Edgy Reaction to Lady GaGa’s Newest Video

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The minute ‘The Edge of Glory’ video aired on SYTYCD there was an uproar. First of all, they cut the video short. Not very long after, GaGa’s site launched it in collaboration with Vevo. And then even more uproar occurred. It is currently hailed as “boring.”

I know I’m taking the bullet for saying this but I actually liked it. Okay, it was not nearly what I expected. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad thing. It was just very, VERY mellow. And by mellow I mean nothing exciting happens in the video. And while, yes, her dancing was about equivalent to Britney Spears’ current standards because the choreography was simple, the fact is that the focus was the music, not the spectacle.

My opinion, though, seems not in accordance to the majority. It will probably forever hold the title as GaGa’s lamest video. Really, that’s not fair because the videos for ‘LoveGame’ and ‘Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)’ are, in my opinion, also pretty lame and much less artistically relevant.

‘The Edge of Glory’ is a nice contrast to GaGa’s overwhelmingly fanciful daily wardrobe and her larger than life presence everywhere she goes. It shows a different side to her. She actually can just be an everyday person that wants to keep “hangin’ on a moment with you.”

To sum it up: I was, along with all the other Little Monsters, definitely hangin’ on a moment but that moment never came. There were no crazy explosions, nor American flag toting, leather-wearing dominatrix back-up dancers. It was just her and Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band chillin’ out on the side of a brick building.

Lady GaGa, you have brain ninja-ed me once again. That was something completely different.

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Lady GaGa’s “Judas” Leaks

Well folks, Lady GaGa’s “Judas” has finally stormed out of the Gates of Hell and it’s wreaking all sorts of mayhem. It’s got everybody buzzed, bothered, hot, and heavy for the Born This Way album to drop on May 23rd. She’s already getting heat for the Biblical references she makes in the song and music video. I find it petty to dismiss something that hasn’t even been officially released (let alone viewed). And it’s amusing that people still find it shockingly offensive. How many years ago did Madonna offend the Church? Ozzy and Marilyn Manson ring a bell either? This isn’t a new concept folks, get over it.

In a nutshell: You can feel however you want about the lyrics or MV’s plot as being blasphemous, but you cannot deny that this was the single everybody expected in “Born This Way.” It’s much more fun. The verses and bridge play out in a Jamaican beat and it throws you into a J-Pop/Rock chorus with “I’m just a holy fool, oh baby, he’s so cruel but I’m still in love with Judas, baby” (x2) and works into “Woah-oh-oh-oh I’m in love with Judah-ah-as” (x2).

Note: If you like what you hear, please support the artist. Go and buy the track when it’s released officially.

The Sounds: Something To Die For

The Sounds’ new album is exactly that. It’s something to dance to, something to think about, something to get your hands on as quickly as possible, and something to help you create mayhem. It invokes all the right things about new age music while maintaining modern and fresh melodies.

Their tracklist is jam-packed with well-conceived tunes. The album is near-perfect. There isn’t a weak track on this album. You can put it on while getting ready to go out and it will hype you up. You can play it when you’re bored and you will perk up. It’s functional in practically any situation where you need a pick-me-up.

The album begins with “It’s So Easy” full-blown bass and drum attack on your ears that builds until it peaks with the lyrics “It’s so easy when you know how it’s done/ You gotta seize the moment before it’s gone” which repeats as the tone lightens into an upbeat mini-track. This delectable little opening transitions smoothly into “Dance With the Devil” which actually uses the same theme and riff in its intro, making a two-part masterpiece of new age bubblegum. “Dance With the Devil” has an updated “Phantom of the Opera”-esque verse, which leads into a domo arigato bridge that will put Mr. Roboto to shame, and finally you get to the keyboard/guitar-heavy and delightfully jumpy chorus. Please, please, PLEASE listen to these songs with your MP3 player’s bass boost on or some equivalent setting. It will enhance the experience like you have no idea. Your mind will = BLOWN. You will have to pick up the pieces wherever they fell. And once you do you will listen to them all over again.

Once you’ve had your fill of those, you can progress to “The No No Song.” The title is quite literal. It’s a big “f*ck you” song. With lyrics like “‘Cos I’ve had enough/ It’s not me/ It is you!” This song makes me feel better every single time I want to tell somebody they suck at life and should really just get lost somewhere far, far, away where they can’t spread their suckiness to the general public. It’s a pop-punk rocker’s anthem start to finish.

“Better Off Dead” was the lead single from the album. It’s brash and bold. It’s non-apologetic in both sound and lyrics. This is the most dance-worthy track on the album and it begins with the words, “Tell me why don’t you kill me?/And put gun against my head./I’m better off dead.” It’s a dance track begging for love. And because it’s so demanding on your ears, you will undeniably give your love to it. And maybe your sex. Because it’s just way too sexy for you to hold back. Why are sex and death always paired up? Not that I don’t think it makes for a perfect song like this one. I’m just musing about it now. After all, sex is so good. Why spoil it with thoughts of being six feet under? And, speaking of death… I find it funny how this was not one of their two songs chosen for the Scream 4 soundtrack, especially because I think it’s more appropriate than “Yeah Yeah Yeah.”

“Diana” follows it. Think of it as the “Roxanne” of the 2010s. It has all the right elements- a Sting & The Police reggae-rock vibe, the repetition of a girl’s name with lyrics describing her unabridged and very uninhibited sexual conduct in a longing, lusty voice, and amazing guitar riffs.  And yes, Maja sings it so you get the added bonus that it’s a lesbian theme song. Go girl power!

