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Hello internet! I am a junkie when it comes to all things music, video games, movies, television, and technology. I am not a fan of the outdoors, the band Nickelback, and the color purple.

10 Summery Songs To Help With The Worst Of Winter

1/11/2015 4:00pm EST
10 Summery Songs To Help With The Worst Of Winter
Winter has finally arrived in most of North America, and with it comes miserable cold, gray skies, and a lingering sense of depression that are enough to drag anyone down. Luckily, here are ten of the best "summery" songs from last year to help deal with the season.

10. "Deep End" Coucheron featuring Mayer Hawthorne

If there ever was a perfect soundtrack to swimming in a pool overlooking the L.A. skyline on a hot Summer day, this would be it. The track combines smooth R&B inspired keyboard parts with a relaxed tempo and a bridge sung by Mayer Hawthorne that is simply stunning in a manner ...

Worst of the Worst: Hulk Hogan's "Hulk Rules"

8/1/2014 7:00pm EDT
Hulk Hogan, BROTHER!
It's almost impossible to describe anything as "the worst ever" because if there's one thing humans are good at, it's having opinions on things, and describing something as being bad can often be taken so far as to be seen as a personal attack. And invariably, there is almost always something that's even worse.

People will always also argue that things they don't like are bad, but that's just their opinion, and that is only one way of looking at it, because realistically not everyone will love everything, it's how it works. However, there are truly some songs that are so bad that they can ...

Sounds For Summer: "Fiona Coyne" Saint Pepsi

7/9/2014 2:00pm EDT
Saint Pepsi : Fiona Coyne
It'd be easy to argue that Degrassi's most memorable character was Jimmy Brooks, mostly due to the fact that he was portrayed by a young Drake who has gone on to be one of the more influential figures in R&B.

Ryan DeRobertis, under the moniker of Saint Pepsi, has now presented us with the fact that it may have instead been Fiona Coyne, a rich socialite from Manhattan (where DeRobertis originates from). The song fits her image perfectly: smooth disco funk riffs reminiscent of what was found on Daft Punk's last record blend with a bouncy bassline and DeRobertis's fantastic vocals.

This mark...

Sounds for Summer: 'Swimming Pool Blues' Miniature Tigers

6/28/2014 10:00am EDT
Miniature tigers : Cruel Runnings
Summer is finally here, and it's the perfect time of year for road trips, backyard parties, and any number of other events that require music, or at least are made better with it.

In order to perfectly soundtrack these events, this weekly article will feature a song that perfectly fits the season in one way or another.

What better way to kick off this series than with a strong contender for pop song of 2014, "Swimming Pool Blues" by Miniature Tigers, a song that is so Summery it practically smells like salt water.

The song begins with a simple acoustic guitar and drums, and then heats ...

Alternative Music Spotlight: Penguin Prison

6/27/2014 7:00pm EDT
Penguin Prison : Penguin Prison
Chris Glover is the sole man behind what is perhaps New York City's goofiest and most fun pop group, Penguin Prison, a project that stands in stark contrast to his more emotionally charged contemporaries like Passion Pit and Phoenix.

Even the name Penguin Prison is goofy, and it's clear that Glover doesn't take himself too seriously, which is probably the reason that his most well known song is "Don't F**k with My Money," a song that's both laugh out loud hilarious and unbelievably catchy, and avoids being a gimmick because of it's immaculate production and it's absolutely perfect vocal ho...

Maroon 5's 'Maps' Shows That There Is No Hope Left For The Band

6/21/2014 2:00pm EDT
Maroon 5
A long time ago, a band emerged from sunny Los Angeles, California with one of the best pop debut records in recent memory. That record was called "Songs About Jane" and it featured a plethora of radio hits that were both instanly memorable and also instantly replayable.

That band's name is Maroon 5, and "Songs About Jane" skyrocketed them and their charismatic leader Adam Levine to instant stardom. Their music, however, seemed to travel in the exact opposite direction of their fame, and every attempt to follow "Songs About Jane" has ended with less than superb results.

Then came "Overexp...

10 Great 80's Guilty Pleasure Songs

6/21/2014 12:00pm EDT
The 80's are back in style, for better or for worst, and few things define the genre quite as well as its music. The 80's was probably as a decade responsible for more cheesy pop classics than any other combined, and while some were truly great and classic (see anything from Paul Simon's "Graceland") much of it falls firmly in the "so bad it's good" category.

Here are ten songs that are undeniably catchy but you wouldn't want to admit to enjoying:

10. "All Night Long" Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie had struck radio gold many times in the 1970's, but he saved his most memorable hit for ...

Alternative Music Spotlight - St. Lucia

6/19/2014 1:32pm EDT
Alternative Music Spotlight - St. Lucia
While there is certainly no shortage of 80's inspired synth pop bands out there at the moment, few are as brilliant and purely enjoyable as St. Lucia, the stage name and band of South African pop wizard Jean-Philip Grobler.

The band's masterful self-titled record is filled with tracks that pay tribute to Grobler's Afro-pop heritage, and brings to mind 80's afro influenced pop records by greats like Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, and Sting.

Every chorus is massive, and tracks such as "The Way You Remember Me" and "Closer Than This" are sublime, filled with pulsing drums, huge harmonized choru...

Song of the Day: 'Brill Bruisers' - The New Pornographers

6/12/2014 10:22am EDT
Song of the Day: 'Brill Bruisers' - The New Pornographers
Indie's greatest super group has finally returned after a long four year absence from the world, and "Brill Bruisers" is the perfect reminder of why the Canadian band "The New Pornographers" does power pop better than anyone else, period.

The track is filled with all of the signature AC Newman tricks, loud, brash guitar parts, intricately layered harmonies, and easily one of the catchiest choruses featured in a song this year.

Neko Case, Dan Bejar, and the whole of the group are also involved in this record, but it's clear that once again Newman is at the helm, and "Brill Bruisers" pro...

Alternative Music Spotlight - Craft Spells

6/11/2014 10:21am EDT
Alternative Music Spotlight - Craft Spells
Though it may be true that indie bands born in young adult bedrooms are all too common place in this day and age, few begin in Stockton, California, the town that birthed perhaps the most important indie band of them all, Pavement.

So it's no surprise that Justin Paul Vallesteros and Frankie Soto, under the moniker Craft Spells, craft indie music that is both forward thinking and yet completely indebted to the now storied history of the genre. Their first LP together, "Idle Labor" harbored two of the best tracks in the genre's recent history "Party Talk" and "After the Moment" and showed t...