Apr 25, 2010

Like a Prayer - Glee version



I love how they actually mimic the sound of every song they do on Glee. It's something I noticed listening to the first soundtrack- Lea Michele copies the way each singer enunciates and creates the same sound almost perfectly. Having said that, I LOVE Kurt's solo (at 54 seconds) AMAZINGLY well done and he is so supremely talented! The choir, the candles, the stained glass- all of it was really well done.

'Vogue' Glee version vs. Madonna


Pretty well done! Glee matched almost every frame to the original video and really did a great job copying the feeling/visuals from it as well!

Apr 18, 2010

Jay Z feat. Beyonce @ Coachella 'Forever Young'

I love the original of this song (it speaks to the Peter Pan in me) but I am actually really loving the version jay Z has playing on the radio right now. Every time it comes on (and I am alone in the car)I inevitably start belting out the chorus, can't help it really, it speaks to me.

So it was probably a pretty cool treat for fans at the Coachella music festival in CA to have Jay Z perform th4e song- with a surprise guest- his wife Beyonce. She did a relatively good job (it's a great song, easy to sing and hard to ruin anyway) and you could tell the crowd was feeling it. I was supposed to be there so this is a tad bittersweet for me, but I have been promised that we will be making an appearance there next year, so I am pacified for the moment with just watching the video...
Jay-Z Surprises Coachella Audience With Beyonce

Apr 15, 2010

Hanson - Thinkin 'Bout Something


Thinking 'Bout Somethin'

HANSON | MySpace Music Videos

Remeber when Mmm-Bop was the coolest song ever? I'll admit it, I still get happy when it randomly plays on my iPhone playlist :)

It's been FOREVER (as in, over TEN years!) but the brothers are back, with a sweet super energy ditty that leaves you smiling.

GLEE - Hell-o


I am so excited that Glee is finally back! Part 2 of season 1 is going to be even more amazing than Part 1! Already the story line has progressed at breakneck speed and there are two spicy new romances- Rachel and Jesse are an 'item' and Mr. Shue and Idina Menzel- ok, I know her character has a name but it's IDINA MENZEL!!! (As for romances, technically there are three if you count Principal Figgins and Sue's date rape night of passion!)

Also, for those of you who haven't stalked the wikipedia page, Jesse is played by Jonathan Groff, who coincidentally was also Lea Michelle's costar in Grey Gardens on Broadway. Here-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Groff > direct from Wiki if you don't believe me :)

I am psyched that they are staying true to the show and hiring legitimate theater actors who can actually sing. I am also extremely excited to hear Idina sing, because you know she is going to for sure. There is a Madonna themed episode next week, as previewed by the phenomenal Sue Sylvester cover of 'Vogue' and if you read the blogs there will be a Lady Gaga one as well.

I knew the music would be great- and I was not disappointed. They managed to do a Morrison song, Lionel Ritchie and the Beatles, not to mention that funny song that was the anti-Valentine's Day song this past year 'Gives You Hell' by the All American Rejects.

For a complete summary of the episode, click here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1514911/synopsis

See all you Gleeks next week- WELCOME BACK!!!!!

Apr 14, 2010

Sue Sylvester does Madonna's 'Vogue' ...a.k.a. Why Jane Lynch ROCKS!



There are no words.

Welcome back Glee, I missed you.

Apr 8, 2010

J Brazil on Perez Hilton!

It's about time! Whether you like his song or not, it's a fact that the multi-talented J Brazil has arrived with a fun beat and plenty of controversy into the limelight. Blogger Perez Hilton wrote an entire post about Brazil's song 'Girl I'm Tryin' on his blog today. Perez praises the sound and compares him to Sean Kingston writing:
Sean Kingston is gonna be pissed!
A new artist has come out with a song that not only infiltrates the reggae-tinged pop space he's done successfully, but he does it better than him!
His name is J Brazil and the song is called Girl, I'm Trying.
It features a sample of Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Wanna… and, yes, the song is super fun. And it sounds very current.
If Justin Bieber released this, it'd be an instant international smash
!


Check out the post here: http://perezhilton.com/2010-04-08-watch-listen-hey-girl
Love it or hate it leave your comments and prove that this one is someone to look out for :)

Congrats J, super proud and looking forward to more amazing things from you!

You can read my two previous posts about J Brazil here:
http://chanisays.blogspot.com/2009/12/j-brazil-performs-live-at-m2.html
http://chanisays.blogspot.com/2009/12/j-brazil-girl-im-tryin.html

"Jersey Shore" Spinoff: The Persian Version

Okay, I actually laughed when I read this. I thought it was pretty funny when the Brighton Beach spinoff was announced, thereby validating the Russian Brooklyn stereotype forever. Now, someone was genius enough to spinoff from that spinoff and is going to film 'The Persian Version' - Brilliant!

They were smart too- there is no shortage of under thirty partying Persians in LA so it makes for easy casting. I am actually looking forward to seeing both shows, although the idea of taking a stereotype and making it okay to point out the differences, ironies and hang ups of each culture will definitely create backlash somehow. The real issue becomes, when will they have pushed it too far? Anyone think the Israeli version isn't too far off???

Another "Jersey Shore" Spinoff: The Persian Version
By Mariel Smith
NBCNewYork.com
updated 6:18 p.m. ET, Thurs., April 8, 2010
Guidos, Russkies, and Asians will have to make room for yet another ethnic group on the reality TV party scene -- the Persians.

In what is starting to sound like a United Nations of club-hopping, guilty pleasure television, the company that brought you the original MTV hit-reality show "Jersey Shore," is creating a spinoff called "The Persian Version," according to Gawker.

Doron Ofir Casting and 495 Productions are seeking "outrageous, outspoken and proud" partying Persian-Americans in Los Angeles who are at least 21 years old and look no older than 30. (Good thing they're looking in LA.)

