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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.

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 :-*

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!

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).

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

I normally don’t like “B” movies, unless it is Blaxploitation. However, this shit here? Despite the 4.8 IMDB rating, I found this movie to be fucking hilarious! Just the title of the movie alone, got me laughing about 5 minutes. I immediately knew that I needed to search for it, and watch it as soon as I could. Oh, my goodness. Granted, you have to be a certain kind of person to be able to watch this movie, but If you like “B” movie horror, I am pretty confident you’ll like this one. I haven’t laughed at a good low budget movie in a long time. Look, the reality is, very few directors can take a low budget movie, poor actors, and create a masterpiece (and that still holds true today).

The thought of zombie animals coming back to life? I’ve never seen a movie like this before. What the hell a zombie animal look like, how do they act? To be honest, I first thought about the zombeavers feeding on other animals, since traditionally the once human now zombies feed on humans still alive. The thought of something like that dying and coming-back alive, without some sort of magic, or a witch being involved was so foreign to me.

This is the typical movie, where college kids go to some family’s members house (who happens to be on vacation of sort) to eventually have sex, then all hell breaks loose.What I also liked about this movie, was that the director/writer throw in one additional huge bomb. In addition to having to fight these dead  beaver zombie creatures; there are 3 boys, and 3 girls who are all friends and currently dating each other. One of the girls cheated with with another guy in that group. Out of heat of anger, both her female friend, and the cheater’s boyfriend all found out at the same time. How their struggle to survive these killer beaver zombies, knowing that two people out of the six cheated. Like any other zombie, their bites are infectious, and slowly their friends are starting to turn in to beaver zombies.

Please remember that this is a modern “B” movie, the acting here was awful, but it is the kind of awful that is funny tolerable, and the beavers (you can see they’re obviously puppets with quite a few of the scenes) are hilarious. Although the pool scene got a little serious (I will not share spoiler), I still don’t know whether the movie is a comedy or not, it appears to swing in either direction. Will the students be able to get out alive? Get if from Netflix here.

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Yuk!! I don’t care how good looking a guy was, if he wore plaid, it would be a no go! LOLOLOL!!! I’m not sure why, but I absolutely hated plaid when I was young. It was just something about it that I hated. I wasn’t sure if it was the actual design, the colors, or the way the colors sit on the material. It didn’t matter if it was a shirt or a pant, I hated it if it was plaid. Now, the only exception was if he had on a Zoot Suit. Although it was rare that we saw plaid Zoot Suits (thank goodness), they seemed to be the exception to the rule.

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Ok guys! We have to take a moment to reflect on another forgotten group, The Delfonics. The Delfonics was a Philadelphian group, and had tons of hits spanning 1965 to about 1979. The group originally started with Randy Cain, William and Wilbert Hart, and Ritchie Daniels. Randy left the group and was replaced with Major Harris (Love Won’t Let Me Wait). In the early 70s Cain had a hand in putting together the Blue Magic.  Today, to my understanding what’s left of the group is still performing on special occasions from time to time. Their last recording was sometime in 1990, and at that time, music has changed so much, it did not do well as their earlier albums.

Not too long ago, a badass song came on the radio. Wouldn’t you know it, it was from The Delfonics, and it was called “Ready Or Not, Here I Come (Can’t Hide From Love).” I absolutely LOVE this song, it truly is badass, from the lyrics down to the musical composition. This particular song is a huge change from the typical “I’m begging you please, baby, baby” songs that plagued the radio in the 60s/70s. This song said, I’m not begging no one, I’m coming to get you, and you’ll be mine! This song was with purpose, instead of whining and hoping to get the girl. I almost forgot to mention that I liked how Lauren Hill added the bridge medley to one of the songs to the Fugees first album (I believe). Some of my other great favorites from this group are, “I’m Sorry,” “La La Means I Love You,” “Didn’t (I Blow Your Mind This Time),” and “Hey Love.” Listen to The Delfonics on Napster.

