Friday Listening Party: Jeffree Star's 'Beauty Killer'

This edition of FLP, we take on the chainsaw-wielding tatted up club kid, Jeffree Star, who churns out dance music with some major bite. But it might come with an infection after.

The Myspace star is starting to step away from finding pseudo-fame on the Internet by landing gigs on the Vans Warped Tour, releasing this album on a new label and working with some bona fide musicians and producers. But, how does his September release Beauty Killer stand up to the FLP’s usual suspects? Read on. Caution: Strong language ahead!

—  Rich Lopez

Friday Listening Party: Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers' 'The Bear' and a secret bonus listen

In this edition of the Listening Party, we’re giving a two for one deal. Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers’ CD The Bear excited us because of its well-styled album art. It looked a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. And surely if it looks good then it must sound good, right? Most of our previous LPs have been more pop or dance. When this crossed my desk, I knew we had to give it a shot. But we kinda missed our high energy bit too so the LP peeps, Chris, Kristina, Chance and I, decided to take on Lolene’s “Sexy People” single.

I’m still settling on a format. This one runs a bit long. Sorry, y’all. Here we go, track by track.

—  Rich Lopez

Friday Listening Party: Colton Ford's 'Under the Covers'

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The Listening Party is back. We’ve been a little distracted lately or schedules just weren’t meshing but we’re glad to be back on track. This week, we’re listening Colton Ford’s Tuesday release, Under the Covers. I get a little worried about former porn stars crossing over into the mainstream. Clearly, ego blinds them to their diverse talents — or lack thereof. Colton Ford is way hot but how does he fare becoming the next dance music sensation?

With snarling good looks, silvery hair and chiseled body, Ford has our attention but we’re a little confused by this CD. Clearly he prefers to sing, a point his press release drives home (“Ford lives — and loves — to sing.”) but this ambitious sophomore release of cover songs threw us for a loop. What’s worse is Ford’s explanation. “Adding my interpretation to these songs gives a new perspective to these classic tunes, enabling me to show different sides of my vocal ability,” he said.

Um, O.K., now let’s see what the others thought.

—  Rich Lopez

Friday Listening Party: Stephen Dillard-Carroll’s ‘Introducing … Me’

Sometimes we get CDs to review that won’t make it in print because we may not have room, too many CDs to go through, etc. Instead, I decided to invite a couple of co-workers into my office and have a go at what made it into the player. For the musical entertainment, I selected out artist, Stephen Dillard Carroll‘s Introducing…Me.”I randomly picked coworkers Kristina and Chris to stop by the office for a listen.  We clicked each song, checked out the beginning, jumped to the middle, read the press package (including three letters about himself) and everyone had their say. Snag a listen here and join the party after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez