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Midweek Delight

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Back in July I kicked off my first ‘Midweek Delight’ party at ‘Darling, I’ll Call You Later’ bar. The idea was to spin some nice music and create a midweek event people can enjoy (as there’s never enough things going on nightlife-wise in Moscow during the week). So if you happen to be in Moscow, free after 8pm and would like to eat and drink (and – who knows – maybe even dance) while I spin some pop, r’n’b, nu disco and indie for you – you’re more than welcome to!

B.Strochenovskiy, 7. Free entry.

Nicole Scherzinger – Big Fat Lie [review]

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Poor Nicole. Despite of all her efforts and promising promo deals, she never really evolved from ‘the ex-Pussycat Doll frontwoman’ into a full-fledged solo star. Her 2011’s debut LP (which wasn’t even released in the States) was very flamboyant and screamed ‘I’ve arrived’ on top of Nicole’s lungs but was a bit too Eurovisiony to really cement her status. And even though her best solo single so far was called ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’, I did hold my breath for a proper ‘Nicole The Solo Artist’ moment: she surely has the voice, the moves and the looks of a potential pop slayer. Well, not this time for sure: with ‘Big Fat Lie’ she’s going for more ‘mature’ sound which means that we’re getting tons of medtempo tunes which is the least thing we’d expect or want from a girl who made a name for herself as the voice behind ‘Don’t Cha’ and ‘Buttons’.

Perhaps the personal approach to the album would work better if it had a big power ballad or two, but it’s nowhere to be seen as well. ‘Run’ and ‘On The rocks’ are both strong and emotional songs but they lack the spark that made Nicole such a fantastic performer in the past. Overall it’s questionable if there really were a lot of people in Nicole’s fanbase who craved a moody (even if well-produced) record from her. There is a cute little ‘it’s tough being a popstar’ moment in the form of the album’s title track and stripping all the layers seems to be the ongoing theme on the record but let’s be honest: Nicole was way more fun when she stuck to the actual stripping.

The big fat truth here is that the album’s quite solid: the production is consistent and multi-layered and the 90s influences are spot. It’s just hard to believe it will find its audience as Nicole never developed a steady fanbase with all her scrapped releases, failed international strategies and horrible time management. And the idea that in some happier alternative universe we could’ve gotten 5 years’ worth of The Pussycat Dolls bangers instead of this depressed little collection certainly doesn’t help.

6/10

10 Things We Want From Ryan Murphy’s ‘Scream Queens’

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Ryan Murphy just announced his next series – a horror comedy anthology ‘Scream Queens’ that will premiere in the fall 2015. The plot will revolve around two scream queens in the midst of the college campus massacre. As it’s still a year from now and as I’ll always be very sensible about 90s slashers, here’s my list of demands for the show.

1. There must be cameos (or even better – secondary characters) by the most important 90s scream queens. The top 3 are Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Neve Campbell, obviously.

2. The gore must be spectacular – no lazy it-happened-off-camera kills.

3. Just because it’s gonna be a comedy it doesn’t mean it doesn’t have to spooky. Think ‘Scream 2’ instead of ‘Scream 3’.

4. “Everyone’s a suspect” is a must.

5. There must be some sort of the 80s vs 90s vs 00s slasher showdown. Maybe have 3 scream queens, maybe 3 villains from different horror eras.

6. The comedy aspect is the only thing I’m skeptical about so far, so please make it right. Maybe just a have a weird Brittany-like character (just like in ‘Glee’) and make her a lunatic geek. That will provide enough fun if the casting is right (meaning: if she will be played by Heather Morris or Anna Faris).

7. The killer’s look should be absolutely iconic.

8. Kevin Williamson should be involved somehow: at the end of the day he WAS the 90s slashers. Maybe cast him in the role of the college’s chancellor.

9. The survivor girl(s) must be cool and not some boring virgin (she can still be virgin – just not boring!). Learn all you need to learn from the ‘Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon’ movie about breaking the rules.

10. No singing. Absolutely no singing.

Boom Clap Dance

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I have a pretty busy weekend ahead of me:

Tonight I’ll be a guest DJ at the ‘NEVERDANCE’ party at the ‘Microbe’ bar (Pokrovskiy blvd, 6) around 1am.

