Taylor Swift – 1989 : A track by track Review

It is a big deal in music industry when an artist decides to change his/her musical style or explore more genres than his/her roots. And the usual outcome of it is the lukewarm reviews of the fan-base & critics. But that’s not the case when you’re talking about the Country music star Taylor Swift.

 

So, Taylor Swift released her 5th studio album “1989” yesterday and that is all everyone is talking about. Since 1989 marks her official transition from “Country” to “Pop”, there was a bit of a speculation how it might turn out to be. And from what the reviews look like I can say, it is a huge success.

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1989 is the Birth-year of the artist hence the name. It contains many electronic sounds & heavy usage of deeper bass-lines & drum machines that gives it a Pop & a little bit of Hip-Hop feel to it. Most songs are written by Taylor Swift & Max Martin. Ryan Tedder & Shellback also receive credits.

 

I got the iTunes Deluxe Edition (or D.L.X.) of 1989 yesterday & I spent well over an hour or so listening to the whole album & boy, was it worth the while. While I was listening to it, So many ideas & thoughts came into my mind & I wanted to write something about those thoughts.

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Hence I decided to do a track by track review of the album. I’m not a huge music critic but I do like to think that I know more about music than most. So here goes…

 

1. Welcome to New York

The first track of the album is a very upbeat & danceable song. The melody is catchy & instruments are cleverly played. The lyrics intelligently guide you to the new sound that Swift has in stores for us. This song seems to be one of the best songs of the album & is most likely to get a Music Video. 5/5 for this one.

 

2. Blank Space

It’s the kind of a song that can be rapped. The drum beats are somewhat similar to a rap song & lyrics rhyme too. So if it was sung fast it might sound like a different Rap/Hip-Hop song. But, what Taylor does by taking it real slow is to make you move with the beat & you would be singing along without even knowing. 4/5

 

3. Style

This song is all about style. In terms of music, this is a type of a song you’d expect from an electronic band like CHVRCHES. But Taylor Swift’s vocals do justice to the drum-beat. And…. The lyrics describe how the “boyfriend” looks so, it does have a certain quality from Taylor’s past music writings. 5/5

 

4. Out of the Woods

Rhythmic, well-written, well-composed & last but not least rather catchy. This was the second single of the album that was available as an iTunes pre-order. The chorus of the song isn’t what I had expected after the beginning. Beautiful. This is another one whose music video I’d like to watch. 5/5

 

5. All You Had To Do Was Stay

The lyrics to this one might sound a little familiar to “Stay Stay Stay” from the 2012 album “RED” but the meaning of the song is completely different. This song is a complete Pop package that includes a fast chorus and good production & it is the shortest song from the album. Since I couldn’t give it 4.5/5 in iTunes I’ll give it a perfect score.

 

6. Shake It Off

Best Song of the Album, Period. You should be getting down to this sick beat if you aren’t already. The first single from the album with a crazy music video and with a message to everyone who isn’t ready for the new Taylor Swift music. Haters gonna hate & breakers gonna break but Swift doesn’t give damn. I can’t give it more than 5/5 to this one so, 5/5 it is.

 

7. I Wish You Would

This is the song that doesn’t start of as well you’d like it to be but, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth the wait. It grows on to you while you’re listening to it. Wouldn’t give it perfect score but 4/5 seems good.

 

8. Bad Blood

The song starts off with an energetic roar & maintains it throughout the whole song. I used to think of the “Bastille” album “Bad Blood” whenever I heard the phrase Bad Blood, but not anymore. From now on it’s this song that will come into my mind. With charming lyrics like “Band-Aids don’t fix bullet holes” Swift just shows how she has mastered the art of writing break-up songs. This one also gets 5/5.

 

9. Wildest Dreams

If I was making a romantic movie, I would definitely use this song in its soundtrack. It has slow lyric progression with a melodic chorus. I’ll give 5/5 to this one.

