Friday, October 24, 2014

TAYLOR SWIFT PERFORMS 'OUT OF THE WOODS' ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE

Taylor Swift's new album 1989 comes out Monday. Here is her live performance of the addictive Out of the Woods on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

MADONNA FRIDAY: LA ISLA BONITA

Madonna loves a Latin beat. She's had many songs inspired by latin flovor such as Borderline, Spanish Eyes, Love Makes the World Go Round, Deeper and Deeper, Take a Bow, You'll See, etc etc etc, but her most successful song in that genre, in my opinion, has to be La Isla Bonita. From her 1986 album True Blue, La Isla Bonita was the fifth and final single released on February 27, 1987 reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart and #1 in the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria and the Eurochart for three weeks, becoming Madg'es fourth #1 on that chart. It is noted as the first heavily Latin influenced single by Madonna. Clearly one of Madonna's favorite among her back catalog, La Isla Bonita has been performed on almost all of her tours in different arrangements. The song has stood the test of time, feeling as fresh today as it did in 1986, and remains a favorite among Madonna's fans. FUN FACT: La Isla Bonita was previously written as a lament for the mythical Spanish island called San Pedro and was offered to Michael Jackson for his Bad album, but was turned down by Michael. While working with Patrick Leonard on the True Blue album, Madonna accepted it in Jackson's place and re-wrote the song's lyrics. The rest is history. So now, enjoy the "tropical..island breeze" of La Isla Bonita.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

JESSICA LANGE'S FULL PERFORMANCE OF LANA DEL REY COVER ON AMERICAN HORROR STORY

I mean.....GENIUS!!! Last night Jessica Lange, aka Elsa Mars, sang her much hyped Lana Del Rey cover of Gods & Monsters on American Horror Story: Freak Show, and she nailed it!! Lana Del Rey's music fits frighteningly well on this season, so Jessica had to look no further than her lyrics for inspiration. Of course, they left out the most controversial lyric for this broadcast. The second verse normally starts out, "In the land of Gods & Monsters I was an angel looking to get f**ked hard". Demure. I guess even FX can't get away with that. Ha. This season of AHS is kind of awesome so far. Is it weird that I'm attracted to Dandy? I don't think I'm supposed to be. Anyhoozers, enjoy!!

SIA RELEASES POP VERSION OF SONG FROM "ANNIE"

Sia may not be showing her face lately, but bitch's voice is all over the place!! Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Jay-Z are ruining producing Annie for the next generation with an updated and unnecessary remake coming out December 19th starring the Oscar nominated Quvenzhan√© Wallis and Oscar winner (I still can't with that) Jamie Foxx. (It's not negative if I cross out words, right?) Willow Smith was originally going to star a few years ago, but since her voice makes Rihanna sound like a soprano, things didn't work out. Anyway, I don't know if it's just this one song, but one of the musicals highlights, You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile, is getting a pop music version for release, and I have to say it's quite charming. Sia is kind of fantastic, so I guess this shouldn't come as a big surprise. Listen below and watch the not-so-charming video. It's fine, but do we really have to watch Hollywood ruin Annie? C'mon! Not Again-i!! See what I did there?

BETTE MIDLER'S COVER OF THE TLC SONG "WATERFALLS" IS HERE!!

Bette Midler is putting out her album It's The Girls, her salute to girl groups, on November 4th. While most of the songs concentrate on 60s girl groups like The Supremes, The Chiffons and such, there is one surprise: TLC!! Bette does a lovely cover of the groups signature 1995 hit Waterfalls and she Bettes it up real nice!! What a DIVINE surprise. Listen below and preorder It's The Girls now on iTunes. Don't worry, she doesn't do the rap!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

HUMPDAY SEXY SONG: SADE - NO ORDINARY LOVE

Sade releases almost exclusively baby-making music. This girl has helped more women get pregnant than IVF, bitch! Thank Gaga the gays can't reproduce. Sade has had so many sexy hits it was hard to pick just one for you to hump to today, but I have come through, kids. Here is, arguably, Sade's sexiest number, No Ordinary Love. I mean this song is so sexy it was used in Indecent Proposal to give Woody Harrelson a woody so he could try to keep Demi Moore off Robert Redford's rich, old pole. It didn't work, but still, it was a valiant effort. No Ordinary Love was the lead single from Sade's fourth album, 1992's Love Deluxe, and has become one of her signature tunes. It wasn't her biggest hit on the charts, but it has definitely stayed around longer and cemented it's place in the sexy hall of fame. The song also won Sade a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. That's specific. Anyway, grab onto to the closest thing you can hump and get ready for some mermaid realness from the video. Here is Sade's No Ordinary Love. Hump a seashell crab. I don't know. Also, how gorgeous is this woman!!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NEW GWEN STEFANI SONG AND VIDEO: BABY DON'T LIE

WHAT? I had no idea this video was coming. Yay!! I love Gwen!! Back with her first solo effort since 2006's Sweet Escape, Gwen serves up some Wizard of Oz, yellow brick road realness in the video for the moody, excellent new single Baby Don't Lie, written by Stefani, Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco and Noel Zancanella. I really like it and Gwen looks great. Anyway, here it is!!

