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Could this be any more A Clockwork Orange, luv!

Could this be any more A Clockwork Orange, luv!

TRACKS
1. Aura
2. Venus
3. G.U.Y.
4. Sexxx Dreams
5. Jewels N’ Drugs (featuring T.I., Too $hort, Twista)
6. Manicure
7. Do What U Want (featuring R. Kelly)
8. Artpop
9. Swine
10. Donatella
11. Fashion!
12. Mary Jane Holland
13. Dope
14. Gypsy
15. Applause

Artpop is the fourth album from Lady Gaga. After listening (and enjoying it) many times over, I can say with certainty that it’s not my favorite album from her. That honor is still going to Born This Way. I definitely over listened to it in 2011 but with good reason. Despite it’s odd mix of complete oddities and radio friendly track, it was cohesive. This one? Not so much.

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THE GOOD
On to this actual album. It’s mainly danceable pop music, as one would expect. The stand outs are G.U.Y., Sexxx Dreams, Swine, Donatella and Applause. G.U.Y. and Sexxx Dreams are knock you over the head with sex songs, which I adore. G.U.Y. actually stands for Girl Under You and includes lines such as “I’ll lay down, face up this down time”. Sexxx Dreams is quite simply about sex dreams or wet dreams, whatever nomenclature you prefer. Swine is also sexual but it seems to be, almost teasingly, criticizing both someone who is getting off on her and her own sleaziness, simultaneously.

Donatella is about the fashion industry, which Gaga revels in and thwarts, at times. This fuckin’ fun ass song (yes, I scream sing along to “DONATELLA!”), addresses this ambivalence. Applause is just awesome and is about having an audience, of course. I go a bit crazy dancing to it at the bar. *thumbs up*

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THE BAD
I’m not crazy about Do What U Want, Mary Jane Holland and Dope. Do What U Want may be about critics but it feels semi icky to listen to. Mary Jane Holland is about weed in a clunky, yet obvious way. It’s like she’s trying to get the mj title by the parents in Walmart. Dope is super serious. She has sang it live and talked about how it has to do with her struggles with drugs and alcohol. I have no problem with that. However in the way that the 80s stadium rock feel worked on some Born This Way tracks, it falters here.

"Don't you know my ass is famous?"

“Don’t you know my ass is famous?”


THE EH
It’s not that Aura, Venus, Manicure, Artpop, Fashion!, (all pop) Jewels N’ Drugs (rap) and Gypsy (rocky pop) are bad. They just aren’t that memorable. Okay, Aura does sink in after a while and Venus includes the line “Don’t you know my ass is famous?”, which is hot, but they aren’t standouts. One would also think that Artpop would be stronger since it’s the title the album. I do kind of like Gypsy but it really doesn’t fit. It would have worked better on Born This Way actually.

Do I recommend Artpop? Yes, while it’s not perfect, it’s Gaga. Plus the songs that I love, I really fuckin’ love.

You can purchase ArtPop here. (Amazon affiliate link)

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Thor: The Dark World (aka Thor 2, aka why bother with these long ass titles no one will recall years later) is a nice installment in the Avengers superhero series. The flick was directed by Alan Taylor, who is slated to direct a new Terminator and has worked in TV up until this point. His credits include Game of Thrones and Sex and the City. I’m actually pretty impressed by that as the film looks amazing.

To 3D or not to 3D, that is the question? Thor 2 was converted to 3D, not filmed in it. Some scenes looked nicely dimensional but I don’t think that seeing it in 3D is a must.

thor cast

The cast, which includes all of the main characters from the first Thor, is fantastic. I’ve read that some thought that Kat Dennings was used too much. I’m confused as to how there can be too much Kat Dennings.

thor 2 baddie

The plot involves random portals that just pop up bridging worlds, which is pretty eye catching. The baddie is a freakin evil elf (Malekith, played by Christopher Eccleston but you can’t really spot him under the makeup/prosthetics). An elf might not sound scary but these elves look as though they’ve escaped from hell. Good job!

So there’s a feud between these elves and Thor’s dad, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), as well as that whole fabric of reality ripping apart to displace folks from other worlds thing going on. This makes for a lot of great action sequences.

thor battle

While watching the first Thor I think that many of us thought, hey, what’s Asgard (Thor’s home planet) like? Now we know, it’s like the middle ages. There’s fighting and feasting and existentialism?

thor port poster

Well Thor is a bit broody in the beginning of this flick as he misses that hot scientist Jane (Natalie Portman), whom he met two years ago. WTF man? Yes, this movie does take place two years after the first. Apparently Thor totally never contacted her at all. That’s bullshit, okay. I write a dude off FOREVER after 3-4 weeks of not hearing from him. Don’t give me that viking crap, I’m pretty sure that even in the dark ages warriors tried to see their women every few months.

Okay, I must calm down. No wait, Loki’s in jail and his dad is still a prick. But at least his hair still looks fab, even when he can’t gel it down.

loki hair

No, I don’t want to give too much away. There are a couple of twists. Hey, Loki’s a trickster man, we know this. There are also a couple of funny and interesting cameos plus the prerequisite one by Stan Lee.

Even without being able to tell you much without ruining it, if you enjoyed the first Thor then go see this sequel. You’ll most likely enjoy it. I know I did.

You want reasons? Cool special effects, check. Tom Hiddleston in handcuffs, check.

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photos via the official Thor 2 Facebook

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Motivational from Emma_moon on 8tracks Radio.

Yes, I’m sharing another of my actual IRL playlists. This mixture of (mainly) dance pop and disco works well whether you are angrily walking to a destination of sweating it out during a workout.

1. Gang Bang-Madonna
2. Army of Me-Christina Aguilera
3. Call It What You Want-Foster the People
4. Dancing on My Own-Robyn
5. Doin’ Dirt-Maroon 5
6. Don’t Stop-Foster the People
7. Funkytown-Lipps, Inc.
8. Hot Stuff-Donna Summer
9. Knock on Wood-Amii Stewart
10. Muthafucka Can U Buy That-Ludacris
11. Periphery-Fiona Apple
12. Search and Destroy-Skunk Anansie
13. Single-Myah Marie
14. Stayin Alive-Bee Gees
15. Superstar Extraordinaire-Pittsburgh Slim

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This week’s prompt is “Pleasure & Pain”. I recently spent a sexy night with my fiance that happens to tie in with this. We played the couples board game, “Pleasure Island”. Plus we wore some hot lingerie and incorporated a flogger. It was a nice mixture of “pleasure” and “pain”. This was the aftermath. Fun night!

pleasure and pain

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