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Howard Stern & Madonna

Howard Stern interviewed Madonna on his show and the interview is FASCINATING.  They are two very strong people and so he (and Robin) aren’t at all afraid to ask her hard questions.  She’s just as strong and isn’t afraid to answer questions.  I just love it.

She’s amazing, as is Howard.  And I’ve been listening to the entirety of Rebel Heart more and more and it keeps getting better and better.  I think I still like the first half of the album more at this point, but I mocked “Holy Water” in a previous post and damn I’m finding I really love it too.  There’s a line from it that cracks me the hell up…”Bitch, get off my pole”….how awesome is that.  Like I said, I will get into the album a bit more in depth in some time.  It’s just great to enjoy though.

full-dates-and-cities-for-madonna-s-rebel-heart-tour-unveiledAnd oh yeah:  I got my mothafuckin’ tickets today to Madonna’s show at the Forum in October!!!!!  I can not wait!!!!  Thanks Citibank for the pre-sale awesomeness!

Bits & Pieces

Alright, I have random things to post and dammit I plan to do so!

First, I’m back from Atlanta and had another great “first” day in the PwC Los Angeles office.  Today I met a lot more of the Associates and they’re so young and smart and I feel old and dumb.  Maybe not all that dumb, admittedly, but I certainly feel a chasm of distance between my age and theirs.  Oh well, that’s the way it is.  But I feel like I’m young enough at heart that we’ll all get along just fine.

There is video proof that I was up in the Hollywood Hills home last year!  (sigh…last year….my how quickly time flies).  Doug, who hosted us there, has posted the Vimeo video he took when doing a time-lapse of it.  I was totally there!  It’s fun to see how when it gets dark the onshore flow quickly floods into LA.  There was only a brief amount of time when the lights of LA were really visible before we get engulfed in the Mist!

(I guess you’ll have to click on the ‘Watch on Vimeo’ button to see it!)

Since I’ve been on planes quite a bit the last week or so, I’ve had a lot of time to catch up on my reading, and a big Yay! at that. I finished up Amy Poehler’s “Yes, Please!” and I love her even more.  I then started and finished David Sedaris’ “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” and of course fell in love with it.  His writing is just so damn funny.  He reminds me a lot of Richard Lawson, or maybe it’s the other way around.  Now I’m in the midst of Andy Weir’s AMAZING “The Martian.”  Holy shit, this story is incredible.  I feel like the main character of the astronaut is me at times, especially with his humor and sarcasm.  If you don’t know what “The Martian” is about, it’s about an astronaut on a Mars mission who gets accidentally left behind when a Mars sandstorm forces the mission to be aborted.  He then has to figure out a way to survive – luckily he is a botanist, mechanical engineer, and very funny.  I can’t recommend this book enough.  I still don’t know how it’s going to end but I’m loving the journey.

Madonna-Rebel-Heart-2015-1200x1200Madonna’s “Rebel Heart” has been completely released!  I have really liked the first 9 tracks that were early-access perks…the last 9 tracks though I’ll have to think on some more.  She definitely put a lot of sex on them and I’m not against that but sometimes when you hear a line about if “it” tastes like holy water, you kind of just have to go, “oh girl.”  There is a song though called “Veni Vidi Vici” and I enjoyed it a lot, as there’s a TON of callbacks to her previous songs.  Maybe I’ll get into these songs a bit more in a further post….

Okay, maybe I’m done.  This has been a crazy few days and while I’m adapting, it IS nuts how different things really are for me.  Can’t wait to get paid!  I realize I’m going to have to work out in the morning if I ever want to exercise as I’ll definitely be having later nights.  Especially compared to my previous job!

Madonna’s Rebel Heart

My main girl Madonna has come back into the pop culture realm with the release of 6 tracks from her upcoming album, Rebel Heart.  This release was done to combat the leak of 13 tracks the week before which were mainly very rough cuts of tracks she claims that may not even end up on the album.  I had refused to listen to them as I just didn’t want to hear unfinished product.  I remember hearing a rough cut of “Candy Shop” from Hard Candy and it was awful, but I fucking love the released version.  So yeah, I refused to listen to the leaks but happily, Madonna ended up putting the new album, Rebel Heart, up for pre-order on iTunes and upon purchasing the pre-order, you get 6 songs.  The verdict on those 6 songs?  I LOVE THEM.

Okay, I love them overall.  All 6 aren’t fantastic, but I’d say 4 of the 6 are pretty fantastic and the other 2 are still pretty great.  I’m having slight hopes that this album is a bit more interesting than MDNA – I wasn’t a huge fan of her latest album.

Talking about the 6 tracks that were officially released:

  • “Living For Love”:  This song is total Madonna.  It’s the first song and a very strong and worthy opener.  A great house music song and it brought a smile to my lips.
  • “Devil Pray”:  I liked this song for a bit until it got into this weird section of “We can do E, We can smoke crack…” and I was like, eh.  This is one of the 2.
  • “Ghosttown”:  This track is the one I think most people are really responding to out in pop-culture land.  I didn’t immediately latch onto it, but upon repeated listenings, it certainly grew on me.  Kind of a bleak story in the song but a compelling tune nonetheless.
  • “Unapologetic Bitch”:  The chorus to this song, once in your head, won’t leave.  That’s a great thing.  Another kiss-off song to Guy Ritchie, I presume.  Love it.
  • “Illuminati”:  This is the 2nd song that is amusing, but kind of goofy.
  • “Bitch I’m Madonna” (featuring Nicki Minaj):  LOVE this song too.  Once you hear the refrain for the title lyric, you’ll be telling people too.

I have no idea how any of these songs will go over with the Young Folk who drive charts nor her current fans, but I definitely am responding well to this latest set of releases.  I hope the remainder of the album, which we’ll get in early 2015, are equal in quality to these tracks.  If so, then I’ll be a happy guy.  Larry figures she’ll go on tour again, and I know that means I’ll be shelling out some $$$ to go see her again.  I’m good with that.  She puts on an epic show.