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Recommendations: Spotify

I'll be honest, Spotify isn't my first choice to put on my list of recommendations. However, Spotify offers free accounts that allows you to stream unlimited music legally! Not the best software in terms of functionality, but the service is free to use, and Spotify pays the artists their royalties.

I'll be honest, Spotify wasn't my first choice to put on my list of recommendations. However, Spotify offers totally FREE accounts that allows you to access unlimited music LEGALLY! Not the best software in terms of functionality, but the service is free for us to use, and Spotify pays the artists their royalties (which true fans of music should seriously think about). The desktop software is fully functional; there is a web feature available. However, I recommend downloading the desktop app instead, simply because it's more stable. Mobile software has limited access; you can only play music in random mode (in other words there are no on-demand features for free users). Limited radio skips per day. Limited playlists. Spotify does have an online community forum, but it appears to be more for reporting bugs than sharing music. The service itself allows you to follow Facebook friends, etc, but, that's about it. Spotify is not robust. It's an application that just exist, and don't expect too many software improvements in the future; unless of course they get more paid subscribers or sponsors; but, I don't see that happening anytime soon either.

Napster’s Blog News

  • Michael Kiwanuka’s Sublime Folk Soul - July 18, 2016
    When Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings unveiled 100 Days, 100 Nights in 2007, the album’s success, critically and commercially, ignited an explosion in retro... The post Michael Kiwanuka’s Sublime Folk Soul appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • The Best New Releases: July 15 - July 15, 2016
    PJ, Rare Much like contemporaries such as Kehlani and Jhene Aiko, Paris Jones writes about her life in realistic and plainspoken terms. As she... The post The Best New Releases: July 15 appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • We Are Napster - July 14, 2016
    UPDATED: Rhapsody is now Napster. We’re the same great service you love – all of your playlists, favorites, albums and artists have not changed.... The post We Are Napster appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • The Best New Releases: July 8 - July 9, 2016
    Switchfoot, Where the Light Shines Through On their first full-length for Vanguard, San Diego’s Switchfoot dive deeper into the sun-kissed melodies and dreamy beach... The post The Best New Releases: July 8 appeared first on Napster Music News.
  • Dengue Dengue Dengue Invite You Into Their Alternative Universe - June 27, 2016
    Behind the Technicolor masks worn by Peruvian tropical bass duo Dengue Dengue Dengue are Felipe Salmon and Rafael Periera. The tropical sonic warriors bridge... The post Dengue Dengue Dengue Invite You Into Their Alternative Universe appeared first on Napster Music News.

Recommendations: YouTube

I think it's safe to say that YouTube is the most popular, and the most used FREE streaming service to date. As I've shared before, I've suggested that people minimize their use of, or to avoid using YouTube as a main source of music entertainment (because of concerns that many old school artists' music are not being monetized as a result of how YouTube is setup). However, I've been reading more and more articles about YouTube's royalty negotiations. This is a good news. Again, it doesn't resolve all of my questions both as a fan and a responsible blogger, but it does show that changes are being made, and YouTube can literally become like a free video streaming service like Spotify. This is wonderful, because pretty soon it won't matter what service you use, because a significant portion of the streaming services will be legally FREE to use. However, when this happens, I do hope that people don't get stuck only using YouTube, and be willing to experience the other great services out here. I don't think there is a person on the planet who hasn't experienced YouTube, I don't think it makes sense to explain any further. LOL :-*

I think it's safe to say that YouTube is the most popular, and the most used FREE streaming service to date. As I've shared before, I've suggested that people minimize their use of, or to avoid using YouTube as a main source of music entertainment (because of concerns that many old school artists' music are not being monetized as a result of how YouTube is setup). However, I've been reading more and more articles about YouTube's royalty negotiations. This is a good news. Again, it doesn't resolve all of my questions, both as a music fan and a responsible blogger, but it does show that changes are being made, and YouTube can literally become a free video streaming service in the same way Spotify is a free music service. This is wonderful, because pretty soon it won't matter what service you use, because a significant portion of the streaming services will be legally FREE to use (except for premium services, but even then @ $9.99 a month is a great deal considering how much we spent on music back in the day). However, when this happens, I do hope that people don't get stuck only using YouTube, and be willing to experience the other great services out here. I don't think there is a person on the planet who hasn't experienced YouTube, so I don't think it makes sense to explain any further. LOL :-*

Stereo Gum: Music News

  1. Watch Rihanna Open The VMAs With A Greatest Hits Medley - August 29, 2016
    Rihanna is receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards, and instead of one gigantic 15-minute medley (or, as Kanye West opted for last year, a surreal, rambling speech punctuated by a presidential campaign announcement), Rih is performing four times throughout the night. That’s certainly one way to keep people […]
  2. Here Are The Best GIFs, Tweets, & Dank Memes Of The 2016 VMAs - August 29, 2016
    Hey y’all! We back out here for the 2016 Video Music Awards, the only awards show where the music doesn’t matter at all and it’s all about the moments, baby! The VMAs are scientifically engineered for trending topics, so we’re guaranteed some amusing but ephemeral hijinks, all of which will be collected here for future […]
  3. Avicii Just Played His Last Show Ever - August 29, 2016
    Avicii has left the building. A few months ago, the 26-year-old Swedish superstar announced that he would be retiring from live performances, and tonight, he played his last show ever at Ushuaïa Ibiza, finishing out his five-year residency at the club. Now that he’s made millions and millions of dollars, he can finally return to […]
  4. Chvrches Dedicated A Song To Harambe At Reading Festival - August 28, 2016
    On Thursday night, Young Thug released a song called “Harambe.” And on Friday night, during their performance at the first day of the UK’s Reading Festival, Chvrches dedicated a song to the fallen gorilla. The band’s Martin Doherty declared “RIP Harambe” before launching into “Under The Tide,” lending a new poignancy to the song’s lyrics. […]
  5. Smash Mouth Singer Leaves Stage In An Ambulance, Band Plays “All Star” Without Him - August 28, 2016
    The show must go on, and that’s what it did when Steve Harwell apparently left Smash Mouth’s headlining set at the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival last night before the band played its biggest hits. Harwell reportedly left the stage after collapsing and was taken away in an ambulance as the rest of the band was once […]

Recommendations: Crackle

Crackle has got to be (in my opinion), one of the best totally free movie streaming services out here! They have really really good "Original Content," and good movies. They improved video quality tremendously. The only thing I should tell you guys is that, so many people use Crackle that sometimes it gets really choppy. The only thing that really helps is a Roku Box 4, or a Amazon Fire Box, that has a Quad Core processor, and lots of memory to reduce the annoyance of buffering. Check it out on your video device, or go to Crackle online, by clicking on the graphic above. It's totally FREE!

Crackle has got to be (in my opinion), one of the best totally free movie streaming services out here! They have really really good "Original Content," and good movies (although, they've been kind of slacking lately with putting out new original content, such as "Powers"). They also have losts of classic shows like "Who's The Boss," "Alf," and "What's Happening." They've improved the video quality tremendously. The only thing I should tell you guys is that, so many people use Crackle that sometimes the video gets really choppy. The only thing that really helps is a Roku Box 4, or a Amazon Fire Box, that has a Quad Core processor, and lots of conventional memory/SD card to reduce the annoyance of buffering; and or you may have to direct connect to your network instead of wireless. Check it out on your video device, or go to Crackle online, by clicking on the graphic above. It's totally FREE! It's legal! and the ads pays the actors!

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Recommendations: OVG

OVguide is another company offering FREE movies on Roku and other devices. A lot of the movies are not as good as what Crackle has, However, I think you'll definitely be able to find some movies you'd like to watch. Currently, they have movies like, "Elite Squad: the Enemy Within (2010)," "Hoodium (1997)," and "Sins Expiation (2012) (with Danny Glover)." The nice thing about Ovguide, is that a lot of their movies appear to be curated. Now, normally I don't like curated content, only because websites that are curated tend to be a bit chaotic, in terms of navigating their site. However, when it comes to their Roku setup, it's integrated quite nicely. A couple of those curated film comes from Hulu (usually those that are available for free).

