This week of Daily Classics is going to be a little short as I got a late start to my week this week. And because I don’t believe I’ve ever featured any of Shitney Spears’ songs, I’m going to dedicate my week to my top 3 favorite videos by Ms. Spears of all-time. My #1 Shitney video of all-time is…………………………Ooops, I Crapped My Panties Again! Kidding. It’s “Toxic”.
For the 3 of you that care, I chose my favorite Shitney songs based on what I listen to in her catalog most often. For shock value, Baby..One More Time, is probably the best song she’s ever released. But in terms of quality pop, Toxic is far and away my favorite of her songs. A big reason why probably has to do with the fact that it was written by Cathy Dennis of Kylie Minogue “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” fame. That song is one of the best pop songs ever written, in my opinion, and rumor has it that Shitney liked that song so much that she asked Cathy Dennis to write something just as good. While Toxic isn’t *quite* as amazing as Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, it’s certainly not far behind.
As much as I’m not attracted to blondes (I tend to like my men more Spanish, Italian, etc..) the guy is this video is a fox and I’d do him in a heartbeat. And that’s another huge reason that I love Toxic. Well, that’s a huge reason I love the *video* for Toxic, at least.
Other than some insight into my obsession for Can’t Get You Out Of My Head and the type of guys I’m attracted to, I’ve really got nothin else to say. So sit back and enjoy Shitney wearing sparkly shit and looking all naked in her video for Toxic. Word.
Every day, there are exactly one million and seventeen different examples of dickheadishness I could explore for my Daily Dickhead section. But after yesterday’s birther nonsense, there are probably twice as many people I could choose for the category. However, rather than go the easy route and write about Donald Trump and his apparent theft of Beyonce’s beaver that sits on top of his pointy head, I’m going to go with two lesser known dickheads that appeared last night on Hardball with Chris Matthews: Tea Party Nation’s Judson Phillips and Republican Arizona State Senator Steve Smith.
I’m pretty much going to let the interview speak for itself in a minute, but I first need to get my own feelings on paper; so bear with me as I may end up sounding redundant with my comments.
The blatant racism that this President has had to endure since being ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE back in 2008 has been the most embarrassing representation of this country since I was born in the late 70s. The name of the game according to Republicans has been 100% about using social issues including birtherism, gay marriage, abortion, Obama’s religion and more, instead of focusing on what they said they were going to focus on: Jobs.
Those of us who follow politics closely and who are not (currently) part of the wealthiest 1% of Americans, knew it would only be a matter of time before the rest of the country saw what Republicans were trying to do. Which is why I, for one, was happy that the President called a press conference in order to publicly show the rest of the world that he was, indeed, born in the US.
I have to say that I honestly feel for the guy, as I’m sure holding that press conference yesterday was probably one of the most humiliating things he’s ever had to do. And why did he have to do it? Because a MAJORITY of REPUBLICANS don’t want to believe that a man with dark skin and the name Barack Hussein Obama could be as American as apple pie.
I’ve been embarrassed to be from this country before, but this year has taken my embarrassment to a whole new level. Whereas I used to enjoy emailing back and forth and speaking about politics here in the US with my relatives in the UK, nowadays I’m simply too humiliated to bring up the subject.
The icing on the cake, however, was the (extremely uncomfortable) interview that you’re about you watch below. I already knew Judson Phillips was a stupid fucking knob, but, as you’ll see, his comments are totally unacceptable.
As for Steve Smith (R-AZ), the fact that he is an ELECTED OFFICIAL speaks volumes about the state of our country. Kudos to Chris Matthews for embarrassing them both and taking them to the woodshed. Racist fucktards.
This week we’re doing things a little differently on The Hotness. While we will still feature 3 songs that are sure to make you horny, everyday those songs will belong to one of the 4 up-and-coming record labels that are among Fred Hystere’s favorites. At a time of uncertainty in the music industry, these labels are some of the select few that are doing it right thanks to 3 things: consistent quality, visionary thinking, and (most importantly) their passion for the artists they’re working with along the music those artists release. Today’s artists are all members of LA-based Binary Records.
Binary Records is part of Binary Entertainment which is comprised of a bunch of artists, DJs, and producers all working together to create easily the best disco, dance, and chillwave music you’ll hear anywhere right now. The minute that I decided to give a shout out to some of my favorite labels, I knew Binary would be one of them and I have been itching to write about the three artists that you’re about to meet. All three of them continue the trend of blending good times with introspection and, like most artists signed to Binary, I take their music with me EVERYWHERE I go!
