that in honor of Whitney Houston, the U.S. flag will fly at half-staff in New Jersey on Saturday.

While the flag in New Jersey can legally be lowered at half-staff in honor of a respected state official or citizen, and while Whitney Houston is a New Jersey native, I don’t know if this situation is fitting for the honor. Growing up I was taught that a flag at half-staff was to honor Presidents, Senators, war heroes. People that have helped shape our country, keep us safe, and protect our freedoms. I just don’t see how Whitney Houston fits into the mix of that idea.

Listen, I’m a Whitney girl through-and-through, but I think a half-staff flag should be a sign of honor that is taken very seriously and used rarely. If every celebrity that passed away got the flag at half-staff it would lose it’s meaning and it’s value, and most importantly it’s honor.

What do you think?

My Funny Valentine

14 Feb

I spent 19 years of my life Valentine-less. Four of those were spent working at Rite Aid, watching all the guys line up to buy their last-minute cards (oh, men of the world, you’re so adorable goofy), one eating really unhealthy food in the Rowan University cafeteria with my friend Josh, one in London on a dinner date with my study abroad BFF Sara and movies and drinks with my other wonderful London ladies. The other 13 years largely consisted of brown paper bags decorated with hearts and packed full of themed Valentine cards from classmates… and themed turtlenecks.

The last three years I have had a Valentine, but he’s not just my Valentine. He’s my best friend, my partner, and the man I never knew existed but always secretly wished did. He’s the guy I unknowingly compared all other guys to, and the guy I hoped all other guys would be (before I met him, of course!). He embraces my weirdness, and gets my quirks. He doesn’t try to change me or make me something else, and I would never ever want anything but the exact person he is.

So Happy Valentine’s Day to my Valentine, Alex. I am the luckiest.

Vide-OH! of the Day

13 Feb

I did not watch the Grammys. Three hours of rich people fluffing themselves up? No thank you.

I did, catch this video of Sir Paul McCartney completely jamming the frack out with Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, Slayer and some more dudes to “Golden Slumbers,”  “Carry That Weight,” and “The End.” Please watch this video. You will melt into a puddle and die.

Paul McCartney, you are my everything. *Warning: Do not watch in public. May lead to excessive cheering, loud crying, gasping, hooting and overall excessive celebration.*

The Post-Super Bowl Super Post

6 Feb

Like I mentioned before, I don’t really care who won the Super Bowl. I had friends that were Giants’ fans, but I hate New York sports so  I was pretty neutral on that, and I don’t have any feelings for the Patriots. Except that I don’t think Tom Brady is attractive at all and I don’t understand the hype at all, but congrats on landing Giselle. Still, it’s a fun day and a fun game, so live and let live!

Here is my roundup from last night’s big ol’ football game. The bests, the worsts and of course the commercials. Can’t forget the commercials.

Bests

1. Kelly Clarkson
I’m not even a Kelly Clarkson fan, and I can tell you that homegirl rocked it. Honestly, I was the first one to say how unexcited I was to see her singing the National Anthem, but she was awesome. She looked amazing and she didn’t do that annoying, famous chick-singer thing where they have to add a million “ooooohs” and “woooohs” after every syllable, turning the National Anthem into a bad skat performance. Get it, girl.

2. The Puppy Bowl!
A full day of puppies playing around, accompanied by micro pig cheerleaders, a kitten half time show, a tweeting bird, dog tailgaters and a hamster-powered blimp. What could be any better than that? Let me answer that: literally nothing.

3. Super snacks
We hosted the Super Bowl this year, and our foods were the best. I made my Buffalo Chicken Dip, which went over big. My brother’s girlfriend made awesome Taco dip, we had wings, shrimp, tons of chips, clams casino. Oh yeah, we kicked Super Bowl’s butt.

Luckiest ref ever.

4. Pre-Sports
This year’s Super Bowl day kicked off early for me, with a Chelsea-Manchester United game in the morning, followed by the Flyers-Rangers, followed by some pre-game Puppy Bowl action. Sure Chelsea ended up taking their 3-0 lead and flushing it down the toilet, and the Flyers lost (again), but a day of sad outcomes in sports is still better than nothing!

