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Avicii- Wake Me Up

Posted in new music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2013 by alifeofmike

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I haven’t posted anything in a few days and I know I am a little late on this song, but I had to write about it.

I am a HUGE EDM (Electric Dance Music) and house DJ Avicii fan. It is the absolute best music to dance or listen to in a party environment.  Plus, many songs have a lot of meaning and substance lyrically. My favorite DJ’s definitely are Alesso, Calvin Harris, Tiesto, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, Krewella, Hardwell, Dada Life, Nero, Zedd and Martin Solveig. This music has been taking over the top 40 airwaves and is not showing any signs of slowing down.

Avicii is one of the most popular house artists in the game, and he proves exactly why with his newest single, “Wake Me Up.” The song is completely different than anything we have heard from him before.  I heard a really great comparison of it.  The person said, “on one side there is Mumford & Sons, and on the other is David Guetta.”  This is 100% accurate.  The beat is very electronic and dance-like which is exactly what we come to expect from Avicii, however, the vocals sound almost country.  American soul singer Aloe Blacc delivers an exceptional vocal performance on this record.  You can hear the soul in his voice and he is one of the main reasons why I currently have this song on repeat.

Avicii made a name for himself with his 2011 hit, “Levels.”  Since then he has continued to be a force to be reckoned with in the EDM world, however, he has not received much mainstream success.  In 2013 he released a collaborative single with fellow house DJ Nicky Romero titled, “I Could Be The One.” The single was played on radio stations across the US, but did not reach the level that I’m sure he wanted it to.

Other house artists like David Guetta and Calvin Harris have made successful crossovers into the mainstream world.  Each artist has had multiple smash hits in the last few years and have become household names. I believe that ‘Wake Me Up” could achieve major mainstream success and could convert Avicii into a mainstream global music sensation. Avicii also announced that his first studio album, #TRUE, will be released on September 17th, 2013.  If “Wake Me Up” becomes the hit like I think it will, #TRUE could be one of the biggest albums in EDM history.

What do you think of the song? Check it out right here:

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Chicago Blackhawks-2013 Stanley Cup Champions

Posted in Sports, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2013 by alifeofmike

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The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup tonight, June 24th, in an exciting nail-biter.  The Blackhawks scored 2 goals within 17 seconds in the last two minutes to win over the Bruins 3-2.

Again, with all of my family being from Chicago I am THRILLED!

Go Blackhawks! Bring that cup back to The Windy City!

That will be all 🙂

Stanley Cup Finals

Posted in Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2013 by alifeofmike

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As well as being an entertainment enthusiast, I am also an avid sports fan. I have played everything from soccer to baseball since the age of two. Although I have never played hockey competitively and am not an expert on the rules, I am very excited that the Chicago Blackhawks are in the finals and NOW up 3-2 in the series!

The Blackhawks beat the Bruins 3-1 tonight, June 22nd 2013. Patrick Kane scored twice while Dave Bolland scored an empty  netter with 13.6 seconds left when the Bruins replaced their goalie with another player in a failing attempt to score a last minute goal on the Blackhawks.

My entire family is from Chicago, so even though I have never lived there, it is very close to my heart.

And now all I can say is LETS GO BLACKHAWKS! Bring another championship back to The Windy City!

Labrinth feat. Emeli Sandé – Beneath Your Beautiful

Posted in music video, new music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2013 by alifeofmike

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A visually stunning video and a courageously truthful lyric.  Labrinth and Emily Sande deliver an impressive song that is bound to be a smash.

Although this video was released in October, I have just now seen it and am in complete awe.  The only word I can say after watching this video is CHILLS.

Beneath Your Beautiful” touches the soul with its delivery of true love and passion.  It is a tale of going after something you absolutely want, even if it is presumed that it is impossible to obtain. The tune is very similar to Rihanna‘s, “Stay” but much improved.  You can hear the passion seeping through the amazing vocals by Labrinth AND Emily Sande. The ENTIRE video consists of Labrinth on the piano or standing in the foreground with Sande on a giant screen behind him, or Sande in the foreground and Labrinth on the screen.  It is not a huge blockbuster-style music video, but that is why it shines.  You can completely see the passion in both artist’s faces which makes the video completely believable   Not only is the song passionate and beautiful, it is remarkably catchy.  I have been singing “take it off now girl take it off now girl” over and over in my head for the past two days!

Emily Sande is a huge up and comer in the music industry with an immense amount of buzz circulating around her.  Could “Beneath Your Beautiful” top her first popular single “Next To Me”? I think so.

