Archive for September, 2010


When I first heard Hurt’s Wonderful Life, I thought it was a song that the radio station had dug up from the late 80s and were bombarding us with because it was featured in some sort of movie or TV show. Then after some research, it turned out that it was only the band’s second single and was only released to the stations in August, and was met by much success in Europe mostly and I am not surprised.

This past year, I’ve only heard one other band that was successful at integrating synths in their music, and that was Hot Chip on their album One Life Stand but the newcomers Hurts will give the other band a run for their money in the next few years if they continue to do what they did with this song.

Basically, the song is about a man who is about to jump off a bridge until he meets Suzie who re-instigates hope in the man’s heart and falls in love with him along the way. The chorus is basically the very simple but also highly important message that Suzie tells the man:

Don’t let go

Never Give up

It’s such a wonderful life (more…)

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Ever since TnT has started, I’ve been doing reviews of songs that are either newly released or that I’ve recently discovered. I’ve realized however that I’ve never shared the songs that I cannot get over no matter how old they get. Then a prompt I found on Plinky really set this in motion and so these are the three songs that no matter what happens, I cannot remove from my iPod or stop singing to myself.

  1. Truly, Madly, DeeplySavage Garden (1997)

Off their debut self-titled album, this song cemented the Australian two-man band’s fame and presence in the pop music world, mainly because the song’s lyrics and melody struck a chord with almost all listeners across all generations. It doesn’t hurt either that its success can still be felt thirteen years after it’s release. You can’t help but swoon over the lyrics that Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones wrote, Hayes’s smooth voice, appropriate for this type of slow, romantic song, or the beautiful musical orchestration. With this song, the band played their cards right, even going as far to shoot two videos, the most popular of which in Paris, France, because accordingly it’s the most romantic city in the world. All these elements have made it my ultimate favorite song, and besides, what girl would not like to be at the receiving end of the following lines? (more…)


Hello Everyone!

As you may have realized, our content has not been updated for around a week now- something which is agonizing to both Tom and myself. Truth be told, this lack of fresh content has been mainly due to a mix of Writer’s Cramp and getting ready to start our senior year of college next week, as well as Tom having a familial obligation. Therefore, please be patient with us as we get readjusted to the “normal” life, and I’m certain this will be a source of inspiration for some new content. We also have a lot of reviews coming up, with this being the high-season for album and movie releases, so we can guarantee that no matter what, you’re going to be entertained.

In the meantime, we’d just like to share some really exciting news with you all. TnT has been running for almost 3 months now and last night we received word that this little project of ours was reviewed by Kadmous.org, a wonderful website that specializes in celebrating Lebanese achievements and culture. Naturally, we’re thrilled about this and we would like to thank Lebanos for taking the time to check out our blog and write this review, and also for sorting out the few concerns we had straight away. You can check out the review (which is in Arabic) right here 🙂

And of course, keep checking back for new stuff! 😀


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In 2005, Australian songstress Delta Goodrem paired with former Westlife member Brian McFadden to release Almost Here, a sort-of-ballad, that managed to do considerably well in the countries where it was released. The song, however,

would only mark the start of Goodrem and McFadden’s professional and personal (the two are engaged to be married) collaboration. After writing Together We Are One, a song Goodrem performed at the Opening Ceremony of the  Commonwealth Games in 2006, they went on to write several songs for Goodrem’s third album Delta. 

Now in 2010, McFadden has released his third solo album, entitled Wall of Soundz, a distinctly electro-pop offering that diverts from what he’s been known to offer. Despite that, the third single,  from the album, Mistakes featuring his leading lady, should not be missed. (more…)


The last day of the quarterfinals was played yesterday with a rematch of the controversial 1972 Olympics Gold Medal game between Team USA and Russia, with the day to be capped by the clash of the giants of Lithuania and Argentina.

