Friday, May 04, 2001
As a complete aside, how scary is it that No Doubt have been together as a band for 14 years?
Janet Jackson - All For You
I've read a lot of negative reviews of this album. People are calling it over-produced, unconvincing, cynical chart fodder. I wonder if these reviewers are listening to the same album that I have. I don't hear clinical pandering in this album. I hear Janet sounding fresher and more self-assured than she has since Rhythm Nation 1814. Her singing is stronger, her grooves are groovier, and the image she's putting forward on this album seem much less forced and tacky than she seemed with janet's pained sexuality. The spectrum of emotion is grand, swinging from the carefree summertime disco vibe of "All For You" and "Come On Get Up" to the cold dismissal of "Son Of A Gun", featuring a mildly deranged Carly Simon. The much-vaunted middle section is dirty, sexual, and absolutely perfect. I think people need to get over the shock of hearing Janet say the word "fuck" and roll themselves up in the aural goodness. This is an album that came from a very secure performer at the top of her game. Stop frontin' like you hate it.
DAN'S RATING: GRREAT!
Thursday, May 03, 2001
Link stolen from Kathleen. Again.
Wednesday, May 02, 2001
Tuesday, May 01, 2001
It NEVER occurred to me that there would be an entire website dedicated to dancing with cats, complete with a FAQ, a history of cat dancing, an online gallery of cat dancing pictures, information on cat dancing classes, information on pre-dance exercises, cat dancing tips, music for cat dancing, AND special Quicktime movies of cat dancing. Oh, and don't forget the animated GIFs!
If I ever do go into the music business, my first video will feature large amounts of cat dancing. Mark my words.
On a music-related note, I've discovered a website chock full of amateur remixes of songs from Nine Inch Nail's The Fragile. Many are quite good. (Interesting bit of trivia: ignorantLOSER is actually a psuedonym for "Incredible Hulk" author Sean McKeever. He's got a good ear for interesting dissonance and mixing disparate elements into a cohesive unit.)
Anyway. Tom has put up a temporary portal that links to NYPLM and I Love Music, but it seems that CAOTM has also been laid to rest. I'll miss the old Freaky Trigger, but I can't wait to see what shape its next incarnation will take. In the meantime, marvel at the frightening things people want your children to watch, courtesy of Ned.