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  • The charming exterior of Butter and Fold attracts many customers at all hours of business. From the elegant teal and gold color scheme to the waft of freshly baked breads, it’s impossible to simply pass by without taking a peek inside.


    Butter and Fold: The perfect place to satisfy your pastry cravings this fall

  • At the Olivas Links Golf Course, on Sept. 21, 2023, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) girls golf team faced off in a league match against Bishop Diego. The Dragons played well and won the match with an overall score of 249-303. Pictured above, Maddie Wicks 26 concentrates as she putts her ball toward the pin, finishing hole five with three over par.


    Recap: Girls’ golf takes Bishop Diego 249-303

  • On Sept. 22, 2023, Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) competed in their first Tri-County Athletic (TCAA) league meet. Foothill Tech races with five girls on varsity, including Danika Swanson-Rico 25, Bennett Rodman 26, Kalea Eggertsen 26, Emma Anderson 26 and Isabella Efner 25. They warm-up on the start line, exchanging words of encouragement and waiting for the queue to begin the race.

    Cross Country

    Cross country starts off strong at first league meet of the 2023 season

  • With beloved melodies and nostalgic anthems dating back over a decade, fans and general audience members alike enjoy singing along to her award-winning album, Fearless, from 2008.


    The Eras Tour: an adventure spanning 17 years of music 

  • On Sept. 21, 2023, Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) boys water polo hosted a home game against their opponent Malibu High School (Malibu). With lots of splashing, Ethan Ortiz 24 attempts to find an open teammate to give Foothill Tech an advantage to win their league match.

    Boys' Water Polo

    Recap: Boys’ water polo bested by Malibu

  • Students of Foothill Tech try to make button pins of their own design at Back to School Night. This college and career class provides an opportunity to learn life skills and creativity.


    Foothill Tech welcomes parents and guardians at Back to School Night 2023

  • In the teen show “The Summer I Turned Pretty,” an adaption of the popular Young Adult novel, protagonist Belly Conklin navigates her love life in a triangle between brothers Jeremiah and Conrad Fisher.


    “The Summer I Turned Pretty”: In Defense of the Fisher Boys

  • During F.I.R.E and lunch, members of the Associated Student Body worked hard to prepare an assembly line of delicious In-N-Out for the Class of 2024.


    Class of 2024 connects through In-N-Out Burger and festivities

  • On the sunny afternoon of Sept. 19, 2023 girls tennis played against the Villanova Preparatory (Villanova) School Wildcats. The tennis team huddles together and chants in a pregame ritual before beginning their matches.

    Girls' Tennis

    Girls’ tennis triumphs over Villanova in first league match

  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the much anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed and beloved video game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Announced in 2019 by Nintendo at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Tears of the Kingdom was released on May 12, 2023 after nearly four years of waiting. Since its release, the game has been met with widespread acclaim from critics and fans alike. The game directly follows the events of its predecessor, building upon them and expanding an already immense world. Writer Kelly Quinn shares his thoughts.


    “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom” is victory for gaming

  • The three cakes that were reviewed were Lemon, Pumpkin Spice and Red Velvet all topped with a generous amount of cream cheese frosting.


    A dive into Nothing Bundt Cakes: America’s largest specialty cake company

  • Comprising of 12 songs, Olivia Rodrigos new album GUTS is her second studio album and was released on Sept. 8, 2023. Rodrigos first studio album, SOUR, released in 2021, was critically acclaimed and beloved by fans, making her second album long anticipated. Writer Isheeta Pal takes on the task of listening to GUTS and reviewing it, delving into its key themes and messaging.


    Album Anatomy: “GUTS”

  • A sign displayed in the store highlights the unique vendors in the store as well as promoting shopping from local artists.


    Hey! Friends shows Ventura why shopping locally matters

  • Christopher Nolan hits it out of the park once again with his brilliantly done biopic about the man who invented the atom bomb, Oppenheimer.


    “Oppenheimer” is a mind-blowingly impactful film

  • In Laufey’s latest album “Bewitched,” released on Sept. 8, 2023, she brings a jazzy and soothing take on the journey of love. Following the success of her previous album, “Everything I Know About Love,” her sophomore album comprises 14 songs, each bringing their own unique spin that is sure to bewitch the listener. Join writer Lily Toreja as she reviews each song and delves into their individual meanings.


    Album Anatomy: “Bewitched” by Laufey

  • On the eventful evening of Sept. 14, 2023, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) Dragons faced off against Cate in their third league match. The matchup was very even and came down to the fifth and final set in which the Dragons were unable to secure the win. After bouncing and hitting the ball to set her rhythm, Malia Gray ‘24 (number 9) goes to serve, as her teammates and her alike hope for the best.

    Girls' Volleyball

    Girls’ volleyball endures a hard loss against Cate

  • Jackson Basurto ‘24 and Alfred “Mason” Borkowski ‘24 are in full recruitment mode as students pass by their table. The club offered a fun way to engage with other students while doing something they all enjoy.


    Dragons find their connection at Club Rush 2023

  • On the afternoon of Sept. 14, 2023, the Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) girls golf faced off against La Reina at the Olivas Links Golf Course. Maddie Wicks ‘26 tees it up with hopes of sticking it close to pin and hopefully having a birdie opportunity. Wicks finished hole six with a double bogey and finished the entire course with a 56.

    Girls' Golf

    Foothill Tech defeats La Reina in league match

  • Isabella De La Rosa 24 (number 3) and Charlis Swezy 27 (number 1) block from the net, while Malia Gray 24 (number 9) and Morgan Houston 25 (number 2) stay behind to cover any unexpected plays from the other team.

