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Weirder Mash-Up Than Human Minds Could Have Dreamed Up…

July 13, 2007

Ok, I know this is old news, but something had to be said.

Someone figured out how to mash my current favorite musicians with my favorite musician from when I was 12. Except in REAL LIFE, in front of a live audience. And the results are predictably, uh… bizarre?

that’s right, madonna appears to have had her fill of Malawi and have moved on to Eastern Europe. Is Eugene too old to be her next adoptee?

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The vitriolic response by number of gogol fans on livejournal (and, i presume, other geeky web fanspaces) is simultaneously fascinating and boring. from what i read, not one person made the argument that regardless of whether they were “selling out” or serving as madonna’s “trained monkeys,” it was all, theoretically, for a good cause. perhaps that’s because the idea of these concerts is to draw viewers and then inform them, while eugene and sergey’s appearance was unannounced and therefore couldn’t really draw anybody, in theory.

anyway, i love la isla bonita, though not as much as i did when i was 13, and i love gogol, but in combination they strike me as the sort of bizarre thing that future civilizations will excavate and puzzle over.

go watch it!

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P.S. Punknews.org’s review of GB’s new album comes in the form of a top ten list.

Reason #1 why it scores a 4 out of 5? “There are no guest appearances by Madonna.”

Tee hee.

Shopping for Justice: “I think I know I mean, er, yes but it’s all wrong” edition

June 21, 2007

So I saw this commercial on the TV for the new Farm Aid-esque Pop Stars Singing John Lennon Songs For Darfur. Sponsored, somehow, by American Express.

And my first, typical, cynical instinct was to be disgusted by this latest example of the American trend of commercializing humanitarianism — convincing people that if they’re concerned about a social/political issue, the thing to do is go out and BUY this bracelet/t-shirt/cd! (A portion of the proceeds, we’re always assured, will go toward ending breast cancer/saving the children/stopping evil in its tracks!!) I have thought about this a lot, and I am conflicted about it, because I’m as into a good benefit concert as the next guy, provided I like the bands. But I recognize the perversity in it, and in general, when I choose to take action with my wallet, I send my dollars straight to the organization I’m into helping. But if a person wouldn’t be otherwise inclined to do something about an issue, the only harm I see in the whole thing is the fact that some corporation, inevitably, is profiting from the whole transaction. But what else is new?

So I googled this “Instant Karma” project, and found Amnesty’s press release, which statesthat “proceeds” would support the Save Darfur campaign, and gave a track listing. Although it might be nice to hear that ALL proceeds were going to Save Darfur, and might be even nicer to hear that all of these artists were personally donating a couple of their millions to the campaign, and not just their sweet voices, the track listing made me kind of want to hear this record. I mean, Xtina Aguilera singing “Mother?” I heartily approve of that.

So I guess I am a hypocrite, is what I’m saying.

F.Y.I.

May 16, 2007

the song Karma Police is in my head today. not only won’t it go away, but I keep catching myself almost singing it out loud.

why? why me? help!