I’m going to start with a story.  In addition to not being a big partier, I was very sick this week, and a good night’s rest was necessary. I was woken up after a very short hour of sleep by dubstep pounding through my floor.  What the fuck.

They didn’t quiet down. I turned on Last Call with Carson Daily (unaware of it’s existence previous to this encounter) while I waited for 4am to bring silence. The show turned out to be pretty good, and I was really happy to be exposed to Joshua James for the first time.

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James is often compared to Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joe Purdy, Bright Eyes or Ray LaMontagne. I love all of those men, and I recommend giving Joshua a listen. “Queen of the City” is my favorite song so far, and is very catchy. I love folk music and James fits right into my realm.

On January 8, 2013, this was posted to James’s website, “Joshua’s video for “Queen of the City” was chosen to compete with 4 other videos for an installment of MTV-U’s “The Freshmen” on the network over the Holidays.  From what MTV said, the “Queen of the City” dominated the competition with over 30,000 votes.  Not too shabby.

Take a listen and check this artist out.

-Brooke Leone

bikinibodyAcross campus and around the world, core muscles are a known issue for everyone. “Do they exist?” “How can I make them bigger?” “I’ll never get to see them!” “They’re behind the keg!” Everyone loves to hate their abs, but most don’t realize just how important those muscles really are. While getting them in shape can be a nightmare, actually doing so helps you look good, feel good, and think better.

And so to help you on your fitness journey, let’s hear it for Bikini Body Mommy, the personal trainer mommy who lost 100 pounds, and has great advice to show for it. The great thing about her site is that she has photos to go along with the workouts, as well as other fitness choices and ideas.

#1: Bikini Twist

1.) Lean back and prop your upper body up on your elbows (your back should remain lifted), palms facing down. Brace your abs in tight and lift your legs into a 90-degree angle (knees should be touching), toes pointed.

2.) Slowly lower your legs over to the right (knees should stay together). Keeping the 90-degree angle, lower your legs & then lift them up to the left. That is one rep. Perform 20 reps.

#2: Pike Plank

1.) Sit with your legs slightly bent, feet flexed up, and hands just outside of your hips, fingertips facing forward. Draw your abs in tight and press down through your palms to lift your hips up off the ground a couple of inches.

2.) For this one, focus on lifting your hips with your abs. Use your arms and legs to brace yourself. Fully extend your legs, and try to push your hips backward. Hold this for two seconds. Bend your knees, and return to the start position. That’s one rep. Perform ten times.

*Wrist issues? Perform this move on your knuckles, or lay back onto your elbows.

#3: Walking V-Plank

1.) Begin in an elbow plank with your hands clasped, and feet about hip-width apart.

2.) Keeping your knees locked, walk your feet in towards your hands as far as you can, until your hips end up in a high “pike” position. Slowly inch back out, reversing the way you walked in, until you return to the start.  That’s one rep.  Perform ten times.

There are a few other workouts available on Bikini Body Mommy’s site as well as recipes and other things fitness. Check it out!

-Brooke Leone

Jewelry Designer Spotlight: Laura Wass

Posted: February 9, 2013 by jerkmagblog in TRIM -- style
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lwassIn my opinion, accessories definitely make any outfit.  My new obsession this season, is Laura Wass’ WXYZ jewelry collection.  The collection just launched for the Fall/Winter 2012 season, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. A talented artist, she draws inspiration from industrial design, science, and art, and designs her jewelry from repeated elements.  In other words, she uses old materials and constructs them into something new.  Her jewelry has a modern vibe, due to most of the metals used.  Most of her jewelry is statement pieces, like her white or black chocker necklace from her Spring/Summer 2013 line.  Her products range from $50-$1000.  My favorite accessories of Wass’ are the products she finishes in what she calls “oil slick.”  The bracelet on top of this article is finished in it, giving the metals an iridescent vibe. Wass says that she discovers the technique while on online forums for guns. Crazy, right? The finish is usually used to coat firearms.  I mean, I’d much prefer the finish to be used on jewelry then guns any day.  It’s safe to say that Wass has created unique pieces of jewelry that not many others will have, so if you want to be ahead of our time, go get em’!

– Lauren Levine

Video Of The Week: Ghost Rider

Posted: February 9, 2013 by jerkmagblog in VIDEO OF THE WEEK
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If you need or want a good laugh, please watch this video. It is a little dry at the beginning, but I promise it gets better.

At first, you might think that this is some awful/stupid joke, because the guy shows you a weird and unrealistic chair that he plans to wear when he drives through a drive-thru. His intentions are to scare these minimum wage paid fast-food workers who hand you your food at the last window.

