French house and electro pop has always been associated (to me) with new disco and filtered funk 4/4 beats. I think my first French house track I bought and loved was Daft Punk’s “Da Funk” – which I still love and would play today. Later their Homework album opened the door to a short disco house era blown up by Stardust’s “Music sounds better without you”.
Today, my French house bag holds more of the deep house, trip hop and laid back tunes coming from artists like St. Germain, Laurent Garnier, Modjo, Air and Stephane Pompougnac, but I still keep in rotation tracks from Dimitri from Paris, Sabastien Lager, Bob Sinclar, Justice, and RinÃ´Ã§Ã©rÃ´se.
I just watched the video for “Baby Baby Baby” by Make The Girl Dance, a new French Pop group sure to break out this year with at least attention paid from the male audiences. Since I don’t read French (and have the time to dig-translate-report), the best I can understand from them is that they like to “make music to make the girls dance”. I and many men (and women) can get behind that:
The video is more entertaining than the track (check the lyrics below), but it has potential to cross over to the US clubs and I hope there’s some good remixes that come out from this (Justice?).
I want to have Sebastien Tellier on my Ipod; I want your Mom’s Black AMEX; I want your dad’s car; I want to go out with your friends; I will wear my cutest panties; I want a hot sex session; You can look but you can’t touch.
I want to be in Justice top friends; Gaspard’s hand on my thigh; I want to be able to count without my fingers; And I want yours in the right spot; I don’t want to take the stairs; Carry me in your arms then; I want to be the only person on pictures; And I want to model for Yves Saint Laurent; I want geniuses as children; And I want my dog to graduate; I want your head on a tray; I want mine on TV.
I dont want a piece of cake, I just want blow; I dont want Kate, I want Ethan Hawke; I want to jump off of big ladder; do as you can for the rainbow; i want chocolate and vanilla flavoured ice cream; i want your balls to be blueberry flavoured; I want to dance like Vanessa Paradis; I want to see her boyfriend at Ibiza; I want to be asleep when you wake up; and I want Yelle’s tshirt; I want to fit in all my jeans; and I want you to make me presents with your pay check; I want ice cubes in my glass; I want to make your grandma smoke weed; I saw your stupid ex blah blah blah
Ah yes. Perfect for the NY Club scene girls at Cain Luxe, Eldridge, or Oak 1.
Stardust (Still getting reworked 10 years later) – Music Sounds Better With You (2009 Dirty Bergeon Remix)
Felix Ortiz, a Brooklyn Democrat assemblyman introduced a bill on March 11th, that would require patrons of any NY State strip club, to pay and extra $10 cover charge, oops I mean “tax”, every time they enter the club or topless joint. Felix claims the new tax could raise as much as $500 million for victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual abuse and child prostitution.
For one, I’ve found these type of taxes very unreasonable for several reasons. The Gov has no transparency so there’s really nothing public that can be used to track this tax back to the very programs he’s proposing. I see this as yet another “tax” generated by the NY state assemble and primarily pushed by Gov. Paterson, to minimize the state’s $14 billion budget deficit which ultimately will be forced upon New York City residents. Also been proposed are taxes on internet downloads such as mp3s and movies, including those in the Adult entertainment business.
Apparently states have increasingly turned to the adult-entertainment industry, this and the booze industry, which are the only ones still making money, to help close budget gaps in recent years.
NY isn’t the first, Texas lawmakers pitched a bill which would require a $5 “pole tax” which was later found to be unconstitutional by a state judge. Judge Scott Jenkins wrote that the fee, “while furthering laudable goals, violates the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is therefore invalid.”
“The bottom line is, we have to protect people who have been victimized by unscrupulous individuals, and we cannot continue, especially in this economy, to have government pay for everything,” Ortiz said.
Fuck you Ortiz! Entering a strip clubs is a protected First Amendment activity. There hasn’t been any evidence provided that combining alcohol (or zero alcohol for full nude clubs) with topless erotic dancing correlates to sexual assaults, domestic violence or contributes to child prostitution. Where is the straight line from child porn/prostitution to adult entertainment? He’s just proposed taking more money away from law abiding citizens (both the patrons and the dancers as this would effect how much a participant contributes to the activity) so essentially the govt CAN pay for unrelated services.
Stripping may be politically unpopular, it is a guaranteed right for the citizens of the state and the US. Even if the state were to get by the constitutionality of the tax, there is no plausibly good reason that tax code should be a substitute for the criminal code. No one would object to contributing to educating and preventing sexually related crimes, however, I would hope communities locally and societies everywhere would want to fund such programs generally.
I have limited time in the city to spend chilling out in front of the TV. On any given day there’s too much to do in this city but what I do catch is usually watched via the DVR. I hate live tv and usually will not watch a show live unless it’s sports. Currently being DVR’d are shows from The Daily Show, Colbert Report, Namaste Yoga, Countdown, Anthony Bordain’s No Reservations, some Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, 30 Rock, and some Robot Chicken.
I have specific TV channels set up as favorites and usually rotate between those if I’m just having the TV on, you know for background: ESPN, Comedy Central, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Science Channel, National Geographic Channel, Current TV, IFC, G4, Animal Planet, NYC TV, Sundance Channel, BBC America, Fox Soccer Channel, NBA TV, Fuel TV, NY1, Food Network and a few of the satellite music channels are all my favorites. That may seem like a lot, but when there’s 1900 channels of crap, I’m only keeping track of 1% of what’s on the idiot box.
