Month: June 2011

  • …music reviews: “Last Friday Night” Katy Perry

    “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” Katy Perry (#4, Billboard Hot 100, Week of July 2, 2011) Finally. It took five singles, but the Katy Perry I like is back. The “Firework” set has mostly fizzled in my eyes (while, it must be admitted, it has burned up the charts), as Katy has drifted squarely into standard-issue […]

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  • …music reviews: “Dirt Road Anthem” Jason Aldean

    “Dirt Road Anthem” Jason Aldean (Billboard Hot 100 #7, Week of July 2, 2011) Either Jason or his handlers have an obvious crossover fetish. Following up a Kelly Clarkson duet with a country/rap record is about as subtle as a “Kick Me” sign. The blatant positioning of Jason Aldean as a pop star (complete with […]

  • …social issues: much ado about sagging

    A personal sore spot with me is the ridiculous amount of backlash against sagging, the common term for the practice of wearing one’s pants well below the waist.  A national airline has crystallized the hypocrisy inherent in this backlash, as described in the below article. US Air let scantily-clad cross dresser fly days before booting […]

  • …music reviews: “The Edge of Glory” Lady Gaga

    “The Edge of Glory” Lady Gaga (Billboard Hot 100 #6, Week of June 24, 2011) Gaga is an intuitive freak. As awful and opportunistic as it sounds, there is something spooky yet perfect about Lady Gaga drafting Clarence Clemons to play an extended sax outro to close out an exhilarating song which was inspired by […]

  • …music reviews: “Party Rock Anthem” LMFAO

    “Party Rock Anthem” LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock (Billboard Hot 100 #3, Week of June 25, 2011) I think we can safely refer to the Black Eyed Peas “Boom Boom Pow” as the shot heard ’round the world. That single record seems to have inspired its own sub-genre of outrageously successful dance tunes, all […]

  • …self promotion: what the hell is this blog about?

    Ah, the dangers of a freeform blog. A scant few weeks into this adventure and I’m already floundering with blog identity and purpose. Among the questions that are presenting themselves: What the hell is this blog about? People want to have a sense of purpose in going to a certain destination, whether virtual or actual. […]

  • …social issues: Puh-lice!

    I had a long day yesterday. Up at 6am to go to work; returned to my car at 7pm to find a flat tire. After trying unsuccessfully to revive the tire for about an hour, I gave up and decided to go to my sweetie’s place for the night. Turns out he was heading out […]