 

10. How You Get the Girl

If you’re familiar with Swift’s previous music style this is something you’ll like. The use of Guitar & Percussions give it a distant Country touch. But the drums & bass-lines keep it away from going full Country. 4/5 (Wanted to give it 4.5 but…)

 

11. This Love

 The real music in this song isn’t the guitar or drumbeats but it is the ambient voice of Taylor Swift. Beauty of her voice flows for 4 minutes & 10 seconds. Atmospheric vocals steal the show from the instruments. 4/5.

 

12. I Know Places

The first 10 seconds of the song had me like, “Wait, is it a different version of Mine from Speak Now?” But No, the way she curves that into a full-fledged Pop performance is the best thing about it. Is it greedy of me to want a Music Video of this one too? The Lyrics, Vocals, Music production everything is speak for itself. Perfect 5.

 

13. Clean

This four and a half minute Easy Listening song is the longest song from the album. It might take more than one listens to like it if you’re not into Swift’s slow songs. It is also the last song of the “Regular/Normal Edition.” (So in a way it cleans you before you move onto listen the DLX Exclusive tracks.) 4/5.

 

14. Wonderland

The first thing I thought of when I heard the word “Wonderland” reminded me of the 2010 Electronic album from Steve Aoki & sub-consciously I expected something upbeat. Coincidently that’s exactly what I got. (Because I know it has nothing to do with Steve Aoki). Piano compositions go perfectly with the Drum-machine sound. 4/5.

 

15. You Are In Love

A person is likely to like this song. Either because of the calming music & opening or because of the wonderful chorus. I praise this song especially for its production & lyric composition. 4/5.

 

16. New Romantics

I found this last song a bit cheesy. I also found an 80’s feel to the song & since the album title is a year from the good ol’ 80’s I wouldn’t cut down its marks. Still I’d give it 3/5.

 

17, 18, 19. Voice Memos

In this album Taylor Swift has included 3 voice memos for the 2nd, 7th & the 12th song. This memos contain how Swift got the idea of the specific song or why she wrote it. I think this memos give the whole album a personal touch from her.

 

In conclusion, I’d say we might be looking at some of the best work of Taylor Swift here in 1989. We secretly always knew that Taylor Swift is as good of a pop-star as she is a country-singer. From what I see in her Facebook, Twitter & Instagram feed, I think this is just the beginning.

 

Verdict:  ☆☆☆☆ 4/5

 

To read more about 1989 click here.

Download it from iTunes.

 

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Nominees for 2014 Primetime Emmys

The highest honor in television aka “The Emmys” which are given by the Television Academy announced their nominations for 2013-14 season today.

Some pretty amazing shows have been nominated, I’m excited more than ever.

So here goes the main list of nominees for 66th Primetime Emmy Awards,

66th Primetime Emmys

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Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
True Detective


Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Louie
Modern Family
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Veep


Outstanding Miniseries 
American Horror Story: Coven
Bonnie & Clyde
Fargo
Luther
Treme
The White Queen


Outstanding Television Movie 
Killing Kennedy
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
The Normal Heart
Sherlock: His Last Vow
The Trip to Bountiful


Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards


Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Lizzie Caplan, Masters of Sex
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards


Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luthor
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo


Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Minnie Driver, Return to Zero
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Kristen Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon


Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Louis CK, Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory


Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black


Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Josh Charles, The Good Wife


Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife


Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart
Martin Freeman, Sherlock
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart


Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Allison Tolman, Fargo
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart


Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Fred Armisen, Portlandia
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep


Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep


Outstanding Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon


Outstanding Reality Competition Program
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice


Outstanding Animated Program
Archer
Bob’s Burgers
Futurama
TMNT : The Manhattan Project
South Park


Outstanding Main Title Design
True Detective
Sillicon Valley
Masters Of Sex
Cosmos : A Spacetime Odyssey
Black Sails

For Complete List of Nominees Click here.

