Thursday, June 28, 2007

Question Posed: Why Aren't Pop Stars Cool Anymore?



I work in Music, and I am constantly evaluating new and unknown artists. In this day and age I am a firm believer that Pop Music is the way to go. It still sells, people like it hence the name popular, and it's nice on the ears.

Frank Sinatra (very good wiki) is credited for being the founder of contemporary pop music. Who doesn't know Sinatra? I have recently delved into the many facets of Sinatra's career and let me tell you it doesn't let you down. His early days, his acting, his Vegas stint, and the "September of his Years," all is pretty top.

So I pose the question, what happened to cool and respectable Pop artists?

I'm not saying that Michael Buble or John Mayer aren't talented, I'm just saying they are not cool....at all. Sinatra was pure class, he was talented and he appealed to everbody. He was a ladies man, dudes wanted to bro down with him, and everbody enjoyed his songs. What more can you ask for? Not Much! The pop artists of today only appeal to certain crowds and are hated by others. They sell some records, but not to the potential of an artist the could replicate Sinatra's appeal. Regardless of what music you like, if you hear somebody sing with a phenominal voice, you are impressed. That is the key, recognizing talent is the most important part, the image and style is what defines the rest. Sinatra had wit, style, and an image that will forever remain intact.

The one thing I want to find in my career, the next Sinatra.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

100th Post

Yes, it is true, the big 100. Can't believe I made it that far, I remember being just a wee blog racking up a few posts a week dreaming of stardom.....wait, I barely blog, but hey 100!

To celebrate I will leave you with some inspiration:

"It's Better To Fail In Originality, Than Succeed In Imitation."
-Herman Melville

Saturday, June 23, 2007

My "NOT so HOT" List

-Thierry Henry to Barca: WTF? No, WHAT THE FUCK?!?!? Not only the best Arsenal player, one of the best EPL players of the last decade! To Barcelona? The SPL is boring, EPL is top tier. Now Aresenal is SCREWED. In 99 (i think) they didn't lose a game, now they are going to lose Wenger and Cesc in the next few weeks and that is that. Ashburton Grove cost them way too much money and so now they need to sell off players to make up for it, bad move. NOT HOT.

-HBO: No Sopranos so what do you got? John From Cleveland, I don't give a shit. Deadwood BORING. Big Love, good but not really feeling it. Entourage, great but getting kind of far fetched now. Bury My Heart At Torn Miniscus, yeah not feeling it (Anna Paquin went to a rival high school of mine and everybody said she was a stuck up bitch). What the hell else does HBO have? Once I get DirecTv HBO is gone, I dont give two shits.

-NO AGE Pitchfork Review/"Hype": PitchforkMedia gave LA Noise Outfit NO AGE's "Weirdo Rippers" an 8.0 and Best New Music. Are you kidding me. I have the album, its sludge, barely songs, sounds like it was recorded at My Asshole Studios and mixed by a deaf guy. Now, I'm not hating too hard because this is the kind of shit I dig (as in listen to it a few times in a span of 3 weeks and then discard yet recommend), but NOBODY is going to like this album who isn't an esoteric music nerd like myself. Pitchfork Media is to The Truth as Jeffrey Dahmer is to a good neighbor.

-NME Magazine: I subscribed for years when I was younger, and recently re-subscribed for SESAC purposes. This magazine suckkkkkks. It's all the same shitty bands with horrible writing, bad reviews and really not much to check out except the ads in the back for shows/festivals. I'll read it every week, but it takes a few tries.

-My Love MAN CITY: We are really not doing too well right now. New takeover by an exiled Thai Prime Minister who has been asked to return to Thailand to face jail time for Human Rights Violations! Distin walks after contract expires, Barton sold as he is a step away from jail, and now Sven Goran "England Hates Me Because I Can't Coach A National Team" Erikkson to take the hot seat? Kill me please, relegation anyone? There better be some Strikers coming in and some Attacking Midfielders because we haven't signed anybody yet and I'm getting really nervous. Get rid of Corradi, keep Samaras and Vassell. Do not lose Micah Richards, he is the key to the future. I finally pledged all my faith to an EPL team last year and now they are in the shitter, beautiful.

Other Tidbits From A Hater:
-My Shitty Loud Neighbors
-Books over 300 pages long (especially with small print)
-Douchebags in Vegas (basically 80% of the crowd)
-Top Deck at Dodger Stadium For A Dodger Game (I was pretty sure I was going to fall off, steep and old)
-Jason Schmidt of the Dodgers (41 Million for 1 win this year and now he's out for the season...FUCK YOU...More Dodger bad luck with players that used to be good then came to LA..and I don't even care about the Dodgers)

On The Brighter Side...
-Paul Alrgen Books (exactly what I needed right now)
-Pantha Du Prince - This Bliss (album) Once you get past the shitty name, the album is really hot, great minimal techno love
-Jello Biafra Spoken Word Albums (Everytime I'm at Amoeba I check for used Jello Spoken Word and I hit the jackpot this time. 3 Different Albums, 8 discs in all of glorius political angst)
-1 month through EPL's off-season

Friday, June 08, 2007

'alo garcons

My "HOT" list:

ALGERIA: FROM THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE
-Albert Camus Books (wiki) = L'Etranger (The Stranger), A Happy Death, The Fall, The Plague...
-This led me to a further fascination of Algeria (wiki). I kind of want to visit there on vacation (for a day) now as the first part of The Stranger describes a beautiful setting. Algiers (wiki) is a port town that gets crazy hot in the summer (my fave) and is in Africa where I really want to visit. Slowly planning a trip to France for December (cold setting boo) in which Jen and I will hit Paris, the South of France, and hopefully Algiers or Morocco (as my grandfather said Morocco was the place to go).
-Of course, further current Algerian references: ZIDANE (movie and soundtrack by Mogwai....plus everlasting idolization), French movie The Battle of Algiers (1966) with music by Ennio Morricone, and other Algerian footballers.

"A Sunny Place For Shady People" - W. Somerset Maugham describing Monte Carlo (an early equivalent to Las Vegas).
-LAS VEGAS! going in a week for the weekend with the whole fam, very excited. Attendees: Myself, Jennifer, Mother, Father, Brother, and Brother's Girlfriend (first time meeting rest of fam). Did you know that the biggest vice of straight-edge peeps is gambling? Staying at the Golden Nugget in the old school downtown Freemont St area. Not a fan of the strip, not worth the $$$ and not classic Vegas at all.
-Actually did a little research on a music job in Vegas, uh oh.
-Further references: Specifically purchased a 3 hour PBS documentary dvd on Vegas (used), growing my Sinatra catalog including the pretty awesome Vegas Box Set (4 CD's and 1 DVD) boo ya. Also a Las Vegas Collection CD and a Dean Martin essentials CD...I actually really like lounge music?!?!? Perhaps, part of my "old-man" demeanor.


MUSIC:
BATTLES: Mirrored (Warp Records)
Great Northern - Trading Twilight For Daylight (Eenie Meenie Records)
CocoRosie - The Adventures Of Ghosthorse And Stillborn (Touch & Go Records)
Leonard Cohen - Songs Of Love And Hate (Columbia Records)
Massive Attack - 100th Window (Virgin Records)
Frank Sinatra - In The Wee Small Hours (Capitol Records)
Beirut - Gulag Orkestra (BaDaBing Records)
Blonde Redhead - 23 (4AD Records)

OTHER/MISC:
-Hells Kitchen, Season 3
-Birthday Month/Summertime
-REAL Football in August :( so far away
-Santa Monica Public Library (Always Hot)
-Marta's blog