Thursday, April 19, 2007

The True Colors Study Guide, vol 1

We are now two short, yet two very long months away from June 18th 2007: the True Colors Tour at Radio City. As this date creeps so slowly upon us, I have created an extensive study guide that you can experience maximum enjoyment the night of the concert. After listening through these compact discs, you will have a firm understanding of the headlining acts you will fall in love with on this evening. Our syllabi follow...

to acquaint you with the big ones

Thesis statement: Cyndi Lauper - "True Colors"

the songs you love to know
1. Cyndi Lauper - "I Drove All Night"
2. Blondie - "Rapture"
3. Erasure - "A Little Respect"

Interlude: Margaret Cho - "Personals"

the songs that speak to it
1. Cyndi Lauper - "Shine"
2. Blondie - "Love at the Pier"
3. Erasure - "Freedom"

Interlude: Margaret Cho - "Gay Agenda"

the songs you will love
1. Cyndi Lauper - "Sally's Pigeons"
2. Blondie - "Victor"
3. Erasure - "Stop!"

Interlude: Margaret Cho - "C.C. Bloom's"

the faves of Matt the Great
1. Cyndi Lauper (feat. Shaggy) - "All Through the Night"
2. Blondie - "Atomic"
3. Erasure - "Always"

Conclusion: Margaret Cho - "Revolution"


Saturday, December 23, 2006

The 6* Most Beautiful Things of 2006

  1. Julianne Moore: in The Vertical Hour. The play blew, but Julianne Moore’s face? I’m done with needing to see things ever again.
  2. The Last 20 Minutes of the Confessions Tour: began with a “Music”/“Disco Inferno” mash-up, touched on an ABBA-infused “Lucky Star,” and ended with many gold balloons falling from the grid. Then, as Kevin said, “the world [was] made of love and a thousand colorful lights.”
  3. Kyoto: was actually around in the 6th century BCE, but I didn’t discover it until the 2006th century CE.
  4. Bad Education: right, this movie came out in 2004, but it was on the screen again in 2006 as part of the Viva Pedro! series. Remember that time when Gael Garcia Bernal got out of the swimming pool in his Fruit of the Looms? Yeah, I do too.
  5. Ana Matronic’s Verbosity: Bitch does not shut up. At Coney Island, she spoke for 15 minutes about the history of the Cyclone. In Boston, she taught us about St. Nick’s Day and discouraged slavery…in the same story. At Hammerstein, I was really drunk.
  6. The New Color of my Bedroom: as of MLK Day 2K6 is Behr’s Sweet Midori. It’s not for everyone, but it is for Matt the Great.
  7. OKGO’s Treadmill Video: We’ve all seen it by now.
  8. “Solomon Song”: from The Threepenny Opera. The play blew, but Cyndi Lauper’s voice? I’m done with needing to hear things ever again.
  9. "You can get away with camo pants, Matt": said Jeffery Self early in the summer. He didn't know it at the time, but that comment would go on to become, like, the nicest thing anybody told me all year.
  10. The 110th US Congress: keep your shit together, Tim Johnson.
  11. The Tim/Dawn Kiss: OK, yeah, I know. This happened in 2002, but I didn’t know it until 2006. …Oh Jesus Christ… Fine, whatever: The Jim/Pam Kiss.
* -- ...was much too difficult.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Most Awesome Thing I Saw on TV This Week

Matt the Great goes VH1 today because the Most Awesome Thing I Saw on TV This Week is THE BBC OFFICE: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Last night while waiting for the NBC Office to finish DVRing so I could watch it commercial-free, I watched Ugly Betty commercial-full. I know this is a sleeper (?) hit that everyone's charmed by, but I've only seen this one episode. The sassy entertainment reporter is Dawn! Most. Awesome. Thing. Etc.

Additionally, Ricky Gervais is just all over the American place: For Your Consideration, that new museum movie...

And I think I saw Tim involved with something on IMDB.

This is all v. v. good.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Greatest Songs Never To Be Sung By Corey Feldman: TA-DAH! (1)

Track 1/”I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’”/1 Fucking Day Remains

I don’t know, have any of y’all heard this song yet? A little catchy? Kinda fun? Dig the lasers?

Yeah, me too.

Dancy-ness: a trillion.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Greatest Songs Never To Be Sung By Corey Feldman: TA-DAH! (2)

Track 2 / "She's My Man" / 2 Days Remain

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Greatest Songs Never To Be Sung By Corey Feldman: TA-DAH! (3)

Track 3/”I Can’t Decide”/3 Days Remain. Oh God.

Is this my favorite song on the album? I think it might be, at least at this early point in my budding relationship with TA-DAH!. Here are my reasons: 1) its lyrics are homicidal (“Oh I could throw you in the lake/Or feed you poisoned birthday cake”); 2) metaphors with more camp than a dinner at Waikiki Wally’s (“If lies were cats you’d be a litter”); 3) it’s beautifully catchy; 4) it has these total pauses where Jake Shears takes a breath before singing the chorus. This is definitely the song I sing to myself, and others, the most.

Dancy-ness: 8

Monday, October 16, 2006

Greatest Songs Never To Be Sung By Corey Feldman: TA-DAH! (4)

Track 4/”Lights”/4 Days Remain

“The strutting love song “Lights” is a high point,” is what the NYT has to say re: this one. And yeah, it’s a good one, very ‘70s, but a high point? Clearly this guy did a very cursory listening of only a couple tracks. If even. Did he skip Track 2? Track 7? Tracks 3 and 6? Who wrote this shit?

Dancy-ness: 4