Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

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If you know about modern foreign history, you’ll probably link the name Boris Yeltsin with the first president of the Russian Federation. But this article is not about politicians; this is about an indie pop band from Springfield, Missouri, called Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin (SSLYBY).

“We came up with the name when we were teenagers,” said Philip Dickey, SSLYBY’s drummer, vocalist, and many others. “[We] didn’t think anyone would ever know about us.”

After meeting in a high school party, they started writing songs and home recording. Their first full-length album, Broom, was a result of this.

“We recorded Broom in Will’s attic in 2005. It was casual. We had no idea anyone outside our group of friends would ever hear it,” said Dickey.

Broom features a song that appeared in the well-known, beloved and remembered TV show, The O.C. This song, which Dickey describes as “pretty catchy” is called Oregon Girl.

After Broom was released, there were two big changes for SSLYBY: The band began touring and got signed to Polyvinyl Records, in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

SSLYBY has toured not only in the States, but overseas as well, including European countries and Japan.

“We like touring internationally because we also make new friends and have little adventures, but touring in America is fun too,” said Dickey.

Their second album, Pershing, was also home recorded, but with several differences when compared to Broom.

“There was more pressure and I think we were all exhausted from touring (…) we tried to make Pershing sound more like a studio album. Basically, we had no idea what we were doing,” said Dickey.

Modern Mystery is one of the most recognized songs of this album. According to Dickey, this song was based on a book called A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid as well as having a crush on someone. “It is more of a collage than anything else,” he said.

After these first two full-length albums, SSLYBY’s first real studio album came out. It was called Let It Sway. Dickey stated that they wanted to make something “a little dirtier” than Pershing.

There are two favorites from this album: Back in the Saddle and Everlyn.
“Back in the Saddle is a song about itself. It’s just about having a crush and aiming for the high life (…) Everlyn is another song that John wrote. I really love the lyrics, but I have no idea what or who they’re about. I think he designed them that way,” Dickey said.

With already three released albums and “hundreds” of recordings, SSLYBY knew it was time for a special release. This was named Tape Club .It is basically a compilation of demos and unreleased songs that was, without a doubt, a blessing for their fans. For example, there is a demo of What’ll We Do, which was originally featured in Broom.

But this album is not the end of SSLYBY. They had amazing good news as well:

According to Philip Dickey, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin just finished their new album on May 5th, which will come out later this year.

If you’re already a fan, you could easily contact the band through social media, such as their Twitter account @sslyby, while you wait for its released later this fall.

But if you have not listen to them yet and are interested in some “friendly pop” as they named it, do not hesitate on listening to Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.

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Pabelona Studio

Not all couples possess qualities and talents that can be mixed into a business creation, but when it happens, results as Pabelona Studio can appear.

Jorge Gonzalez came to the United States from Cuba when he was 8 years old. He majored in Visual Arts with a concentration in Photography at Florida International University (FIU). He is also a musician, who has played for several bands including the Miami punk-rock band Guajiro and is the bassist in the indie rock band Plains.

Celia Sanchez was born in Peru and moved to Miami when she was a teenager. She got a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design at the Miami International University of Art and Design.

“We met seven years ago at a bar. One day, Jorge invited me to one of his shows and I gladly accepted,” said Sanchez.

“She was really cute and when I saw her at the show there was an instant spark,” said Gonzalez.

They got engaged on February 2012, while they were on a cruise to Bahamas. After that, the wedding planning inspired the creation of their business project Pabelona Studio in July 2012.

As they describe on their website, the word ‘Pabelona’ illustrates what they are every Friday night: ‘Una pareja bella y comelona’, which means a cute couple with big appetite.

The then fiancées realized that Miami videographers did not fit the style they wanted for their own wedding footage.

“We knew it was going to be impossible to shoot our own wedding, but we wanted to give the option of a new and fresh perspective to other people that felt like us,” said Sánchez.

“We also wanted to earn extra income for our wedding doing something that we both enjoyed,” Gonzalez added.

Being artists on different fields such as photography and graphic design, the mixture of these talents produces a vintage looking recipe for producing wedding videos shot with high quality equipment.

Sánchez takes care of all the social media and website, while Gonzalez is on guard of all the technical aspects such as lighting, audio, and production. They both share shooting and editing responsibilities.

“When we first started to plan our wedding we didn’t prioritize having video at our wedding,” said Sánchez. “But after shooting a few weddings we realized how important capturing special moments on film is.”

On February 3, 2013, Sanchez and Gonzalez shared what he describes as a “dreamlike and unusually perfect” day: Their wedding. They had an intimate ceremony with family, close friends, and Celia’s 8-year-old daughter, Luna Crespo.

“They’re very sweet and they take care of me properly,” said Luna. “Because some parents are not good at taking care of kids properly.”

The newlyweds lived together before the wedding, but they stated that things have felt differently after it.

“Our sense of partnership is stronger,” said Sánchez.

The newlyweds not only shoot weddings, even though it is its specialty. An example of this is the video they did for Miami Yelp free event Streetopia.

