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news with natalie 08302010

time for an update! here are the most important things of the day (if you happen to be looking at the world through a kaleidoscope, like i am).

ONE: corgis on a treadmill? why??? check out this adorable video. i know there are really only two corgis…but are there really only two corgis?! YOU decide!

TWO: iowa contributes to national news? this is definitely newsworthy. iowa state used their carillon to play lady gaga’s BAD ROMANCE. the video is over five minutes long (which may be longer than the actual song), so don’t waste your time watching it. just revel in the fact that iowa is once again leaving its mark on this amazing nation.

THREE: angry man tries to pay his property tax with 33,000 pennies. i love this story so much, but that’s really all there is to it. he went to the treasurers office and tried to pay his $330 property tax, in pennies, but was DENIED. justice? where is the JUSTICE? if you want to read more about this amazing story, check it out here on gawker.

FOUR: oh my godddd, can you even handle this photograph? i love this so much, mostly because of this quote: ‘once the shock wears off, i’m sure she’ll say yes.’ yeah? are you sure? who is this guy anyway? it doesn’t matter. anyway, in reference to this photo, i say mostly because let’s not forget his amazing pants, tan, or tattoos. his dead stare makes me wish he was asking me. but i digress.

FIVE: this faaaantastic gem of a german man, thilo sarrazin finally broke the silence about jews, and said that ‘all jews share a certain gene.’ yeah? cool! maybe we should put them somewhere where they can all be together, comfortably. maybe…in a…camp! sorry thilo, someone already thought of that. read more on that here.

well, that’s that! see you next week for news with natalie!

love always,
nataliebeth

Lady Gaga 1/10 Rosemont Theater

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There was a lot a lot of drama that happened before the show.  Originally, the show was supposed to take place at the downtown Chicago Theatre.  It was a mad, panicked scramble to get tickets, but, somehow, I managed to get four through Ticketmaster the minute they went on sale.  Anyway, said tickets were actually pretty decent (main floor, part way back) and the dudes and I were pretty excited.  Then, calamity ensued, as the show was abruptly moved to the far off suburbs at the Rosemont Theatre.  Ugh.  Instead of transferring tickets to comparable seats, Ticketmaster gave pre-existing ticket holders a password to a pre-sale, a pre-sale with ONLY obstructed-view seats.  Cool.  So, everyone was super pissed and the papers and blogs wrote about it, and all of Chicago (and Detroit) pretty much thinks Lady Gaga is a huge douche (see: forum; wait, i mean see: forum drama). 

Okay, so a lot of people wrote on her website’s forum about this travesty, and pretty much she decided that she loves censorship, so she pulled the plug on the forum a day or two before she came to Chicago.  That’s cool. 

But anyway, me and the dudes grudgingly went to the concert and sat in our seats, which were four rows from the back row of the balcony.  Thanks, Ticketmaster and Lady Gaga!  Anyway, the opening acts were kind of annoying and it’s kind of sad this is what they came up with to replace Kid Cudi after it was decided that he’s too much of a liability.  The first act struck me as super NYC (maybe because they kept saying stuff like m’fing NYC or something along those lines), but Semi Precious Weapons is a glam-rock, scream-y, not-that-great band that also played with Lady Gaga in 2006 to a crowd of 12.  The second opening act, Jason Derülo, has the song that “heavily samples” Imogen Heap.  His act seemed a little conceited (side note: I read that he requested a lot of crazy shit, like smoke and lights, but such things were denied for him.).  I didn’t like how he plucked a girl from the audience and sang to her and said to her in front of the whole audience how she’ll always be his baby or something like that. 

Anyway…after enduring the poor choices for opening acts, Lady Gaga appeared, or I mean her thirty-foot image on a giant, sheer screen.  It was actually one of the better hype-y opening art things I’ve seen at a concert.  She eventually appeared behind the screen, and eventually the screen was lifted.  She performed most of her songs from her two albums and played for 1 hour and 45 minutes.  Compared to the other tour nights, she supposedly cut the Sunday performance by 2 songs, but this is just according to 2 hipster dudes at the train stop.  As expected, there was a lot of choreographed dancing, and about 5 costume changes.  She also shot a gun at the audience.  Y’know cause she wanted to tell everyone how much she doesn’t care if you don’t like her.  She talked a lot to fill the gaps of her small catalog.  Mostly, she talked about how much she loves her “little monsters” and how much she hates money.  Her talking voice struck me as very slightly British sounding, but also very pleasant.  It wasn’t the best thing in the world, but I had  fun and enjoyed the fact that she didn’t lip sync her performance.

Side note:  the Rosemont Theatre doesn’t know how to organize transportation.  There were 10 cabs after the concert got out and no more appeared, because I guess they didn’t catch on after the first two days that hundreds of people would be wanting to go home.  After waiting outside for 15 minutes, we found one cab and asked him to drive us to the train, but he told us that we could just walk since 1.5 miles in the literally below zero weather isn’t that far, and that he only wanted to take people all the way to the city.  At least my roommate told the driver to go f himself.  I liked walking that far and then watching 4 northbound trains go by while waiting another 15-20 minutes for a southbound train.  Did this really long review actually have anything to do with the concert?  I guess I’ll add that she didn’t wear the Alexander McQueen 10’ armadillo shoes.  Setlist (someone should correct this if it’s wrong):

TOP ELEVEN SINGLES OF 2009

Leave it to me to wait until the very last day of the year to upload my top ten of 2009 list to the blog….and for it not to even be a top ten. Here are my eleven favorite singles released over the course of the last 364 days; this list could easily be very different if it had been written last week or next week, but here’s where I stand as of today, December 31st, 2009:

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE – “MY GIRLS”

This one is sure to be on many indie-ish lists this year, but I feel like I have to include it here, because I like it. It starts off  with Phillip Glass-esque arpeggios, includes massive handclaps and one of the best singalong choruses of the year. And it’s even emotionally resonant to boot. I remember hearing this shortly after it came out at a small basement show BP played in Boone, Iowa. It sounded really great then, and for me it confirmed this song as an instant classic.

