Pearl Jam's Jeremy
    Pearl Jam is majorly known by their hit, Even Flow through the publicity of Guitar Hero III, but some of their greater hits are overlooked by many. One of those is Jeremy, off of Ten. Ten was full of their best music ever and is a large part of their greatist hits album.
    Jeremy begins with a great guitar riff with a good use of harmonics. However, Eddie Vedder's powerful vocals are the main focus of the song. The lyrics are as powerful as Pearl Jam gets, especially for the subject of the song. It refers to a boy named Jeremy Wade Delle who was a student at Richardson High was picked on and eventually killed himself. The song was written at night in Eddie Vedder's basement.

     The song was intended to discourage his actions. In an interview later Eddie spoke about his song. "Sixty-four degrees and cloudy in a suburban neighborhood," he said. "That's the beginning of the video and that's the same thing is that in the end, it does nothing … nothing changes. The world goes on and you're gone." He also said that his philosophy was to go on and prove yourself and that seems to work out for Vedder, seeing as he is one of the better rock singers ever. Anyone picking on him definitely isn't laughing now. Even without having any idea as to what the song is about, the greatness of Pearl Jam truly shines through with this song and the other songs on Ten. 
10 Dec 2008
by Owen Webster

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If you went to Hanes last year, you've probably heard of through Mrs. Edge.  Free Rice is a website where you can go to expand your vocabulary, practice multiplication tables, or even study for the elements test.  Here's the cool thing about Free Rice: For every word you correctly define, math fact you correctly answer, or element you correctly put the symbol for, you donate 20 grains of rice to starving people in Africa.  It's actually real, too.  My current record for one day is 8,000 grains of rice.  Not that bad. 
10 Dec 2008
by Emily Atkins

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Chinese Democracy

I just got "Chinese Democracy," the new album from Guns 'N' Roses. Yes, Slash, Duff, Matt, and Izzy are no longer there, but  Bumblefoot and Buckethead have taken over. Axl can still go very high with his voice, considering he is 30-something. Some are "Better" than others. But I like most of them all the same.

#1) Chinese Democracy- This is a song that just scares me. He talks about burning people.

#2) Shakler's Revenge- This is one of those times when Axl goes Extreme ly low and high. Overall good song.

#3) Better- At the begining of this song Axl sounds like he is 3. Later in the song, I think that he lost control. He just started screaming.

#4) Street Of Dreams-This is the first song of the album to show how good Axl is on piano. This is not as hard core as the other songs.

#5) If The World- The culture in this song is acually really good. The band used different instruments than normal.

#6) There Was A Time- I think this is about Axl's childhood. But it is really hard rock.

#7) Catcher In The Rye- This is one of my favorites. The scare factor goes up here. He goes suicidal and thinks he is crazy. But other than that, it is good.

#8) Scraped- I think that he used a choir in the begining. He really put his emotion in to this.

#9) Raid N' The Bedouins- Bumblefoot used a times 2 on this. It is a thing that replays what he plays. Oh, and Alx acually admits to being CRAZY!

#10) Sorry- Quite a contrast. This is a really hard rock song. but I can't figure out WHY he is "sorry".

#11) I.R.S.- This is about some crime. He calls the President, F.B.I., Privet I., and the I.R.S. You tell me it isn't about crime.

#12) Madagascar- Well, this is not very good. He uses the original G.N.R. " Civil War" intro.

#13) This I Love- Not to be confused with Bob Marly's " Is This Love", this one of Axls' raves. But he wrote it so I won't complain ...... too much.

#14) Prostitute- Yes, that is really the name. And I can't tell who it is about, Axl or his Girlfriend.

Chinese Democracy is better than some people thought it would be. But for a band that old, it's really good.  

03 Jan 2009
by Chris Underdal

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Quantum of Solace Review
One of the biggest movies in theaters this season is full of action. No, it's not Twilight but is a great movie to see. It's the new James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. This movie's beginning sequence is a car chase. After all the action, you might think there's no room for a story line. However, this movie has a very interesting plot. James is attempting to find out the person who led to Vespa's death. Vespa was his lover and friend who betrayed him. However, James still loved her very much. James is also investigating a oraganazation who was drilling for oil in another country. As usual, there is another beautiful Bond girl and more action than the last.

Daniel Craig does an amazing job on his stunts and is altogether a great Bond. Another great thing about this movie is that it is fast paced and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I recommend this movie for anyone who loves action movies or James Bond. This may be one of the greatest James Bond films ever.
10 Dec 2008
by Courtney Serber

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Dream On, Walk This Way, I Don't Wana Miss a Thing, Crying, Love in an Elevator.


This is Areosmith. They could be one of the best bands out there. Areosmith started in America. They were given the name "Bad Boys of Boston." That didn't stop them from rocking. If you have ever heard them, you could tell that they have many styles. They are mainly blues-rock with a little rap ( Walk This Way). Steven Tyler and Joe Perry have almost perfect harmony. Areosmith has shared the stage with Kid Rock, Kiss, Janet Jackson and Metalica. If you know anything about music, you know that they are big bands.If you have never heard them 1.) Get a life. 2.) LISTEN TO THEM!!

29 Nov 2008
by Chris Underdal

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AFI 10 Top 10 Movies
According to AFI's 10 top 10 these are the best top 10 movies of the top 10 categories for movies. All of this information can be found on

FANTASY --- The Wizard of Oz
ANIMATION --- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
SCI-FI --- A Space Odyssey
GANGSTER --- The Godfather
WESTERN --- The Searchers
SPORTS --- Raging Bull
MYSTERY --- Vertigo
COURTROOM DRAMA --- To Kill a Mockingbird
EPIC --- Lawrence of Arabia
19 Nov 2008
by Courtney Serber

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Seven Reasons to Get a Tribble
A Tribble is a small, furry spherical creature that first appeared in the Star Trek episode "The Trouble with Tribbles", which aired in the 1960s. The Tribbles bred quickly, and millions were created in a couple of days. The episode quickly became a hit with many fans, and the adorable furry balls came to find places outside the Star Trek universe. From iPod Nano cases to stuffed, purring animals, Tribbles find their place in various Internet merchandise. Here's the top seven reasons why you should get a Tribble.

7. It is impossible to harm your Tribble by dropping it from extreme heights.
6. Many Tribbles come with a "Klingon detected" setting. We're assuming that it applies to other hostile humanoids.
5. Tribbles require no food or other nutrional substinance.
4. All Tribbles found so far are sterile; i.e., they do not breed. It is guaranteed that your house will NOT become the domain of a Tribble infestation.
3. Tribbles come in both small and large. Adjust to meet your fur-loving needs.
2. Tribbles can both purr and growl.
1. They're furry.

19 Nov 2008
by Ben Hiller

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Les Paul Robot -- Your New Guitar?
They are out there. The robots. They are slowly invading. And they are guitars. Les Paul has produced a guitar that is very technological.

I personally prefer regular Les Pauls.Every famous guitarist plays a regular "Les Paul."

I have not heard of anyone playing a "Robot." It may be because they are new but it could be that they are bad. I have never seen one. If you have seen or played one, leave a comment (Nobody probably has).
12 Nov 2008
by Chris Underdal

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James Bond Theme Songs (Ranked)
With the twenty-second James Bond movie being released on the 14th of November, Quantum of Solace, I've compiled a list of all of the theme songs from past James Bond movies (not including the unofficial films Never Say Never Again [1983] and the first Casion Royale [1969]), starting with the 1963 film From Russia With Love (Doctor No is not included, as the theme has been used in every film as of Nov. 14, 2006). The new theme song, Another Way to Die, has also been included. The songs are ranked starting with #21 (weakest), and critiquing is included for the top ten.

21. Licence to Kill (Gladys Knight)
20. Thunderball (Tom Jones)
19. A View to a Kill (Duran Duran)
18. For Your Eyes Only (Sheena Easton)
17. Die Another Day (Madonna)
16. The Man With the Golden Gun (Lulu)
15. From Russia With Love (Matt Monroe)
14. Golden Eye (Tina Turner)
13. Diamonds Are Forever (Shirley Bassey)
12. Goldfinger (Shirley Bassey)
11. The Living Daylights (A-ha)

And now, for the top ten...

