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Today I decided to create a new category.  It's called "New Album Spot Light." This new category is basically new albums that I think are worthy of being added to our playlists. Although my blog is 90% old school, I felt it was equally as important, to give acknowledgement to some of the few truly talented artists today, who are making great music and respectable music. Today the spot light is on Jill Scott. Congratulations on her number one album just released not too long ago. I downloaded it and listened to it on the train to day, and let me tell you, I think it is awesome. Jill has some serious vocals, and knows how to take control of a mike. The beats have a very old school rhythm for most of the songs on the album. The sound reminded me of deep soul music from Memphis in the late 60's early 70's. I love the song called "Can't Wait," and another song called "Closure." "Closure" is awesome. I really love it. Listen on Rhapsody.

Today I decided to create a new category. It's called "New Album Spot Light." This new category is basically new albums that I think are worthy of being added to our playlists. Although my blog is 90% old school, I felt it was equally as important, to give acknowledgement to some of the few truly talented artists today, who are making great music and respectable music. Today the spot light is on Jill Scott. Congratulations on her number one album just released not too long ago. I downloaded it and listened to it on the train to day, and let me tell you, I think it is awesome. Jill has some serious vocals, and knows how to take control of a mike. The beats have a very old school rhythm for most of the songs on the album. The sound reminded me of deep soul music from Memphis in the late 60's early 70's. I love the song called "Can't Wait," and another song called "Closure." "Closure" is awesome. I really love it. Listen on Rhapsody.

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I love this song! It took me a long time to find this song, because for the longest time I assumed the artist was Darius Rucker (from Hootie and The Blowfish). I haven't heard of Avicii before, I'll be looking forward to hearing more of his music. 20 and a half million Shazams is pretty impressive. Goes to show you, hip hop doesn't always rule. Hurray for diversity!!

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Next Big Sound tracked an incredible 1.03 trillion streams in the first half of 2015. Many weren’t monetized.

If we added a time range from when music streaming really started; which is about 15-20 years ago by (Rhapsody if I’m not mistaken, or at least pioneered), the above quote is an understatement. “Next Big Sound” is a company that tracks music streams, and it has generated a report that showed 1.3 trillion instances of music were streamed. The report included Spotify, Pandora, Sound Cloud, Vevo, YouTube, and Rdio. I”m pretty sure that that a huge bulk of those streams came from YouTube. I am pleased that we are in the trillion mark, because regardless of what platform you used to enjoy your entertainment, streaming is here to stay. It’s also exciting be it also proves what I’ve been saying all along, most people do prefer to get their music legally and support their favorite artists. Just think for a moment, the reports that were generated, didn’t even include other popular streaming services that are also legal, such as iTunes; and literally over hundreds of thousands of free and legal internet radio stations who are also paying the artist royalties! Things are starting to look up for the music industry. The future finally looks promising. Trust me, 1.03 trillion plays translates to a lot of money (collectively). My only concern is YouTube because of how it functions. Companies like Rdio Sound Cloud, Spotify, we know that every song is tracked and accounted for. However, with YouTube, there is no way they can verify (to my awareness) music without ads are being paid royalties by YouTube. I just can’t seem to find that information, it is possible that it could be one of those classified secrets they keep from the public. The only thing I can think of that will insure most artist get paid, is for YouTube to put ads on all non-monetized music videos. It doesn’t account for YouTuber’s possibly stealing money, but they are pretty good with weeding those people out. It’s the very old classic music I’m worried about.

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I haven’t listened to this album for such a very long time. When I clicked play, I enjoyed it as though Celine released the album yesterday. It’s funny, because time has gone so fast, I don’t know if we’ve kind of forgotten about Celine, or she’s just dropped off the radar? Perhaps taking care of her husband? I don’t know what the numbers are, but I figure this must have been the biggest album of her career; I say this only because “My Heart Will Go On (theme from Titanic)” is on the album. The movie Titanic (1997) budget was $200 million dollars, and grossed $2.7 billion dollars! Even if hypothetically her album was a flop, having a theme song for Titanic means she was racking in the royalty doe! I don’t think anyone else can truly sing that song; although I know people have tried, but it doesn’t sound right. Besides having a song that is forever linked to one of the biggest grossing movies of all times on this album, there are also other great songs from this album. “Just A Little Bit Of Love” is one of my favorites, it fooled me when it started of slow, then boom, club mix! Very danceable. Another favorite of mine is “To Love You More.” The only song I felt was a little disappointment was “Tell Him.” As much as I love my Barbra Streisand, I hated that song! The song didn’t sound like what I would expect from two divas. Listen with Rhapsody.

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If you’re one of those people that doesn’t scare easily when it comes to the possibility of hefty fines and jail time for downloading illegal content; then the annoyance of actually trying to surf just one of these public torrent trackers should be enough to reform you! LOL.. Before I continue, I just want to remind everyone that using torrents are NOT illegal, but the downloading of illegal content is. Example, if you’re downloading an old, and very well known public domain movie called “Night Of The Living Dead (1968),” downloading it using torrent technology is very legal. Or maybe you are using Linux/Unix OS, and like to download open source software made available for free, it is perfectly legal to use torrents. However, if you download the latest Jill Scott album using torrents, it is piracy. I think that it is important for me to take a minute to write about this, because soo many people have the wrong idea about torrents. They are no more illegal or less illegal than using Mediafire, Hotfile, or even DropBox. It’s not the service or technology that makes it illegal, it’s what you’re doing with it. The point of torrent technology is to share bandwidth, eliminating the need to pay a service for storage; such as Mediafire, Hotfile, etc. Thus making files that ARE free, actually free.

Back in the day, torrents were virtually hassle free. Now, we have to deal with so much bulls**t. There are now ads popping up on the back end that are intolerable; sometimes those popups are able to pass through popup blockers. Many trackers are now using user submitted torrents to try and cash in on the piracy, by asking for “donations to help server costs.” Some trackers go as far as send you emails every other week to remind you to “submit a donation and become a V.I.P.” Now, chances are we’re using torrents because we are too broke to afford the kinds of stuff we’d like, why would I have any interest in becoming a V.I.P.? Some Trackers are now even charging for memberships. You’re hit with a trillion and one rules, the moderators are rude as hell, the members are often either whiny about the smallest things, or they they’re rude and think they know it all. You’re just waiting for that one day your account would get delete for saying the wrong thing. Regardless if you’re on a private or public tracker, more and more fake torrents are produced. If just one person downloads one of those torrents, then 50% of torrent users will have that same torrent. Torrents without subtitles or audio translations. Torrents with several hundred tiny zip files. Torrents with several hundred links to various torrent trackers. Torrents with embedded spam and malware that keep your computer infected with something. Torrents with region restrictions on videos. Torrents from users that don’t know what their doing, yet complain about you. Torrents that contain videos with removed audio and a “Cinavia” error (which I’ve seen on public domain movies believe it or not). Swarms with horrific speeds. Torrents with video bitrate that is so low, you are baffled that someone would even consider uploading. Never mind downloading the bootleg version of “Jurassic World (2015)” is illegal; the amount of bulls**t the average true torrent user goes through, it’s not even worth it. Music torrents with 0kb CDA files. Waiting indefinitely for someone to finally upload that special torrent that you wanted so bad; and if found, you discover that there are numerous file corruptions. Please, don’t think links are any better, because they are actually worse; with 0.2kb speeds and each link will be a different service requiring payment for each service. Unfortunately, because more and people are now using the internet, more and more of those people don’t have a clue as to what their doing.

Having said the above, it’s not worth the hassle of using torrent technologies (unless you are downloading Unix/Linux software, public domain movies, or files from a legal website). Since streaming services came to be, we have seen a steady drop in piracy and increase sales in both streaming services and pay-per-download. Now it is affordable and we don’t have to deal with the hassles of using torrents anymore. And most importantly, not only is it all LEGAL, but you can share them with other members of the same streaming service, LEGALLY! If a friend is not a member, they get 30 second samples; or they can just simply Shazam it, or search for the song in their favorite streaming service. Stop being so scared! If you still stuck in a time warp, and you still don’t “believe” it’s now legal, then just take the time and read the legalese/license for your favorite service yourself (Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, Slacker, whatever(if you are new to music streaming, and don’t know which ones to start with, click here or here or here)). Common sense should tell you that the news would be reporting Facebook and twitter users would be going to jail left and right (hellllllooooo?). You have FULL access to your provider’s entire library for a very low monthly fee. Easy to search; easy to create and save playlists; and easy to help the streaming community by rating your movies, thus informing other users as what to watch; informing the provider as to what to keep in their library and cluing what other kinds of movie licenses they should purchase and make available. Most importantly, if you have an HDTV, I think its best to subscribe to one of these services for best quality. You’re not going to get best quality from a 600mb movie file. Trust me, you’d be lying to yourself if you think you can. You get the highest possible quality, and whatever service you use, you know it’s going to work! No incompatibilities, no spending hours searching, no begging for reseeds and hoping for the best. I think you guys get the picture. Now, the new way of file sharing is sharing Spotify or Rhapsody on Facebook, while helping others to discover at the same time. Sharing IMDB links, along with HULU and Netflix on Facebook or Twitter. Come and share with us. Worry free!

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On Spotify’s blog, it states that from the company’s total revenue, 70% of their profits go towards paying royalty fees to artists. If you’d like to see their blog, click here. How the hell were they able to survive for so long as a business paying 70% of their profits to the artists? Please don’t take what I’ve written the wrong way; I’m not saying that artist don’t deserve to get paid. Anybody who has been reading my blog long enough, knows I support legal streaming services, and fair pay for all artists. However, the way Spotify is doing things, I”m not sure how long they can survive much longer. No wonder their software sucks ass! There is no real money available to make the necessary upgrades to improve on their service. You know, if I was a Spotify customer I think I would have left, because that doesn’t make me feel good to know that I am helping to pay for the 45M cheap ass free account leechers (oops, I mean the “frugal” users of Spotify LOL). For all you leeches, you need to understand that if it were not for the paid customers, Spotify would become more Pandora like; there’s absolutely no way that Spotify would be able to afford the licenses they currently have on ads alone. So in reality, your mooching is a privilege, not a right. So don’t say “Spotify is the best,” when in reality you only like it because you don’t have to pay; ’cause I’ve seen quite a few services better than Spotify.

That said, this is not good business practice in my opinoin, and it doesn’t give anyone incentive to become paying subscribers. Which also would mean, if I was a subscriber, everything that is broken in the software would stay broken indefinitely. I really do think that there should be a massive campaign effort to explain to the general public, what music streaming truly is, and the value of paying for a good service. Streaming is so much better; not just because it is legal, it’s so much better than using downloading links with infected malware; or downloading a torrent where the person didn’t know how to rip a CD properly; or you download one thing and get something completely different; or the quality is so low because people are still using dial-up; or your hoping and praying for decades that someone, somewhere on this planet will share that 1960’s album you wanted; and if you did find that torrent, you’d discover that it was recorded from vinyl with several hard scratches on each song.

Not only is streaming convenient, not only are most services easy to search and download, most services also help you discover new music you’ve never heard before, or music that you’ve forgotten about. All of that for $10 bucks a month, instead of $30-$50 on CD’s. Even at 99 cents a download still adds up to a lot of money after a while. To be honest, Spotify’s business model really confuses me. I read their goal  is to offer free music; well I’m thinking if that’s the case, why do you need subscribers? I don’t like the idea of picking up anybody else tab (thank you very much). According to Spotify, things are doing well, and the company has hired new employees, blah, blah blah. I just don’t see it yet. Maybe I’m wrong. I think they way Spotify is doing things gives the impression that the artists are busting their ass for free, because they just love their fans? Oh, please! One thing is for sure, I don’t think iTunes is finished f**king with Spotify. Apple is going to find some way to make Spotify limit their free services. I could be wrong, but let’s see. This would be interesting to see where music will be in the next 10 years.

