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Album Review: After Hours by The Weeknd

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Abel Tesfaye, more commonly known as The Weeknd, is a Canadian songwriter, singer, and producer. After getting a small teaser EP in 2018 titled My Dear Melancholy, fans were wanting more from him. Finally, in 2020, The Weeknd has released his fourth studio album titled After Hours.

The first track off the album is Alone Again. Besides the ascending and descending notes in the beginning, it opens up with his signature high-pitched falsetto singing. The real action of the track happens when the heavy, bass-rattling synths come in around the halfway mark. It switches up the beat, but for the better in my opinion. Just lik…

Album Review: Healer by Grouplove

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Grouplove is an American indie rock band based out of Los Angeles. Ever since their debut record, Never Trust a Happy Song, they have garnered success. Several of their tracks have appeared in video games, television shows, commercials, and more. There's a good chance you might have heard a few of their tracks before. Their new album, Healer, was originally slated to be released in the spring/summer of 2019, but was delayed to 2020. Healer marks the band's fourth studio album, and their first album not released in September!

The first track and first single off the album is Deleter. The first thing I've not…

Album Review: Always Tomorrow by Best Coast

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Best Coast is an indie rock group from California. Besides their 2018 kids album, Best Coast has remained pretty quiet since their popular 2015 release, California Nights. After nearly five years, they return with Always Tomorrow.

The first track off the album, Different Light, is explosive and in your face right away. With the aggressive guitar and bass licks throughout the track, it really amps you up, and will definitely liven any audience when performed live. The chorus is interesting, with the repeated, staccato lyrics. Overall, this is different than how they have previously opened up albums, but I'm not goin…

Album Review: The Main Thing by Real Estate

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Real Estate, the indie rock band originally from New Jersey, return with their fifth album, The Main Thing. After having three back to back charting records, they had to set their priorities high for their fifth album.

The record starts out with Friday. This track might pay homage to the end of In Mind since the last track was titled Saturday. However, it could be a total coincidence and has no connection with the last track on In Mind. This track features Real Estate's signature, laid back sound that you will hear throughout the album. The track eventually is washed out to what sounds like some percussion instrume…

Album Review: Man Alive! by King Krule

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UK producer, singer/rapper, and songwriter Archy Marshall, better known as King Krule, releases his fourth studio record, Man Alive! After mixed reviews from The Ooz, King Krule has made a few changes. As much as I loved The Ooz, I felt as if it was too long and drawn out at times. This new record is about 25 minutes shorter which makes it easier to listen to in one sitting.

Right off the bat, we have Cellular. The track greets you with a strange ringing electronic sound, which could be reminiscent of an early 2000s ringtone. I just love the instrumentals that come with his tracks since it's a mesh of several …

Album Review: The Ganglands Of My Heart by XYLØ

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The Gandlands Of My Heart marks XYLØ's fourth EP on her musical journey. XYLØ, or Paige Duddy, continues to bring a 'dark' aesthetic to her music, while still being able to show a wide range of her vocal ability.

The first track off the album is American Sadness. The track starts off with a slow and melodic piano that repeats an ascending string of notes. During the chorus, you have your usual electronic drum beats. Through the lyrics, she talks about how she's not feeling happy in this relationship and that everything they used to do doesn't feel the same. XYLØ is wondering if she didn't do…

Album Review: The Slow Rush by Tame Impala

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After nearly five years without a release, Kevin Parker comes out with his fourth studio album, The Slow Rush. Even though it has been five years, he has been involved with the music world and has worked with plenty of high-profile artists. This album has been hinted for a few years now, but it has finally been released and fans are going crazy over it. With several release parties, accidental shelving at stores, and more, this album has been heavily commercialized and has garnered plenty of attention to push Tame Impala into the mainstream. Despite mainstream attention, Kevin Parker has kept his songwriting fresh and …

Anything Goes Monday: Mobile Ordering

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While most of my readers are on a desktop/laptop, there's still a good chance that you are reading this on a mobile device. Even if you are not, most of you at least have a smartphone. One thing that I love using my smartphone for is mobile ordering. While mobile ordering has been a thing for a while now, it has improved a lot since it first started. Some apps, on the other hand, still need some improvement. Let's go over some of my favorite mobile ordering places and what works, and what could use some improvement.

Starbucks If I don't get my coffee in the morning, I am a zombie. I usually make coffee…

Album Review: Vernon Grant Chronicles by Redeye Empire

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With their fifth and final album, Redeye Empire is calling it quits after the album, Vernon Grant Chronicles. While it has been nearly nine years since their previous album, they have still garnered some attention between those nine long years. While I don't know any of the members personally, this album and the announcement that they're calling it quits hit hard for me. I remember back in high school when I first dipped my toes into the reggae scene. They were a unique band and were different from the rest, but their sound was amazing. I later found out that they weren't a huge name and had a small fa…

Album Review: Music to Be Murdered By by Eminem

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One of the original rappers and legends in hip-hop returns to the music scene. If you don't know who I'm talking about from the first sentence, the man is Eminem. Eminem has been making music for several years but has surprised fans with a new album titled Music to Be Murdered By. Despite having some weak albums in the 2010s, this marks his eleventh studio album and he fixed some issues that he faced with his previous albums.

The first track of the album, Premonition (Intro), starts with a woman screaming and she was possibly killed. Right after, Eminem talks about all the negative reviews he was receiving from…

Album Review: Circles by Mac Miller

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With permission from the family, Circles is a posthumous release from Mac Miller who passed away in 2018. After giving family and friends time to grieve and process Mac Miller's death, they decided to allow his record label to release Circles, which was in the works before he passed. Normally I am not excited for posthumous releases since some record labels can use it as a "cash cow." However, I think this release wasn't intended for that purpose and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this album.

Right at the beginning of the album we have the title track, Circles. The track starts off light and quiet …

Anything Goes Monday: Highest Paid AdSense Niches

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There is one thing that I've always thought about when it comes to AdSense, are all blogs and websites treated the same? If there were two websites with similar views and other stats but were about two completely different topics, would they make the same amount of money through AdSense? The answer may surprise you, but they would get paid different amounts. Turns out, the amount of money you could make through AdSense greatly depends on your niche, or topic.

Before we talk about the different niches, we need to talk about two terms related to advertisements: CPC and CPM. If you run a blog or website and run a…

Top 10 Favorite Albums of 2019

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Now that all the holidays are over, we have now entered the year of 2020. It's a new year as well as a new decade. You probably have guessed it by the title of the post, but here are my top ten favorite albums of 2019. While a lot of music critics have already come up with their top ten, I feel like you will always have a few gems released in the last month of the year. Another disclaimer, I would not call myself a "professional" under any means, so some of these albums might come as a surprise for some of you. I have also tried to choose a variety of genres to make it a little more meaningful. Since…