Author: Alicia Munguia

The Best of the 80’s

Whether you remember the 80’s or not, there is no denying that this overly ostentatious time period with its synthesizers, bad hair, wacky dance moves, nouveau riche food that was too small to even see, but cost twice your daily budget was one of the best cultural era’s to pass in recent history. But not only did we first experience what it was like to speak through a cordless phone, but we also go to hear some of the greatest songs. So let’s attach our earphones to our walkman, and listen to some of the greatest tunes that propelled the 1980’s to the era it became.  1. Flock of Seagulls “I Ran” Not only did we run and dance to this classic Flock of Seagulls song that turned this group to one of the top bands in the world, but practically every man ran to their barber to get the most iconic haircut in the 80’s that was sported by lead singer Mike Score. 2. Billy Squire, “The Stroke” Amazing guitar riffs, incredible drum beats, and …

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Let’s Groove with Felix Koopa

“This love was meant to survive, I’m signing up for war, But I’m on the futile side”, are lyrics that are being sung straight from the heart of Louisiana. With only a few songs under their belt, Felix Koopa is by no means a group that has a wide future ahead of them. Their single, “Habitue” begins the bands EP with a rapid guitar jump start, which sets off an eclectic range of harmonious grouping throughout the song and leads all the way to the very end of every track. With elements of classic rock, metal, and a subtle hint of “groove”, which by definition is to “create and enjoy rhythmic music”, this has driven and given sole inspiration as a whole for Felix Koopa as a band. With strong vocals and killer guitar solo’s, which is undeniably rock n’ roll worthy, every song they have created keeps your foot tapping to the beat. With the prospect of a new single and album that is currently in the works, the group hopes to have it …

The Ultimate Workout Playlist

Let’s face it, finding the motivation in the morning to get out of bed and hit the gym is not something that comes quite easily, especially for those of us who haven’t even seen the inside of a gym in a very long time. But working out doesn’t have to be a drag the minute you step on the treadmill. In fact, by listening to a few tunes you’ll be able find that motivation you’ve been missing all along. Researchers have found that by listening to music it enhances your motivation and your workout stamina since it distracts you from being physically exhausted, and allows you to go further the distance than you would perhaps without listening to anything at all. And with that being said, here are our top 10 workout pumped up playlist jams to get you going! So let’s put on those earphones and let us get lost in the music. “Pump Up the Jam” by Technotronic “American Boy” by Estelle ft. Kanye West “American Girl” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers …

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The First Thanksgiving

With only a few more days until we can officially pull a Joey Tribbiani and put on our Thanksgiving pants, the thought of eating a filled with food along with somehow saving room for dessert makes us all anxious for this day to arrive. But as we eagerly wait, here are some fun facts about the actual First Thanksgiving that probably were not in your history text books. No Invitation On the day of what we call the First Thanksgiving, there was no actual invitation given to the neighboring tribe, the Wampanoag. In fact, after hearing gun shots, the Wampanoag thought they were being attacked and prepared themselves for battle. When they arrived they saw the opposite of what they were expecting, which was dinner being prepared. Not One Day, But Three After realizing that the Pilgrims were only having a banquet, and not preparing for war with the Wampanoag, they gathered food and supplies to eat alongside the Pilgrims. Even though we celebrate Thanksgiving on one day only, the first meal between the Pilgrims and …

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K-Pop vs. North Korea

With North Korea experimenting with nuclear weapons, and creating fear once again because there is no knowing what Kim Jong Un might do, South Korea has responded by taking action and arming themselves with their best weapon available: K-Pop. Across the DMZ (Demilitrized Zone) a playlist varying different artists which include GFriend, Big Bang, APink, Lee Ae Ran, and others  are being used in a form of propaganda to broadcast to the North about their current culture and democracy. While hoping that the music will draw attention to those living in North Korea, South Korea’s defense ministry hopes that the music will excite their curiosity. While North Korean’s are restricted as to what they can watch and listen to, their government approved stations leaves with not so many options. But despite all this, North Korean’s have become fond of South Korean television, and music. With hidden USB sticks and DVD’s being smuggled in, watching the latest movie or show and listening to the latest hits has become worth the risk for many North Korean’s. Although …