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Recommendations: Popcorn

Popcorn Flix usually isn't my go to site, but they do have a good mixture of both low budget and classic block buster hits. It pretty much works in the same way that Tubi TV, and Crackle does. You'll find movies such as "The  Decent (2005)," "Brotherhood Of Justice (1986)" and "The Toxic Avenger (1984)." All FREE to watch, and their service is also available on Roku.

Popcorn Flix has an even mixture of both low budget and classic blockbuster hits. It pretty much works in the same way that Tubi TV, and Crackle does. You'll find movies such as "The Decent (2005)," "Brotherhood Of Justice (1986)" and "The Toxic Avenger (1984)." Actors ranging from Cuba Gooding Jr., Kevin Hart, and Sylvester Stallone. All absolutely FREE to watch! The more people that watch movies using services like Popcorn Flix, the better movie selections we'll eventually get. Their free service is available on both Roku, and on the web.

Digital Music News Blog

  • The Music Business Week In Review… - August 28, 2016
    It was a messy week for Apple Music, a mixed week for Spotify, and an expensive one for Coldplay fans.  Here’s the music business weekly wrap-up… An escalating streaming music war took some strange twists-and-turns this past week, with Apple Music stepping into a gigantic pile.  After debuting a pair of Frank Ocean albums the week earlier, […] The post The Music Business Week In Review… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Apple Threatens Legal Action Against Digital Music News for Frank Ocean Coverage - August 26, 2016
    Apple launched a disastrous Frank Ocean ‘exclusive’.  Now, they’re taking it out on Digital Music News with legal threats. Apple has now threatened legal action against Digital Music News for reporting on multiple leaks of Frank Ocean’s latest album, ‘Blonde’.  ‘Blonde,’ alternatively spelled ‘Blond,’ is one of two Ocean albums released in rapid succession last […] The post Apple Threatens Legal Action Against Digital Music News for Frank Ocean Coverage appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Spotify Retaliating Against Apple Music Exclusive Artists, Execs Say… - August 26, 2016
    Spotify says it isn’t true.  But multiple executives and reports accuse the company of actively sabotaging and punishing artists signing Apple Music exclusives. Spotify is flatly denying reports that it is actively sabotaging against artists securing Apple Music exclusives, including plans to downgrade two just-released Frank Ocean albums.  A media representative for Spotify was damage controlling […] The post Spotify Retaliating Against Apple Music Exclusive Artists, Execs Say… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Is Burning Man Burning Your Wallet? - August 26, 2016
    Originally founded in 1986 (the year I was also born), Burning Man this year will celebrate its 30th anniversary at Black Rock City. That’s the temporary city constructed temporarily in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada just for this event. To attend this event seems almost like a ritual for some festivalgoers. For those looking […] The post Is Burning Man Burning Your Wallet? appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Suing Hans Zimmerman? That Could Spell Career Suicide… - August 26, 2016
    It must be good to be Hans Zimmerman. After being sued by Richard Friedman for allegedly infringing on his own piece in 2013 drama “12 Years a Slave,” the Associated Press is now reporting that Friedman wrote a personal letter to Zimmerman saying, “I sincerely apologize to you for bringing the lawsuit and for the […] The post Suing Hans Zimmerman? That Could Spell Career Suicide… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • $6 Million Reasons Why Tickets Should be Sold Directly to Fans - August 26, 2016
    “As a manager and as a fan, I’ve never bought a ticket on the secondary market.  I don’t agree with it.”  Dice CEO Phil Hutcheon. Startup live music discovery and mobile ticket seller Dice has only one thing in mind: getting you to the best gigs, clubs, and even festivals.  What’s the difference, you ask, between […] The post $6 Million Reasons Why Tickets Should be Sold Directly to Fans appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Jason Aldean Says Withholding from Streaming Is ‘Business 101’… - August 26, 2016
    Windowing: It’s just good business according to Jason Aldean… So far, the big push for Tidal and Apple Music have been to lock down timed exclusives, with some mixed results (for Apple, at least).  But instead of getting bogged down by offers to launch exclusively on one music streaming platform, country superstar Jason Aldean won’t release […] The post Jason Aldean Says Withholding from Streaming Is ‘Business 101’… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Frank Ocean’s Entire ‘Blonde’ Album Is Now Available on YouTube… - August 25, 2016
    Apple Music’s so-called ‘exclusive’ of Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ has been sitting on YouTube for days, with 100,000+ plays.  But we didn’t tell you that. After appearing in its entirely on Google Drive over the weekend, Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ (also titled ‘Blond’) is now widely available on YouTube.  The 17-track album has been uploaded in its […] The post Frank Ocean’s Entire ‘Blonde’ Album Is Now Available on YouTube… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • This Musician Makes $10,000 a Month Live Streaming From Home - August 25, 2016
    A couple weeks ago I profiled Clare Means who more than doubled her income simply by live streaming her street performances on Periscope (by including PayPal.me and website links in her profile to accept tips / offer merch). As the most popular live streaming app on the market, it seemed that Twitter-owned Periscope had figured […] The post This Musician Makes $10,000 a Month Live Streaming From Home appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Frank Ocean’s Entire ‘Blonde’ Album Is Now Streaming on Pandora… - August 25, 2016
    So much for timed exclusives… Frank Ocean’s much-hyped second album, which was supposed to be an Apple Music exclusive for at least two weeks, is now available to be streamed on Pandora, whether you’re a premium user or happen to have a free account.  Sounds like a good deal, right?  You don’t have to sign-up […] The post Frank Ocean’s Entire ‘Blonde’ Album Is Now Streaming on Pandora… appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Frank Ocean Faces Possible Lawsuit Over ‘Blonde’ Album Release - August 25, 2016
    Cover of Frank Ocean’s just-released Blonde (aka ‘Blond’) Frank Ocean may have breached his contract terms with Def Jam Recordings and Universal Music Group, according to new allegations. Frank Ocean may face serious legal ramifications for his recent release of two back-to-back albums, according to industry sources speaking with Digital Music News.  The major issue […] The post Frank Ocean Faces Possible Lawsuit Over ‘Blonde’ Album Release appeared first on Digital Music News.
  • Spotify Reaches 39 Million Paying Subscribers… - August 25, 2016
    Spotify employees videoconferencing from Stockholm headquarters. Spotify’s paid subscriber tally is rapidly approaching the 40 million mark, with an official figure of 39 million now shared with Digital Music News. Spotify has now reached 39 million paying subscribers, a strong milestone that helps to validate the controversial ‘freemium’ business model.  The threshold, shared with Digital […] The post Spotify Reaches 39 Million Paying Subscribers… appeared first on Digital Music News.

Recommendations: Tubi TV

It has been awhile since I've used Tubi TV. This is another great totally FREE movie stream. You can watch on your Roku/Chrome or on your computer. I'll be honest, you'll have to search a tiny bit more closely with Tubi TV when it comes to finding movies you want. They tend to have a lot of modern day, low, low low, budget horror films. The kinds of films that a first time movie producer would make (fresh out of school). The flip side of it is, they also have a lot of good movies such as "Tin Tin (2011)," "Setup (2011)," and old TV show classics like "Alf (1986)," and classic movies such as "Duel At Diablo (1966)."

It has been awhile since I've used Tubi TV. This is another great totally FREE movie streaming service. You can watch on your Roku/Chrome or on your computer. I'll be honest, you'll have to search a tiny bit more closely with Tubi TV when it comes to finding movies you want. They tend to have a lot of modern day, low, low, low, low, budget horror films. The kinds of films that a first time movie producer would make (fresh out of school). The flip side of it is, they also have a lot of good movies such as "Tin Tin (2011)," "Setup (2011)," and old TV show classics like "Alf (1986)," and classic movies such as "Duel At Diablo (1966)." My only gripe with Tubi TV, is that it's easier to search for movies on their website, and unfortunately, I haven't found a way to save movies on my online account, to then retrieve using Roku. But, it makes no sense to complain about something that is offered Free and legal right? -VintageNewscast.com

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Recommendations: Google

GooglePlay is another service that's not at the top of my "best list," but it is another name that has been around for a long time. Although aesthetically speaking I don't care for GooglePlay's Android streaming app; the one thing where the app excels in, is that it allows you to listen to both your MP3 music, and your rental music! Most mobile apps don't do that, and I assume it's because of that good o'l licensing. Again, functionality wise, I think Rhapsody is 100 times better; but I would never tell someone never to try something. Go ahead and check them out.