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“I’ve been abducted by Hewie and Dewie.” Ruthless People is not only my favorite comedy from the 80’s, but it remains to be one of my most favorite of all times! From the beginning to the end of this movie, you will not stop laughing. This movie stars Bette Midler, Danny DeVito, Judge Reinhold, just to name a few. There is a chemistry between these actors that is so rare, and each joke was delivered perfectly. There wasn’t a dry moment in this movie! In essence, the movie is about a guy (Danny) who steals someone’s clothing designs, and not only takes credit for them, he makes all the money. When the true designer discovers what happened, herself and her partner put together a plain to kidnap his wife (Bette). Oh, my goodness, Bette gave them a run for their money. I was peeing in my shorts I was laughing so hard! The two kidnappers demanded a ransom for Bette, but it wasn’t long before the kidnappers and Bette realized that Danny had no intention of paying that ransom! Bette, and the two kidnappers planned a revenge!. I definitely recommend this movie to any Bette, or Danny fans especially. I didn’t realize Danny could be so darn funny.

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Pharaoh's Curse1957Today saw “Pharaoh’s Curse (1957).” It had about 3 out of five stars, so why not? Well, I think 3 stars was a fair rating. The movie wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good either. But the was very predictable though. In essence, a group of archaeologists go to Egypt to open a mummy’s casket/tomb. Of course, they wanted to do so to study the hieroglyphics. But the people of Egypt forbid them to perform any kind of excavation. Reason being, they would unleash a curse; a curse that causes the mummy to come back alive, and drain all the blood of the living inside the tomb until all is dead. This movie was also about one of the male archaeologists, trying to get in the pants of a female archaeologist who was already married to the head archaeologist. LOL. There was no subtlety about it at all; he did not waste any time. He was a straight up player by today’s standard. The female archaeologist finally gets the guts to tell her husband she wants a divorce, basically because she realizes she was being used by him. I don’t want to give any spoilers, so you’ll have to see the movie to find out how this situation resolves itself. No special effects really. However, the makeup job was fairly decent. This meets my “So Bad It’s Good” seal of approval. :-)

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What the hell ever happened to the girl group Exposé? I can’t exactly call this Miami group a one hit wonder; but I didn’t recall seeing a whole lot of albums from them after 1987. That could be because, the album “Exosure (1987) was their best album of their career in my opinion. According to Billboard, they were the first group to have 4 top 10 hits, on Billboard’s “Hot 100,” and those hits all came from this album. All of my favorite songs are here on this album. My most favorite song from them of all times is “Seasons Change.” I think this song is so beautiful. Like Ce Ce Peniston, their music sort of transport you back to our H.S. days of innocence, and learning about boys, life, school, and all that good stuff. “Seasons Change” is truly a classic, because as old as this song is, I can still continue to listen to this song all day. Another song I love from this album is “Come Go With Me,” a danceable pop song that was playing all over the radio @ the end of the 80’s. “Come Go With Me” is another song that is timeless in my opinion. The last song I love from this album is “Let Me Be The One.” After all these years, they are still performing together. Check out their website. Listen to this album on Rhapsody.

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SHazam

What a great subject to write about I thought. I think it’s safe to say that, we focus more on just using Shazam, than thinking how important the service is to us. I have been using Shazam and services like Shazam for quite a few years, and it has proved to be an essential application to have on any smartphone. But, Shazam just doesn’t help the die-hard music lovers; indirectly they also help the streaming services as well! Why? Well, they are actually “bridging the gap,” between the major streaming services (although iTunes/Amazon both have streaming and “On-Demand” download purchases, I still consider it in the same family of streaming). Shazam is not only the best music discovery application to date, it is an independent service that does not depend on music sales “per-say,” but it’s popularity and near flawless functionality. What I’m trying to say is, the music industry depends on Shazam, not the other way around. Shazam makes money by making it easy for Shazam users to purchase their discoveries on iTunes Amazon, and Google. Now, with the recent partnership of Rhapsody, Shazam can encourage people to slowly move over to streaming services. Shazam plays an important role with streaming services, because each time a user Shazams something, they are not obligated to sign up for another service! Shazam will eventually bring all kinds of services together in one application, making it very convenient for Shazam users. If your particular service doesn’t have a song in their library, you’ll still have a choice of purchasing that song through anyone of the three services Shazam is partnered with. The integration with Rhapsody is still new, so the functionality still needs to be ironed out, but the fact that Rhapsody is there speaks volumes. And the fact that some rich dude invested over $40M on Shazam and it’s research. Music fans are in a very exciting era; how wonderful to be living in an age with such incredible technology at our fingertips!

