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Revenge in Rebellion!

This article is dedicated to Ronak, for her ideas and useful suggestions.

Okay so it all started, precisely around 12, when i was on Facebook chatting to Ronak, a friend, and I was asking her about an idea to write about on our blog. Then, she suggests that i write something about being grounded. So i hop on to google, excited, and type it in and it came up with the lamest stuff that anyone can say in the matter of being grounded. Google is infested with too many adults in my opinion. Come on, we should have a little fun once in a while and post up something fun on the net! Anyway, back to the main subject…so she tells me (this friend) that she was grounded for sneaking out to the city as an act of revenge for being banned to go to the 30 Seconds to Mars concert. So, all in all, I was hopping on my feet to write something about teenagers and our truly eccentric ways. So i went on Google (grudgingly this time) and searched for CRAZY THINGS TEENAGERS DO!! This time i found some interesting info…

1)  “my baby boy smokes pot and is a little player, has gotten in trouble and is a smart alec. But he gets straight A’s and is going to one of the top universities at 16. So he is allowed to be a bit rebellious.” —LOL

2) “I wandered around a local supermarket feigning a british accent and pretended to “survey” all the hot young guys there about the qualities they found attractive in a woman. I still have the list to this day lol”

3) “stole watermelons from a fruit farm and went to town and threw them out of the back of a pick-up so our friends could play brake and slide behind us”

4) “I was dared to eat some dog crap…and lets just say I wasn’t feeling good for a couple of weeks after that incident.”

5) “I procrastinate til like 2 AM when I have such little homework”

6) “Egged cars in the winter (frozen on egg eats paint >:)~ )
Scared kids while trick or treating so bad, they drop their candy…free candy for me!
Sr. Year HS – we put over 50 construction horses on the front lawn of school and surrounded them with every real estate sign we could grab…talk about a horse corral
Ran around with squirt guns full of lighter fluid and squirted lit jack-o-lanterns!”

7) “I tipped over a porta potty. I also stole a piece of gum… OH yeah, I’M SOOO BAD.”

All credits to Yahoo Answers and it’s writers for all that info.

I was looking through for more crazy things teens do. Unfortunately I didn’t find anything interesting but i did find an article about the facts and figures surrounding this rebellion problem we face. The technicality of the article amused me…

Compared to adults, teens take about 170 milliseconds more weighing the pros and cons of engaging in high-risk behavior, the researchers conclude. Adults scarcely think about risk, perhaps because they think they recognize risk intuitively. Teens, on the other hand, take time to mull the risk vs. benefit equation.

“In other words, more experienced decision-makers tend to rely more on fuzzy reasoning, processing situations and problems as gists [the essence of their actions] rather than weighing multiple factors,” Reyna said.

Teens often decide that the benefits of risky behavior immediate gratification or peer acceptance—outweigh the risks, Reyna said. She figures its better to teach teens some “gist-based” thinking skills, such as putting risks into general categories rather than lecturing with specific data and details.

All credits to livescience.com for the info.

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Doses Of Magic Page

Want to know the latest Green Day Songs? More information on Meg Cabot’s the Mediator? Need a quote that will inspire you?

Well, you’ve come to the right place because we’ve recently gave one of our pages a huge makeover. After so much work, we now have a brand new Doses of Magic. This time, not only does it have those awesome quotes Alisha found but information about movies, books and music. We’ll be updating it often. So, check out our collection of movies, music, books and quotes! 

Here’s a link to the main page where you’ll find how to get to the individual pages: https://ebonyink.wordpress.com/doses-of-magic/ 

Or you could just look to the right and you’ll find the list of all the pages including the Doses of Magic page! >>>>


Taylor Swift Pranked…

This is so funny. Check it out!

Here’s the rest of the interview…

Hope you enjoyed this. Don’t forget to check out the rest of our blog, specially our own creations in the Stories and Beyond Page (here’s a link: https://ebonyink.wordpress.com/short-stories/ ) and come back for more!