GooglePlay is another service that's not at the top of my "best list," but it is another name that has been around for a long time. Although aesthetically speaking I don't care for GooglePlay's Android streaming app (or web app for that matter); the one thing where its android app excels in, is that it allows you to listen to both your MP3 music, and your rental music! Most mobile apps don't do that, and I assume it's because of that good o'l licensing. However, then again, most mobile streaming services are designed to be used as stand alone, such as Napster (Google was an MP3 player long before it got into the streaming business). Again, functionality wise, I think Napster is 100 times better; but I would never discourage anyone from ever trying a service; because it may be more suitable for your needs than mine. GooglePlay also offers totally FREE radio! You do not need a subscription service to use it; all you need is a Google account to start. So far, I think I like their music better than Pandora (only because they don't repeat music as much). Go ahead and check them out.

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  • Weekend Wax Bits - August 27, 2016
    In this week's Wall Street Journal, I interviewed Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow for the Mansion section's "House Call" column on growing up in Forest Hills, Queens in New York (go here). Ron was a straight-A student, graduated first in his...             
  • Rudy Van Gelder (1924-2016) - August 26, 2016
    Rudy Van Gelder, a New Jersey optometrist who in the late 1940s extended his passion for ocular precision to professional recording and wound up becoming one of jazz's finest and most enigmatic studio engineers, died on Aug. 25. He was...             
  • Pete Rugolo's Leadership LPs - August 25, 2016
    The arrangements of Pete Rugolo are an acquired taste. Listening to his leadership albums from the 1950s and early '60s, one initially might dismiss them as bombastic, elephantine works that relied too often on shrill trumpets and tympani drums. What's...            Related Stories June Christy: Interlude, 1957  

Recommendations: Rhap.

My preferred source of music streaming. One of the many reasons I recommend Rhapsody, is because they posses over 36+ million songs in their library, tons of features, and mobile, web, and desktop applications are all consistent with each other. Very easy to discover even more classic music with Rhapsody.

My preferred source of music streaming. Rhapsody is now Napster! This service has came a long way; now it is international, and has integrated all of the 33 countries it services under one platform. One of the many reasons I recommend Napster, is because they posses over 36+ million songs in their library, untold international music, they promote lesser known artist as well as well known artists. Tons of features like, unlimited songs in playlists, unlimited radio skips, control variety of music in your radio stations, works with Shazam, ability to compare musical tastes with other users by percentage to help discover more music you like. They offer "Cloud Sync," an application that scans all your local music, and match them with the music in their database. Albums found will be placed in your Napster library, and iTunes playlists will be created as well. Music quality up to 320kbps AAC, CD sound. Control radio stream quality separately, for those bad signal days while listening to the radio. Tools to easily share on social media, and discover users who like the same kinds of songs you like too! Napster even evaluates user playlists, and gives you a percentage number, as to how close your tastes are. Finally, mobile app, web app, and desktop applications are all consistent with each other. Very easy to discover even more classic music with Napster.

Recommendations: Netflix

I recommend Netflix because they have 65+ million movie stream subscribers; and ships over 3,400+ discs are processed per hour, for the over 5.3 million DVD/Blu-Ray subscribers. Netflix has close to 100,000 movie titles and TV shows of just about every genre you can think of; titles that are not easily found anywhere else.

I recommend Netflix because they have 65+ million movie stream subscribers; and ships over 3,400+ discs are processed per hour, for the over 5.3 million DVD/Blu-Ray subscribers. Netflix has close to 100,000 movie titles and TV shows of just about every genre you can think of; titles that are not easily found anywhere else. Memberships as low as $5 a month for discs, discs are delivered within 3 days. Streaming membership as low as $8 per month.

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Recommendation: HULU

I recommend Hulu because they have thousands of movie titles for streaming. In my opinion, it is the best service for current and popular TV shows, such as "Empire," with the handsome Terrence Howard. However, I think Netflix has a larger selection of better movies.

I recommend Hulu because they have thousands of movie titles for streaming. In my opinion though, it is the best service for current and popular TV shows, such as "Empire," with the handsome Terrence Howard. However, I think Netflix has a larger selection of better movies. The the bulk of their movies are the same kind of movies you'd find in the $5 cage in the "close out" section of your favorite DVD store. That's not to say you can't find good movies every once in a while, but the reality is they are better known for their TV shows, and some documentaries. They have some good "Original Content" too. Because licensing is expensive, they usually don't have all seasons for a particular show. If you need to see earlier seasons of a show, you're going to wind up signing up for Netflix.

Recommendations: Amazon

Although I don't use AmazonPrime, I do think not only it is a good service, it is one of the most trusted & long standing names in the web business. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't have as much music as Rhapsody, or even Spotify. However, if you are already a member of Amazon's Prime, You automatically have access to their music streaming as part of their bundled Prime package. If it comes free, why not try it? You should know that licenses fluctuate consistently. In other words, an album may be available this year, but not the next with Amazon. I know that's one of the major complaints with the movies, not sure if that's the same with the music feature.

Recently tried AmazonPrime video package, and let me tell you the video and sound is phenomenal! They don't have as many movies as Netflix, however, many of them are quality movies. It's not only a good service, it is one of the most trusted & long standing names in the web business. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't have as much music as Napster, or even Spotify. However, if you are already an Amazon Prime full member, you automatically have access to their music streaming as part of their bundled Prime package. If it comes free, why not try it? You should know that licenses fluctuate consistently. In other words, an album/film may be available this year, but not the next with Amazon. This may annoying for some, but at least in terms of movies, it helps to bring in fresh content to watch.

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Recommendations: iTunes

I don't really use my desktop iTunes as much as I used to since I started streaming. But, I do use it to manage and transfer my MP3 to my Android. At the same time, many of you have read my pet-peeves concerning Apple music; and on of the latest pet-peeves I've discovered is that it looks like they're not offering any sample plays on their media widgets (obviously to promote their music streaming (unnecessarily extreme)). However, iTunes is still so very popular that it wouldn't make sense for me not to add Apple music to my legal streaming list. At the end of the day, iTunes really doesn't have anything that sets itself apart from any other streaming service out here, other than it's brand name. However, I will say that their iTunes radio delivers an excellent selection of music. iTunes is still offering 3 months free (I think). Just in case, iTunes is now available for Android. I don't remember if you can play MP3s though; I had no interest in getting the trial. But for all you Apple fans, go right ahead!

I don't really use my desktop iTunes as much as I used to since I started streaming. But, I do use it to manage and transfer my Purchased CD/MP3 to my Android. Apple's music is still so very popular (despite it's maddening quest to control music on it's service) that it wouldn't make sense for me not to add "Apple Music" to my legal streaming list. At the end of the day, Apple Music really doesn't have anything that sets itself apart from any other streaming service out here, other than it's brand name. However, I will say that their radio delivers an excellent selection of music (for now subscription only). Please don't mistaken Apple's radio playlists, for their curated bulls*** radio. You don't need Apple to gain access to those, you can easily find those around the net if you look hard enough (which are also legal by the way, and artists get credit for each IP address connected). Apple Music is still offering 3 months free (I think). Just in case, Apple Music is now available for Android.

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Unfortunately, Air Supply, like many other great bands from back in the day, fell in to the big hole of “forgotten greats.” The group “Air Supply” was huge in the 80’s; radio stations literally played their music at least 2 or 3 times in a two hour span at the peak of their career. Now, I doubt that any young person even knows who they were (unless they have family cultural enough to play their music). If I’m not mistaken, the band was formed in Australia in 1975/76, and became a huge success in America. Russell Hitchcock was (and still is) the signature voice of the band, and helped to produce some of their biggest love hits to date. In my opinion, probably their most biggest and memorable song is “All Out Of Love (1980),” and the second I’d say would probably be “The One That You Love (1981).”