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Recently, I finally got a chance to watch the last installment of the classic “Terminator.” “Terminator Genisys (2015)” was completely awesome in my opinion. The special effects were incredible! At first, when I saw his “moving image” cut and pasted on to the new Genisus movie, I was turned off by it. As someone who often pays attention to detail, I could immediately see the difference in quality between the cutout of the 1984 Arnold, inside the 2015 version of the movie. However, I am happy that I gave this movie a chance, because I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. The other thing I was concerned about, I wasn’t sure how well Arnold would play a robot at his age. I was really worried about seeing tons of fake looking CGI. But, in my opinion, Arnold delivered with lots and lots of action and suspense. The movie stars,  Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, and Jai Courtney. I have to say that, I was incredibly taken back as to just how much Jai Courtney, looks almost exactly like Lee Majors (you may not immediately see in the photograph, but when you see him in Terminator, you’ll notice). There is a lot of things going on in this movie, and unfortunately, you’ll really have to pay attention in order to understand the movie; because not only does it deal with a number of time travels, the movie also talks about a merge of memories and important stories not explained from the first Terminator. There were only two things that somewhat annoyed me in the movie. First, their time travel machine was very reminiscent of the TV show “Stargate.” Second, the main actors seemed to stay naked through the movie LOL. In order for our heroes to time travel, they can’t have any clothing on, because something happens where the person disintegrates or something. I don’t want to give any spoilers, and I also don’t want to complicate this review trying to explain the many elements of the movie. So, I’ll some it up this way; our heroes go back in time to actually stop dooms day from happening. However, none of them suspected that someone very close to them, is responsible for trying to destroy the planet.

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I couple of days ago at a press conference, Prince informed everyone that he will be releasing his new album called “HitNRun” exclusively on Tidal streaming service. Tidal happens to be fully owned by the famous rapper Jay-Z. Prince also gave a powerful and controversial message to young new aspiring  artists, “record contracts are slavery!” Honestly, I think this was a direct response to that whole bullshit between Taylor Swift and Apple. I’m not saying that the incidences are related, cause they’re not. But what I am saying is that artists are tired of being swindled out of the money they deserve. This is huge news guys. You have got to understand what’s happening in the music industry, because it does effect us indirectly. While huge artists are rebelling against labels to send a message, the fans are hurting, because they are forced sign up for Tidal, just to enjoy Prince’s new album? I mean, it wouldn’t have been so bad if he’d said, “but you can buy it on iTunes or Googlplay” or something. This is not good! On the other hand, artists are exposing the evils of the music industry. Prince also talked about how artists are in the dark as to how much labels are actually making from their music. Now, I am very well learned when it comes to music, licensing, and copyright; and I believe they are making countless of more dollars unbeknown to both artists and songwriters.

But, people forget, the music industry just don’t f**k with the artists and songwriters, they also do it to fans, by charging 1,000% for CDs knowing the average fan can no longer afford those prices. This is the core reasons why people use torrents in the first place. It’s not because people want to “steal.” People who are true fans will almost ALWAYS want to pay for their favorite artists music. But making the prices of CDs so high that fans can’t afford it, then what the f**k do they think is going to happen? Music is not for the privileged! Music is a right! A right to be able to afford to enjoy good entertainment!

