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While your grandparents may still be listening to the music of their youth and disregarding anything recorded after 1950, others have stepped up to the challenge of understanding modern artists.  I draw your attention to Breakfast at Sulimays: a Youtube series in which elderly people review modern music.  While the premise sounds hilarious, the series offer some  poignet social commentary, especially in regards to race (And we all know how insightful old people can be when it comes to that subject).  In this episode, Ann, Joe, and Bill review tracks from Young Jeezy and Animal Collective.

While Ann appreciates the hot beats that Jeezy gets down on, Joe wants to examine the bigger picture.  He mentions that while African Americans have made great progress, rappers like Young Jeezy may destroy such achievements.  Perhaps he should go on The O’Reilly Factor to debate such issues.  Meanwhile, the Animal Collective song, “My Girls,” gets negative reviews all around, as the panel finds both the music and lyrics too repetitive.  I can’t help but express my dissapointment in such a review, as I spent some considerable time endorsing the album on this site.  However, I think that the deep, sonic textures used by the Collective may just be a little too hard for this panel to hear.

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Your newest Facebook friend.

Your newest Facebook friend.

“Uncle Mikey has sent you a message”

You all have gotten the emails. If you’re like me then they have been coming at an alarming rate. The friend request comes next. Parents, Aunts, Uncles, friends of the family, former teachers, friends’ parents, and just about anyone else you associate with from the previous generation are joining Facebook about as fast as college students did in the span of 2004-2005.

The big problem here isn’t the fact that these people are joining; it is their right to be able to see this public information that individuals are putting online. The problem is that some of our elders don’t seem to realize that it is public information. Haven’t you noticed that the people of the baby boomer generation on Facebook share WAY too much information on their status updates? Here are a few examples of what you may see from older folks on facebook:

 

Franklin McGreevy just got his knee drained…goin for a brisk stroll!!!!11

Regina Harrelson is feels a hot flash coming on. Sitting by the fan reading some Danielle Steele.

Gerald Hunt  misses his children. Hopefully the separation will be over soon.

Yvonne Perry is getting dressed before her dialysis appointment.

Terry Carlson is.

Peter Nantz  is has a funk coming from his shoes. Out to go get some Dr. Scholls

Gerald Hunt cruisin for chicks! Maybe the separation was a good thing?

– Harriet Albertson had an inappropriate dream about Senator Joe Biden.

Gerald Hunt  gave a nice young woman a ride home from the bar last night. I still got it!

Gerald Hunt just received a subpoena for sexual assault.

 

Does this look like a face you can trust?

Does this look like a face you can trust?

If you’ve been following the news lately, you might have heard about the recent controversy involving a change in Facebook’s terms of service.  Apparently everything you post to the site somehow becomes their property and they can use it any way they please.  Of course this has created a shitstorm among people who may already be a little too self conscious about their privacy.  Personally, I don’t care too much and feel that people are probably just overreacting.  I haven’t really followed the details of this story and I actually don’t even intend to write about this specific incident.  In fact, Facebook has already addressed it on their site.  Rather, the backlash against Facebook has caused me to wonder whether in fact we’re getting tired of the service.  When I look at my own Facebook use, I find that the site that I once couldn’t do without is actually becoming an annoyance. Continue Reading

You can cut the douchiness with a knife

You can cut the douchiness with a knife

One of MTV’s latest ventures in their effort to completely eliminate music videos from programming is a pseudo-reality show entitled “Bromance.” For those of you who don’t watch this show, listen up because this is great banter if you’re looking to talk to some Ugg-clad women. “Bromance” is Brody Jenner’s (son of former Olympian Bruce Jenner) quest to find a new best friend. Brody needs a new best friend because he was betrayed by fellow douche Spencer Pratt of “The Hills” fame. Contestants compete in various embarrassing challenges to try to win Brody’s friendship. Continue Reading

It's just a tobacco waterpipe guys! Jeeeez

It's just a tobacco waterpipe guys! Jeeeez

Here’s a story that’s been sweeping the internet this weekend.  News of the World, which appears to be a shitty English tabloid, is reporting that the man in this picture is in fact Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps.  Supposedly the picture comes from the University of South Carolina where Phelps was seeing a girl who enjoyed his fame and money warmth and personality.  The big question here is whether in fact the man in the photo is Michael Phelps.  Even if it is, should we really be that shocked?  I called this months ago when Phelps stated that his non-swimming activities involved sitting on the couch, playing guitar hero, and listening to Young Jeezy.  Let the debate begin.

UPDATE: According to ESPN.com, Phelps has admitted that it is him in the photo, participating in some illegal activities.  He has apologized for his “youthful and inappropriate” actions.

Why is this man holding a guitar?

Why is this man holding a guitar?

As Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band gear up for a Superbowl Halftime performance, I couldn’t help but reflect on the current state of Rock N’ Roll.  Besides The Boss, The Rolling Stones, and a select few classic rock bands who are still touring, who is carrying the torch for rock? Furthermore, who is there to inheret a form of music started by legends such as Chuck Berry and perfected by the icons such as the Beatles, Stones, and The Who?  When analyzing the current landscape, it seems we’re left with relics of the past, whose best albums are 20 years old, or lame newcomers like Nickleback who do more harm than good to the genre.  Some say that Rock died a long time ago, but a very unlikely group of artists are trying to reinvent it. Continue Reading