5. The beer spread
No Keystone at this house. Our party was packed with awesome beers, like Yuengling, Smuttynose and Yards. I even got to kick off the Super Bowl morning with Mikkeller’s All Other’s Pale Ale, a gift from my boss and fellow beer-lover. Delicious day.

Worsts

1. The Giants’ endless injuries
Don’t worry, I’m not so heartless that their injuries actually annoyed me.  I just hate seeing injuries. They stress me out more than they should for the average person. I spend the entire game thinking about the injured player, then pretty much bracing for the next injury. There was an insane amount of injuries yesterday. I was a total wreck.

2. Madonna’s weird dance moves
Maybe I’m not a Madonna fan. No, I’m definitely not a Madonna fan. And I really wasn’t into Madonna’s super-slow-paced, entirely-lip-synced performance last night. It’s a live performance, woman! Sing! Then she comes out in these crazy, gladiator-meets-who-knows-what outfit and does these crazy poses for five minutes, raising her arms up after every single move as if to say ‘Hey! Look what I did!’  Then MIA made a pathetic attempt at being edgy by- apparently- flipping off the camera? No one I know saw it, and it’s just plain stupid to try that hard. MIA, I used to think you were cool, but now I’m not so sure. The whole thing was one big borefest. Should have gotten Bruce Springsteen.

3. The number of times they played “Moves Like Jagger”
We get it, “The Voice” is on after the Super Bowl. Please stop reminding us every single time there is a break in the game! You just came off as desperate, NBC.

4. That rubber-band-jumping-guy during the half time show
Apparently he is called a “slack line dancer.” I don’t care what he calls himself, that dude was weird and pointless. The sneakers, curly hair and toga didn’t do much to help me not be confused. What a stinker of a half-time show!

Best commercials
I was not a fan of all of the Super Bowl promoters premiering their commercials online before the Super Bowl… mainly because I watched them all which took away some of the funny. I would have loved the Ferris Beuller spoof or Jerry Seinfeld’s zipline had they not already been available a week before yesterday. But there were some standouts, like Bud Light’s Wigo, and these others.

1. Will Arnett’s Hulu Commercial
I have been on an Arrested Development kick on Netflix recently, so I laughed way too loudly in front of the house full of people when Arnett dropped “THIS IS A $3,000 SUIT COME ON!” at the end. Anyone that has watched Arrested Development will definitely appreciate this.

2. Mr. Quiggly and his moon walk
Look at Mr. Quiggly!!!!!!! He’s so cute and speedy in his little sneakers!!!!!!!! Enough said.

3. Clint Eastwood going America all over the place
This commercial made me want to run out, buy a denim jacket, and build something. Props to Clint Eastwood, for totally bringing the America out in me with a raging passion.

4. The 30 Rock Pizza Hut promo
Lutz’s Pizza Hut shout out at the end was hilarious, as was Lemon’s awesome outfit. I have to admit, even the commentators’ tacky jokes afterwards warmed my heart.

5. Super dog
Put a dog in a commercial and I’m pretty much done.Especially when they’re so darn cute. When this little guy looks shamefully at himself in the mirror I almost cried. And then it ends with a Star Wars reference? You can’t go wrong in this commercial.

Getting into the spirit of February

5 Feb

I love February. Yeah, I’m that girl that wears mostly all-pink on Valentine’s Day, spends Super Bowl weekend picking out beers and baking appetizers, and secretly stresses out when Puxatony Phil announces that there will be 6 more weeks of winter. Plus, February means spring is on its way and what’s better than that? I just love February.

I’m a holiday freak. Any chance to get festive and I jump all over it. It doesn’t matter how you’re spending the day, holidays are always the opportunity to make a regular day extraordinary! I love using the days leading up to a holiday to get into the spirit, so I’ve compiled a list of my favorite movies, television shows and music to get you in the mood!

Films

Groundhog Day
This is a hilarious movie. First of all, I’m a giant Bill Murray fan, but who isn’t? Basically, this movie is about a jerky weatherman (Murray) who gets stuck reliving Groundhog Day over and over again until he figures out how to really appreciate the life he’s got. It’s not just a February movie, but Murray’s groundhog hostage scene is very fitting for the start of the month.

Rudy
Come on, it’s Rudy for Pete’s sake. What better way to feel motivated and get in the Super Bowl spirit than to watch the most classic football movie of all time? I used to hate Rudy, because every time we had a substitute teacher in any class ever that was the movie they played, but as I’ve gotten older I can’t help but respect that little guy.

Invincible
Philadelphia Eagles football movie. ‘Nuff said.

Cuties

He’s Just Not that Into You
I love this movie, because while single and in England on Valentine’s Day my best ladies and I got together in a theatre packed with other single ladies to watching the adorably Justin Long and Ginnifer Goodwin’s relationship bloom from nothing. It’s such a fantastic memory of my own lovely Galentine’s Day weekend. Plus,  I can’t help but love that the cheaters get the shaft at the end of the movie. Vengeance.

Valentine’s Day
Title pretty much speaks for itself in this instance. Favorite scene? Without a doubt, hands down, when Julia Roberts’ character – a soldier stationed overseas- gets the chance to surprise her son while he’s sleeping on Valentine’s night. If you want to see me go from sane person to blubbering, insane baby-woman in less than 2 seconds, show me this clip. Oh my gosh I’m getting choked up thinking about it.

Television

The League, Season 2 Episode 12, “Kegal the Elf”
Okay, The League is about Fantasy Football, and it doesn’t actually involve the Super Bowl, but it is such a good show. The end of every season wraps up who won the Shiva, or who won the cast’s fantasy league, and who won the Sacko, or placed last overall. The characters are nuts, and while this isn’t the end of the season, it marks the unfortunate end of Kevin, the league commissioner’s, very hopeful season. I don’t want to give too much away- even though I just did- and it is on Netflix, so stop by and watch.

30 Rock, Season 4 Episode 13 “Anna Howard Shaw Day”
Not only is 30 Rock the world’s most perfect show, but of course Valentine’s Day is celebrated perfectly: in a giant blur of insanity. Liz Lemon decides to go avoid Valentine’s Day by getting oral surgery and spending the day in a drug-induced haze. Unfortunately, oral surgery also comes with finding a date to pick her up from the procedure, so she revisits all her old, insane ex-boyfriends, like Dennis the Beeper King, to find her really weird date. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with Liz Lemon and her weird problems.

Parks and Rec, Season 2 Episode 16 “Galentine’s Day”

"It's like the Lilith Fair minus the angst... plus frittatas."

First of all, Leslie Knope looks adorable in her Valentine’s Day dress, as she does in every outfit she wears, and this is the episode where Andy and April’s love begins to blossom! I also love Leslie’s invention of Galentine’s Day, AKA a brunch on Valentine’s Day to celebrate all the ladies in her life. I wish my girls lived close enough to arrange a brunch on a Tuesday morning!

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Season 3 Episode 2, “The Gang Gets Invincible”
And we go back to “Invincible.” The gang tries to get on the Eagles when they are holding a public tryout, just like the movie. This is the first time Green Man comes into play, you know the bright green, skin-tight jumpsuit you see drunk guys wearing at sports games. You can safely assume that the tryouts don’t go well for anyone, and it’s totally hilarious.

Music

Knock Knock, Mac Miller
Great song, also the jam the Flyers listen to after a win (as seen on 24/7). One of my favorites right now, and definitely Super Bowl appropriate.

The Luckiest, Ben Folds
Before I was in a relationship, this song made me want to be in love. When I was in a relationship, this song made me realize just how in love I was. If you love love, this song will make you melt into a warm puddle of happiness. This is a song that I am actually thankful for, because it helped put so much of how I felt into actual words.

I’m Yours, Jason Mraz
A quietly cute, subtly romantic and perfect way to end a Valentine’s Day date. It’s one of my favorite songs in the whole world.

And finally…

The Super Bowl Shuffle, The Chicago Bears circa 1985
There is nothing else I have to say about this that is not expressed beautifully in this video…

Vide-OH! of the Day

23 Jan

This is the best thing to ever happen to YouTube. No doubt, undeniably fantastic in every sense of the word.

Radio Songs That Got to Go: January

19 Jan

I am one of the few people left in the world that still listens to the radio. My iPod is really old and dies pretty quickly, I don’t have a CD player or satellite radio in my car, and I don’t want to waste the battery on my phone for music.

As I am kind of subjecting myself to the radio every day, I probably shouldn’t be complaining, but I’m going to anyway.

