PSY-Gangnam style

Original video:

PSY is fantastic fashionista and displays it well in his video. Not only are his outfits something to shout about but also his dancers seem to be wearing a range of outfits that give you a deeper insight to fashion in Korea. The bright colors are a helpful and pleasing aide to the eye, and also reflect the season that this video was created: summer. If you watched the Emmy’s you would know that bright neon colors are extremely popular during these hotter days.

In comparison to other pop videos, PSY’s Gangnam Style doesn’t seem to differ much. Artists such as Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj also use similar tactics to create a sensational music video. The only thing that really sticks out to me could be the androgynous activities. It is possible that Korean pop culture is more open to sexuality than the videos produced in the United States. However maybe I should hold my tongue considering videos like, “Call Me Maybe” exist.

Parody:

It seems you can’t make an original video these days without a parody trekking behind it. However this video seems to capture something other than just some fun and games: UT spirit. If it weren’t for all the boozing scenes this video could be used as a promotional media for the University of Texas. Not only are the schools colors of burnt orange and white prevalent, but also there is a beautiful scene of the campus and Austin in every shot. The diversity among the participating students also gives great credit to UT. And you can’t forget the sports also being promoted: football, cheer leading, swimming, and dancing. This parody video successfully takes scenes from the original and puts a UT spin on it.

Fighting with Fiona

Today the letter from the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s department to Fiona Apple in response to her comments at her show in Houston (just two days after her arrest) was released.

First, Honey, I’m already more famous than you, I don’t need your help. However, it would appear that you need mine….

Two weeks ago nobody in the country cared about what you had to say, — now that you’ve been arrested it appears your entire career has been jump-started. Don’t worry Sweetie, I won’t bill you…

Next, have you ever heard of Snoop, Willie or Armand Hammer? Maybe if you would read something besides your own press releases, you would have known BEFORE you got here, that if you come to Texas with dope, the cops will take your DOPE away and put YOU in jail… [Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, and actor Armie Hammer were all arrested for marijuana possession in Sierra Blanca, the same Texas town that Fiona was — Ed.]

Even though you and I only met briefly in the hallway, I don’t know you but I’m sure you’re an awesome and talented young woman and even though I’m not a fan of yours, I am sure there are thousands of them out there, and I’m sure that they would just as soon you get this all behind you and let you go back to what you do best—so my last piece of advice is simple “just shut-up and sing.”

Sincerely

Rusty Fleming

This could possibly turn into a rant, but I feel very strongly about the way the Hudspeth County Sherriff’s department responded to Fiona Apple’s comments on her arrest.

First of all, the first amendment. We ALL have the right to free speech, including celebrities. Fiona had the absolute right to comment on, respond to, reflect on her experience getting arrested in Hudspeth County. Especially as a journalist, I agree that the truth needs to be told, whether it is pretty or ugly. And it is a noble deed that Fiona attacked the issue head on, instead of avoiding it. To me this makes her even more respectable as a celebrity.

Also, Fiona Apple has been an artist since at least 1994. No, she is not Willie Nelson, but she does have a large following. To insult her success doesn’t make you seem anymore mature than you thought she was for commenting on her experience.  And to build off of Fiona’s famous success, maybe it is just because you are a cop and you think differently than others, but you should not be bragging about how many celebrities you have arrested in according to dope. This doesn’t bring a welcoming feel to Texas, but the same overworn “suceed from the union” flag that Texas has covered its own state with. There were already responses to the arrest on Fiona’s fan page about how “lame” Texas is. And with current trends, you aren’t going to win over many people, especially the fans of Fiona and all other artists you arrested.

Austin Pride Begins

If you don’t know yet, Austin Pride is just around the corner. Actually, it’s tomorrow. And if you plan on going downtown prepare yourself for some fabulous celebration. It all begins with the 5K rainbow run starting at Auditorium Shores and through the warehouse district. The Festival is then at 11am at Fiesta Gardens, which contains musical performances by Lola Cola, Lady Bunny, Stacey Q. and ends it off with a DJ set from Peaches herself. It should be a very entertaining weekend and an affair to commend Austin’s gay-friendly life style.

Something Changed Your World, Fiona

Hudspeth County in West Texas that has reportedly arrested both Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson for possession, had a new celebrity cellmate Wednesday night.

After leaving her last show in Mesa, AZ Fiona Apple’s next stop was Austin, TX. However, Fiona didn’t make it very close. On Wednesday night Fiona was stopped and arrested for possession of hashish.

On Thursday she was later released on a $10,000 bail, but not with enough time to make her show. Due to this her Austin show will be rescheduled and the tour continues in Houston, TX at the Bayou Music Center.

Underground and Underrated

The club Barcelona may get too much of a bad reputation for being on ‘dirty’ sixth street and the type of crowds it can tend to attract. However, the weekday shows are where the hidden talent lies. With music families such as Applied Pressure and Exploded Drawing this hidden cave-like club can produce some serious beats.  Last night Applied Pressure sponsored a show with free lonestar and Djs like DJ Dus, Corduroi, Kid Slyce and Pagame.