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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.

Miley Gone Mad?

With an impending birthday coming this week, after watching the opening number of this year’s MTV VMAs, I had to ask myself two questions. Or rather one question with a choice. Am I old, or has Miley Cyrus lost her mind?

I am concerned for her well being honestly. The woman is clearly out of control, if not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or just plain stupidity. If she was a close friend, or a member of our families – you know damned straight she’d be long overdue for an intervention.

Yeah, and there it is. It’s not like the VMAs don’t have a reputation for controversy. I remember quite clearly as a young man seeing Madonna hump the floor in a bridal gown while singing “Like a Virgin.” I will never forget that as long as I live. Later shows have tried to recreate or top that moment, but rarely succeeding. It may be time for MTV to stop trying to do that, and just do an awards show. The Oscars and the Tonys have both shown in recent years that ‘just an awards show’ can actually be quite good.

What bothers me most about the Miley Cyrus performance at the VMAs is that no one stopped it, no one pulled her aside and said No. Even Robin Thicke, especially co-conspirator Robin Thicke should have known better. Lady GaGa is outrageous. Madonna is outrageous. But poor Miley just made us feel embarrassed and worried for her.

Outrageous, unique, and controversial are something to aspire to in the entertainment industry, but this was just a freak show, and pitiful and shocking for most of us to watch. And I’m sure Will Smith and his family agrees with me.

March of the Humannequins

The Dumpsta Players are back!

Wednesday, October 20th 2010
10pm doors, 11PM showtime — sharp!
@ Bob and Barbara’s
1509 South Street
Philadelphia, PA
Info: (215) 545-4511
$1.99 cover 21+


In the depths of an abandoned Woolworth’s lie remnants of a long forgotten era… almost human-mannequins! Their power is summoned and they command bedbugs to prance, goth chicks to gag, hoarders to collect, and Shelby’s Magnolias to wilt.

But, beware, oh, wondrous Humannequins! There’s an even darker demon about and she’s ranting on about Proposition 8!

Find out what happens to Dr. Laura in –

See the Dumpsta Players on… Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and MySpace, and on their own website, but you don’t know what you’re missing unless you see them live!

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Dial C for Chardonna

The Dumpsta Players return!

Wednesday, July 15th
10 PM doors, 11 PM showtime — sharp!

@ Bob and Barbara’s
1509 South Street
Philadelphia, PA
Info: (215) 545-4511
$1.99 cover


Chardonna Jenkins returns to the Dumpsta stage, although this time-she’s being stalked! Hot-tempered, possessive boyfriend, Rocco Rigatoni, catches Chardonna making naughty with new gangsta ruffneck, Kano.

When Rocco makes a deal with Psycho‘s Norman Bates to kill each other’s girls, Chardonna isn’t safe! And neither is reigning pop princess, Lady Cacca!

In this homage to Hitchcock, Chardonna must fight for her right to be independent – and show the men that the Ladies are in charge!

But look out… one should always beware in the shower… and the birds are gathering to stalk their prey… call for backup, phone home – but never…