Harry Potter Craze

Suddenly, out of the blues, I had this huge inspiration while reading Harry Potter of doing a post on one of my favourite books of all time, Harry Potter. After the 7th book was released, this great phenomena’s success had sort of sunk, not because the book’s lost it’s amazing-ness but because there’s been other huge stuff happening. But we, great fans of HP, have kept track and know that the 7th movie is going to be released in the end of this year. The trailer’s already been released and although i actually prefer reading the books than watching the movies (i’m just not the type to ever enjoy movies as much as reading the books, i have to admit, no matter how geeky it sounds), i cannot wait for the seventh movie to be released. The only part of the 7th book i don’t look forward to is the death of Fred Weasley. Who wants to see that bit, anyway? I reckon it’s as sad as seeing Lupin and Tonks being killed just after having their son…

Anyway, sordid bits aside, i am as always so enthusiastic about HP and so i decided to post this up. After HP 7 you must have been left behind with a huge need to find out what happens to the characters after the book. The epilogue only helped a little. It’s understandable, JKR couldn’t put up everything that happens after the book in a two or three paged epilogue. Now, I have the solution. Maybe you already know, maybe you don’t…either way i’ve found the perfect website where almost everything about anything that involves HP can be found. The website’s awesome and when i feel down or just even bored, I always go to this website and read everything about the characters and all that is available. Yes, i sound like i have no life. Then again, who really has a glamarous life at the age of 15. Anyway, this website is called The Harry Potter Lexicon and it even holds several interviews done by JKR. They are really interesting, specially the ones that she did after the 7th book was released. Since the story is out and she doesn’t have to hold back majority of the information, the interviews are more exciting. This is the link to the website, one click and you’re off… http://www.hp-lexicon.org/index-2.html

The next website is a whole lot more popular i think. This website also gives you the latest events happening in the HP scene. I haven’t explored this site that much but i suggest hard core fans out there check this out as it gives valuable information. Here’s the link… http://www.mugglenet.com/

HPEF announces exclusive event inside Wizarding World theme park for Infinitus 2010 attendees Our friends at HPEF have just announced that their upcoming Infinitus 2010 Harry Potter conference, to be held July 15th – 18th at the Universal Studios Orlando Resort, will include a special event inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, exclusively for Infinitus attendees!

More details concerning events within the park will be coming soon. MuggleCast will also be hosting a podcast at Infinitus and will participate in various activities throughout the entire conference. To learn more information and to register for the event, click here! If you do register, be sure to put “MuggleCast” in the referral box so they know who sent you!

This is an example of what you would find in the website. Sounds interesting right? You should definitely visit this website.

Another website is the Leaky Cauldron. I’ve heard of it but never really got around to exploring it but here’s the link http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/ They’ve actually put up photos of the sets they’ve used in the 7th movie. They’ve obviously been keeping to date…

Photos from Swinley Forest Filming of Deathly Hallows Online

Posted by: Edward

February 12, 2010, 08:54 PM

As readers will recall, filming for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” is gearing up to take place in the Swinley Forest area of Berkshire, England. A few new photos from the site are now online care of Oclumencia, and can be viewed via this link. What appears to be a stonework structure leading into the forest alongside large plywood panel backdrops has been constructed in the…

That’s just a snippet from the latest article they have on. You should visit the Leaky Cauldron for more information, on that article and HP.

Something else I found is the HP 7’s trailer. Apparently it was in the 6th DVD but I never found it on my copy. Hmm…I shall try to find it when I have some time to spare. Anyway here’s the trailer…

Hope you enjoyed the tid bits on HP.

Remember to check out the rest of the blog including our stories on our Stories and Beyond Page (here’s the link: https://ebonyink.wordpress.com/short-stories/ ). I can’t say it’s as good as HP but I hope you guys like our stories as well. We haven’t updated much but we will get on to that ASAP!


New Story Here!

