by S. Bautista Arcade Fire returns with their 3 rd studio album after a 3 year hiatus. The newest album retains the unique style Arcade fire is known for. But, it doesn’t live up to previous albums. It won’t be memorable months from now or even years from now, unlike “Wake Up” from their first album Funeral that stayed with fans and was used in last years Where the Wild Things Are, it instantly caught on again. The soft lyrics and instrumentals will either satisfy long time Indie-pop fans or lull some to sleep. The songs “Ready to Start” and “Rococo” were really the only noteworthy songs on the album. Other than that, many of the songs sound the same. The indie group has escaped from their roots of witty, imaginative, creative lyricism. Even their sound has degraded from the multi-dimensional, worldly beats. Although the product is still pleasant, it is not impressive. Potential buyers should definitely look the album up and sample the songs. It may not be worth buying the whole album. by k. morris For Today’s Breaker contains lyrics inspired straight from the throne of God. Although they prefer to scream their passion for God at the top of their lungs, their lyrics still have potential to bring one to tears. Metal never was as grace-filled as this, the combination of guitar, drumming, and the powerful lyrics make Breaker the best album For Today has dropped. The journey to Breaker has been a rough road that has tested their faith. They started recording Portraits, previous to Breaker, March 2, 2009 and launched it 3 months later on June 9. Portraits features melodic riffs enough to make your ears bleed, while still representing their undying faith in God. All the while, Breaker sets new standards for the genre, while appealing to crowds of opposite ends of the spectrum. This album promises to rise conviction in one’s heart and inspire a generation to take their place, urging them to “take your flame, ignite the world.” by R. March K a t y Pe r r y ’s sophomore album “Teenage Dream” was released Aug. 24 and is an explosion of fun as Perry relives her younger years growing up in Southern California. Hit songs like “California Gurls” and “Teenage Dream” make this CD a smash. Perry’s ups and downs in high school are put into song recalling topics from her first crush to hot summer days on the beach. On this album, Perry records songs with artists and producers such as Snoop Dogg, The Dream, Darkchild, and Benny Blanco. She switches up her fun-loving style with songs like “ET” and “Hummingbird Heartbreak.” Her second album has more of a fun feeling in contrast to her first album “One of the Boys” which featured party songs like “I Kissed a Girl” and “Hot and Cold.” The cover art on this album features an audacious Perry laying naked on a cotton candy cloud. Also, the actual physical booklet of the album smells like cotton candy. This album fits Perry’s image perfectly as her pin up girl style is displayed. The success of this album should do her well and will continue her great start of a career.
Students find inspiration By Shea Sullivan STAFF WRITER Many students at this school use music as a way of expression and a way to escape the real world that surrounds them. Matt Zollinger, junior, started a DJ business, and his stage name is “DJ DZ.” Zollinger was not influenced by any one thing, he simply just started playing music. He states, “Ever since then I haven’t done anything else.” He enjoys his DJ business because it helps him grow as a musician, and the people he meets helps him to receive accurate criticism because he, “feeds off their energy.” He plans on becoming a professional DJ when he is older. Zollinger continues to play at gigs, along with planning his DJ events. He enjoys working on his own album, along with that he assists his friend Ryan Winn, senior, with their project know as “Ethnolog y.” You can check Matt out at www. ThisIsDJDZ.com Drew Hensley, j u n i o r, play s trumpet in jazz band, and has previously played trumpet in the marching band. He also enjoys playing the piano. Hensley can be found on photo by shea sullivan
Photo courtesy of Matt Zollinger
youtube.com singing his renditions to famous songs. Katie Prutsman, senior, is an accomplished saxophone player. She plays in the Young Sounds of Arizona, combo band, marching band, jazz band, and Friday night gigs at coffee shops. Hensley said, “Music is one thing I connect with so well, a way of expression and release.” He is often found spending all of his free time at the piano, singing and writing music. He also loves to sing new and creative renditions to songs. He states, “Over the summer, I would spend six hours a day just practicing new songs, and sharpening up my playing technique.” Hensley started playing the trumpet in the fourth grade, “Ever since then I found an instrument I love,” said Hensley. Hensley started playing the piano two years ago, and started singing too. Prutsman said she enjoys music because, “I feel it’s a way to express myself without using words.” Prutsman fell in love with music at a very young age. “I’ve wanted to play the saxophone since I was four years old, watching Photo by Shea Sullivan Sesame Street,” Music can be used to said Prutsman. After playing express people in many different ways. For Katie her instrument Prutsman, senior, Matt for nine years, Zollinger, junior, and she plans on Drew Hensley, junior, it is continuing her used as a way to express m u s i c i a n s h i p themselves where words t h r o u g h o u t college. cannot. It encourages her to challenge herself everyday.
