And now for something completely different
Have the terrorists won when decent, hard-working blogettes have to hand over their favorite Shiseido liquid gloss over to airport security? It’s so wrong. And un-American.
So to soothe the agony of seeing a perfect set of makeup thrown into a garbage bag-lined barrel by unsympathetic TSA agents, this blogette finally settled to listen to Gigi’s new album, Gold and Wax. Her last album, Gigi, was nothing short of sensational. Gud Fella and Zomiye.. hair… back… straight. ‘Nuff said.
So, what the hell happened to Gold and Wax? First of all, Gold and Wax? Was the title an attempt at nuance? Wax and Gold, only hipper?
Track after track was a massive disappointment, and incase you’re thinking, “It’s Gigi. Dim the lights, already” in preparation of having your, um, gold waxed? Ehhhh… Not so fast, Poindexter. There’s a deeply religious song embedded in there that will unexpectedly kill off whatever freak you managed to get on.
As for the remorselessly gaudy album cover. Seriously, is it 1983 all over again? Didn’t somebody ban jerry curls from our cultural cosmos?
On the other hand, I had to wrestle the only copy of Wuddase in the house by feigning a hormonal attack. Finally sat down to listen to it while Continental Airlines cancelled two and a half flights. I think I am loving this album, even though I have not yet found anyone who can do Ethio-jazz as well as Mulatu Astatke. These guys come the closest. It helped me say goodbye to some damn good makeup. I am loving this album. And someone tell Gigi's handlers what a great album cover should look like.
Could someone have warned me about a movie called “Yemyderq enba”? Anyone? Anyone thought to spare me a few cholesterol points? I am all for encouraging Ethiopian filmmakers, but someone’s nose hairs need to be plucked out one by one for this travesty. Who's going to dry my friggin' tears?
In the ferenjie music, the Foo Fighters were on the Tonight Show and, man, can they still rock. Why were the 90s still the best decade for American music? Also, I wanted not to like K.T. Tunstall, but, alas, I do. As always, Death Cab for Cutie… what can you say about DCFC? Everything music and lyrics should be.
What’s everyone listening to? Any good movies?
Have a great Labor Day!