WBEZ | Madonna http://www.wbez.org/tags/madonna Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en There should be only one 'Santa Baby' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/there-should-be-only-one-santa-baby-104291 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Eartha Kitt Christmas.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.037238676351806776">One of my favorite TV shows is </span><em>Community </em>and one of my favorite episodes of that show was last year&rsquo;s Christmas musical special, and one of my favorite songs from that particular episode was &ldquo;Teach Me How to Understand Christmas&rdquo;:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" mozallowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/45558604?badge=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="601"></iframe></p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.037238676351806776">Clearly the whole sexy dummy Christmas baby bit is a parody of the holiday standby &ldquo;Santa Baby,&rdquo; wherein the lady singing takes on a disturbing persona of a whorish infant who sexily begs for expensive toys. For a nice example of how weird this is see Madonna&rsquo;s version of the song, mostly because the concept of Madonna being cute or asking for something (instead of demanding it) or even condescending to celebrate something so pedestrian and suburban as Christmas is completely alien:</span></p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" scrolling="no" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5ycWObpi73Y?rel=0" width="601"></iframe></p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.037238676351806776">What&rsquo;s worth noting, however, is that the original recording of the song isn&rsquo;t nearly as disconcerting. Sure, it still focuses on materialism and an imbalance of gender, but that&rsquo;s really not as much at play when Eartha Kitt purrs the song:</span></p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" scrolling="no" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DeNhjPaP53I?rel=0" width="601"></iframe></p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.037238676351806776">Notice how there is a complete absence of babyishness in her voice? Instead, we hear an actual woman singing, and the &ldquo;Santa&rdquo; in question sounds a lot like an actual man she knows and has a relationship with instead of some indistinct daddy figure. The singer in the original &ldquo;Santa Baby&rdquo; sounds like she can probably take care of herself and doesn&rsquo;t really need Santa cutie to get her all those things she asks for (even though she&rsquo;d really like them).</span><br /><br />It&rsquo;s just a novelty Christmas song, obviously, and not that deep, but it&rsquo;s worth noting that &ldquo;Santa Baby&rdquo; is one of very few Christmas hits written by a woman (Joan Javits), so it&#39;s interesting how the song, depending on the singer, can either be tongue-in-cheek or needy and vaguely depressing. &ldquo;Teach Me How to Understand Christmas&rdquo; is only a few hops away from the sophisticated Kitt song, which is disturbing, so basically what I&rsquo;m saying is, please, ladies, stop covering &ldquo;Santa Baby,&rdquo; and while we&rsquo;re at it, let&rsquo;s just eliminate all the non-Kitt versions of the song, so there&#39;s only the one. And really, that&#39;s not a lot.</p></p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 09:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/there-should-be-only-one-santa-baby-104291 Cropped tops dominate Lollapalooza 2012: 'Give your stomach room to breathe' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/cropped-tops-dominate-lollapalooza-2012-give-your-stomach-room-breathe-101479 <p><p>As someone brought up by parents who said it was innapropriate to wear bathing suits at amusement parks, the cropped top phenomenon has been strange to me from the get-go. I have seen it in a few places before: I was a child of the &#39;90s, and thus exposed to<a href="http://media.onsugar.com/files/2011/03/10/1/827/8273402/5ae4d5fd44f9b56a_kelly-kapowski1.jpg"> Kelly Kapowski&#39;s</a> wardrobe, I&#39;m an <a href="http://www.manrepeller.com/2011/06/repeller-or-propeller-cropped-top.html">avid</a> <a href="http://www.refinery29.com/cropped-tops-summer">fashion</a> <a href="http://www.vogue.com/guides/the-social-shopper-april-21-2012/">blog</a> <a href="http://lookbook.nu/looks?q=cropped+top">reader</a>&nbsp;and, I mean, who hasn&#39;t seen Madonna&#39;s &quot;Lucky Star&quot; video?</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe align="middle" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" scrolling="no" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ThHz9wlBeLU" width="420"></iframe></p><p>But never have I seen so many navels as I did at this years Lollapalooza.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/cropped%20friends%203%20%281%29.JPG" style="height: 620px; width: 620px; " title="(WBEZ/Kate Dries)" /></div><p>It wasn&#39;t surprising to me at first. Festivals always seem to bring out lots of skin and strange behavior. But after about an hour, I realized this was so much more than that. There were countless girls wearing tiny tank or tube top shirts, most of them paired with denim shorts. I counted 15 just standing between the BMI and Bud Light stages for just five minutes. And some of those girls were wearing sports bras or actual bras with shorts, as if they just <em>had</em> to get in on the trend. Women of all ages!</p><p>What is this all about? Where were all these girls&#39; and womens&#39; mothers? Since when was almost everyone confident enough to bare their belly button?</p><p>And so I decided I would dive in head first to get some answers. I headed to my local Akira, where I heard one shopper say to the staff there, &quot;I need new Lolla clothes.&quot; Perfect.</p><p>But Akira was low on cropped top stock, I assume because of Lollapalooza, so I headed to Urban Outfitters, where I spent TWENTY NINE DOLLARS on a strapless, tribal print cropped top. Thinking that I would have been better served to start a crop top pop-up shop outside the festival, I ran home to change and hit the road.