The Best Thanksgiving Television Specials

It is the first week of November and the countdown to eat that special turkey has commenced, along with saying goodbye to those beach bodies we have all worked incredibly hard to achieve. Since there are still a few weeks ahead of us until we can stuff ourselves silly, bypassing the time and getting rid of the anticipation won’t be as difficult by watching these ultimate Thanksgiving themed television episodes. Friends With some of the best Thanksgiving themed episodes, “The Rumor” not only places then husband and wife Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston together, but it makes this episode one of the best when we find out that Ross and Will (aka Brad Pitt) were in a “I Hate Rachel Green” club. From beginning to end, this episode is nothing short of hilarity among amazing Thanksgiving food. Gilmore Girls With the new Gilmore Girls episodes coming to Netflix, rewatching some of the old episodes reminds us that being quirky, smart, and addicted to coffee is not such a bad thing after all. With “A Deep …

The Story of U-Boat 1206 and a Toilet

This is not a story of heroism or of any war glory action we have come to expect in a World War II story, but rather a sad and humiliating tale of the capture of U-Boat 1206. The year is 1945 and it begins like this: After departing from occupied Norway, Captain Karl Adolf Schlitt sets sail with his crew of 50 men with an order to go towards the Atlantic and destroy any British and American ships. “Easy enough,” thought Captain Karl and away the happy crew went. Not so happy was the crew after a few days when Captain Karl made the biggest mistake of his early and short lived career. This is what happened. U-Boat 1206 was one of the first German U-Boats to have advanced plumbing systems. Before the advancement Captain Karl’s sub came out, it was only possible to use the toilet when the submarine was on or near the ocean surface. When the sub descended and one had to go, it was either holding it or using the communal …

Brewing Made Perfect with “The Birth of Sake”

The making of saké the traditional way has not only been overshadowed and overcome by the usage of machines, which can produce the drink at a faster rate, but in Erik Shirai’s documentary film “The Birth of Saké”, the original way of making Japan’s national drink is dying out. Set in the Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan, the Yoshida Brewery remains a strong hold in making saké the same way it has for the last 140 years. In order to do so, from October to April the workers must live, eat, and dorm  together away from their families working from five in the morning to well into the night. Disregarding machines and under the direction of the Toji, or brewmaster, using touch, smell, taste, and sight is essential in order to perfect the drink. But traditional brewing and the consumption of saké is decreasing in Japan. As the documentary progresses, albeit rather slowly at times, Yachan, the heir of Yoshida Brewery, finds himself with the dilemma of trying to preserve the tradition of saké making, along with …

Top 5 Foreign Songs to Listen To

As amazing are the songs that we hear through the radio, sometimes hearing something new for a change is never a bad idea. Sure, Imagine Dragons with their song “I’m So Sorry” is extremely catchy with its rock n’ roll fervor and the latest pop song to hit the billboards gets us all on our feet, but with a world so big there are plenty of songs that are worth listening to, even if you don’t understand the lyrics. As Lao Tzu quoted, once you have “music in the soul, it can be heard in the universe”. Without further ado, here are the top five non-English songs to start listening to today: 1. Jarabe de Palo: “Bonito” Originated from Spain, this rock group started out in 1996 and are notoriously known to constantly repeat a word or phrase throughout the song. “Bonito” is not only catchy, but the lead singer (who strongly resembles Seth MacFarlane) emphasizes his admiration for finding everything beautiful which ultimately puts a smile on your face. 2. Stromae: “Tous les Memes” …

Learning Swedish the Easy Way

With plenty of learning language apps out on the market, deciding which language to speak can be quite daunting. Some only give you the general basics and others make you pay even more money for learning a few more lessons. And when it comes to the learning process some are vague, skip a few fundamentals, and start you off thinking that you already know the basics. But after searching in the haystack you finally find the needle, and Say It In Swedish is that very needle. Sweden holds roughly 9 million speakers and is home to one of the worlds oldest monarchy, a low crime rate, high life expectancy rate, health care levied by taxes, and has much more to offer than just IKEA and ABBA. Traveling to Sweden should be on everyones travel list, and although English is spoken by many Swedes, learning the language is never a bad idea. Starting from lesson one, you begin to learn the simple basics to get you on track to learning Swedish. With an audio guide hosted …