The pop five
The Pop Five: my picks for a favorite song, album, artist, movie and TV show this spring. I’m picking this pop five based on what I’m predicting to be new, upcoming and overall awesome.
My new song pick is “Payphone” by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa. This song is a perfect pop song, and I’m sure we’ll hear it begin to be over played and take top chart positions for the summer of 2012, but it’s a little more than just another club pop song built and produced for the radio. This songs theme is pretty original and the music isn’t typical of what you usually get on pop radio. It’s refreshing. The song is catchy and although Khalifa’s part kind of makes zero sense next to theme of the song, it kind of does if you give him a chance. Although it’s not a personal favorite, I respect it and recommend you give it a listen.
My artist of the month is Tupac. I know he’s dead, but if you haven’t heard, he came back to life as a Hologram for a couple-song set with Snoop Dog at Cochella on Sunday April 15. You have to appreciate old school hip-hop, especially when most of the rap today has no rhyme, rhythm, or any sort of musical quality. If you want to listen to some real hip-hop check out some of Tupac’s songs. I recommend “Changes” and “Keep Ya Head Up.”
The album that I’m recommending to absolutely everyone is “This is War” by 30 Seconds to Mars. This album is one of those that tell a story, and the songs seem to just blend perfectly together. You need to listen to it in order all the way through to understand the real meaning the band was trying to convey. Their music is a lot like Angels and Airwaves and Blink 182. I highly recommend at least listening to the title track or the single “Closer to the Edge.”
My movie pick is definitely “The Man on the Train.” This movie is a remake of a 2002 French Film and is not for those looking for a fun simple movie to watch. The plot is very complicated but very good and the film has several underlying themes shown in the way they compare and contrast the two completely opposite main characters. The meaning of the movie is up for interpretation and some of the people I watched it with said it was boring and had no meaning. I think the film is complex, so if you’re not ready to think then don’t watch it. If you’re looking for a film that will make you think this is the perfect movie.
My TV show pick for this month is “30 Rock.” This show is hilarious if you like dry humor because that’s the only kind it has. Much like “the office” the show is about the daily lives of the members of a TV studio while they are at work. This show is hilarious and I personally love watching it. It airs on NBC Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. and the season finale was May 17.