Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Nick Hornby’s “High Fidelity”

Don’t worry. You don’t have to be a music junkie to appreciate this book or movie.

But that helps.

I decided to pick up the book after watching the movie, which I also highly recommend. Come on, you can’t help but fall in love with John Cusack in his glory days (“High Fidelity,” “Say Anything”). Nowadays…not so much.

Rob (John Cusack) is good with music: he owns a small record shop and has strong views on what’s decent and what isn’t. But he’s much less good with relationships. In fact, he’s not at all sure that he wants to commit himself to anyone, especially with someone who doesn’t share the same music taste as him. No one is surprised that his girlfriend decides that enough is enough.


In emergency situations, we need to resuscitate the radio.

For those times when my iPod dies or I can’t access via laptop, I turn to the radio. Especially in the car, that mix CD I made gets a little overplayed.  Sometimes I forgot that essentially an entire playlist of songs shuffled by genre awaits me at the push of a button. I know most of the stations in my hometown, but for some reason, I never got around to learning them here in Syracuse. For those of you in the same boat, I did a little research. Listed below are the radio stations in Syracuse worthy of your attention: (more…)

Top 10 Best Sex Songs

Posted: February 23, 2011 by jerkmagblog in BLARE -- music
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Picture the scene: things are getting steamy between you and your special someone. The moon is full, the stars aligned, and it’s pretty much mutually understood that tonight you’re going to get it on. Being that mood music is a must, you interrupt the intensifying foreplay to shuffle through your iPod playlists to find the perfect song to suit the scene. You may find one or two songs that work, saving you around eight minutes or so, but then the worst happens—Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get it On” is followed by Raffi. Needless to say, your reputation isn’t the only thing falling short.

Because I feel for anyone in that situation, I have compiled what I believe to be the top 10 best sex songs of all time, so that you never again have to explain why you have Raffi on your iPod in the first place…

10. Honky Tonk Woman – The Rolling Stones

Being from the great state of Texas (where they actually have honky tonks), this song has gotten massive airplay in the bedrooms of cowboys and businessmen alike.

9. Candy Shop – 50 Cent

Nothing like some vivid sexual imagery to get one in the mood. A little cliché at times, but ‘fiddy knows how to rock a beat that everyone likes to get down to.

8. Physical – Olivia Newton John

Lend me your body talk, baby”…poetic…

7. Last Request – Paolo Nutini

One of my favorite Scottish-born Spaniards. This prime baby-making anthem delivers a smooth, sexy vibe that’s sure to get anybody thinking dirty thoughts.

6. Like a Virgin – Madonna


5. Get Naked (I Got a Plan) – Britney Spears

Released during her “crazy era,” this song combines a sick beat with a tease of Brit Brit’s wild side.

4. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger – Daft Punk

Like your own personal trainer in the bedroom, pushing you to strive for your best—who wouldn’t want that??

3. Pour Some Sugar on Me – Def Leppard

We’ve all heard it. Something in the bass-percussion hook sets our hearts a flutter.

2. Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye

This is by far one of the sexiest songs of all time. Mr. Gaye is probably responsible for the conception of at least half of America’s babies.

1. Crash Into Me – Dave Matthews Band

Some may call me a hippie for assigning DMB the top slot but I have never met anyone in my life that wouldn’t call this song the ideal sex jam. Something about his cool collectedness makes many girls (and some guys) weak in the knees.

**NEVER, under any circumstances, are you to play any of the following during sex: Barbie Girl, I Get Around, Macarena, What if God was One of Us, or Who Let the Dogs Out. If you have to ask why, you probably shouldn’t be procreating in the first place.

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While most musicians working today feel they must release all of the details of their next album months before it actually comes out, Radiohead once again proved their genius and did it just a week before.

Today, the British band announced that on Saturday they will be releasing their next album, “The King of Limbs,” this coming Saturday. Put this together with Arcade Fire winning Best Album at the Grammys and you have the equivalent of an indie music fan orgasm.

“The King of Limbs” will be Radiohead’s first album since 2007’s insanely experimental “In Rainbows.” It will definitely be interesting to see how much weirder and more unique this band can get. Nobody knows what the hell will be on this album but come Saturday, we will have our headphones plugged in, all ready to see what Thom Yorke and the rest of the group has in store for us now.

