My beautiful dark twisted fantasy

December 10, 2010 at 11:58 pm (music, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

This is a review on Kanye’s album, not my own beautiful dark twisted fantasy. That would more than likely interest you, but thats not something I would put on a blog. Maybe Kanye would. Actually I know he would. No need to discuss that.

So the album is amazing and everyone else is talking about it, so why would I? No one wants a blog that says what everyone else says cuz that would be instant death.

So here goes: the album is amazing because it combines the old school with the things of today. And the craftmanship in the production is astounding. Its got the old skool hip hop feel, but with autotune and plenty of rap (of course).   This album reminds me of Curtis Mayfield actually. Not when he was with the Impressions, but afterward when he started doing Funk.

And if you haven’t seen the Runaway video watch it.  Its what Kanye shows that he believes to be beautiful, well at least while making this album.  I can’t say he thinks or feels the same way for long, its just that this vid shows for at least a moment what he feels to be beautiful. It is not a waste of your 35 minutes. This vid is Kanye’s version of Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker and it’s got a tribute to him in it. Its very minimalistic, has Selita Ebanks, and a lot of ballerinas.  Its definitely at least a little twisted, but it goes well with his Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. 

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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Grammys ’10 Battle of the divas

February 1, 2010 at 7:06 pm (music, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I saw the grammys last night and thought it was awesome and because of the amount of female artist dueling it out for supremcy thisgrammy was officially the Battle of the Divas.

Lady Gaga and Elton John’s opener did not disappoint.  It came complete with a fame factory, monsters, and a sacrifce.  Gaga was sent straight to the flames.  Wish Gaga won a grammy on air and not just the two she won before, but I’m not complaining.  She did win more than one grammy and some awesome artists have never won any like Diana Ross who never won any despite being nominated for 12.

Beyonce was awesome as ever.  She’s in a league of her own.  5 Grammy wins, 2 years in a row.  I think she’s the only female artist so far to accomplish that.  It must have been weird for her to watch Jayz accept that award with Rihanna and her (B’s) nephew. I wish Rihanna had been able to perform that would have been nice.

So glad Kanye wasn’t there.   Didn’t get to yell at Taylor Swift as she cleaned up awards, not as much as Beyonce, but still.  She got album of the year.  I knew she would, but I’m still mad.  Just because she’s cute and had Kanye do something horrid.  I think it should have gone to Gaga or Beyonce.  I did like seeing Taylor perform with Stevie Nicks.

                                                                                  

There was mad pairing going on at the Grammys.  Lady Gaga and Elton John, Taylor Switft and Stevie Nicks, and Roberta Flack and Maxwell.  I haven’t seen or heard about Roberta in like forever where’d they find her? I know she’s older now, but boy did she look stiff, like she couldn’t bend her neck.  It looked kind of uncomfortable.

I guess because I don’t listen to country I didn’t realize the Zac Brown Band was such a big deal.  I was hoping for Keri Hilson or MGMT or even the Ting Tings.  Granted MGMT and the Tings Tings havent’ gotten the air time of either the Zac Brown Band or Keri Hilson. 

       

The Michael Jackson tribute was good but sometimes all the voices didn’t harmonize or something.  Sometimes Usher sounded off.  And two American Idol ex-contestants (I would say winners, but Jennifer Hudson didn’t winner although she was definitely good enough to) out of like five people.  American Idol must be proud.   I love Earth song, but I kind of wonder how it was chosen.  It was like they wanted to do We are the World, but couldn’t get the rights (Maybe because the song is being redone).  And I wished I had those 3-D glasses.  I kind of forgot to get some before the big snow storm came in and by then it was too late.  I wasn’t going out into the snow.   

Pink’s performance was stunning.  I still can’t figure out how she can do those acrobatics and sing. I think I just starred in awe.  Especially because of the song choice too and I know I wasn’t the only one starring.  Black eyed peas did well too and I liked Lady Antebellum’s song.  And Bon Jovi of course.

The rap it the end although good sucked bad because they cussed so much half the song was edited.  So I couldn’t hear much of it.

Overall I enjoyed the Grammy’s.  How about you?  Who would you like to have seen win Grammy’s?

Kagehime

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Monster Ball Tour

October 16, 2009 at 11:44 am (art, fashion, music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

 

Lady Gaga Announces 'The Monster Ball'

I’ve been talking about Lady Gaga a lot recently, but hey she’s about to release the Fame Monster (sounds kind of scary huh?) and doing awesome things like starting the “first ever pop-electro opera,”  the Monster Ball.  She’s recently released the poster for her tour (without Kanye West).  She announce that her opening is  to be none other than Kid Cudi.  I guess she wanted a quirky rapper to go on tour with her or one of the rappers from the I make her say”I poke her face” song which also included Kanye and Common.  I do like Kid Cudi although I’m not a fan of this song.  I just think its stupid.  I like his song Day N Nite and how the vid includes The Wizard of Oz and Prince references and how half of the vid is a cartoon. What do you think of Kid Cudi going on  tour with Lady Gaga?

Do you like the Monster Ball poster?  I love it.   It looks really modelly (that’s not a word). She’s wearing the awesomeness she premiered on SNL. 

Make sure you don’t confuse the name of the tour with the movie Monster’s Ball starring Halle Berry.  They have nothing in common except the name, as far as I know. 

