Back in January I blogged about the 20th anniversary release of Tori Amos‘s second album Under The Pink, commenting on how important that album is to me. Today, I’m blogging about the 20th anniversary release of Nine Inch Nails‘s second album The Downward Spiral — the single most important album in my life. I know it sounds hyperbolic to say that an album can change a person’s life but in this case, it’s true. I’ve been a lifelong music fan, happily relishing in the songs that touch my soul or simply make me happy. I could list any number of albums that have had a great impact on my life in various ways but no album has truly affected the person that I am as much as The Downward Spiral has. 20 years ago today, I walked into my local record store and I paid about $9.99 for the album that would change my life forever, in ways I couldn’t even imagine. More »
The TV Guide
My Monday night was a really quiet one, for the most part, in that I managed to get some stuff done around the house and I managed to finish up some reading that I started over the weekend. I mentioned previously that I spent part of a recent evening catching up on a few issues of The New Yorker magazine that I wanted to get thru and I managed to get that finished last night. The most recent issue is their annual anniversary double issue so there is a lot included for me to read. Yesterday was an anniversary of sorts for me … one that I used to celebrate but now is only a painful reminder. I wish I could tell you that Monday was a great day for me but, unfortunately, it really wasn’t. More »
For the first time ever, and in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the magazine, the Barbie doll is featured on the cover and in the pages of the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. As you may be well aware, both Barbie and Sports Illustrated have been criticized in the past over their depictions of the female form and over claims that they offer a skewed and unrealistic impression of female beauty. As such, the two entities have teamed up for this new collaboration and have dubbed the promo campaign #Unapologetic. On the one hand, I can absolutely understand how this pairing could make for a genius marketing move (after all, almost everyone is very familiar with Barbie, the SI Swimsuit Issue or both) but, again, I expect that critics will have a field day with this #Unapologetic collaboration. Click below to get your first look at Barbie on the cover of this year’s SI Swimsuit Issue and learn more about this historic pairing. More »
Every Album, In Digital
In honor of the 30th anniversary of the release of The Smiths‘s self-titled debut album, the entire catalog of Smiths albums has been made available for download on iTunes. I was lucky enough to pick up The Complete Smiths box set a couple of years ago when it was released on vinyl and cd so this new release is not for me … but for you Smiths fans who have been waiting for a mastered re-release of their entire catalog, this has to be the best news ever! More »
G.I. Joe, the world’s first action figure (ie. doll for boys) turns 50 years old this month and as a big fan of the toy franchise, it is my extreme pleasure to send a whole bunch of LURVE to one of my all-time favorite toys. Now, when G.I. Joe was released 50 years ago, it was a much different toy than the one that I grew up with in the 1980s. The original action figure was a really big doll. The G.I. Joe that I know and love was a much smaller action figure that was easy to play with and collect … plus, it came with an animated cartoon that I loved to watch on TV when I got home from school. Man. Lots of memories. Click below to learn more about the 50th anniversary of G.I. Joe and let’s celebrate the doll, sorry, action figure that every guy (and some girls) loved to play with. More »
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Welcome to TheFacebook
10 years ago today, on February 4, 2004, the social network site TheFacebook launched on the campus of Harvard University by site creator/mastermind Mark Zuckerberg. At the time, TheFacebook was a social network that was only accessible to people who had a @harvard.edu email address and was not meant to be a financially profitable service (it wasn’t until 2006 that Facebook was made available to the non-collegiate public and it wasn’t until 2009 that the site started making a profit). 10 years later, Facebook is one of the most profitable companies in the US and is the social networking home of billions of people … outlasting and supplanting in popularity other once social media giants like Friendster and MySpace. To me, 2004 doesn’t seem like that long ago particularly since Pink is the new Blog also launched in 2004 (June) but yes, an entire decade of Facebook has been reached … and the site is showing no signs of letting go of its superiority. More »
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Pretty Good 20 Years
I couldn’t let the day go by without mentioning that the absolutely AMAZING album Under the Pink by Tori Amos was released 20 years ago today. 20. Years. I about fell onto the floor when I realized that today is the 20th anniversary of the release of Pink back on January 28, 1994. OMG. I’m not even kidding, I have butterflies in my stomach just thinking about it as I type these words. When I think back to 1994 … man, that was more than a few lifetimes ago. Under the Pink is Tori‘s second album and I wasn’t into her yet when her debut album Little Earthquakes was released in 1992. But I had heard that Trent Reznor provided guest vocals on a track for Tori‘s UTP album … so when it was released 20 years ago today I had to pick up a copy … and the rest is history. More »
What a 'Wonderful' Idea!
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that the Academy Awards show this year, which will feature Ellen DeGeneres as host, will pay special tribute to the beloved classic film The Wizard of Oz in honor of the film’s 75th anniversary. The Wizard of Oz holds such a special place in my heart and I know it’s a very special film to countless others … this sounds like a great idea of Oscar night. Click below to learn more about this planned tribute and get ready to celebrate 75 years of Oz :) More »
30 years ago today, Apple Inc. unleashed upon the world the Mac desktop computer. Little did they know at the time (or maybe they knew all along) that Mac computers would change the way the world interacting with personal computers. Mac computers led the way for the PC revolution that has so completely changed our modern age. You young’ns under 30 years old don’t even remember a time when we didn’t have access to personal computers in our homes. To enlighten some and remind others of the revolution that Apple created with the Mac computer, the company has released the video embedded above in celebration of the 30 year anniversary of the release of the first Mac computer. It’s insane to think how far technology has come in the last 30 years. I can’t even begin to imagine what the tech world will look like in 30 years from now. Happy Birthday, Mac. Here’s to many more
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My homie Stacy wrote a blog for VH-1 Music in honor of the 15th anniversary of our dear Britney Spears‘s music video for her debut single …Baby One More Time (which is chock full of fun animated gifs HERE, so it’s worth a visit) so I couldn’t let the day pass without showing a little love to Britney and her now iconic music video. …Baby One More Time was not only a monster hit for Britney but it helped usher in the golden age of pop music in the early 00′s. Alongside boybands Backstreet Boys and *NSync, Britney was able to rule over the era of MTV‘s Total Request Live … paving the way for the Katy Perrys, Rihannas and Miley Cyruses of today. It’s crazy to think that it was 15 years ago that …Baby One More Time was released. Tomorrow, Britney releases a new music video for her latest single Work Bitch proving that she is still the Queen. Happy Anniversary, Baby!