Monthly Archives: September 2012

Is there a point in buying an iPhone 5?

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Is there a point in buying an iPhone 5?

Is there a point in buying an iPhone 5?  On principle alone, you shouldn’t buy the newest tech toy because it inevitably comes down in price or is replaced by something better very shortly after its appearance in the market. So, is it truly worth it?

Pros:

  • The screen is bigger so that means more apps fit on it.
  • It’s faster than the 4S.
  • It has a panorama mode and the camera is better (even though it is still only 8 megapixels).
  • You’ll make your friends jealous.
  • It has all the updates that iOS 6 had, unlike the iPhone 4 which doesn’t get Siri, doesn’t get turn-by-turn navigation on maps, and doesn’t get basically anything else cool.
  • You can Facetime over 3G/4G. But who does that, anyway?

Cons:

  • The screen is bigger so maybe it won’t fit in your pocket as easily.
  • You have to buy new accessories for it, including the charger which isn’t cheap.
  • It’s super expensive unless you want to sign away your life to AT&T or Verizon (or Sprint?) for two years.
  • There’s going to be another new one in a year.
  • We don’t know how much Steve Jobs was involved with it so it may just be a pile of crap that people are pouring money into.

All I can say is that my iPhone 4 looks like a dinosaur now.

Filed under: geeky, news, technology Is there a point in buying an iPhone 5?

RER Recommends: Some Rap/Hip Hop Songs That Aren’t So Bad

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Rap (and most of hip hop) has never struck me as an art but rather as an irritatingly fast jumble of words uttered by people who normally don’t strike me as wordsmiths. On occasion, a rap song will grab me. After some analysis, though, it would appear that those songs in question contain an element of singing that I find particularly enjoyable, which makes them closer to hip hop.

RER Recommends: Some Rap/Hip Hop Songs That Aren’t So Bad

This song, with Patsy Cline singing and Kid Cudi rapping and singing, is a masterpiece of stitching and producing. Sure, you could say that Jay-Z (or Jays as the white hairs call him) song “Young Forever” did a good or better job but then you’d be missing the point of me saying Patsy Cline’s voice is in “She Came Along”. Her voice is heavenly compared to Cudi’s lyrics about threesomes. The fact that my mother loves this song should tell you that it’s as good as Kix (kid tested, mother approved).

“Sunrise” by Childish Gambino has the clapping that makes me forget the use of the N word. The lyrics of this rap song are hilarious which makes it so much better than your run of the mill Lil Wayne song. You can’t go wrong with a NPR reference!

Like I wasn’t going to throw in Die Antwoord. Surely you know me better than that by now. Check out our other posts about this South African group that is making the rounds.

“All of the Lights” made me love Kanye West. Until I realized that the song is barely his since so many other rappers and performers are involved in this song and his album as a whole. Then I remembered he is a jerk and I can only really back him up on this song.

This song is hardly a rap song but it is very fast paced and I love it all the more. Jacques Brel is Alive and Well in Paris is an amazing album that everyone should listen to at least once.

Do you have any hip hop or rap songs that are simply a “must-listen”?

Filed under: entertainment, music RER Recommends: Some Rap/Hip Hop Songs That Aren’t So Bad

Joss Stone Takes Broken Bells’ “High Road”

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Joss Stone Takes Broken Bells’ “High Road”

 

UK soul singer Joss Stone‘s The Soul Sessions Vol 2 is upon us. If you’re a fan of Joss (and understand math) you’ll know this is the followup to 2002/3’s Vol 1–the singer’s much acclaimed debut. This one, just like the last, is chock-full of mostly soul standards and a few re-worked rock songs. That’s right, c-o-v-e-r-s. Vol 2‘s “Fell in Love with A Boy” is Broken Bells’ “The High Road.” Oh and it’s damn good.

 

 

The Soul Sessions Vol 2 is out now. Be sure to pick it up at your favorite (e)retailer.

 

 

Joss will be touring Europe, US/Canada, and South America in support of this record, too. Tickets are on sale now!

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RIP Jimi Hendrix

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RIP Jimi Hendrix

Yesterday marked the 42nd anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s death. Let’s take a few moments to honor the greatest guitarist of all time.

Crazy-colored headbands and ridiculous guitar riffs…you will always be remembered.

A few Jimi classics:

RIP Jimi Hendrix

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RIP Jimi Hendrix

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RIP Jimi Hendrix

Yesterday marked the 42nd anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s death. Let’s take a few moments to honor the greatest guitarist of all time.

Crazy-colored headbands and ridiculous guitar riffs…you will always be remembered.

A few Jimi classics:

RIP Jimi Hendrix

Filed under: culture, music RIP Jimi Hendrix

The Killers’ “Battle Born” Out Now!