Ebony Ink is putting up another story (written by it’s creators, Alisha and Hafsa-together). This time it’s a romance mixed with superhero story. We will be releasing bits of it weekly on our Facebook group, so if you really want to know what happens next, join us on Facebook and we will notify you when each new part is released!

It’s all very simple… just join the group and enjoy the story…

To catch us on Facebook, simply log on to Facebook and search for Ebony Ink and join the group if you’re interested or you can click the link below:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&ref=search&gid=254762947457

Anyway, you guys can find the story in our Stories and Beyond page under the name Superhero Story. Here is a sneak peak…

Prologue

SETH!!!!”
The silence of the house replied to my un-ladylike shout.
“SETH! You f***ing MORON!”
No reply.
Cautiously I stepped in to Seth’s dark lounge. Everything was dark. When I got used to the dark, shadows of the scattered debris on the floor, along with the presence of the second hand sofa, made themselves slightly visible. Seth’s lounge was very tiny but as messy as a rubbish dump. There was only a long three seater couch, a small, broken television and a small ornament rack which had his keys, a photo of me and last night’s dinner on it. Seth was a slob.
I turned toward the door and searched for the light switch. I found it and switched it on but the light didn’t flicker on. Either bulb wasn’t working or he had forgotten to pay the bills. The latter seemed more possible. Sighing, I turned back to the lounge. Only then I noticed a bigger figure on the lounge. Anxiously, I crept closer. Yep, it was Seth, sleeping when he was supposed to pick me up for our date.
I found a candle and a matchbox on the table that held the keys and photos. In it’s light I saw Seth properly for the first time in the last two weeks.
Ohhh…he slept like a baby. Golden blonde hair tousled unkemptly under a handsome face that, even in sleep, showed his wild side. He was hugging the rugged cushion to himself and looked absolutely cute and at peace. The exact reason for my rage.
I put my hands on his shoulders and shook him as hard as I could.
“WAKE UP!” I shouted.
He jerked awake like someone had punched him on the face (something I barely restrained to do). Baby blue eyes widened as he saw me. For a second he looked confused. Then he sat up, grinning ear to ear.
“Hey, Shweet Shiya!” he exclaimed, removing my hands from his shoulder and standing up as I straightened up. “Why are you dressed up? Headed to a party?”
I had to clench my fists to stop it flinging toward him to beat him up.
“No”, I said, through gritted teeth. “I’m waiting…”
He looked up from trying to straighten out his very messy hair. “Waiting for what?”
That did it.

Read more at the Superhero Story page under Stories and Beyond page or simply click this link to get there https://ebonyink.wordpress.com/short-stories/superhero-story/


2012

2012 is a movie, released on November 12th (although the date is varied in various countries), and is based on a famous belief that the world’s going to end. I have a friend who’s already freaking out because of this movie and the belief that surrounds it. Personally i think this is just the media’s way of scaring us in to saving the planet from global warming and stuff like that. Anyway, i was curious and so i went on google and searched for 2012. As expected Wikipedia gave me a whole lot of stuff on this common belief. Along with the info, there was this curious timeline of “scheduled” ( they actually used that word) events that could occur before the world ends (according to them, anyway). Below you’ll find this list of events…

January

January 13–22 – The first Winter Youth Olympics will be held in Innsbruck, Austria.

January 31 – 433 Eros, the second-largest Near Earth Object on record (size 13×13×33 km) will pass Earth at 0.1790 astronomical units (26,778,019 km; 16,639,090 mi). NASA studied Eros with the NEAR Shoemaker probe launched on February 17, 1996.[3]

February

February 6 – Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II marking the 60th anniversary of her accession to the Thrones of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia & New Zealand (as well as the 60th anniversary of her becoming Head of the Commonwealth).