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DEPECHE MODE – “WRONG”

I’m a huge Depeche fan, so there was almost no chance that I wouldn’t include a single by them on this list. But favoritism aside, I think “Wrong” is easily one of the band’s strongest songs of the last 15 years. It’s a bit of a grower, lacking an immediate hook like past DM hits, but its repetition, rhythm and forward momentum add up to a great, dark groove. With one of the year’s darkest videos, to boot.

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THE FLAMING LIPS – “WATCHING THE PLANETS”

THE FLAMING LIPS – “WATCHING THE PLANETS”

“Watching The Planets” closes the Lips’ newest record in bombastic fashion; after journeying through Embryonic‘s weird experiments and strange interludes, the listener is greeted by this song, arguably the album’s most straighforward song. An insistent, pounding rhythm underpins Wayne’s chant-like vocals, while twinkly keys add a melancholy touch to the proceedings.

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GIRLS – “HELLHOLE RATRACE”

Girls are my favorite new band of the year, and “Hellhole Ratrace” is my favorite song from their debut album Album. A slow build song a la Spiritualized, “Hellhole” grows from its modest beginnings into a “Hey Jude” for the Noughties. The best chorus of the year, in my opinion:    “And I don’t want to cry my whole life through/I wanna do some laughing, too/So come on, come on, come on, come on and laugh with me/And I don’t want to die/Without shaking up a leg or two/Yeah, I wanna do some dancing too/So come on, come on, come on, come on and dance with me”. Simple, resonant and relateable, these lines become a mantra as wave after wave of sound is added, creating a cathartic effect that once experienced, is hard to forget.

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THE HORRORS – “SEA WITHIN A SEA”

When I first heard of The Horrors a few years ago, I grouped them in with all the other garage-rock bands NME was championing at the time. It wasn’t until Manic Street Preachers said the band’s new album Primary Colours was their favorite of the year that I actually listened. And I glad I did. Behind the haircuts and moody stares is actual musical talent and ambition, as evidenced in “Sea Within A Sea”. Starting as a dark motorik groove, “Sea” takes its time establishing a mood, gradually changing from its initial foreboding to a synth-strewn climax. 2009’s most pleasant surprise for me.

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IAN BROWN – “STELLIFY”

What I really like about “Stellify” is its minimalism. Based mainly around the same simple piano riff and a stomping beat, Ian Brown and his collaborators still manage to create and sustain interest in the song throughout its duration. Brown’s love of hip-hop is fully evident here, and the mid-song horn break adds an ebullient touch to an already uplifting song. When the two elements come together, it creates one of the greatest moments in the man’s solo catalog.

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LADY GAGA – “BAD ROMANCE

Yes, Lady Gaga. I love this song and I love this video. I like some of the singles from her first album, but I feel she’s kicked it up several notches on this one. It’s melodramatic, has a great melody and a big chorus. It almost reminds me of Erasure. I don’t care about the crazy costumes or any of that other crap; as long as she releases singles like this, that’s what really matters.

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MAJOR LAZER ft. RICKY BLAZE & NINA SKY – “KEEP IT GOIN’ LOUDER”

I discovered this song through the brilliant, deranged video directed by Tim and Eric’s Eric Wareheim. And though that was my initial reason for listening to it, I’ve come to love “Keep It Goin’ Louder” based on it on merits. It has a lot of elements that have turned me off of other songs: auto-tune, lyrics about clubbin’…but the way these elements are put together on this track work for me totally. I think it’s the sense of euphoria that underlines the entire song…it makes a line like “Girl I wanna party with you” seem almost life-affirming.

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MORRISSEY – “SOMETHING IS SQUEEZING MY SKULL”

Morrissey’s return to prominence after seven years in the wilderness was one of my favorite music-related stories of the 2000s. “Something Is Squeezing My Skull” was the final single of this decade of renewed activity, and it’s a doozy. A thrashy rocker, “Skull” becomes a classic when Moz’s lyrics of mental instability are thrown into the mix. He manages to make it sound exhilarating and hopeless at the same time.

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OASIS – “FALLING DOWN”

Upon its release in March, I had no idea that “Falling Down” was destined to be Oasis’ final single (at least for now). But if it is to be the band’s last release, it’s an appropriate one. Instead of a rousing anthem or a sing-along ballad, “Falling Down” is instead an uncertain, world-weary slice of psychedelia sung by Noel instead of Liam. I like the idea of the Oasis story ending on a note of doubt and ambiguity; and if this is, indeed, the end, it’s a fitting conclusion.

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YEASAYER – “AMBLING ALP”

Yeasayer is doing what I’d like to do musically – mixing experimental tendencies with pop sensibilities. Their debut album was quite good but I’m really excited for 2010’s Odd Blood if “Ambling Alp” is any indication.


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HONORABLE MENTIONS


– Asobi Seksu – “Familiar Light”

– Bad Lieutentant – “Sink Or Swim”

– Echo & The Bunnymen – “Think I Need It Too”

– eels – “Fresh Blood”

– Franz Ferdinand – “No You Girls”

– Julian Casablancas – “11th Dimension”

– Phoenix – “1901”

– The Prodigy – “Warriors Dance”

– Weezer – “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To”

– Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Zero”

On to 2010…

G.