The tour sounds exciting.  I want to go.  What about you?

Kagehime

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Kanye+Gaga tour died

October 1, 2009 at 7:34 pm (music) (, , , , , , , , )

Crazy stuff’s flying around about the Kanye+Gaga tour and the tour’s not until November.  50 cent has been record calling the tour a “gay tour” 

Lady Gaga has said that she is going to turn the world gay.  Thing is Kanye is on tour with her and he has problems with people calling him gay and has even been made fun of on Southpark for this being called gay fish.  50 might have just been aware of this or he could have just been being mean.  I know he’s had a beef with Kanye ever since the VMAs so it was must likely the 2nd of the two reasons. 

Well the tour’s not going on though… Kinda sad. Guess they don’t know if Kanye’s going to jail for that assault he did earlier. I thought it would be a good tour whether or not Kanye is a gay fish.  Gaga and Kanye’s music does mesh well.  Fame does kill.  Especially if you achieved it through outburst it seems.  So the Kanye+Gaga Fame Kills tour died.

What do you think about all this?

Kagehime

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Kanye a bear without Honey

October 1, 2009 at 12:41 pm (art, comics, music) (, , , , , , , , , , )

kanye teddySeems like Kanye’s not taking the break he said he would.  Seems he threw a hissy fit over some chicken while backstage at a charity event. I hope he gets some rest before the Kanye+Gaga tour that starts in November.  Before the VMAs I think they were planning on starting it in October, but moved it back, I thought for some rest, but it doesn’t look like that. 

As for Kanye’s outburst, although I think they are annoying, sadly I think that’s the reason I know about him really.  I think this goes for a lot of people unfortunately.  Can you imagine Kanye without outbursts?

Kagehime

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Eccentric pop

September 25, 2009 at 4:31 pm (music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Pop’s gone eccentric as people have gotten used to “normal”, the artists who try to be cool over different and unique.  I like eccentricies.  They’re exciting.

There’s Lady Gaga

La Roux

Empire of the Sun

Florence and the Machine

Rihanna

Kanye

MGMT

Bat for Lashes

Who’s your favorite?

Kagehime

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Mash-ups and Cool Djs

September 20, 2009 at 12:55 am (music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Mash-ups and remixes are spectacularly crazy and much of the time people are doing them in their own homes and getting them out to the people via youtube.  Sometimes the remix is even better than the original.  It’s not just professional djs anymore not that the pros are slacking.  Here are some of my favs pros and not.

Robin Skouteris  Madonna VS Lady Gaga VS Pitbull, Robin Skouteris VS Nirvana, Cyndi Lauper VS Missy Elliott 

LMFAO  Love LockDown Remix, Shooting Star  I think both are better than the original

 

SoBraLiajdyjonkt Shakira/Ciara/Justin Timberlake/Lady Gaga/Pitbull

Justice  Electric Feel, Genesis

imbastardbob Wolf Game, Love is a Circus, I kissed a girl from miles away Sometimes Songs go with other music.

I have a few more I’m going to talk about soon.  Tell me what you think about these and name some of your favs.

Kagehime

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Kanye’s Incident

September 16, 2009 at 4:46 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

I don’t think Kanye West would have jumped up on the stage if anyone else had won, except maybe Kelly Clarkson.  I mean obviously if Beyonce won best female video he wouldn’t have had anything to say (at that time).  I’m sure he would have jumped up some other time seeing that he was not there to see himself lose in the categories that he had been nominated for.  And if Pink won, well she was she had a brass knuckle purse or something and she has an aura of toughness so he would have had to think twice about that.  As for Lady Gaga, she’s going on tour with him soon.  That would have been really awkward.  Not to mention she did look like the phantom of the opera at the time. 

As Katy Perry said on her twitter Kanye stepped on a kitten.  Taylor so cute and innocent.  She didn’t know what to think when he had jumped on stage.  It was her first vma and he chose to jump up and say that during her time.  I wonder if he would have bothered Katy though and what would have happened if he had.

Kagehime

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Futuristic-Electro Pop

April 7, 2009 at 3:45 am (fashion, music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The future is here or at least pop wants you to think that. The music sounds cool, but unfortunately it seems everyone’s copping the same style.  And it’s impossible to tell who started this trend and who the copiers are.   Another thing about electro pop is the singer doesn’t necessarily have to be able to sing in order for to sound good.  A good example of this is Britney Spears.  She came back on the cusp of the electro-pop trend and I think this type of music is good for her.  I actually like a few of her songs.  That hasn’t happened for me since the beginning of her career. 

The trend is full of pantless looks, awesome shades, shininess, face make up, leggings, catsuits and awesome hair.  Look at Lady Gaga, Keri Hilson and Ciara.

Lady Gaga’s prism dress

Keri Hilson in “Return the Favor

 Ciara “Go Girl

 Christina Aguilera “Keeps gettin’ better

Of course men are on this electo pop wave too

 Kanye West

There seems to be a real push for female electro-pop singers.  So Kanye’s kind of out numbered right now not that he’s alone. Personally I like electro-pop, but I like real instruments better, so whenever I hear these songs with real instruments I love them even better.  What do you think about this new electro-pop trend? 

Kagehime

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