However, there’s a flip side to this. Prince has always been at war with the Internet. Ordering the powers that be to block all his music for torrent sites (this is the job of DMCA and Sound Exchange, not Prince). I’ve read he even gone after fan sites, ordering to take down his images (regardless of fair use). I think this is a result of a serious misunderstanding of technology on Prince’s part, as well as the common misconception that copyright also gives anybody the right to tell anyone what to do with their copyrighted images. Copyright just doesn’t protect the owner, it also protects the user’s rights to use for criticism. I guess what I’m trying to say is, Prince, like many other big artists who really don’t understand the net, assumes that the Internet is just one big gigantic world of hacking! They don’t understand that there DOES exist a system, a system in which you can make a living. I think Prince realizes this, hence his decision to trust and put his music on Tidal.

I think the hardest part is breaking old torrent habits now that music is affordable. The same is true for video streaming. What’s even worse, applications like Spotify, although it is legal, still has a P2P feel to it. In fact, there are a lot of people who think Spotify is illegal because of that P2P feel (aesthetically speaking). It’s like you’re back in the BearShare days. I think that’s the one thing that pissed me off about Spotify. Although I am grateful and understand why they offer free accounts; the majority of people don’t appreciate it. A lot of people will just leech if you offer something free (even if they can afford it), and the proof is that there hasn’t been anymore real (significant) conversions from free accounts to paying customers. Shit, I don’t even think the moochers even understand the benefits of a paid account! They use Spotify like it is an entitlement! Enjoy it while you can, ’cause you’ll never know when it will be over.

Having said this, regardless of what’s going on in the music industry, I am confident that it will balance itself out eventually, or else the giant music labels will eventually die off from greed. However, having said this, this doesn’t mean that people shouldn’t buy music because “they make too much money.” Not supporting your artists means the can’t make money at all. Music streaming has made it possible to afford all the music our hearts desire. So please continue to use Rhapsody, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Pandora, iTunes Radio, or any legal streaming service (be it free or subscription service), because the artists will get paid something.

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Chuck’s music is the kind of music I’ll listen to if it’s on the radio, but I wouldn’t actually buy it. Only because I find a lot of his music way too mellow, even for me. Chuck Mangione is a trumpet player and composer. He comes from a huge family of musicians, and his music career spans over 40 years. He it really big in 1977 when he released the album “Feels So Good.” On this album there were two hits. The first was the music piece that put him on the map and its name was the title album “Feels So Good.” I think “Feels So Good,” is one of the most beautiful instrumental pieces I’ve ever heard. I love how it starts of really slow, and then gradually goes in to a disco, almost a “Copacabana like beat.” It’s a mixture of jazz and disco mixed together. It stayed on the music charts for more than 26 weeks! Now that was amazing! The second piece from the album that was a hit was “Maui Waui,” To be quite honest, the only one I like from this album is “Feels So Good.” Listen with Rhapsody.

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I have to tell you guys, as a child this movie was very traumatizing to me. However, as an adult, I think this is one of the most hilarious horror movies I’ve ever seen in my life! There was something about that doll that was scary as f**k! Even if you’ve never seen the movie before, you can take one look at that doll and know that the movie is scary. I mean, anyone who is old enough to remember seeing this movie as a child would agree; that this movie is scarier that Chucky! Understand that it really wasn’t just about how scary and demonic the doll looked; it was the fact that the African doll in this movie would not stop torturing its target victim (whoever becomes owner of the doll) until they are finally either killed or possessed. Chucky on the other hand, just likes to kill for fun, and at random simply ’cause it’s a d**k. Trilogy Of Terror is actually 3-4 short stories, all starring Karen Black. However, the last one (The Vudu Doll) was what made her famous. I don’t think any body even remembers the other 2-3 shorts. As an adult, what made this movie so hilarious, Karen tried to stab it, thew it, kick it, stomped on it, & blow it up. She even tried throw it in the oven and burn it. That doll would not die for shit LOL. The doll was possessed with an evil African spirit, that was unfortunately given to her as a gift. But, there were specific instructions to keep the special chain on the doll, otherwise it becomes alive! Of course, you know the chain so easily falls off once she put the doll on her living room table. I think this is worth a Netflix order, just to see the last short with the crazy vudu doll.