March

March 22 – Unless the European Council votes to extend current copyright law, The Beatles’ debut album, Please Please Me, will fall out of copyright.[4]

April

April 17 – The United States will cede wartime control of the military of the Republic of Korea after 50 years and dissolve the Combined Forces Command. Two distinct military commands (South Korea and the United States) will operate in Korea during wartime, rather than one unified command under the Combined Forces Command.[citation needed]

May

May 20 – Annular solar eclipse. Path of annularity runs through the Pacific Ocean from northern China to California.

June

June 6 – The second and last solar transit of Venus of the century. The next pair is predicted to occur in 2117 and 2125.

June 9 – July 1 – The UEFA Euro 2012 will be played in Poland and Ukraine.

June 18 – June 23 – Turing Centenary Conference at the University of Cambridge, in honor of the mathematician, computer scientist, and cryptographer Alan Turing, the last day of the conference being the hundredth anniversary of his birth. [1]

July

July 18–21 – The 2012 World Rowing Championships will be held at Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

July 27 – Opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics begins in London at 7:30 pm UTC, 8:30pm BST.[5]

August

August 12 – Closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, a Sunday.

August 29 – Start of the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

November

November 13 – Total solar eclipse (visible in northern Australia and the South Pacific).

November 28 – Penumbral lunar eclipse.

December

December 3 – Jupiter in opposition.

December 17 – Members of the Electoral College meet in each U.S. state.

December 21 – 11:11 UTC. Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.[6]

December 21 – The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, notably used by the pre-Columbian Maya civilization among others, completes a “great cycle” of thirteen b’ak’tuns (periods of 144,000 days each) since the mythical creation date of the calendar’s current era.[7] On this day the Long Count date at creation—written 13.0.0.0.0 in modern notation, equivalent to August 11, 3114 BC in the proleptic Gregorian calendar—is repeated for the first time in a span of a little over 5,125 solar years.[8] The completion of this cycle and the repetition of the previous Creation’s Long Count ending date have been central to the 2012 phenomenon. Academic researchers have not concluded that the ancient Maya themselves attached similar significance to this point in time.[9]

December 23 – An alternative date for the completion of the thirteenth B’ak’tun in the Long Count calendar, calculated using another version of the GMT correlation[10] which is supported by a few Mayanist researchers.[11]

December 31 – The Kyoto Protocol will expire.

As for the movie…i won’t ruin the plot for you. You should check it out though. Here’s the trailer below for anyone who wants a little peek before facing the real thing…

The movie looks good, but again i don’t think i believe that this will really happen. Actually i don’t know if this will actually happen. I mean, we can’t predict the future, can we? And believing so hard on theories and scaring ourselves is not going to help so i really can’t bring myself to get scared about this. But that’s my opinion. We, at Ebony Ink, want to know your opinion on this movie and the theory it’s based on. So leave us a comment and enjoy the movie (if your going to watch it).

 


Ebony Update

Hey everyone!

We hope you had a spook-tacualar Halloween! (Yeah, okay, I know it’s the most overused and cheesy line everrrr)
We just want to update you on what’s happening on the blog for the next few weeks. We have our end of year exams coming up so we’re, let’s put it like this, ‘taking a break’. But don’t worry we’ll be back on with brand new stuff (we’re adding a few pages and making some others redundant) because after the exams we have… HOLIDAYS!! (NZ, Southern hemisphere… yeah, we get a looooong Christmas/Summer holiday meshed into one. And as weird as it is to you Northern Hemispherers we celebrate Christmas in the summer…! Which is good coz we’re real BBQ people down here) =] ). If you have exams coming up too and would like some tips, check out our How To Survive Exam Prep post (just type it into the search and hit enter…!).

Right, so back to the point… We’re (as you might know already) giving Ebony Ink a makeover!! Which means we’re changing it totally. We’ve already managed to give it a brand new look in between studying our brains to mush for the exams, and now we’re going to change the content too. We think we should let you guys know what’s coming (and going), because after all the blog is all for you. So here’s how it goes:

  • We are getting rid of our Books, Movies and Music page, so say goodbye to that!
  • We are considering removing the Embarrassing Stories page
  • We will be adding a Quotes page
  • We will add a pictures/photo page
  • We are still working on the layout and look of the blog (of which 50% is done but there is still room for tweaks in that 50)

If you have any comments/suggestions/questions you can drop us a comment and we’ll be sure to get back. Or you can email us on ebony_ink@live.com (we won’t spam your email or use it for… I don’t know… dodgy stuff or anything! We’re trustworthy people).

