Hello readers of my blog, today is a music post.
Today I bought the new Lady Gaga album, “Born This Way”. I got the 2-disc version because it has an extra CD of a couple of remixes. The first couple of songs, Judas, Americano, Born This Way, Hair, Shieze were instant hits but then when it played down the list it eventually got tiring. I didn’t particularly enjoy the Madonna vogue sort of pop thing and the repetitive 80’s synth sort of I think, really I don’t know my pop music history that well, so forgive me if I mean totally something different than what I write here. She came out with 17 new songs on this album and it was a lot to take. On the plus side, you get your bang for your buck right? Although I think there should be less, less can be more; many songs just blend in and are too generic and aren’t all that memorable. But, overall I have to say that she delivered. For me the highlights were Shieze, Hair, Judas. I think I need to listen to the whole thing again a couple more times so maybe I’ll get to love some more songs.
I am pretty sure that many of these songs are much better sounding acoustically and/or live with her wonderful presence there rather than the studio versions. For example, I listened to Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say) from her first album and I didn’t get it, but then I watched a video of her performing the song live, with a different beat and sound and it suddenly made total sense. Gaga seems better live/acoustic. Too much tinkering and special effects to a song and it looses its charm.
She is brilliant, there’s nothing negative I can say about this woman.
The best band ever. God why do I love them so much?? I saw them live last year and I swear the energy is overwhelming. Its like every sound is put in its perfect place precisely crafted to excellence.
A new noise dance duo from Vancouver. Also amazing energy live. The sounds that come out of these girls are so cool. They’re Le Tigre on steroids. Check it out:
The best. period.
The bands above I like because of their music and presence.
Turns out I like some bands only for their presence or concept and not their music. Like: Einstürzende Neubauten, AIDS Wolf, Atari Teenage Riot. There are some songs I like from these bands but not too many. Blixa of E. N. is gorgeous, Chloe Lum from AIDS scares me, ATR are pure violence and energy. Ok, Die Antwoord, you have the coolest style ever, and when I watch your videos I’m always like wtf??? : & <3 <3 <3.
It’s like presence is another instrument to be learned how to play. And it really really is I know that from my busking days. You can have a virtuoso incredible musician playing and if there is lack of presence, the audience will get bored. The energy just has to be there.
The best combination ofcourse is good music and presence. Because that way seeing them live AND listening to them at home is a good experience.
I’d like to think that music can be conceptual though. I mean that it doesn’t necessarily have to want to be listenable or pleasant to the ears in any way. That may not be the goal of it. It can be more way more. Just like conceptual art. Some people don’t get it. How could a urinal put in a gallery be considered great art??? It’s not pleasant to look at, its not something you would hang on your wall typically, it doesn’t take any skill to conceive, in fact it requires no artistic craftsmanship whatsoever. Music should be open to be conceptual as well. And it is. Think of punk music, noise, minimalist music?? and most importantly, (drum roll please) think John Cage.
Thank you Mr. Cage and thank you Mr. Duchamp, us contemporary artists are infinitely indebted to you for opening the doors. Thank you.