Lil Wayne – Rebirth

1 02 2010

Lil Wayne is a huge name in the music business. Ever since he released his hit single “Lollipop” he has been on everyone else’s music from friends Birdman and Kevin Rudolf to Lil Jon, Usher and Beyonce, and has sold over a million copies of his last album “Tha Carter 3”. And now, on the eve of it’s release, I bring you a review of his latest album, “Rebirth”.

Rebirth is a rock album, by the simple definition of having drums, guitar and bass. However, that is as far as we can bring it into the rock genre. His vocals are auto-tuned on nearly every track, and he has traded in his rapping for singing. While this might sound new experimental and interesting, it is far from it. His guitar playing is very simple and the lyrics stand strong to his older lyrics; meaning they make little to no sense. A lot of people may not like this album since it is a lot different than “Tha Carter 3”, but let me tell you firsthand, it grows on you a lot. Several of the songs are very catchy and the beats can be very good. However, the songs are either hit or miss, there is no in between. The guest spots on this album are mostly members of his Young Money label, but their are a few really good ones, such as Cool and Dre, Kevin Rudolf and Eminem. Gudda Gudda, Shanell, Nicki Manaj and Tyga (All on Young Money) are there as well, but the only good spots there are Nicki and Tyga. The highlights of the album (Being the good songs) are as follows: Prom Queen, On Fire, Drop The World, Ground Zero, One Way Trip, Ready For The World and Hot Revolver. The others? Give them a try if you want, you might enjoy them. One song you do need to avoid at all costs though is the intro song, American Star, as it is extremely bad and an embarrassment to the rest of the album. All in all, I give the album a 6 out 10. A good try, but too much bad to be a really good album, especially when there are really only 7 good songs off of a 21 song album. Nice try Weezy, but stick to your roots, that’s where you shine.





TheBamboozle2010.com Home Page

30 01 2010

The Bamboozle 2010’s homepage is quite possibly one of the most unattractive, hideous and disgusting thing I have ever seen. It has the dates and places up on a chalkboard. However, the most appalling thing of it all is the “just announced” performers. For Bamboozle West we have Circa Survive and Story Of The Year and for Bamboozle East we have Drake and Ke$ha. If I were a fan having not seen the rest of the announced before this, I would be very keen to AVOID this show ata all costs. It is just bad advertising and promotion, and you can’t have that for an event of this scale for the price it takes to have it. If I were them, I would fix this situation immediately. But hey, if they don’t at least you have something to laugh at.

James-





WordPress For Blackberry

30 01 2010

I downloaded the WordPress app for my Blackberry Storm so that I could make posts on the go, being that my lifestyle always has me out and about. If you remember one thing about this app, let it be this; it sucks.

The WordPress App is built for older versions of the Blackberry, such as the Pearl and the Curve. When I first booted it up, it asked me for my username and password, along with the URL of the blog I plan on using. Once all that information was in, I clicked submit (which was difficult to scroll through, as I don’t have a trackball) and…nothing. After a few tries, it finally went through, and what I found was a simple to use interface that was fairly unresponsive at times. It also was not compatible with any of the optional Storm keypads except for the T-9 version. Sorry WordPress, I’m not typing out an article in T-9. The only way for me to be able to use this app is to type up my post in notepad, and then cut and paste it into the app. While that doesn’t sound like much, it’s a big hassle when all I want to do is type something in and hit send.

There is an option to attach photos or videos to your post as well, but when I tried using it the image came out big and distorted or just plain didn’t show up at all. A word of advice, steer clear of this app until the bugs and glitches are fixed and it looks halfway decent. I think that WordPress needs to take a page out of Ubertwitter‘s book in how a client should look and function.

James-





Ubertwitter

29 01 2010

Ubertwitter is a very simple to use Twitter Client for RIM’s Blackberry phones. It’s very light on memory, and its user interface is very easy to use. It displays a list of all of the people you are following and updates them all in real time. Tweeting is made very simple; with a click of a button you are tweeting instantly. It’s extremely simple to attach pictures and videos, all you have to do is go to the item, select it and click share on Ubertwitter. My favorite feature is this newly added ability; when you “@” someone, it comes up with a list of everyone you’re following, making it no longer necessary to memorize twitter usernames. I highly recommend this app to anyone with twitter and a blackberry. You will never want to use another twitter app again.

