Album Review: The Ready Set’s ‘The Bad & The Better’

The Ready Set is back with some new sounds just in time for summer 2014!

The album, titled The Bad & The Better, was released today, May 27th.

The Bad & The Better is a wonderful concoction of fun, medium tempo pop beats and heartwarming ballads.

The two singles on this album are “Give Me Your Hand (Best Song Ever)” (released back in 2012) and “Higher.”

Fans of The Ready Set may have already heard the big buzz about bonus track “For the Better,” which is a song tribute to Taylor Swift and Kanye West’s feud fueled by the incident that occured at the 2009 MTV VMAs.

Jordan Witzigreuter made it clear that the song is a tribute to the country singer, as he makes countless allusions to her songs and personality.

“So take that 13 luck and find, there’s a 100 waiting in line,” he says, mocking Taylor Swift’s favorite number. For the chorus, he hones the melody of her song “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” as he sings,

Whatever, ever, ever
It’s for the better
Hey, hey whatever, ever, ever
It’s for the better.

“For the Better” even quotes Kanye’s infamous line “Imma let you finish.”

I must say, this is a clever one, Jordan. Was this the inspiration for the album title?

The rest of the album includes fun summer songs “Carry Me Home,” “Luxury,” and bonus track “More Than This.”

The Ready Set plays with some synth in “Are We Happy Now” and bonus track “Terrible Things.” The synth adds to the emotional heaviness of both songs.

The albums ballads include “Don’t You Need Me” and the very heartfelt, tear inducing track titled “Castaway” featuring Jake Miller. “I’ll step back from the doubts overtaking me. They were breaking me,” Jordan sings as the swift violin melody swings back and forth between the lyrics.

Listeners that enjoy beautifully structured lyrics, will find my favorites, “Freakin’ Me Out,” “Bitter and the Sweetness,” and “Bleeding.” Jordan’s soft falsetto mixed into the melody of these three tracks are enough to make you melt faster than an ice cream cone in the summer heat.

And of course, this album would not be complete without one weird song, “Fangz.” I don’t even know how to explain that one.

I think The Ready Set fans will enjoy The Bad & The Better. Jordan Witzigreuter put together an interesting collection of melodies for our enjoyment this summer.

Listen to The Bad & The Better on Spotify.

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#KimyeWedding: The Details of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Wedding Weekend

Celebrities At The Lakers GameKim Kardashian and Kanye West are officially married!

The two tied the knot yesterday, May 24th, after knowing each other for about 10 years.

Kim and Kanye got engaged in October of 2013. Since then, speculations on how extravagant the wedding would be flew left and right.

Now that the wedding is over, here are all the things you might be wondering about what went down:

1. The wedding took place in Florence, Italy at Forte di Belvedere on Saturday, May 24th.

2. The pre-wedding celebration happened in Paris, France at the Palace of Versailles on Friday, May 23rd. (Horse-carriages and fireworks included).

Pre-wedding party pic

3. Lana del Rey sang at the pre-wedding celebration. That may or may not have cost about $2.8 million, according to DailyMail.

4. Wedding guests you may know: (besides Kris, Kourtney, Khloe, Kylie, Kendall, Bruce, and Scott)

– Brandon and Leah Jenner
– John Legend and Chrissy Teigen
– Lana del Rey
– Andrea Bocelli (sang “Con te Partiro” and “Ave Maria” as Kim walked down the aisle)
– Jaden Smith (supposedly made out with Kylie Jenner at the wedding)

– David Blaine
– Serena Williams
– Lala and Carmelo Anthony
– Steve McQueen
– Lorraine Schwartz

5. Beyoncé and Jay Z were not in attendance. Queen Bey sent her congrats via Instagram afterward.

6. Jay Z thinks the wedding was being blown way out of proportion.

7. Rob Kardashian was not in attendance.

8. Kanye was worried that he would bawl his eyes out during the wedding ceremony.

9. The bride wore Givenchy! Custom. Made. Givenchy. Haute. Couture. Gown. (I cannot believe the modesty of her dress of choice!)

10. The wedding cake: (top left corner of photo)

Kris Jenner and Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani with the wedding cake in the background

11. In and interview with E! News, Mama Kardashian claimed that she left all the wedding planning to Kim and Kanye.  

12. Remember that wall of flowers Kanye bought Kim for Mother’s Day? Well, they flew that wall all the way to Italy and got married in front of it.

 

And for the love of North West, please stay married for longer that 72 days!

Internet Week New York 2014 (Day 2): Grace Helbig, Piper Kerman and Larry Smith

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NYC’s Metropolitan Pavilion was filled with techies, YouTube junkies, and bookworms on day two of Internet Week New York.

Grace Helbig, known for the YouTube channels DailyGrace, and recently it’sGrace, joined David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of The Webby Awards, for a Webby Session on the EVOLVE MEDIA stage at 12:30pm.

“I have this disease where if I stop working I die,” she told Davies.

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Grace spoke about her knack for creating content on YouTube, Camp Takota, and even a new book she’s supposedly writing.

When asked about the book from a member of the audience she was dumbfounded.

The Evolution of Lady Sitting (Grace Helbig Edition)

The Evolution of Lady Sitting (Grace Helbig Edition)

“The FBI should start hiring you people on Tumblr,” she said when the fan confessed how she found out about the secret book.

Davies tried to get her to spill some information about the book, but all he got from Grace was, “VAGUE, VAGUE, VAGUE, VAGUE, VAGUE.”

