Thursday, September 24, 2015

Album Review : Duran Duran Paper Gods

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Review by Tracey Jolene Whitney 

Duran Duran’s members are   Simon Lebon ( Lead Singer  ) Nick Rhodes ( Keyboards /Founder ) John Taylor ( Bass Guitar / Founder )  Roger Taylor ( Drummer ) Paper God’s the 14th Studio Album from the British band. The album was produced by Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Mr. Hudson and Josh Blair. Tracks on album also feature notable guest stars Kiesza, Janelle Monea , Lindsay Lohan and former Red Hot Chili Peppers John Frusicante.  

Duran Duran have been influencers for decades, even before being a influencer was an occupation. They have always taken risks with their music and image. This band comes from humble beginnings in Birmingham United Kingdom. In the 1980’s MTV’s popularity started a second British invasion, Duran Duran were ready to storm our shores. Always being innovators of their craft, they were the first to feature fashion models in music videos. Beyond being trend setters, heart throbs and embodiment of the 80s glamorous indulgence.  Duran Duran’s music has always been actually quite excellent.   
My initial impression of the album was optimistically cautious. As I listened to each track it all became abundantly clear that this album is fresh, innovative and enthusiastic. The sound of this album is truly divergent of the other albums. Duran Duran is not afraid of taking risks, that is a testament for their staying power in the music world.

There previous album “All You Need Is Now “  was pilgrimage back to their 80’s hit album  RIO , Mark Ronson encouraged them to sound like Duran Duran. In achieving this they went to great lengths by resurrecting some of their old instruments from the Duran Duran repository. This album was received well by the media, fans and critics. This album was being touted as the follow up to RIO. What allot of fans enjoyed about the collaboration with Mark Ronson was that he wasn't only a musical genius. He also is a fan, he even was to have rumored to sport a John Taylor inspired hair cut in his youth.

When early reports emerged of Mark Ronson's involvement in the 15th Studio Album , along with the rumors of Nile Rodgers triumphant return to the studio with Duran Duran. There was a feeling that Paper Gods was going to be something special.

 Paper Gods is possibly one of the best Duran Duran albums to date. After an entire week of binge listening to this album. I set to the task of compiling the stand out tracks on the album.

Pressure Off " feat. Janelle Monea and Nile Rodgers is an upbeat tempo with a blend of sharp synth ,smooth funk guitar riffs blend into a dance groove that will have you on your feet. This song evokes the fun of going to a live show.

"Butterfly girl " is another stand out track on this album the lyrics are inspiring that you can rise above it all and be a Butterfly Girl . This is song one of the three tracks featuring  former Red Hot Chili Peppers John Frusicante .

" Last Night in the City " Feat. Kieza
Was pleasantly surprised by this track ,  Kiezas vocals are spot on complementing Simon Lebon's vocal range . This is fresh, upbeat song is surely going to get your body moving.

" The Universe Alone " Feat. John Frusicante
This is a hauntingly beautiful track with a gorgeous melody that just takes your to that place in your mind only Duran Duran can. With the intelligent insightful lyrics almost like visiting a surrealist painting with Simon Lebon.

The Paper Gods tour underway keep up to date with all the exciting events, appearances even purchase the album and merchandise go to

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Duran Duran Concert Style

Duran Duran Concert Style

Here some ideas to give your concert style a little edge. Without sacrificing comfort , which when dancing like mad is important. There is an old wives tale that you don't wear the merch you purchase at the actual show your attending. I always slip my new band t shirt on in the bathroom. I'm not alone mind you everyone does it. I like to wear a bold lip and minimal makeup. I really don't want to fuss with my makeup all night . If you're going out after the show tuck a few things in your bag for a touch up. The most important is bring your smile that is something everyone will notice. 

Friday, September 11, 2015

Betsey Johnson Spring 2016 ( Edie Sedgwick Inspiration )

Betsey Johnson Spring 2016

Looking at the pictures of Betsey Johnson's Spring 2016 collection was happy, colorful and whimsical Johnsons trademark style was spot on. In the 60's Betsey Johnson was friends with the late pop artist Andy Warhol. She was known to frequent his "Factory" in New York City. A place where common folks, artist, musicians, actors, models well basically if you were iconic in the creative world this was your scene. Betsey Johnson befriended Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick . 1969 When Johnson opened her first shop . Edie Sedgwick was her house model. She also designed Edie's dress for her last movie " Ciao Manhattan" That she made with Warhol. Edie's life came to an early and tragic end. The Velvet Underground wrote a song that was said to be about Edie. Nico the lead singer was not a fan of Edie's . It made me happy to see a little Edie Sedgwick inspiration on the Runway. Especially crafted from the talented hands of Betsey Johnson.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Baby Metal -Japanese Idol Metal Band

I was reading some articles on NME , When I stumbled on Baby Metal. This has to be one of the most interesting new groups to watch. Id liken it to watching Eurovision and discovering something very cool . They are gaining popularity in the states so it will be interesting to see how there story unfolds. Honestly Id not heard of the metal idol genre.

"Babymetal is a Japanese metal idol band. Their line-up consists of Suzuka Nakamoto as "Su-metal", Yui Mizuno as "Yuimetal", and Moa Kikuchi as "Moametal". The concept of the group is a fusion of the metal and idol genres. The three teenage girls and their band are managed by the Amuse talent agency. They released their debut album of the same name in February 2014."

Duran Duran Radio Special

Duran Duran Radio Special

Join us for 5 hours of Duran Duran Music. Celebrating the release of Duran Duran's 14th studio album " Paper Gods "  5 hours of music curated by two noted bloggers . Last time the special aired it brought in 1 million listeners world wide. Talia and Tracey take you on a journey with the fashion , history and music of Duran Duran . You can listen world wide 
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