Hobby becomes addiction By Tyler and Tory Weeks
Most video games are manufactured to be addictive. Whether it is shooting down opponents Games are also more challenging, so in a game of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, students reach levels at slower rates. This or scoring a touchdown with Larry Fitzgerald keeps students consistently face to face with in a showdown of Madden, students are too their computers or televisions. busy concentrating on their video games “Everyday after football practice, I would rather than their school come home, finish work. my homework, then The top 10 most “I play video games for play video games,” addictive games about five hours daily,” said said Christian 10. Mortal Kombat/Street Caleb Brown, freshman. Antonio, junior. “I Fighter Today ’s average of was able to maintain 9. Solitaire play ing v ideo games my grades by making 8. Madden/NCAA football is seven hours and 38 sure I finished all my 7. Final Fantasy minutes. This increased work before playing 6. Super Mario Brothers from six hours and 21 games,” Antonio 5. Sim Anything minutes in 2004. About later said. 4. Grand Theft Auto 81 percent of American There is a good 3. Doom youth is playing video kind of addiction, 2. World of Warcraft games but 8.5 percent of like Tetris, that 1. Tetris that 81 percent is addicted necessitate thinking according to metrics.com. to solve the puzzle, “ My g rad es have but most games are suffered from playing too many video games,” played without doing any major thinking, said Brown. according to associatedcontent.com STAFF WRITER/SPORTS EDITOR
October 1, 2010
Orphans shine a light byteresa hauer
They don’t call it an orphanage for a reason. At Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos, everyone belongs. I spent 7 days of my Summer feeling the most at home I’ve felt outside of my actual home. Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos is an organization that takes kids and teens in for them to have a suitable childhood, get an education, and have a fair advantage in life. The individuals that live in this home (as they call it) are the most full hearted and fortunate individuals I have encountered. These people possess the strength to get past their sometimes unfortunate history, not think constantly about the parents they don’t live with or maybe don’t even have, and take up a whole new life with a whole new family of approximately 1,000 brothers and sisters. NPH makes not only normal lives possible, but extraordinary lives for those who may have had no choice but to start over. This is something I have realized I have never done. I have always lived a comfortable life with people that automatically unconditionally love me and provide for me. Therefore, it was always easy to love and be thankful. There isn’t much I have done completely on my own or have had much trouble with. I have also never truly loved unconditionally. I thought I always had, but I was proved wrong by the 11 year old boys that never fought and every pequeno that didn’t laugh at me and still tried to help me understand when I had no idea what their Spanish sounds meant. After living through high school in Central Phoenix, I don’t know if my American, individualistic heart will ever open like theirs. The way they are is truly commendable and inspiring. Still, of course it is a strenuous task to carry out this inspiration. Not realizing the reality of my own life, I vowed to love my family more obviously and never judge anyone, always being courteous and pleasant. An American, individualistic life might be one of the hardest shells to crack. I show the same amount of love to my family. Even though I connected with maybe 50 kids that don’t live with a natural-born, astoundingly perfect family like mine. I was even shown a shanty community that lives on an overfilled landfill. The children that live there love their family enough to stick to their less than satisfactory life and deny the offer of living in the NPH home. To the same affect, no matter how many self-reflection, self-bettering, world-saving programs and trips I go through, my terrible shell will not be broken. I am still judging peers and idols as if I am better than them. I know we are all equal, but still I attempt to measure up to superficial status bars. A trip to Cuernavaca, Mexico, sometimes nauseating meals, frustrating circumstances, is not enough. But it has made an impact. Never looking back at who I was three months ago, I march on and reach out.