Tuesday, March 31, 2009

U2 Elevate Themselves... Again

With "No Line On The Horizon" being there latest released back in February, U2 is back in the limelight. The new album is nothing short of amazing. As a fellow blogger and friend of mine has written about recently, there is a stigma/concern among bands and record labels, thats is, can we top our last album? And in the case of U2, the answer is not yes, but rather of course!

With front man Bono and his unique and everlasting voice, and The Edge's defining sound that gives an almost three dimensional sound to their music, the band never sounded better. Originally founded in Dublin in 1976 by drummer Larry Mullen Jr. the band did not see much monetary success until the release of Joshua Tree in 1987, but were rather loved for their live performances until then. Now with 12 studio albums, U2's success is almost unparalleled, comparable only to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

A little history there, but now back to the album. The first single of the album is "Get On Your Boots." With a driving rock beat and intense guitar riff, the song creates an eargasm when the first verse comes in and Bono begins telling it how it is. In a recent VH1 interview, Bono said that the title "Get On Your Boots" is an Irish slang term for put on a condom, and in his efforts to fight the spread of AIDS/HIV Bono made this the first single. The entire album is amazing, but some other songs to listen to that will be stuck in your head all week are "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight", "Stand Up Comedy", and "Fez-Being Born" which has a very eerie tone to it in the beginning then goes into a really cool drum beat and Bono inspired lyrics. Do yourself a favor and buy or download this album, it really is amazing. 

Sunday, March 29, 2009

F1 is Back!!

The moment we've all been waiting for is here!! The Formula One season has begun with an explosive and entertaining surprise of a race yesterday. The most radical rule change in 25 years of F1 history is upon us and it shows. With the cars being stripped down of all the fins and angles, slick tires, and the KERS system as an option, the obvious differences can be seen. With many rule changes in place as well, this season should promise much more exciting races and much more overtaking. 

These changes have already been working last night as the season opener in Melbourne, Australia resulted in a 1-2 finish by the new Brawn GP team, a remnant of the old Honda Factory team that was dissolved last year. The drivers remained the same, Jenson Button (England) and Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) and that is the order in which the claimed 1st and 2nd place in the Australian Gran Prix early this morning, with Lewis Hamilton (England) of McLarren Mercedes rounding out the podium in 3rd due to a safety penalty that was given to Toyota's Jarno Trulli (Italy). This was a tremendous feat for the Brawn GP team because a month ago they did not exist. When Virgin mogul Richard Branson decided to sponsor the team, they got there car builtin time, but had very little time to test it. Due to a lupole in the new rules, Brawn and co. designed a rear diffusor that met the regulations, and created a significant amount of more down force that gave them a great advantage over the other teams.

Lewis Hamilton struggled in qualifying and didn't make it out of GP2 due to a broken fourth gear. Because of this gear box problem, the team was penalized, and Lewis started at the back of the grid at 18th. to come back and finish 3rd says a lot for Lewis and his driving skill, as well as the team's strategy. The new rules in place also helped this as Lewis advanced an unheard of 15 positions with just two safety car outings, and 2 pit stops. Scoring 6 points to open the season, the defending champ must be extremely proud of himself and his team to achieve what they did. 

The season has just begun, and there are 16 races left. This should prove to be one of the most exciting and unpredictable seasons ever. I cant wait to see the races play out and hope for the best for my favorite Lewis Hamilton! thanks for reading, i know its been a while.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Kickin It Old Skool!

After a recent adventure to BB better known as Best Buy, i was intrigued when walking through the comedy isle of the DVD section. I found two Pauly Shore movies (Encino Man and Son in Law) at a ridiculously low price of $5.99 each. This wasn't even a choice... they where mine. So i bought them and came home to watch them immediately, back to back. As a kid i would watch these and laugh my ass off because of Pauly's ridiculous antics, outfits, and the way he talked... Munch on some grindage budddddy!! aka lets eat some food friend. 

After watching these two movies i immediately went on 1/2.com and purchased another classic, In the Army now, also starring Andy Dick and David Alan Grier. The reason for this was after watching these two movies again at the ripe and obviously more educated age of 20, i found the humor to be less in his the way he acted but rather more in the words he said such as, "your mom totally gives me a semi!" and "Fresh off the farm, oh my God, I can't believe it. Right across the hallway. Hallelujah. So you're inbred? " I laughed so much, my stomach hurt after. 

I never doubted Pauly Shores acting ability but apparently Hollywood did because besides a few short roles on shitty tv shows, and a small role in entourage as the highlight, he hasn't done much since the epic Bio-Dome. Although he is due to release two movies this year, i don't think it will be the same Pauly Shore that we all once knew and loved. I just wanted to say that i love his movies and wish that he would have made a lot more.