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I’m so glad to see some of my favorite shows such as Game Of Thrones, Breaking Bad, House Of Cards, The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, Archer, Modern Family, Fargo, Silicon Valley etc. getting nominated in their major categories.

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The award ceremony will take place on August 25,2014 at 8PM ET (August 26,2014 – 5:30AM IST) on NBC (in India on Star World).

Lazyness/Timepass/Leisure etc.

To all those who care,

 

It’s been so long that I have written something on my blog, Approximately 6 months. It’s not that I didn’t have any ideas on what to write. Believe me I had tons of ideas & created some drafts in MS Word also & I think they all were great.

 

But as the titles gives it away…I’ve been lazy, doing nothing except for watching a lot of TV-Shows, Movies & listening music & studying.

 

Now that I’ve finally logged into WordPress after a long time I think I owe something to you guys so there’s this.

 

Semester Finals are less than a month away so I won’t be writing for a month or so but know this, I’ll write as soon as the exams are over, So I think now the blog-posts will be more interesting. Posts like top-10 lists, or discovering new music & so much.

 

Aabhaar.(Thank You)

@tapanHD

Golden Globes 2013 Nominations

So….As expected The nominations for 71st Golden Globe Awards are out & yes there are some surprises & some Obvious ones.

Below are the nominees.

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Best motion picture, drama:
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena
Rush

Best Actor in a motion picture, drama: 
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All is Lost

Best Actress in a motion picture, drama: 
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labour Day

Best Director – motion picture: 
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best motion picture, musical or comedy: 
American Hustle
Her Inside
Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy: 
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delphy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August Osage County

Best Actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy: 
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo Dicaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her

Best Animated Feature film:
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Frozen

Best Foreign Language Film: 
Blue Is The Warmest Color (France)
The Great Beauty (Italy)
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Past (Iran)
The Wind Rises (Japan)

Best supporting Actress in a motion picture:
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Best supporting Actor in a motion picture: 
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Best Original Score – Motion Picture: 
All Is Lost – Alex Ebert
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – Alex Heffes
Gravity – Steven Price
The Book Thief – John Williams
12 Years a Slave – Hans Zimmer

Best Original Song – Motion Picture: 
“Atlas,” The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
“Let It Go,” Frozen
“Ordinary Love,” Mandella
“Please Mr. Kennedy,” Inside Llewyn Davis
“Sweeter Than Fiction” One Chance

Best Actor in a TV series, drama: 
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist

Best Actor in a mini-series or TV movie: 
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Best TV series, drama: 
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Masters of Sex

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture: 
Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Jeff Pope Steve, Philomena
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell and Eric Singer Warren, American Hustle

Best Actress in a TV series, drama: 
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best TV Series, Comedy:
The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Girls
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation

Best TV Miniseries or Movie: 
American Horror Story: Coven
Behind the Candelabra
Dancing on the Edge
Top of the Lake
White Queen

Best Actor, TV Series Comedy: 
Jason Bateman, Arrested
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy: 
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Lena Dunham, Girls
Julia Louis Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Supporting Actress in a series, mini-series, or TV movie: 
Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge
Janet McTeer, The White Queen
Hayden Panattiere , Nashville
Monica Potter, Parenthood
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor in a series, mini-series or TV movie: 
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Corey Stoll, House of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

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Surprises :

  • Previous year’s Winner Showtime drama “Homeland” didn’t even get nominated.
  • Multi-award winner James Spader got nominated for NBC thriller “The Blacklist”. I’m a fan of this show & it was a surprise for me
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine : I haven’t even heard about this one & its IMDB score was below some other shows still it got a couple of nominations.
  • Much talked about Lee Daniel’s movie “The Butler” doesn’t get nominated.

Obvious Ones:

  • GRAVITY : Every single nomination this movie has received is worth it.
  • Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul for Breaking Bad.
  • Atlas by Coldplay :This song featured in ‘Hunger Games – Catching Fire’ & I just knew this had to be nominated.
  • Behind The Candelabra : This Mini-Movie by Steven Soderbergh was one of the best I’ve ever seen and Micheal Douglas & Matt Damon were prety amazing in it.

