Music and Movies

MUSIC REVIEW: Gin Wigmore

by Kristie LeVangie

I love when a woman comes along that can not only bring the house down, but gets my very soul.  If I were a rockstar, I would be Gin Wigmore.  Every song feels like a musical extension of my poetry.

…And did I mention she is hot as hell???

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Despite her model good looks, this New Zealand-born rocker can lay down– what Groupie magazine called– some “bluesy, gritty, whisky-fuelled, foot-stomping, deep-fried rock’n’roll straight out of the American deep South.”  That’s as apt of a description as I could ever muster.

Check out my favorite track and another of my own personal anthems below:

But it was this performance that made me lust after this saucy little rockbeast:

Her latest album, Gravel & Wine, was inspired by a trip through the South (Alabama, Mississippi, Nashville and Memphis).  Writing with The Presets’ Julian Hamilton and blues legends, such as William Bell and Charlie Sexton, the songs on this album are both bluesy and tough.  They are mantras for powerful women out there everywhere.

Like this one:

Butch Walker produced this album.  You may recognize his name as he has worked with artists like Pink, Katy Perry, and Avril Lavigne…just to name a few.

Gin-Wigmore-gin-wigmore-34216519-463-552Gin didn’t have such smooth sailing.  Many artists can claim a rocky road, but Gin started writing music at 14.  Just two years later, her father passed away from cancer, and Gin quit music altogether.  After returning from an exchange program where Gin taught kindergarten in Argentina, she wrote a tribute to her father called, “Hallelujah.”

“Her sister entered the song in the U.S.-based International Songwriting Competition in 2004, and Wigmore beat 11,000 songwriting aspirants from 77 countries to become the youngest and only unsigned Grand Prize winner in the history of the competition,” according to Wikipedia.

And thank goodness for family interference!

I can’t seem to get enough of Gravel & Wine, and I personally am anxiously anticipating what she’ll bring next.

Check out Amazon, Spotify or your favorite music app to find more from this artist.

I’ll just be sitting here festering in my massive girl crush.

Think Twice Before Hitting the Theaters This Weekend

by Kristie LeVangie

In a time long, long ago, in a not-so-distant land, things used to be original.

…Well, at least where movies were concerned.

This dawned on me yesterday when I saw the upcoming preview for

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which appears in my opinion to be exactly like

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You remember that movie, right?

See for yourself.

You see?

Compound this lack of originality with any number of movies showing at (or coming soon to) the box office this week.

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It’s all sequels, sequels…and even more sequels!

Where has all the originality gone???

And just so we’re clear Disney, this

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doesn’t count as original.  You’re still stealing portions of the storyline from your own original movie, Sleeping Beauty.

According to critics on Rotten Tomatoes, the second movie is 27% worse than the first movie in the series, and the third…

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So, why continue the charade?

Have we learned nothing from the institute of marriage?  Tried and true is boring as hell.  We want to fall madly in love at the theaters.  So where is all the creativity?

Oh, wait!

I know.

Why don’t you make a movie based on a popular book?

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or

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…Because the movies are always sooooo much better than the books.  (As I choke that out in sarcasm.)

In the modern world of “sharing”, have we forgotten how to use our own imaginations?

It’s clear to me now more than ever that the box office is leading art rather than art leading the box office.  Bottom lines are dictating our theatrical enjoyment…or lack thereof, as the case may be for me personally.

So help me.

What original movies are out there that have captured your attention lately?

MUSIC REVIEW: Far East Movement

by Kristie LeVangie

 

It is my goal here at Libidacoria Magazine to supply you with the sickest tunes for your online music playlists, and today I is no exception.  Today I bring you a song that will make you want to crank your stereo into overdrive, roll down your windows, pull on those shades, stick your arm out the window, and just bob your head to the “motherfuckin’ ill”ness of the beats.

Who are they? you ask.  Let’s see if any of this rings a bell.

  • This is the same group that brought us the mega hit, “Like a G6” in late 2010.
  • Their first emergence into the limelight was in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift when their song “Round Round” was featured in the movie.
  • They have the distinction of being the 1st Asian-American group to earn a #1 hit on the Billboard Top 100 in the U.S.
  • Their second album, Animal, released in 2008 featured collaborations with Bruno Mars, Wiz Kahlifa, and The Stereotypes, among others, and off this same album, “Girls on the Dance Floor” was a featured song in Get Him to the Greek, “So You Think You Can Dance“, and “CSI: Miami.”
  • They opened for Lady Gaga on the Japanese leg of The Monster Ball Tour in 2010 and later with Rihanna and Calvin Harris in 2011 and with Lil Wayne on his I Am Still Music tour.
  • On their Free Wired album (the first major album released since signing with Cherrytree Records, they worked with artists such as Keri Hilson, Lil Jon, Snoop Dogg, Natalia Kills, Koda Kumi, and Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic.
  • They performed “If I Was You (OMG)” at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards with Snoop Dogg, and their other top 10-smash “Rocketeer” at NBA All-Star Weekend.

