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The Progression of Punk

No Comments 22 May 2015

By Mary Dentz
Staff Writer

The word “punk can mean many different things to an array of people. Some describe it as a music genre. Others see it as a way of life, their style, or a rebellious movement to overthrow their suppressive adversaries. Whatever your view may be, one cannot deny that there is most certainly an avid punk community right here in San Diego.

Punk started in the late 70’s thanks to British groups like The Clash, The Sex Pistols, and American bands such as The Ramones and Black Flag. Punk revolved around straying from the common gradient of society. It was meant to help people find themselves and to inspire people to do whatever made them happy.

Next came a kind of thrashing called New Wave Punk. Bands like Devo, The B-52’s, The Cure, The Talking Heads, and many others helped to develop Punk music from its rough-edged beginnings to a more palatable and deeper version, the New Wave Era. The rise of pop-punk, folk punk (like Andrew Jackson Jihad), funk and disco (like the critically acclaimed group, Daft Punk), indie-rock, garage punk, and even Death-Metal can all find a little bit of their ancestry originating from the Punk movement.

San Diego has had a couple of punk-like bands born from its bowels. Grand Ole Party, a group formed of San Diego residents, debuted their first album, Humanimals, in 2007. The band, Neveready, was also formed here in San Diego. Some of its members even went to La Jolla High.

Punk has influenced many different genres of music and artists and whether you care to recognize its importance or not, it is a portal to individualism, freedom, and acceptance.

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Scar Tissue: The Hardship and Triumph of Anthony Kiedis Triumph of Anthony Kiedis

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By Shane Lynch 
Staff Writer

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are considered one of the greatest rock bands of all time and have been making music for over three decades now. Their original blend of funk, punk, rock and rap was truly revolutionary for its time and remains unique today. All this success would not have been possible without the resilience and passion of its members, most notably singer and front man Anthony Kiedis.

Keidis was born in Michigan in 1962 to Margaret Noble and John Dammett, both actors, and moved to Hollywood in 1974 to live with his now-divorced father full-time. Kiedis attended Fairfax High School, where he met Michael Balzary, aka Flea, and the two became inseparable. “We were drawn to each other by the forces of mischief and love. We were both social outcasts.”

Through Flea, Keidis started to become interested in music, especially punk. The two of them frequently snuck into venues on the Sunset Strip, and on one such occasion met Hillel Slovak, who became the third founding member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The band gained notoriety for their wild stage antics and released their first two albums in 1984 and 1985. Both were well received. Kiedis, however, developed a dependence on heroin at this time, which affected his ability to contribute to the band.

Hillel had also begun using heroin and OD’d after a week of drug abuse. The news was too much for Kiedis, who fled to Mexico. After weeks of hiding, Kiedis returned to LA to face the reality of his friend’s death. He also checked himself into rehab.

Kiedis and Flea eventually regrouped and invited drummer Chad Smith and guitarist John Frusciante into the band. This newfound unity and stability allowed the Chili Peppers to release Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik in 1992, which propelled the band into stardom.

John left the band but rejoined several years later, replacing Dave Navarro. Inspired by his return, the Chili Peppers released “Californication,” “By The Way,” and “Stadium Arcadium”, all of which are considered among the band’s finest work.

Kiedis has gained a great deal of wisdom from his experiences. “Fame is destructive… with all that I have witnessed and endured, I have come to realize that it is the love of others and life and music and your ability to overcome that brings you true fulfillment.”

The Red Hot Chili Peppers were recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron

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By Andrea Albanez and Creekstar Allan
Opinions Editor Elect & Sports Editor Elect

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is the sequel to the highly praised Marvel movie The Avengers. In this film, the team is back in action, fighting against a villain of Tony Stark’s own creation, Ultron.

This sequel to The Avengers fulfilled the expectations of many superhero enthusiasts, Marvel and Avengers lovers, and your average moviegoer. Filled with intense action, each fight scene throughout the film had its own unique sequences and timing that made them more enticing as the movie went on. It also provided a good amount of comic relief that had the audience rolling with laughter.

The balance between the physical fighting and the emotional sides of all the characters made the movie have an equal amount of action and emotion that made the movie enjoyable the entire time. Being a lover of the Avengers and of superheroes, this film was the perfect sequel to a fantastic first film and a great buildup to the next film in the series. I would give this movie an 8/10 rating. Action-packed with humor, great effects, and memorable moments from all of the characters, it is one movie everyone should see before school gets out.

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Is Music Losing its Meaning?

No Comments 22 May 2015

By Shane Lynch 
Staff Writer

There was a time when music was about the message, about conveying passion and ideas in an intelligent and poetic way through meaningful lyrics. These days, however, it seems that the soul in music has been replaced with a desire to make songs with catchy and simplistic beats with ignorant and lazy lyrics. This is a bit of a sweeping generalization, as there are still plenty of bands out there who make quality music with thoughtful lyrics; though in the case of the most popular bands and those which appear on radio stations these days, it would seem that writing songs with catchy lyrics rather than meaningful ones has essentially become the norm.