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Date of Award Ceremony : 12th January,2014 (13th in India)

Grammy Nominees…

Writing a blog after a long time because University Final exams are over today & what an amazing co-incidence that Grammy Nominees For Grammy Awards 2014 were announced today…!!!

After BBMAs, VMAs,EMAs & AMAs now’s the time for most respected Grammy’s. It may be possible that some of the mainstream artists might not be nominated but it’s because that Recording Academy has always been critical about these things.

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So here are the Nominees.(Only categories that will be honored on Award Show.)

Record Of The Year
» “Get Lucky” – Daft Punk ft. Pharrell
» “Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
» “Royals” – Lorde
» “Locked Out Of Heaven” – Bruno Mars
» “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell

Song Of The Year
» “Just Give Me A Reason” – Pink ft. Nate Ruess
» “Locked Out Of Heaven” – Bruno Mars
» “Roar” – Katy Perry
» “Royals” – Lorde
» “Same Love” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
» “Get Lucky” – Daft Punk ft. Pharrell
» “Just Give Me A Reason” – P!nk ft. Nate Ruess
» “Stay” – Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko
» “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell
» “Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake ft. Jay Z

Album Of The Year
» The Blessed Unrest – Sara Bareilles
» Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
» good kid, m.A.A.d city – Kendrick Lamar
» The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
» Red – Taylor Swift

Best Country Album
» Night Train – Jason Aldean
» Two Lanes of Freedom – Tim McGraw
» Same Trailer Different Park – Kacey Musgraves
» Based On A True Story – Blake Shelton
» Red – Taylor Swift

Best New Artist
» James Blake
» Kendrick Lamar
» Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
» Kasey Musgraves
» Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Solo Performance
» “Brave” – Sara Bareilles
» “Royals” – Lorde
» “When I Was Your Man” – Bruno Mars
» “Roar” – Katy Perry
» “Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake

Best Pop Vocal Album
» Paradise – Lana Del Rey
» Pure Heroine – Lorde
» Unorthodox Jukebox – Bruno Mars
» Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
» The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience – Justin Timberlake

Best Dance Recording
» “Need U (100%)” – Duke Dumont ft. A*M*E & MNEK
» “Sweet Nothing” – Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch
» “Atmosphere” – Kaskade
» “This Is What It Feels Like” – Armin Van Buuren ft Trevor Guthrie
» “Clarity” – Zedd ft. Foxes

Best Dance/Electronica Album
» Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
» Settle – Disclosure
» 18 Months – Calvin Harris
» Atmosphere – Kaskade
» A Color Map Of The Sun – Pretty Lights

Best Rock Performance
» “Always Alright” – Alabama Shakes
» “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” – David Bowie
» “Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
» “Kashmir” – Led Zeppelin
» “My God Is The Sun” – Queens Of The Stone Age
» “I’m Shakin’ ” – Jack White

Best Rock Album
» 13 – Black Sabbath
» The Next Day – David Bowie
» Mechanical Bull – Kings Of Leon
» Celebration Day – Led Zeppelin
» …Like Clockwork – Queens Of The Stone Age
» Psychedelic Pill – Neil Young With Crazy Horse

Best Rap Performance
» “Started From The Bottom” – Drake
» “Berzerk” – Eminem
» “Tom Ford” – Jay Z
» “Swimming Pools (Drank)” – Kendrick Lamar
» “Thrift Shop” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
» “Power Trip” – J. Cole Featuring Miguel
» “Part II (On The Run)” – Jay Z Featuring Beyonce
» “Holy Grail” – Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake
» “Now Or Never” – Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige
» “Remember You”Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd

Best Rap Song
» “F***in’ Problems” – Long.Live.ASAP
» “Holy Grail” – Magna Carta…Holy Grail
» “New Slaves” – Yeezus
» “Started From The Bottom” – Drake
» “Thrift Shop” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Rap Album
» Nothing Was The Same – Drake in
» Magna Carta…Holy Grail – Jay Z
» Good Kid, M.A.A.D City – Kendrick Lamar
» The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
» Yeezus – Kanye West

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The Award Ceremony is on 26th January, 2014 8:30pm(EST). So it will be around 6:00am of 27th January in India.