And tomorrow I’m throwing another ‘Mikey Moscow’s Party’ at the ‘Borodach’ bar (Sretenka, 27bld1).

Come party with me – I’ve got tons of fresh killer tunes!

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‘Selfie’ pilot #review

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I gave that new show ‘Selfie’ a try and while it’s surely painfully cute and it’s painfully formulaic as well. It’s pretty obvious it was written by the people whose biggest social media victory so far was setting up their own MySpace page as all the selfie/hashtag jokes here are uninspired and trite. All that social media bashing on the show serves solely as a lazy excuse for another story about oh-so-different-yet-mutually-attracted Mister Right and Miss Clumsy. There is a chance the whole thing would be way better if Isla Fisher was playing the lead instead of her knockoff. But the show’s also way too cute to not (potentially) cause an #addiction. At least that Bad Romance-makeover scene was a killer.

5/10

Friendly Voice

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It’s always nice to see you friends doing a good job. Especially when it’s on the biggest singing competition on your country’s main TV station. So it’s pretty safe to say I was quite happy for my long-time friend Ksana Sergienko doing more than fine during her audition on last night’s The Voice Russia.

Back in 2010, during my first US trip, I saw Ksana destroying the stage as the frontwoman of the hard rock band Oxzana at the New Music Seminar convention. I was absolutely captivated by her voice, looks and nuclear charisma so it’s no brainer I ended writing about her on more than one occasion and we eventually became good friends.

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Here are 2 of my articles about Ksana:

This one was in Billboard Russia in February 2011, when I was running the ‘Fresh Blood’ section in the magazine.

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And this is the feature I did for a Status Chicago magazine (2012) featuring a stunning photo by our mutual friend, photographer Yura Liamin – who’s also responsible for my website’s main photo:

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And here’s my favorite Oxzana song – a dark ballad about a prostitute called ‘Worthless’ which I was lucky enough to hear in its original form during one of the band’s early rehearsals. I still think it will become a hit one day.

But for now – go win that show, babe!

Your next favorite boyband is here

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The X Factor UK is in full swing – the boot camp is over and I can surely say that we’ve already seen and heard this season’s pop-Godzilla. Simon Cowell’s new weapon of massive destruction is a 8-piece boyband which is currently titled New Boy Band (I say keep the name – it’s genius!). Surely it was only a matter of time before UK would start adopting K-pop’s approach to boy/girlbands (which is rather simple – the bigger the better). And it’s absolutely no surprise it’s mister Cowell who’s put two and two (or more like four and four) together and turned 8 cute and young solo singers into a shiny megaband, that easily overshadowed their competitors – a mediocre One Direction knockoff ‘Overload’.

I’m yet to see if New Boy Band (I mean come on, don’t you just love that name?!) will become my favorites during the live shows, but it’s pretty safe to say that even in the current unstable state of the music industry their future smells of cash money.

In other news: Cheryl still looks cute when she cries, but Mel B (when present on set) is stealing some of her spotlight this season. But only one of them has a performance option on the show, so hey, they’re even.

Il Centimetro

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It’s no surprise an accessory can make or break the whole look, so I’m always on the lookout for some clever little additions to my wardrobe. And Italian ‘Il Centimetro’ bracelets I saw at the Milan’s Rude Concept store were love at first sight for me and my friends. We all ended up buying ourselves those bracelets to have something unique and colorful from out recent trip to France and Italy (I got the white&gold one for 39 euros).

They sell those hotties all around Europe and here’s a UK store: http://uk.ilcentimetro.it/

10 songs for the perfect Saturdays

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The Saturdays are quite an interesting band. They’ve been around for 6 years – eternity in a female pop world – yet they hardly ever crossed any boundaries: no scandals, no dramas, no big experiments – just a lot of marriages, polite smiles and lazy dancing. But even though they played it rather safe for most of their career, they still managed to release an impressive collection of enjoyable bangers. With their first (and let’s hope not last) greatest hits compilation out, it’s time to re-visit their poptastic catalogue and pick the 10 best tunes. Here’s my ultimate The Saturdays collection.

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The Saturdays first single (‘If This Is Love’) was easy to miss, but they have properly arrived with this hell of a pop banger that served as their second single. Beware of the album version though: radio edit is what you want. That chorus!

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Happy/Fancy/Rude

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