This seems to be most evident in today’s pop music and hip hop, which seem to favor commercial appeal over having an actual message. Lyrics in today’s music can be plain trashy, as well as promoting misogynistic ideas and youthful entitlement. There was a time when hip hop actually meant something, and chronicled the struggles of growing up in an impoverished environment while surrounded by crime. These days, the majority of hip hop seems to glamorize a lifestyle of excess achieved by making money through music, and promotes having a self righteous and greedy persona.

Despite this, there are still some  artists in different genres who value good songwriting these days, including The Foo Fighters, Mac Demarco, Kid Cudi, and Slightly Stoopid, to name a few.

Bad music has existed in every decade, and it will be interesting to see if this trend of trashy lyrics will become the norm for future artists or if there will be a return to the days of quality songwriting.

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Hollywood and Superhero Movies

No Comments 22 May 2015

By Andrea Albanez
Opinions Editor Elect 

Everyone enjoys watching a good movie. From thrillers to comedies, everyone has a movie genre that they love above all others.

The superhero genre has gained a lot of traction with audiences worldwide since the introduction of the concept of the superhuman. From the return of Marvel to the revival of classics like Superman, the popularity of superhero movies is at an all time high. With their concepts of escapism and fantasy, it’s no wonder how great an effect the superhero genre has had on movies.

Many people enjoy superhero movies because of the powerless they sometimes see in their own lives is answered by power on screen. And then there are the cool special effects: web-slinging, flying, smashing, and Batman’s gear.

Right now, Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters, already earning millions, and the next anticipated superhero movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, is expected to be a major hit. Other great superhero movies that people enjoy include Spiderman, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, X-Men, Hellboy, Watchmen... there are really too many to list.

For all of these movies, the different superheros have their plots, superpower, and villains  that make each and every superhero movie unique, making millions obsessed with the movies.

Superhero movies have also gotten a lot of attention from how Hollywood portrays them. A hit superhero movie has special effects, actors, and advertisement that turn the movie from being just another hero movie to a worldwide phenomenon. The revival of the Marvel and X-Men series have only increased due to the buildup that Hollywood has given them.

The era of the superhero is here to stay. The genre of superhero movies is only getting bigger with more original superheros being created to feed the demand of the increasing popularity of the resurgence of comic book classics.

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La Jolla International Film Festival

No Comments 22 May 2015

By Sophia Ketring
A&E Editor Elect

This summer, La Jolla is hosting the 6th annual La Jolla International Fashion Film Fest. This festival honors the best of the best fashion film makers and gives the public a chance to view screenings of some of their films.

This is the first international fashion film festival created in North America, therefore it is showing the public a relatively knew type of film that focuses on fashion. Fashion film makers are now able to receive more credit and exposure to the industry of fashion because of the festivals that are popping up around the world.

The festival is from July 24 to July 25. You are able to purchase tickets to the festival at LJIFFF.com. For $25, you can buy a ticket to an afternoon screening of some of the films on July 24. For $50, you are able to go to the actual festival award night on July 25 and for $70 you are able to buy a pass that allows you to see all of the screenings.

If you are interested in fashion and film, this is a fantastic opportunity to be exposed to certain people in the industry and gives you an ability to see the interesting people who came up with the idea for such unique films.

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Twinsters

No Comments 22 May 2015

By Yenitzia Lopez
Features Editor Elect 

Anais Bordier and Samantha Futerman were both born on November 19, 1987, in Busan, South Korea, and were both adopted by separate families. Anais is now a designer raised in Paris, France, while Samantha is an American actress and director who was raised in New Jersey. The two have been separated by 5,000 miles for 25 years and neither of them had a clue that the other existed.

And then that changed.

“It was weird, but I feel like there was a strange calm, and comfort as well, and something that I can’t really explain,” Futerman said to dailymail.co.uk.

“We talked for three hours.” The two first met over the Internet in 2013. Anais was watching one of Samantha’s Youtube videos and noticed that she looked and sounded exactly like her.

After looking further into Samantha’s whereabouts, such as her occupation, her date of birth, etc., Anais approached Samantha by sending her a message on Facebook explaining how she, too, was born on the same day in Busan, South Korea.

The two planned a one hour Skype  call, which quickly turned into three hours, in order to further get to know each other. They then formally met in London and then again in Los Angeles.

At the start of the adventure, the two started a campaign with Kickstarter to raise funds to produce a documentary entailing their journey of discovering whether they were twins or not.

The documentary, titled Twinsters, was released on March 15, 2015, at the SXSW Film Festival. Exactly one year and one DNA test later, the two were confirmed to indeed be identical twin sisters. They now speak on the phone everyday and have co-written a book titled Separated @ Birth: A True Love Story of Twin Sisters Reunited.

For Christmas, Futerman got necklaces that say “Best Friends Forever” for her and her sister.

“It sounds really cheesy, but I think we need those little kid’s moments and those cheesy moments together,” Bordier said.

Futerman described finding her sister like “that feeling on Christmas when you open up the presents, the one you were asking for, it’s that pure feeling of joy – that’s how I always feel.”

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