LOLcats Now Haz Music Reviews, Part 1: Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Asher Roth
Some of us here at Pop & Hiss have a theory that almost everything is better with cats. To see whether such a hypothesis extends to music criticism, we reached out to two clever women who were responsible for bringing the LOLcat phenomenon to the stage.
Kristyn Pomranz and Katherine Steinberg are the brains behind "I Can Has Cheezburger: The MusicLOL!," an off-Broadway production based on the popular blog about silly kitties with misspelled captions. The musical premiered at the New York Fringe Festival in August and may make its way to other areas of the country (paws crossed).
Ben Huh, the chief executive of Pet Holdings Inc., which is the parent company of the I Can Has Cheezburger blog, recommended the pair for our project. Despite being an expert in cat-speak, the Seattle-based Huh says he's not very knowledgeable about new music.
So while other music publications have already jumped on the phenom, Pop & Hiss went straight to the source, and asked Pomranz and Steinberg to bestow their musical criticisms onto goofy pictures of cats. In between work on their new musical -- "which is also about food but not about cats," Pomranz wrote in an e-mail -- the duo has let us know what your pets think about your music collection.
We can has musik revyooz.
Between all these forays into pop stardom and designing high-end headphones, does Gaga even have time to make good music? The cat thinks so.
Click "read more" for the rest of the LOLcat music reviews.
Roth's single "I Love College" has become a sort of frat-boy anthem. Since the Morrisville, Penn.-born rapper released his record "Asleep in the Bread Aisle" on April 20, the stoner holiday, he has toured campuses across the country.
You can see the kitty's thoughts.
Here's what we said: "Roth's quest for relatability reeks of redundancy. 'Asleep in the Bread Aisle' boasts a benign banality that suggests a truth Roth might already have known -- staying in school was the smart move."
The "Hannah Montana" star is everywhere. Disney's darling Cyrus has appeared on-screen with countless stars, including Larry David from "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and got a shout-out in the new film "Zombieland."
After her performance last month at Staples Center, here's what we said about the tween idol: "Cyrus failed ... to give her fans a deeper idea of who she is and what her music means. For all its eye-popping detail, the concert offered nothing that viewers of her TV show or buyers of her records don't already know about her."
To be fair, Pop & Hiss was kinder when discussing her single "The Climb," writing that it's "the rare Miley ballad that's on par with some of her more spunky teen pop."
The cats, however, weren't very forgiving of the Disney star. The sometimes sneaky critters are rooted in obscurity, and Miley appears to have sent them into hiding. But hey -- rising from the basement of the underground Web forum 4Chan, you wouldn't expect LOLCats to take too kindly to Cyrus, a mainstream sensation -- or perhaps the cats just aren't fans of the way they've been portrayed by Disney.Want more? Good. Come back tomorrow for Part 2.
-- Mark Milian
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Images: Kristyn Pomranz and Katherine Steinberg