This group is made up of four members: Kev Nish (Kevin Nishimura), Prohgress (James Roh), J-Splif (Jae Choung), and DJ Virman (Virman Coquia).  The three original members (Nish, Prohgress, and J-Splif) grew up in the Koreatown area of Downtown Los Angeles and went to high school together.  They began their career as “Emcees Anonymous” but later changed the band name after creating a song by the same name.  In the early days, they harnessed the power of social media and performed in local clubs and at local events in and around LA, including an event they called, “Movementality” in 2003 that featured 10 different performances with all proceeds going to a local youth drug rehab center.    

What does the band think about their latest release?

According to Kev Nish, their latest album, Dirty Bass, is “LA electro-rap meets Miami booty shake meets Dutch house and the lifestyle that embodies that. “You don’t need a fancy whip, but as long as your stereo is bumping, everything’s alright.”

Indeed…everything IS alright.  Enjoy and add to your playlists everywhere!

MUSIC REVIEW: Natalia Kills

by Kristie LeVangie

What happens when you take a rich little teenage actress, strip away her money, dishevel her home life, imprison her father, and move her to a new city with only her talent?

She runs away from it all and starts the fuck over.

Some women you just can’t hold down.

“The minute I moved out when I was 14 and I ran away from home, I decided I could be whoever I wanted to be, and that I could be myself and I didn’t want to be an actress anymore,” Kills said in a 2013 interview with Stuff Magazine.

It wasn’t long after that this self-prescribed perfectionist found music, and we are all the better for it.

In September 2012, Kills released her latest compilation, Trouble.  I now blast her song, Problem (from this same album), from my car speakers and firmly believe it is THE new anthem for bad girls everywhere.

I got your name
Hanging from my chain…
Don’t you wanna claim
My body like a vandal?
You got the cure
Underneath your shirt…
Don’t you wanna save this
Dirty little damsel?
Got my mink coat falling on the
Motel floor… you’re on the bed
Wolf whistling louder louder
Your lips smudging all my
Make up… kicking both my heels off
Come and pin me down.

Natalia seems to have funneled her angst and experience into prophetic lines with a driving beat that makes you want to fuck something…or break something.

The arrangements in her music are unexpected and surprising.  They run the lines of Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani or Rihanna, but her lyrics come from a deeper, more troubled place.  Dare I say…a more powerful place.  Let’s face it, she oozes feminine confidence and “minxiness”.  Check out these overtly sexual lyrics from her song Rabbit Hole off the same album:

‘Cause I eat boys like a cannibal
Fuck hard, howl at the moon like an animal
Eat me, drink me, straight down the rabbit hole
White lies, white lines, straight down the rabbit hole

Trouble is only this English artist’s second album, and it’s progression from her first one, Perfectionist.  I want to call it now.  You may not know the name Natalia Kills, but you sure will soon.

Check out her latest album on iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite music app, and tell me you aren’t chanting, “That girl is a Goddamn problem.”

It’s infectious I tell you.

Infectious.

Hey there, DJ…Turn the Music…errr, I mean Me On?

by Kristie LeVangie

Today I want to talk about beats.

Now anyone that knows me knows I love my music.  I’m one of those audiophiles that loves to lose themselves in the sound.  My music sometimes dictates my mood, and sometimes, my mood dictates my music.  I use it to inspire myself, to motivate myself through things I don’t quite enjoy, and to express myself.

When I’m in the kitchen cooking, I love a great 80’s dance song or some old school blues.  When I’m writing, I’ll waver between Tchaikovsky and The Black Keys.  And when I’m getting busy…well, that too ranges.  Sometimes, I’m a succubus to Portishead…and other times, I’m more passive losing myself in the musical complexity of Nine Inch Nails.

Yes, I’ve used music to ramp up my sex life, “to set the mood” if you will.  Who hasn’t?

But I was surprised to learn that scientists are using “beats” in entirely new ways when it comes to our sex lives.  Did you know that you could ramp up your libido with something called a “binaural beat”?

According to Psychology Today, “in 1839, Heinrich Wilhelm Dove discovered that two constant tones, played at slightly different frequencies in each ear, cause the listener to perceive the sound of a fast-paced beat. Calling this phenomenon ‘binaural beats,’ Dove helped launch two centuries of legitimate research.”

So basically, two different frequencies are fed into your ears, creating one tone that affects your physical being based on the degree of frequency difference.  And while it’s an obvious debate minefield for social scientists, there is a surprising underground swelling of self-help seekers that swear by these things.  They claim to have improved memory, out of body experiences, and yes, increased sex drives.

But enough talk…listen for yourself.

Thanks to Wikipedia, an on-line sound example of a sound with binaural beats can be found here.

Feeling hot and bothered yet?

Perhaps you need more?  Google “sex binaural beats” and find results in both audio format and with hypnotic videos on YouTube.

Not sure that I buy into it yet, so I want to pursue a bit more personal research.  But if there’s even the smallest chance it puts a hop in my step, I say, “Drop That Beat, Mr. DJ.”  Let’s start getting it on.