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Sep 25 2016
Laddy Gaga Comments (0)

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Paul Hurley's rockin' cover of “Perfect Illusion” only further highlights the song's '80s-rock sound ...

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Sep 20 2016
Lady Gaga Releases PERFECT ILLUSION Video Comments (0)

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Thoughts? Video is after the jump ...

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Sep 09 2016
Lady Gaga's PERFECT ILLUSION Is Here: That's What It Means To Crush Comments (0)

Lady Gaga's “Perfect Illusion” is here—I like it!

I'm a sucker for seemingly superficial (as the medium is pegged) pop songs with transcendent yearning in the vocal, Lady-Gagaeven if the lyric is simple or even banal (it's not banal here, just very direct).

This doesn't feel earth-shattering like “Paparazzi” or some of her very best hits, but it also doesn't feel canned like some of Born This Way and all of Artpop. I was thrown by the Led Zeppelin “The Immigrant Song” fake-out opening that I heard yesterday, which isn't very reflective of what follows.

Yes, the phrase “Perfect illusion” is sung identically to “Keepin' my baby,” but c'mon, some overlapping in pop is okay and the song itself bears zero resemblance to anything Madonna-like. As I'm sure others will say, her vocal has a Donna Summer thing when she's not pushing it beyond that into a rockier territory—total Pat Benatar vibes whens he does that. Not that there is any copying (I hate that that always has to be noted when making comparisons these days, sigh), but I get a Barbra Streisand “Prisoner” vibe at times from the controlled-hysteria quality of the vocal, which later becomes uncontrolled, though she never goes into a full-on “Ray of Light scream.

The similar yearning feeling I get is at around :54:

Most surprising to me is the part at 1:51 when she takes it up still another notch and makes it more urgent.

I'm surprised to read that some fans don't like this?! I mean, there's no accounting for taste, but this is better than anything on Artpop and superior, if similar, to the better bits on Born This Way, like “The Edge of Glory.” “The Edge of Glory” was fun but felt a little like, “I'm doing Bruce now!” whereas this song—in spite of not sounding like nothin' you've ever heard before—feels more organic.

So yep—I like it.

Sep 08 2016
Lady Gaga Previews PERFECT ILLUSION Comments (0)


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Lady Gaga's new single, “Perfect Illusion,” is almost here. You can tell because it's precipitated by utter lunacy from a small, vocal minority (if it's even large enough to qualify for minority status) of her fans. Or are the most absurd examples actually being foisted upon us by Gaga haters, seeking to make her look bad? Ya gotta at least wonder, 'cuz Gaga does not need shitty help like this:

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And she sure doesn't need fake-official help like this, in which gay people are told she gave us all our rights.

I know it's ridiculous to take anything from a nanosecond of a clip, but it sounds like it could be good.

6-PACK — Hillary Smiles While Burning RNC + Trump Lies, Media Cheers + Zellweger On Chesney's Sexual Orientation + Gaga Hits #1 (Somehow) + Madonna's Dancer From The Dance + Dead Or Alive Tsunami! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureHillary points out the obvious inappropriateness of Trump dishing on his classified security briefing, rejects smile advice.

*widget boy cultureTrump lies—blatantly—with impunity. The MSM unconsciously wants him to win. Obama: Stop grading him on the curve.

*widget boy cultureRenée Zellweger indirectly asserts that rumors saying her ex, Kenny Chesney, was gay were false.

*widget boy cultureLady Gaga hits #1 ... with a song that has not even been released. Seems fair.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's Salim “Slam” Gauwloos gives LONG, juicy interview on Blond Ambition, HIV, dance, his dark period.

*widget boy cultureA new Dead or Alive career-retrospective set has 19 (!) discs.

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Sep 01 2016
Jose & Slam Assert Their Legacy—And Madonna's—At TRUTH OR DARE Screening In NYC Comments (0)

IMG_9210**Jose & Slam make a Madonna sandwich. (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

Last night capped off a week of Madonna-themed festivities. Who knew Madonna's movies would enjoy such a resurgence?

Okay, it was only for a week, only at Metrograph in NYC and some of her movies are still crappy, but it was truly fun seeing some of her better work on the big screen (Dick Tracy) and especially deciding some of her lesser work isn't really that bad after all (Who's That Girl). A technical snafu (Chinese peony powder on the reel?) led to Body of Evidence being canceled in spite of a lot of tickets being sold, and I then missed Dangerous Game, not wanting to hang out. But both have been rescheduled.

Best of all was the Truth or Dare run—or should I say is, since it has been extended for another week at Metrograph, through September 7. Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 4.04.56 PM

I saw Truth or Dare at MoMA (with Madonna in attendance and Joe Berger moderating an Alek Keshishian/Vincent Paterson/Jose Gutierez/Salim “Slam” Gauwloos Q&A), at Metrograph (with Chelsea Handler moderating an Alek Keshishian Q&A) and—last night—saw it a third time, again at Metrograph, with Dance Films Association's Galen Bremer moderating a Q&A with Gutierez and Gauwloos.

IMG_9190*Bremer with the featured guests last night: Slam & Jose!

Seeing the film over and over has beaten it into my head, and allowed me to note details I never would have seen without the repetition. (Jack Larson is is seen around the time Madonna gags over Kevin Costner?!) Best of all the Q&As have allowed some of the creatives to speak eloquently about what is probably Madonna's most important film. (Desperately Seeking Susan remains my fave.)

IMG_9205*Winner of the best T-shirt of the night ...

Jose and Slam were wonderfully warm in their chat after the film, with Slam making sure Jose got credit for some of the choreography in “Like a Virgin” and “Vogue” on Blond Ambition and each o them responding candidly to a question about millennials who don't think Madonna did anything. (Don't miss that one!)

They also plugged the outstanding doc they're in that's been a film-fest fave, Strike a Pose; seek that out whenever and wherever you can.

Keep reading for all of the Q&A with Jose and Slam, minus only about 30 seconds of one of Jose's answers in the middle ...

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You can help poor Lady Gaga get to #1 here.

Aug 24 2016
Bitch, He's Michael Musto Comments (0)

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Michael Musto recaps his love/hate/more hate/grudging respect relationship with Madonna for his old bosses at the Village Voice. He talks a lot of sense, though I must say—in spite of my dislike for Britney Spears—I do disagree that Madonna macking on the younger pop star (and Christina Aguilera was there, too, guys!!!) was unartistic and had no appeal. I fucking loved that moment. It was unreal how real it was to Justin Timberlake and to the teen-pop world, and though it was well-worn ground for Madonna, it was a point worth remaking in an iconic way.

Otherwise, enjoy.

I would say you can find more of Michael's always-entertaining (and firsthand) Madonna musings in my book, Encyclopedia Madonnica 20, but in fact you will find less. That sounds like a bad sales pitch, so instead I'll say:

You can find a different version of Michael's always-entertaining (and firsthand) Madonna musings in my book, Encyclopedia Madonnica 20!

In the end, I think his take on Madonna is that he knows she's a force, but doesn't have the affection for her that he has for Diana Ross or Lady Gaga. But they never kicked him out of his dressing room.