“Besides weddings, we’ve been getting jobs for businesses events. We want to tailor our website to both prospect clients,” said Sánchez.

“We’ve gotten many more jobs as a result of all the spec work we did in the beginning,” said Gonzalez. “Pabelona has helped us realize how important we are to each other and how much we can do together.”

Daniel Abrusci, Audio Engineer and friend of the couple said: “It’s great because that is what team work is about and the fact that they have so much in common and pretty much the same interests makes it even better.”

Luna highly recommends watching Pabelona Studio’s videos at http://www.pabelonastudio.com. “You should watch the videos because they’re really fun and you feel really happy when you see them,” said Luna.

“Every couple marches to the beat of their own drum. But one thing is the same for everyone: you meet someone who’s music to your ears and life becomes a song” – Pabelona Studio

For more information visit www.pabelonastudio.com

Bono at Georgetown University

Rock bands are usually known for their pretty reckless lifestyle, which includes “sex, drugs and rock n’ roll”. It is really hard to imagine that one of the greatest rock stars of all time, and possibly the most recognized one alive, devotes his life not only to music, but to humanitarian work. This musician is Paul David Hewson, better known as Bono. He provided a speech at Georgetown University on November 12th, 2012, where he discussed several topics, including humanitarian aid, poverty, politics, human potential and his vision of where our future lays.

Rhapsodist’s Weekly Playlist: Pop-Punk

Music genres deeply affect our personal feelings. Some people listen to pop music when they feel blue; others listen to emo music in order to get more depressed than they already are. Kind of masochistic, don’t you think? Anyways, each mind is a world of thoughts.

Personally, I try listening to those genres that best suit my temporary emotional situation. That led me to decide creating a playlist, which I will be sharing with you every Sunday (I swear, I will try my best).

This week? Pop-Punk

1. Attractive Today – Motion City Soundtrack

2. So Long, Astoria – The Ataris

3. This Very Moment – Set Your Goals

4. All My Fault – Fenix TX

5. The Rock Show – Blink 182

The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí

Love stories are always delightful. It is an indispensable theme in movies, books and songs. Their chronology is pretty basic: a boy meets a girl, they fall in love, get married, have children and live happily ever after. Salvador Dalí’s love story is exactly the opposite.

Since I was a kid, the eccentric Catalonian artist intrigued me. While growing up, my intrigue for his works became an obsession. I researched, saw and analyzed dozens of paints by Dalí. The strange coincidence is that the work that most impressed me was not paint.

I was researching for a college paper about Dalí’s life when I found a book called The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí, which is an autobiography written with the most pure style that characterized Dalí. The way he expressed his feelings about his relationship with Gala in countless ways got my attention.

She was not only his wife, but also his muse. She awoke senses that he did not know were part of him. Even though it is well known that Gala had extramarital relationships, she was Dalí’s one and that is what was really important for him. He looked through her eyes and painted every inch of her body, while filling each brushstroke with his admiration for his human goddess.

Is it possible to even try to recreate that kind of love? I doubt it. I think it was a one-in-a-million experience and Dalí was lucky to experience at its highest level.

I truly recommend The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí if you are interested in meeting this artist through his own words. Even though it is a dense book, you won’t regret it. Hopefully, it will teach you how real love is through the eyes of one of the most recognized artists.

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Almost Famous

If you consider yourself a soul born in the wrong decade, you cannot miss Cameron Crowe’s most memorable film: Almost Famous.

Crowe, who is well-known for several movies including Vanilla Sky, Jerry Maguire and Elizabethtown, released Almost Famous in the year 2000, starring Patrick Fugit, Billy Crudup and Kate Hudson. The entire film is a reflection of his young years as a writer for Rolling Stone.

The movie takes place in the year 1973, when a naive boy named William Miller gets immerse into the rock n’ roll life of the period while touring with a band called Stillwater. Miller needs to gather information in order to write an article about the emerging band. This task gets extremely difficult due the members’ busy schedule that involves shows, sex, music, sex, sex, drugs, sex … and more sex.

Penny Lane, a groupie which demands to be called ‘band-aid’, is part of a love triangle between Stillwater’s frontman Russell Hammond, the young Miller and herself. This triangle is not so easy to explain, but I will try to. Penny loves Russell, Russell likes Penny, William loves Penny, Penny likes William even though she thinks he is “too cute for rock n’ roll”, Russell has a girlfriend, William likes and hates Russell at the same time. Easy, huh?

Another major aspect of the movie: its soundtrack. You will consider it absolutely stunning if you enjoy 70’s rock. It features The Who, Cat Stevens, Simon & Garfunkel, Elton John, among others. After watching the film, you must buy the soundtrack. It is mandatory!

Crowe’s Almost Famous truly expresses the rock n’ roll essence of the decade filled with an amazingly beautiful photography and an extraordinary music. You will identify yourself with William’s innocence and experiences through his journey; you will feel as part of that tour bus, while singing along with them. Crowe’s Academy Award winning film is a pure masterpiece. A film with 70’s soul released on our current days.