Posts Tagged ‘Nick Deyo’

A King with No Crown

Posted: May 1, 2011 by jerkmag in BLARE -- music
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By now we all know that Gaga is unstoppable. With 6 Grammy Awards, 9 Number-One singles, and a throng of “little monsters,” there is no questioning Gaga’s longevity as a pop icon.

With the release of “Judas,” the second single off her much-anticipated album Born This Way due out May 23, Gaga lays the framework for what is sure to be a different kind of pop album. In a recent interview, Gaga spoke to the critique that her new material is too heavy or dark for her mostly-pop roots. Her reply was simple: “I’m not going to put out music that people expect. I am not manufactured. And if you want me to be manufactured you can f**k off.” (more…)

Perched high above the road below, a billboard showcasing a young woman with a gentle smile blends in well with the roadside setting. This may be like any other billboard you’ve seen in your life, but a closer look reveals something a bit more unconventional. As motorists on S. McBride and E. Washington Streets in Syracuse approach the advertisement, the billboard’s text becomes immediately distinguishable: (more…)

Teenage girls and middle-aged mothers all over the country will find themselves in a state of elation this summer as New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys will embark on a joint summer tour spanning North America. Proving to naysayers everywhere that boy band fever is still alive and well, the NKOTBSB tour is a foray into a different realm of musical nostalgia. (more…)

As spring approaches and people begin to emerge from hibernation, the desire to go out and party all night seems to be at the forefront of every college student’s mind. After a night of dizzy dancing and several Long Islands, waking up several hours later may seem like one’s own personal version of hell. One thing I’ve found to combat even the nastiest of hangovers is a trip to a good old-fashioned breakfast joint. (more…)

Simon Cowell’s enormously successful competition show X-Factor is finally making the jump from across the pond to the United States. Auditions for the first season of the U.S. X-Factor began in Los Angeles on Monday, drawing nearly 15,000 hopefuls from all over the country.

The show differs from its American Idol counterpart in that it showcases group as well as individual talent, making it something of a rare breed in what many American’s expect from a singing competition. Instead of being judged by a panel of industry professionals, contestants on X-Factor are mentored one-on-one with the judges on the makings of pop stardom. This is the show that is responsible for launching the successful career of Leona Lewis.  This show is a refreshing change to the monotonous success of American Idol, and I think it will be around for years to come.

The show is the brainchild of Simon Cowell, and it is widely rumored that Cowell left American Idol to pursue the US version of X-Factor. The UK version of the show included Sharon Osbourne, Cheryl Cole, and Louis Walsh as judges, setting a brash and ultimately energetic tone for the show to continue its global dominance. As Cowell said in a March 14 interview, “The ‘X-Factor’ refers to that special spark that a performer uses to light up the stage. It’s the thing that is missing in many parts of the industry right now, so this show is about finding people who understand how to bring that back.”

-Nick Deyo

Groupon: penny pinching made easy

Posted: March 27, 2011 by jerkmag in ZONE -- syracuse
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If you’re like me, you like to get good things for cheap. Whether it’s in dollars or cents, discounts always make me feel extra special (it makes you appreciate the little things in life). That is why I have found a new friend in Groupon. Groupon.com is a national company that provides cities around the United States with area-specific discounts on everything from fondue to spa treatments. What makes it even better is that Groupon allows you to share the coupons with your friends and family, turning any outing into a group occasion. Now, I’m no sucker, my mother raised me to be very weary of “gotcha” deals. As she always said, “if it sounds too good to be true, it is!” So you’ll understand my hesitation when I purchased a case of wine valued at over $100 for only $25. But when it arrived in timely fashion, needless to say I was sold.

So for all you penny-pinchers out there, be sure to check out www.groupon.com to register for daily deals in the Syracuse area. With wine in hand, I have not been disappointed and I don’t think you will be either!

-Nick Deyo

Being a product of the 90s and coupled with my consumption of contemporary popular culture, I am not a person that gets shocked very easily. I am also not a person who gets tricked or hoodwinked with every passing fad. But then came Rebecca Black. By now I’m sure all of you have seen her teenage angst-ridden video for “Friday,” which has amassed nearly 30 million hits on YouTube since its release a week ago. Posing the age-old question, “which seat can I take,” Rebecca effectively dispels any myth that music must have meaning and voice in order to be popular.

I am significantly impressed by two things: the first is that people actually think she’s being serious. The second is that in her infinite wisdom Rebecca Black has shown us that it’s possible to be a household name for a week or so, all you need to do is release a song that people love to make fun of until it grows on them and actually becomes catchy. She’s tricked us all and we didn’t even know it. It’s the kind of comedy we need to see more often. When her time in the spotlight fades, she will be able to live the rest of her life with the accolade that she was the original “Friday” girl. She’s bound to score with a pickup line like that.

-Nick Deyo