Check out the video for “Beneath Your Beautiful” here:

Riddick and We’re The Millers

Posted in movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2013 by alifeofmike

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Since I have not written about any movies yet, I decided to talk about two movies coming out in 2013 that I am incredibly excited for.

First is Riddick.

The International Movie Databases plot for the film is:

“Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick’s past.”

I am EXTREMELY excited about this movie.  I have been a huge fan of the franchise ever since I saw the first film of the series, Pitch Blackmany years ago. Vin Diesel is the perfect fit for this role.  He is incredibly mysterious and intimidating, which makes you have no idea what move he will make next.  The main reason why I am anticipating this film so much is because it appears to be going back to the trilogies horror roots. I love the second film in the series, The Chronicles of Riddickhowever, it had a completely different feel than the first film.  It was definitely more of  a sci-fi thriller and less of a sci-fi horror movie.  Riddick on the other hand, looks terrifying. What is scarier than being trapped on a foreign planet with giant alien predators hunting you? NOTHING. The film hits theaters September 6th, 2013.

Second is We’re The Millers.

The International Movie Databases plot for this film is:

“A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico.”

I also am incredibly excited about this movie. With the two main stars being Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, you can almost guarantee a hilarious film. . We’re The Millers  seems to be like 2006’s RV starring Robin Williams, however,it has much more of a mature vibe. I am also curious to see how Emma Roberts will be.  She plays Casey, the fake daughter to Sudeikis and Aniston. Ever since her role in Scream 4, she has gained more credibility  in Hollywood and I believe has grown immensely as an actress. I feel like she will definitely add substance to the film. . I truly hope this movie succeeds because Jennifer Aniston definitely needs a hit. She has starred in some flopping movies in the past few years and the public has questioned her ability to act. However, this film seems to be promising with its elements of sex, humor and adventure. Plus, Jennifer Anniston strips in the comedy, who can complain about that? The film will hit theaters August 9th, 2013.

Check out both movie trailers here:

Victoria Justice- Gold

Posted in new music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2013 by alifeofmike

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I am a little late on this but I still felt like I needed to write about it.

Victoria Justice officially released her first single unaffiliated with Nickelodeon on Tuesday, June 18th. Justice stated many times that this album was going to be completely “her.” And I feel that this song definitely is.  It is a breath of fresh air compared to many songs that are being released lately. It has a “feel-good” vibe and is honestly one of the catchiest songs I have ever heard. Plus, Victoria Justice in the art work isn’t hard to look at either ;).

People are comparing Justice’s single to Britt Nicoles own song, “Gold.”  The only part that sounds similar for me is when Justice says the word gold. I believe that Justice’s single is much better. The single sounds a bit like Bridgit Mendler and Justice even throws in a few notes that sound very Sara Bareilles-esque

Unfortunately, I do not believe that “Gold” will get the exposure or reach the popularity that her fellow Victorious cast mate Ariana Grande’s “The Way” did.  It was not even featured on iTune’s main new music page (why??). However, if the song does get the exposure it deserves, I think it could be a smash.

Check out “Gold” right here:

Also check out Britt Nicole’s, “Gold.” Which song is better?

Miley Cyrus- We Can’t Stop Video- Uncomfortably Awesome

Posted in music video, new music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2013 by alifeofmike

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The much anticipated video of Miley Cyrus’s ” We Can’t Stop” has officially dropped as of 11 hours ago, and all I can think of is WOW.

WOW for two reasons. 1. Weird. 2. Fantastic

1. Weird.

I am a fan of Miley Cyrus because she stays true to who she is.  She has never pretended she was “innocent” in order to keep her young fans from the wildly popular “Hannah Montana.”  But because I do remember her as a child star this video is a tad uncomfortable.  She takes her new found love “twerking” to a whole new level.  She dances and moves very provocatively and there are many weird visuals like a girl cutting off her fingers, a man eating a money sandwich,  and awkward sexual gestures. However, as uncomfortable as it was, throughout the entire video i was also thinking, “perfection.”

2. Fantastic.

I truly believe that this video is absolutely perfect for this song.  “We Can’t Stop” is a whole new sound for Miley, therefore, the video needed to be completely different than anything she has done before.  The video was incredibly weird, but in a good way.  She shows that she is growing up, but without overdoing it.  She doesn’t show too much skin, she isn’t “grinding” on guys, but she definitely establishes her maturity.  I believe this video will increase the popularity of her single, and possibly even get it placed into the Billboard Hot 100. Only time will tell.

Check out Miley’s newest video: