Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New Music - Nero

Who they are:
Nero are an electronic music act from London, England consisting of Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray.  Alana Watson provides vocals on many of the duo's songs, though she is not officially a band member. – From Wikipedia
How I found them:
I first downloaded one of their songs “Promises” from iTunes for FREE (Of course) and I really enjoyed it but didn’t have any tugging feeling to buy more. Then I saw another FREE download called “My Eyes” from Amazon.com (If you hurry you may still be able to pick this one up for free). This one at first I was like WTF for the beginning but after about 20 seconds it really picked up and I enjoyed it. This time I was like two good ones, let me check out some more and I downloaded “Doomsday” which I LOVE!
What they sound like:
They are definitely electronic, along the lines of techno, but more complex in my opinion. Not that I’m any sort of techno expert. A lot of techno or dance music will have 2-3 lines of lyrics that get repeated over and over again, when Nero has lyrics, it is actually full length lyrics. *gasp* full length lyrics in a techno song, no way!  Doomsday is actually full instrumental but the missing lyrics does not detract from the song, the sound is more than enough to carry the song with no lyrics. The song is moody and changes as it goes on, it would fit perfectly into a soundtrack of an alien or fantasy movie. I’m not really sure how to explain Nero effectively; if I had to compare them with another band the closest I would think is Daft Punk or La Roux.
Newest album:

Monday, November 28, 2011

Tune In Tuesday

A weekly meme hosted by Ginger at Greads . It is to showcase music we are currently listening too. 

So here are some of my current listens:

Nero - Promises

I got this one for FREE on iTunes and I've been listening to Nero every since. I have since picked up My Eyes (currently for free on Amazon) and Doomsday. 

Primus - Tragedy's A Coming

I got this jam also for FREE on amazon. Its super funky and a fun listen! I highly recommend it to everyone.

Black Joe Lewis - Livin' in the Jungle

This is I guess classified as Neo Soul but this band is really starting to lean more towards rock n roll. They are a high energy band that are fantastic live! This song is not actually my favorite from this band but it is one of the clearest video they have. And you can see my friend from highschool in the video! He's one of the saxophone players. He's the white one. LOL!

Must Read: Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games Trilogy

Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games Trilogy:  
Book 1 - Hunger Games
Book 2 - Catching Fire
Book 3 - Mockingjay
Why you should read this series:
These books contain: fights to the death, survival, revolution, betrayal and characters you will fall in love with.
The books are from a young woman Catness Everdeens point of view. She is a 16 year girl who is just trying to survive as well as support her family as a resident of district 12.  Life in District 12 is harsh to say the least, people die every day due to starvation, the men are killed in the mines due to cave ins, there are few options to earn a living.  Catniss is the head of her household, after her fathers death she became the person to make sure they had enough to eat, at one point they almost starved to death. Out of shear desperation had Catniss decided to risk punishment to hunt for her family’s food.  Here is where she met Gale, another child whose family relies on him to bring food to the table.  Throughout the years as their friendship grew so did their hunting skills, until Catniss was an expert with a bow and arrow and Gale could trap just about anything. These skills are what kept their families alive.
 Panem is now what used to be the United States has been sectioned off into 12 districts and the Capitol.  At one time the Districts tried to rebel against the Capitol and as a “remembrance” each year each district must send 1 boy and 1 girl between the ages of 12 and 18 into the Hunger Games as a Tribute.  24 kids enter the arena and only one kid walks out. The “winner” of the Hunger Games gets to enjoy a life of leisure in their district. This year is the first year that Catniss sister is up for tribute…
This series will follow Catniss and crew through the times frame of about a year, each book is exciting and fresh. You are snared within the first few pages of the Hunger Games. I’m not usually one for Young Adult books, but these books fit easily as a good adult read, these kids grow up so fast to survive it is very easy to forget that their ages range from 12-18. It’s a good thing all of the books are already out for your reading pleasure because once you start you will not be able to stop. If you are a Kindle owner I purchased the Trilogy for about $17.00 for all three books. That’s a smoking deal! And if you hurry you can have them finished by the time the movie releases in March even if you are a slow reader.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Product Review: Gap - Pebbled Roll Tote in Blue

Gap - Pebbled Roll Tote in Blue
I just bought this purse from the Gap, I got it at 40% off! Yay Sales! So far I really enjoy this purse; there is plenty of room for all my crap without being too bulky. It has two compartments that are a lot larger when you open the purse then they appear on the outside. One of the compartments has an inside zipper pouch. Then there are two outside small pouches where I can put my cell, iPod and keys for easy access. My old purse I had to search all around the main pouch for way longer then I wanted, with this purse they are right there for me to find. I absolutely love the color, it a very pretty blue color that looks great with jeans.
What I don’t like: The shoulder strap is short, you cannot use it as a cross body unless you are tiny; which sucks because I'm lazy and like using the cross body. The second thing which semi-annoys me is the zipper hardware. The tab on the zipper gets skewed and you have to readjust it every time you go to open or close the purse. List Price: $59.95

Pic from gap.com

Movie Review: Immortals

What it is about:
Eons after the Gods won their mythic struggle against the Titans, a new evil threatens the land. Mad with power, King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) has declared war against humanity. Amassing a bloodthirsty army of soldiers disfigured by his own hand, Hyperion has scorched Greece in search of the legendary Epirus Bow, a weapon of unimaginable power forged in the heavens by Ares. Only he who possesses this bow can unleash the Titans, who have been imprisoned deep within the walls of Mount Tartaros since the dawn of time and thirst for revenge. In the king's hands, the bow would rain destruction upon mankind and annihilate the Gods. But ancient law dictates the Gods must not intervene in man's conflict. They remain powerless to stop Hyperion...until a peasant named Theseus (Henry Cavill) comes forth as their only hope. Secretly chosen by Zeus, Theseus must save his people from Hyperion and his hordes... Written by Anonymous   on www.imbd.com
What I thought about it:
Going into this flick I kind of had the expectations of Conan the Barbarian, which it would probably suck like almost every other ancient/god themes movie.  I have to say I was pleasantly surprised, there were a few groan worthy moments, but for the most part I was engrossed in the movie. Mickey Rourke as per his usual makes an exceedingly good “bad guy” he rocked the hell out of his part as King Hyperion.  The guy who played Theseus, Henry Cavill, also did a great job with his part. I don’t recognize H. Cavill from any other movie that I can remember so I assume this may be his first leading role in a big budget blockbuster film. He did a better job than I thought he would and I am sure we will be seeing more of him in the future. In this flick the gods are portrayed more as the “good guys” which through me off a bit. I am used to seeing the Gods as fickle, vain, and uncaring. I’m still not sure if I believe/like this change in the Gods image, but hey I can role with it. This movie is extremely violent and the fight scenes I have to admit are pretty bad ass.  Theseus and the Gods kick some serious arse. The graphics and explosions don’t overpower the movie as they can sometimes do, but definitely enhanced. The chemistry between the Oracle and Theseus feels forced so it’s a good thing you don’t have to suffer through it much. It’s more of an “oh by the way” we are attracted to each other rather than consuming the plot which can also tend to happen. Overall, there is a good balance between the main plot and any sub-plots. I really enjoyed this movie way more than I thought I would.  I wouldn’t say it is as good as 300, but it’s in the same league in my opinion.
Watch in the theater! Don’t wait for DVD you’ll lose a lot in the graphics. I don’t think 3D is necessary however.
*This review is also available on my other blog www.paranormalromancenovel.com

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Victoria's Secret Sales!

Victoria's Secret has some sales going on right now! Check it out.



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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Must Read: Wylie Overstreet - History of the World According to Facebook

This book is a MUST read, why you ask, because it’s hilarious! If only history and biology classes were taught like this book, then I might have actually retained some of the information. LOL!  The first time I saw History of the World According to Facebook, was online. There was a website that had some of the status messages and I thought it funny then and wished there were more. I would occasionally look online to see if it was updated but alas it never was. So, when I was wondering through the Target book section and I saw this book I able squealed with glee, and I never squeal.  I immediately started flipping through the pages and laughing.  I have not yet actually purchased this book, I am waiting for My Kindle Fire to get here so I can read it on my Fire instead of a hard copy. You know I’m all about eBooks!


Beauty: E.L.F. - Little Black BeautyBook

So I was in Target the other day, but really when am I not in Target... And I saw a pretty end cap the display was full top to bottom E.L.F pallets. The products ranged from $1.00 up to $15.00, and there was so much variety I almost didn't know which one to buy! After considering my options I decided to go with the Little Black BeautyBook for $5.00. It had the most variety in colors at 32 colors. 32 colors for $5.00, you can't beat it. After getting the product home and opening it up I was disappointed at how small the actual pallet was to the packaging. The actual pallet is pretty small, but the box was fairly large. So I guess that is why they could offer 32 colors for $5.00, however, I don’t really mind the size, that’s less room it has to take up in my drawer. I have tried several of the colors so far and they are surprisingly well pigmented. With E.L.F you never quite know what you are going to get, sometimes they have great pigment and sometimes it’s not great. So far, this time around I scored a winner. For $5.00 the product is better than I expected. So if you are looking for a cheap pallet with lots of color choice I would recommend this one.




Blowfish Shoes - Nazz

I recently made some purchases from blowfish.com, I bought a total of three pairs, this was the first pair to come in. (ordered at a different time) I got this pair during an online special for free shipping and I enrolled in their online site and got an additional 10% off the order. These shoes are so super comfy, I've worn them just about every day since I received them. I usually don’t like closed toed shoes that much because my pinky toe always rubs against the side, but with these shoes they are lined with a soft fabric and there has been no rubbing. I foresee from here on out that I only order my flats from blowfish.com. The list price for these shoes is $39.00.  Click here to view on Blowfish