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Since (technically), this is my personal blog, I felt that it would be very appropriate to share this piece of myself. Unfortunately, when it comes to weight, I’ve never been the type of person to share a bunch of “before and after photos.” Not that I was embarrassed or anything, it’s just that sometimes that can get so obsessive it can distract you, or even worse, obsess over how little I’ve lost, or how much I’ve gained. Anybody who has ever tried to lose weight knows that that will literally drive you nuts.

So, I needed to renew my passport and I needed to get new photos. I didn’t realize it until I compared my old passport with my new photos how much weight I lost. My jaw dropped. It was a great feeling though, because I never obsessed in the mirror over my weight, it became a big surprised when I saw it in a photo. It has taken me a loooooooooooooong time. But the important thing is I did it MY WAY. I didn’t need surgery. And you know something else? I eat bread! LOLOLOL. Sometimes it is necessary to tell people to mind their F** business so that you can clearly think for yourself. Literally thousands of people will descend upon you (unasked) to give you nine billion personal advice to things they don’t know anything about, or have first hand experience. Sometimes that includes “professionals who are not abreast with new findings/understandings of various conditions, and or health. Other peoples beliefs and assumptions will kill you.

I lost a total of 50+ pounds. My highest was 276, and I’ve reduced myself to 220 ponds. But when I was temporarily unemployed, I gained back 8 🙁 😡 America is so oblivious to stress that we almost never equate that with our health, unless a doctor mentions it. Let’s not forget the stress that other people causes, especially when they don’t mind their own business! It is so important that you invest in medical magazines, and frequent credible medical websites such as MAYO clinic. Continue to research, on top of your research, don’t just accept the first thing that someone tells you, because health is not a game. Because when your laying in the hospital because a huge complication as a result of what someone told you, the only thing he or she can say is, “but I thought?!?!?” People can see with their own two eyeballs over and over and still don’t get it.

I was going to do this photo in sepia, but I changed my mind. See the RAW Me. So I’m sharing this so that people who are trying don’t give up! Continue learning, and continue QUESTIONING YOUR OWN DOCTOR, not your cousin Bruno who lives up the street. Find YOUR OWN TRUTH. Peace….

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Don’t Breathe (2016), IMDB, YouTube trailer. Starring, Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette (whom I ALWAYS mistaken him for one of the Jonas brothers (by the way, all of the Jonas brother grew up to be very handsome men IMHO). If you like thriller movies, this will NOT disappoint you in my humble opinion. You guys really need to Netflix this bitch and see it! Just about every major movie website has given this rave reviews! And that includes Rotten Tomatoes, so don’t just take it from me 😀 . Now, most of my blog fans who really follow me, know my feelings about very young actors; they’re usually the stereotypical bullshit, with the college students driving up to some house in a secluded location to “unwind.” They start having a bunch of sex, and the next thing you know some monster, vampire, alien whatever, comes out and slaughters or eats them all up. Yada yada, yada. Boy, did this movie shock the hell out of me! Totally blew my mind! Kind of got a little bit “Blair Witch” for me towards the middle of the movie. But, please trust me, it was totally worth my time watching!

So you have these 3 deadbeat teens, handsome Daniel Zovatto (although he had only a small role, he was very believable in this role), Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette. In a nutshell, these kids are hoodlums, and go around robbing people. Actually, I should say two of them, because I could tell right away that Dylan did not want to be involved. He really was just there for the because he liked Jane. So, unbeknown to him, Dylan learns that his love of his life is leaving for good, while in the midst of planing “the big hit.” They learn that an old blind guy has got a huge settlement as a result of a murder of his daughter and his injuries (and keeps ALL of the cash in the house). Now, I have to be honest, my first thought was, this is going to be a bullshit movie, how much good is this going to be?!?! I pictured a bunch of talking and negotiating. NOT!!! The guy who is played by Stephen Lang, is NO ordinary guy. Before I continue, I have to say that this old guy was ripped!!! Oh my goodness. He’s an old man in a young mans body.  He was just too pumped! Well, I guess he had to be in order to pull off this role.

Stephen had a surprise for their ass honey! Yes!!! The three thugs broke in to his house and all hell broke loose. I have to be honest though, by the end of the movie, I had so many mixed emotion about Stephen. I felt sorry for him, but on the other hand, by the end of the movie I’m thinking, HE was the bad guy. Stephen wasn’t just protecting himself, he was hunting the three down with the focus of trying to kill all of them. Homeboy locked the doors, bordered windows, and got busy. It wasn’t until further down the movie that I realized Stephen was also trying to hide a big secret. He was hiding someone in his basement. The person in that basement has a short part, but was one of the many important keys to this puzzle. Now, again, this had a lot of action, and damn realistic for a guy being blind. You can clearly tell that he was planning this moment, like he knew someone was going to break in!

Oh, did I mention that they also had to fight an attack dog, whom I call Cujo! I call him Cujo because he looked and acted just like him! Now, will all three survive and escape before Stephen kills them all? Will they discover that hidden person in the basement in time? Or more importantly, will they be to try and save that person? Now, you know I don’t like giving out spoilers unless I am forced to. So I’ll just stop right here, cause I’ve said enough. Rent this movie From Netflix, you will definitely enjoy it!! Incredible acting, and lots of suspense.

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I was thinking, when was it the last time I actually purchased an album, or a CD? Wow! I really couldn’t remember! The best estimate I can make is some time about the beginning of the 1990s, which is still a pretty long time. Now, this goes to show you how technology has effected all of us, especially me. When I think about the kind of person I am, in terms of being a heavy fan of the classics, I almost never gone a month without buying something, even if it was a single or a remix of something. The 80’s were huge for me, because I used to buy a lot of both records & CDs of disco, club, and acid-house music. Now because of digital technology, I can only remember making 2 physical CD purchases since the 1990s, and that was only because they were a replacement to music I used to have. I must say technology has also changed the way I think of memorabilia too. Now, I just prefer to purchase all my entertainment on digital where it can be stored. Cassettes and CDs really do appear to be a hassle now (in terms of traveling). Wow, I just laugh when I think back on how I used to bring cases of CDs with me everywhere I went, because I never knew what musical mood I was going to be for that day. However, I don’t miss my cassettes being tangled up though. LOL 😀

You know, the one thing I am extremely happy about (at least when it comes to music), because of music streaming and how the music business is now setup, it’s pretty hard to do anything illegal. I mean although I complain about YouTube a lot, the reality is there are many factors as to why YouTube is one of the very few entities that are allowed to getaway with a lot of things. However at this stage, it doesn’t really matter what those factors are, the end result is that people can listen to music free, and as a listener you have absolutely no outwardly known legal obligations, or bound to any contract (other than not illegally RIPping the song straight off YouTube, but if it’s free already, why would you even bother doing that? It’s more work than it’s worth). Just listen and share on social media and the artists (and sometimes songwriters) get paid and marketed at the same time, though the power of fandom. I know I’ve said this a number of times before, but it’s so true, “if you still use torrents to download music illegally, you’re pretty much out dated and doing it because of habit and not necessity.” While the streaming world isn’t going to have every classic music (and for obvious reasons they will never have), to be able to go on Amazon and find that one song you want for download, and only pay just $1.29 at the most for that song (I’ve seen some classic songs for as low as .69¢), that is a steal! Then enjoy everything else  on Spotify or YouTube. The music industry has made a complete 360° turn around, sad to say though, it was done not because they wanted to do right by fans, it was to save the industry. Finally, music is for ALL fans of music, and not only for the elite who can afford it. Now, we just need to work on the movie industry.

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Well, it looks like we’re finally here! Wow, looking back, I remember a time (during the old Napster days), when both the music and movie industry were totally against the internet. Look at how times has changed! Before, the only way you were allowed to download a movie, was unless you paid per-download for it. Now, they’re available with our monthly streaming service! Yes, I know we were able to do this for quite some time now. However, the difference is, companies like Netflix now has much better movies (although the had to raise their prices to do it, but I think it’s worth it). With this economy, subscription services are becoming more and more important (I dare to say even vital), and I think that both the music, movies, AND now software industry is starting to finally acknowledge that now. With more and more people spending just as much time (if not even more time) on their cellphones as with their computers, this is a no-brainer! One of the many things I am most happy about, is that they offer FULL HD downloads! Instead of spending 2-3 hours ripping one blu-ray disc (sometimes much longer), you can take from about 5 up to 15 minutes (depending on your data speeds) to download a high quality movie, and call it a day 😀 It’s important to note that Netflix did not change anything on their mobile application (well, let me speak for only Android). You still have the same familiar aesthetics, with a few extra download features. Now, of course all movies are not available for download, but a lot are. They have even added a “downloadable” section for you to browse. Although I have a feeling they have more available, so I think it’s a good idea to search for what you want anyway.