She claims she’ll tell us more if we nag her about it enough on Twitter, so make your thumbs useful!

And don’t think I didn’t see you cowering away from everyone during the event, Chester See!

@gracehelbig and the tiny 20-year-old. #HappyBirthdayToMe #IWNY

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Still can’t believe I got to meet Grace Helbig on my birthday!

To make matters even more exciting, Piper Kerman and Larry Smith, the real Piper Chapman and Larry Bloom of Netflix series Orange is the New Black took the EVOLVE MEDIA Stage for a chat with Lean In journalist and Contributing Editor Jessica Bennett later in the afternoon.

Larry and Piper IWNY 2014

The couple have become masters at expressing themselves with six-word memoirs. Smith’s t-shirt said it all with a simple phrase: Now I obsessively count the words.

Despite the fact that Piper Kerman wrote an entire memoir about her year in a women’s prison, she admitted that she’s a very private person.

The fact that the television adaptation of Orange is the New Black is loosely based on the true story of Piper and Larry makes room for personal moments amidst all the media hype.

“Even fictional stories have this gounding in reality.” –@piper at #iwnypic.twitter.com/wzxjIzafEx — Six Words from SMITH (@sixwords) May 20, 2014

Even the other inmates were given different names for the memoir, “and some telling details from their stories were changed” as well, said Kerman.

“Just read the book,” Smith demanded at one point during the open question portion of the panel.

For more six-word memoirs, read Smith’s The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure.

Oh, and mark your smartphone calendars, fellow OITNB fans: Orange is the New Black returns to Netflix on June 6th!

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Special thanks to Internet Week New York for the HQ Pass!

MagicofRahat: “Homeless Man Gets a Home”

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Some of you may know MagicofRahat on YouTube for his hilarious prank videos such as the “Drive Thru Skeleton Driver Prank” and the “Third Story Fall” prank.

Amidst all this shenanigans, Rahat has a soft spot for the homeless. Viewers realized this when he started doing magic for the poor, revealing money with every trick.

He went further with his homeless ventures and was able to raise over $40,000 for a homeless man named Eric. Some of the money was used to buy Eric his very own home.

The video takes you through the entire prank. Rahat tricks Eric into thinking that he left something at his house, making them detour to the home they’ve bought for the homeless man.

When they arrive, Rahat tells him the truth, and Eric’s continuous response is “Oh my God!”

Watch the amazing act of kindness below.

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(Storify) Tweets from ‘New Girl’ Season Finale #NewGirlParty

During the New Girl season 3 finale, fans were encouraged to tweet their thoughts using the hashtag #NewGirlParty. The cast members also joined in on the fun, tweeting some hilarious stuff throughout the episode.

We also managed to find Jess’ light-haired doppelganger! Meet Justin Chambers’ fiancee, Jess!

Head over to Storify to see the full list of tweets!

This Week in Music: ‘Frozen’ Soundtrack’s “Let It Go” Gets an EDM Makeover

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So, is this one by Adele Dazeem?

It appears that the infamous “Let it Go” by Idina Menzel from the Frozen soundtrack got remixed and remastered by EDM artist Armin van Buuren.

This remix is part of a new Disney album called DConstructed, an album full of awesome Disney songs remixed by some of EDM’s best DJs.

Armin van Buuren brings a trance vibe to the song with an upbeat psychedelic melody.

Idina Menzel’s voice is slightly pitched in this remix, which is a popular theme in the EDM world.

I can’t say I don’t like this interesting spin on a Disney hit!

The music video is very cool as well. It features a storm, lightning through the clouds, fluorescent snowflakes, and an ice castle in the mountains.

The snowflake light show is very reminiscent of the visuals in Fantasia.

As Buzzfeed claims, “This one’s a banger, folks.”

Enjoy!

Sunshine Award 2014

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About a month ago, I was nominated for my second Sunshine Award by the lovely Alys on Glipho! She’s an awesome 16-year-old blogger who loves written word. Check out her book reviews and word blog!
The rules for the Sunshine Award:

– Use the logo in your post
– Link to whoever nominated you
– Write ten facts about yourself
– Nominate ten fellow bloggers “who positively and creatively inspire – others in the blogsphere.”

 

So here are ten random facts about me:

1. My dream, after graduating from Hofstra University, is to work at E! News as a reporter.

2. I’ve recently discovered that I have over 80 hours of music on my Spotify profile.

3. I’ve become obsessed with costume jewelry over the years, specifically rings and necklaces.

4. I plan to have my license by the end of 2014.

5. I really want to see Capital Cities live in concert.

6. I hate the fact that I’m not old enough to go to half of the concerts in NYC. (Only one more year until I’m 21!)

7. This year, I got over my fear of approaching strangers for interviews.

8. I really want a tablet as my graduation gift in December (hint, hint, nudge, nudge).

9. I’m not ashamed to say that I’m a 20-year-old who is obsessed with the French produced Nickelodeon animated series Rabbids Invasion.

10. I’m really stoked to be nominated for this award again!

I hereby nominate:

– Emi Feldman (Beautiful Recovery Today)

– Sam Manzella (The Life and Times of Sam)

– Maria Nichol (Heart of Glass Music)

– Anna Joltaya (A Different Viewpoint)

– Amissa (Moved By the Volume)

– Autumn McLeod (Autumn’s Nation)

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– Myrna Minx (The Spinsterhood Diaries)

– Amanda Lynn (Opening the Closed Door)

 

For more facts about me, check out my first Sunshine Award nomination post!