10. Another Way to Die (Jack White and Alicia Keys): The theme song for the new movie, Quantum of Solace. Although I wouldn't care to listen to it alone, I think that it'll serve well in the movie.
9. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (John Barry Orchestra): Other than The James Bond Theme from Doctor No (not included in this list), this is the only theme song that has no lyrics. Seems somewhat odd when described, but I think that the song came out great.
8. Moonraker (Shirley Bassey): Shirley Bassey's last song. It fit somewhat awkwardly with the movie, but a good theme nonetheless.
7. The World is Not Enough (Garbage): Ironically, one of the movies with an extremely shallow plot gets the #7 theme. Also, the song actually has a plot: it is supposed to be from the point-of-view of the movie's female antagonist.
6. Tomorrow Never Dies (Sheryl Crow): Not much to comment on this song. However, the movie's computer-animated is arguably the best of any movie; looking it up on Youtube is worthwhile.
5. You Only Live Twice (Nancy Sinatra): Love how the theme incorporated the violins to fit the Japanese theme. A classic song: so famous that Coldplay remade it.
4. You Know My Name (Chris Cornell): The theme from the 2006 film Casion Royale. I think that it portrayed the cold tone of the new actor, Daniel Craig, perfectly, though it wouldn't have fit at all for Roger Moore, George Lazenby, or Sean Connery.
3. All Time High (Rita Coolidge): The theme from the 1983 film Octopussy. Being the second film with a theme song which had a title that was different from that of the movie's (Nobody Does It Better from the movie The Spy Who Loved Me being the first), it worked perfectly.
2. Nobody Does It Better (Carly Simon): The theme from the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me. For about a decade after, it served as a high school prom song. Aww.
1. Live and Let Die (Paul McCartney and Wings): The song Live and Let Die has been remade a ridiculous number of times. By popular opinion, it has been given the title of best James Bond movie theme song yet.
05 Nov 2008
by Ben Hiller

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On-Line Fantasy Sports
Fantasy Sports has been getting more popular than ever. Basketball, football, and baseball. This is a type of game where you go online and choose players in whatever league you may wish that will do well that season.

If you choose a player, for example, Lebron James, and he scores 30 points in a game then you receive points because your player did well. You have your own team and you're in a league with other people that are trying to get more points than you. You are able to win prizes for having the best team and much more.
05 Nov 2008
by Jackson Phipps

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Real Grunge
    Many genres of music are considered vague and foggy on the real borders of which artists are and what aren't in that category. Many bands have strived to be considered as real grunge. Among these bands that have ever been slightly thought of in this genre are Alice n' Chains, Soundgarden, and Nirvana. However, the type of music cannot be a cookie cutter definition.

Grunge started with a new type of rock involving several bands from Seattle in particular. Their music is quite unique and separated from other alternative rock as an incredibly dark sound. A trademark of grunge is it's very quiet and softly played verse and a loud, violent, and angry refrain. Nirvana is a great example of this writing technique.    Alice n' Chains and Soundgarden are almost universally considered as grunge. Nirvana has been denounced and excluded. Some say Nirvana was only brought to fame by lead singer Kurt Cobain's suicide in his home on April 4, 1994. Nirvana was the one of the greatest grunge bands in my opinion with great hits from In Bloom and Heart Shaped Box to Come as You Are and Smells Like Teen Spirit. From the beginning, Kurt followed the grunge philosophy. Cobain vowed never to "sell out" and become corporate monsters.

    Post grunge groups have been considered as poppy and corporate bands who play to sell millions of shirts and merchandise. Creed is a great example of these bands. Snobby music critics consider them posers and attempts to clone the great music of real grunge.

    Really, the choice is yours because this, like many is one of the most foggy music genres.
05 Nov 2008
by Owen Webster

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Great Guitar Players (in my opinion)
#10- Stevie Ray Vaughn
He always had his own way of playing. He was also a singer. Stevie was a big infulence. Sadly, he is dead.

#9- Zakk Wylde
Mr. Wylde is a nutjob. He can shred for 2 min strait. He was in Black Sabath. He plays a custom painted les paul custom (painted bullseye [ anyone ever played guitar hero?]).

#8- Mikey Heppner
He formed the band Priestess. He used to be in a punk band but he droped out. He also has a really good sound.

#7- Joe Perry
He is in Areosmith, and Areosmith is great band. Joe has played many gigs and is very experienced when it comes to guitar.

#6- Angus Young
Member of AC/DC, this Austrailian-based man tends to wear a schoolkid outfit every single time they play a show. Angus is actually from Scotland, so he has moved alot. His band is very international.

#5- Eddie Van Halen
Van Halen is got to be one of best rock bands ever. they have been touring from 1977 to now. Think about that. That is a long time to tour.

#4- Jimi Hendrix
Man, where to start. Jimie used to be an amazing guitarist. He had alot of friends and ROCKED. I don't care who you are,check out Jimmie Hendrix. He to, is sadly dead.

#3-Jack White
Jack and Meg White for the White Stipes. Jack was in a movie called Cold MOuntain. He only got arrested one time.

