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I didn’t really want to contribute to the discussion of this…but I found this interesting.

I think it’s safe to say that by now, you’ve seen this.

You must have right? Over 50,000,000 people did, at least.

I’m not hear to bash this video. It’s bad, sure, but it’s certainly not the worst video in the world.  If you guys looked at the other videos on this channel, all of them starring wanna be teen pop stars themselves, who’s parents paid for the video (just like Black), they’re all in that exact mediocrity-bad level. For some reason, Miss Black’s video is the one that struck.

The internet is weird like that. BUT, that’s not what’s interest me.

See, I stumbled upon this video starring Miranda Cosgrove (for people my age, that funny/overachiever little girl character from School of Rock, for young kids, the lead girl from iCarly.)

Now…tell me this doesn’t look….FAMILIAR….

Interesting that they share that many images and shots. Who ripped off who? Do I sense a fight coming on?! Is someone going to have to sue the other person!?

….of course not. The truth is actually much simpler.

Looking at the upload dates I noticed that they were uploaded a day apart from each other. Funny enough, Black’s video was uploaded first.  She beat Cosgrove by a day. So if anyone is to blame rip off, that would be ridiculous, and down right impossible.

So what does that mean?  The makers of both the videos and the songs are just generalizing that what they think girls want to hear and see. That’s why the videos are so similar, they’re working off the same model, the same model that’s been used over and over again. Ever saw a Debbie Gibson video from the ’80s? Is it really any better…or any less cheesy?

So really, how much can we really blame Miss Black? Make fun of Black’s video all you want, but the truth is, she isn’t first one to have a video like this, and trust me, she won’t be the last.

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Bad Raditude?

Whenever I think of Weezer, I usually associate them to good memories.

I think back on finally finding a band I can relate to ( I loved Blink 182, but I don’t I see myself in any of their songs) when I turned 15.

I think back on the summer of my junior year leading to my senior year of High School (still the best summer I’d ever had in my teens). The green album was basically my soundtrack to that summer.

I had my first (ok..my only) Vegas trip with my friends, in which we played Make Believe on the drive to and on the drive back.

Last years Pork and Beans music video made me smile like no other and I have fond memories of singing Dreamin with my friends driving on our way to SD Comic Con.

Yes, not every song is great(and yes, most of the songs in Make Believe aren’t that good ) but there are at least a few songs per album that work on me.

So a few days ago I got a nice surprise. A friend of mine who works for a record company got a few copies for free and gave me one of them.

weezer-raditude

THAT made my day.

I got home, and like a little nerd, pretty much announced it via twitter/Facebook, that I got the new album a day a head for free.

I was expecting some comments like “Thats awesome!” or ” Sweet! I’m jealous!”  or “I can’t wait to listen to it myself!”.

….thats not what I got.

A few friends emailed me/ twitter me their reaction.

-“It sucks man.”

-” Weezer: Radidtude :C”

-“Total disappointment.’

-“It’s a good thing you didn’t pay for it.”

….shit.

I barely got a chance to listen to it….and after reading those comments…well damn it, thats not what I wanted hear.

Listen, not to go into it too deep, but I’ve been having a rough year. I was hoping to just kick back and listen to this album and take it for it was… but now, I was getting worried.

It was silly, but I guess I didn’t want Weezer to disappoint me too.

So I didn’t listen to it for the whole day.

Now let me take you take you back an hour ago.

I was watching tv, and all of a sudden my 15-year-old nephew, Andrew, comes in excited.

“You got the new Weezer!” he asks holding the CD in his hands.

“Yeah, ” I replied ” A friend got it for me for free.”

“Thats so cool!” He said big smile on his face.

I tell him he can import it later for his computer and he replied with a very happy “thanks.”

That got me thinking.

My opinion on the CD is still up in the air ( have been listening to while I have been writing this) but whatever my final reaction I’ll be happy. 

Why? Because I’m happy that Weezer is still affecting a young 15-year-old who finally found his band.

Because this 15-year-old is going to be making his own memories, and I’m glad that Weezer can still do that for someone.

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Just like everyone else, I get bored.

So what do I do that kills said boredom?

Listen to music.

kirbykrackle Album Cover

It’s hard to get me into music.

I have to be in a certain place in my head and I just can’t get into a band just because you say their good, I have to be in the right mood.

So when I first heard of the band Kirby Krackle, I was skeptical.

Here’s their BIO from their website…

KIRBY KRACKLE is a Nerd Rock Band from Seattle, WA. A collaboration between two life-long pop-culture junkies, Jim Demonakos and Kyle Stevens, who have crafted an entire album of songs dedicated to comic books, video games, zombies, girls and much more.”

Ok, so thats all well and good but I won’t like  you guys just because you sing about Superman and the Fantastic Four.

So thank god they’re also good musicians that know how to write some fun songs.

Since I got their album last week I haven’t stopped listening to it.  Even though they sing about geeky stuff, I honestly would still like their music regardless of their topics since  I think they’re songs are insanely catchy.

That being said their song, “Going Home”, does strike a nice nerve for me since it’s a real sincere song about the reasons as to why geeks love to go to comic conventions.

Kirby Krackle Ring Capacity

“Ring Capacity” is my personal favorite from the group as it a clever, rocking tribute to Green Lantern.

I know, it sounds lame but give them a shot. Check out their official website (http://www.kirbykracklemusic.com/) and listen to their live stream or you can check out their live performance here that they recently did at the Long Beach Comic Con (but I do suggest listening to their streaming songs first, the quality is great)

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