The radio needs new music.

Every couple of months I reach this breaking point in the radio: a point where I am yelling at it to stop playing the same songs on every single station. Seriously, I flipped through three stations playing the same song at the same time last week. So I’ve decided to chronicle the songs of this current time that need to go. Of course in a month or so I’ll have a whole new list, but here are the songs of now that make me cringe to think about.

1.  Moves Like Jagger: Maroon 5
First of all, I’m surprised that Maroon 5 is still a band. Second of all, I can’t believe that this song is still on the radio. It came out months ago to promote The Sing Off (I might have the name wrong, there is seriously about 2 billion singing contests on television with all almost-identical names) and, as the show prepares for it’s second season, I am still forced to hear Adam Levine’s “…ooOOOOooOOOOoooOOOOves like Jaggerrrr” 900 times a day.

2.  Pretty Pretty Please: Pink
I try my best to really be into Philadelphia-born artists, no matter what their genre, but gosh darn I can’t stand Pink and her decade-old hair style, or this song. I mean, as soon as I hear her overly-raspy-but-not-in-a-cool-way whine come on my motor skills kick in to instantly turn the channel.

3. It Will Rain: Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars is a fairly new singer, and his first couple of songs were really cool, but this one is the epitome of flops. I feel like the fact that he’s such a trend got this song on the radio, because honestly, who likes hearing Bruno Mars whine for three minutes? I can’t even understand the words: all through December I could have swore it was a new Christmas song.

4.  Love You Like a Love Song: Selena Gomez
I like Selena Gomez. She’s totally adorable, and when this song came on I loved it! It’s classy meets a little fierce. But I hear this song on almost every radio station all day, every day. And no, I don’t want to keep hitting repe-pe-pe-pe-pe-peat.

5. Mr Know-It-All: Kelly Clarkson
Oh, Kelly. What are you doing? How many times can one person rhyme the word “all” with itself in one song? Seriously, the next time you hear this song stop, listen to the lyrics, and actually process them. They don’t say anything! It’s so un-creative and lazy on so many levels.

6. Give Me Everything: Pitbull
Some may know this song by it’s original title, “That Song That Was Shoved Down Our Throats Endlessly While Promoting That Movie About New Year’s Eve.”  We get it, Lea Michele looks cute when she laughs and Ashton Kutcher is always up to some wacky antics. Pitbull is the Lil’ Jon of this decade, he is in every single song. Please, radio, pick any other one of those and stop playing this one!

7. The One That Got Away: Katy Perry
When Katy Perry isn’t singing about parties or crushes on boys (or girls. Hey, that’s what got her start!) or anything else cutesie I really don’t have any interest in her music. Katy Perry is another star that totally smothers the radio with all of her songs right now. If she’s going to do that, put out some new ones that we can at least bop our heads to.

8. Not Over You: Gavin DeGraw
I am over you, Gavin…

Come on people, that song title was begging for it.

9. Stereo Hearts:  Gym Class Heroes and Adam Levine
There’s a line where they talk about skipping tracks on a record. Since this song has hit the airwaves, it sounds like a skipping track. My heart is not a stereo, it is an mp3 player, and it’s on shuffle, so… new song!

10. Headlines: Drake
What’s the deal with Drake? Who likes this guy? He sounds like he has a cold in every song he has ever put out! Somebody get this guy some Mucinex!! And then, on top of that, all he raps about is how successful and rich he is! I don’t want to hear about your DeGrassi (yea, he was the kid in the wheelchair on DeGrassi, IMDB it.) money! That’s just in bad taste!

Runners up include: Good Life by OneRepublic, Without You by David Guetta and Usher, Last Friday Night (also) by Katy Perry, You Make Me Feel Like by Cobra Starshop, Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People, You and I by Lady Gaga, and It Girl by Jason Derulo. Time for a change, radios.

Vide-OH! of the Morning

19 Jan

I love this new Jason Mraz song, and the lyric video is super interesting and cool! Plus, I follow his ex-fiance’s blog and she’s a really awesome artist and person in general so I secretly hope this song is about her (the girl in the video does look like her!) and they fall in love again and have talented little babies… but that’s just the girl in me going crazy. Listen to it on loop like I have all morning.