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Whiplash review

When an ambitious young jazz drummer is given the chance to prove himself by joining an elite orchestra, he is pushed to his limits by an uncompromising conductor. Will he crack under the pressure or does he have what it takes to be one of the greats?

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Grammy Results 2012

Last night the 54th Grammy Award Ceremony took place. The full list of winners is available here, but you can find most of them below.

Record of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele

Song of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth

New Artist: Bon Iver

Pop Solo Performance: “Someone Like You,” Adele

Pop Performance by a Duo or Group: “Body and Soul,” Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse

Pop Vocal Album: “21,” Adele

Alternative Album: “Bon Iver,” Bon Iver

Rock Song: “Walk,” Foo Fighters

Rock Album: “Wasting Light,” Foo Fighters

Rock Performance: “Walk,” Foo Fighters

Hard Rock/Metal Performance: “White Limo,” Foo Fighters

R&B Album: “F.A.M.E.,” Chris Brown

R&B Song: “Fool For You,” Cee Lo Green, Melanie Hallim & Jack Splash

R&B Performance: “Is This Love,” Corrine Bailey Rae

Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: “Fool For You,” Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona

Rap Album: “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” Kanye West

Rap Performance: “Otis,” Jay-Z and Kanye West

Rap Song: “All of the Lights,” Jeff Bhasker, Stacy Ferguson, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West

Rap/Sung Collaboration: “All of the Lights,” Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

Dance Recording: “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” Skrillex

Dance/Electronica Album: “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” Skrillex

Musical Theater Album: “The Book of Mormon,” Robert Lopez, Trey Parker & Matt Stone

World Music Album: “Tassili,” Tinariwen

Latin Pop Rock, Rock or Urban Album: “Drama y Luz,” Mana

Tropical Latin Album: “Last Mambo,” Cachao

Banda or Norteno Album: “Los Tigres Del Norte and Friends,” Los Tigres Del Norte

Regional Mexican or Tejano Album: “Bicentenario,” Pepe Aguilar

Country Solo Performance: “Mean,” Taylor Swift

Country Album: “Own the Night,” Lady Antebellum

Country Performance by a Duo or Group: “Barton Hollow,” The Civil Wars

Country Song: “Mean,” Taylor Swift

Jazz Vocal Album: “The Mosaic Project,” Terri Lyne Carrington & various artists

Jazz Instrumental Album: “Forever,” Corea, Clark & White

Improvised Jazz Solo: “500 Miles High,” Chick Corea

Large Ensemble Jazz Album: “The Good Feeling,” Christian McBride Big Band

Blues Album: “Revelator,” Tedeschi Trucks Band

Folk Album: “Barton Hollow,” The Civil Wars

Pop Instrumental Album: “The Road From Memphis,” Booker T. Jones

Bluegrass Album: “Paper Airplane,” Alison Krauss & Union Station

Americana Album: “Ramble at the Ryman,” Levon Helm

Reggae Album: “Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life,” Stephen Marley

New Age Album: “What’s It All About,” Pat Metheny

Children’s Album: “All About Bullies… Big and Small,” various artists

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Paul Epworth

Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: “Cinema (Skrillex remix),” Sonny Moore

Gospel Song: “Hello Fear,” Kirk Franklin

Gospel/Contemporary Christian Performance: “Jesus,” L’Andria Johnson

Gospel Album: “Hello Fear,” Kirk Franklin

Choral Performance: “Light & Gold,” Eric Whitacre

Classical Contemporary Composition: “Elmer Gantry,” Robert Aldridge & Herschel Garfein

Producer of the Year, Classical: Judith Sherman

Orchestral Performance: “Brahms: Symphony No. 4,” Gustavo Dudamel

Opera Recording: “Adams: Doctor Atomic,” Alan Gilbert, conductor

Spoken Word Album: “If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t),” Betty White

Comedy Album: “Hilarious,” Louis C.K.

Compilation Soundtrack Album For Visual Media: “Boardwalk Empire,” various artists

Score Soundtrack Album For Visual Media: “The King’s Speech,” Alexandre Desplat

Song Written For Visual Media: “I See the Light,” Alan Menken & Glenn Slater

Historical Album: “Band on the Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection – Deluxe Edition),” Paul McCartney

Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists: “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me),” Jorge Calandrelli

What do you think?  Are you happy with the winners?  Who do you think should have one?  Did you watch the ceremony?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow and click the like button.


OK Go New Music Video

OK Go have a bit of a reputation for making really, how do I put it, interesting music videos, but this could be their best yet.

The video, for their song Needing/Getting, features the entire band sitting in a car driving through an obstacle course and essentially playing the song with the car and various things, like pianos and bottles, that are obstacles along the way.  It’s really amazing and I found myself being more interested in the video than I was in the song, which I suppose could be a bad thing.

You could argue that, in a way, the whole thing is a Chevy ad, because most like a lot of money was paid for a Chevy to be the car used in the ad.  If this is the case, would it really make a difference?  It’s not as shameless as the Ferris Bueller Honda ad.  At least this time the video was entertaining and not just a play on a great movie, and a chance for Matthew Brodrick to sell out.

Ferris Bueller may have a Honda, but OK Go have a Chevy that can play music.  What do you think?  Do you like the song?  Are you a fan of OK Go?  Which would you prefer a Chevy or a Honda?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also if you like this video please follow and/or like the click button.


Back to the Future: The Musical

Have you ever just watched Back to the Future and thought ‘this would be perfect for a Broadway musical’?  No, me either, but someone did because that’s what’s happening.

Though nothing is set in stone, writer and director Robert Zemeckis is in talks to transform the hit film into a singing dancing extravaganza.  Co-writer Bob Gale and the film’s composer Alan Silvestri are also involved in the project.  At least it’s in the hands of people that genuinely care about the story and the characters and, with the composer from the films involved, it’s likely that the musical will have a sound that is reminiscent of the movies, which is cool.

Nothing truly official has been announced, no actors have been attached to the project and no schedules have been released so it could be a while before we see people seeing Grease Lightning about the Delorean.  Still, I have a good feeling about the shows chances.  The films are so popular that I’m almost positive the musical will get made, I’m even fairly confident that it will be a success, though I’m not entirely convinced that there is an obvious link between diehard Back to the Future fans and Broadway musical fans.

If nothing else, it’ll be interesting to see how the film translates to a stage show and what parts warrant songs.  Though I’m not a big musical fan, I think I’d give this a shot, after all it is Back to the Future we’re talking about.

What do you think?  Do you think it’s a good or bad idea?  Are you curious about it?  Would you go to see it?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, if you liked this post, please click the like button and follow, if you really liked this post.  If your own Twitter you can also follow me there at https://twitter.com/#!/AdamODwyer1 and remember, providing you are a real person and not spam I will follow you back.


Take That Split… Again

Robbie Williams has left Take That, again.

Gary Barlow revealed yesterday that the band was once again becoming a foursome as Robbie has left to pursue his solo career.  This may come as a shock to fans, as it was only last year that Williams joined back up with the band that he’d turn his back on.  However, Barlow said that he and the band knew since before their hit European tour.

Unlike last time, Robbie left on good terms, so future reunions have not been ruled out.  In fact, Barlow stated that Robbie can come back any time he wants, ‘if he’s ever in trouble or wants to have a year off being Robbie Williams, he’s welcome anytime he wants’.  The split may work out well for fans, as both Take That and Robbie Williams will be releasing songs again.

What do you think?  Are you disappointed Robbie is leaving?  Do you think he should have stayed longer?  Who do you think will have the better songs Take That or Robbie Williams?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.


R.E.M. Call it a Day

After 31 years of making music American rock band R.E.M. have announced that they are calling it a day.

The news was announced today on the bands official website.  In the statement they thank fans and assure that this is a decision they came to together and was not the result of any falling out. 

‘To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.’

They go on to explain that they came to the decision when they finished putting together their greatest hits album and sat down and said ‘what’s next’.  This announcement will no doubt come as a shock to fans, but the band hopes that everyone understands that it was time for it to come to an end.  ‘I hope our fans realize this wasn’t an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way’.

The full statement can be found at the official site HERE.

What do you think?  Are you a fan?  Where you shocked they’re stopping?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and like the like button.