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When Air Supply first started out, they got absolutely no attention outside of Australia. Their big American break, came when they opened for Rod Stewart in the late 70’s. Shortly after that, they landed a contract with Arista Records in 1980, and they’ve been rising to the top ever since. In later years, Air Supply has supported and performed with groups like Chicago and singer Boz Scaggs. In Australia, they were inducted in Australia’s Hall Of Fame in 2013. Air Supply’s hits are kind of scattered throughout many albums, but I think this particular album has the most hits (both American and Australian). Check them out on Napster.

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You know, Eddie Murphy has had such a huge acting career, with movies like “48 Hours (1982),” “Coming To America (1988),” and so many others, it’s hard for me to see him a singer. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think he is a bad singer, but he’s not a great singer either LOL. In my opinion his voice was/is average; but unfortunately his singing voice didn’t wow me enough to want to actually buy his records. If I can be honest for a moment, a lot of his musical recordings sounded like he produced them in a karaoke bar. I really hate that style of recording because it comes off cheap.

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Now, I don’t mean to offend Eddie Murphy fans (but I am actually a fan of Eddie’s work as well) however, the only song that I really liked from Eddie is a song off the “How Could It Be” album called “Party All The Time.” That was the ONLY song I really liked, and that was more probably because it was a catchy tune. Then there was a song called “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” which sounds ok but he sings the song like he’s a long lost Jackson that no one knew about LOL. It appeared that Eddie really tried hard to make it as a solo artist, but his music really didn’t light my fire. I did make time to listen to his later album called “So Happy (1989),” but I was turned off because it was obvious he bit really hard off of Prince. Listen to his “Party All The Time” classic from Napster.

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YouTubeRed

So, YouTube is offering a free 14 day trial of their new “YouTube Red.” I am not impressed. Not impressed at all! My readers know that I would NEVER tell a person not use or abandon a service; because if they like it, who am I to discourage right? Well, this is my first exception to the rule. Guys, I really don’t recommend purchasing the “YouTube Red” service. I’m going to sum it up in one sentence. “You’ll get more value from using Spotify’s free service!” I’m not kidding about this! It is exactly what I have expected. They are pushing to the public an unfinished product. I’ll be honest, my personal opinion, is that Google put this together as quickly as they could just to keep the music labels off their ass. The mobile app is not even intuitive. It took my so long to realize where my playlist were. I can assure you, if you’re a power user of any music app, I’ll doubt you’re going to like YouTube Red. And if you mostly use YouTube’s website, I really don’t see the point to pay $9.99 month to get the same thing with the exception of the removal of ads.

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Well at least I know that they have two modes, a video mode and a head phone mode. So you can listen to it without video. I couldn’t figure out how to create playlists from the mobile app. It looks like I had to like the videos I was listening to. So in other words, my likes became my all in one playlist. The only other good thing about the YouTube Red mobile app, is that you can control the storage capacity. However, from the looks of the storage settings, you’re downloading the entire video and not the audio only. This is a problem, as I’ve mentioned in a previous post that unless you have a really good bandwidth and or unlimited mobile 4G, this is an issue! My first impression of this app is that it was not well thought out, or designed for a power user, just like their website. I will not waste my time with YouTube Red. They’re offering way too little for what they’re charging. Users just don’t want unlimited music, we want features as well; and YouTube Red offers almost none. Therefore, use Free Spotify, or if you’re looking for real user power, come on over to Napster for the same $9.99 a month.

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I can’t believe I found this album, I totally forgot about them (I haven’t heard about these guys since the 90s). “C&C Music Factory,” also was known as “The 28th Street Crew,” was really hot back in the 90s. Their music wasn’t just dance music, they were also workout music. You could still rock this music in your ear in the gym, or while doing power walk exercises. This group confused me a lot, because before I knew what they looked like, for the longest time I thought rapper Freedom Williams voice was actually rapper/actor Ice T, who you may remember from the hit TV show “Law & Order.” 😀 Actually I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who thought that.

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I also thought the voice of Martha Wash was Scarlett Santana. I used to say to myself, “for a very skinny lady, she sure knows how to belt those notes!” Turns out it was Martha all along LOLOL. Not saying she can’t sing, but unless I’m wrong, I never saw Martha in any of there videos. I guess they couldn’t afford to pay extra LOLOL. The members of the group weren’t always the same, but Scarlett & Freedom where the ones I’ve always remembered. To my understanding they are still performing, although they haven’t had a big hit (that I’m aware of since the 90s. My favorites are “Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm,” “Gonna Make You Sweat,” “Here We Go Let’s Rock and Roll,” “Live Happy,” and finally, a song called “Untitled.” “Untitled” has a hot beat in my opinion; although this particular song has gay overtones, I’m not sure if any of the members where actually gay. But then again, “gay club music” was also hot in the 90s too. Today, Mr. Freedom is working to help the homeless. Which is almost unheard of with many of these celebrities. Check their album at on Napster.

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I could have sworn that I’ve written about this group before, but I guess I didn’t. Hmmm. Well, I think this group is one of many talented groups that were forgotten about. “Huey Lewis and The News” were also one of the very small number White groups that had both a soul and rock sound in the 80’s (at least that is my opinion). I say this because this was truly their style of music, it wasn’t like one or two songs on their album with the soul/rock style (that “hit” song), this was their sound! Huey truly knows how to take control of the mic. It’s a shame he hasn’t continued with the major success he had in the 80’s. But then again, the entire music culture has started to change shortly after the 80’s ended.

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This particular album has all the hits that I love. I could be wrong, but I think most people probably remember this group by there hit song “The Power Of Love (1986),” which was one of the major sound tracks to the movie “Back To The Future.” Other hits that I love are “If This Is It,” the remake of a song (originally done by J. J. Jackson (I believe)) “But It’s Alright,” “Stuck With You,” “Heart And Soul,” and finally a song called “I Want A New Drug.” I would have loved to see them live. Check the album out on Napster here.

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I’ve always liked Bobby Brown’s music believe it or not. But I felt that it would be more appropriate to write about him after I felt the shock of Whitney and Bobbi-Christina’s death died down. Why? I’ve heard way too many people blaming Bobby for Whitney’s addiction; rumors circulated for decades that Bobby got Whitney hooked. But, as we found out, Whitney had been hooked long before Bobby and Whitney met. Although it didn’t help that Bobby was on it too, but let’s be serious, when you have the kind of money Whitney had, do you think that just telling someone to quit drugs will stop them? We’ve seen this over and over with now deceased celebrities that had addictions.

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Some have even claimed that Bobby used Whitney’s fame to capitalize on his own career. I disagree with this, because if you don’t have talent, I don’t care who you know, you’re not going to have the long career that Bobby had if he didn’t have at least a little bit of talent. The rumors probably started just after he left “New Addition.” It was said that Bobby was such a “bad boy,” that the group really couldn’t handle him any longer, he always wanted to do things his way. Don’t quote me, I think that was one of the reasons Johnny Gill joined the group. Well, Bobby leaving the group really seemed to have paid off for his career. I really do believe he would have made it with or without Whitney.

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There were many chart topping hits that eventually became my very favorites. I think his first big hit was “My Prerogative.” Actually, if my memory serves, I think this was a song specifically written because of his relationship with Whitney back then. There’s also “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Roni,” and I ❤️ “Every Little Step.” All the beats are consistent, easy to dance to, and he knew how to carry a tune. I don’t know if he still sings as good as he used to, but his oldies are still goodies to me. Here is his greatest hits on Napster.

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I’m not going to tell you know lie, I used to think Al B. Sure was fine as hell back in the 80’s. He sort of reminded me a lot of Christopher Williams in a way (they do look alike). I’m going to take a wild guess and say that most people probably remember him for his hit song “Night And Day (188).” I used to LOVE that song, it had such a unique sound to it, I no other musician’s music that I can think of compared to it at the time. “Night And Day” was probably his biggest hit, judging by how much I remembered hearing it on the radio. However, he actually had a few more hits, which happens to be on this same album above. One of them was a song called “Off On Your Own.” Let me tell you, when I saw the video to this song, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a video where the girls in it had skirts so high and tight, if they farted they’d be in trouble. LOLOL. The next song from this album I really liked was called “Rescue Me.” I really liked this song, the lyrics were fun and the beat was danceable (although the beat is reminiscent of “Off On Your Own” with different vocals LOLOL). I do like how he redid “Killing Me Softly.” Unfortunately, this was the first and only album from him I liked.