-James





American Idol is caught with their ‘Pants on the Ground’

29 01 2010

General Larry Platt, ladies and gentleman. A soon to be internet superstar, for his smash hit on a recent American Idol episode, ‘Pants on the Ground’. While wacky and flavorable, this song lacks some serious lyrical merit along with personal dignity. Larry Platt, who calls himself, “General”, Larry Platt, is a 62 year old man from Atlanta, Georgia; battling for a spot on Americas dwindling hit show. Dwindling? The majority of American Idol ratings are received during the first week of auditions and is often spoken as , “The only part I bother to watch…”. Why has American Idol gone down hill?

Self-respect. No self respecting organization bent on the progression of modern pop stars and pop icons can possibly claim a torch of high regard when General Larry is prancing around with his pants on the ground. His boxers are showing, and they have Simon Cowells face all over them. With falling ratings, it seems to me, the viewer, that they are reaching into the wrong cookie jar to give me a treat. Show me Susan Boyle, show me underdogs and beauty queens with tits and a voice. That’s what america wants isn’t it? Apparently not.

Between William Hung and Larry Platt and a slew of otehr miserable hopefuls, American Idol is cashing in the checks of the ignornat and deranged just to deny them on technicalities in an attempt to save them the embarassment. Larry Platt was turned away on an ‘age issue’. He’s not OLD Simon, he can’t sing, nor can he write lyrics. (which according to Yahoo! News, could have been Plagiarized) If you’re going to sell dysfunctional at least own up to it, tell them they’re ridiculous so they can stop trying to become something they are not nor will ever be. The question remains, with “Millions” of digital, call logged, voters, can American Idol stand the test of time? More importantly, can American Idol keep from drowning themselves in their own bounced checks? We will see Cowell, we will see…





What the Fugg is up with Uggs?

28 01 2010

Uggs…Uggs. A brand of boot originally created for pilots in WWI. Ha, yeah, the boots my grandfather wore while mowing down human beings was the same boot that “Oh EM Geee” is wearing. Don’t assume I am bashing all wearers of Uggs as high-pitched high school girls, but it seems so many people are ignorant of the Uggs’ original intent.

The Ugg found its way into america via New Zealand and Australian surfers, not North Face, nor were they even meant for winter use. I see on a daily basis some blonde haired girl; (possibly brunette, usually dyed), running around with black tights (no pants), a black North Face jacket and Uggs. They don’t surf, they aren’t pilots, but that’s fine–As long as you can have some respect for Uggs’ original purpose. Rather, everyone wears them for the same unanimous reason, “They’re Comfortable!” Reader beware, they are the opposite. Despite the seemingly cozy innards, and high rising boot that massages your ankles as it rises, the Ugg will make you feel socially uncomfortable, and just plain weird. High top sneakers went out a long time ago, why haven’t simple minded girls realized that Uggs have long been out of style. Conceptually, Uggs will keep your feet warm in less then perfect environments. What if you’re caught in a snow storm? Your Uggs will get soaked, salted and white, and your north face jacket won’t keep your extremities from freezing off. Please, get a clue. I find slippers to be comfortable, also warm, but I don’t go outside looking like peter pan in bunny slippers to satisfy a trend.

How are they made? Oh, if the girl smacking her gum next to me in AP history knew the answer to this question…They’re made out of animal skin! Not the wool, or the hair, or this or that, skin, the material that keeps the muscles of Bo Peeps’ sheep from spilling on out. Sheep are skinned specifically to create this monstrosity, when many wearers themselves don’t agree with the process! “Pamela Anderson renounced ugg boots in 2007 upon realizing that they were made from animal skin” -Sarah Grant- Come on, a product that is so popular and revered, why doesn’t anyone do some research on it before falling victim to a pyramid scheme of trend and death. Too dramatic?

Know what is too dramatic? “I thought they were shaved kindly? People like to tell me all the time that I started that trend — yikes! Well let’s start a new one — do NOT buy Uggs! Buy Stella McCartney or juicy boots” – Pamela Anderson

‘Nough Said

Steve-





J.D Salinger

28 01 2010

So despite a few planned reviews, If you’re in any kind of know, you can assume what this article is about.

Salinger has influenced Authors, writers, teenagers, teeny-boppers and everyone in between. He is Respected, Applauded and Revered by all who know his name.

He is off to a better place, for sure. Where that place may be, or if it even exists, no one knows, but i don’t think he cares.

Here at ASR, we’d like to thank you, Mr. Salinger, for the copious amount of influential literature you have bestowed on readers, young and old. We’d like to thank you for the inspiration we all have knowingly received from your published work, and work still to come.

Let us not forget Holden Caufield, and the ‘Catcher in the Rye’. Let us never forget the mind behind such prolific work.

J.D Salinger, you will be missed.