The Script at the Aviva Stadium

The Aviva stadium was packed with Script fans all dancing while I swayed stiffly from side to side.  The lucky early birds caught more than a worm, as The Coronas went on surprisingly early, around half six, and stayed on for over forty five minutes.  Despite it being my first concert, I knew that opening acts don’t generally stay on that long, but I was happy they did.  Next came Tinie Tempah.  Though I know the majority of the people there probably love him, I’m not a fan.  However, I wasn’t bored because the atmosphere was great, even though Tinie didn’t perform very well live.

After Tinie Tempah, there was a long break before The Script finally came on.  The crowd screamed as the wait was finally over.  Even in the seated area, the majority of the crowd stood and danced.  From my seat I could see one drunken girl have to be removed before the concert even began, a guy in a lime green shirt almost suffered the same faith and four girls, all wearing the same dress, walking through the crowd narrowly missing each other, until finally two met.  Oh yeah and the bands of course.

The show was great and the crowd loved it.  Both The Script and Tinie Tempah played some new music, Tinie even tried to start a mosh pit to go with his new song (which is called Mosh Pit).  For me the best part of the night was The Coronas.  I like The Script, if I didn’t I wouldn’t have gone, but the opening acts spending so much time on stage made it feel like they were more than just openers and The Coronas stole the show, at least for me.  Everything taken into account, it was a great experience and I hope to go to more concerts in the future.

What was your first concert?  Have you gone to see The Script?  What do you think of the Aviva stadium?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and if you like this post click the like button.


Songs That Inspire greatness

I’m really stressed out at the moment, because college is nearly over and I have millions of thinks to do.  I know that lately my blogging has been, lets just say, odd.  I don’t really have time to write a big post today, but I’m kind of obsessed with Scott Pilgrim at the moment and I found out that the whole thing was inspired by a song called Scott Pilgrim.  The song is by a band called Plumtree.  Don’t get me wrong, the comic is not just based on the song alone, but it’s just crazy to think how big an effect songs can have.  So anyway sorry about the lack or normality lately, enjoy the song and let me know if you know of any other great stories that where inspired by songs.  Also just a note if you watch the Scott Pilgrim movie or read the comic you’ll notice that Scott ocasionally wears a Plumtree t-shirt, which is a cool tribute and the song featured on the movie soundtrack.


Rapper Nate Dogg Dies Aged 41

Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, better known by his stage name Nate Dogg, died yesterday at the age of 41.  Cause of the rappers death is, at this time, unknown.  He has previously suffered too two strokes, in 2007 and 2008, but it is unclear whether or not these contributed to his death.  Nate Dogg has released many of his own songs, but achieved greater success collaborating with other artists.

His death is seen, by fellow rappers; Snoop Dog and 50 Cent, as a major loss for RnB, both of which Tweeted about his death.  Some of Nate Dogg’s more well known songs are; G Funk, My World, I Got Love and Backdoor.  The rappers death comes as a shock to fans and he will surely be missed.  RIP.


There’s a Song Trapped in my Brain

Yesterday, due to technical difficulties, you may have noticed only a picture was posted.  Well I’d like to apologise for that and here’s the rest of the post.

Have you ever had a song lodged in your head and just not been able to get it out?  Well it get’s annoying fast.  Plus, it seems to mostly happen with songs I don’t even like, maybe that’s just me.

Did you know that scientists don’t know why songs get stuck in our minds?  To be honest I was a little surprised people were even looking into it, what with all the life threatening diseases that still need to be cured.  Then again, with singers like Justin Bieber out there, songs being trapped in your brain can get dangerous.  So far researchers do know what part of the brain causes this, potentially, annoying musical problem.

Sometimes you may get lucky though, and get a really good song imprisoned within the depths of your mind, in which case, it’s probably best to go with it and not ask any questions.  There are some songs that I avoid, because I know they’ll stick in my head if I hear them.  Actually, there is one song that always latches on, but it’s a good song so I don’t mind (see video below).

Have you ever had a song stuck in your brain?  Do mostly bad songs stick with you?  Do you have a song trapped inside you right now, if so what is it?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.

Song I like to get stuck in my head (let’s just hope Glee doesn’t cover it).