What the hell ever happened to the girl group Exposé? I can’t exactly call this Miami group a one hit wonder; but I didn’t recall seeing a whole lot of albums from them after 1987. That could be because, the album “Exosure (1987) was their best album of their career in my opinion. According to Billboard, they were the first group to have 4 top 10 hits, on Billboard’s “Hot 100,” and those hits all came from this album. All of my favorite songs are here on this album. My most favorite song from them of all times is “Seasons Change.” I think this song is so beautiful. Like Ce Ce Peniston, their music sort of transport you back to our H.S. days of innocence, and learning about boys, life, school, and all that good stuff. “Seasons Change” is truly a classic, because as old as this song is, I can still continue to listen to this song all day. Another song I love from this album is “Come Go With Me,” a danceable pop song that was playing all over the radio @ the end of the 80’s. “Come Go With Me” is another song that is timeless in my opinion. The last song I love from this album is “Let Me Be The One.” After all these years, they are still performing together. Check out their website. Listen to this album on Rhapsody.
What a great subject to write about I thought. I think it’s safe to say that, we focus more on just using Shazam, than thinking how important the service is to us. I have been using Shazam and services like Shazam for quite a few years, and it has proved to be an essential application to have on any smartphone. But, Shazam just doesn’t help the die-hard music lovers; indirectly they also help the streaming services as well! Why? Well, they are actually “bridging the gap,” between the major streaming services (although iTunes/Amazon both have streaming and “On-Demand” download purchases, I still consider it in the same family of streaming). Shazam is not only the best music discovery application to date, it is an independent service that does not depend on music sales “per-say,” but it’s popularity and near flawless functionality. What I’m trying to say is, the music industry depends on Shazam, not the other way around. Shazam makes money by making it easy for Shazam users to purchase their discoveries on iTunes Amazon, and Google. Now, with the recent partnership of Rhapsody, Shazam can encourage people to slowly move over to streaming services. Shazam plays an important role with streaming services, because each time a user Shazams something, they are not obligated to sign up for another service! Shazam will eventually bring all kinds of services together in one application, making it very convenient for Shazam users. If your particular service doesn’t have a song in their library, you’ll still have a choice of purchasing that song through anyone of the three services Shazam is partnered with. The integration with Rhapsody is still new, so the functionality still needs to be ironed out, but the fact that Rhapsody is there speaks volumes. And the fact that some rich dude invested over $40M on Shazam and it’s research. Music fans are in a very exciting era; how wonderful to be living in an age with such incredible technology at our fingertips!
Recently, I finally got a chance to watch the last installment of the classic “Terminator.” “Terminator Genisys (2015)” was completely awesome in my opinion. The special effects were incredible! At first, when I saw his “moving image” cut and pasted on to the new Genisus movie, I was turned off by it. As someone who often pays attention to detail, I could immediately see the difference in quality between the cutout of the 1984 Arnold, inside the 2015 version of the movie. However, I am happy that I gave this movie a chance, because I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. The other thing I was concerned about, I wasn’t sure how well Arnold would play a robot at his age. I was really worried about seeing tons of fake looking CGI. But, in my opinion, Arnold delivered with lots and lots of action and suspense. The movie stars, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, and Jai Courtney. I have to say that, I was incredibly taken back as to just how much Jai Courtney, looks almost exactly like Lee Majors (you may not immediately see in the photograph, but when you see him in Terminator, you’ll notice). There is a lot of things going on in this movie, and unfortunately, you’ll really have to pay attention in order to understand the movie; because not only does it deal with a number of time travels, the movie also talks about a merge of memories and important stories not explained from the first Terminator. There were only two things that somewhat annoyed me in the movie. First, their time travel machine was very reminiscent of the TV show “Stargate.” Second, the main actors seemed to stay naked through the movie LOL. In order for our heroes to time travel, they can’t have any clothing on, because something happens where the person disintegrates or something. I don’t want to give any spoilers, and I also don’t want to complicate this review trying to explain the many elements of the movie. So, I’ll some it up this way; our heroes go back in time to actually stop dooms day from happening. However, none of them suspected that someone very close to them, is responsible for trying to destroy the planet.
I couple of days ago at a press conference, Prince informed everyone that he will be releasing his new album called “HitNRun” exclusively on Tidal streaming service. Tidal happens to be fully owned by the famous rapper Jay-Z. Prince also gave a powerful and controversial message to young new aspiring artists, “record contracts are slavery!” Honestly, I think this was a direct response to that whole bullshit between Taylor Swift and Apple. I’m not saying that the incidences are related, cause they’re not. But what I am saying is that artists are tired of being swindled out of the money they deserve. This is huge news guys. You have got to understand what’s happening in the music industry, because it does effect us indirectly. While huge artists are rebelling against labels to send a message, the fans are hurting, because they are forced sign up for Tidal, just to enjoy Prince’s new album? I mean, it wouldn’t have been so bad if he’d said, “but you can buy it on iTunes or Googlplay” or something. This is not good! On the other hand, artists are exposing the evils of the music industry. Prince also talked about how artists are in the dark as to how much labels are actually making from their music. Now, I am very well learned when it comes to music, licensing, and copyright; and I believe they are making countless of more dollars unbeknown to both artists and songwriters.
But, people forget, the music industry just don’t f**k with the artists and songwriters, they also do it to fans, by charging 1,000% for CDs knowing the average fan can no longer afford those prices. This is the core reasons why people use torrents in the first place. It’s not because people want to “steal.” People who are true fans will almost ALWAYS want to pay for their favorite artists music. But making the prices of CDs so high that fans can’t afford it, then what the f**k do they think is going to happen? Music is not for the privileged! Music is a right! A right to be able to afford to enjoy good entertainment!