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Today I watched Dragon (2011) on blu-ray. I have to be honest, I wasn’t really interested in this movie at first. The only reason why I Netflix’d it was because Donnie Yen (Ip Man) and the VERY handsome Takeshi Kaneshiro was in it. That said, I knew this movie would be action packed, based on other movies I’ve seen Donnie in. There was actually much more to this movie than what the description said. I’m not going to lie, the movie does drag quite a bit, but Donnie’s action scenes make up for it. If anything, you should rent this movie just to see this guy get his ear chopped off, and fly in to a pile of fresh meat. Eeeewwwww! It was awesome though LOL. In essence Donnie plays a reformed killer, trying to live a quiet life. However, Takeshi is a detective that soon discovers Donnie’s true identity, and  was determined to seek justice for Donnie’s crimes. What Takeshi didn’t know, was that his father raised Donnie to be a killer since birth. When Takeshi finally learns the truth, Takeshi then risks his life to save Donnie, when his crazy father comes to not only kill Donnie, but take his son too! Why? Simply because Donnie doesn’t want to be a part of the family clan any longer. Very nice martial arts in this movie. The movie will keep you interested. Spoiler alert!! The only thing I found corny though, they talked a lot about the technicals of the human body, and how someone was killed, etc. Yet, Donnie chops his own arm cut off, minimal blood comes out, and he still lives?!

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I am very happy today. I got a wonderful surprise email that stated, Rhapsody and Shazam has finally partnered up! Yes, you’ve read correctly! Discovering our classics has become even more easier! Now, when you shazam a song, you can then easily play the song in Rhapsody (just like spotify)! You can also easily save your shazamed song to your Rhapsody playlist! This is so cool! Now, I got to be honest here, you guys know how much I love Rhapsody; but I think Shazam reigns supreme when it comes to music discovery. Shazam’s algorithms rock! Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any other free music discovery application that works as well as Shazam. I think Rhapsody knows this (then again Billions of shazams are made everyday, which means more potential customers), so goodbye SongMatch/MusicMatch. Once you select Rhapsody from Shazam’s pull down menu, Rhapsody will automatically play the song. Rhapsody has also created a special section, that stores all your Shazamed songs played through Rhapsody! Very nice!

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I can’t call Lou Rawls a one hit wonder, but unfortunately there is only one song I like from this entire album. The song also happens to be one of his biggest classic hits of all times; which pretty much put him on map forever as far as I”m concerned (at least those of my generation). That song is “You’ll Never Find A Love Like Mine.” Lou’s voice has turned that song in to something special; a song that I believed no one else could have song with the same romantic flair. But, again, that was pretty much it for this particular album. Unfortunately much of Lou Rawls music wasn’t my cup of tea. It was almost like listening to a soulful version of Frank Sanatra. Actually, I like more of Frank Sanatra’s songs than Lou Rawls. I guess that should tell you something. LOL. However, I’m not foolish to think there’s no one else out in the cyberspace that wouldn’t like it. Check out his album on Rhapsody.

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I have to say I absolutely loved watching Wonder Woman as a child. I was about 8-9 years old when I started watching her. While almost all the straight boys only reason for watching the show, was to salivate over her gorgeous body; I however loved watching her for different reasons. I loved seeing women in strong roles on television; and as I got older I realized that it was mainly because of two things. The first reason was because so many (if not most) women of television I grew up on played a lot of submissive roles. Some of the roles played by women, had characters that were so simple, I’m left thinking, “surely you can’t be that stupid?” But unfortunately, these were the kinds of scripts written for women, and people of color when I was growing up. The second reason was she did not represent that stereotypical women (both as Diana Prince and as Wonder Woman). You know, now that I think about it; this show was more important than I realized as a kid, because the show started just as the feminist movement ended I believe. The reason why this was significant was because, the the movement left many people with the mentality that strong women “wanted to be more like men.” Wonder Woman was not only strong, powerful, had her own mind, she was also very feminine in every way (perhaps too feminine at times), and she represented America with the ol’ red, white and blue.