Although USA and Russia played at 6 PM local time, the building up for the game started a few days before that, after Russia defeated New Zealand on Monday. American/Israeli coach David Blatt, who coaches the Russians, said that Russia deserved to win the 1972 Olympics in basketball despite the controversial call that gave the Russians three replays to get a shot to win the game. Things didn’t stop here, as Team USA’s coach Mike Krzyzewski responded back by saying that Coach Blatt is Russian. The game started off with six 3 point plays by each side, and the lead going back and forth until the first quarter ended with both teams tied at 25. Russia stared the second quarter strong and grabbed a 35-30 lead until Team USA started behind Andre Igoudala a 12-0 run and ended the first half leading 44-39 with Kevin Durant’s 19 points. Team USA started to increase the lead slowly, then after 2.15 m Russian star Timofey Mozgov committed his fourth foul, things changed with Russell Westbrook coming off the bench to score 7 straight points and increase the lead by the end of 3 quarters to 14 points. The 4th quarter saw failed attempts from the Russians to come back into the game, with Durant increasing his scoring total to 33 points, leading the Team USA to its seventh straight win, 89-79.

The night went on with a classical match between perfect Lithuania and Argentina. The game started equal between the two teams until Lithuania jumped on an 8-0 run in the first quarter to lead 17-10 and from there it was all Lithuania, who knocked 9 of their first 11 3-pointers and managed to keep World Cup scoring leader Luis Scola in check, limiting him to 13 points after averaging a bit more than 30 a game. The Lithuanians increased their lead to as much as 32 points in the second half, to win the game 104-85 behind strong performances by Linas Kleiza (17 points), Tomas Delininkaitis (16 points) and Matrynus Pocius (17 points) while Carlos Delfino tried to make up for Scola’s miserable performance with 25 points. Lithuania will play Team USA in the semifinals, while hosts Turkey will play Serbia on the other hand. Both games take place on Saturday, with the former game being played at 7:00 PM while the latter at 9:30 PM


On behalf of Tom and myself, we’d like to wish all our readers a blessed and happy Eid Al Fitr and hope that everyone enjoys this occasion with their families and loved ones 😀

The video below is a lovely advertisement brought to you by Zain, a telecom operator in Saudi Arabia and some Gulf countries, and this has become a sort of tradition for them to come out with a song/ ad for every Eid, mostly targeted to children, but enjoyed by adults too. For those of you who don’t speak Arabic, the tune is about how giving only enhances the spirit of the festivities.

Enjoy! 😀


After 11 days of competition, the World Cup should be getting tougher, and the great should be known from the good. Blowouts shouldn’t be expected, but underdogs overcoming the odds can happen anytime as we saw in Day 12.

In the first game of the quarterfinals, defending champs Spain played Serbia in a hard fought game that was decided on a near buzzer beater. Serbia came out strong early in the game, riding the hot hands of Nemanja Bjelica and Novica Velickovic – 21 points combined in the first quarter – to take a 27-23 lead at the end of the first. The second quarter played out as the first as Serbia increased its lead to 8 by halftime with the help of Marko Keselj off the bench. Spain started coming back slowly into the game with the help Juan Carlos Navarro (27 points) in the second half, and cut the lead to a mere three points by the end of 3 quarters. Yet the final quarter was the craziest, with Serbia jumping to an 8 point lead with four minutes remaining. Yet Spain wouldn’t die that easily, tying the game with 25 seconds behind Marc Gasol’s basket. Yet the Serbians, leading throughout the game, wanted to take revenge from the Spainards after losing to them in the Euro Basket final last year, and with 3.1 seconds left on the clock, Milos Teodosic knocked down a far straightaway three pointer, to win the game for Serbia 92-89 and shock the world with the win by knocking out the world champs and returning to the semis for the first time since 2002.  Velickovic and Keselj led a balanced effort for Serbia with 17 points apiece as Teodosic had 12.

Not as exciting as the earlier game, Turkey punched Slovenia hard in the stomach as the hosts ran over everywhere from trailing early in the first to take a 13 point lead by the end of the first quarter. It was a cruise from there, with Turkey never letting its foot off the gas, to win the game by 27 points, 95-68 to advance to the semi finals to play Serbia. This is Turkey’s third time in the basketball World Cup, and this will be its first time playing in the medal games, and what better way to have a first other than playing in front of your own crowd. Ersan Ilyasova had 19 points for the Turks while Bostjan Nachbar had 16 for the Slovenians.