So this officially kicks off the “Award Season” because Golden Globe & Oscar Nominations are just around the corner.

The Music of Friendship….

Today is “Friendship Day”….

So I’m gonna make list of songs (from y library) that can be dedicated to your Crazzzzy Friends.

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1) I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts

This song is the anthem for Friendship. It is commonly known as a theme song TV Show F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

2) Oath – Cher Lloyd

One of the Best songs sung by this X-Factor Contestant.

3) Har Ek Friend Zaroori Hota Hai – Airtel Promotional Ad

This song rose to fame for its true, funny & catchy lyrics.

4) As Your Friend – Afrojack

This Electronic beat with amazing vocals from Chris Brown rules..

5) Yeh Dosti – Sholay

Speechless.Old but Gold….Best frendship song in Indian Film Industry.

6) F*#kin Best Song Everrr – Wallpaper.

This song …..well, listen to it….

7) Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams

How could I forget this one…..Bryan Adams at his best…..

8) The Longest Time – Billy Joel

The rhythm, harmony, melody, a capella….everything’s good about this one.

 

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ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nominations for 65th Primetime EMMYs.

Finally..!! The Nominations for 65th Primetime EMMYs are out.

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Award ceremony will take place on 22nd September.

Neil Patrick Harris (aka Barney Stinson from “how i met your mother” ) will host the ceremony.

Here’s the complete list of nominees.

Outstanding drama series

“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“Homeland”
“House of Cards”
“Mad Men”

Outstanding lead actress in a drama series

Connie Britton, “Nashville”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton
Abbey”
Vera Farmiga, “Bates Motel”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Outstanding lead actor in a drama
series

Hugh Bonneville, “Downton
Abbey”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Oustanding supporting actor in a
drama series

Bobby Cannavale, “Boardwalk
Empire”
Jonathan Banks, “Breaking Bad”
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series

Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”
Christine Baranski, “The Good
Wife”
Morena Baccarin, “Homeland”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”

Outstanding comedy series

“The Big Bang Theory”
“Girls”
“Louie”
“Modern Family”
“Veep”
“30 Rock”

Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series

Laura Dern, “Enlightened”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and
Recreation”

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Jason Bateman, “Arrested
Development”
Louis CK, “Louie”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang
Theory”

Outstanding supporting actor in a
comedy series

Adam Driver, “Girls”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern
Family”
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
Tony Hale, “Veep”

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series

Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang
Theory”
Jane Lynch, “Glee”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie”
Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock”
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”

Outstanding miniseries or movie

“American Horror Story: Asylum”
“Behind the Candelabra”
“The Bible”
“Top of the Lake”
“Phil Spector”
“Political Animals”

Outstanding lead actor in a
miniseries or movie

Michael Douglas, “Behind the
Candelabra”
Matt Damon, “Behind the
Candelabra”
Toby Jones, “The Girl”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Parade’s
End”
Al Pacino, “Phil Spector”

Outstanding lead actress in a
miniseries or movie

Jessica Lange, “American Horror
Story: Asylum
Laura Linney, “The Big C:
Hereafter”
Helen Mirren, “Phil Spector”
Sigourney Weaver, “Political
Animals”
Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake”

Outstanding supporting actor in a
miniseries or movie

James Cromwell, “American
Horror Story: The Asylum”
Zachary Quinto, “American Horror
Story: The Asylum”
Scott Bakula, “Behind the
Candelabra”
John Benjamin Hickey, “The Big
C: Hereafter”
Peter Mullan, “Top of the Lake”

Outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie

Sarah Paulson, “American Horror
Story: Asylum”
Imelda Staunton, “The Girl”
Ellen Burstyn, “Political Animals”
Charlotte Rampling, “Restless”
Alfre Woodard, “Steel Magnolias”

Outstanding reality competition
program

“The Amazing Race”
“Dancing With the Stars”
“Project Runway”
“So You Think You Can Dance”
Top Chef”
“The Voice”

Outstanding host for a reality or
reality-competition program

Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”
Betty White, “Betty White’s Off
Their Rockers”
Tom Bergeron, “Dancing with the
Stars”
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn,
“Project Runway”
Cat Deeley, “So You Think You
Can Dance”
Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste”

Outstanding variety series

“The Colbert Report”
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”
“Real Time with Bill Maher”
“Saturday Night Live”

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Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani….

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If you’re thinking that this is a review of the movie, then you are wrong. Its been almost 3 weeks since its release so, I think everyone has probably seen it.

So, this is just me talking about the movie.

After watching trailers I thought its gonna be amazing, then some friends told it wasn’t that good but at last I watched it & this is what I saw & how could I even miss it!!! It was an Ayan Mukherjee(wake up S!D) film & it had Ranbir & Deepika.

I really liked the way movie started off, the places at the characters were. The development of characters was really fantastic.
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The Manali Trekking part was good too, that reminds me of dialogues. Dialogue Writing & Delivery were superb in its own way.

I don’t know if anyone noticed, but some dialogues were intended in two different ways, it was upto viewer’s imagination how to interpret them & that’s what Ayan Mukherjee does so well.

Chemistry between all the characters was so well, Especially I liked Kalki’s performance as a gone bad diva.

The another great thing about this movie is that you really fall in love with characters over time, I know these things do not sound good from me but….

Some people are saying it was not good or was boring & all, but I wanna point out that this movie did some unexpected things and that’s why I liked it.

Music & songs were good but the only song that really stuck to the mood of movie was Ilahi by Mohit Chauhan.

I’m not gonna lie but at some points inthe movie I was just seconds close to cry… (yeah yeah.. I’m emotional…) & I kinda liked that also.

Now you’re thinking If all these things were good what was bad?

~Well, the answer is time. It became very slow after the Badtameez Dil song… Like whole movie was just there & made me feel that Manali trip part was like ages ago…

Too many songs..!!! But what can you do? It’s a cliché for every Bollywood movie.

Movie seemed like realistic but at some points it wasn’t.

I really wanted to see where Avi(Aditya roy Kapoor) & Adi(Kalki)‘s relationship would go…. But instead they introduced joker named Taran (Kunalroy Kapoor).

& what the hell happened to those strict parents of Naina(Deepika). It wasn’t necessary for movie & would have made it even longer still,
NO CONSEQUENCES??Really??

After all it was a good watch because after a very long time (since 3 idiots) a movie came that makes you cry, makes you laugh & makes you learn how to live your dreams.

Philosophy of the movie was amazing. Everyone can relate their selves to the movie. Some dialogues (translated) like,

You Can’t have everything”,
“you must leave something to get something”,
“Make the most of now” etc etc.

really helped the movie.

So… As a verdict I’ll say that it should be watched by everyone who hasn’t & could be fun if you watch again… But it was not an all timer.

Still I don’t support the huge hype it has created, especially among girls about Ranbir.. (& its not that I don’t like Ranbir, I do) but it makes everything overrated.

Well it was a happy ending movie.What more can you ask?
So…..I’m Ending this with a quote.

If you want a happy ending, that depends on where you stop your story.

– Orson Welles

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A Letter from Android to Apple iOS. (As seen on Forbes.com)

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Dear Apple Fans,

I write to you as the comedic personification of Android, after the debut of iOS 7.

Can I just point out a few things that your OS is doing that contrast with how we do things over here?

You don’t need to worry about all the pastel colours being thrown around making everything old look new.

