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For months, we’ve been hurting our asses by sitting on the edges of our seats in anticipation. No one knew what to expect at the BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION launch event Wednesday at Harvard. Most pertinently, we wanted to know if LADY GAGA would sing.
Lady Gaga spent part of hers crowd surfing at Semi Precious Weapons' side-stage performance at Lollapalooza. Now whatever you think of Gaga -- and the ultra-nauseating SPW -- this is a pretty cool scene, and we have to admit that increasingly-irritating garage-glam singer Justin Tranter has certainly come a long way from working at Victoria's Secret in Natick back in the day.
Gaga Polaroid unveiling at the MIT Museum. Photo: Scott M. Lacey
One of our staffers is currently working on a conspiracy theory that Lady GaGa isn't actually a lady at all. No, no, this isn't a set-up to a well-placed tuck-back-the-ole-sac joke. The premise is that GaGa is actually a character played by a whole cast of actors (men and women alike) whose identities will never be discovered due to the wacked out parade of millinery constantly obscuring "Lady GaGa's" face.
Was it really only a year and a half ago that MTV cancelled TRL? It seems like a lifetime since that fateful final
episode, a whimper that had critics all over sounding the death-knell for
the music video. Looks like reports of the video-as-art-form's
demise were greatly exaggerated, since 2010 is shaping up to be the year that music
videos matter again.
PASSION PIT REMIX LADY GAGA + BEYONCE's "TELEPHONE." For those of you who think that Passion Pit is a passing college fad, well, this probably won't change your outlook. But it's another brick in the wall for those of us who are anticipating a full-on top-40 pop assault from the Pit. We're teasing, but only a little bit, because we have some undivulgable inside dope about who is shopping for Michael Angelakos's beats these days.
Someone's in love with Lady Gaga.
We awoke this morning to new YouTube-age from Ms. Palmer entitled "Gaga, Palmer, Madonna" in which she sings a defense of Lady Gaga that will likely be as good or equal to any of the year-end-list appreciation posts that'll be going around next week. Of course, it's also an excuse to insert herself into the same sentence with a couple of artists who are way out of her league.
"People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands, of songs about broken hearts and rejection and pain and misery and loss. The unhappiest people I know, romantically speaking, are the ones who like pop music the most; and I don't know whether pop music has caused this unhappiness, but I do know that they've been listening to the sad songs longer than they've been living the unhappy lives."
At one point during the shoot for Wale and Lady Gaga's "Chillin'" last month, an MTV correspondent asked DC native Wale why he was shooting a video in Boston. "Ah, but we ain't in Boston," Wale said, mischievously. Depending on how you want to thread that particular municipal needle, we weren't: we were at Eastern Mineral in Chelsea, down on a pier overlooking the water.
Our friends at WFNX just peed a little in excitement over this one: Weezer does radio staple "Kids" live at some T-Mobile-sponsored show, followed by a bit of Lady Gaga's "Pokerface."
If you were the house videographer for a Boston-based streetwear company, Monday was your Christmas: at one point down in Chelsea, someone joked that "behind-the-scenes" videographers at the shoot for Wale's single "Chillin'" outnumbered actual crew members by about 5 to 1.
"This show's going to be 97% gay guys... and, like, 3% fat chicks", said the guy next to me to his friends. We were all waiting in an eternal line on Lansdowne Street, and as everyone around me started passing the booze amongst themselves, the "real talk" began, I suppose. Of course, the dude couldn't have been more wrong, or it least it seemed that way from where I was standing during the show itself, once the House of Blues finally opened their doors and let us all in. Ostensibly a free show, quizzically brought to us by The Grammys and T-Mobile, it was an odd pairing of two of pop's current leading ladies, and it really was astounding how well it all worked out. FULL REVIEW, PHOTOS, AND VIDEO AFTER THE JUMP
22 PHOTOS: KELLY CLARKSON + LADY GAGA | House of Blues, Boston | May 4