It was hilarious, because, the first time I saw her spinning around on television, I said to myself “what the fuck is she doing?” LOL. Then when I started to hear that music, I knew that that was an indication that something awesome was about to happen. Then I saw the special effect used to fade her in to her new Wonder Woman costume. I thought that was so cool! Then again, it made me more anxious; because with some episodes, when the bad guys were coming, it seemed she took too damn long to change to Wonder Woman. I used to find myself saying, “HURRY UP!” LOL. Maybe I wasn’t the only one that thought about this, because a couple of seasons later, the producers started doing that explosion thingy when she spun. Overall, I think it was a good show.

Side note. It was my understanding at one time that many people in the Spanish community took big issue with Lynda Carter, because it was said she denied her Mexican heritage. I was too young to understand any of that stuff. I still don’t to be quite honest. However, in doing my quick research, she was not pure Mexican; she is actually of mixed race, born in Arizona. I guess the show was such a huge success, once it was found that she had Mexican in her blood, the Mexican community felt it was good reason to celebrate that part of her heritage during the peak of her Wonder Woman career. Again, not sure. I was too young to understand any of that stuff.

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Do you guys remember “Food Of The Gods?” Starring  Marjoe Gortner, Pamela Franklin, and Ralph Meeker? Well, this movie is so bad that I’m not even sure if I can call it a B-movie. However, it’s so bad that it’s good. In essence, the movie is about farm animals that have been fed food laced with some kind of experimental chemical or something. The animals then grow to these giant mutants killing and eating all the live stock. The biggest problems were the mice that turned giant rats. I got to tell you, although the acting was bad, it was pretty funny watching the horrible special effects (from a nostalgic point of view). Eventually, thousands of mice have mutated int to giant rats. They’ve must have used some king of technique where they’ve shot two separate scenes and put them together; because the interaction between the mutant monster rats and the humans were obviously off. If you like watching B-movies for a good laugh, rent this one.

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Well, I guess this answers my comment earlier about not being able to find proof that Google is paying for licensing/royalty fees. A service called “Music Key,” is a new service by Google, that lets you watch videos ad free! Now, it wasn’t until I’ve seen this pop-up, that I remembered actually seen this before. In my opinion this is a strong indicator that they are paying at least some the licensing fees, and just trying to make some of that money back paid by creating this service. It’s the only logical explanation that makes sense; otherwise, the labels would not allow so many full length videos to be played on YouTube. But there is still that window of error, when it comes to the older music videos. We still have no possible way of knowing if a YouTuber is taking money by monetizing music they do not own. However, at least the good news is that this new service shows  that YouTube is paying for a good chuck of licenses. This also would possibly mean that, if a YouTuber IS stealing money, and a user joins “Music Key,” Youtube would more than likely pay the fee for that play, because it has an ad, and because the videos are tracked (at least videos that are in their flag database).

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I believe this was New Edition’s first album release. Personally speaking, I think this was their best album, because it had more hits on one album. Although they’ve had other hits on subsequent albums, they just never quite hit that same success of their first album. At first, I really wasn’t impressed, because at the time, it was very obvious that (just like every other label) they were marketed to be the “next Jackson 5 generation.” In fact, Ralph became extremely annoying; personally, I couldn’t listen to him live, after their 5th/6th album. The reason being, once he became a teenager and puberty kicked in, Ralph strained his voice during performances in order to try and keep that “little Michael sound” and it wasn’t working. I think it wasn’t until they broke up, and got back together again and Johnny Gill joined the group, his voice became a lot better. However, that doesn’t take a way from the fact that they were/are a very talented group. I’m not sure if they’re still performing together. I think that Roni, Ricki, and Mike are still known “Bell, Biv, Devoe,” and they have performed in the recent past. My favorite songs from this album are, “Give Me Your Love,” “Candy Girl,” “Is This The End,” “Pop Corn Love,” and “Jealous Girl.” Please listen with Rhapsody.

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