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Down N’ Up

15 Aug

This past Tuesday, Virginia and I headed up to Hartford’s XL Center (formerly, and according to the city’s signs still, the Civic Center) for Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale Tour featuring Nicki Minaj and Jersey Shore’s Pauly D. Minus Pauly D–I’m still not sure why he was there–it was an awesome show! Britney and Nicki are both such performers that it was an entertaining stage show as well as a concert.

I wasn’t a huge fan of Nicki Minaj before the concert. In all honesty I only liked her most recent song Super Bass and her contribution to Lil Wayne’s Knock Out. However, after seeing the many faces of Nicki and hearing some of her stuff, I’d have to say it is quite good if you like crossover genre stuff because she is everything from pop to hip hop to R&B to techno. I think what I was most astonished by was that she was a very talented singer in addition to a rapper. Just by hearing stuff on the radio I assumed she had other women singing the choruses like most rappers.

This was my third time seeing Britney. I saw her in 2000 for the Oops… I Did it Again tour in Syracuse and 2009’s Circus at Mohegan Sun. This was by far the best show she has put on. Britney seemed to be really enjoying herself, unlike Circus where it looked like she was drugged up. Not to mention she did not lip sync this time which made me, a super Britney fan, really happy. She just seemed happy and healthy and having a great time on stage like the Britney I remembered from 11 years ago. Plus she had more songs to play with now than she did on the Oops tour. I loved how she remixed mega hits like Baby One More Time and Toxic so they sounded like new songs.

Britney opened the show with a song that was only on the deluxe editions of Femme Fatale, Down N’ Up. It is such a pump up song, and totally infectious. Before Tuesday, Virginia had never heard it, but I think it’s safe to say afterwards she loved it. How safe is that to say? Virginia and I were singing it two nights later as we were walking into the Rascal Flatts show. Not only were we at the wrong concert, we were in the totally wrong genre as we sang a techno-y pop song by the ultimate pop tart wearing cowboy hats and boots. Still don’t believe me? Take a listen. I promise you’ll be singing “down n’ up and down n’ up and down n’ up and down” all day tomorrow.

Auto-tuning

15 Jul

Back in the day, which was a Wednesday (hehe. Last Dane Cook joke I swear), there was no such thing as auto-tune. Bands actually consisted of people playing music and the lead singer sang with their own voice. I know, crazy idea. However, today it seems all you hear on the radio is auto-tuning. Even singers who once never thought of it are allowing producers to change their voice.

Clearly I am totally against auto-tuning. It is what makes me thing Lady Gaga is nothing more than an overly-elaborate gimmick (yes, I know she has a music degree from NYU. Why doesn’t someone tell her to use it and make real music?) and what has made me start listening to 99.1 WPLR more than KC101, my favorite station since I knew how to work a radio.

Today I was perusing PerezHilton.com (don’t judge me) and he posted what Britney Spears’ Hold It Against Me without auto-tune. I don’t hide the fact that she is one of my favorite celebrities and I will continue to buy her music as long as she makes it, so I understand if you think I’m biased, but I don’t think she sounds that terrible. Trust me, she hits her rough spots. I almost wish the producer just had her go back and redo them until they sounded good though because the song as a whole is not too bad. When I first clicked on the link, I was terrified to what it was going to sound like. Did her multi-year smoking stint affect her voice? Had she just lost it? I am happy to report that I was plesantly suprised.

Click here to check it out

Feeling 10 yrs old Again

2 Jul

Flash back to July 18, 1998:
Six girls between the ages of 14 and 10, and their moms of course, walking into the New Haven Coliseum with butterflies because they are about to see the Backstreet Boys perform. Crushes on Nick, Howie, and Brian consumed them as they climbed the stairs to their seats.

13 years later I can still remember hearing Alissa squeal when a little Aaron Carter came out on stage to jump on trampolines with his shoulder length blond hair as an opening act. This would begin Alissa’s crush on Aaron, which I fully supported because I saw that as less competition for Nick.

We had started the night in the car talking about the newest boy band that had performed a concert on the Disney Channel the night before, NSYNC, and how we swooned for the blond one in the shiny blue pants, Mr. Justin Timberlake, but left with nothing but Backstreet Boys on our minds.

Flash forward to June 13, 2011:
The New Haven Coliseum is now a parking lot. Those six girls are all now twenty-somethings with individual lives. And the Backstreet Boys are a man down, but have formed the super boy band NKOTBSB. It’s every 90’s girl’s dream. This night Nick, Brian, Howie, A.J., Donnie, Joey, Danny, Jordan, and Jonathon would perform at the Izod Center in New Jersey, and, thanks to Jaime, I would be there again.

Since ’98 I have seen BSB three more times, but each time I get butterflies. Don’t ask what it is. Maybe it’s the return to when life was simple, when the hardest thing I had to do was learn the words to all the songs on the Millenium album, or maybe it’s that little girl inside of me Continue reading