“Rebel Heart” by Madonna – The G Review

Posted by The G on March 4, 2015 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G. “I Won The Internet!” art by Troy Gua.

Rebel Heart vs I Won The Internet

Rebel Heart vs I Won The Internet!

Hello!  Remember me?  Since we last spoke, I released my third book, “I Won The Internet!” which is available now on sites like Amazon.com.   I took a break after the release of the book to do some promotion and also to get my nervous system back.  For 5 years, I’ve been going out pretty much 7 nights a week in search of letting you all know the best art and music you should focus your energies on.  To this day, there is not another website on the internet that has ever done the things I have done – experiencing, photographing and writing about all the content that appears on their site.  It’s really sad to me that the world isn’t any the wiser as they continue to read sites written by people who rip off and re purpose content off the web and try pass it off as their own, but that is not my problem – it’s yours for supporting it!  Readers have kindly been nudging me to return to this site for a few months and the love has been overwhelming.  I thank you kindly for your love and support.  You shouldn’t consider this my full return to According2g.com, but I will try pop in from time to time and let you know what’s up.  You can also follow me on Instagram or Twitter @according2g for updates.

What better way to kick things off than with one of my favorite love-to-hate subjects – Madonna.  I’ve been a fan of her since the beginning of her career and to her death, I will probably always be interested in what she’s up to.  What I despise about her is that she has never lived a “practice what you preach existence,” and pretty much anyone that has been around her that has not signed a non-disclosure agreement rarely has a nice thing to say about her. It’s a shame since she is always singing about love and peace, but it fascinates me that people (myself included) continue to be captivated by someone whose only care for you is how she can carefully take your money.  If you think that sentence is egregious in any way, you are in serious denial and you need help.

Regardless, I go into all of her albums with an open mind, because I will not lie, when her music ‘does it’ for me, it makes my world a happier place and I will always be grateful for that, and this new album has those moments from time to time, although fleeting.  Her 13th studio album “Rebel Heart” has been a disaster since before the album even had a title.  In December 2014, before the record even had a release date or a title, 13 songs in perfect quality, but in demo form, leaked to the internet in full.  To try and do some damage control, Madonna oh so kindly, finished up 6 tracks and let people who pre-ordered the album have those songs instantly.  She called it her Christmas present to fans.  Insulting since her real fans (the people still interested in supporting her career) downloaded the songs for free days before (deny it all you want, but you and I both know that is the truth – not just for her but for any veteran act), but I digress….   In the interim, she announced the full album would be 19 songs long (except for a 26 song deluxe edition) and would be released in March of 2015.  Before the end of 2014, an additional 19 songs leaked in full, so the grand total of songs that were “out there for free” at this point was 32.  Madonna’s PR team went on a manhunt to find the person that hacked into her computer and released these songs into the wild and a person was captured.  Leaks over, right?  Not!   A few days later, the finished version of the deluxe edition (25 songs) leaked onto the internet in perfect quality.  And before the official release of the album, an additional few songs leaked, bringing the grand total number of tracks (including multiple different versions of certain tracks) to over 50!  Makes you wonder – was the leak a publicity stunt?  Is she having trouble with her mega-deal and she wants out?  Rarely any information “officially released” these days is the truth, and so many of her fans are sheep that actually believe she’s a kind hearted person, so we may never know the truth.

It’s a good time to be a fan because there is certainly a lot of material to choose from and some of it is her best work in over a decade.  Whoever sequenced the album and chose certain producers did a really crappy job as many of the demos were great and subsequently ruined by over (or under) production.  Also many great songs were scrapped from the official release in favor of much worse songs.  She’s been pulling the ageism card in interviews to try and gain sympathy and attention for the album, and to some extent she is right – the world caters to the youth and that sucks – but awesomeness always rises to the top.  Frankly I think, Madonna looks amazing “for her age” (since she went there).  Her plastic surgery doesn’t look as scary as it used to and she works out so much, she has a really great body.  I am not really sure if I enjoy seeing her put her tits and pussy on display anymore, but sex sells and that’s always been part of the winning formula for Madonna, so why stop now?

After the jump, see my brief track by track review, as I try and make some sense out of this mess.

