Sunday, February 12, 2012

RIP: Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston was found dead last night in her suite at the Beverly Hilton. She was 48-years old.  While the cause of death, at the time of writing, is still unknown, and we're all familiar with Houston's public battles with substance abuse; her death feels sudden and far too soon. For a more eloquent telling, I recommend you read Barry Michael Cooper's tribute on The Huffington Post.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Seen & Heard: St. Vincent, "Cheerleader"

It made my list of favorite songs for last year and now St. Vincent's "Cheerleader" has been given a lovely, rather surreal official video in which Annie Clark becomes a living work of art.  Oh, and if you haven't already checked out the full album (Strange Mercy),it's your own problem. 

Novelty Treats: "Video Games" meets "Hunger Games"

...and we all win.  Second City's Holly Laurent has mashed-up Lana Del Rey and your new favorite YA series in a way we all should have seen coming.  This would be notable for the line "I don't want Peeta to be dead/a pita is a pouch of bread/but that's his name" alone...

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Seen & Heard: Die Antwoord, "I Fink U Freeky"

The problem with Die Antwoord is that the moment I hear one of their songs it becomes trapped in my head for days running on a loop of sounds and accents and rolling verses and Vi$$er's (that's her above, yes, she was the style basis for David Fincher's Lisbeth Salander) strange child-cartoon voice.  With that in mind, I invite you to watch the South African rap duo's appropriately scuzzy "I Fink U Freeky" video.   The short is directed by photographer Roger Ballen, and while I don't always love Die Antwoord, this is a phenomenally realized video that works to visually match the sound on every level.  It's a circus geek freak show in a grimy, bombed-out trash heap of decrepitude that would be creepy if it weren't such a dance party.  Above and beyond. A-grade.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Seen & Heard: M.I.A.

WHAT WAS MISSING FROM YOUR FRIDAY NIGHT?  WAS IT M.I.A.?  YES. IT WAS.  PROBLEM SOLVED. YOU'RE WELCOME.  THAT'S MY OPINION ON THIS RIGHT NOW.

Seen & Heard: Madonna, "Give Me All Your Luvin'"

Hey Sportsfans. The Super Bowl is this weekend. That's a thing that's happening.  On Monday, people will be talking about things like "plays" and "did you see that one dude do that one thing."  I will not be talking about that.  I will probably talk about Madonna, though.  While it's certainly true that Madonna's last couple albums have not offered the pristine pop that made her an industry legend, I would still count myself as a fan.   I'll definitely listen to her new album MDNA when it drops, and I'd say as things go the debut single "Give Me All Your Luvin'" is significantly more playful than the overtly self-serious persona she's possessed since...Evita?  The single is a little half-hearted, but peppy, poppy, and glossily camp. Leave it to Madonna to release a video declaring herself the main event in the biggest sports event of the year...

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