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The Killers’ “Battle Born” Out Now!

 

I went to Target earlier this evening and decided to pick up The KillersBattle Born despite the decidedly lackluster leading single “Runaways.” The cashier, probably horrified that I was buying a CD, told me she wished they’d stopped making music after “Human.” I laughed. And then I got really angry.

I fucking love “Human.”

And I love The goddamn Killers.

 

Sure Brandon Flowers et al haven’t thought of a lyric about the devil, death, or damnation, that they didn’t later record. Sure their songs sound the same–and a lot like U2 or Bruce Springsteen. And your point?

 

Pick up Battle Born!

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MNDR Live via The Fader

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MNDR Live via The Fader

Rhyme et Reason’s editors have been steady obsessed with MNDR ever since we posted her/their song “Feed Me Diamonds” a few weeks back. (Note to self: Amanda Warner is the person; MNDR is the person + Peter Wade.) Recently The Fader got MNDR to perform for their Open Bar series and I thought I should share.

 

Check out “Faster Horses”:

 

and “Stay”

 

Can’t get enough! But that’s lucky because MNDR’s debut Feed Me Diamonds is out now.

 

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Lana Del Rey covers “Blue Velvet” for H(&)M UPDATED!

Lana Del Rey covers “Blue Velvet” for H(&)M UPDATED!

Eternal Rhyme et Reason favorite Lana Del Rey covered Bobby Vinton’s “Blue Velvet” for a David Lynch -inspired advert for Swedish über retailer H&M. It’s as dark and dreamy as any of her own material. Check it out below:

How can we get our hands on the full version?!

UPDATE: Listen to the cover in full!

Filed under: culture, fashion, music Lana Del Rey covers “Blue Velvet” for H(&)M UPDATED!

Celeste and Jesse Forever

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There really should be a more accurate genre for movies like this, because ‘comedy-drama’ doesn’t suit Celeste and Jesse Forever at all. Sure, there are some parts that are dramatic, and some parts that are humorous, but it’s more like the mirror version of a romantic comedy–by which I mean that they already skipped the movie that had to do with how these two best friends started dating. That movie would have been cute and quirky, but ultimately uninteresting. Celeste and Jesse Forever is like the sequel to the rom-com that never existed, as they’re now two best friends going through divorce.

Celeste and Jesse Forever

The movie follows mostly Rashida Jones’ character Celeste as the BFFs start to move on with their lives and begin dealing with the pain they’ve hiding for so long. These anti-romance movies deal with the far more true-to-life situations that are far more likely to happen in people’s lives, like the awkward social interactions, friend-of-a-friend rumor mill, and trying to cope with the heartache while trying to move on. But this movie has its more lighthearted moments to keep you from sobbing, quirky comedy strewn throughout. Andy Samberg is great, and so is Elijah Wood and the rest of the supporting cast that I didn’t bother to look up who they were. But I was impressed most of all by…

Celeste and Jesse ForeverRashida Jones’ eyebrows. To me, that’s where most of the magic comes from. Seriously, check out those brows. They can express more emotion that Kristen Stewart could do in a lifetime with her quivering lips and buckteeth.

I’m a fan of these kinds of movies, like 500 Days of Summer, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Like Crazy, and Match Point. So I’m definitely adding this one to my collection, and I suggest you see it while you still can in theatres, or check it out when it comes to a Red Box near you!

Filed under: culture, entertainment, funny, movies, review Celeste and Jesse Forever

Watch it on Netflix: Toast

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Watch it on Netflix: Toast

Toast appeared in my Netflix Instant queue like a butterfly does on a butterfly bush. It was meant to be there. The movie is a delightful and somewhat dismal coming of age story about a boy’s family life and his urge to cook, since his childhood meals consist of his mother’s specialty: toast.

The movie has that cute kid actor who turned into an unrecognizable, yet still very talented, twenty year old Freddie Highmore, who plays Nigel Slater. The story is first set in Wolverhampton, where Caitlin Moran grew up, in the 1960s and then moves to the countryside where Nigel (Highmore) has to deal with his father’s new companion Mrs. Potter (Helena Bonham-Carter). Their food fights are fun for the fact that they’re inventive as well as competitive.

Watch it for the British humor, food, and happy ending.

Watch Toast on Netflix.

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The Binding of Isaac

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I’ve always loved horror games, but I’ve always been too chicken to play the vast majority of them that are out there because they’re just too scary for someone who gets into video games as much as I do. The Binding of Isaac is the perfect horror game for someone who loves the genre, but just can’t muster the nerve to get through some truly terrifying ones (like Amnesia… yeesh!). The game centers around the fable of Isaac, retold in a more gruesome fashion. You play, of course, as the young boy named Isaac, who has a happy life until his mother hears the voice of God and must show her devotion to Him by sacrificing her son. Isaac escapes into the basement, only to find that more horrifying things lurk below…

The game itself is simple, you run around the basement/cave/depths while fighting the randomly generated monsters in the rooms. Every room is random, so one playthrough will always be different from the next, and with over a hundred powerups to collect the game stays very interesting. The controls are simple, but do take some practice as you move with WASD and throw your tears with the arrow buttons at the enemies.

The Binding of Isaac

The game also has a very retro feel to it as its pretty much set up in the NES Legend of Zelda dungeon style, complete with having to bomb certain walls to reveal secret rooms. And you also can’t go wrong when Danny Baranowsky composes the soundtrack to a game.

The best thing about this game? It’s less than five bucks, so it’s definitely worth checking out on Steam!

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The Binding of Isaac

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I’ve always loved horror games, but I’ve always been too chicken to play the vast majority of them that are out there because they’re just too scary for someone who gets into video games as much as I do. The Binding of Isaac is the perfect horror game for someone who loves the genre, but just can’t muster the nerve to get through some truly terrifying ones (like Amnesia… yeesh!). The game centers around the fable of Isaac, retold in a more gruesome fashion. You play, of course, as the young boy named Isaac, who has a happy life until his mother hears the voice of God and must show her devotion to Him by sacrificing her son. Isaac escapes into the basement, only to find that more horrifying things lurk below…

The game itself is simple, you run around the basement/cave/depths while fighting the randomly generated monsters in the rooms. Every room is random, so one playthrough will always be different from the next, and with over a hundred powerups to collect the game stays very interesting. The controls are simple, but do take some practice as you move with WASD and throw your tears with the arrow buttons at the enemies.

The Binding of Isaac

The game also has a very retro feel to it as its pretty much set up in the NES Legend of Zelda dungeon style, complete with having to bomb certain walls to reveal secret rooms. And you also can’t go wrong when Danny Baranowsky composes the soundtrack to a game.

The best thing about this game? It’s less than five bucks, so it’s definitely worth checking out on Steam!

Filed under: entertainment The Binding of Isaac

Video from St. Vincent and David Byrne – “Who”

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Video from St. Vincent and David Byrne – “Who”David Byrne and St. Vincent’s song “Who” gets the video treatment in a black and white which certainly highlights their very different hair colors. The song is as good as ever and the dancing is pretty good. Not “Stop Making Sense” good but I liked the way that she tried to mimic him while he was dancing, and vice versa.

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“Little Bits” – Nadine Carina

“Little Bits” – Nadine Carina

Nadine Carina did some great vocalist work with Cloud Seeding, who we featured a little while back. Her own EP, Little Bits, is far more eclectic. The looping of sounds give it an ethereal quality that borders on dream pop. With her cat meowing in the background. Her Swiss accent comes through in a delightful way.

The EP is free and it is highly recommended. Find it on Bandcamp.

This is on her Bandcamp page:

“Little Bits” is a bit different from my previous stuff. Including a collaboration with producer Gated (aka Mathieu Bedwani), all of these songs are a continuous experimentation of sounds and ambiences, created in my bedroom with a loop station, a MIDI keyboard, a Monotron Synth, noise of pens, wrenches, a folding ruler and my cat.

“Little Bits” – Nadine Carina

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ReR Recommends: Songs To Get You Through Today

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ReR Recommends: Songs To Get You Through Today

Sunday, fun-day? Not really. Well not from where I’m writing anyway. I leave you some exciting songs from a handful of our favorite artists (most are remixes of songs we’ve already featured and this is a GOOD thing) to get me you through. You can even download 1 or 2!

ReR Recommends: Songs To Get You Through Today

“Devil in Me (Noosa Remix)”–Cinnamon Girl

ReR Recommends: Songs To Get You Through Today

“End of The World Everyday (Vindata Remix)”– Wildcat! Wildcat!

ReR Recommends: Songs To Get You Through Today

“Video Games (Krush Remix)”– Lana Del Rey

ReR Recommends: Songs To Get You Through Today

“Sweet Nothing”– Calvin Harris Featuring Florence Welch

ReR Recommends: Songs To Get You Through Today

“You Can Yell”–Astronauts, etc.


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ReR Recommends: Songs To Get You Through Today

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ReR Recommends: Songs To Get You Through Today

Sunday, fun-day? Not really. Well not from where I’m writing anyway. I leave you some exciting songs from a handful of our favorite artists (most are remixes of songs we’ve already featured and this is a GOOD thing) to get me you through. You can even download 1 or 2!

ReR Recommends: Songs To Get You Through Today

“Devil in Me (Noosa Remix)”–Cinnamon Girl

ReR Recommends: Songs To Get You Through Today

“End of The World Everyday (Vindata Remix)”– Wildcat! Wildcat!

ReR Recommends: Songs To Get You Through Today

“Video Games (Krush Remix)”– Lana Del Rey

ReR Recommends: Songs To Get You Through Today

“Sweet Nothing”– Calvin Harris Featuring Florence Welch

ReR Recommends: Songs To Get You Through Today

“You Can Yell”–Astronauts, etc.


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Gangnam Style video

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Gangnam Style video

Galloping is in, people. Maybe you’ve seen this video, sexy lady, but maybe you haven’t. We’re here to illuminate your day by showing you this gem of a video, which has already been remixed as “Gundam Style”. Google it.

I honestly don’t know what this video or song is about but it sure is catchy.

Gangnam Style video

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Konami Shows Off Their New FOX Engine

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Hideo Kojima brings back Big Boss for another installment in the Metal Gear Solid franchise, this time it’s Ground Zeroes. The game seemingly takes place immediately after the events of MGS: Peace Walker, but the big story here is how MGS:GZ looks. The gameplay trailer was shown this year at PAX, the trailer is a bit long, but it is technically astounding.

The graphics are practically photorealistic, the animation is amazing and the most phenomenal part is that this tech demo is compatible with current gen consoles. That means that the FOX engine can crank this kind of realism with today’s PS3 or Xbox 360, so why would we need to move on to the next-gen consoles when we’re only now getting to this level of graphics and animation?

Filed under: entertainment, geeky, science, technology, video games Konami Shows Off Their New FOX Engine

Michelle Obama Delivers at DNC 2012

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Michelle Obama Delivers at DNC 2012

 

Last night everyone’s favorite FLOTUS delivered an incredible speech at the Democratic National Convention. Michelle Obama’s stirring take on the state of the union was filled with lots of touching anecdotes from hers and the president’s past, and never devolved into the kind of pandering which characterized Mrs. or Mr. Romney’s speeches. Admirably, she managed to reflected on her husband’s accomplishments during his tenure to date (and there are many) without bragging (again, although she could). Their vision for the United States is a brave one, befitting its people. We only hope they’ll be around to see it through!

Check out her speech in its entirety:

 

We can’t wait to see President Obama accept his party’s nomination! Needless to say, ¡Obámanos!

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Rodriguez in Concert

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Rodriguez in Concert

Rodriguez in Concert
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Sixto Rodriguez is a legend in South Africa. He is of Mexican descent and from Detroit but, for some reason, his album Cold Fact made it big in South Africa. He is pretty much unheard of in America but that should soon be changing since a documentary called Searching for Sugar Man was just made about him. It was released this year. He was a figure of myth until they tracked him down and discovered that he hadn’t offed himself or died in mysterious circumstances.

I grew up listening to Cold Fact and it was a real treat to see him, last Thursday, in an intimate concert at Sixth & I Synagogue in Washington D.C. There were many South Africans who, similarly, had to pay respect to the man who has shaped their culture in such a significant way. It was just him and his guitar, no fancy backing musicians like when he played Letterman the other day.

At the age of 70, he is still performing and wowing audiences. He is a bit frail at this point but that doesn’t mean that watching him live is any less of a thrill. His songs, mostly recorded in the 1970s, still connect with people these days – especially since he writes about drugs, the inner city poor, and relationships. Things that don’t go away.

“Why can’t you trust women? Because you can’t trust men. Trust no one.” – Rodriguez

Rodriguez in Concert
The South African flag made an appearance.

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Stream Now: The xx – “Coexist”

Stream Now: The xx – “Coexist”
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“Coexist” – The xx‘s newest minimalist album is currently streaming on NPR. Their recognizable sound has been recycled a bit, but that’s not a bad thing. There’s still loads of xylophone, steel drums, haunting lyrics, and beautiful sounds. Buy it on September 11th or otherwise known as next Tuesday.

Stream it now on NPR

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California Wives Want To Tell You About Art History

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California Wives Want To Tell You About Art History

Lots of you are headed back to school so why not hit the books with California Wives?  Art History, their debut album, is one of Rhyme et Reason’s required readings for fall. Replete with sexy songs about youth, love, and Los Angeles, there’s an awful lot to like.

 

While not altogether unique sounding (see contemporaries The Temper Trap, Nada Surf, Stars) it is still something you ought to pick up.

California Wives Want To Tell You About Art History

Art History is out tomorrow on Vagrant Records!

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