“Something to Die for,” the title track comfortably placed in the middle. This was the second single from the album. It, too, is edgy. It’s pretty obvious that The Sounds are using their material to best achieve buzz about the album. With two very forceful tracks to reckon with the only thing you can do is pick up the album and take a sampling. If nothing else, pure curiosity will drive you there. Personally, this is not in the top of my favorite tracks on the album. As a fan, this sound familiar territory. The other tracks took greater risk. This resembles “Tony the Beat” (from Dying to Say This to You) but the chorus isn’t as memorable.

“Yeah Yeah Yeah,” like “The No No Song” will not win any awards for most creative song title of the year, but it should win awards for its content. This song is one of my personal favorites on the album. It has a catchy little flute melody running through it, as well as cowbell. Christopher Walken would be proud. It’s kind of funny however, since it’s one of the more upbeat songs on the album and yet it has the lyrics “I like that you can slow down…” Go figure.

“Won’t Let Them Us Apart” has a chant and answer format. This will be the audience participation piece when they perform live. And their live performances can get pretty fun. It’s one of their rockier records and it shows their versatility. However, if I was going to throw a track under the bus, this would be it. It doesn’t mesh with the others. It kills the flow just because it is so different from the remainder of the album. To be fair, I will sum it up to a placement issue rather than selection issue. It may have been better positioned next to “Wish You Were Here.”

“The Best of Me” is the most melancholy piece on the album, but it could be the defining piece. Think Muse, but with female vocals and an 80s influence. It’s the most sincere lyrically, posing a question for us to ponder.  Why do we lose hope and become jaded as we age? Why is the loss of innocence so sad? With experience we really shouldn’t lose a sense of ourselves. The chorus really hits these feelings on the head with, “‘Cos we’re still young but we are getting older./ Our hearts are still warm but they are getting colder.”

And finally, we get to “Wish You Were Here.” The Sounds made an interesting choice by closing the album with a low-key acoustic piece. It’s humble but beautiful because it’s stripped down to the bare bones. The raw, coffeehouse essence suits them just as well as the bar/club scene. They really create music that connects to you, no matter where you choose to wander.

Dirty Pop: Songs That Currently Engage My Earbuds

Here is yet another post dedicated to listing my current music intrigues. You will see some new faces and some familiar ones from past posts, however, every song and artist I list here is worth at least one listen. Consider it a lesson in opening your musical taste buds… if your ears could taste.

Note: They are in no special order.

Panic! At the Disco – The Ballad of Mona Lisa

Even though Panic! At the Disco lost three of its original members, lead singer Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith managed to pull together a new album. The first single, “The Ballad of Mona Lisa” retains some of the charm for which the band is typically known (a so-called Baroque Pop sound) and plenty of new and rejuvenating traits as well. It’s nice to see the new music video features the same Steampunk and Victorian garb as their previous stuff.

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Madison Square GaGa: The Monster Ball in NYC

You could have guessed it was Halloween arriving at Madison Square Garden by the way everybody was dressed, even if it was February 21st. Costumes ranged from things as simple as diet coke cans curled in hair with glitter bras and panties to full-on “Telephone” prison suits, 10-inch heels and claw nails. These Little Monsters meant business.

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Baby, I Was Born This Way!: Lady GaGa Releases New Single Early

Okay, Lady GaGa’s new song “Born This Way” is RIDICULOUSLY 80s! Which means I’m automatically in love with it. No, but really. It’s damn good. And it’s definitely a radio/club boomer. You’ll probably hear it so often you’ll wish you weren’t born at all.

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Early Release for Brit’s “Hold It Against Me”

A few days ago an early demo of the new Britney single leaked on the web. Many of those links are already dead so don’t waste your time. Britney further teased her fans by sharing the cover art early (see below) and, because she just “couldn’t wait any longer,” decided to share on her official website a link to the new single today. I have no idea how long this link will remain functional so you better click on it fast. This single will be officially released for purchase on iTunes at midnight tonight and will later trickle to other online stores and hard copy formats. If this song is any indicator, Britney’s seventh studio album will be very different from her previous work. With the help of producers Dr. Luke and Max Martin, both of whom have impressive discography, this album is a guaranteed club boomer come March. Watch out, GaGa! It’s Britney, b****.

Frankmusik’s New Year’s Gift

Okay. First, I want to thank the wonderful Electroqueer, who tweeted this glorious piece of information that I am also Hell bent on sharing. Frankmusik pulled a fast one on the internet. He tweeted a link to a free download site for a track entitled “Hurt You Again” expected to be on his new album. This is the full song, not a sample! Whether or not it will be the final cut to make the album is unknown and, really and honestly, who cares because it’s free music. GOOD free music.

And just because I love all of you so much I want to share his video for “The Fear Inside” in case you haven’t seen it yet.

Robyn: Body and Mind

You have to give Robyn credit where credit is due. Not only has she proven to reinvent her image repeatedly to stay on the radar, but she has learned to evolve with a changing music industry. Her most recent endeavor, Body Talk, is a perfect example of why she is capable of remaining fresh. First off, Robyn released the album in four installments. Body Talk, Pt. 1, Body Talk, Pt.2 and Body Talk, Pt. 3 are all EPs. The fourth and final piece is a collection of favorites from those three EPs, simply titled Body Talk.

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FrankMusik’s Long Awaited Return

I’m guessing you’ve figured out by the title of this blog that I’m an avid synth/dance music fan. That being said I want to draw light on an artist I believe has been very underrated. His name is Vincent Frank and he goes by the stage-name of Frankmusik. I came across Complete Me last year and I found the pivotal tracks, “Better Off As 2,” “Confusion Girl (Shame, Shame, Shame)” and “3 Little Words” quite catchy and lighthearted.

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