Thursday, April 30, 2009
Okay, I've been obsessed lately over a few shows, one of them being the new reality show RuPaul's Drag Race. 9 Queens out of thousands across America who applied were chosen to compete against each other to become the next great Drag star.
At the same time, Ru was busy preparing to release her new album "Champion" and the final three contestants, Bebe Zahara Benet, Nina Flowers, and Rebecca Glasscock, are all featured in the video for Ru's first single Covergirl (Put The Bass In Your Walk). The final challenge of the show was for all three girls to write their own rap for the bridge of the song and the winner's rap would be included in the video and on the single version of the song. Bebe was the winner.
I can't wait for season 2.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Hold on to your hats ladies and gentlemen, but Tori has just released another song (in video form) from her album "Abnormally Attracted To Sin" which will be released May 19 as I've mentioned 100 times before.
The new song is the gorgeous ballad "Maybe California" which Tori has released as an early Mother's Day present to her fanbase. The lyrics of the song seem to describe a relationship between one Mother who is trying to talk another Mother out of committing suicide. Fans are already debating if Tori's character in the video actually jumps off the cliff in the end.
Here are the lyrics as I have seen them.
hey Mrs. see, please don't jump
"why not, nothing is making sense anymore to me
I don't know when I stopped making him smile.
Now the kids see me cry all the time."
From one mother to the other
They'll never get over this
for their lifetime all their wishes
will be dashed upon those cliffs.
So let's be, be strong you and me
The night is o-opening
Our angels are falling
and they will warm
they'll warm us
She asked, "Right Now?
I'm feelin' soon,
soon my dear,
As mothers we have our troubles
You'll leave them with emptiness
for their lifetime all their wishes will be dashed upon those cliffs
So let's be strong you and me
the night is o- it is opening
our angels are falling
and they will warm
they will warm us
She asked, "Right Now?
I'm feelin' soon so soon my dear,
Until then there will be
starlight shining down
for every tear in every town
Friday, April 03, 2009
Today, Tori Amos debuted the video for her new single "Welcome To England" via her official website and Yahoo Music! The track is the first single from her forthcoming 10th studio album "Abnormally Attracted To Sin" which will be released in stores May 19th.
I'm happy that Tori has decided not to abandon the Doll Posse alter egos she assumed for her last album and had Posse member Isabel make an appearance in the video.
Have fun watching!
"Til' I'm outlined in chalk I'll be romantically thirsty."
It's been awhile since I last posted a Jay Brannan video and I'm very happy to post the official video for Jay's second single "Can't Have It All" from his debut album "Goddamned".
I love it!!!!!!!!!!!
This is the first single from the newly formed "Super Group" Tinted Windows from their forthcoming self titled debut album. The group members include Taylor Hanson (of "Hanson") on lead vocals, James Iha (of "Smashing Pumpkins") on guitar, Adam Schlesinger (of "Fountains Of Wayne") on bass, and Bun E. Carlos (of "Cheap Trick") on drums.
The album will be available in stores on April 21st and the tracklisting looks as follows...
1) Kind Of A Girl
2) Messing With My Head
3) Dead Serious
4) Can't Get A Read On You
5) Back With You
6) Without Love
7) Cha Cha
8) We Got Something
9) Nothing To Me
10) Doncha Wanna
11) Take Me Back
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
O Happy Day! Tori Amos has revealed the tracklisting and the beautiful cover for her forthcoming 10th studio album "Abnormally Attracted To Sin" courtesy of her official website. Also she recently did an interview with Spinner.com and I am bringing the entire interview your way. Here we go.
What was the impetus behind this new collection?
I'm drawn to questioning what traditional authorities have defined sin to be. As a minister's daughter, I've been exposed to the traditional belief system. [Sin] has been used to shame and control people. If you're controlled by a religious structure, then you're going to have a very different outlook on life and what you're open to than if you're not controlled by these old, crumbling concepts.
The new album, 'Abnormally Attracted to Sin,' takes its name from a line in 'Guys and Dolls,' said by the character Sarah Brown. Do you feel a kinship with her in any way?
No, because I'm not torn by my religious beliefs. A lot of the problems we have right now in our world are because of intolerance dictated by the big religions.
Do you feel it's your duty or obligation to expose these truths in your work?
I find that right now, in this turbulent time where there's so much strife all around the world, there is an opportunity for religions to open their doors and their hearts -- to become compassionate for someone else's beliefs instead of intolerant. That's always really disappointed me about people who talk about being religious, and yet they're the most judgemental, usually. Right now, we're at war, and I wrote quite a lot of this album while I was on tour last time. I traveled the world, I played in Israel, I traveled through countries where the major religions exist -- and the one thing that I started to do more than ever was to really ask questions about "What do I believe in?" Traveling and seeing how women see themselves in different cultures ... how the community thinks of them becomes so important for some of them, more than how than how they even feel about themselves. And some of them are dying -- they're dying in their lives. You might be approved of in your community, but your heart is completely breaking. And I don't find that a tolerant society -- that is not the compassionate Christ path to me. I began to see that kindness and tolerance were not found in institutions, but found in individuals who seemed to be breaking away from the old patriarchal viewpoint.
Did you have a similar experience growing up in a Christian household?