Not sure if my readers are aware, Amazon Prime subscribers allows you to download too. The quality is very good, although I downloaded one or two episodes of a TV show and the sound was a little out of sync. But for the most part it works very well. To be honest though, Netflix has the better movies! Although in the TV show department, I think they are about the same (they just offer different content). The only thing that kind of annoys me about amazon, is that it takes them a LONG time to get licensing for newer movies and TV shows. Personally, I think this is because they are also retail, and they make more money by selling than streaming (plus, I guess there’s that whole physical inventory thing… LOL).  The next biggest competitor is Hulu, I don’t suppose Hulu is going to offer downloads for a while. If they do, my guess it’s going to be all the “B” movies that the average person doesn’t care for. Titles like “The Killer Bunny,” or “Santa Clause Meets One Arm Karate Grandma From Outer Space.” I do hope though that more old school copyright holders offer their licenses to streaming; because those classic gems isn’t doing anything for anybody locked up away were nobody can see them again! This to me is so selfish, you’re literally keeping history away! The reality is, it is my opinion that TV stations will probably cease to exist at some point. You can literally create a show in your own home. And if you want to find proof, do some research on how newspapers are now struggling because of online blogs (and I guess you can add YouTube to that equation a well). Which begs the serious question about the validity of information being offered on the web. If you’re not well read from valid sources, you’re up shits creek. Just look at what’s going on in the last few weeks concerning Donald Trump.

So if copyright holders want to make money, they better start offering up their licenses to streaming services at a decent cost, so that customers can afford it. They’ll be no more pitching to TV stations/networks and “see if they will pickup a season, or buy a show.” Everything will pretty much be home grown. I guess you can say the streaming companies like Netflix and Amazon will replace television stations, and television networks might be paying Netflix and Amazon to feature their content on their service.

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I don’t know about you guys, but I LOVE me some Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The string of hits they produced back in the day was just astounding. The had a distinct sound (which in my opinion was more like a doo-wop and pop mix), and I can’t recall anyone at the moment that duplicated their distinct sound and harmony in that era. The only group that kind of came close were the “Beach Boys,” but they sang surfer music, and appealed to a specific kind of audience. The Four Seasons have been performing since the 60’s, and they have been so successful, that a Broadway play was produced about their life called “Jersey Boys.”  I really hope to see “Jersey Boys” live one day (big named tickets are so very expensive here in NYC (unless you’re going for off, off, Broadway)).

Throughout The Four Season’s career, it appears they have switched/replaced more members than the Spanish group Menudo. However, the most recent names have been, Frankie Valli (lead singer, and at age 82 I hear he still has a strong falsetto), Todd Fournier, Brian Brigham, Brandon Brigham, Landon Beard, Gary Melvin, Keith Hubacher, Robbie Robinson. Now that I think about it, it’s a testament to the magic of this group, to have so many hits despite member turnarounds. If you’re a 4 Seasons fan, I’m pretty sure that many of the songs I love you’re also familiar with. On the top of my list is “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Stay,” “Let’s Hang On,” “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore),” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” “My Eyes Adore You,” “Swearin’ To God,” “Who Loves You,” “December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night),” and lastly from the motion picture “Grease (1978),” “Grease.” Listen to this group legend on Napster.

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Lipps Inc. was a very popular dance musical group during the early 80s. They were a hit all over the world including Hong Kong and Australia. You may remember them by one of their biggest hit of their career called “Funkytown (1979).” The song “Funkytown” catapulted their carer in the same way that “Rapper’s Delight” did for “The Sugar Hill Gang.” The beautiful thing about those two songs is that, both are remembered, and both are likely to drive guests crazy at any old school party! And unfortunately, both songs were so popular that they overshadowed any other work they have done. It’s so sad, this was yet another group I would have loved to see where their career would have gone. Culturally mixed groups that played disco music was so difficult back in the day on so many levels; not that it’s not difficult now, but the landscape has changed.

