Edward Ka-Spel‘s brilliance with The Legendary Pink Dots is to introduce us to isolated characters and then immerse us in their world-view through expansive and mysterious soundscapes. He begins with the most restricted, infinitesimal point of consciousness and then slowly expands it outward towards a state of ‘cosmic consciousness’ (to use the phrase of 1960s psychonauts). Musically, he often follows this template of expansion, with simple melody lines repeating and layering in increased complexity of texture. Much of the LPD’s music is an undertaking to help the listener (and perhaps composer) escape his/her own head. Lyrical phrases, musical motifs, album titles and themes recur across decades, but tonal shifts between albums are slow and subtle. Hopefully, The Legendary Dots Project, like the Residents and Sparks projects before, will provide the keen reader and listener with a giddy entry-point into the Legendary Pink Dots’ musical world. Fulfil the prophecy! Continue reading
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Lady Gaga continues to be awesome. It’s good to know how some things can more or less stay the same, even though it’s only been a few years. Born This Way is proof of this, and also might just be her best record yet. Like The Fame, Born This Way acts as somewhat of the theme of the record as well. I don’t know if I’d quite call it a concept album, but for a genre that’s almost entirely single-driven, the album as a whole holds together really well.
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Though not everyone at Kittysneezes is a fan, I love Lady Gaga (in both human and puppy form). Her new single drops Friday (or so I’ve heard) — and it’s called “Born This Way”, which makes me wonder if it’s any relation to this site, which has been making the rounds of late. Anyway: To celebrate and/or ride the coattails, I figured today I’d share a couple of cool covers of “Bad Romance” I found on YouTube. How’s that for a segue?
“Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” is SO last century.
It’s gone viral all over the internet. The Doggie Gaga Project – a series of Polaroids from photographer Jesse Freidin. It’s been linked to all over the place and was featured on the Regis and Kelly show on the morning of March 18th. You’ve probably seen it. And if not, you should check it out because it’s awesome.
I first met Jesse Freidin back when he was taking photography classes. He was looking for people to be photographed and I volunteered myself. It turned out later that we had some friends in common and so I’ve hung out with Jesse a few times. As a thank you for being a subject in his photography project he gave me a print of one of the pictures he took of me. I gave it to my mom. When the Doggie Gaga Project exploded the other day I called her to tell her that she has a photograph by a now-famous photographer and I ended up having to explain to her who Lady Gaga is.
Before this whole thing exploded, though, I had posted about the Project on Facebook and was approached by Mr. Kitty Sneezes himself (Matt) and asked to do an interview with Jesse for the site. I chuckled and asked Jesse, he agreed and Matt sent me the interview questions and then the Project went viral and Jesse got super busy with interviews and emails and phone calls but he still took the time to do the interview with me because he’s just that awesome.
Seriously, check out his website. The fine art dog photographs posted there are absolutely amazing. There’s a startling simplicity to his work that is so perfect – you know it captures the moment in a way that most day to day photographs just miss. My memory of being photographed by Jesse is a good one. I’ve never particularly liked having my picture taken and I was concerned that he might be picky and demanding but it was just the opposite. He made me feel completely at ease and as a result I think he got a really good picture – if I may be so completely conceited.
And I know that if he can be that good with a person like me, he has to have a magical touch with the dogs he photographs.
It’s also awesome to see someone who deserves good things get those good things. Not everyone gets to bask in the spotlight and so often I see friends of mine passed over and miss out. Jesse deserves awesome stuff.
If you like the Doggie Gaga Project, please check out Jesse’s other photography and recognize that he is now going to be in high demand – and deservedly so. If you own a dog and you want the best dog photographer to immortalize your dog, I highly recommend getting in touch with Jesse. If he ever branches out to fine art cat photography or if I ever get a dog someday I know who I’ll be calling.
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I’ve just finished watching the new Lady Gaga video, “Paparazzi,” and I am sort of nonplussed about all of the attention she has been getting from all of the blogs, especially Perez Hilton (who I am NOT a fan of). I was urged by some friends to check her music out since “She’s kind of weird, and we know you like weird shit, Emily.” Anyhow, I checked her out. Here is my reaction to her music, which I have detailed in letter form to Ms. Gaga herself: