SOME STUFFS: “The New Dance Mix USA Vol. 2” released by Phase One

Holy shit, the brand new installment of The New Dance Mix USA Vol. 2 (Phase One), has been released, and look at this track listing:

01. Britney Spears – Hold It Against Me (Jumpsmokers ClubMix) 5:10
02. Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg – California Gurls (MSTRKRFT Main Mix) 3:26
03. Chris Brown – Yeah 3X 3:41
04. Taio Cruz – Dynamite (Stonebridge Club Mix) 5:57
05. Selena Gomez & The Scene – Love You Like A Love Song (Dave Aude ClubMix) 5:37
06. Lady Gaga – Born This Way (Bimbo Jones Club Mix) 5:45
07. Ke$ha – We R Who We R (Fred Falke Club Mix) 6:15
08. DJ Leon Cormack – Minnie The Moocher (James Anthony Club Mix) 3:35
09. Chessa & The Skinny Kidz feat. Paul Couture & JoJo Pellegrino -Freak Out 3:44
10. Pitbull feat. T-Pain – Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor) (Afrojack FireRemix) 3:37
11. Diddy – Dirty Money feat. Skylar Grey – Coming Home (Dirty SouthRemix) 5:35
12. Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoneick feat. Shawnee Taylor – Stronger (ClubMix) 6:16
13. Michael Canitrot & Ron Carroll – When You Got Love (MichaelCalfan Remix) 5:12
14. Peter Gelderblom – Waiting 4 (2011 Remix) 4:00
15. Red Carpet feat. Marcus Schossow – Alright 2011 4:44
16. Kelly Rowland feat. Lil Wayne – Motivation (Rebel Rock Remix) 3:11
17. B. Martin & Xavier White – City Girls 3:29

I mean god damn, when you have Ke$ha on here and then someone named Chessa as well, you know this has got to be bananas. You can find out how bananas this is, as The New Dance Mix USA Vol. 2 is out (cue Oprah) todayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

OPINION: When Lady Gaga dominates, her knee grip wins

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A new article at The Guardian looks at the phenomenon of Lady Gaga and questions her importance, yet by doing so, doesn’t that add to the phenomenon?

The person questioning her importance is social critic Camille Paglia, who basically says in reference to Gaga “How would a figure so calculated and artificial, so clinical and strangely antiseptic, so stripped of genuine eroticism have become the icon of her generation?” It was Paglia who praised Madonna for being advanced, but Madonna could not have done what she has done without some level of calculation? Being pop means being popular, and the need to be pop and remain popular means having to plan out your execution. Maybe Paglia is just older and doesn’t understand Gaga, or perhaps she doesn’t want anyone to acknowledge the dark side of our times (or the perceived dark times we are told we live in today.)

My interest in Lady Gaga is minimal, but the means of her promotion is due to pushing her persona to its perceived limits, but then going beyond that. I think she’s interesting because of her going beyond.

You can read the full article in question by clicking here.

VIDEO: The Swedish Legal System’s “You’re So Vain”

The Swedish Legal System are a trio that may or may not be from Sweden, since their bio says they are “from Sweden where it counts”. Interpret this as you must, but the band recently covered Carly Simon‘s hit song “You’re So Vain” and created a video for it outside of Seattle’s Lusty Lady, a strip club/theater that closed down after decades of being in business. Many songs and stories have been written about the events that have happened behind The Lusty Lady’s closed doors, even a small handful of books, and as the club was coming to a close, The Swedish Legal System felt it was more than appropriate to shoot their musky loins between their cavernous space.

If you want to hear more, here are the band’s cover of Lady Gaga‘s “Bad Romance”.

VIDEO: Lady Gaga vs. Mark Ronson featuring Q-Tip’s “Bang Bang Bang”

Yeah, you really don’t need another blog or website talking about Lady Gaga but I’m going to make an exception with this track/video, which is a mash-up between her “Beautiful Dirty Rich” and Mark Ronson‘s “Bang Bang Bang”. Gaga probably would not be the success she is today if she went directly to the funk, but I dare her to prove me wrong.

VIDEO: M.I.A.’s “Born Free”

M.I.A, Born Free from ROMAIN-GAVRAS on Vimeo.

In a matter of a few days, this video has been banned by YouTube, which in 2010 makes a much bigger impact than being “banned by MTV”. Really, MTV has Snooki, their quality control was lost years ago.

Nonetheless, M.I.A. has created a music video for “Born Free” that has a heavy message with some arguably harsh imagery which may not be pleasing to some. Then again, the imagery is a punch in the face like the music itself, very punk rock and honest. Even Green Day were never this harsh.

The M.I.A. video was directed by Romain Gavras, the banning will no doubt shed a bit of light on him and his previous works. As for anyone who doubted M.I.A. for her recent comments about Lady Gaga, they’re now like Bonnie Raitt since they’re now being given something else to talk about, and it’s not love. I love the video and the metaphors it touches on.

SEPARATED @ BIRTH: M.I.A. & David Vega

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M.I.A. has been getting a bit of attention this week for her comments on Lady Gaga. Sadly, some feel that M.I.A.’s views are a shock, but it’s nice to see someone being very blunt. The folks at The Couch Sessions asked people what they thought of M.I.A.’s views and posted a photo of M.I.A. in a cool red dress. Not knowing anything about fashion, I don’t know what they call what she’s wearing, but it looks like red foil. It immediately reminded me of the late guitarist for the Graham Central Station, David “Dynamite” Vega, as he posted in the back of the 1974 album Release Yourself (Warner Bros.) Thus, the comparison is made.

Okay, maybe not exactly “separated @ birth” but they both have that foil thing going on.