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Hi guys. Today I decided to watch “Night Of The Living Dead (1968)” again. It’s funny, it seems that every time I re-watch this cult classic, I almost always walk away with a different perspective. Now, I won’t say that I’m a serious horror buff (on a scale of 1 to 10, I’m probably about a 7); but I will say that I am quite picky when it comes to horror movies; they must have good story lines; and I don’t like it when they’re too gory. Having said that, I probably haven’t seen as much horror movies as most horror fans may have. However, I think I’ve seen enough to say that this particular movie, of all classic horror movies gets me the most. The writers and producers were way ahead of their time. I think this is the only horror/zombie movie, where I’ve actually sat down and analyzed the most for some reason. 😀

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First off, I don’t recall any major cult zombie classic (other than “Night Of The Living Dead), where there exist a strong male Black lead (in this time frame). There were an incredible amount of zombie horror movies where Black men 90% of the time were portrayed as “scardey cats,” and the “White Men Of Hollywood” would be the ones to save the day. I must say that Duane Jones really done a fine job in this movie. Come to think about it, not only was his acting superb, but it almost seemed like he’s done the bulk of the work in this movie too. Duane’s character reacted to the zombies in this movie, exactly how I feel my people would react if zombies were really real! So much so that I wonder if Duane had a huge say in his character’s script. I don’t know if my readers realize, this movie is extremely emotionally and psychologically charged. Just in case you’re one of the few people on this planet that hasn’t seen this movie, I’ll try not to give away too many spoilers (it will be kind of hard though).

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Long story short, the movie starts off with actress Judith O’Dea and her brother driving to visit someone’s grave. They both get out the car, walk to the site and place the reef on the grave. The next thing you know, a zombie comes out and attacks the brother and kills him. Judith is scared out of her wits, and manages to get back in the car and drive off. However, she crashes in to a tree 😀 (crashing in trees, and running through the woods then falling seems to never get old with these horror movies). She finds a house to hide in, and that’s when she meets Duane. I wasn’t quite sure what was the chemistry between them (still not sure to be honest). I say this because she barely spoke in the movie (without close interaction with Duane, so I wasn’t sure if she didn’t like Black people or not; maybe it was because the writers wanted to show the emotion of a White woman for the first time interacting with a Black man that has taken full charge? (please keep my prior statement in the context of the movie/time frame and no where else please)).

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Soon, Duane and Judith discovered that other survivors, such as Karl Hardman, that were hiding down stars in the basement with a sick child (who unfortunately changing in to a zombie (unbeknown to them). Karl was a real pain in the butt, almost to the point you wanna hate his character. He was sooooo irrational, and made no kind of sense. He was also a bit of a coward too, cause there was a scene were Duane almost got killed because of him. But then I had to realize, if I knew the area was surrounded with thousands of zombies just waiting to eat me alive, I’d act the same way he did. He was scared out of his wits! I gain, It was almost comical that Duane was the level headed Black guy in this zombie movie, cause you just didn’t see it even in this era.

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Everyone found a TV that worked, and saw one the news that the zombies was pretty much created by radiation that came from out of space. I thought it was kind of funny, because you heard the law officials say, ” just shoot the zombies and then burn them,” as if to say this happens all the time! LOLOLOL! I’m not going to lie, you’re not going to like the ending. However, I think it’s interesting to watch both for nostalgic reasons, and because  there aren’t that many zombie/horror movies that dive in to the emotional, psychological, and straight up fright in a closed environment. What if it were you? I would say the final huge difference between this movie and the zombie movies of today, a lot of zombie movies seem to be outdoors now; where as “Night Of The Living Dead” actors are locked and enclosed, which makes you think. You can watch this Public Domain movie for free on YouTube here. I don’t recommend that you purchase it from anywhere (even on On-Line streaming). Because first, it’s Public Domain and it’s free; and two because you’re not going to get HD quality.

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Hi guys, I would like to share with you something I just discovered today. I am using VLC version 2.2.1. VLC is open source, and has been around for a while; it can literally play almost every file format you can think of.  I normally only use VLC for watching videos. However, today I took the time to skim through some new features, and realized that VLC now has audio streaming. This should give you an idea of just how huge free radio is. Again, I’m not trying to tell you how to listen to your music; however, there is so much your missing by only sticking to one thing. There is so much culture and diversity out here on the internet; and most importantly, the kind of oldies you just don’t hear on regular local stations anymore.

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Free radio is here, there is no need to use torrents anymore; and although I still have some concerns about YouTube, even YouTube is slowly but surely working on new licensing and royalty deals as I’m writing this post. I really love the new business model, music is truly indeed becoming almost free (with ads) (be it live or playlist generated stations). Like television, ads will now pay for the music, NOT the fans! Paid options such as Rhapsody, Spotify, iTunes, etc, will still be available for power users. It is unfortunate that physical memorabilia isn’t as popular anymore; but at least you don’t have to spend your entire income trying to purchase CDs of artists you love anymore. Now, I have noticed that only Jamendo & IceCast radio directory works. Not sure if the connection to those feeds are down, or there is a bug. I’ll figure it out later. But let me tell you this, the sound is good and the selections are tremendous.

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I am happy to announce that Ip Man 3 (2015) is streaming on Netflix with English audio! This must be exclusive to Netflix, because as far as I know, the Blu-Ray doesn’t have it (only English subs). As I’ve said before, I love All the Ip Man(s) in the Ip Man trilogies.  This latest Ip Man played by yet again, the talented Donnie Yen, was no exception. There were about 3 story lines in this movie that were kind of hard to keep up. Lots and lots of action and special effects as always. The only thing is, I don’t know how much of this was the real Ip Man, and how much of it was non-fiction. There are so many different writings and opinions, I just don’t know.

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Kwok-Kwan Chan, plays Bruce Lee in the movie. Unfortunately, he had an extremely small role in the movie, which makes me think there’s a possibility of an Ip Man 4. I was taken back on not just how much he looks like him, but how much he got Bruce Lee’s mannerisms to a tee! If I didn’t know any body, I would have said this must be his young son. He gave us a little taste of what he can do with his martial arts, and it looks really good. I really do hope that my assumptions are true, that there will be an Ip Man 4; because in the movie, Donnie does state that he wants to teach him Kwok eventually. If that’s the case, it could be a “Ip Man 4 and Bruce Lee” movie. I know Kwok will tear up some a**.

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Now, regardless whether Tyson was playing in this movie or not, I was going to see it anyway. But I gotta tell you, he did much better than I expected, yet at the same time, it was extremely weird to watch them fight. It was like a showdown between boxing vs. Karate. Despite the weirdness of it all, it was quite interesting. It looks realistic looking. Usually in most martial arts movies, it’s  usually the American style fighter that gets their ass beat, but Tyson held his own. Tyson plays a big mafia boss, that’s trying to take over the city, bullying people to sell off their business, and the police is powerless to stop it. It’s up to Donne to make the town safe again.

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While Donnie is trying to fight for law and order, you have another guy, Jin Zhang, who plays both sides of bad and good (for the purpose of trying to gain some kind of recognition). He tries to get in to Donnie’s  head to learn his weaknesses, ultimately so he can prove to be the true master fighter. His goal is to eventually build his own martial arts school, offering skills that is supposed to be superior to Donnie (Ip Man). When Tyson sends a bunch of thugs to kidnap both Ip Man and Jin’s son’s his attitude changes and fights on Ip Man’s side. But unfortunately, it didn’t get rid of the need for Jin to prove that he was the greatest fighter over Donnie, including publicly challenge him to a fight.