However, there’s a flip side to this. Prince has always been at war with the Internet. Ordering the powers that be to block all his music for torrent sites (this is the job of DMCA and Sound Exchange, not Prince). I’ve read he even gone after fan sites, ordering to take down his images (regardless of fair use). I think this is a result of a serious misunderstanding of technology on Prince’s part, as well as the common misconception that copyright also gives anybody the right to tell anyone what to do with their copyrighted images. Copyright just doesn’t protect the owner, it also protects the user’s rights to use for criticism. I guess what I’m trying to say is, Prince, like many other big artists who really don’t understand the net, assumes that the Internet is just one big gigantic world of hacking! They don’t understand that there DOES exist a system, a system in which you can make a living. I think Prince realizes this, hence his decision to trust and put his music on Tidal.
I think the hardest part is breaking old torrent habits now that music is affordable. The same is true for video streaming. What’s even worse, applications like Spotify, although it is legal, still has a P2P feel to it. In fact, there are a lot of people who think Spotify is illegal because of that P2P feel (aesthetically speaking). It’s like you’re back in the BearShare days. I think that’s the one thing that pissed me off about Spotify. Although I am grateful and understand why they offer free accounts; the majority of people don’t appreciate it. A lot of people will just leech if you offer something free (even if they can afford it), and the proof is that there hasn’t been anymore real (significant) conversions from free accounts to paying customers. Shit, I don’t even think the moochers even understand the benefits of a paid account! They use Spotify like it is an entitlement! Enjoy it while you can, ’cause you’ll never know when it will be over.
Having said this, regardless of what’s going on in the music industry, I am confident that it will balance itself out eventually, or else the giant music labels will eventually die off from greed. However, having said this, this doesn’t mean that people shouldn’t buy music because “they make too much money.” Not supporting your artists means the can’t make money at all. Music streaming has made it possible to afford all the music our hearts desire. So please continue to use Rhapsody, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Pandora, iTunes Radio, or any legal streaming service (be it free or subscription service), because the artists will get paid something.
Chuck’s music is the kind of music I’ll listen to if it’s on the radio, but I wouldn’t actually buy it. Only because I find a lot of his music way too mellow, even for me. Chuck Mangione is a trumpet player and composer. He comes from a huge family of musicians, and his music career spans over 40 years. He it really big in 1977 when he released the album “Feels So Good.” On this album there were two hits. The first was the music piece that put him on the map and its name was the title album “Feels So Good.” I think “Feels So Good,” is one of the most beautiful instrumental pieces I’ve ever heard. I love how it starts of really slow, and then gradually goes in to a disco, almost a “Copacabana like beat.” It’s a mixture of jazz and disco mixed together. It stayed on the music charts for more than 26 weeks! Now that was amazing! The second piece from the album that was a hit was “Maui Waui,” To be quite honest, the only one I like from this album is “Feels So Good.” Listen with Rhapsody.
I have to tell you guys, as a child this movie was very traumatizing to me. However, as an adult, I think this is one of the most hilarious horror movies I’ve ever seen in my life! There was something about that doll that was scary as f**k! Even if you’ve never seen the movie before, you can take one look at that doll and know that the movie is scary. I mean, anyone who is old enough to remember seeing this movie as a child would agree; that this movie is scarier that Chucky! Understand that it really wasn’t just about how scary and demonic the doll looked; it was the fact that the African doll in this movie would not stop torturing its target victim (whoever becomes owner of the doll) until they are finally either killed or possessed. Chucky on the other hand, just likes to kill for fun, and at random simply ’cause it’s a d**k. Trilogy Of Terror is actually 3-4 short stories, all starring Karen Black. However, the last one (The Vudu Doll) was what made her famous. I don’t think any body even remembers the other 2-3 shorts. As an adult, what made this movie so hilarious, Karen tried to stab it, thew it, kick it, stomped on it, & blow it up. She even tried throw it in the oven and burn it. That doll would not die for shit LOL. The doll was possessed with an evil African spirit, that was unfortunately given to her as a gift. But, there were specific instructions to keep the special chain on the doll, otherwise it becomes alive! Of course, you know the chain so easily falls off once she put the doll on her living room table. I think this is worth a Netflix order, just to see the last short with the crazy vudu doll.
Today I watched Dragon (2011) on blu-ray. I have to be honest, I wasn’t really interested in this movie at first. The only reason why I Netflix’d it was because Donnie Yen (Ip Man) and the VERY handsome Takeshi Kaneshiro was in it. That said, I knew this movie would be action packed, based on other movies I’ve seen Donnie in. There was actually much more to this movie than what the description said. I’m not going to lie, the movie does drag quite a bit, but Donnie’s action scenes make up for it. If anything, you should rent this movie just to see this guy get his ear chopped off, and fly in to a pile of fresh meat. Eeeewwwww! It was awesome though LOL. In essence Donnie plays a reformed killer, trying to live a quiet life. However, Takeshi is a detective that soon discovers Donnie’s true identity, and was determined to seek justice for Donnie’s crimes. What Takeshi didn’t know, was that his father raised Donnie to be a killer since birth. When Takeshi finally learns the truth, Takeshi then risks his life to save Donnie, when his crazy father comes to not only kill Donnie, but take his son too! Why? Simply because Donnie doesn’t want to be a part of the family clan any longer. Very nice martial arts in this movie. The movie will keep you interested. Spoiler alert!! The only thing I found corny though, they talked a lot about the technicals of the human body, and how someone was killed, etc. Yet, Donnie chops his own arm cut off, minimal blood comes out, and he still lives?!