    Girls' Volleyball

    Girls’ volleyball spiked on by St. Bonaventure

  • Students hit the ground running as the 2023-2024 school year picks up its pace. With this years You Belong Week taking place Sept. 11-15, 2023, as well as Club Rush on Sept. 15, 2023, Dragons are busy keeping up with all the events.


    FDP-TV: Season 2, Episode 2

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Best of 2012: Music


Grizzly Bear: “Shields”

Grizzly Bear undoubtedly released one of the best albums of the year. The vibrant songs on “Shields” have a combination of snazzy steady bold instruments and strong vocals and the album proves to be quality music for any type of mood or day. “Shields” brings the fresh, flawless talent of Grizzly Bear.


Calvin Harris: “18 Months”

“18 Months” vibrant production really brought life to the year 2012. Calvin Harris mixed up some funky, awesome beats and brought together some good artists to create a fantastic album. I am sure you have heard his songs all over the radio, at a school dance or in advertisements. Full of great party energy, “18 Months” is one of the best albums to listen to.


The Shins: “Port of Morrow”

“Port of Morrow” was a big change from The Shins‘ older albums, which had, a slower, dreamier haze about them. “Port of Morrow” features faster songs (like “Simple Song” and “Rifle’s Spiral“) with more of rock tinge than on their older albums. The slower songs remained, though. And although they were as pretty as The Shins’ old songs, they were recharged with a fresh new sound, the best example of this being “For a Fool.” “Port of Morrow” was a big change for the Shins, but they didn’t lose their beautiful songwriting skills.


Charlene Kaye: “Animal Love”

In her latest album, titled “Animal Love,” Charlene Kaye maintains her eccentric beat and original songwriting talents. She creates yet another enjoyable album filled with phenomenal songs, each of which is unique and memorable. Kaye’s remarkable voice and songwriting only seem to get better and better with each album she releases. From songs like “Don’t Make Me Believe” to “Hummingbird Heart,” “Animal Love” is filled with a song for every kind of mood.


"Live From Space!" by Jim and the Povolos is one of the Dragon Press' picks for the best albums of 2012. Credit: Jim and the Povolos

Jim and the Povolos: “Live From Space!”

Though it may not be a complete album, “Live From Space!” from the not-so-small band Jim and the Povolos delivers amazing songs, unique beats and original song lyrics better than most albums released in 2012. Songs like “The Moment” and “Holiday Club” will make you laugh at their funny jokes and allusions to Van Gogh. Fans of the theater group StarKid will love Jim and the Povolos’ latest album, as will fans that have never heard of them before. Every song on this album is worthy of landing on your top 25 most played playlist.


Kendrick Lamar: “good kid, m.A.A.d city”

“good kid, m.A.A.d city” is one of the best albums of the year because rapper Kendrick Lamar tells emotional stories about his life uniquely and cleverly through his rhymes. Big name rappers such as Drake, Jay-Z, Eminem, and Kanye West did not produce albums this year, leaving a void that was filled when Kendrick Lamar produced “good kid, m.A.A.d city.” The best song on Lamar’s new album is “Swimming Pools.”


Barbra Streisand: “Release Me”

From the timeless voice of Barbara Streisand comes a compilation of her unreleased songs. The first track, “Being Good Isn’t Good Enough,” opens up the listener to her fantastic voice and her unchanging style of singing. Though her style has remained static for so long, it never ceases to amaze all fans, old and new. “Release Me” is packed with another set of unforgettable Streisand songs.


Animal Collective's newest release, "Centipede Hz," is one of the Dragon Press' picks for the 10 best albums of 2012. Credit: DominoAnimal Collective: “Centipede Hz”

“Centipede Hz” is one of the best electronic albums I have ever heard, because the band doesn’t fit the label of “electronic,” or any label for that matter. Animal Collective‘s “Centipede Hz” is a world of experimental sound that creates its own unique genre of music. The songs use a mix of traditional instruments and strange sounds like radio interference and identification. Songs like the energetic “Moonjock” and the hypnotic “Wide Eyed” were standouts, as was the slower, slightly sweeter “Rosie Oh.” With this album, Animal Collective has carved themselves a unique, exotic niche in the electronic music world that’s absolutely addictive.


Ne-Yo: “R.E.D.”

Ne-Yo’s album, “R.E.D” (which stands for Realizing Every Dream) is one of the best albums of the year because of each one of his songs have a different tone but are always easy to relate to. “R.E.D.” can go from a fast upbeat fun song to a slow emotional song, a feat that many albums cannot achieve. “R.E.D.” has songs such as the smash hit “Let Me Love You” and my personal favorite “Don’t Make Em Like You.”



Instrumental jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD returned this year with BBNG2, an album that contains a wide variety of bright piano, funky bass, powerful drums and groovy polyrhythms. Although it isn’t considered “conventional jazz,” the album appeals to a younger audience, chiefly to those with a Hip-Hop/R&B taste. BBNG2 consists of several covers of popular dub and rap artists such as James Blake, Kanye West, and Tyler, The Creator, as well as a few of their own compositions that showcase the band’s improvisational and technical skills. Notable tracks off the album include: “Earl,” a beat-heavy jam with dark sax riffs preformed by Leland Whitty; “UWM,” a song that perhaps containing one of the greatest baselines of 2012; and a cover of Tyler the Creator’s “Bastard” mixed with rapper Gucci Mane’s “Lemonade.” BBGN2 is new, creative, unique, inspiring and brilliant. And the best part is that it is completely free. You can download the album off the band’s website.

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    Chief KeefApr 20, 2014 at 2:53 am

    Serious question, no chief keef for the best album of 2012? I can think of a hundred different hip hop choices better than kendrick lamar.