Vamps in Italy

May 18, 2011 at 6:12 pm (books, pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The Volturi

Is it me or does every Vampire novel place the Vampire stronghold in Italy? Its so common I’m starting to think its something the authors think is a necessarily spice to the Vampire essence. Its only neat once to read that the vamps were behind the Renaissance or that their base is in Italy.

We’ve got

  • The Volturi in Twilight
  • The high council in A House of Night
  • The past in Blue Bloods

Although Anne Rice has vamps from Italy, it isn’t the only old world country of importance unlike the other novels. And besides she wrote her novels well before the other ones so in my opinion even if Italy was the only old world country of importance in her novels it would be fine. Now I could complain about the amount of awesome vamps in New Orleans considering Tru Blood’s there too, but what would be the point of that? And from what I’ve seen of New Orleans, if vampires were in the US that’s exactly where they would be with all the swamps and old magic.

And as you can see I read far too many vampire books…So what do you think about vampires in Italy? Or New Orleans for that matter?
Kagehime

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Pop Unicorn

May 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm (art, pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Unicorns

Unicorns are appearing all over the place these days in anime and music videos. There’s Gundam Unicorn. I haven’t a clue what the unicorn is about since the last Gundam I watched was Gundam Seed.  Then there’s Ke$ha with her strange unicorn head people in the video for Blow. Although these have unicorns they’ve lost the meaning of unicorns,  Lady Gaga uses the symbolism of unicorns in the Born this Way vid. Gaga’s been claiming she loves unicorns because of  My Little Pony and that she identifies with them.

So what do Unicorns symbolize? That Gaga can identify with them and has them associated with Born This Way the song and album? Today unicorns are mostly depicted as horses with a single horn while traditional unicorns had a billy goat’s beard, a lion’s tail and cloven hooves like I drew in the above picture. Unicorns are normally associated with purity and grace and could only be caught by a virgin. Unicorns were prominent in heraldic symbolism and were often shown with a collar and a broken chain, indicating that they have freed themselves from bondage and cannot be taken again. Unicorns often have the power to heal physical and emotional wounds.

I think its the symbolism of freedom that unicorns represent and the purity of thought & emotion (not necessarily chastity) that makes the unicorn perfect for Born this Way.  What do you think?

Kagehime

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A Bittersweet Flashback

April 8, 2011 at 10:38 am (music, pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

One of the most beautiful songs of the 90s and quite possibly of all time, Bittersweet Symphony by the Verve has a Bittersweet history.  A lot of songs sample music from other tracks, but don’t lose their song writing credits. I suppose it matters who you are. If you’ve got a big name like Madonna and that case over her song Frozen, I guess you get to keep your credits. Same case with Bitter Sweet Symphony. The Verve is the less known group when compared to the Rolling Stones, so the Stones ended up with the credit for it, 100% even though the lyrics were original and it wasn’t a direct copy.

So what was copied? The melody for The Rolling Stones’ The Last Time, but not directly. They sampled the Andrew Oldham Orchestra’s version.

And so the Verve whenever they play this song, their most popular and successful song, they helping to fill the bank of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards more than their own.

Kagehime

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Gagavision & Fundamentalists

April 7, 2011 at 3:49 pm (pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Gaga brings back Gagavision after a long awaited interval.  Wondering about the song playing when she’s looking at the Get out of Hell free card? Its Ladytron Seventeen. Lady Gaga listens to Ladytron lol.

Ok so more importantly what good does a Get out of Hell free card do? Like does that give her a free license to do whatever she wants because if she was sent there she can get out? Thats a real smart fundamentalist for you… A fundamentalist protester once gave me a billion dollar bill which I’m definitely keeping because who wouldn’t want a billion dollar bill?

One Billion Dollar Bill

Whose the guy on the bill?  Maybe their leader? Who knows.

Kagehime

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Woah Diva!

April 5, 2011 at 8:33 pm (music, pop culture) (, , , , , , )

Tsk Tsk Natalia Kills vid for Zombie is cool, but why the similarities to Diva? The vid seems for relevant to Zombie. For one, what’s a Diva doing blowing up a car full of manikins? But hey whatever floats your boat.

 

Natalia Kills Zombie

 

Natalia Kills Zombie

Beyonce DivaBeyonce Diva

What do you think of the vids? Too similar?

Kagehime

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Pop Mirror

March 19, 2011 at 8:41 pm (art, cartoons, comics, pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

There’s a reason I haven’t been writing posts. I’ve been working on a website called Pop Mirror.  I’ve been doing a lot of art for the site.  Pop Mirror’s not made yet but you can get a taste of it on its facebook page.  http://on.fb.me/i5Qqej Its fame and pop culture shown through pop art.

Like the facebook page to see cartoons of celebs like Charlie Sheen and to say other ones you want to see.

Charlie Sheen winninging onTiger's Blood

And Previews of comics like Snow that will be on the site. Snow is a modern retelling of Snow White.  In this version Snow’s got more attitude than the Disney version. She’s  trying to just get through high school, but being who she is, she is surrounded by fameballs and the jealous eye of her stepmother

The cover of the Comic snowYou can ask for cartoons you want to see either at http://on.fb.me/i5Qqej or on twitter @Popmirror.

Tell me what you think.

Kagehime

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Born this Way Friday

February 9, 2011 at 10:52 pm (music, pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

This week I’ve been trying to keep occupied while waiting for Born this Way.  Don’t want to be a total monster right? Just a little one. The hype to Born this Way is building.  The lyrics were released then Gaga said that she was releasing the song two days early.  Originally it was going to be released on the same day as the Grammys. Now we’ll get it in time to sing along, well some people will be able to.  I might be a able to tumble along.  And then there’s her cover art for the album.  She’s got an old glam look from the 70s + monsterness. Alot of people have noted she looks like Ke$ha on the cover, but I’ll say she looks the way Ke$ha wishes she could and tries to look like so whatevs to that.  And everyone seems to think all blonde females look the same. And Little Monsters have been keeping BornThisWayFriday a trending topic  on Twitter all this week.  I’ve never seen this much hype over one song which makes it the most exciting song release of my time and its got to be as good or better than the hype. I’ve never heard a bad Lady Gaga song.  Just ones that wouldn’t necessarily get played on the radio.

In the meantime I’ve been imaging what Born this Way will sound like.  Will it be a dance song? I’m sure it has to be. But when she sang a snippet it was definitely a ballad.   What’s Gaga got in store for us this time? Ellen showed off her imaginings and got James Blunt and Justin Bieber to help her out. Who else has been imagining the song while awaiting Born this Way Friday?

Kagehime

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Metropolis Today

December 19, 2010 at 11:13 pm (anime, fashion, movies, music, pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

I find it amazing the effect a single silent film from the 1920s continues to have today on pop culture.  I only recently saw the movie, but before seeing it I knew every reason I should watch it. Many of my favorite people were influenced by it.  I didn’t need any other reason to watch it.

Osamu Tezuka, “The God of Manga” drew a comic called Metropolis based on the film. Later in 2001 a movie based on this manga was made. It is one of the few animes I’ve watched over and over. The others belong to Miyazaki. Its got great music (Ray Charles anyone?) and the visuals are astounding, but of course they would be. The visuals for the silent film are still amazing  to me and  living in the 21 century. I’m still wondering how heck they did all that in the 20s. True it ended up being the most expensive silent film ever made and if you add for inflation it is still one of the most expensive, but they just didn’t have technology like we do today so how’d they do those city scenes for one?

If you haven’t seen the vid for Queen’s Radio Gaga you should and if you haven’t heard the song know that it is awesome and you’re missing out. They used real footage from the silent film which I hadn’t realized until I watched it, because it just looks like its black and white, not that old kind of black and white that really sux, but just black and white. Of course not all of the vid is from Metropolis, but it is hard to tell the difference.

Then there’s Lady Gaga who got her name from Radio Gaga. She did a series of photos with the photagrapher David LaChapelle. 

There are more people influenced by this movie such as Janelle Monae, but I’ve got to listen more to her music before I include her in the list of favorite people. Looks like she’s fairly cool to me and her music isn’t bad From looking at her album covers really connected to the idea of the film.  Thierry Mugler robotic outfits very much like the robot in the film, but I don’t know if he watched this or not.

Hmm I could just be obsessed with robots…but I think there is something more here. If you’ve got anything anything influenced by this film please share.

Kagehime

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Singin’ in the Rain

November 26, 2010 at 9:24 pm (movies, music, pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , )

I watched Singin’ in the Rain in time for Glee, but I really should have watched it before. It is truly a good musical.  The singing was good, I had Singin’ in the Rain in my head for a while after watching the movie. What was really funny were the jokes on bad dubbing.  The movie made fun of dubbing before bad dubbin was done on Kung Fu movies and  it basically knew Milli Vanilli would happen.

If you don’t know Milli Vanilli was a total fake. They had other singers sing for them but unlike Debbie Reynolds’ character, they didn’t get a big break after Milli Vanilli were found to be fakes. I wonder if they wanted to be stars themselves or if they were fine in the background. Not everyone wants to be the star, even if they can sing.

But to make a circular connection to Singin in the Rain, Milli Vanilli did a song called Blame it on the Rain.

What can I say? Lip Syncing is dangerous. Look what it did to Ashlee Simpson.

Kagehime

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Cookie Monster 4 SNL Host!

November 24, 2010 at 3:28 pm (pop culture) (, , , , )

Cookie Monster’s audition for SNL. I think he’ll make a great host. What about you?

Kagehime

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