SNIPPET OF AMERICAN HORROR STORY'S LANA DEL REY COVER LEAKS. AND IT'S.......

Gods & Monsters from Born To Die: The Paradise Edition. Damn!! Why didn't I guess that? It's an obvious choice, even just by the name. As you know, AHS has been doing covers of modern songs inexplicably set in 1950's Florida this season. Because everything else on AHS makes so much sense, right? They've already done David Bowie's Life On Mars and Fiona Apple's Criminal, but now Jessica Lange is tackling Del Rey in a beautifully twisted way. Well, I guess Lana is already beautifully twisted, so it's just a cover. Deal with it. Watch the leaked snippets, apparently from Venezuela, below. American Horror Story: Freak Show is on Wednesday nights at 10 on FX.

MADONNA'S BLOND AMBITION PONYTAILS SELLS BIG AT AUCTION. REALLY BIG!!!

Remember Madonna's Blond Ambition Tour looks? You don't? F**king educate yourself, you ignorant bitch. Too harsh? It was all Jean Paul Gaultier bustiers, head mic, sexy male dancers. Well once piece of that equation, the iconic blond ponytail that sat atop her head for the majority of the tour (she swapped it for tight curls towards the end) just sold at the Profiles in History auction in California for a whopping $20,000. Boom! It was expected to bring in 3,000 to 5,000, but these bitches didn't know who they were dealing with. Okerrrrrr?!! In other news, my old hair is somewhere in a dumpster on 53rd Street and Mariah Carey has started stockpiling weaves.

REVIEW: ANNIE LENNOX - NOSTALGIA. PLUS LIVE PERFORMANCE OF GEORGIA ON MY MIND.

It makes sense that Annie Lennox would nail a song like I Put A Spell On You. After all, isn't the song Lennox is arguably best known for,  the Eurythmics' classic Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), an update of sorts of the Spell? As a matter of fact, there isn't one song on Annie's new album, Nostalgia, which is made up of songs from her youth and most the Great American Songbook, that her voice doesn't float over with ease. This is not exactly a party record, but at 59 and with a storied career trailing in her wake, Lennox has MORE than earned the right to croon her way through 45 minutes of her favorite tunes. You've got them all here: Classics by Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and many more. Opening the album with an old Victrola sounding recording of Carmichael (I think) singing Memphis In June, Lennox covers the song is lush strings and cooing vocals to set the tone for Nostalgia. Georgia On My Mind is given a treatment -- and don't let this dissuade you from listening -- of a classic Air Supply or Styx soft rocker. I know that sounds weird, but shut up and listen to it. Her soft, controlled Summertime is perhaps the best version of this ubiquitous song I have ever heard from a modern recording artist, and Strange Fruit, co-written and made famous by none other than Billie Holiday, retains every bit of its eerie presence as Lennox mournfully sings about the lynchings of African Americans in the South in the early part of the 20th century. You Belong To Me, The Nearness of You and, well, all of the tracks are beautifully arranged and performed and, even though outside of Annie's usual boathouse, sit perfectly on her golden voice. Nostalgia is a glorious addition to her varied, eclectic catalog and is sure to please any (adult) listener out there. A wonderful new classic from the first lady of Blue Eyed Soul. Enjoy a live performance Georgia On My Mind below.

Monday, October 20, 2014

TAYLOR SWIFT'S TWO PREVIEW SONGS FOR 1989 ARE NAILING IT

Taylor Swift got me with her last album, Red. It was catchy, smart and full of interesting songs. I thought that would be it, but I don't know how to quit you, Taylor Swift. While I did not like first single Shake It Off, I have to say that the second song to be released in full (though not an official single) Out of the Woods and now the preview for Welcome to New York have me all aflutter for Tay's new album!!! She's left country far behind and is sounding very 80s new wave on these tracks. Are you excited? Check them out below. 1989 is out October 27th, so you only have a week to go!!! We can make it.