While the new iOS 7 software is going to be available on older Apple hardware, the chances are that the new OS will debut inside yet another new physical design of the iPhone that may be announced in September. That means a huge expense for anyone upgrading their handset from an iPhone 4 or 5 to presumably the iPhone 6. Actually it means two expenses, as they’ll need to buy a new case as well as a new phone. If you’re spending that sort of money, you should really look at Android… we’ve got lots of cases to suit every budget.

We’ve got a grid based launchers as well, with status bars and tools that slide in from the top and bottom of the screen when you need them.

I think we’ve had them longer and they look different on every handset.

If you don’t like them, change them out with another launcher!

“Consistency is over-rated, do you really want all your apps to run in the same way with the same ‘My First Phone’ user interface?”

Nobody likes a major OS change anyway. Making sure that everyone is on the same version of the Operating System is old hat.

Our developers just write for the lowest common denominator that’s available through the Google Play store, there’s no need to focus on the new features only available on the latest version. You can’t expect everyone to upgrade overnight.

And then there’s this brand new definition of multitasking. It’s not quite multitasking, it’s making sure that only the apps you really use all the time take up the battery power. When Android has background tasks, they can use all the power the third party code demands, even when you can’t see what’s going on.

Let the apps run fast and free!

New software for the users?

~ Android can do everything iRadio can with Pandora & TuneIn.(Even We have music players & other apps that look like iOS).

~We can Geogtag our photos too.

If it’s all about the apps then all the apps come to Android in the end. Instagram and Vine are all doing fine now, there are Android versions available. Let the start-ups and new companies try out their innovative ideas on iOS first, once they are proven winners, that’s when we want to see them on Android, not before.

Yours (with a hint of irony),

Android.

[Originally posted on Forbes.com:
No Copyright Infringement please.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2013/06/11/an-open-letter-from-android-to-ios-7/
]

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The Goodwin Games…

I have always been a extremely huge Fan of the sitcom ” how i met your mother ” and always will be.

So, when I first heard that its creators Carter Bays & Craig Thomas are making a new TV show I had to do something about it.

Well I managed to watch the pilot episode somehow & here it is.

The new series is named “The Goodwin Games” which is also a sitcom (without live audience).

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It Premiered on FOX on 20th May.

It Stars Becki Newton, T.J.Miller & Scott Foley.

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We know Becki Newton as Stripper Quinn from himym & T.J.Miller is also known for his work in How to train your dragon. So the cast seems strong.

Let’s talk about its plot.

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72 year old retired Math professor with 23 million dollars inheritance leaves clues in his will for his children which unveil after his death.

The Characters will have to play a game or solve a mystery in order to get close the property. That Game is called “The Goodwin Games“.

1.) Henry Goodwin (elder brother – Scott Foley) is a Surgeon & recently engaged.

2.) Chloe Goodwin (sister – Becki Newton)  is a wannabe actress.

3.) Jimmy Goodwin (youngest brother – T.J. Miller) is a minor criminal(thief) on a parole which seems to be the break out character because he is portrayed totally dumb.

There is a 4th character named elijah but no one knows who the heck he is or where he’s from. (Just like FEZ from That 70’s Show).

These siblings were sick of their father’s behaviour so they quit on him at young age & now the father is trying to tie all loose ends after his death by the clues & puzzles. All clues are Video Taped.

It seemed pretty weird when I first heard about it but after watching the Pilot episode I think its gonna be quite a wild ride for viewers.

To all how i met your mother fans this show could be fun. It has suspenses, Flash back tours, Family Values etc. Well background scores, Good way of story telling are really good too.

Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Chris Harris (Co-writer of himym) have tried to create “SOMETHING NEW” (if u know what I mean).

I recommend it.

It might not be as amazing as himym but please don’t compare, just give it a try.

It needs more appreciation than it has & only one episode is broadcasted (As on 23rd May), watch it for himym’s sake.

A Huge Fan of How I Met Your Mother
-tapanHD (Tapan Desai).

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