Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Vaporwave: the Flip of the Century

By: Dominic Martone

It all Started with One Album.

Macintosh Plus was released by electronic artist Vektroid on December 9th of 2011. This song was the first of its kind, a new genre: VaporWave. When this song came out it blew up, reaching thousands of plays on Youtube. The album is 47 minutes long and had its peak in 2016. In August of 2017, a company called Old English Spelling Bee announced they were putting the album on record. In 2019, Vektroid renewed the album with part 2. The album quickly became a close competitor to the reigning Rap genre, eventually merging and creating Lofi.

Why it Became so Popular

The album is a mix of samples of 80s songs and has a vibe-like retro feel. It has a feel of nostalgia from when you weren't around. It is meant to put you through a feeling called Anemoia. This feeling is just a good aesthetics feeling. This album has caused millions of songs trying to bring back the great 80’s songs, just in a new way.

How Nevada Becomes Suddenly Relevant Through Memes

 By: Elise Stefankiewicz

Nevada is solely known for Las Vegas and everything that comes with it. The entertainment industry and gambling aspect of Nevada make it known to most. But besides its major cities, Nevada is mostly desert, which has not been relevant since the Area 51 talk back in the summer of 2019. But nonetheless, it is once again relevant, but this time for not counting votes fast enough. 

The fascination with the election this year is very high and as we all sit on our couches and stare at the news awaiting the results, social media has taken a humorous spin on it all. Nevada is the target of twitter and Tik Tok right now. This is because if Joe Biden wins Nevada, he will get his total of 270 electoral votes and therefore win the election. However, this is only projected and the votes have not all been counted. The internet definitely has its way of making jokes during serious times, but when it comes down to it, this one state determines our whole future as a country. People on twitter are so eager for Nevada's results that they have basically started to attack the state with internet memes.

While Nevada is taking its dear sweet time, we can all anxiously wait for the results of this election by tapping into Twitter or TikTok for some comical relief on the whole situation. Just remember - laughter decreases your stress hormones and sometimes a little laughter can help us get through tough or stressful times. 


Source: Twitter 

Meme 1: @NesianQueenLV

Meme 2: @klsmopit

Meme 3: @josecanyousee

Hubie Halloween Movie Review

By:  Ava Tanis 

Hubie Halloween, the latest Adam Sandler movie, came out just in time for Halloween on October 7th, 2020. This review won’t find you in time for the holiday, but if you’re still riding out the wave of spooky season you’re definitely in the right place. Not only is this movie relatively fitting autumn equinox-wise, it will be especially relevant to you if you happen to be a junior reading Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. The excessively-festive movie is set in Salem, home of the notorious trials detailed in Miller’s play—although Hubie Halloween definitely documents a different environment than the highly tumultuous Puritan situation that existed in the 1690s. 

Following the story of the eccentric Hubie Dubois, Hubie Halloween documents a post-witch trials life in Salem, Massachusetts, where October 31st is naturally the biggest day of the year. Hubie’s annual mission is to make sure that everyone in the town is safe on Halloween, but his offbeat personality incites relentless mockery and pranks at his expense. This year’s holiday becomes extra interesting when a real life killer begins kidnapping people left and right and Hubie makes it his number one priority to launch an investigation and rescue the victims. 

In classic Adam Sandler fashion, the acting is quite cheesy and overdone, and the cinematography is not necessarily the most dramatic or meaningful. Some parts do get somewhat suspenseful, but overall Hubie Halloween is much more a comedy than it is a horror film. Adam Sandler’s absurd accent and his character’s tendency to get completely terrified by tacky Halloween pranks both lend themselves to the humor of the show. 

With ridiculous, funny plotlines, just about every celebrity you can imagine, and some seriously wholesome moments scattered throughout, Hubie Halloween is all-in-all a lighthearted and entertaining movie. It's by no means a thinkpiece and there isn’t much realism to encounter, but you will undoubtedly find that quintessential, corny-Halloween-movie vibe that will almost certainly feel like home.

Music Recommendations by Kasandra Lechleiter

 Music Recommendations

Kasandra Lechleiter


Pop   Youngblood       5 Seconds of Summe

    Me And My Broken Heart     Rixton

        Sweet but Psycho   Ava Maz

Country         Our Song               Taylor Swift

        Humble And Kind             Tim McGraw

            the other girl               Kelsea Ballerini (feat. Halsey)

Rock       Sweet Child O’ Mine Guns N’ Roses

  Wanted Dead Or Alive   Bon Jovi

  Africa     Toto

Rhythm & Blues             Grenade Bruno Mars

          Out of Love             Alessia Cara

          Girl on Fire Alicia Keys

Indie Green Cavetown

          Feel It Still         Portugal.  The Man

    Gone, Gone, Gone           Phillip Phillips

Dance/Electronic          Closer           The Chainsmokers (feat. Halsey)

          Trampoline   SHAED

      I Like Me Better     Lauv

Alternative        Believer                    Imagine Dragons

Iris                       The Goo Goo Dolls

        High Hopes         Panic!  At The Disco

Rap Hollywood’s Bleeding                  Post Malone

            Better     Kahlid

      Blinding Lights             The Weeknd


NOTE: Each week I’ll be cycling through three suggested songs from a random genre- I might not do all the genres, but the suggested music from me will be the type of music I like to listen to.  This week's genre, I’ll be suggesting country/pop country.

Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw

Songs Like This by Carrie Underwood

Holy Ground by Taylor Swift

If you’d like to share your music through the Patriot Press, feel free to comment in the Google Classroom.  Please make sure there is no explicit language in your song(s).  Thank you!

Enjoy your music!


The Weekly Recipe by Kasandra Lechleiter


Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies (no. 36) Category: Desserts


  • 1 cup butter, unsalted

  • 3/4  cup pure cane sugar

  • 3/4  cup brown sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 21/2 cups all-purpose flour, unbleached

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp salt, heaping

  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Prep time: 15 minutes

  • Cook time: 40 minutes

  • Total time: 55 minutes


  1. Preheat oven to 375*F

  2. Mix together the unsalted butter, brown sugar, and pure cane sugar

  3. Add the eggs and vanilla extract to mixture, mix well

  4. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda, and salt together

  5. Mix the sifted dry ingredients into the creamed mixture

  6. Add the chocolate chips, thoroughly mixing dough

  7. OPTIONAL: Chill the cookie dough for about 2 hours or more

  8. Scoop onto a cookie sheet

  9. Bake at 375*F for 10-11 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden

  10. When removing cookies from oven, remove from cookie sheet and let cool on wire rack