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Michael Jackson – This is It February 11, 2010

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As I have said before, Michael Jackson is my favourite artist of all time. That includes any group, band, composer and solo artist. I’m sure you are well aware of his death and the concerts that could have been in the O2 in London. I think that even if you have strayed away from MJ since the 90’s, you should still watch “This Is It” because:

  • The documentary brings the reasons why you liked him in the 90’s, 80’s, and 70’s back. I don’t mean he’s going retro, rather, the documentary reminds you why he captured the world so well. The music, dancing, work ethic and in particular, the ambition all are brought to the centre stage. He never lost his touch and in “This Is It”, you will be reminded that he was one of the greatest performers ever.
  • Thinking back on the film, I realize that I felt that they were able to put me in the concerts that never were as best as possible. I am a firm believer that if he was able to do at least 1 show, it would have been the best concert ever. Since I never had a ticket and the show never happened, “This Is It” did an excellent job of delivering the concert experience.
  • It’s just good to see Michael Jackson without all the craziness around him. Generally, you would have seen him in the media swarmed by paparazzi, fans and reporters. In the movie, you see him at work in a much more natural, comfortable environment. His personality, drive and ambition shine in these scenes.

For some twisted reason, I think “This Is It” is actually more interesting because Michael Jackson died. I don’t mean it is good he died but rather I feel like otherwise the film would have been just a competent filming of the concert. While the concert itself would have been amazing, the story and interest in “This Is It” as a movie would have been nearly zero. “This Is It” is the most stark example of situational irony I could ever think of and served as a fitting tribute to the greatest entertainer ever.

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Michael Jackson July 16, 2009

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Make no mistake, Michael Jackson was an exceptional person. He is the most famous person in the last 30 years. In general, I prefer to not speculate on the personal lives of other people. Someone who lived such a unique professional life, probably also had a unique personal life. The smallest islands across the world know Michael Jackson and they know him, not for his personal drama, but for his music and message. Michael Jackson as an artist is an F+ because:

  • His music stood out. Nobody will confuse, Thriller, Bad, Beat It, Billie Jean, Smooth Criminal, etc. with another artist. I always believe that the hardest thing in music is to do something unique and stand out. Michael Jackson’s music always stood out. Forget the haters, I have and listen to “Invincible” even to this day!
  • Technology. Not that MJ ever invented any non-dance related stuff but what was awesome was how he embraced technology so willingly. Going beyond the music videos, he embraced video games way earlier than Guitar Hero or Rock Band were around (Space Channel 5). The willingness to embrace technology so readily and to use it to enhance his art only made MJ’s music/videos more unique.
  • His music strongly defined my childhood. To the point that the episode of “The Simpsons” where he was a major character is still one of my favourite Simpsons episodes (Side note: he sung a modified version of “Ben” and because of that episode, “Ben” is in my top 5 MJ songs).

In the words of Dave Chappelle, “he did Thriller, Thriller”.  If you haven’t listened to him in a while I hope you go back and give his library a listen or watch Thriller or try to Moonwalk.

We Will Rock You Musical Soundtrack March 30, 2009

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I’ve actually seen the Toronto-based production of this show twice and had an awesome time. Really, it’s a lot of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed my time. Despite my overall satisfaction, I have to say the soundtrack is more than a sticking point for me. Mostly because:

  • It’s not the same without Freddie Mercury. Impossible to duplicate, Freddie Mercury is too high of a standard to try and mimic. Never karaoke him, NEVER.
  • No Bicycle. Well, they do tease it, but then they don’t actually sing it! Bah!
  • Bohemian Rhapsody was a fakeout. People had actually left before hearing it, and that is kinda bull. I know it’s their fault but they should know people will do that. Not a fan, I would have been disappointed if I missed out on Bohemian Rhapsody.

Really, the first point is all you need to know. I had a ball at the show and would recommend it to almost anyone, but I would run fast to the Queen Greatest Hits and Queen Classic CDs when presented with the We Will Rock You Soundtrack. Just watch the show.

Kala – M.I.A. March 20, 2009

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This is the first music album that I’m reviewing and it’s a good one. By that I mean this review is F+ good. Also, I did buy the physical cd, yes I am one of “those” people. If you’re not one of “those” people, I can at least recommend that you listen to this album. This album is more than just “Paper Planes” (radio edited without the gun shots to boot) and is an F+ because it’s distinctive:

  • Look at that cover art! Nothing worse than some generic dudes looking at different directions on a beach cover art (South Park reference).
  • Each song is very different from each other. So much so that I can tell which song is gonna play just from the first few seconds. I guess I can do this with a lot of music in general but with this album the distinction is a lot clearer.
  • Paper Planes with full out gunshots! Screw the radio-edits, Slumdog Millionaire had it right. This track is awesome.

This album does what most albums do not. It stands out. It’s loud and bold and will never be played on CHUM FM without significant editing. Good for M.I.A., and good for all of us.

Also, the fighting in Sri Lanka needs to stop.