This week, America’s favorite pop roller coaster, Britney Spears, reveled the name and cover art of her upcoming seventh studio album, “Femme Fatale,” via Twitter.  The cover features an unbeweaveably blonde Britney giving gazers her signature bedroom eyes.  The font choice is less than desirable, but it is an arguable improvement over her last two album covers for Blackout and Circus.  Spears also tweeted a dedication to her fans, dubbing the album “sexy and strong… dangerous yet mysterious.”  Whether the album will deliver or whether Spears actually knows what twitter even is has yet to be determined, but either way, the new era looks promising.  Manager Adam Leber revealed this week “she will be everywhere” (magazines, TV appearances, etc.).  This Britney connoisseur can say that the new cover looks like albums In The Zone and Blackout had a lovechild.  If the sound of the new album follows suit in any way, this will be a good era for B.

poster by Aaron Freeder

JERK Magazine’s Aaron Freeder made a sick documentary for us about the people of Lollapalooza, which took place in Chicago, IL ,this year. Check out the trailer below:

Look for the full version on the website later today.

-Kelsie, exec web editor

Will tonight really be a good night?

Will tonight really be a good night?

The 2010 Grammy Awards air tonight on CBS–tune in at 8 p.m. to watch all your favorite mainstream bands take home their gramophones.  One of the most popular categories, record of the year, contains a mix of country, alternative, and pop:


Kings of Leon-Use Somebody

Lady Gaga-Poker Face

Taylor Swift-You Belong With Me

Black Eyed Peas- I Gotta Feeling (more…)

So I made an epic discovery last week.


I have found the world’s first and only time machine.


While I might be tempted to see if Jesus was a cool dude, my first setting on the dial is July 31, 2004. Why a random day from my 14th year? That, my friends, is Dispatch’s last concert ever. It wasn’t until a few years after that summer day that I first heard of Dispatch.

I wish I could be "dispatched" into concerts of music's past.

I wish I could be "dispatched" into concerts of music's past.

And that is when I started compiling the Time Machine List. 


I have this Time Machine List running in my head. It’s a list of bands I would to have loved to see play, either when they were still together or at a different time in their musical career. The List ranges from bands that broke up recently, before I “discovered” them – like Dispatch, to bands that were gone long before I got here – like the Grateful Dead, to bands I believe hit their prime long before I found them – like Taking Back Sunday (think TBS circa 2002, the Tell All Your Friends era), to Beethoven.

Bands that recently broke up before I ever had a chance to see them live are at the very top of the List. Discovering them, and then discovering they broke up a mere few years ago blows. Like listening to the Beatles, you know that you never had a chance. You were negative years old, not even thought up yet, when they were touring. But someone like Dispatch? Damn, they are on the Time Machine List in a major way. (more…)

No Doubt performed at The Warped Tour and The Bamboozle music festivals.

No Doubt performed at The Warped Tour and The Bamboozle music festivals.

In the spirit of top five lists, I’ve got another list this week…


One slight problem: I have not attended enough festivals to have a “Top Five Festivals I Have Attended” list, so we’re going to have to settle for a “Top Five Festivals I Have Attended/Dream of Attending” list.

This list, once again, is in no apparent order.


Sadly, I’ve never been. The headliners this past year: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Phish, Beastie Boys and Nine Inch Nails. Bonnaroo seems like one of those types of festivals where there is something for everyone. You like jam? Phish – for two nights, by the way. Rock/hip hop? Beastie Boys is your band. Industrial, instrumental brain-warp? Go see Nine Inch Nails. And finally, for those of you who are old school, Bruce is your man.

The Worst Thing About Bonnaroo: From what I’ve heard, ticket prices. Not exactly your cheapest option.

The Best Thing About Bonnaroo: Variety. Oh so much variety.


Animal Collective has always been about stages. First, the outfit was very experimental with Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’re Vanished and Danse Manatee. The “freak-folk” label came with Sung Tongs and Feels. Strawberry Jam was the first step to minor “accessibility.”

Ditch all those meaningless descriptions with Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective’s latest release. This album is simply a magnificent piece of art.