21 reflections on The Grammys (or was it the CMAs?)

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Despite the fact that keeping up with popular culture is the first “special skill” listed on my resume, until last night I had never actually watched the Grammys. I had avoided doing so largely because I believed the show consisted of hours spent watching artists perform the very songs played to death on the radio the year before. I was sorely mistaken. The Grammys, in fact, consist of hours spent watching artists perform strange songs no one has ever heard before, random oldies no one thought they would ever hear again, and bizarre collaborations between artists that no one ever wanted to hear together. Plus, they feature an unexpected and unfortunate amount of country (see the title of this article). Here are some thoughts and comments from last night’s show:

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Beyoncé surprises world with new album, wins everything


Christmas came early. Actually, Christmas was canceled because Santa decided he couldn’t top this.

In case you don’t know what the Internet is I’m talking about, Beyoncé unexpectedly released her self-titled fifth studio album on iTunes in the wee hours this morning, singlehandedly annihilating every other musical artist ever.

The album features fourteen songs and seventeen videos and includes a killer line-up of musical guests, including Drake, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, Timbaland, Frank Ocean, Drake, the two other chicks from Destiny’s Child (just kidding, we love you Michelle… sort of) and, in typical Jay Z-Beyoncé fashion, her infant. (Just kidding, we actually really do love you Blue Ivy. Like, a lot.) Continue Reading

Explicitly Explicit: A Valentine’s Day playlist

When it comes to love, Trey Songz, D’Angelo, and Robin Thicke seem to have all the answers. If you’re at a loss for words this Valentine’s Day, why not let music do the talking for you and turn to those who have more experience under their belts (if you know what I mean)? After all, what’s better than some sweet tunes to set the mood and let your special someone know what’s up? Here are some songs that may help you on your way…you’ll be sure to get your point across.

And if you’re feeling sad on this day of love, I have two words for you: “Single Ladies.”  Or try some of the songs at the bottom of the playlist, beginning with Trey Songz’ “Can’t Be Friends,” and remember that you are not alone.


Time-waster of the day: February 5, 2013

Relive the magic over and over again. This is all you needed to see from the Super Bowl. Oh, also the team named like the bird won.

New Semester’s Resolutions: Pros and cons


Each new term brings with it a world of possibility, which is only heightened by the start of a new year. Plus, 2013 has proved to be shockingly awesome already, only furthering my delusions of grandeur. I mean, Destiny’s Child got back together, so that’s a dream come true; JT is releasing new music, meaning he maybe realized acting is um, not as much his thing; a TEMPLE RUN 2 CAME OUT; Kim and Kanye got pregnant to entertain us; and there are new salad containers at Jos which may look smaller but they’re not—they actually allow for much better dressing distribution (!). It seems that the world is becoming more and more perfect.

Thus, we have no choice but to make new semester’s resolutions. Luna Lovebad is about to share with you hers, and I’ll explain why I am incapable of keeping any.

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Super Bowl XLVII Ads: A retrospective review

Someone told me the 49ers and Ravens a football game last night was prelude and postlude to the life-changing Destiny’s Child reunion. Anticipation for the concert (and shock after it) was so great that companies paid millions of dollars for mere 30-second ad spots. OK, I’m kidding. Super Bowl XLVII was great. New Orleans got blackout, and the Niners almost pulled off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. That being said, the ultra-high production value ads deserve their assessment as well. Here are BlogDailyHerald’s awards/superlatives for last night’s commercials:

1. Best space commercial. There were four that fit the bill last night (including babies!), but the winner is definitely the 30-second spot for Axe Apollo. Now we know that the great chain of being goes something like Spaceman>Lifeguard>Shark.

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