So have a good time while we suffer and struggle through hours of torture in the examination room… =( BUT we’ll be back with all the new stuff we’ve promised (more or less… we might decide to make a few changes =P) but ultimately you guys are in on the plan!!


Taylor Lautner Singing Miley Cyrus Song

lol, this vid is worth checking out. this is two of the most popular stars merging and is a once in a lifetime thing (maybe thats an exaggeration but u get what i mean) so check it out…


Twilight Saga Continues…

To be truly honest, i’m not in to Twilight anymore. There was a phase i went through, some six months ago where i was totally GAGA about Twilight and in particular about Edward and i despised Jacob. Then it started to wear off and i brought the movie and it came all to a subtle end. Twilight is so not my thing any more.

But i know, that doesn’t mean the rest of the world is over Twilight too. And i can certainly guess there are people out their who check out our blog that are total Twilight fans. Today i want to treat them and let them in on to see some really cool pics i found when i was carelessly surfing the net….

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i’ll admit…i do like Dakota Fanning’s look as Jane. The red eyes are awesome.

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This is Demitri and Alice. Again, those red eyes are just so cool.

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The blonde one is apparently Caius…i wanted him to be Marcus because he looks specially evil which in my head  is how Marcus should look like. He deserves to look like the most frightning one out of them because of what Aro did to his sweetheart. It may sound weird but it makes sense to me in my head. lol.

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Again, Dakota Fanning. I admit i imagined her to be younger than this but, anyway, she looks good for the role.

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This is Aros…acted by Michael Sheen.

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This is Marcus. This is not the picture i had in mind when i was reading the book but at least he looks his part.

There are heaps more pictures that come with this lot. Instead of posting it all and kind of being unfair to the original website, i’ll give you guys a link and you can access the rest of these pictures there.

Here’s the link:  http://www.mtv.com/photos/new-moon/1612233/4217955/photo.jhtml 

just move here and there and you’ll find the pictures going in an orderly fashion.

Another little thing i’ve noticed about the New Moon pictures…why is there a full moon in the backgrounds? At new moon the moon in the sky is invisible and putting a moon in the sky really defeats the point. Also the book was titled New Moon to kind of emphasize the invisibility of the moon at New Moon because that signifies the darkest time of Bella’s life, comparing a new moon being the darkest time of the month… right? So what is up with the moon?

Comment as much as you want on this subject…whether it’s a total contradiction to let me know i’m on the wrong track of things or a nice hello. And don’t forget you can always email us at ebony_ink@live.com. Don’t worry about giving away email addresses and such, we totally won’t do anything other than read your comment and reply to you or if you wish we rather not, we won’t do that either!


The Grammy Awards

Before we set out in exploring this article, i would like to mention that this list of albums are possible Grammy winners, not the actual winners, so don’t let your hopes rise too high with this list. And by the way, i found this article through Green Day’s official website and i put it on mainly because i was interested in the Green Day part of the article and a little on the Taylor Swift part. Anyway, the point is, i think i can assure you that this article is trustworthy and not some junk some bored person somwhere had made up. And it is on the Los Angeles Times (thats the wibsite the link led to, lol) which makes it more reliable in a way, i guess…

Grammys 2010: An early look at album of the year (Part 2)

 Green Day Taylor Swift

For the first time, the Grammy eligibility year has been moved up from the end of September to the final day of August. In making the change, the eligibility period for the 2010 Grammy Awards was shortened to 11 months (the Grammy year will be back to a 12-month cycle, with the new qualifying dates, for the 2011 awards).

