ADAM LAMBERT‘s kiss with a male band member was the talk of 2009′s American Music Awards. You would think that indecent exposure and same sex kissing was something new to the arena of popular music. So, I decided to compile a list of crotch grabbing and same sex lip smacking that’s been done in the name of ‘artistic expression’.
This list took me 15 minutes to compile and its just the tip of the raunchy ice-berg…but are you seeing a trend emerging here? Girl-on-girl is viewed as titillating (Madonna + Britney). Heterosexual male nudity is funny (Rage Against The Machine/John Mayer). But boy-on-boy causes an outrage in the hearts of many provincial Americans still.
Immediately following Adam Lambert’s performance no less than 1,500 people call ABC to complain and subsequently his Good Morning America appearance was canceled. Disney be damned in all its gay bashing subtlety.
Regardless of the homo hub bub surrounding his performance, his was a job well done. His new video for FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT is superb! Enjoy the next gen of soft-core glam rock, kinda! His new album also called For Your Entertainment is on sale now! – Jake
Lady Gaga took a trip to Jay Leno the other night and gave another great performance of Bad Romance. I really enjoyed this interview she talks about how she was an outsider at school and her family. She looks like someone who would be fun to have a chat with! Watching this interview she gave me such a Madonna vibe because of how she relates to the audience (“Hey Guys” is so something M would say!) and with Jay… somehow those boots also seem very Madonna esque. (oh my M loon colors show again haha!)
The other week Hard Candy crew headed down to interview Martina from DRAGONETTE and catch their super late set at Santos Party House. If you’ve been paying attention you’ll know I last saw them way back in 2007 before the debut albumGALOREwas even released, It was exciting to see the progression of the band, thought they were fabulous back then, the confidence has grown and the show has got even slicker!
It was 1.30 a.m. on a Thursday but it was packed with plenty of hardcore fans, some gained from the remarkable new album FIXIN TO THRILL and some who have been around sinceGALORE days.
As you’ll have noticed visually these guys are pretty damn impressive with killer videos like FIXIN TO THRILL, in the flesh they don’t disappoint either! Martina worked a latex pair of pants struting around the stage to choruses of men and women excitedly shouting ‘We Love You!’ Dan also had his fair share of admiration, with girl waving their hands at him as he came to the front of the stage, I half expected a thong to fly up on stage!
The band performed a great set which was a brilliant mix of songs from their two albums. Check out all the videos on our YouTube Channel
Sat NOV 28th – Sydney, AUSTRALIA @ Stereosonic festival (Dragonette sound system set) Sun NOV 29th – Perth, AUSTRALIA @ Stereosonic festival (Dragonette sound system set) Sat DEC 5th – Adelaide & Melbourne, AUSTRALIA @ Stereosonic festival (Dragonette sound system set) (2 shows – 1 in each city) Sun DEC 6th – Brisbane, AUSTRALIA @ Stereosonic festival (Dragonette sound system set)
SLEIGH BELLS, the yet unsigned power duo that’s been generating loads of attention post CMJ, had at least two reasons to be blissfully happy this past Thursday: they played a raucous show at Le Poisson Rogue AND received an honorable mention from Rolling Stone’s Rock and Roll Daily blog stating that they were on the preeminent-authority-on-music’s hype monitor. And if Rolling Stone says its so then its gotta be true (eyeroll).
All playful banter aside, the blur that is Alexis Krauss and the one-man-band that is Derek Miller delivered a thoroughly entertaining kick-ass rendition of their small but powerful oeuvre. Miss Krauss did not stand still for the entirety of the show (which I love… when I am not trying to capture at least one stellar still photo) and Miller’s guitar playing laid atop his pre-recorded beats were a next to identical facsimile of the band’s recorded tracks. Krauss went hard for the majority of the show and used the more mellow Ring Ring as a brief respite between dance anthems A/B Machines and “Infinity Guitar”.
The crowd at the show was a mix of the cool kids that came to dance, a few older suits (label scouts?), and one loud frat boy from Philly that can be heard on my video tracks singing his heart out along with Krauss to Ring Ring.
Word from their manager is Sleigh Bells will be laying low for the next couple of months while they record an album… and the rumor is a record deal could be in the works. Stay tuned and plugged in. - Alexandra Serio from The Morning After Pills.
Well this has certainly perked up my Monday and I hope it will perk up yours to! KELIShas just dropped a new song called ACAPELLA on Twitter! The song is produced by David Guetta (who would have seen that one coming?!) She’s been working with him Burnz, DJ Ammo, Boys Noize, Diplo/Switch & Free School on her new album which drops next year 2010 on will.i.am/Interscope Records. Kelis posted a little message on her official site to go along with the release of Acapella. I’m so excited hear more from her – she’s been gone far too long! – Camille
“Well, walking through the streets of NY this summer…I use the term walking loosely…I was extremely pregnant and probably doing more of a very slow creep down each humid sticky block…people had so much to say to me. You know us New Yorkers don’t ever keep anything to ourselves…I was asked if I would ever put another album out. I suppose people assumed after the baby and divorce and all the time I took off (went to culinary school during my break which was amazing and another conversation) that it would be on to motherhood for me. And well that’s true…as I lay here with my perfect little won ton now writing you all this message. My answer was always the same. “Soon come guys” ;) and so here we are. My album is pretty much done. I signed a new deal and I’m madly in love with life and ready to share something with you. My song is called “Acapella” and I wrote it with love and life in mind. I hope that it finds you well and that you love it, cause honestly I do! Muah!”
“P.S. to all the people who have stuck around and supported me all these years do know that I sincerely feel you and love you! We did this all together” -Kelis
Follow her on Twitter who knows what else she’ll surprise us with!