Category Archives: dance

Lady Gaga – Artpop

With the official release of Artpop earlier this week, and Lady Gaga’s press thrust about the new album, some interesting news has come out regarding the star. She is apparently addicted to marijuana claiming to smoke up to 15-20 doobies a day. Wow. That’s a lot. Granted she says it was because of breaking her hip earlier in the year, but still… she’s either exaggerating or just really really messed up. In the Madonna/Salvador Dali tradition of “There is no such thing as bad publicity,” stupidity is always the exception. Either that, or she’s the new Snoop Dogg.

Before we get to the album, Lady Gaga has also released an app to go along with the album called, what else, Artpop. It’s very psychedelic and possibly, if you’ll excuse the pun, drug driven, and attempts to interact with the user and allow them to interact with other little monsters.

You begin your journey with the album’s opening song and concept, “Aura.” The app appears that it should be able to play other tracks from the album as well, but that never worked on my iPhone at least. I guess this is a bit fun, and useful if you want connect with other monsters, but otherwise it’s only fun in an “Oooh, shiny” kinda way.

On to the actual album, Artpop, I have to say I’m not all that impressed. That said, when I first heard the advance single “Applause,” I hated it, then days later it had grown on me to me my favorite song of that moment. “Venus” hit me the same way, at first dislike, but then growth. Weird.

Not fond of the second single, “Do What U Want” with R. Kelly, either. The love song to “Dope” kinda stands out because of Gaga’s comments, but doesn’t seem like a hit to me either. Only “MANiCURE” and “Gypsy” show any first listen promise to my ears. Artpop is sadly full of fairly standard and substandard dance music. I’ve been a little monster since the beginning, but unless all the other songs on this collection start playing fungus and growing on me, I think she may have stumbled with this effort.

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The Dumpsta Players Present: Eurotastic!

Tonight! Wednesday, May 15th, doors open at 10 PM, show time is 11 PM sharp!

…at Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street, Philadelphia PA. 215-545-4511
$1.99 to get in, must be age 21 and up!

www.dumpstaplayers.org

What’s so gay about May? Eurovision, that’s what!!

Come camp it up complete with heinous costumes, flamboyantly flaming backup dancers, and a pan-European spectacle so ridiculous no American broadcaster would ever dare air it!

It’s the Eurovision Song Contest and we have an evening of unparalleled Euro Pop sure to stop up your orifices for weeks to come!!

More than fantastic, almost orgasmic, it’s – “EUROTASTIC”!!!!

You can also check out The Dumpsta Players on YouTube and Facebook, as well as on PhillyCAM television.

The Next Six Entries from the Second Eurovision Semi-Final

Ukraine: “Be My Guest” by Gaitana

I’m digging the 1990s power dance diva thing, but how did she get the X-Men as background dancers?

Bulgaria: “Love Unlimited” by Sofi Marinova

More disco, but a decent little dance tune. I like the music video portion, but the stage show is boring. I have to wonder what the real performance will look like.

Slovenia: “Verjamem” by Eva Boto

Another power ballad reminiscent of Serbia’s entry in 2007, boring, but it could win.

Croatia: “Nebo” by Nana Badric

Like Bulgaria, great video, but what will it look like on stage?

Sweden: “Euphoria” by Loreen

Slow build, powerful voice, but turns frequently into house music. Could be a contender.

Georgia: “I’m a Joker” by Anri Jokhadze

Guilty pleasure here, it is sooo Eurovision. Where else in the world could you rhyme ‘joker’ with ‘rocker’ and do your worst Taco imitation at the same time? I love it.

The Second Semi-Final takes place on May 24th in Baku.

Michael Jackson’s This Is It

Michael Jackson’s This Is It ~ Compiled by High School Musical wizard Kenny Ortega, these are the dress rehearsals for the concert tour that would have been had Michael Jackson not died. All told, other than some amazing dancing, music and showmanship – it’s a glimpse inside the mind of a genius at work.

I’m not going to give the man sainthood like some folks have since his death, or dismiss any of the evil he may or may not have perpetrated on children and the media, but there’s no denying the talent of Michael Jackson.

There are some very electrifying sequences in this disjointed film/documentary that must be seen to be believed, as well as intriguing background footage. It shows that there was indeed more to the man’s soft-spoken media persona than we saw, or were allowed to see for all those years. Worth seeing.

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