Lollapalooza or Bust!

July 27, 2010 at 8:57 am (music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Since I’m not going to the Free Fest, I set my eyes on a higher prize. The Lollapalooza in Chicago. It would be my chance at a roadtrip too if I find people to join me. Its coming up soon August 6th. Probably too soon to plan, but not to stop dreaming.  Lady Gaga’s getting a stage built especially for her.  Green Day, Soundgarden, MGMT, Arcade Fire, Erykah Badu, X Japan, and Devo are some of the acts going.  And its even more awesome considering that tickets to Lady Gaga by her self can easily cost the amount of a three day pass and she’s set to do a two hour performance.  How can you pass that up? And why are there still tickets? If I lived closer to Chicago I would have bought mine a long time ago.  People in that area must be spoiled having something like that come around every year.

Well I’ll just try to content myself with old Live Aid footage from 1985…which I believe was the greatest concert ever held. And the attempts to copy it with Live 8 in 2005 and Earth Aid not too long after paled miserably in comparision. Live Aid had Queen, Phil Collins, Sting, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Madonna, Duran Duran…in fact it would be easier to say who was not there than who was. They each had 20 minute sets and the amount of people who attended was crazy.  You can see in this clip of Queen’s performance that people weren’t just paying to see the performance, because not many people could even see the stage.  They were paying to be in the artist’s prescence.  I don’t think people do that as much anymore considering arenas don’t sell like they used to.

Now it seems Madonna wants to put on a Live Aid type concert for Malawi.  Could be hope yet for me. If I can’t go to Lollapalooza this year maybe next, although I’m sure Lady Gaga won’t be there…and there may be this Live aid type thing.  I know there are always concerts, but not always in my area, and not usually what I can afford. I’m broke as who knows what.  Especially know that I’m going to grad school. Pff. The life of a broke student in a area that usually doesn’t get the awesomeness of the Lollapalooza.

Or not that whole Madonna thing doesn’t seem real…Oh well.

Kagehime

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Makes you want to be a Zombie doesn’t it?

April 22, 2010 at 11:19 pm (music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Natalia Kills, a British-born Jamaican, is being compared to Lady Gaga and Rihanna.  I wouldn’t say she’s very Gagaish except that she says Space Cowboy just play that track which is also something Gaga has said and this one pic which kind of reminds me of a particular scene in Telephone in which Gaga wears the cigarette glasses. And like Gaga she works with Akon and Space Cowboy and is in Cherrytree records.  Ok I guess that’s a lot in common, but it still doesn’t make her Gagaish.

 

So far she seems far more like Rihanna in her Rated R phase. Zombie is a very dark track that starts off sounding like Mad House and she’s singing about being in love with a zombie for crying out loud its going to be dark. The  lyrics like ” Cold, cold, freezing, freezing Got my heart beating, beating” and  “Cause he chasing me nightlyAnd I want him to bite me” are disturbing enough to give you the creeps, but not to stop listening to the song.  The video reminds me of Russian Roulette and old video footage.  She kind of reminds me of Kanye with his videos Paranoid and Coldest Winter and his use of autotune. The over all effect of the song and video is a vintage horror movie with a rocking track.

Now enough with the comparisons. People do it too much, but really it can’t be helped.  A sound and image can call up similar sounds and images. The song’s good I think, but has a heavy use of autotune. I guess I have to wait to see how well she really sings. But Zombie’s a good start to the album Perfectionist that is scheduled for a 2010 release. With Zombie she shows crossover appeal to America, but we’ll have to wait and see. And her new single Activate My Heart seems good too.

Kagehime

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