</p><p>My colleague Kate Dries was able to capture a bit of my apprehension on video. Note the cropped top wearing female to the right of the screen:</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="288" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/47023533?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p><p>I eventually got up the courage to go full-cropped top, but I was no where near as confident as Mariah Harris, who I ran into at the Prius Family Playground.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="288" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/47023532?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p><p>While Mariah was all about the cropped top for style and to show off her washboard abs, Olivia Campbell, Stephanie Webber, Melanie Wood, Anna Schwartz told me it&#39;s more about keeping cool, temperature wise.</p><p>And maybe one other thing...</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="288" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/47023496?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p><p>As for my own analysis, I can&#39;t say I was any cooler because less of my body was covered. It was scorchingly hot Saturday morning, and no cropped top was going to help me avoid that. And though I got under cover just before the big storm hit, I think the cropped top would have made getting drenched all the worse.&nbsp;</p><p>One thing&#39;s for sure, I definitely did not look out of place. Within the confines of the metal fences, wearing a cropped top seemed as much a part of the experience as drinking expensive beer alongside a lobster corn dog. It&#39;s not going to make or break your experience not to do it, but you&#39;re definitely going all-in if you do.&nbsp;</p><p>The only strange looks I recieved came as I boarded the 151 bus back home, where I promptly put my long sleeve shirt back on.&nbsp;</p></p> Sun, 05 Aug 2012 09:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/cropped-tops-dominate-lollapalooza-2012-give-your-stomach-room-breathe-101479 Album review: Madonna, ‘MDNA’ http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-04/album-review-madonna-%E2%80%98mdna%E2%80%99-97899 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Madonna_Flickr_Jerone Mirck.jpg" alt="" /><p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/Madonna-MDNA-album-cover.jpg" style="height: 450px; width: 450px;" title=""></div><p>Blitzing the marketplace with her 12<sup>th</sup> album in a nearly three-decade career, with 300 million records sold worldwide and a new partnership with monopolistic concert promoters Live Nation in place, Madonna at age 53 is less an artist than a cornerstone American industry. Yet unlike her corporate peers in metro Detroit, she is unwilling or unable to reinvent herself, continuing to peddle a product we’ve become all too familiar with and sick of in its current, inferior form.</p><p>Widely hailed as her post-Guy Ritchie “divorce album,” <em>MDNA </em>is in fact exceeding sparse on soul-baring insights—or soul, period—and instead is dominated with retread bad-girl braggadocio that was tired, clichéd and somewhat unseemly coming from Lourdes’ mom 15 years ago. Ceding the more timely and slightly fresher button-pushing to Lady Gaga, Ke$sha and even (gasp!) Katy Perry, Madonna keeps playing the troubled Catholic school girl at a point when she’s got much more in common with Mother Superior. She once again opens the disc with an act of contrition (yawn), and proceeds to yelp that she’s “like a girl gone wild,” that “girls just wanna have fun” (Cindy Lauper, call your lawyer!), that “I’m a sinner [and] I like it that way” and that she shot her lover dead, in the head, and she has “no regrets… [So] drive, b----!/ And while you’re at it, die b-----!”</p><p>A far cry, all of this, from the artists’ best period, circa <em>Erotica </em>(1992), which mixed musical invention (or at least more inspired plundering of the cutting edge) with bonafide edgier themes. Here, despite the also-much-hyped reunion with producer William Orbit on about half the disc, we don’t even get the effervescent electronic fizziness of <em>Ray of Light </em>(1998), with the music, mostly forced club bangers, ultimately feeling as stale and recycled as the whole MDNA persona.</p><p><strong>Madonna, <em>MDNA</em> (Live Nation/Interscope)</strong></p><p><strong>Rating on the four-star scale: 1 star.</strong></p></p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 08:46:24 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-04/album-review-madonna-%E2%80%98mdna%E2%80%99-97899 Julie Frost talks about Golden Globe-winning collaboration with Madonna http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-06/julie-frost-talks-about-golden-globe-winning-collaboration-madonna-96142 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-06/julie frost.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/36357284?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ff0000" webkitallowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" width="601"></iframe><br> <strong>Julie Frost performs "Masterpiece"</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.juliefrostmusic.com/" target="_blank">Julie Frost</a> has gone from Wiggle Worms at the Old Town School of Folk Music to standing on stage at the Golden Globes. The singer/songwriter co-wrote Madonna’s “Masterpiece,” which won the Globe for best original song.</p><p>The former Chicagoan is back in town <a href="http://www.evanstonspace.com/artists/julie-frost" target="_blank">performing at Evanston’s SPACE</a> tonight. She performed live in-studio.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/36420161?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ff0000" webkitallowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" width="601"></iframe><br> <strong>Julie Frost performs "Mary's Song"</strong></p></p> Mon, 06 Feb 2012 18:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-06/julie-frost-talks-about-golden-globe-winning-collaboration-madonna-96142