Wednesday, November 21, 2012

I love you, Paloma, BUT...

The following interview makes me incredibly nauseous. Please turn down the cheese factor.


Barry Gregory (experimenting with using my first and middle name)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The new Icona Pop EP doesn't quite surpass "Manners," but a few good songs are packed in here

When our friend Vertigo Shtick asked the Popologist Panel to review Icona Pop's new EP I was thrilled.  I think Icona Pop are one of the best electroPOP acts to surface this year.  These 2 have the potential to be big, & I want them to be.

Alas, the ladies' latest single, I Love It, was a let down-- & unfortunately, so is half of this EP.  Ready for the Weekend is a frenetic fright-fest while the hipster name-dropping on Sun Goes Down is clearly designed to titillate the Neon Gold bandwagon. The best stuff on Iconic is stuffed in the middle: Good For You (a stellar song), Top Rated and, of course, the unbeatable Manners.  Gregory doesn't like Icona Pop too much, but I see tons of potential in these two.  Their current status as indie darlings doesn't hurt their popularity either (they are currently touring with Marina & the Diamonds).  I'm looking forward to hearing their upcoming album-- more girl power, please. (lord knows we need it)



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

JFF - Matt & Kim, "It's Alright"

Matt & Kim's latest album, Lightning, was released last month to less than stellar reviews.  Paste Magazine even suggests "forgiving the total banality of its content" in order to enjoy "the album as a whole."  But guess what?  I DON'T CARE.  Matt & Kim are wonderful and ALWAYS WILL BE.  Yes, their second album was their best.  Yes, I recognize that their unabashed exuberance is no longer "cool."  But somewhere deep down I need a childishly upbeat POP song. And I know I'm not the only one.

It's Alright, the third song on Lightning, is an immediate mood-booster.  I'm not sure if it's going to be a single or what, but below is a characteristic happy-core lyric video.


Not bad, is it?  That's right, because Matt & Kim are not bad at what they do: they make high-strung, happy POP music.  On some level, you have to admire their can-do attitude.  It has its place.



Monday, November 12, 2012

JFF - Miniature Tigers, "Female Doctor"

It's no secret that my tastes gravitate towards "indie" POP acts (don't ask me to define "indie," I have no flippin idea how to anymore).  That's one of the reasons I love that I co-blog with Gregory, because not only is he my good friend, but he knows much more about the Rihannas, Beyonces, & Katys of the world than I ever will.  I think this makes for a really fun & diverse blog... but then again I'm a little biased.

To get to the point, I'm really impressed with Miniature Tigers this year. I adored these guys when their first album Tell It To the Volcano came out in 2008 but virtually forgot about them until 2012. Thankfully the year has been good to them-- they've released their their third album, Mia Pharoah, & toured with one of the year's best break-through bands, fun. (perhaps you've heard of them?).  Female Doctor is a catchy little number off of their latest album; for those of you who haven't heard it, check out the music video below.  Be warned: it's a little "racey" -- but not in a NickiMinajRihLannaDelRey kind of way (don't worry, bountiful breasts are involved).

If you find you enjoy this mild brand of nerd POP as much as I do, catch these fellas on tour.  Yay for Miniature Tigers!  You silly bastards.



Sunday, November 11, 2012

When in Doubt, Pout; The Plight of Male Popstars

Once, this was Calvin Harris.
I'm going to go ahead & say it people: it is simply unbelievable what men need to do to become POP stars these days . It's almost as if they were, dare I say it... WOMEN.  I mean of ALL THINGS, really.

Perhaps my favorite example is Calvin Harris. Calvin, who once reveled his lovable dorkyness, has sexed it up immensely since the international mainstream success of We Found Love.  Of course, he looks great & should be lauded endlessly for his transformation blablablabla... because what is more valuable than a sexy celebrity?  Answer: NOTHING.  But still, alas... sometimes I find myself missing the Calvin of yesteryear... pineapple on his head & all...

But before I wander too far astray: without further ado, I present some of the world's most cherished male POP stars who, by no coincidence, also happen to be the world's best pouters.

Calvin Harris has definitely practiced perfecting his pout since 2008.  Thumbs up: you're famous!

Drake: Pout-extraordinaire.

Example was fortunate enough to born with a natural, pronounced pout, so he probably didn't have to attend the corporate-sponsored pout-practice sessions.

Trey Songz is also gifted at the art of pouting (it's all about the prominence of the lower lip).

British POP duo Hurts have mastered the "serious" pout, which is sexy enough for mass media distribution but also scary enough to intimidate others at a board meeting.  Particular narrowing of the eyes is required for this one. Careful not to squint your eyes too much: obstruction of vision may occur.

Oh no! Not Liam Gallagher too?!  This has gone too far, people.

Forgive me, everyone.  It's not easy being a thinking person with a POP music blog.  Sometimes I truly cannot resist the urge to mock it all.



Friday, November 9, 2012

So what's with POP lately?

Marina still wants to teach you how to be a bitch.

Your favorite music outsiders here at Unapologetically POP have been on a bit of a hiatus lately.  It feels like tons of time has passed but when we take a step back & assess the POP music landscape... not much has changed after all.