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The song I would like you to draw your attention to, is a song called “All Night Dancing (1979),” it was on the “B” side (45) of “Funkytown.” This is sch a nice song, and it did not get nearly as much attention as “Funkytown.” It has a great beat, danceable pace, and a great melody. It kind of reminds me of the ethnic dance movie themes that exploded all over the 80s. You know, movies such as “Flash Dance,” “Beat Street,” and “Breakin’.” When you listen to the lyrics, it’s about having a good time on the dance floor, however, the whole feel of the song still reminds me of a young innocent girl who has positive dreams of stardom in the industry. Definitely an 80s period song, pointing to a specific era. This is the 12 inch version, I think it’s a little bit too long in my opinion for this type of song, but it’s still a really nice one. Take a listen with Napster.

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Although my blog is still dedicated to the classics, I think it’s so important that we support Creative Commons. I discovered this group about a couple of months ago. They play jazz and mostly reggae music. They make a lot of good albums, however, this is my favorite so far. It is all instrumental reggae, in the style of old ska. It is very rare that you find really good instrumental reggae music. I highly recommend that you give a listen. They’ve released it under Creative Commons license, and it’s free to download for personal use. I encourage you to look for their other albums as well. You can find the album on Jamendo, or download this album using the following hash#

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Wow. I don’t think they do this anymore in schools. I can’t believe I found this. I don’t remember receiving any kind of training like this (other than for a fire drill). “The rude, clumsy puppet Mr. Bungle shows kids how to behave in the school cafeteria – the assumption being that kids actually want to behave during lunch. This film has a cult following since it appeared on a Pee Wee Herman HBO special.” The clip is in the public domain. You can download it from the Internet Archive, or by using the following torrent Hash ID:  f3efa69753540270fa4515ebeed7e5e003c81594

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I absolutely LOOOOOOOOVVVVEEEEEEEEE Gloria Estefan! I just HAD to share this photo of her.  She is on the front page of Spry Living’s magazine, which was in this past Sunday’s “Daily News.” This bitch is GORGEOUS!! She hasn’t aged one day, not ONE!!!! I am so happy for her, I mean for real! I’m really happy for her. Not only do I love her music, she is truly an inspiration; and anybody who is old enough to remember her during her peak career (in the 80s) understands exactly what I’m talking about. From the boating accident that not not only almost killed her and almost left her paralyzed for life; but also the issues she faced not being able to go back to her beloved country, Cuba. Just imagine, dancing is a huge part of your culture and career; laying in a hospital bed and the doctor tells you you may never dance again, ’cause your spine suffered major damage? Just sit down and think about that! Shit just not being able to walk would make me crawl over the tallest building. Honey, this woman went through a lot, and she still looks fucking good! You would never know she was under such incredible stress like that. And before you say “I don’t believe,” you better use google and search it, before you get on Facebook, cause I know a lot of your parents won’t tell you to. Thank you Gloria for your music and your positive energy. Huge love to you sistah… 🙂

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I love to watch foreign movies. However, normally I don’t watch Spanish movies, only because the movies that are marketed to the United States, or English speaking countries, only play up to the stereo types (as if it is the only way it will sell). Maybe I’m looking in the wrong places? I mean, I have a wealth of resources, and yet the only Spanish movies I’m able to find most of, are the ones that can be boiled down to three categories; drug cartels, novelas (that contains a bunch of women slapping somebody or each other, as if that’s all Spanish women do all day? Yeah, that’s realistic 🙁 ), or a bunch of romance movies that don’t have strong captivating story lines. Searching for good Spanish movies is very difficult for me. If anyone knows of really good action Spanish movies, send me a direct twitter message. I did come a cross a movie called “Asmodexia (2014).” I’m not going to say it was a good movie “per say,” but it did have all the elements of a good classic horror movie made in 2014.