Keenhouse is the solo project of artist Ken Rangkuty, who is an absolute master when it comes to creating dreamy, groovy synthpop. His first album, Civic Transit, was the soundtrack to my summer a few years ago and remains one of my first choices anytime I head to the beach to escape the rest of the world. He recently lent his vocals to Futurecop!’s track, Dreams, and the result is goosebumpingly incredible and easily one of the best tracks I’ve heard so far in 2011. In fact, I’ve listened to this song more than any other so far in 2011 and I don’t anticipate that trend slowing down anytime soon. I honestly have to thank these guys personally for getting me out of bed as recently as this past Monday morning, as I was feeling a little bummed about my slutty-by-my-standards weekend. It turns out all I needed to hear was a sick beat and the words ‘Up is the only way!’ and I haven’t looked back since. YOU NEED TO BUY THIS SONG! NOWWWWWWW!
LexiconDon is an LA-based band made up of singer-songwriter Alex Koons, producer-keyboardist Fabian Ordorica, drummer Matteo Eyia, and guitarist Sam Gabbard. I was a little late to the LexiconDon party train, having only purchased their debut album, Pink + Blue, in January of this year. To say I’ve been hooked since then would be like simply saying I *kind-of* want to have sex with James Franco. LexiconDon merge genres of music as well as anyone making music right now and their blend of new wave, synthpop, rock, funk, dance, and more, is the kind of stuff that Brandon Flowers would give his left nut for; while their effortless strut rivals current disco kings, Holy Ghost. Their lyrics are introspective and emotional one minute and party central the next. It was very difficult for me to choose one song off their essential debut album, Pink + Blue, so I’ve chosen two! Check out the inexplicably-makes-me-horny jam Heart Attack, and then the straight-out-of-a-John Hughes-film (and also makes me horny), Hot Love.
Joypopp are the newest addition to the Binary family and I’ve been waiting to write about them for quite some time as well. While Joypopp are a bit of a change of pace for Binary with their dreamy female vocals, they fit in beautifully with the rest of the label’s acts. The first song I ever heard by Joypopp was called Six To Six and was a little more upbeat than their next two songs, but I’ve connected on a personal level with both Desire and Volupté in a way that I don’t know if I ever want to fully explain. Joypopp are French and one of my favorite and most heartbreaking trips I’ve ever taken was with an ex of mine to (my favorite country) France a few years back and I’ll leave it at that. Suffice to say I am ecstatic (no pun intended) over the news that Binary Records will be releasing Joypopp’s debut EP in just a few weeks’ time.
NightWaves continue Binary Entertainment Day here on Fred Hystere with their luscious pop morsel (who says that?) and today’s Daily Tune, “Sweet Carrie”.
While “Sweet Carrie” is about a year old at this point (the song, not the person), it’s probably new to most of you and a song that I’m pretty sure many of you will like. A common thread throughout many of Binary Entertainment’s artists is their complete mastery of creating songs that should’ve been on soundtracks to EVERY John Hughes film in the 80s. NightWaves are no different in that regard, which you’ll hear and see while watching their video for Sweet Carrie in a minute.
NightWaves are comprised of Josh Legg, Kyle Peterson and Dave Ubina. Interestingly enough, Sweet Carrie doesn’t really sound like any of the other songs they’ve released thus far. Most of their tunes are full of 80s-style bleeps, atmospheric beats and sexy, smooth vocals, but Sweet Carrie is less electronics and a little more straight ahead rock. And, like most great songs, I can imagine Sweet Carrie as everything from a dance anthem to a stripped down country song (mostly because of the vocals).
On the remix front, NightWaves remixes are some of the best I’ve heard in the last year or so and their remix of Noah and the Whale’s gorgeous “Love Of An Orchestra” is something special. And just as NightWaves are quite handy remixing other poeple’s music, many of my favorites have also had their way with NightWaves’s music, and the remixes of Sweet Carrie are all great! If I had to choose a favorite remix of Sweet Carrie, it’d have to be the one done by the almost-always-amazing Robots With Rayguns. I’ve included the remix for you below, which you should listen to *after* watching the video for the yummy original.
Word on the street is that NightWaves have begun working on their debut album and, like everything released by Binary and Nightwaves, I will be alllllllll over it!
PS: How great is the artwork on the single for Sweet Carrie? Gorgeous.
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