I don’t want to give away too much and spoil all of the fun, but lets just say that a lot of people actually believe a ghost just ordered a Big Mac and a large fry.

Who knows, maybe this prank will lead to a great April Fool’s joke.

- Shannon Hazlitt

We All Have Demons

Posted: February 8, 2013 by jerkmagblog in BLARE -- music
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Lulu & The Lampshades came into the musical spotlight recently for its track entitled Cups. In the recent film, Pitch Perfect, Anna Kendrick sang and played the track while auditioning for the Barton Bellas. The song gained a lot of publicity after the film hit the big screen with several Google searches and Spotify starred tracks. Some fans even learned how to play the song like Kendrick and Lulu on an actual cup.

That said, Lulu & The Lampshades is more than a band full of cups.  They have a few other tracks worth listening to, which is impressive because of the very few number of tracks they’ve recorded thus far.  In 2011, the band released their EP, “Cold Water,” which contained both “Cups” and another great track entitled “Demons.” Like “Cups,” “Demonshas an interesting sound and lyrical mix with tambourines, bells, guitars, and wispy vocals.

Tiffany Daniels, writer for The Line of Best Fit explains, “Cold Water” proves Lulu & the Lampshades are capable of much more than quirky entertainment. This isn’t just whimsical fun; this is a well-conceived plan, put to enjoyable melody and rhythm.” Even with so few tracks, the band brings imagination and originality to the table, and I look forward to what comes next.

Listen in and let me know what you think!

-Brooke Leone

PhoWhat’s better than a big bowl of soup on a cold Syracuse day? A big bowl of Vietnamese soup!

Pho–pronounced “fuh”– is not only fun to say, but fun to eat. Pho is a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup made of a beef broth, rice noodles, herbs, and meat. Here in Syracuse, you can find yourself some pho on the city’s North Side (518 Kirkpatrick Street), a place called New Century.

I know what you’re thinking–the North Side is quite the trek for such a simple-sounding meal. Well, my friends, the simplicity is the beauty of pho. Each bowl is a blank slate ready for you to customize. You get a side of bean sprouts, Thai basil, chili peppers, and lime. Add as much or as little as you like, but take my advice and be easy on the chili peppers. Top it off with some Hoisin sauce and Sriracha (the god of all hot sauces) and you’ve got yourself a big ol’ bowl of PHUN!

The portions are huge! For $7.95, you can get a bowl of pho with rare steak, beef meatballs, brisket, tripe, and tendon. Even though these meats may be different from what we’re all used to, they’re full of flavor and you’d be doing yourself a disservice to not try them all at least once. Yes, the meatballs might LOOK like cow testicles, I promise you they are not. There’s a reason Anthony Bourdain says he can’t live without pho.

Being from New York City, I expected to turn my nose up at Vietnamese food found in central New York. New Century quickly put me in my place. The pho is flavorful and authentic, and the menu has everything from spring rolls to Vermicelli (a Vietnamese noodle bowl served with meat and an egg roll) to fish still on the bone!

I stuck to pho because I phocking love it. I ordered the #15, which comes with rare steak and meatballs for under $8.00. I throw a ton of bean sprouts in my pho, along with some ripped up basil and lime juice. I stay far away from those peppers, looking to Sriracha for the heat. One or two squirts of hoisin and I’m on my way to pho Heaven. You are guaranteed to look like a dumbass while you eat this, so skip the self-consciousness. But, if you want to feel like a pho rock star, refer to this instructional video.

I will warn you, New Century isn’t about the ambiance. The restaurant is bare and the servers definitely do not coddle you. But, if you get your big boy pants on and decide to venture into parts of Syracuse unknown, the soothing broth will be enough to make up for the lack of decor and service.

How could you phocking resist?!?!

- Olivia Dibs

EmilySup Jerks!  I’m Emily Maloney, Jerk Mag writer, and now assistant blog editor.  My three favorite things in this world are cool people, food, and laughter, in no particular order.  Here’s a little more on me:

Year and Major/Minor: I am a senior ETS major with a yet-to-be-declared minor in psychology.

Hometown: Brunswick, Maine.  Voted by Smithsonian one of America’s best small towns, ahem.

Most Embarrassing Moment:  I can’t go a day without somehow embarrassing myself. I don’t even know how to identify the worst of the worst. I like to think it’s part of my, um, charm.

Biggest Lie I’ve Gotten Away With:  I plead the fifth.

Movie I Could Watch Over and Over: Love & Basketball and Freedom Writers are constantly cycled through my disc drive.

Follow me on twitter @emalonez, here’s to hoping you think I’m half as funny as I think I am.  For longer-than-140-character musings, check out towhomitmayintrigue.blogspot.com