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First off, I wouldn’t put this movie in the gore genre, but there were many scenes that was so gross, it was awesome! I just wish the acting was a little better. To be honest, I think the only two things that kept my attention, was being determined to understand what’s going on; and the other was just hoping to see the next big disgusting thing. Now, the movie isn’t “Hellraiser (1987)” disgusting, but it had the potential to be. There are a lot of things going on in this movie, I’ll try to condense my writing as small as possible.

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So, this old guy  who is a preacher/exorcist is traveling around town casting out demons, as well as teaching and grooming his granddaughter to do the same thing to take his place. What I couldn’t help but to find interesting, was that throughout the movie, they never once took a bus or a car whilst on their travels. I don’t know if that was an over-site on the director’s part, or maybe it was to signify spiritual strength, I don’t know.  Now, turns out there is something very important about this girl. I can’t (or shouldn’t) say anything more about her, I’ll risk giving out a major spoiler. So I’ll stop right here. But I will say this, I was taken back on how androgynous she looks. I almost thought I would see something from “Sleep Away Camp (1983).” LOLOL Those who saw that movie know what I’m talking about.

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The make up on this woman was pretty good. But I don’t know who idea it was to put that green coloring on her teeth, but that shit was a bad idea. That green candy looking mixture just made the overall makeup look fake, don’t you think? They probably ran out of fake blood, and had to compensate. LOLOL BUT. BUT. There was a scene where this demon possessed lady vomited on another woman’s face, it was so disgusting! Yuk!! So the young grand daughter came to exorcise the demon out of her, and was successful. Dead, but successful. LOLOL.

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Again, there are some good scary moments in the movie, but I liked it not because  it was a “good movie,” I liked it because it’s different, and nothing else I’ve seen. I’m not going to lie, by the end of the movie, it left me saying to myself.. WTF???????? I was left feeling like I didn’t know whether the preacher or the girl was bad or good. Turns out the preacher/exorcist isn’t what he leads us to believe! Again, I am terribly sorry, but unfortunately, it was too hard writing about this movie without giving up major spoilers. But what I can say, is that it involves a resurrection. This movie alludes to a part 2, however, it is nowhere to be found (at least I can’t find it in the U.S.).  All I can say is, see the movie for the foreign special effects, and the occasional weird soft gore. Considering all the novela like movies all over streaming, this is a change of pace. Watch on Netflix.

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I’d like to share something I’ve gone through with Hulu a couple of months ago; I think it makes a great blog post. Actually, it wasn’t Hulu’s fault, it was the movie studio. A while ago I written an article discussing the fact that the movie industry is going through the same withdrawals the music industry had here. What I’m about to share with you is a perfect example of that. I wanted to watch a particular show I thought it looked good. However, I quickly noticed that episodes were not consistent. In other words, episodes were missing! I could not understand that because it was a new show, and Hulu is very good at making sure current episodes are available. Well, much to my disappointment, when I called Hulu, they told me it was because of that good o’l licensing. The license agreement they had for said show, was to only have  8 episodes at one time, from the last/most current show aired on television. WTF?

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Now, I had to remember that it’s not Hulu’s fault. However, as a consumer, many people may not realize that, anytime a copyright holder omits episodes from streaming services, they actually make more money by forcing you to buy a $2 episode from Amazon, or an entire season on disc, just to watch a couple of episodes (defeating the purpose of having a streaming service). Now, they know most people are not going to start watching a show out of sequence (unless they know that each episode does not link to each other, such as “Law & Order”). These are the kinds of tactics that would make people use torrents. The whole reason we use streaming services is because quality physical media is far too expensive; and when I say expensive, I mean most of us really can’t afford it in this economy. There is no reason why that copyright holder couldn’t make it more affordable, and grant us access to all of the episodes. They’re doing the same things with movies. And they let you know “this movie blah blah blah will not be available on Netflix for a long time.” They really need to stop, and understand the economic landscape has changed. You know, maybe it’s not just the movie studios, maybe the issue really is the actors that command an extraordinary amount of money that force studios to do this? I don’t know. But the good thing so far (as far as I’m concerned), not only is music now affordable (at a streaming premium), it’s also legally free via internet radio w/ads and Youtube w/ads. It’s going to take the movie industry a lot longer to adjust their old mindsets and set their licensing prices fairly. You know, after the old original P2P Napster (not to be confused with today’s Napster, formally known as Rhapsody) almost single handed brought down the music industry to it’s knees in the 80s, you’d think the movie industry would take a hint. But I digress.