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Through all of crap Ip Man is going through, he also had to deal with finding out his wife is dying of cancer. How the hell Ip Man will get through all of this? Ip Man gave up so much to help others, but there was no one to really help him. Will Ip Man be able to safe the day? Will Ip Man wind up killing Jin because of his unquenchable thirst to prove he is the best? I highly recommend that you check this movie out. And by the way, the English translation is pretty darn good. Watch it on Netflix.

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Hi guys, I need to vent for a quick minute. 🙁 First, let me start off by saying, unfortunately I have never really been a Adam Sandler fan. Sorry to say. If I had a choice between Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey, I’d take Jim in a hot minute. But anyway……… Having said that, the one movie that I found that I actually liked in Sandler’s entire movie career is “Pixels (2015)” in 3D. Now to be honest, the only reason why I’ve gravitated toward this movie, is because of the movie’s vintage game theme. The special effects were really AWESOME! Everything almost looked like glowing Legos! In fact, it was sooo awesome, that his acting was actually tolerable.

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What burned me up enough to want to b**c about this movie, is all the crap surrounding the 3D version of the movie. Unfortunately, Netflix doesn’t have it on 3D; VUDU has it, but they’re charging $33 to own with no option to rent. What? Grrrrrr!! I logged in to my Amazon account, and saw a 3D Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital bundle for only $18! WTF? I gave VUDU such an ear full, but in reality, it’s not VUDU’s fault. $33 is the license charge that the movie studio has set, if fans want to see this movie. This makes absolutely no sense that you get a cheaper deal by purchasing the physical disc than the stream? But $33? I’m thinking to myself, there has got to be another reason I’m not seeing for this outrageous price! Either this is a massive error, or I’m thinking this price is set for fans out side the U.S.A. In reality we’re still getting a good deal, but this proves the importance of taking your time and look before you buy. Geeezzzzzzz

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Sort of by accident, I found this wonderful documentary called “Downloaded (2013).” This film is almost two hours long. I’d never thought I would sit through a documentary like this; but like I said, it is extremely interesting and educational for me as far as hearing intimate feed back from RIAA and record labels. In essence, it is a very interesting look at the history of Napster, and how it changed the music industry forever. First, I’d like to say very quickly upfront, the film is not a “how to,” nor is this entire film about labeling all file sharers evil. I wanted to share this not because I want to sway people to think a certain way, but to help both music and film lovers be aware of the effects of file sharing, and how it really could have destroyed the industry.

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Shawn Fanning was one of the original co-founders of Napster (long before Rhapsody took over). He quit school to pursue his dream of building a company with a fan based application, that would allow other fans to share files and communicate with other fans of the same artists or movie. Back then, because it has never been done before, it wasn’t officially illegal yet, in terms of sharing files. The music industry was slow to understanding the scope as to how many people were actually downloading, exactly how much was downloaded, as well as the ease of downloading with Napster. However, Fanning very much wanted to work a relationship with the music labels in order to get artists paid, this was his intent all along. However, the music industry still had problems with Fanning’s vision, because the music industry as a whole wanted to stick with their old ways and old formulas.

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Many artists were divided on this issue. Some artists felt that Napster was doing a good thing; because statistics has shown that a significant amount of people that used Napster, actually purchased the music later on. Some artist saw it as stealing. But again, it boils down to something that was new, and the people that theoretically stand to lose money (in their eyes) was the ones that were most against it. However, the courts understand that you can’t stop technology, in addition to the fact that the music labels gave no room for fair use instances. Many fans saw Napster as no different than borrowing their friend’s record, then taping it on cassette and giving it back to them (which was legal for personal use).  However, the sheer massiveness of the Internet changed the game as far as how fans get their entertainment.

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I understand both sides. As I’ve said before, there are those who vow never to buy one piece of music ever again; as a form of rebellion against the greed of the music industry. It is interesting that throughout the legal battles, the music industry NEVER discussed the fact that the reason why many download so much, is because they couldn’t afford it. Once technology moved to CD, those prices went off the chain! However, through the years of long legal battles Napster had with the record labels and the RIAA, it’s helped shape the new business model we have today. Because the music labels felt that if they get rid of the “threat,” and the treat meaning Napster, everyone would stop downloading for free. This never happened; in fact, literally thousands of other file sharing software was developed using the same type of Napster infrastructure. But through the aftermath of all that mess, they have found away for fans to listen to music for free, and the labels can still get paid through an ad supported services. But I think the old peer to peer mindset still exist, and I think it will still take a while longer for old habits to break. JMHO.

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After watching this documentary, I realized this might be one of the many reasons why the music labels haven’t attacked YouTube as harshly as they did Napster. They are literally scared of having an even worse repeat performance of piracy, and that people could theoretically stop using legal services like Rhapsody, etc, altogether; and really end the music industry as we know it for good. Even though the music industry would never admit it, the fans won; and the days of milking fans dry was over; and that was the bottom line. It was because of Napster, that music (and film) has now become more affordable/accessible to those who support their artists/actors. There are many companies such as Spotify who have a vision of making music free by using an ad based system. So far, despite the apposing view from companies like Apple, this formula does seem to work (they’re not making loads of money, but they work). But you know what? It is my view that it really doesn’t matter, because no matter what any music streaming service does, at a standard price point of 9.99 a month, the music labels are going to take 80% of the revenue anyway. Music streaming is a very hard business to get into. Which is why business like Live365 has folded. This is largely because labels want more and more money; labels just have a hard time understanding that our economy has changed. Especially when it comes to music, music is a part of our culture, fans have a right to afford their favorite music. Watch it on Netflix Downloaded (2013).

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So, scrapped up enough money to see X-Men APOCALYPSE (2016) in 3D. As always, as a huge fan of X-Men, I think this 2 and a half hour movie was AWESOME!! However, this time, the 3 dimensional effects wasn’t as strong as I expected. Don’t get me wrong, the special effects were fantastic! But as much as I love X-Men, I recommend that fans just see the 2D version, you’ll save some money, and enjoy it just as much. I should warn you that if you haven’t seen the movie yet, and you’re a die-hard comic book fan as well, a LOT of things you’ll see will annoy you. Nothing will make sense to you, if you’re expecting the story line to follow the comic books. You’ll have to watch the movie with a very open mind, it’s the only way you’ll really enjoy it without being annoyed.

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You know, one of the many things that make me a fan of X-Men, are the global characters. It would have been nice to have a little more Latino representation in the movie (I’m not one to get on the “race” bandwagon when it comes to movies, I’m just saying). Speaking of which, for those of us that have seen the movie, have you noticed how much Latina Olivia Munn (who plays Psylocke) looks? She’s gorgeous in the movie though. Unfortunately, she did not have a big part in the movie; but the little she did, was a powerful performance.

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So, in essence Apocalypse is another very powerful mutant, who sees himself as a god. Apocalypse has been re-awakened and is on a mission to cleanse the world by destroying everything in it.  Any mutant left alive will help rebuild earth. Although the movie had loads of action, this movie also focused a lot on the psyche of each character; their fears of knowing that the world will end not knowing exactly how to stop it, or if they will even be successful doing it. Apocalypse was a special kind of mutant that no other mutant in the movie’s time frame has ever encountered. Xavier’s kids were still students; but once they realized that Apocalypse has the ability to steal a mutant’s powers; at that moment they became the X-Men. You see, the one thing that would technically put Apocalypse in “god” status, is to steal Xavier’s powers of mind control.

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What made it even worse, we all know how powerful of a mutant Magneto is. After Magneto’s wife and daughter was murdered at the same time in front of him, Apocalypse used this and the fact that his parent’s were also taken away as a child; to get him to join him in the pursuit of destroying the world. That’s a lot of rage Magneto will unleash. It’s hard to defeat Magneto as it is, how the hell our heroes can fight both the master of magnetism and a thousand+ year old mutant?

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I don’t want to say too much more, but I will say that there was a surprise appearance of a mutant that helped rescue a couple of our heroes (indirectly). I had the impression that this was the last installment; but after watching it, it is very obvious their going to at least branch off in to different segments for each hero. I’m likely to believe that the rumors of Storm, Angel, and Cyclopes getting their own movies, just may be true. Let me also just say, something happens with Jean that will BLOW YOUR MIND! Awesome special effects! Please don’t see the bootleg, spend the extra money to see it in a theater, it’s the only way to get the full effect. Or wait for it on Netflix. Again, it’s not exact to the comic books, but watching it happen was freak’n’ awesome! JMHO.