Ultimately, this means that heavy hitters such as Mariah Carey and Jay-Z will now have to wait until 2011 to see their albums get Grammy recognition. An album now must be released no later than Aug. 31 to be in the Grammy running.

That means it’s time to look at the albums most likely to be lauded by Recording Academy voters in the album of the year field, Grammys’ biggest prize. Note, however, what follows is not a reflection of the year’s best albums. No discussion of that sort could happen without mention of Metric’s “Fantasies,” Lily Allen’s “It’s Not Me, It’s You” and on and on and on.

For now, however, get your pencils and scorecards ready. Here’s an early look at some of the works most likely to receive album of the year attention when Grammy nominations are unveiled at the end of the year.

This is Part 2 of the installment. Click here for Part 1 to see what you missed. Pop & Hiss will be back to see how wrong we all were in December.

Green Day, ’21st Century Breakdown’

Grammy potential: The East Bay pop-punk band already has three Grammys to its name, and two stemming from 2004’s “American Idiot.” The latter, in fact, scored a nod for album of the year, signaling Green Day’s complete makeover from snotty, bored suburbanites to socially conscious rockers with new-found theatrical ambitions. It hit a number of Grammy sweet spots. “American Idiot” was a blockbuster success, revitalizing Green Day’s career, and doing so with grand, artistic ambitions.

Grammy deserving: With “21st Century Breakdown,” the band continues down the same path it set forth on “Idiot,” creating an album fit for Broadway or the mosh pit. Like “Idiot,” “21st Century Breakdown” is the work of a veteran band still willing to take chances. The album has more of a direct theme than “Idiot,” and at 18 tracks, the concept may be stretched a bit thin, but songs such as “Horseshoes and Handgrenades” and “Last Night on Earth” reveal that Green Day hasn’t lost is ferocious edge while developing its softer, sweeter, more Grammy-friendly side.

Whitney Houston, ‘I Look to You’

Grammy potential: Plenty have been waiting for Houston’s return, and you can bet Recording Academy voters are among her most ardent supporters. She has six Grammy wins to her name, including an album of the year trophy for her work on the soundtrack to 1992 film “The Bodyguard.” While her 2002 album “Just Whitney” failed to snare an album of the year nod, she’s largely been missing in action since, at least if you were looking for her outside the tabloids. If “I Look to You” is a moderate critical success — and early signs are that it is — then Houston’s album of the year prospects will be judged on the marketplace. If it’s a hit, book it. If she’s fading from the top 10 by time Mariah Carey releases her “Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel” on Sept. 29, Houston may be relegated to pop and genre fields.

Grammy deserving: Initial reactions to “I Look to You” are positive, although not glowing. Houston’s weapon was her voice, and it’s lost some of its thrill. A scaled-back Whitney, especially one paired with A-list producers, from R. Kelly to Stargate to Akon, isn’t necessarily all that different from any number of pop divas. That all being said, “I Look to You” may play it safe, but it’s a pleasurable listen from start to finish. “Million Dollar Bill” is blissfully retro, and “Salute” packs a feisty, kiss-off punch.

Taylor Swift, ‘Fearless’

Grammy potential: And here, ladies and gentleman, is your 2010 front-runner for the Grammy album of the year. The country princess is not only the biggest star of the moment, she’s been embraced by the Recording Academy. Swift, remember, was the standout star of last year’s first-ever prime-time Grammy nominations special. She also performed on the awards with Miley Cyrus, despite not having a nomination. Additionally, her “Fearless” may very well end up the best-selling album of 2009, as well as the release with the most Grammy nominations. She has critics in her corner, including at least three from the Los Angeles Times, and her album has already spawned three hits. This is the year of the Swift.

