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Dance. Sex. Art. Pop.
Dance. Sex. Art. Pop.

Gaga's "Artpop" does not disappoint

It’s finally here! Lady Gaga’s newest album, "Artpop," has finally hit the shelves (both physically and digitally) and has been leaving them just as fast. The album has been a hot topic ever since it was announced almost a year and a half ago. Whether the press is good or not, everyone has been anxiously awaiting what Gaga has in store for them next. 

As a devoted Gaga fan since her first album, "The Fame," I have been practically falling out of my seat with impatience since the album was announced. Now that it’s here, I must say that I am not disappointed. Everything on the album is classic Gaga, as well as some new tricks and adjustments to her image as a singer / entertainer.

Each song on the album has its own unique touch, and whether you are a fan of Gaga’s intense dance beats or in love with her emotionally charged ballads, "Artpop" has something for every type of Lady Gaga fan.

"Aura" – The song opens with some eerie guitar tunes with Gaga singing about a murder. The song then takes a turn towards weird(er) but oddly satisfying after this. It is clear that Gaga has not lost her taste for strange and unique lyrics over sick synthesizers and bass. The song’s main theme talks about wanting to know the real person behind someone’s facade (aura). Pleasure, toil, sexual pleasure are all part of what makes this song provocative and fun to dance to. It is a great intro to the album because it reminds the listener what Gaga is all about and that she is still intrigued by sex and pleasure.

"Venus" – One of the singles off the album, Venus begins with a strong, pulsing intro. The beat is heart-stopping and energetic. Gaga's references to the planets through out the song makes it even more interesting (Uranus). "Take me to your planet ... Take me to your Vanus." The haunting background vocals chant "To the planet," and create an alien-esque vibe. One truly feels like they are traveling through the solar system and seeing some unreal martians along the …

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Linda S. Godfrey: werewolf chronicler.
Linda S. Godfrey: werewolf chronicler.

Milwaukee Ghost Stories: The accidental werewolf chronicler

Wisconsin author Linda S. Godfrey didn’t set out to become a leading expert in the "manwolf" phenomenon, she just kind of fell into one cold winter in 1991.

"I call myself the accidental werewolf chronicler because it was nothing that I thought of in my previous life as a career I might someday have," Godfrey recently told me over the phone.

She lives in the "quiet, conservative community" of Elkhorn. In the early '90s, she got a staff job as a writer and illustrator at the Walworth County newspaper The Week and soon received a strange tip.

"Someone told me that people around Elkhorn were reporting seeing something that reminded them of a werewolf on Bray Road, which is a two-mile stretch of country road, just outside of town. So, just for fun, I checked into it. I found out a lot of people were talking about it and I discovered our county animal control officer had a file folder in his office that was marked ‘werewolf.’ That fact made it news."

Godfrey tracked some of these witnesses down and began to piece together a frightening mystery.

"(The witnesses) didn’t strike me as jokers or liars. They seemed very sincere and frightened over what they experienced," Godfrey recalls.

Her article ran in The Week on Dec. 31, 1991.

"We thought it would probably cause some chuckles and be gone, but in two weeks it became national news," she says.

"The Beast of Bray Road," as it was now  known, drew attention from across the country. News vans rolled through Elkhorn to get react quotes from citizens and shoot footage of Bray Road.

Godfrey says the area  isn’t quite the creepy Transylvania forest people hope for, but a tame stretch of subdivisions and corn fields. Godfrey’s next surprise was that she discovered that similar reports of the creature were heading her way, not just from the Elkhorn area, but from around the world. 

"From that point on I sort of became the person people started sending their reports to and that media came to. As soon as t…

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