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‘Glee’ tribute to Madonna is ‘Like a Prayer’

It’s a stated fact that Madonna is one of most influential artists (and arguably the most influential woman) in modern music history, if not ever. She single-handedly renovated music and the way women play a role in it. In 2006 alone, she earned 26.6 million euro, placing her as the world’s highest-earning female singer in the “Guinness Book of World Records.” She’s an icon. So, it’s only fair tribute that “Glee” dedicate an entire episode to her jaw-dropping music during its April 20 show.

The risque episode featured “Vogue,” “Four Minutes” and “Like A Virgin,” among others. Even if the show did turn some of her more famous songs into a rather creepy “High School Musical”-ish dance sequence, the overall effect was brilliant. As advertised, this was far and beyond the most elaborate production the show has created. Non-”Glee” fans should even appreciate this mash-up.

Check out the “Glee” MySpace page to listen to the Madonna-inspired covers. To purchase the music, visit iTunes.

Dominic Baez
Editor-in-chief Dominic Baez can be reached at linfieldrevieweditor@gmail.com

Video courtesy of Fox (will start working April 21)

Ter Horst: R.I.P., my dear Nokia

The last couple of days something has been seriously missing in my life. I’ve tried to fill the painful emptiness inside of me with food, yoga and I finally started reading that book. I spent quality time with myself. Then, because that didn’t work, I spent quality time with friends. If it wasn’t knowledge that I was seeking, then maybe my wishes were physical, I thought. The hours in the gym did not do to me what they use to do. I was confused. Yes, my family and friends from back may be far away, but were they really the cause of this burning desire of more satisfaction in my life?

It took my shrink less than a minute to find out what the issue was. “You’re lucky,” she told me. “Many people suffer from this mental disorder nowadays, but in your case it might not be hard to treat at all.”

Ever since I lost my phone a couple days ago, my quality of life has decreased significantly. I have lost many dear friends who thought I was too arrogant to respond to their invitations. The few moments that actually were still worth experiencing, I could not imbed in my memories (or share with the Internet) because I did not have my phone’s 5 GB camera with me. My only moment of social relief, when I was invited for a party off-campus on Facebook, did not last for long, because I wasn’t able to find the location without my phone’s useful GPS system. On the other hand, I did get to sleep in and miss class, because my phone also functions as my agenda and alarm clock.

“You can overcome your cell phone addiction, Doris. Losing your Nokia might have saved you. In a while you will actually start to enjoy life again, like I did when I was your age,” the shrink said.

The U.S.A. has approximately 280 million cell phones that are in use by circa 90 percent of the population. In the Netherlands, that number is even higher, because of multi-users such as my dad: The number of cell phones is about 1/5 higher than the population is. The cell phone addiction has become an epidemic, particularly among teenagers, and as an ex-junkie I see it as my duty to prevent you from going down the same road.

Does your full battery only last for one day? Do you use your phone in the restroom? Do you secretly check if you have missed calls or texts in class? Do you feel a brief moment of panic when you feel your pocket and you think your cell phone is gone?

I ask myself: Are people too available nowadays?

Doris ter Horst
Columnist Doris ter Horst can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com

ASLC Senate meeting – April 19, 2010

Jacobo: The more you hear, the less you know

Since coming to college, my musical tastes have exploded into dozens of different directions, fragmented into a variety of genres, some with everything in common, some with little in common. I think there are several causes: going to college and being exposed to new music, being a part of the digital music revolution’s first decade, my tastes maturing, the Internet’s amazing ability to take the wide scope of music and hone in on what moves you, what interests you.

In short, the music listener is now in control. We don’t have to listen to what’s on the radio, or what’s popular, or who’s on tour, or who is from your region: On the Internet, we have access to almost every band that has ever produced an album and many that have yet to release a full EP or an official single. Myspace, YouTube, Pandora, Last FM, you name it; music is everywhere.

Each seems like each few weeks I stumble across a new band that few people at Linfield have ever heard of. In March, it was Cults and The Ruby Suns. So far in April, it’s been Dom and, thanks to my roommate Brian, Big Spider’s Back.

I guess what I’m saying is it’s easy to be a part of the underground music scene now; or maybe the underground is coming above ground, into the open, on the Internet for anyone who has a passion for music to find. Like treasure sticking out of the earth rather than buried deep below your feet.

If you’re a fan of music, a close listener, a critic, a connoisseur, I have two Web sites you need to check out:

The first is www.Daytrotter.com. This site has hundreds of live recordings available for download – all of them for free, although you can pay a few dollars to download them in the highest audio quality available. It seems like all of the bands that play are comprised of bearded, Beat, plaid-wearing, indie musicians. Basically, Daytrotter invites bands on tour to stop by their recording studio for a few hours to record a four- or five-song set.

What results is often acoustic, very raw, with imperfect vocals and little screw-ups that make the music sound real, alive, with feeling and soul. This makes for a powerful listening experience, especially when you take a band whose songs you know and love (like Vampire Weekend, for example) and then you get to listen to them in an entirely new way, re-imaged, or like they once sounded, before the studio started mixing and editing, adding effects to make the music sound more clean and crisp, polished. If you’re looking for somewhere to start, check out the sets by Andrew Bird, Beach House, The Dodos, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, Mason Jennings, The Morning Benders, and White Rabbit.

If you consider yourself an avid critic of music, someone who’s hard to please and eager to praise a band’s roots, contemporaries, and influences, www.Pitchfork.com may just be your new best friend. The Web site posts harsh (but well-reasoned) record reviews and offers interviews with indie (and some pop, dance, rap, and noise) music’s biggest stars and up-and-comers. It also features music videos, essays on music culture, and expansively annotated lists of “the greatest” (albums, songs, by decade or by year). It might be an overwhelming place to start, but give this sight some time; it will grow on you. Be sure to check out Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” updates. They’re definitely worthwhile.

Hope I haven’t overwhelmed you. Discovering new music should be anything but overwhelming. It’s exciting and fun to share with your musically like-minded friends. It’s an exploration into the way genre is evolving (or devolving, or ridding itself of such imperious labels as “genre”). But you’ve heard enough from me. There’s too much music out there to waste your precious time with idle banter.

Happy listening.

Jordan Jacobo
Columnist Jordan Jacobo can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com

Online exclusive: ‘Glee’ returns in force

For those who were busy doing homework tonight (who does that?), you missed out on the return of “Glee,” and you missed out on something good.

The season continued after the Glee club won sectionals. Following her suspension in “Sectionals,” cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester blackmails the principal Figgins into allowing her to return to work. Finn and Rachel are now dating, although Finn still is not over Quinn. He breaks up with Rachel, but comes to the realization that he does want to be with Rachel. In the interim, Rachel meets Jesse St. James, the lead singer of rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline. But as with every high school, drama soon unfolds. And that does not even deal with the glee coach and his love interest.

Oh, and the video above? That would be Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) re-doing Madonna’s “Vogue.” It’s epic. Check it out.

Dominic Baez
Editor-in-chief Dominic Baez can be reached at linfieldrevieweditor@gmail.com

Video and picture courtesy of Fox