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Wow, it’s almost Halloween already! Well, in the spirit of Halloween, I was thinking of a nice classic to write about. Then I thought of the original Carrie (1976). I think most would agree that this is one of the scariest, and to some extent realistic horror movie ever made! This is the best movie Sissy Spacek ever made in her career in my opinion, and will ever be known for this movie. Tons and tons of stars, including John Trovolta, and Amy Irving, whom you may remember from Barbara Streisand’s “Yentl (1983),” and The Fury (1978).”We’ve had a few remakes after this, but none came close to being even half as good as the original. Now, although I hate giving out spoilers, but I will try to give as few as possible. However at this point, I think everybody under the sun has pretty much seen Carrie already. If you happen to be one of my younger readers who likes old movies, and you happened to be the last person on earth that didn’t see Carrie, you may want to skip today’s post if you absolutely don’t want spoilers.

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Like “The Night Of The Living Dead,” after seeing Carrie  so many times, I want to take a closer look as to what made this movie great! The movie had all the elements that make up the look and feel of what life was like in High School. Can’t have a movie of school life without bullies, a helpful and caring teacher, a boyfriend that feels sorry for you, and a crazy mother! LOLOL!! Well not quite as crazy as Carrie’s mother, but when your mom loves you, she’ll do crazy things to protect you. It just so happens that Carrie’s mom was a Looney Toones. Carrie tries to get through school in one piece and avoid the bullying, not realizing she had the power to destroy everyone with her mind. Well, that was until she got really pissed.

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What I thought was interesting was the teacher, reason being, she literally took on the role of Carries mother. I also thought it was incredibly interesting, that they included a scene where Carrie never experienced her menstrual period before, and screamed bloody murder in the shower. I never known what was the real purpose of that? Was it to show she had so much stress that she reached puberty late? Or was that to give us a clue as to how batty her mother was in the movie? I don’t think I’ve seen or heard this from any other movie. I was really upset what happened to her teacher in the movie………… Keeping my mouth shut……… But anyways, she was the kind of teacher I wish I had growing up! Then you realize it’s just TV.

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I think what said it all was Sissy’s eyes. Her eyes said it ALL. This was a look were you knew she just freak’n’ had enough, and went ape shit. I have never seen anyone look like this, I mean, I actually wondered whether or not she had prosthetic on or something. How was it possible that she was able to open her eyes wide open like that? She’s got that face when a straight woman confronts the woman her husband cheated with. LOLOL.. If she was still young, she could have been on that TV show called “Snapped.”

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I’m sorry to say that, if there does exist someone who has the power of telekinesis at the level that Carrie had it, I can really understand someone being so effected by the bullying that she would lose all her humanity. When she started electrocuting (or actually frying) people, you can tell she didn’t give a f**k! Once the doors closed, and she blew out the regular light, then the emergency red lights came on, you knew sh*t was about to happen. But it wasn’t until I heard that dramatic base violin in the background, that I really got scared and said “oh sh*t” as a kid. What made it even worse, as a kid, anything with base, if loud enough, the floor would shake, and you got the look of Sissy wanting to kill all those MF at the prom.

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I have to end this post with Carrie’s mom, who was played by Piper Laurie. Oh my goodness! I don’t think I’ve EVER laughed so hard at a serious horror movie in my life! Piper was hilarious! She was truly coco for coco puffs! When Carrie used her powers/mind to through those knives at her mother as she launched toward her, I didn’t know whether she was in pain, or having an orgasm. Oh my goodness, it was funnnnnnnny! YET, it didn’t take away from the seriousness of the movie. Piper showed that she was indeed a crazy woman. How ironic is that? How Carrie turned out to be one of the most powerful young woman in the world, and her mother turns out to be a nut? If you’re looking for a great horror classic for Halloween, get Carrie from Netflix.

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