At the races

5 References You Didn’t Notice in Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do”

Taylor Swift is on fire! In the video to her smash “Look What You Made Me Do,” there are several references you probably didn’t notice. Don’t worry. Here they are for your review. Read these and watch the video again. You’ll be amazed.

1. All of the backup dancers are wearing shirts that say, “I Live and Die by the In-N-Out Secret Menu.”

2. As she gets on the motorcycle, her jacket lights up with 2,000 LED bulbs that spell out “I’m a Little Bit Country!”

3. The graveyard scene features Swift shoveling dirt on her high school transcripts. What does that mean??!!

4. Are you down with the squad? In the video, an army of robot squad members march through town and eat hot dogs from street vendors. Did you notice each street cart has a picture of Calvin Harris on it? Uh-oh!

5. At one point, Taylor wears a shirt featuring names of some of the biggest NHL stars in the last 75 years. Except Bobby Hull! Whaaa?

Go watch it again. You’ll be blown away!

5 Crazy Things To Do At A Guns and Roses Reunion Show

Guns and Roses are back together again. Skeptical? That’s probably why they are calling it the Not in This Lifetime Tour.

It’s true, my rocker friend. Here they are working out at kinks at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.

Wowsers. Axl looks a little thicker, but the sound is still there.

To help you plan ahead on reliving your wild rocker past, here are 5 crazy things to do at the show in your area.

1. Attempt to jump on the speaker stack to dance wildly, only to stop when your hip pops.

2. Put your date on your shoulders so she can see better, and then realize you can only hold her for 27 seconds before your ankles give out.

3. Take selfies to show your kids you are still cool, finding out later you had the camera backwards and took shots of the fans behind you.

4. Take binoculars to catch the action up close, especially when you are in the third row with fading eyesight.

5. Dive off the stage, hitting the ground with a thud because all the old people your age would not catch you.

Have fun out there!

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Kanye is $53 Million in Debt? Nah

People are perturbed!

People are upset!

They are beside themselves with the news that Kanye West is more than $50 million in debt.

I just had several conversations online with otherwise smart people who are not happy about this.

They say that it shows no matter how much money you have, if you have more than $50 million in debt, you have not managed your finances responsibly.

And you should pay the consequences.

Really?

Do you really think that Kanye West is more than $53 million in debt?

No. He’s not.

He said that he was, he tweeted that he was, at the exact same time that his new music, The Life of Pablo, came out on the market.

I’ve heard the album, and it is very good, not near as good as his earlier work like “College Dropout” and “Late Registration.”

I don’t think he’s come close to these albums with his latest work.

However, what he’s even better at than music is working the media, working controversy, working the news cycle — as he has many times admitted that he’s doing.

If you want to verify that, check out The Jimmy Kimmel show episode where he says, “I’m playing the media more than they’re playing me.”

Is Kanye really $53 million dollars in debt? As long as the current news cycle lasts, anyway. But after that? Nah.

At the races

Do You Remember? The Passing of Maurice White

One of the best aspects of coming of age in the 70s was there weren’t cameras everywhere to record various petty crimes.

Wait, that’s not what I meant.

One of the best parts of growing up in the 70s was the quality and variety of music (and let’s be honest, some terrible as well). We used to buy records at Target for a few bucks. This was back before Target sold designer garden tools and hip clothes hangers.

In one record haul, I’d have heavy metal, funk, folk rock, hard rock, pop and soul albums. I bought as many funk and R&B albums as rock music.

One of my favorite bands was Earth, Wind and Fire. I remember going to see them in 1978 at Iowa State University. It was a crazy great show, and it lasted so long I couldn’t believe it. If only I could last that long.

So it was sad to hear about the passing of Maurice White. It’s amazing how one person and one group can make such an impact on the world. Thanks, Maurice.

Did Taylor Swift Have Some Gas Problems at the 2015 Video Music Awards?

Fans react to the suggestion by media outlets that Taylor Swift had some audible gas problems on the 2015 Video Music Awards telecast.

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I didn’t notice a thing. I was in the front row.

-Johnny, 24

 

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I was there and didn’t smell a thing.

-Helen, 25

 

Courtesy SMU Central University Libraries via Flickr Commons
Courtesy SMU Central University Libraries via Flickr Commons

I tracked the reported fumes over a 3 block area. They barely registered on the gasograph. I think the media exaggerated it.

-Helen, 47