Michael Hutchence died on November 22, 1997. Ten years! What a waste of a great talent and potentially long term superstar. He would have been 47 years old now.
Yes, Goldfrapp leaked. 3 months early. I am laying low about it on the blog for now, but I've been carrying on via email about this brilliant new album, which swerves away from the discopop of Supernature. It seems based in the acoustic guitar, but is not folk. There are lots of electronic flourishes and strings and harmonies. It's a very emotional record too, in the same subtle way Tracey Thorn's was.
New Kate Bush song Lyra from The Golden Compass. I keep calling it Lycra. Oops.
Have you noticed that Mary J Blige's songs all sound the same? The good news is that Mary J Blige has a style all her own. The bad news is that Mary J. Blige's songs all sound the same. See iPod commercial evidence.
Does anyone know anything about Remi Nicole? Should I be paying attention? I doubt it. Likewise, is Palladium the next hot Brit band (albeit in a poppy way)? I like the songs, but am not sure about the vocals.
Darren Hayes has a 2008 calendar? Yep! AND he "got a facial" over the holiday. I gave one. joke!
Here is kd lang's new song I Dream Of Spring performed on Parkinson. Strangely, it's available in the UK via iTunes, but not in the US. ?? The song is a bit bluesier than her usual style, I think.
Here is Ewan McGregor on the same show. Part 1 and Part 2. The usual wide-eyed, toothy delight. Two points leap out at me: 1) He says he's found that the poorest people in the world are often the most generous and 2) that city life is becoming restrictive and less "free" with CCTV cameras watching you everywhere and signs that say "don't do this and don't do that." He feels a nanny state has been created where none of us are relying on our common sense anymore.
Okay, whippersnappers, it's 80's redux from here on out...
Billy Bragg has a new CD called Mr. Love & Justice out in the new year. His first in 6 years. Billy recently performed onstage with Kate Nash, which I think is a wonderful pairing.
Grace Jones has an album called Corporate Cannibal coming out in 2008! Brian Eno is somehow involved. She should pull a page from Marianne Faithfull's book and work with younger artists like Massive Attack and Goldfrapp. And more Trevor Horn please. She's not perfect, but she's perfect for me.
The Blow Monkeys just announced they've reformed. As Shakespeare said, I shit you not. The catch? You have to buy the CD before they record it.
Marc Almond is releasing two more extra tracks from his great Stardom Road sessions. They'll be on iTunes soon. They are covers of Johnny Ray's Cry and an orchestral version of Antony Hegerty's River of Sorrow. If you don't have Stardom Road, get Redeem Me at the very least. It is spine tingling.
Poor Dave Gahan's album has come and gone in a vaporous cloud. He did actually perform the only good song from it, Saw Something, on Spinner.com but other than that, I think there has been minimal promotion. I wonder if that is his choosing? The whole Hourglass project has been devoid of any energy.
Duran Duran's bonus track Cry Baby Cry is very good - like a long lost Notorious cut. Much better than at least 3 of the album cuts.