#2-(this is hard)- Don Felder
If you have heard Hotel California, you have heared Don. Don was in the Eagles. He is not as hard rock as everyone else is . But the Eagles are such a good band, they have to be in.

#1- Saul Hudson A.K.A. Slash
He used to be in the Guns' N ' Roses. some of his memoriable riffs is Sweet Child O Mine and Welcome to the Jungle. He is now in the Velvet Revolver with 2 original mebers of Guns' N ' Roses ( Duff Mckagen and Mat Sourm).
30 Oct 2008
by Chris Underdal

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My Favorite Top 10 Songs
#10 "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Ozbourne
I think that this song has good guitar and bass parts but Ozzy just souds crazy ( no pun intended ).

#9 "Through the Fire and the Flames" by Dragonforce
I love the song but it just can not be human. The rifts  are too fast and the song is freakishly long.

#8 "You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC 
This shows how Angus can be strange with his guitar  parts. Great songs, but there are better.

#7 "Number of the Beast" by Iron Madin
 Well, I like it and that's all that matters.

#6 "Lay Down" By Priestess Way
heavy metal (somewhat). The rhythm guitar is the  lead singer. That dosen't happen much.

#5 "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns 'n'Roses
It was there Ist song song done by them. Steven Alder wrote it, according to the greatist hits cd.

#4 "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovie
It uses creative and jumpy parts in it. I like it because it uses rock n   roll as well as common brain power (Compare to som crazy songs ) 

#3 "Seven Nation Army" by The Whight Sripes
Great bass line that is fun to play. It has a wierd Youtube video  ( if you can go on Youtube ). If you can listen to it you will see what i mean.

#2 "Paint it Black" by the Rolling Stones 
Paint it Black is  a song that is a classic. The Rolling Stones are the  best of rock.The fact of that alone almost them the best. If you have  NEVER heard of them look them up on Google or Youtube.

Finally, the best song I know is
I love this song because it has a voicebox, solo and a history. This is the song that the ST. Leiws Riot started on. Axl Rose, lead singer, jumped into the crowd to take a camra that secuity wouldn't deal with. When he got on stage he said " Thanks to the @#%^&* security, I'm goin' home. But other than that, it is a good song.
15 Oct 2008
by Chris Underdal

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A book Shrouded in Mystery

    If you went to the bookstore and glanced over a bookshelf of books, The name of this book is Secret by: Pseudonymous Bosch, would 9 out of 10 times catch your eye. Not just becuse of the title. The whole first chapter is in "X"s to block out any information that might give away who the author is or any of the characters are in case you identifying "while at the orthodontists office."

    The story unfolds as we meet the two protagonists Cass and Max-Earnest who are some what outcasts at their school. They uncover a mystery when they find a box labeled "The Symphony of Smells" that has information about mysterious disaperances involving the smell of rotten eggs. The two are utterly confused, but decide to investigate the "death" of a magician in their own small town (name not given, for once again it could be your town) whose house reeks of rotten eggs. As the two begin the unofficial tour of his house a couple, start a tour with the realtor. Cass figures out just in time that the couple is searching for the same information they are. The kids are spotted and what follows is a heated chase with the couple in a black limo, ending in Max-Earnest dragging Cass to safety.

    The next day at school a boy named Benjiman Blake who has Synethesia, (the confusion of the senses) is seen being kidnaped and tossed into a black limo speeding away form the school. Cass decides, despite Max-Earnest's advice she must go rescue Benjiman, no matter where or to what it leads her.

    Pseudonymous Bosch, whoever he may be, creates a unique and intriguing mystery which all ages will love.

22 Oct 2008
by Elizabeth Wallace

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Book Review: Romiette and Julio

In the book Romiette and Julio by Sharon M. Draper, Romiette Cappelle meets Julio Montague in an online chatroom. Finding that they both go to the same school, they decide to meet, and instantly like each other, not caring that they have different skin colors. Julio has just moved from Texas, and the only thing he doesn't find dull and gray in Cincinnati is Romiette. Romiette feels that Julio may be the one to help stop her horrible nightmare of fire anf water. However, the local gang known as the Devildogs oppose their budding romance, and threaten to "teach them a lesson." But when Romiette and Julio's plan to escape fails miserabley, they are thrown into a nightmare worse than any other.

Sharon M. Draper has succeeded in finding a balance of adventure, romance, mystery and laughter in this thrilling novel. I was glad that the author didn't stress the romance too much, and there were many funny moments as well. This book is a definite page-turner, and keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. Happy reading!

15 Oct 2008
by Madeline Hinton

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