Posts Tagged ‘Stuff we’re loving’

Stuff We’re loving: Cell phone pictures

November 30, 2008

People have been having problems with their cell phone pics recently.

Last week two stories involving cell phones and adult photos made international headlines. In New Jersey, a wife found “a raunchy photo attached to an e-mail to a woman” in her husband’s sent e-mail file.

When she confronted him, he said that people at Apple “told him it is an iPhone glitch – that photos sometimes automatically attach themselves to an email address and appear in the sent folder, even though no email was ever sent.”

She asked if such a thing was possible on an Apple support forum where users gave her answers like, (more…)

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Stuff We’re Loving, Seth McFarlane’s New Projects

November 16, 2008

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It goes without saying  that Seth MacFarlane and his creation, Family Guy, has taken over as one of the most popular shows in America. We all have laughed when we heard Peter sing the song “The Bird is the Word” over and over and over again. We also have laughed at every Peter vs. Chicken fight. Well now, Seth has taken his creative genius to another world; the internet. (more…)

Stuff We’re Loving: The Secret Life of Bees

October 16, 2008

Aloha,

In a previous post, I mentioned I got to see a press screening of The Secret Life of Bees, but I couldn’t talk about it much. Well it comes out tomorrow, so now I can.

Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, the film is an adaptation of the New York Times’ best seller of the same name. Starring Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keyes, Sophie Okenedo, Paul Bettany and Jennifer Hudson, it follows a young girl (Fanning) in 1964 who sets off with her housemaid (Hudson) in search of answers about her mother. She comes from an abusive background, but she finds comfort in the home of the Boatwright sisters (Latifah, Keyes and Okenedo), who run a honey business out of their home in South Carolina.

It’s not a perfect film, but it is a great one. The emotions that are poured out through the actors are amazing, especially with Okenedo. I wouldn’t be surprised if she is considered for an Oscar (she was already nominated in 2004 for Hotel Rwanda). Fanning, as usual, shows she is a tremendous young actor with a great future ahead of her.

So if you’re looking for something good to see (although W. certainly looks interesting), definitely consider this film. Here’s a trailer:

-Alex Quevedo

Stuff We’re Loving: Truth in Sarcasm

October 14, 2008

This is a little shout out to all those mainstreamers who like to pat people on the back for simply not making fools out of themselves on a daily basis.  Grow up. (more…)

Stuff We’re Loving

October 7, 2008

College life is difficult. Managing money seems to be a tuff cookie to tackle. But thanks to this new website www.mint.com , you no longer have to worry. Check it out and start saving some money for those hard to find concert tickets or on a new tricked out outfit. 

– Jose Silva

Stuff We’re Loving: Ronald Jenkees

September 23, 2008

What’s going on St. John’s,

It’s early, and i have no idea what i am doing up right now. Remind me not to take a 7:30 class next semester.

Well, since I’m in here, I might as well be a little productive.

So, this semester has opened my eyes up to some new and interesting things when it comes to the internet life. Plenty of new youtubes and websites have caught my eyes, but the one that has kept me coming back for more has been this man, Ronald Jenkees. The first time I saw his video for Throwing Fire, I became very skeptical of what he was all about. Three minutes later, I was in awe of what i just saw.

Straight from his small shack in Kentucky, Jenkees has been laying down some of the most intense beats I have heard in a long time. His Nerd-like appearance and welcoming “Hello Youtubes” has caught the attention of not only the public, but artist such as Chris Brown and Papa Roach, who have worked with him on tracks and given him much praise. Even Bill Simmons uses his beats as an opening to his weekly podcast. His beats can be heard all over the internet, and also can be purchased on his website.

Hopefully you will catch onto him just like I did, because he is one of the good guys in the music bizz who is trying to make it big.

For the record, this is a homework assignment. I was forced to blog this…

-Matt Goulet

Stuff We’re Loving: HEROES Returns

September 20, 2008

Heroes made a smashing debut in its first season on NBC back in 2006. But something happened in its second season. The characters were, for the most part, nowhere near as interesting. And there wasn’t anything as big as “Save the Cheerleader, Save the World.” With so much displeasure over the season, creator Tim Kring publically apologized for the season, promising to boost the quality. It worked, as the end of the season (cut short due to the 2007-2008 Writer’s Guild of America strike) was a vast improvement.