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“The State Of The Entertainment Industry Today,” kind of sound like a magazine title doesn’t it? I wanted to write a little bit on this topic, because it seems that the more I try to research this very topic, the more I’m sort of confused. The reason being, the opinions are so diverse that it becomes really difficult to discern what is fact and what’s fiction. Some of the opinions are bias, some uninformed, and some writers thoughts are just all over the place. I think part of the problem is, since the age of streaming, both music labels and streaming services are very secretive in terms of their numbers. This is understandably so, since it is both considered intellectual property and a “secret recipe” of sorts. But this makes it really hard to determine how well the music industry is really doing, all we can all do is speculate and have opinions with the information the labels allow us to have.

However, right now, I really think that the question we should be asking is, how does YouTube factor in on the success of the music industry? Those who may not fully understand digital technology as it pertains to the music and film industry, may not realize that in reality YouTube is just another piracy site just like Pirate Bay in a different form (but multiple times its size). What has changed in the music industry in particular, that has made YouTube the exception to the rule?

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I think what’s changed is YouTube new “Music Key” service, or now called “YouTube Red.” For the same basic price of $9.99, they are offering commercial/ad-free content, and the ability to download for off-line use. They also have original video content, but the samples I saw sucked (maybe they are still experimenting with the service). I’m really interested as to how this would work out in the future. While the service doesn’t answer my question about the ad-free user uploads, and the illegal monetizing of user uploads, it does show that YouTube is doing all it can to use it’s popularity to do the right thing. However, if I didn’t have Rhapsody, would I actually pay to use YouTube service? No. I would pay for Spotify before I would ever use YouTube as a main music source. Why? For two VERY important reasons. Number one, as I’ve said in previous articles, YouTube is not designed as a traditional streaming service; in fact, creating and saving videos to playlists is not as easy as it should be (it’s almost primitive). It is not designed for the daily music lover in mind. I guess for someone who just wants to listen to music while on the job, or doing a quick travel from A to B, then I guess it’s fine for those kinds of listeners. However, for a power user such as myself, the YouTube service isn’t attractive to people like us.

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The second most important reason I would never pay to use YouTube service (especially on my phone), is because the amount of battery power it pulls to stream each video. I can’t believe I haven’t read any blogger talk about this. Using YouTube to stream your music, the way you use regular music, is like trying to use your GPS on your phone all day. It pulls a lot of power! Not to mention the fact that depending on how good your WiFi/4G connection is, can take a while to download multiple videos. I don’t remember if they offer an option to just download the sound only or not; but if they do, that means there is additional conversion time. If I can quickly add a third, its setup doesn’t allow for robust music discovery. I could discover better music by using Shazam’s music selections; hell, even Pandora does a better job of suggesting good music. Again, I don’t want my prior statement to be interpreted as a discouragement, just something to think about. The nice thing is though, YouTube will still have their free service available. Now, If the reports are true, that streaming sales have finally exceeded CD sales; then YouTube’s new “Red” service could put the music industry back on the map. In terms of film, it’s a different animal, however, the film industry recognizes that the public wants more on-demand videos, and we’ll start to see more free services like Crackle with paid commercials.

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How many of you knew Sylvester Stallone had a brother? How many of you knew that his brother Frank Stallone could sing? Frank has sang quite a few songs that became hit soundtracks for a lot of movies. One of my favorites is a song called “Far From Over (1983),” it’s from the “Staying Alive” soundtrack. You may remember two songs “Take You Back,” and “Pushin'” which was on the “Rocky III (1982)” soundtrack. Honestly, “Far From Over,” was his best hit in my opinion. It’s a shame because he had such a great voice. Now it looks like he’s turned to country music; although I do like country music, I just wasn’t drawn to his music after that. Check him out on Rhapsody.

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George and Jim are strong candidates for look-a-likes. I couldn’t find better pictures to best show their similarities. I think you’ll see the similarities better, once you watch Jim on camera. They could be brothers. They’re both incredibly handsome.

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Bill Withers

Hey guys, I was sifting through my Roku box and discovered that the channel “Docurama” has Bill Withers’s documentary available for FREE (with commercials of course). It is also available on your Samsung SmartTV. If you love Bill Withers’s music, I think you’ll love this documentary. Lots of things I didn’t know about him and his life, including his struggles with stuttering. Hope you enjoy it.

-VintageNewscast.com

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Hi guys, today I watched a free premiere episode of “Preacher” produced by AMC. At first, it seemed like it would be a typical boring horror comedy, you know, equivalent to something like one of those Sy-Fy original movies. Yet, the comedy was very subtle, you kind of don’t know certain things were supposed to be jokes, until you think about it way after it happened… LOL However, I did give it a chance, since the trailers I’ve seen looked so good. I’m glad I did, because the ending of this episode was shocking as shit! My Jaw dropped, but of course, I’m not going to spoil it for you guys, so I’m not going to say anything about it. 😀

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The TV show stars handsome, Dominic Cooper, who plays the preacher. From the trailers that I’ve seen, I had the assumption that this TV show was about the supernatural. However, I realize that it looks like it could actually be a Sci-Fi alien thriller. It’s too early to tell, but that was my perception. The movie starts off with some kind of unidentified object crashing down to earth. Some kind of energy was released after the object crashed, found it’s way to a preacher in Africa, while preaching to his congregation. The force of the energy was so strong it momentarily killed him, he then came back alive. Everyone in the church thought it was a miracle! But then seconds after praising a miracle, the energy inside the preacher caused his body to explode. Everyone ran out of the church scared and screaming. After many years later Dominic takes over a church (that looks eerily similar to the first church where the first preacher was killed), and tries to continue to keep the towns faith.

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He helps everyone with pretty severe situations. He helps people like Ian Colletti, who I’m not sure if he suffers from a severe birth defect, or if this was an accident. It’s funny, when I first saw him, I immediately said to myself, “hey, he could be Conan O’Brian’s Son!” LOL. Not only is Ian dealing with a serious facial defect, he is also dealing with built up guilt for things he’s done in the past, and needs the preacher to help him deal.

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Of course there are kick ass rebels on the show like Ruth Negga. She is no joke, I get the impression she is some kind of bounty hunter. There is some kind of relationship between her and the preacher, but I”m not sure what it is yet exactly. The story line alluded to the fact that they had a past business relationship, and she’s desperately trying to convince him to go back to what they were doing. However, because preacher has made a promise not to go back to being violent, he consistently declines her offer. Much of this has to do with the murder of his father. However, that all changed when that same energy that killed the first preacher, entered Dominic. Not only has he changed from being the nice preacher, he also now has the ability to control peoples minds (literally). So, the show took a little bit to pick-up the pace, but I think this will be a show worth watching. Keep in mind that this show has many story lines, so you’ll really have to sit and watch it. The show shows you strange things happening all over the world, you won’t understand what’s going on, if you’re not stuck to the TV unfortunately. I’m not sure how all of these different stories relate to each other yet. If you want to watch a free episode, just create a free VUDU account here. Free version is in Standard Definition, but it has surround sound.

-VintageNewscast.com

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Not sure if anyone remembers this group from back in the day. They were called Klymaxx. I have to be honest, I never did like a lot of there music. However, there was one song that as far as I’m concerned, was their biggest song throughout their career. It’s called “I Miss You (1984). The original album was released in 1984, however, Wiki has it as 1985 and I’m not sure why? The only thing I can think of is that the song was re-released on a separate bonus album? Also,  “Meeting In The Ladies Room” is cool also, but, that’s about it for that album. They’ve been performing off and on for a little over 20+ years collectively.  Listen to “I Miss You” on Rhapsody.

