Friday, January 19, 2007
First REAL post.
Preved! No studying this weekend--midterms are over and I'm FREE again. So I figured I'd spend a little time getting this blog off to a good start. Anyway, I've noticed several interesting phenomena this week in the Russian music scene:
1. Philipp Kirkorov seems to be making a comeback. His new songs "Poleteli" and "Kolodna V Gorode" (a duet with--guess who?--ex-wife Alla Pugacheva!) are near the top of the SMS/radio play/download charts. And "Poleteli" has been up there for awhile. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. You're welcome to think I'm crazy, but I think Philipp has genuine vocal talent and a great, unique stage presence. I can't say I support some of his personal outbursts *cough*pressconference*cough* but I still like to listen to his music. And I think his new videos (like the one for "Obichnaya Istoria") are looking more professional than ever. Youtube it! That is, compared to some like "Pupsik" (Also on youtube) which is good for a few laughs.
But Filka may be in the first stages of a Donald-Rosie-esque feud with Nikolay Baskov, which is a shame since I've always entertained secret hopes of seeing those two on tour together. If you read Russian, read this interview! Filka even expresses pride in his own oft-criticized fashion sense! http://www.tophit.ru/interviewshowdetale.shtml?id=92
Speaking of Filka and fashion, he recently met his idol Roberto Cavalli in Moscow. Could a new clothing line, with sparkly vests, thigh-high leather boots and ninety-pound flowered headdresses, be in the works? And one more Filka-fashion observation--in his New Years show, Philipp donned Cher's trademark gold headdress. Is this some Armenian national costume that I'm not aware of?
2. Pop group Vintage may be hot right now, with the song "Mama Mia" topping the airplay charts for Moscow, but I don't see what the big deal is (well, besides the band's sexiness. See this picture: . Alas, welcome to a certain brand of Russian pop...Sounds a lot like MakSim of "Otpuskayu" fame. Too repetitive for me.
3. Soso Pavliashvili, Georgian estradocelebrity extraordinaire, is...surprise, surprise....cashing in on his ancestry again! By making fun of it, a la the "Zhdet Tebya Gruzin" video! For a clip of last month's catchy "Remember the Georgian," look no further than yours truly. Courtesy of my Bible: Tophit.ru.
4. Not to be unpatriotic or anything, but your American bloggerista Devushka Avariya has a new favorite national anthem. "Hymn of Russia." Well, at least Lyube's guitar-heavy cover of it. One word--flawless.
5. "Klass, detka, klass" (or "Heiss, baby, heiss") is quicly ascending to the coveted number-one spot on my iPod's 25 Most Played list. Why? Why is this repetitive, midtempo, trip-hop-like Faktor-2 song so...well, klass? Actually, why has Faktor-2 become my single biggest Russian hip-pop obsession ever since I heard the hilarious, well-mixed "Khochu Na TV" on 2006's collaboration CD "Muzikalniy Vozopad?" Well, here's the basic premise of "TV": I want to be famous, give awards to Kylie Minogue, dance like Usher and rap like Eminem, but I'm stuck in my Moscow apartment with my slightly drunk neighbor dancing on my table because I don't speak English. However, I know a couple of words of American, so after every word I sing, I will say M*****F***er. If I'm lucky, that will get me a record deal. Or at least somebody will write me cheesy songs to learn English to, like Dima Bilan's "Never Let You Go."
6. Not to insult Bilan or anything. I love him as much as any girl in Brighton Beach does, and I'm even considering spending $70 for a concert ticket on RosConcert.com. But, let's face it, "Nevozmozhno Vozmozhno" (the Russian version of "Lady Flame") is WAY overplayed. He's turning into the Russian version of James Blunt, only significantly hotter. But I do like this amateur mix of "Lady Flame" and "Nevozmozhno." Download it if you're sick of waiting for Dima's songwriters to hurry up and get some new songs finished.
7. Anyone remember the 80s VIA band, Plamya? Well, if you don't, here's a refresher: Bi-2's cover of the classic Plamya song "Sneg Kruzhitsa." Awesome guitar and cool vocals about whirling snow. Crack open the pepper vodka--what could be more quintessentially Russian than that?
8. ....And last but not least, the legendary Alla Pugacheva has recorded an amazing new track, "U Lubvi Tvoi Resnici," available on the Soyuz 49 that's currently outselling everything else on www.RussianDVD.com. Some people think that she's destroyed her voice from any number of factors--drinking, smoking, aging, being married to Philipp Kirkorov and three (or is it 4 now?) other men--but the fact remains, "Lala" Pugacheva has sold hundreds of millions of albums (with the black market in Russia, there's really no way to tell exactly how many) for a good reason. She can sing. IMHO, better than shrill daughter Christina Orbakaitye. But judge for yourself....
The Five (New)
1. Poleteli-Philipp Kirkorov http://m1-1.base.zaycev.net/75d4bd9c75c64dcde056c6ab89922455/179/17954/filipp_kirkorov_-_poleteli.mp3
2. Mama Mia-Vintage http://m1-1.base.zaycev.net/1863f6385f15939243b4dc227992de74/477/47798/vintazh_-_mama_miya.mp3
3. Vspominaitye Gruzina-Soso Pavliashvili http://www.tophit.ru/prev/6973_prev.mp3
4. Nevozmozhno/Flame Mix-Dima Bilan http://m1-1.base.zaycev.net/e1f4c7e970831d98c6999787ff7c6a8f/731/73167/d._bilan_-_nevozmozhnoe_and_flame_(beast_mix).mp3
5. U Lubvi Tvoi Recnici-Alla Pugacheva http://m3-1.base.zaycev.net/20efe2f979ef0bbe9509256ae868bb5d/608/60878/alla_pugacheva_-_u_liubvi_tvoi_resnici.mp3
The Other Five (Random Selections)
1. Gimn Rossii-Liube http://m2-1.base.zaycev.net/11fc06dafd9d5c569b7756fc26dc6444/348/34801/liube_-_gimn_rossii.mp3
2. Ostalas Odna-Faktor-2 http://m1-1.base.zaycev.net/6f11f53a226d6151bc9088abfcad1824/396/39645/faktor_2_-_ti_ostalas_odna.mp3
3. Sneg Kruzhitsa (Plamya cover)-Bi-2 http://www.russmus.net/mp3%20samples/bi2-sneg.zip
4. Vse Snachala-Christina Orbakaitye http://www.newrussianworld.com/info/adm/mp3/nrw_887.mp3
5. Veter Volni-Nikolay Baskov http://m3-1.base.zaycev.net/2d2b04222920575b98f38b27d6ca1a51/297/29751/nikolay_baskov_-_veter_volniy.mp3
Feel free to comment on any of these songs, or even request a new one for the next update (or more info about an artist, or whatever.)