HAPPY MONDAY SONG: SPICE UP YOUR LIFE

I mean, how happy is this song, right? Spice Girls aren't exactly known for somber, indie tracks, but this song has butterflies flitting out of it's a-hole to get your rump shaking on a Monday morning. Released October 13, 1997, Spice Up Your Life was the first single off of the girls' second album, Spiceworld. Perhaps the happiest thing about this song, at least for their fans, is that most critics had their knives sharpened for a backlash and gave the song bad reviews, but the bright, Latin-inspired ditty danced its way into the hearts of millions and helped Spiceworld go on to sale 20 million albums worldwide and made their movie, Spice World, a huge success. Spice Up Your Life was their fifth consecutive #1 single in the UK, debuting at the peak position and knocking Elton John's Candle In The Wind 1997 from the top spot. So here it is, the reason to get up and shake your booty this Monday morning. Enjoy!

Friday, October 17, 2014

MADONNA FRIDAY: MY FAVORITE NON-SINGLE TRACK FROM EVERY MADONNA ALBUM

You're welcome! In case you are not a die-hard Madonna fan like myself, you may not know some of these songs. Well, mo'fo', you're about to get educated. OOOH, I love me when I get all rough. I would like to share with you my favorite tracks from each of Madonna's thirteen albums (I'm including I'm Breathless because everyone should) that was not released as a single.  Starting with her self-titled debut album, Physical Attraction is a sexy, girlish come on that was somehow not deemed appropriate for radio. From Like A Virgin I always really, really love Stay. It was adapted from a song Madonna wrote a few years before and closes out the album with a sexy urgency. White Heat is a standout track from True Blue, using old school gangster movies as a metaphor for love. The confessional tone of Like A Prayer yielded the beautiful, heartbreaking, emotional ode to Madonna's mother Promise To Try. I'm Breathless: Songs from and inspired by the film Dick Tracy opens with a bang thanks to the sassy, sexy He's A Man, a torch song for the ages, that fits right in with the songs penned by Stephen Sondheim for the film. Erotica was packed full of potential singles, but the most surprising omission for chart consideration is the brazen, tough Bye Bye Baby. Bedtime Stories contains one of Madonna's most luscious ballads ever with Forbidden Love. An electronic ballad (maybe the first) called Little Star holds a special place on Ray of Light as it was written about her then newborn (now 18 year-old) daughter, Lourdes. Even Madonna didn't understand why her record label wouldn't release the amazing Impressive Instant from the album Music, so she refused to promote any more singles from the album. Nobody Knows Me seemed obvious for release off of American Life, as did Forbidden Love (not to be confused with the track from Bedtime Stories) from Confessions on a Dance Floor, but both were passed over for other singles. 2008's Hard Candy had a slew of urban-friendly radio hits-in-waiting, but possibly the best was the Kanye-assisted, Pharrell produced Beat Goes On. Finally the raw power of Addicted from MDNA, in my opinion, should have been the album's first single. Okay, I hope I opened your eyes to some Madonna deep cuts. Listen below!!! Happy Madonna Friday!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

JUST BECAUSE: FLORRIE - SEASHELLS

I am currently addicted to this song!! I wake up to it every morning and it really puts a hitch in my giddyup. Florrie is a wonderful combination of singer/songwriter/drummer and model! She's gorgeous!! Like gorg-Washington gorgeous. I've written about her before y'all! Seashells is my jam, now fucking make it yours!!! Watch the video and try not to shake your ass-parts to this song. Seashells is on Florrie's current EP Sirens, available on iTunes by clicking HERE.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: SHEENA EASTON

I LOVE SHEENA EASTON!!! There, I said it. I think she has a great voice and is sexy and turned it out in the 80s, bitch. I love how she started off an innocent and wide-eyed Scottish lass and then became a slutty little minx who canoodled with Prince. Yeah, PRINCE!!! Sheena had some of my fave hits from the 80s and continues to perform to this very day. She has starred on Broadway (Man of La Mancha and Grease), had parts in several television shows (Miami Vice, Highlander) and appeared in films (All Dogs Go to Heaven). Easton also has been a big star in Vegas at the Hilton and was inducted into the Casino Legends Hall of Fame in 2004. Among the accolades she has won over her career she has won two Grammys, in 1981 for Best New Artist and in 1985 for Best Mexican-American Performance for a duet with Luis Miguel. She is the only performer to record a James Bond theme (For Your Eyes Only) AND appear in the iconic opening sequence for the film because she's so darn pretty. It's fun to be pretty. Here are some oldies but goodies by Sheena Easton. Enjoy!!