And now to the point! Heroes debuts its Season 3 on Monday, September 22 and is looking much better than before. The stakes appear to be raised and the attitude has grown much darker. Here’s a preview of the show:

I’ll leave it at that.

-Alex Quevedo

What we’re loving this week: The Streets

September 17, 2008

Okay, okay, okay, okay, okay. Before you cue in on the ridiculous cockney accent, realize that on the other side of the Atlantic, the man in the video above is considered the voice of a generation, the greatest rapper his country has ever seen, and a lyrical genius. This is Mike Skinner, a.k.a. The Streets, and as ridiculous as that name sounds coming from someone who could pass as an actor in a Guy Ritchie movie, he is considered the U.K.’s answer to Eminem, and in my opinion, far superior to his trailer-park bred counterpart.

His first album, Original Pirate Material, was originally produced entirely in his bedroom, and, like his main inspiration The Wu-Tang Clan, is equal parts fantasy and gritty reality. Instead of referencing Kung-Fu movies, as his Shaolin predecessors were famous for, he compares himself to a Roman Gladiator, fighting his way through the grimiest council estate in Britain:

His next album, A Grand Don’t Come for Free, is generally considered to be his masterpiece. The entire album takes the form of a single story line, where the main character loses £1,000 as well as his girlfriend, and throughout the album attempts to gain it back again. It’s also the album that gave him his two biggest hits; The mopey-ballad “Dry Your Eyes” and the addictive, hook-laden “Fit But You Know it”:

His next album, The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living chronicles his rise to fame, and all the drug-abuse and debauchery that comes with it. His song “When You Wasn’t Famous” caused controversy due to the fact that it implicated an anonymous female pop-star in the use of crack:

His most recent album, Everything is Borrowed, released on Tuesday, has a more positive vibe, after the bacchanalia ensuing on the previous one. The lead single and title track at the beginning of this post, reveals a completely different direction taken by the artist.

It may be hard to wrap your head around the idea of an English MC, but the same was said in the 1960’s when four white guys from Liverpool decided to sing blues songs made popular by black musicians. What would music be like now if people didn’t take them seriously?

-Mario Vergara

What I’m Loving This Week: Sol-Angel and the Hadley Street Dreams

September 16, 2008

Beyonce isn’t the only one in the family with talent. Her little sis, Solange’s new album “Sol-Angel and the Hadley Street Dreams” has a funky ’60s and ’70s R&B inspired/electronic/alternative fusion sound and she has plenty of clever and creative lyrics to back it up.

Solange’s mish-mash of sounds has been some of the most unique and refreshing music I’ve heard in a long time. Don’t expect any remnants of her sister here; this music is pure Solange, as most of the lyrics are self-penned and the direction of the album is indeed far out. She experiments with Motown inspired tracks and veers all the way out into trippy, electronic-sounding tunes.

The lead single off the album is called “I Decided” and it’s a nod to the sound created by girl groups of the past with its catchy lyrics and popping tambourine-hand-clapping tempo.

Watch Solange time-travel through musical eras in the clip for the single:

The second single “Sandcastle Disco” is a sophisticated retro-pop tune. Again, she’s inspired by colorful images of popular images for the video.

The entire LP is up for a listen on her myspace page.

It’s indeed worth the listen. Stand-out tracks: “T.O.N.Y” co-written by Cee-Lo (of Gnarls Barkley and Goodie Mobb fame) and the psychadelic trip-hop track “This Bird.”

Enjoy the listen…

-Lynecia Burgess

Stuff we’re loving this week: Internet Video

September 13, 2008

America is watching TMZ’s video of rapper Kanye West and his manager smashing a paparazzo’s $10,000 camera to floor. The incident happened at Los Angeles International Airport where West was scheduled for a flight to Honolulu. He was arrested Thursday, and blogged about it on Friday.

 

-Jonnathan Coleman