Sunday, February 8, 2015

57th Grammys Have Actually Made Some Good Choices (So Far)

The Grammy Awards are...problematic. NEWS FLASH. Peer awards for an intensely conservative, artistically sprawling industry about ten years behind the times, with baffling voting procedures and no guild or critics' awards to act as a check and counterpoint? What could go wrong?

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga win Best Traditional Pop Album
Complaining about the Grammy Awards is a familiar trope (Why are there so few awards during the telecast? Hey, that's not a New Artist! What's the difference between a record and an album? Best Polka Album hahahaha oh they got rid of that one.), and for those of us who care about good music, this can be an aggravating event.

But with most of the awards having been presented during the pre-telecast "Premiere Ceremony," it looks like the Recording Academy has made some decent selections within the imperfect framework they've given themselves with variously shambolic nominations.

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Top 10 Katy Perry Songs of All Time

The Super Bowl is coming up, and Katy Perry is playing the halftime show. Maybe you've heard? It'll be her biggest audience ever, and while she's no Madonna or Beyonce, she's still done a few good things in her short career.

Here is the definitive list of the ten (okay, eleven) best Katy Perry songs out there - and yes, I listened to them all to make sure. Argue if you dare.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Katy Perry Kissed A Girl - Should We Like It?

.This piece was originally published on June 4, 2008 on the once wondrous but now defunct, which was owned, as presumably this piece still is, by Regent Media, now Here Media. It is reprinted here without express permission because it's relevant and you can't find it anywhere, but if the folks at Here Media should have any objections I invite them to get in touch - I'd like to write for you again.

It's not what good girls do

This week saw the coronation of a new head-bopper hitting Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart: a catchy song entitled “I Kissed a Girl,” made even more interesting because the singer is 23-year-old brunette bombshell Katy Perry.

Critical reaction to this upstart single has been decidedly mixed, as much for its social context as its musical construction. called it "a lesbian-friendly tune that's sure to cut a swath through...Pride events,” and a review of Perry's album One of the Boys, which features “I Kissed a Girl,” says the singer is “appealing as skinny-dipping in August - I guess we can't resist a tease.”

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Vertigo Shtick Top 40 Pop Singles of 2014, Part Three

The best pop singles of 2014 were a motley crew, but slowly and surely we're getting to the best of them. The second tier is a collection of ten powerhouse jams from ten powerhouse women, some new, some shedding an old skin, some returning, and some legendary. There are several great singles from not so great artists, and discussions about what that could mean for each one. One's explicitly about sex, another implicitly about masturbation, and another about sex clubs, weed, and DILF hookups, and one of the others mentions menstruation. Three times.

Sound of a Woman
Kiesza keeps on dancin'.
Read on for #20-11 of the VS Top 40 Pop Singles of 2014!

Part One: #31-40                Part Two: #21-30

Honorable Mentions


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