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NYC vlog 6: Gimme More Britney

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Behind-the-scenes of my first USA/NYC party that happened earlier this month. I gave everyone lots of Britney, that’s for sure.

The return of Danity Kane

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Talk about perfect timing… What were the chances that I’d get to LA exactly the same time when Danity Kane would do their comeback show?! I mean 4 months ago we wouldn’t even dream about ever hearing ‘Show Stopper’ live again and here we are now – with 4 of 5 ladies back together to remind us about their driving skills and bad girl agendas. And make me feel like I’m 16 all over again!

Just like their original career, the show was short (about 50 minutes), fierce and charming. Danity Kane was never a huge band: they weren’t as corky as Girls Aloud, or brand-friendly as The Pussycat Dolls, but they were always pretty decent: 5 sexy girls with enough sass and charisma to record two great albums and provide enough drama for 4 seasons of Diddy-produced ‘Making the band’ show on MTV. The band split during a heated series finale in 2008 and girls started solo projects (with Aubrey O’Day and Dawn Richards attracting the most attention). Yet somehow a lot of their material aged incredibly well – I personally never really got over the brilliance of ‘Show Stopper’ and ‘Bad Girl’. They were always way too good with the whole ‘silly sexy’ vibe.

Watching them perform together again after all these years was surprisingly satisfying. What was missing during recent Girls Aloud reunion (the chemistry between the girls and the sense that they’re really back) was very present here. Everything was spot on: the dancing, the singing, the fun. The highlight of the show was girls’ solo mini-performances which highlighted their upbringings (‘That explains a lot’ said Shannon after Aubrey did her version of ‘Like a Virgin’). And the whole concert was all about their show stopping charismas: Aubrey was dry humping the curtains and grinding on the speakers, Dawn was waving her ridiculously long hair and shooting the fierceness all over the place, Aundrea was literally jumping with excitement and Shannon has finally replaced ‘cute’ with ‘sexy’ providing killer moves and striking new looks. It was a girlband show from heaven. The one that was made for the fans: we got all the hits and some amazing album tracks (‘You know you want my strip tease, If you want it say please’!). The lack of new material (we only got one song towards the end) was rather disappointing but then again there’s hopefully more to come so a night dedicated to the band’s past was more than alright with me. These bad girls are on FIRE.

Interview with Jeremy from PARAMORE

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Paramore had a pretty good year. Their fourth self-titled became a huge success and made several ‘best-of-2013’ lists. They toured like crazy – and even came to Moscow for one of the biggest summer festivals. Back in May I chatted with band’s bass guitarist Jeremy Davis for Rolling Stone Russia about his pizza-delivering past, recording a song for ‘Twilight’ and the best gig Paramore ever had.

How are you?

I’m good, I’m currently in Boston. We have a show here tonight.

It’s a cool city. Have any of you ever been to Russia or the upcoming show is going to be your first one?

None of us has been to Russia. And we’re so excited about it. We just started filling out all the paperwork we need for our visas. Russia’s one of those places: I have no idea what it’s gonna be like. It’s really exciting.

It’s been more than 3 years since the last album was released. What did you learn during that time? Was it a necessary break? 

Music is our lives, so to not be playing shows for that long it was really hard for us. But it was nice for us to be home and have normal life. We constantly tour and we’re never home, so it was nice – to act like normal people: watch movies and TV shows when they come out. Normally we watch it all on DVD all the way through, and now we’d watch it like normal people and wait for the next week. That was kinda boring, but the rest was good.

When we got to start recording, we had a lot of plans and ideas. We were very happy that we were able to pull off a lot of things that we did, like having a gospel choir or a strings orchestra on the album. We really had enough time to experiment and try new things.

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NYC vlog 5: ART

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NYC vlog # 5 for all you ART lovers – my trips to MoMa and The Met. ‘Cause art is like, totally hot.

NYC vlog 4: Thanksgivin Special

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NYC vlog #4 is a THANKSGIVING SPECIAL. I’ve celebrated my first American Thanksgiving at actress Alison Fraser’s stunning country house in Shawnee with her awesome family.

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GIMME MORE BRITNEEEEY

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The day is today. My debut NYC DJ gig is happening tonight at fabulous ‘FairyTail Lounge’ (500 W 48th st). It’s called ‘Gimme More Britney’ so expect Britney’s classics, new hits and brilliant b-sides. And a delicious dose of pop, r’n'b and hip-hop. I’m uber excited!

NYC vlog 3

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NYC blog #3: beautiful breasts, panty droppers, hipster wine shop and cameos by awesome friends Allison Tartalia, Alyson Greenfield, Melissa Torres and Bree Sharp of ‘Beautiful Small Machines’.

USA vlog 2

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My NYC vlog episode 2: this time I’m walking around Xmas fair, eating pizza, digging for some goodies at a thrift store and going to see a play.

NYC blog 2013: “The Mutilated”

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It seems to me there’s always an interesting Tennessee Williams play on every time I visit New York. Last time my good friend and a fantastic actress Alison Fraser invited me to see her at ‘In Masks  Outrageous and Austere’ and this Wednesday I saw ‘The Mutilated’ at The New Ohio Theater. The main attraction for me was Mink Stole – who I adore for her over-the-top characters in John Water’s trash classics and her recent  part in ‘All About Evil’ movie (do check it out!).

When you have Mink Stole and Penny Arcade as your leads in a Tennessee Williams play, you do expect the outcome to be loud, kitschy and hilarious – and it’s all those things for sure. But ‘The Mutilated’ is also quite a tragic story filled with the feel of puffy desperation – like a glass of fizzled out champagne. The true drama here doesn’t necessarily come from its heroines less-than-inspiring fates but from the multifarious idea that sometimes the only people who can really ‘get us’ are the ones who we consider our sworn enemies. And the cruel friendship (or charming war for that matter) that these two tragic-yet-charming ladies are having here makes it one hell of a fun ride for the viewers (and sometimes – for themselves, too). It’s campy but never trashy – a true success for the director Cosmin Chivu. The other obvious achievements here include an impressive and clever stage design and several choir numbers that add surprising epic vibe to the narration.

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Plus as a nice post-show bonus there’s Tennessee Williams ‘Memoirs’ with John Waters signature that you can buy in the lobby for 20 bucks.

The show’s on until December 1, so hurry up! More info at http://www.newohiotheatre.org/themutilated.htm

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USA vlog 1

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The first entry in my USA vlog 2013: yesterday had to be filmed – an interview, a haircut, a Metric concert and a party.