Archive for June, 2010

Alejandro

OK, well Gaga fans, the new “Alejandro” video is out. I always love a macho man in fishnets and heels, but beyond that I don’t know what to think yet. I liked it more than I thought I would based on last week’s teaser. And the choreography, per usual, is stellar. It’s directed by renowned fashion photographer, Steven Klein.

Regina, My Love

So, I just realized my last post before my most recent one was October of last year. In that post, I mention that I’m really only familiar with one or two of Regina Spektor’s songs. Two very important things have happened in the past eight months: (1) I moved across the country and more importantly (2) I have fallen in love with Regina Spektor.

The woman is absolutely brilliant. Granted, I already have a thing for female vocalists/pianists (Amanda Palmer, Ingrid Michaelson, Kate Nash, to name a few), but Regina is without parallel. My favorite album is definitely “Far,” there’s not a song on it I don’t love, though “Two Birds” and “Eet” are top of the list if I had to choose. But then there’s “Folding Chair” and “Blue Lips”– which sounds different to me every single time I hear it. That’s just one album, though.

Regarding “Eet,” I have to ask: If “Eet” is your favorite song and you forget the words to it, do you get extra points for irony?

Regina was born and raised in Moscow until age nine, when she moved to the Bronx. Like me (on my Dad’s side) she’s a Russian Jew and apparently she studied at SUNY Purchase, which gives me a great deal more respect for SUNY Purchase than I previously had. Naturally, she’s a veteran of the New York “anti-folk” scene, which I didn’t realize I was familiar with as I’d never heard the term before. I’m just going to quote wikipedia for this one:

Anti-folk (sometimes antifolk or unfolk) is a music genre that takes the earnestness of politically charged 1960s folk music and punk and subverts it. The defining characteristics of this anti-folk are difficult to identify, as they vary from one artist to the next. Nonetheless, the music tends to sound raw or experimental; it also generally mocks seriousness and pretension in the established mainstream music scene

Regina’s earlier albums (such as “11:11”) are certainly more experimental than “Far,” but I love the cohesiveness and accessibility of “Far.” Not that her earlier work should be over looked, especially if you like blues or jazz.

There’s too much to say about Regina in one post, or any of the amazing musicians I mentioned; my adoration will have to be peppered over time. I just needed it to be known that I had found love in Regina. I leave you with one of my many favorites of hers, “Us,” and encourage you to go watch all her videos over on YouTube you haven’t already!

New Music Mondays

So, I sort of stopped blogging about my music junkie habits because no one was reading. Eventually, I realized this was not a reason to stop writing. So I’m back! To welcome myself back, I’m kicking off “New Music Mondays.” On Mondays, I’ll go out of my way to listen to a group I haven’t heard before, or take suggestions from readers if I ever get any!

Today’s new group is called “Skillet” and allow me to wet your appetite with their song, “Monster.”

This single is from their most recent album, “Awake.” I haven’t listened to the entire thing yet, but I’ll get back to you. Skillet is an alternative CCM rock group (or Christian hard rock). The group in it’s current incarnation (noticed that half the band is female! rock on!) has been around since 2001 and they put out 3 albums before “Awake.” I’m kind of surprised I haven’t heard of them. Though, I am grateful everyday that there is great music I haven’t heard yet.