While the singer’s release of her latest single “Part of Me” has launched Perry to the top of U.S. and U.K. hit charts, it seems that there are some who are not so quick to congratulate her. Naomi Wolf, prominent feminist and author of the bestselling book The Beauty Myth, spoke out against the video in a post on Facebook, going so far as to suggest Perry may have been funded by the Marines.
“Have you all seen the Katy Perry marines video?” she writes. “It is a total piece of propaganda for the Marines¦ I really want to find out if she was paid by them for making it.” She went on to boycott the video, even after admitting she was a fan of the singer beforehand. “I would suggest a boycott of this singer whom I really liked “ if you are as offended at this glorification of violence as I am.”
Most surprising, perhaps, is that this is what it took to shake Naomi Wolf out of her Perry-fandom.
Watch the video below.
Like Led Zeppelin and Iron Butterfly, The Dandelion War should immediately give you a hint about its music by name alone. The tension between contrasts”low and high, heavy and light, gentle and violent”has long provided creative fodder for artists. The Dandelion War deftly weaves those contrasts together for diaphanous songscapes that range from story to placid. Jail Bird adds layers of glacial guitars, synths and drums to create the soundtrack to a dream. But the subconscious can be a fitful place, too, and on Spectacle the five-piece band creates a gyre of piano, drums, guitar and bass that falls somewhere between Sigur Rós and My Morning Jacket. The Petals of Lipaceli is equally mesmerizing”a long instrumental intro contains pianos echoed by chimes, reverb-drenched guitars, chants and rhythms that become more insistent as they build to crescendo. Sweet dreams are made of these.
The summer road trip has become one of the most clichéd coming-of-age events in our society, but for good reason. Sunshine, fast cars, convertible tops, best friends, better tunes”what more could you ask for? The journey has come to embody the carefree, driving-with-no-destination vibe that a lot of us strive to emulate in our daily lives (mainly because there is something incredibly appealing about jumping in the car with three of your best friends right after senior year graduation, and booking it cross country just for the hell of it). But as we all know, good music is paramount to the success of an excursion. And SoundTrax is here to provide just that, but as much as we embrace the cliché, this will not be your typical sing-along road trip (we did that already).
There is a growing movement in the EDM world pushing away from the heavy bass sounds popularized by Skrillex, and instead embracing the French-touch that seems to have all but disappeared in recent years as Justice and Daft Punk have faded while Rusko and Bassnectar are booming. The sound features a heavier focus on melody, and a retro touch in terms of sound design. The movement is picking up steam so rapidly that there doesn’t really seem to be a star (like Skrillex for dubstep). There’s not even a solid genre title yet, and with influences ranging from French house, to Chi-town disco, and LA pop, the music is constantly morphing and pushing forward. We’ve put together a list of some of the funkiest, youngest producers out there right now. So grab some friends, pick your favorite summer destination and jam-on, cosmonauts.