-VintageNewscast.com

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I have another look-a-like for you guys. The young Tony Danza, from “Who’s The Boss (1984-1992),” and Fred Gwynne who everybody knows as Herman Munster from “The Munsters (1964–1966).” Boy, you know your old, when you can remember these guys as vivid as I do. Or maybe it’s just good memory.  😀

-VintageNewscast.com

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You know, we know about Blacks being sold in to slavery, but we never actually see the actual business of slavery. Because it wasn’t really talked about much, as a child I always assumed that slaves were sold via direct hand exchange of money. In other words, I’ve always envisioned boats coming to land with a bunch of slaves, and potential slave masters all patiently waiting to see which slaves they’d like to buy, as if our ancestors were produce. Each slave valued differently based on the slave’s physical strength, and perceived health. It never occurred to me as a child that there were actually physical business, buildings that stood, like Price, Birch & Co., one of many actual dealers in slaves trade/Black human trafficking.

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Now, the reason why I decided to write about this, is because this reminded me of the movie “12 Years As A Slave (2013),” starring the very handsome Chiwetel Ejiofor. The movie tells the story about Solomon, who was kidnapped in to slavery. In real life, Solomon kept journals of his experience. He had written that a man named “Burch,” stole him; but actually, it was a man named  “James H. Birch,” who happened to part own this slave trade building pictured above. Lately, there are a lot more Black films being made about slavery, I know that many are hard to watch, but it’s important to watch at least one as a family, so that we as a people can appreciate where we came. These movies are important, because they remind us the need to respect each other. Do you now see why photography is so important?

-VintageNewscast.com

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A beer manufacturer named Corona kept running this commercial all day today; and the tune they used got stuck in my head. It’s a very catchy tune called “Take It Easy (1968),” by Hopeton Lewis, originally released under Merritone records. Recently, this album was  digitally re-released last year. You know, the song does seem perfect for that commercial, see for your self here.  Unfortunately, I didn’t find a whole lot written about him. But I do know he was born in Kingston, Jamaica; he had many hits during the 60’s; and started out as a background vocalist. There are two other songs I liked from this album, they’re called “Rock Steady,” and “Cool Collie.” Very smooth beat and easy to dance to. If you’re a fan of Ska and Rock Steady music, you’ll like most of the songs on this album. Check it out on Rhapsody.

-VintageNewscast.com

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You know, for action filled Sci-Fi movies like this, I usually wait for the 3D version. However, there doesn’t appear to be any (be it streaming or disc), and I’m not sure why? This is a huge franchise so I don’t think it’s an issue of funds. I’m wondering it could be they’re looking in to how they would package the various “collector blu-rays” for the various types of movie fans. Well, regardless if you’re a 3D fan, or 2D, or the fan that wants all of the behind the scenes blu-ray, or the fan that wants some kind of memorabilia with that blu-ray, I knew that it would be a long time I would see that disc (just because of the sheer fandom of it all). Never the less, I thoroughly enjoyed Star Wars, and paid a lot less on streaming, for what they would have charged for a physical disc. Special effects was out of this world (pardon the pun), and the sound effects were also amazing. I was very please that (with the exception of a few) almost all the original actors came back to do this movie.

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John Boyega had a huge role in this movie, a long side phenomenal actors such as Harrison Ford. Well the story goes, John was one of the very many that were captured as children and trained to be a killer. However, he still had some heart left in him. When a friend was literally killed in front of his eyes while in battle, he brakes down and decides he does not want to be a storm trooper any longer, and starts thinking of a plan to escape Darth Vader’s successor, played by Adam Driver. He helps a prisoner escape, who happens to also be a pilot, together the managed to get away.

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Another phenomenal lead actor is Daisy Ridley, who really kicks ass in this movie. Although I loved the movie, I haven’t followed the franchise the way real fans have, so there were a lot of things that confused me to be honest. There were certain questions that came of for me after the fact. Like, why do they say “may the force be with you?” When it’s quite obvious to me that the “force is already in them.”  Is the force inherited through a genetic bloodline? Or is it given to those who take some kind of oath of the Jedi? I’ll guess I’ll have to talk to a diehard fan to find these questions out. However, as someone who didn’t follow every trilogy, I did enjoy the movie very much. You would not be so confused that you can’t get the jest of it.

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Fast forward, Harrison Ford, Chewbacca, Daisy Ridley, and John Boyega all get together to stop Adam Driver from blowing up Harrison’s ship and crew (as well as other planets) using a very dangerous weapon. Lots and lots of action and special effects. I don’t think any Star Wars fan would be too disappointed. Again, everyone did wonderful job, even the robot had a comedic personality that worked very well in the movie. Well, I think I’ve given enough info, anymore I’d be giving spoilers. The movie is available in all major movie streaming services. Again, just want to remind you to not purchase from Youtube/Google yet, because as far as I know, they still don’t offer DD5.1 minimum. So, get it from Amazon, Vudu, or just rent the video from Netflix, it will be available starting tomorrow I think (just know that there may be a long wait for it).

-VintageNewscast.com

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Moon

Everything in life repeats itself eventually, especially when it comes to art that is inspired by other art. The interesting thing is, regardless of the era, both were considered hot and risque at the time. I could not find the name of the pinup girl on the left. However, the right is our beloved Donna Summer.

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Trade

Amazon is giving a 1 month free trial of video prime, so I figured why not? Before I continue with my review, I want to start off by saying, don’t bother with the student package. As much as I LOVE amazon, I was pissed with what they were offering. Yet I do understand that a lot of it was not in their control. Let me explain, the offer is 6 months free trail, and half off the yearly subscription price for verified students. I was approved, however, in the email confirmation, it said that I can’t watch any movies during the 6 month trial period! What??? I immediately realized that this had to do with copyright and licensing. As I’ve said before, to license music and movies is expensive; but even more expensive for movies. So I understand why Amazon did it, but they didn’t inform the customer before we sign up. The other thing was, I didn’t know that Prime also included digital books. However, digital books was also omitted from the 6 month trail. Say what?? Books is the first thing that a student is going to need? So at the end of the day, the only benefit you’re getting is the shipping. So, I got the regular movie Prime package instead (8.99 a month with one month free, includes SD through Ultra).

Bosch

I’ve read such good reviews about a series called Bosh (2015-2016) 😍. The character Bosch is played by Titus Welliver, and is based on a novel. But unfortunately, this is an Amazon original, and is not available on Netflix or anywhere else. I had no other choice but to get Amazon’s Prime. Let me say that Amazon’s stream quality is mind blowing! I hate to say it, but it is actually much better than my beloved Netflix. However, understand that Amazon is an exponentially bigger online retail business, so they have the power to command better licensing agreements than Netflix. Unfortunately Netflix has to charge more for Ultra streaming.  The sound is amazing! I just melted when I heard Titus’s voice. What I really love about having these streaming accounts, is that when I get tired of HULU movies, I can temporarily suspend my HULU account for a couple of months and use Amazon, and vise versa. Amazon doesn’t have a suspend feature, but I verified with them that you can cancel and sign up again as many times as you want without penalty. That was a REALLY nice thing to hear; because these services are a lot like cable, in that,  when you first get cable, you try to watch as many movies you want, then the hype wears down. The only difference is, you usually have to upgrade to pay more money to get curtain channels, whereas streaming, you can just move services around and pay the same price. That is a resounding HUGE plus over cable! [Please note: if you cancel from Netflix more than a year, you could loose your playlists]

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There only small minor things I did find annoying. The first is Amazon’s interface. The interface for my Roku is a lot better than the interface for my SmartTV. Unfortunately, we have no control over that, it’s all up to Amazon to update it. The SmartTV app isn’t well organized, and the navigation/back button tends to put you back all the way to the beginning. To be honest, my opinion is, if you have a SmartTV, it is better to just search movies  through your online account. Roku Application is easier and more intuitive; navigation is also on point. The last annoying thing is, it doesn’t seem like I can easily identify the last episode I’ve watched. I had to go online and check before watching (Amazon please update that!). Hope my review helps.

-VintageNewscast.com

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Elvis

😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 Look what the late Elvis Presley is driving? doesn’t his car have a striking resemblance to the 70’s cartoon car “Speed Buggy?” Unless you’re a TV buff, not too many of my readers are probably old enough to remember this cartoon. It was quite entertaining to me as a kid. It was almost a damn near rip off of Scooby-Doo.

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