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Must See: Jean Paul Gaultier at Brooklyn Museum

Posted by The G on December 4, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Jean Paul Gaultier.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier

After I saw Alexander McQueen’s “Savage Beauty” exhibit at the Met a few years ago, I was convinced that I saw the best fashion exhibit I would probably ever see.  I was wrong!   The Brooklyn Museum has an insanely cool exhibit by designer Jean Paul Gaultier entitled: “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier:
From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” and if you like fashion, you cannot miss this exhibit.  First off, the presentation of the outfits is great.  Each of the seven main rooms has a different theme, from the streets of Paris to his cinematic influences and over 140 outfits are on display.  As an added bonus, if you are a Madonna fan, sketches, rare photos and iconic outfits (such as the cone bra bustier) are on display.

Madonna's Blonde Ambition Tour outfits

Madonna’s Blonde Ambition Tour outfits

The exhibit also does something unique (which will be emulated in exhibits to come) whereby the mannequins have facial projections to make the exhibit even more interactive.

Interactive!

Interactive!

The photos you are seeing here are a tiny portion of the exquisite outfits that are on display, and of course, you cannot see the detail that was crafted into each garment.

Gaultier!

Gaultier!

Clearly, it’s not wise to compare the work of two designers who drew from different inspirations, but McQueen’s “Savage Beauty” exhibit kept coming to mind (possibly because of the breadth of the costumes and the various thematic rooms) and whereas I had a very creepy feeling in the McQueen exhibit (that foreshadowed his suicide), whereas Gaultier’s exhibit is much more colorful and lively.

Kylie Minogue!

Kylie Minogue!

Don’t worry if you are not a Madonna fan – outfits worn by Kylie Minogue, Mylene Farmer, Depeche Mode, Nirvana and Cameo (yes, Cameo!) are represented in this show.

Remember this outfit that caused a commotion when Madonna wore it?

Remember this outfit that caused a commotion when Madonna wore it?

In the photo below, the mannequins were on a revolving platform that gave the illusion that you were watching a live fashion show.  Very well done!

Gaultier

Gaultier

And presented without comment – more amazing images from this must see show!

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier

Unseen Polaroids of Madonna and Gaultier circa 1990

Unseen Polaroids of Madonna and Gaultier circa 1990

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier

And last but not least…

 

Gaultier --- The Merch!

Gaultier — The Merch!

There is also a fantastic coffee table book of the exhibit that I looked through, so if you cannot make it out to the Brooklyn Museum before February 23, 2014, you should definitely think about getting it.

“Madonna” by Richard Corman at Milk Studios

Posted by The G on November 15, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos of Richard Corman’s photos by G.

Madonna by Richard Corman

Madonna by Richard Corman

If you’re a Madonna fan and live in New York, you must head over to Milk Studios to see an exhibit of amazing photos of the Material Girl circa 1983 taken by photographer Richard Corman.  The pictures capture a young Madonna in and around New York prior to her status as a global phenomenon.

Madonna by Richard Corman

Madonna by Richard Corman

As you see in these photos, even pre-stardom, Madonna had the “it factor” oozing out of her pores.

Madonna

Madonna

Most of these pictures have never been seen before and occasionally, I recognized a photo or two from what have become iconic photo sessions with Madonna.

Madonna by Richard Corman

Madonna by Richard Corman

Madonna by Richard Corman

Madonna by Richard Corman

The exhibit runs through December 15, 2013 at Milk Studios which is located at 450 West 15th Street in Manhattan.  Get into the groove!

Madonna by Richard Corman

Madonna by Richard Corman

Tattoo of the Day

Posted by The G on June 7, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G.  Body by Madartista!

Tattoo of the Day

Tattoo of the Day

This tattoo sleeve is so epic!  From top to bottom:  YES (from Prince’s ‘Lovesexy’ album artwork), M (for Madonna), “Music makes the people come together,” 1999, Girl Bros. (aka Wendy & Lisa) and Panic at the Disco.

Is that great taste in music or what?!

Thanks to Chris for letting me take this awesome photo of his arm!

Madonna is a Billionaire

Posted by The G on March 30, 2013 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G.

Madonna

Madonna

I read on the interwebs that Madonna has become a billionaire!  In combination with successful tours, her own line of clothing, perfume and shrewd investments, Madonna hit the jackpot.  Congratulations.  I freely admit that while I used to be a massive Madonna fan, she turns me off these days as she preaches love, peace and tolerance and behind the scenes she’s a huge twat and rather than just be herself when she makes music, she feels the need to try and work with the “it” producers and singers and the results are often embarrassing. However, I have always respected the fact that she is an extremely hard worker, a marketing genius and is uncompromising in her beliefs (and unfortunately, being a cunt towards fans is obviously a core value to her).  You go Madonna!  Now that you’ve got so much money, I hope you can relax a little and be nicer.

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