For those keeping tabs, this is the third spinoff series announced so far.

"Brighton Beach" is scouting the country for attention-loving Russian-Americans ages 21 to 30, who will get their techno music, vodka-fueled party-on in Brooklyn.

Also, singer-actor Tyrese Gibson is producing an Asian-American reality show set in the Los Angeles/Koreatown area. A post on Craigslist said they are "looking for beautiful Asian-Americans with lively, strong, and unique personalities between the ages of 18 to 30 with equally interesting life stories and perspectives to share..."

Even the original "Jersey Shore" is looking for more Italian-Americans to join Snooki, The Situation, and the rest of the gang for the show's second season in Miami.

URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36270289/

iPhone to get long-awaited multitasking ability

It's about time! My biggest iPhone gripe (aside from dropped calls and terrible service during peak hours in Manhattan and Los Angeles) has been that when I am doing something on my phone and I get a phone call, I lose whatever I am doing and usually have to start over. According to this article finally Apple has done something to resolve the issue...sort of. Since I got annoyed with 3G because it drained my battery and didn't have service consistently, i never upgrade from the 3G phone to the 3GS. Sigh. (BTW, my 3G is off and has been for over a year already!)

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36268647/ns/technology_and_science-wireless/

iPhone to get long-awaited multitasking ability
But older iPhones will not be able to take advantage of feature
By Rachel Metz
The Associated Press
updated 5:03 p.m. ET, Thurs., April 8, 2010
Apple's iPhone and iPad devices will soon be able to run more than one program at a time, an ability that phones from Apple's rivals already offer and that iPhone owners have long sought.

The changes, coming this summer to iPhones and this fall to iPads, mean that users might be able to listen to music through the Pandora program and check a bank account online simultaneously. Currently, users must return to Apple's home screen, effectively quitting the open program, before starting a new task.

"We weren't the first to this party, but we're going to be the best," Apple CEO Steve Jobs declared Thursday, as bloggers, software developers and others in the audience greeted the news of such "multitasking" with applause.

Although Apple is making the updates available to all iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad models, the multitasking function will only work with the newest devices. So you won't be able to run multiple programs with the original iPhone or the iPhone 3G — only the 3GS versions that came out last summer. For the iPod Touch, you'd need the models that came out late last year.

The iPhone already permits some multitasking, but that's largely limited to Apple's own programs. Apple had not given users ways to seamlessly switch among all the software "apps" available from outside software companies, the way phones from rivals Palm and Google already do.

That will change with the updates known as iPhone OS 4. Apple generally makes such updates available for free, and often automatically, as a software download.

"It really changes the way you use the iPhone," Jobs said. "You're bouncing around the apps with tremendous fluidity."

Avoiding battery drain
Jobs said the company waited so long because it wanted to offer multitasking in a way that didn't drain the iPhone's battery or reduce the phone's performance.

In demonstrating the feature, Jobs double-tapped on the iPhone's main button while playing a game to reveal a row of icons for other programs that were quietly running in the background and accessible with a finger tap.

Multitasking could enhance the functionality of Internet phone services such as Skype. Currently, a call automatically ends if you exit the Skype app. With multitasking, that call could continue while you look up directions, or you could receive incoming Skype calls even if you're reading the news or a "Gossip Girl" blog instead.

Full multitasking had been high on many people's wish lists. Because Apple's new iPad runs the same software as the iPhone, changes would apply to that larger gadget as well. Some people have held off buying one because of its inability to run more than one program at once.

Single e-mail inbox
Other updates include the ability to have messages from multiple e-mail accounts land in a single inbox and a way to connect an iPhone with a regular keyboard using Bluetooth wireless technology.

But Apple still won't support Flash technology, even though many Web sites require it for displaying video. Flash was alongside multitasking at the top of many wish lists.

Another new feature of the new operating system will be a social gaming network called Game Center. Jobs said there are already 50,000 games available for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

New ad platform
Jobs also announced an advertising platform called iAd in which Apple will sell and host ads to run on apps made by outside developers; those developers will get 60 percent of the ad revenue. Jobs said users shouldn't find the ads annoying because Apple will make it easy for people to navigate back to what they were doing before clicking.

He admitted that Apple is still "babes in woods" when it comes to advertising, though the company is learning fast through Quattro Wireless, a mobile advertising company that Apple bought in January for an undisclosed amount. Jobs said the company had wanted to buy mobile advertising service AdMob, but lost out to Google. That deal is undergoing regulatory review.

Jobs also said the company has sold 450,000 iPads since its launch Saturday. The company earlier said it delivered more than 300,000 iPads on the first day, though that included pre-orders and units shipped to retail stores such as Best Buy but not necessarily purchased right away.

450,000 iPads sold
Jobs also said the company has sold 450,000 iPads since its launch Saturday. The company earlier said it delivered more than 300,000 iPads on Day One, though that included pre-orders and units shipped to retail stores such as Best Buy but not necessarily purchased.

"We're making them as fast as we can," he said. "We can't make enough of them ... so we'll have to try harder."

The iPad models currently on sale connect to the Internet using Wi-Fi, at prices that start at $499. There are now more than 3,500 "apps," or programs for the iPad, Jobs said, and there have been 1 million downloads of various apps.

So far, there have been more than 600,000 downloads of Apple's e-reader program, iBooks, from the iTunes Store, he said. Apple also said iBooks would be available for the iPhone with the software upgrade.

The last time Apple made a major revision to its iPhone operating software, in March 2009, it added features that many iPhone users had been clamoring for since the device launched two years earlier.

Those features included the ability to copy, cut and paste; the ability to send photos — but not videos — using text messaging; and a search function that worked across all programs.