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by R. N. Bradley

4 May 2011


I’m not quite sure if Gwen Stefani’s L’Oreal lipstick commercial is annoying because of the one word rhymes and “it” repetitions (and that’s all she speaks), or if I should let my niece watch it as a more glammed up version of Sesame Street‘s word/phrase of the day. We see the red and I’m seeing red. We get it. Bold and beautiful, no soap opera.

Congratulations on beating out Christina Aguilera as red lipped queen of the world. Can we move on to the next campaign? Disdain. Pain. Hate It. Move It. Over It. See L’Oreal?! I can do “it” too! Gimme a contract!

by Alan Ranta

4 May 2011


After four years of honing her skills in the Australian outback, guitar goddess Abbe May is set to destroy the entire rock world. Her new solo album Design Desire is bursting with the most righteous and gnarly blues-laced guitar sound this side of the White Stripes and the Pack a.d., drifting majestically beneath honest, take-no-prisoners vocals dripping with tasteful effects. This record is destined to break 2011 wide open with truth-bombs. The proof is in the video for the record’s title track, with an rising scale guitar line, deliciously teased bridge and half-time break down, and reverb laden vocals. Heavy, man.

Abbe May “Design Desire”:

by William Carl Ferleman

4 May 2011


Lady Gaga recently performed her latest single, “Judas”, on Ellen. This must have been something of a scandal for William Donohue, Catholic League President and aspiring music journalist. Music fans had to hear his drivel just prior to Easter Sunday in The Daily Mirror: “She is trying to rip off Christian idolatry to shore up her talentless, mundane and boring performances.” (For the record, Lady Gaga is Catholic herself.)

No, sorry, Mr. Donohue, the actual scandal on Easter Sunday was the fact that Catholics, thanks to Maureen Dowd, had to read about a former bishop in Belgium who admitted to child abuse and, too, that during John Paul’s tenure, he apparently turned the other cheek when it came to pedophilia within the priesthood. And Lady Gaga’s performances are not boring.

by Jessy Krupa

4 May 2011


CSI: Miami

Holiday specials and special events took over the airwaves.

Of the major networks, ABC aired the most holiday specials, including Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town, Disney’s Prep & Landing, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas To You, I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Shrek the Halls, Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, Happy New Year, Charlie Brown and Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest. Next up was CBS, with Frosty the Snowman, Frosty Returns, The Flight Before Christmas, Yes, Virginia, and The 12th Annual a Home for the Holidays special. NBC, meanwhile held the rights to the classic It’s a Wonderful Life and the annual Saturday Night Live clipshow.

 

by Alan Ranta

3 May 2011


Since 2009, Asthsmatic Kitty has been quietly issuing installments in the Library Catalog Music series. With this series, the home of Sufjan Stevens, Jookabox, Fol Chen, and many other genre-bending freak pop artists has easily maintained its standing on the cutting edge of contemporary independent music. Case in point, the label handed the keys to their catalog over to young Jib Kidder, also known as California A/V artist Sean Schuster-Craig, who promptly turned around and reconstituted microsamples of dozens of tracks into stunning new glitch-hop compositions using just a turntable, editing, and respatializing EFX (i.e., reverb, delay). These works are much closer to warm and funky side of Prefuse 73 and Daedelus than the overhyped ADD of Girl Talk. Going one further, Jib made a video for “Blue” also from existing label materials. Suffice to say, Asthmatic Kitty is still at the top of its game. May the Library Catalog Music series never end.

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