Looking at my list I don’t see one that stands out as my favorite. Probably Current TV because of my short attention span, and you don’t have to live by a schedule to watch it. Just turn it on and there will be something good on, if not, each “pod” is only 5-7 minutes so go back to the web or your book before looking back again.
I notice G4 on my list, which I haven’t checkout in some time. I had in the past watched some of their more wacky Asian shows that coincide with my schedule: Ninja Warrior and Tokyo Game show but I had also watched some Attack of the Show (ATOS) at times. I guess it’s a catch all for geeky obsessions like web fetishes, online gaming, tech, gadgets, comedy and babes. G4 is the station that comes to mind when I think of what my tech co-workers are watching, if not Heros.
Other than that… y highlights are else where…
No need to cover this at lengths, it’s all over the news and an hourly topic here in New York since the NYTimes broke the story. Already though I’m tired of hearing about it.
First I do think prostitution should be legal, regulated and taxed like it is in Nevada. Too many women take to the life because they are fucked up and end up getting further fucked up, diseased, under the strong pimp hand or worse. That’s a debate for another time, however, what gov’na perv was caught doing was a result of arrogance and stupidity, unbecoming of a public official (especially one running under a platform of reform and ethics) and he should resign before he’s impeached.
I’m not talking stupid in the sense of paying $4K for a whore, although —> one is not likely to talk to a guy like Spitz even if he wasn’t married, however, I’m talking about stupid shit like calling the Emperor line from the attorney general’s office in Brooklyn, N.Y. (caller ID fool!), laundering his whore stash money through his own accounts (10 to 18 months prison term alone), using high profile locations like the Mayflower Hotel in DC, transporting whores across state lines (federal offense according to the old Mann Act), and finally not taking his own advice:
“Never talk when you can nod, and never nod when you can wink, and never write an e-mail because it’s death,” the then-New York attorney general said. “You’re giving prosecutors all the evidence we need.” Gov Spitzer’s advice to John’s
There are several angles developing from this. Spitzer had many enemies because he went after unethical financial institutions (the NY stock exchanged cheered for the scandal and then went up 400 points *unrelated to the fed influx of money I’m sure*) , politicians, public officials (reining in scandalous financial arrangements by public office officials), brought liberal laws to the forefront (same sex marriage law introduced) and even illegal sex related activities (sex trafficking laws increased). There’s some underlining stories that claim, those enemies were looking for ways to out him, reviewing his campaign financing, taxes etc and just happened to stumble into the gold-diggers ditch.
“He had the highest popularity ratings in the history of New York,” said New York Republican Congressman Peter King. “He had everything going his way, and over the last year he let his lust for power and his hypocrisy keep him from doing his job and has now brought about his destruction.”
David Letterman’s Top 10 Spitzer Excuses (note that Number 1 being first on the list and #10 being actually Dave’s #1):
- Oh come on, like you were never involved in a prostitution ring
- Hookers is fun
- Just trying to help the economy
- Have you ever been to Albany?
- It’s part of my new MTV prank show “Spitz’d”
- Haven’t been myself since Roy Schieder died
- Uh, tainted beef?
- Whether it’s a hooker or your wife, you’re always paying for it — you married fellas know what I’m talking about
- Wanted to be known as the Charlie Sheen of politics
- I thought Bill Clinton legalized this years ago
So this is what $4,300 can get you for a few hours? The New York Times interviewed “Kristen,” nee Ashley Youmans, now Ashley Alexandra Dupre (her Myspace page), age 22. She is an aspiring singer who lives in New York City and worked for Emperors Club VIP:
Probably not what you thought. Check this cat out from Canada, Lane Jensen; a body art specialist (Senior Piercer and co-owner of Dragon FX Kingsway Tattoos and Piercing in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) and photographer (Editor in Chief of Tattoo & Piercing Magazine) who recently had a pair of silicon implants inserted under his chick tat, on his leg.
By now, you’ve heard about the Obama Girl, Amber Lee Ettinger, but now there are copy cats vids for almost all the candidates as seen below. This is such a rousing political season this year!
Hot for Hill
Stripping for Ron Paul Girl
Edwards girl is pushing buttons for her man
Wanna have sex with Kucinich Girl
The first of yet another yearly award show about superficial crap is dedicated to the guys based on the guy’s network – Spike. Although I didn’t watch it, I got the highlights. I supposed it’s great to see Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau pick up an “award” for their movie Swingers (“Guy Movie Hall Of Fame Award”).
Adriana Lima took the “Hottest Girl on the Planet” which I’ll admit is definitely in contention in my book:
A Naughtiest Cybervixen was selected in MySpace omnipresent woman, Christine Dolce:
Bar Rafaeli was selected as Sexiest Import
Rose McGowan was selected as Femme Fatale (probably from Quinten’s Grind House flick Planet Terror:
…and of course Jessica Alba got her name in there twice. Once when Cash Warren won the award for Luckiest Bastard (for being the boyfriend of Jessica Alba), and then for Hottest Jessica:
Chuck Liddell (Most Dangerous Man), James Gandolfini (Kingpin (Guy of the Year)), Shaun White (Chairman of the Board), Funniest M.F. (Will Ferrell) and Gerard Butler (Biggest Ass Kicker) all picked up some guy’s picks as well.
This highlight brought back memories of Vegas when I found myself on stage dancing with Carmen at Baby’s (before Hard Rock’s Body English the space was Baby’s)… *sigh*