I was brought up in a home that was ... we were brought up in the Christian doctrine, and that's just what it was. We believed in it, and I think the question is: What is that doctrine? Because it's not about the open heart. Maybe it takes times like we have right now, times of so much upheaval, where you allow yourself to really find out what it is that you feel about something. My daughter has all kinds of questions all the time, and if she were brought up in a less tolerant household, she would be broken, no question about it. But she has a grandfather who was a Methodist minister and she has a part of her family who are very much practicing Christians, yet she loves them. But she is not interested if they agree with what she thinks because she is allowed to believe in what she wants.
One of the current arguments at large in America is whether or not gays should have the right to marry. Religion is often used in the argument against gay marriage. Why do you think that union is so threatening?
We go back to that word -- intolerance. That, to me, isn't what America ever was. It wasn't about telling another person how to live their life. I always said in a perfect world, you keep the Democrats out of your bank account and the Republicans out of your bedroom. But in life, why do you have to have anybody else in your bedroom if you're a consenting adult? That is the need people have right now, it seems, to dictate to another person how they should live there life. I find that the greatest sin of all. The record explores all kinds of feelings and depending on your state of mind, your set of circumstances could result in a very different outcome.
What can you tell me about the visuals that will be accompanying each of the songs on this album?
I'm calling them "vignettes" because it's more akin to a mini-film. This all started on tour last time, when we were filming the live shows. The director was putting together montages, and as I saw the montages, new music was already coming. I started to put the new music to the mini-films that were being made out on the road.
When I travel I get all kinds of ideas. I'm forced to see things that I wouldn't and question. When you asked me about 'Guys and Dolls,' I guess I was never a Bible-thumping Christian; I was always trying to question because I had so much religion in my upbringing. I was drawn to those people and those ideas that weren't accepted necessarily, and it's not because these ideas in reality are "evil" -- that's just the perception that's being given. The reality I was brought up in was, "Anything that doesn't work within the Christian doctrine is sinful." And that's a lot of stuff.
And now, here is the tracklisting.
2) Welcome To England
3) Strong Black Vine
5) Not Dying Today
6) Maybe California
7) Curtain Call
8) Fire To Your Plain
9) Police Me
10) That Guy
11) Abnormally Attracted To Sin
12) 500 Miles
13) Mary Jane
15) Fast Horse
17) Lady In Blue
The track "Welcome To England" has leaked onto the internet via a radio rip so I am assuming it is the first single. The album will be released May 19th.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Just in time for my birthday, Deborah Gibson has released a new song and music video via her official website and youtube page. Here is the message to the fans that went along with the release of the song which indicates that a new album is definitely on the horizon.
Hey everyone! Looove the comments about “Already Gone” and appreciate the candor. I actually agree about the high chorus’s. In fact, my sister Michele used to say that about “Who Loves Ya Baby?”. She used to say “why do you have to sing so hiiiigh?”. It’s a weird thing because songs like to live in certain keys. They just sound best in certain keys. Then, I aim to meet the challenge. Yes - my voice thins out a bit on top and the newer tunes I just completed for the next album are indeed a bit lower - or, if they are high, the vocal is meatier. There are personal changes happening within me left and right and, lemme tell ya - I think I just did one of my raw-est vocals. I sang with total abandon and I’m so proud. Can’t wait for you to hear…… So, I’m learning and growing and appreciate the comments because when lots of people concur usually there is something to it!
I also was thinking about the next “pop” album being under the “pop” brand name of “Debbie”. I think it confuses overseas fans to say “Deborah” and may confuse everyone if I go back to “Debbie” but, my position on that would be “Deborah” serves me for artsier records and theater and this gal wants hits and the hitmaker is “Debbie”. I was even thinking about writing a toungue in cheek song about it, like “What’s in a Name?” Or, “Deborah, Debbie, Whatever!!!!”. Sometimes people say “Debbie…..oh, I mean Deborah” and I reply “yeah, both of us are here!” Ha! Lemme know your thoughts on the name!
And, keep the comments comin’…… Can’t wait ’til y’all see the video! Oh, and - one last thing……. There is a certain country music themed TV show (no one mention it by name! Keep it on the down low!) that mayyyy have expressed interest. Thoughts on that too? Since so many of you mentioned the country sound….. Ok - that’s all for now! Hope everyone’s having a great week so far!
Ooooh, I am loving this.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
This is a little piece of coverage about the new Lee Daniels film entitled Push which I cannot wait to see. Based on the Novel of the same name by Sapphire, the film stars Mo'Nique, Mariah Carey, Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe as the films lead character Precious.
The film has just won many of the top awards at the Sundance Film Festival including the special jury prize, the audience award, and the grand jury prize.
Here is a small synopsis of what the film is about.
Precious Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) is a high-school girl with nothing working in her favor. She is pregnant with her father’s child—for the second time. She can’t read or write, and her schoolmates tease her for being fat. Her home life is a horror, ruled by a mother (Mo’Nique) who keeps her imprisoned both emotionally and physically. Precious’s instincts tell her one thing: if she’s ever going to break from the chains of ignorance, she will have to dig deeply into her own resources. Along her journey, she comes across a teacher (played by Paula Patton) who helps her discover an alternative path in life, a concerned social worker (played by Mariah Carey) and a nurse (played by Lenny Kravitz) who shows her much kindness. Push is not a film wallowing in the stillness of depression; instead, it vibrates with the kind of energy derived only from anger and hope.
No word yet on when the film will be released, but as soon as I find out, I'm going.