Come out to Theta Tau’s first annual Bike-A-Thon. It’ll be a day full of fun and riding. The purpose of the Bike-A-Thon is to promote a healthy lifestyle and to raise money for Relay for Life, an event put on by the American Cancer Society. The participation fee is $5 and all proceeds go towards the cause! So come out, get fit and join the fight to cure cancer!
Having been born in 1991, Jurassic Park released in 1993, I wasn’t able to attend the original release of the film. So when I saw that it was getting re-mastered and put into 3-D, I jumped at the opportunity to see a childhood favorite. Let me tell you: this film did not disappoint. [Read more...]
Somewhere on the edge of the horizon, where the sun rises to paint the sky, is a place that only until recently, I could only imagine. It’s a colossus, ancient as time, time preserved like stone, yet swift like water in a stream, dazzling the world in its spectacle of manmade power. It surges with life and flashes like an exploding star. The roar of its masses, an eternal dragon. The other side of the world. The Orient, the fabled Far East, that final destination on the timeless Silk Road. China. I have no idea what to expect, and I’m probably not ready enough. But one way or another, I’ll always remember this, as my [Read more...]
Spring is in the air and it seems like babies and engagement rings are popping up everywhere! Summer is just around the corner, and if you live here in California it seems as if it has never left. With the change of seasons, the solar eclipse, and heating up of hearts I am here to give you your sizzling Sextrology forecast for this summer to come.
**Disclaimer: These forecasts are for the entertainment purposes and true astrology-buffs only. For every comment dissing the lightheartedness of an article entitled “Sextrology” we will laugh at your trolling stupidity. [Read more...]
Like anyone else in my generation, I’m genetically required to have a Facebook addiction. Like most other cynical jerks, I also despise Facebook. If I could count every time I swore off Mark Zuckerberg’s evil creation in favor of Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, and the like, I could make a great Facebook status about how many times it has been said. But once and for all, I’m going to Facebook rehab and admitting all the facets of Facebook I find unbearable. Here are some of the reasons why I wish The Social Network had ended in bankruptcy and Justin Timberlake ripping his clothes off, instead of a login screen:
I was a sophomore in high school the first time I heard of Norah Jones. A friend of mine was a big lover of jazz, soul and R&B, and as such, she always was playing something incredibly soothing and sensual. She liked to talk to me about all the wonderful artists out there who were striving to make music sensible again, less about selling records, more about illuminating talent and hard work. Naturally, I got hooked. Pop music and mainstream hip hop was such a bore to me. I had to search for more musicians who spoke to me in a manner these two genres never do. That is why I was drawn to my friend, and that is how I wound up being a lover of non-mainstream music. [Read more...]
The moment I found out that Joss Whedon was writing and directing The Avengers, I nearly burst into tears. To be completely honest—until the fateful night of the midnight premiere—my favorite superhero franchise was Christopher Nolan’s Batman (the third installment of which, I am very excited for). Christopher Nolan may have to step down because Whedon reminded me of why I love going to the movies. The Avengers is a non-stop thrill ride with action, humor and a whole lot of heart. The chemistry within the cast was incredibly well-balanced, and it was apparent that the actors were very in tune with characters they were playing. No one outshined the other. They truly were a team.
Robert Downey, Jr. (Tropic Thunder, Sherlock Holmes) did a wonderful job playing Iron Man, as expected. Aussie-native, Chris Hemsworth (The Cabin in the Woods) did a great job with his second cinematic venture playing the incredibly handsome Norse god, Thor. Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) lead again as the completely badass Nick Fury. Scarlett Johansson (The Island, The Prestige) did a phenomenal job playing the devilishly sexy Black Widow. And having only seen him in Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol, Jeremy Renner did an equally applauding job portraying the remarkable bow-wielding marksman, Hawkeye.
Bob Marley died at the age of 36 of cancer, leaving behind a grand total of 11 children. He left an iconic and indelible mark on the music scene, and to this day, he’s still one of the most widely recognized faces in the history of music, along the likes of such greats such as Michael Jackson, the Beatles and Elvis Presley. Some of his children have dipped their toes and tried their hand in music, going far enough to achieve some success and adulation from critics and fans alike. David Marley, known popularly as “Ziggy”, is a well-known reggae artist in Jamaica and beyond. Same goes for Stephen and Ky-Mani. While these brothers more or less come up with good music for the masses, there can be no doubt that in pure artistry, talent and musical wizardry alone, the youngest son of “Tuff Gong” stands head and shoulders above his brothers.
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. His love of music was evident even from an early age. At 13, Jr. Gong (derived from his father’s nickname) formed a band that comprised of the members of other revered, respected reggae artists, namely the daughter of Freddie McGregor and the son of Third World guitarist Cat Core. By the time he produced his very first solo album, the 1996’s “Mr. Marley”, Damian had enough experience to realize where his strengths as an artist lay. The album surprised many critics, who could not believe their ears when they heard Damian deejaying rather than singing, an act that was almost unheard of from a Marley. His older brother Stephen lent him a helping hand in writing and producing the songs. He was only 18 at the time, but it was almost clear that Damian was destined for superstardom.
“Halfway Tree” was released in 2001, much to the delight of reggae fans around the world. The album was an interesting mishmash of dancehall and roots, with interesting Damian collaborating with artists such as Eve and Mr. Cheeks, along with his own brother Stephen. The album went on to win the “Best Reggae Album” award at the 2002 Grammys.
All his previous efforts, while fantastically impressive, were nonetheless child’s play when compared to his best album to date, “Welcome to Jamrock”. Up until that point, it was assumed that the sons of Tuff Gong were no more than marginally good reggae artists destined for success and coasting through life on their last name. However, everything changed in 2005. The song was released in anonymity in the Jamaican music scene, taking the streets of Kingston by storm. The song addressed the plight of an average Jamaican citizen, covering crime, poverty and corruption reminiscent to the early days of Bob Marley’s career. When it was learnt that the song was by Damian Marley, the song’s popularity, along with the album, spread like wildfire. Jr. Gong ended up winning two Grammy awards and introducing a new generation of avid music lovers throughout the world to the virtues, and beauty of reggae. It was this album that affirmed that Damian, by far, was the best and most talented of Bob Marley’s children, hands down. This album also included fantastically interesting guest performers, ranging from Nas to Eek-A-Mouse to Black Thought.
Bob Marley was by no means a reggae purist. Other artists such as Burning Spear have rigidly stuck to the basics of true reggae and have not veered into the pop scene. That being said, Bob Marley is considered the best reggae artists ever, and one of the best overall musicians in the history of the 20th Century, because of his ability to articulate the various conundrums that face the people around him. He spoke and sang with the voice of an army of the disenfranchised. He expressed their fears, dreams, hopes and pains. If that is the mark of greatness, if this is the criteria we are to use to measure whether or not a reggae artist is good enough to be called legendary, then none of Bob Marley’s sons have come as close to achieving this than his youngest. Tuff Gong died when Jr. Gong was only two years old, yet it seems it was Damian, out of all his eleven children, that was truly and thoroughly inspired by the elder Marley. In the future, I fully expect that Damian Marley will keep making more inspirational music, not only taking over his father’s mantle, but also curving out his own niche in the history of music. If we are to judge this statement solely from his body of work so far, including the collaborative album with Nas released in 2010, “Distant Relatives”, then Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley is well on his way to proving me right.
Ratatat, the duo from New York City, labored in obscurity and relative anonymity during the first couple of years of the new millennium. Right after finishing college, Mike Stroud and Evan Mast ended up making music under the stage name “Cherry”. They slowly, but surely, curved out their own space in the underground electronic music scene in the Big Apple and continued to self-produce good tunes from the comfort of Stroud’s own apartment.
It was not until 2006, however, that Ratatat really hit it big. After self-producing two albums, the group finally came up with a masterpiece, Classics, an instrumental album that is so good, it can appeal to music fans of any genre, so long as one keeps an open mind about it. This is especially true with a couple of tracks. For example, Loud Pipes, arguably the group’s most popular track, can be ranked side by side along any electronic song of any era. Wildcat is another fantastic track that proves the greatness of this band. The album is so wonderful it never ceases to remind me of my absolute love of the genre. Electronic music is here to stay, and Ratatat are at the forefront of this musical revolution. [Read more...]