Lady Gaga has spent the last decade growing into one of the most well-known pop artists on the planet since emerging out of New York City’s rock/pop scene back in the mid-2000s. Another steadily-emerging artist to come out of the vibrant NYC music scene in recent years is country-rock singer and guitarist, Aaron Lee Tasjan.The music of the two artists could be considered polar opposites, but there was a time when their two worlds collided when Gaga and Tasjan were both up-and-coming musicians helping each other out with their music videos. Tasjan recently gave his followers a reminder of his past collaboration with Gaga, who appeared in one of his music videos back in 2007.Tasjan had been part of numerous local rock acts before moving to Nashville to launch his currently-blossoming career as an alternative country artist, including The Madison Square Gardeners (Google them immediately) and a garage rock outfit Semi Precious Weapons. The latter released a self-titled, three-track EP in 2009 which featured the single, “Magnetic Baby”. The music video for the single was shared right around that time as well, and featured a wonderful plethora of semi-DIY footage showcasing the band’s primal, raw punk-rock sound. A then-relatively unknown Lady Gaga makes quite the appearance in the video, which was directed by future filmmaker and screenwriter, Pamela Romanowsky.Gaga, who was still sporting dark hair at the time, appears at certain points throughout the video, covering herself (and others) with malt liquor and partaking in the wild, rock-n-roll antics taking place in the storyline.Watch the full video below to try and spot a young Gaga in her brief snippets throughout.Semi Precious Weapons – “Magnetic Baby” – Music Video feat. Lady Gaga[Video: Nyna Germanotta]“Lady Gaga opened for my first band, Semi Precious Weapons in 2007 at a club called Rebel in NYC,” Tasjan mentioned in a post shared to his Twitter. “She performed alongside her then partner Lady Starlight. I wore red ladies pants. Everyone kicked a goal that night.”While the two probably won’t tour together anytime soon, Tasjan will look to close out his 2019 with two more shows supporting Greta Van Fleet in Philadelphia, PA on December 29th and 30th.Head to Tasjan’s website for tickets and 2020 tour date information.
Facebook Advertisement Advertisement “People have to feel they’re expanding their horizons,” Gourd-Mercado says of the spirit that guides RIDM. “Otherwise they can just watch Netflix.”RIDM was founded in 1998 by a group of documentary filmmakers, whose early gatherings had a definite entre-nous quality. The event is still well-attended by those in the business, but Gourd-Mercado, who worked for years as a film publicist before taking over the festival in 2014, is continuing a recent effort to raise the festival’s profile in the community. In the past five years, RIDM’s audience has doubled to around 63,000, she says, including those who watch its offerings outdoors, or in jail. ‘Our trademark is what we call creative documentary,” says Mara Gourd-Mercado, executive director of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM). To get an idea of what she means, consider El Futuro Perfecto (The Future Perfect), a film from Mara’s native Argentina, which is among 128 entries selected for this year’s festival.The film focuses on a young Chinese immigrant named Xiaobin Zhang, whom filmmaker Nele Wohlatz met in a Spanish language class in Buenos Aires. Wohlatz, who had immigrated as an adult from Germany, befriended Zhang and talked with her about a film based on her efforts to fit into Argentinian society and resist her family’s traditional expectations. The two worked out a scenario and scenes, and Wohlatz and Pio Longo wrote dialogue in the style of the flat practice exchanges in Zhang’s language textbook. Wohlatz also shot several alternate endings for the story, based on Zhang’s suggestions. In method and feeling, there’s a lot about El Futuro Perfecto that resembles a feature film. We’re not shown footage of real-life situations, but scripted simulations, some of which feel comically stiff and unrealistic. The film is a comedy about the two-dimensional zone one enters when first learning a new language and culture. But it’s also about the complex emotions that such dislocations can provoke and all of it is tethered more or less closely to Zhang’s experience.Or consider Pierre-Yves Vendeweerd’s poetic Les tourmentes, one of seven films by this Belgian cineaste in an RIDM retrospective. Vandeweerd’s subject seems to be existential malaise in a bleak northern environment, exhibited via brooding shots of people immobilized in their houses, clinging to large rocks or shearing sheep. A female voice-over murmurs a text that is both descriptive and prophetic. There’s no story and no main characters, unless the story is the human condition as borne by a nameless community. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:
APTN NewsPrime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to make a speech in the House of Commons Wednesday about a so-called new legal framework regarding Indigenous people.The speech is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. in Ottawa.“I think it’s time we recognize that a rights-based approach to Indigenous issues and to a partnership with Indigenous people to reconciliation is what we have to do,” said Trudeau Wednesday morning.“We have a constitution that created a space for Indigenous rights, but over the past decades, we haven’t done a very good job of putting those rights at the forefront of all our decision-making and all our engagement with them.”Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott was asked to speak about the legal framework but declined.More to come.