Grammy deserving: If anything holds back Swift from taking this category, it may be the fact that while she’s received generally favorable reviews, she’s far from critic-proof. Additionally, those who have witnessed her award-show performances, including her duet at this year’s Grammy telecast with Cyrus, saw a young singer whose vocals don’t always rise above an amateur level. But that is not her appeal. She’s pitched as an ol’-fashioned singer/songwriter, and one with upstanding moral values who relates to her fans by filtering teen issues through an adult prism. It does, however, walk a line between honest and calculated, and voters would be right to let her get one or two more albums under her crystal-emblazoned belt before giving her the top prize.

Phoenix, ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’

Grammy potential: The only problem standing in Phoenix’s way is whether or not enough voters will hear them. Phoenix has released an album that’s right in the Coldplay sweet spot, and the French pop band has steadily built its career over four albums. Longtime Grammy observers may be rolling their eyes at the band’s inclusion here, as Phoenix still belongs to a cult audience, even if that fan base is growing. Yet the band has spent 15 weeks on the top 100 of the pop charts, and is coming back to the U.S. for a fall tour. A long shot at this point, but the band is one more television performance from breaking out. It’s also important to note that with music sales down, it’s easier for an act like Phoenix to stand out, and the group brings a level of credibility to the telecast, something the Grammys reacquired last year when they embraced Radiohead.

Grammy deserving: “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” is a warmly inviting record, the rare pop record that successfully emerges ambient textures with exuberant melodies. There’s a hypnotic quality to nearly all of these songs, be it the way the vocals fade into synths in “Girlfriend,” or the guitars that get lost in a disco rush in “1901.” A stylistic leap over the band’s prior efforts, and the group has already been rewarded. This is its first to reach the U.S. pop charts, and it has already sold more than 100,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. There’s no way it could ever win, sadly, but it deserves to be in the conversation.

Maxwell, ‘BLACKsummers’night’

Grammy potential: Whitney isn’t the only comeback story this year. Maxwell hasn’t released an album since 2001, and “BLACKsummers’night” is already a commercial success. Six weeks after its release, and it’s still in the top-15 on the U.S. pop charts, resting this week at No. 11. Maxwell has never been nominated in the top category, but he’s no Grammy stranger, and has been up for best R&B album. It’s possible for both Maxwell and Whitney to get nominated, as “BLACKsummers’night” is pure R&B elegance, and Whitney’s “I Look to You” is essentially a straight-up pop album.

Grammy deserving: Maxwell should have been nominated for an album of the year when he released his 1996 debut “Maxwell’s Urban Suite Hang,” and this is probably his best release since. The Los Angeles Times’ Ann Powers gave it four stars, writing that Maxwell’s “music is libidinally compelling because it is complex. Following the example of his acknowledged influence Al Green, Maxwell’s singing teases out the subtle gradations of feeling in a lyric.” And it hits a span of emotions without telegraphing them, as it’s a seductive, yet devastatingly heartbreaking record. Look for it on year-end lists, and look for it in this field.

Pop & Hiss will be back close to the unveiling of the Grammy nominations to offer our final Grammy picks for album of the year.

–Todd Martens

One thing i’ve noticed out of that post…”snotty rockers”…why is he calling rockers that? Is that his (author’s) general opinion on rockers? Why, so? Seriously, i’m curious. I wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that rockers these days make good music but they are quite modest and aren’t publicly revealed as other artists in other genres, so they are considered as snotty or stuck ups (!)….

“…while developing it’s softer, sweeter, Grammy-friendly side”…this is another complication and disturbance to my mind. What does he mean by Grammy-friendly side? So, now we have music that the Grammy award choosers would like and wouldn’t. So, does that mean, real talent is not really counted for because what is chosen in what the majority of the choosers or voters like? Seriously, its a complication and i’m starting to wonder if this is what our world is turning in to, over seeing real talent and judging music and other things by how cool they are or by something similarly unfair. It’s the same thing with the whole writers-versus-musicians war i’ve been contemplating about which is a whole other story, really

Leave us a comment on what you think even if it’s just to say that Green Day rocks or to give us a full on contridiction to what i had added at the end there…whatever it is, we’d like to know!! 


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