Oh no, that's not what you think it is!
Goodbye 2007. I have put you in a golden box and closed it. Onward!
I updated my Superlatives post with a few new categories and added bits. Okay, tally ho...
For those who care, digital album packaging should improve in 2008.
You might have noticed (or not) that I haven't mentioned Rufus Wainwright's new Judy Garland CD much. Not my thing. I find her songs grating in the extreme, bar a few songs laden with "pathos." If I never hear The Trolley Song again, I will be a happy man. That said, I am stilll a Rufus fan.
Alphabeat are a bunch of kicky 20-something Danes, but I swear they're actually the TV cast of Fame! Watch Fascination to see what I mean. My jury is out, but they are a big hit on Dirrrty Pop, You Don't Know Pop and PopJustice. Hmmm, you think they're folk?
What happened to the new Kate Bush song for Golden Compass? It never came out. Backassward record companies.
Goldfrapp's new A&E video out around January 13.
The latest Morrissey hits album has a shite tracklist (Redondo Beach anyone?) and 2 new songs, both possibly lame. It does have a dreamy cover photo though. Rumor has it there will be a 2-disc version, which may be worth some $. Moz is doing his next CD with Jerry Finn. Good news, since Finn produced the brilliant You Are The Quarry in 2004.
Daniel Merriweather's upcoming solo song is good - it's called Chainsaw. Arjan has it. I think he is working with Mark Ronson on his album for 2008. Remember that Merriweather did the incredible vocal on Ronson's reworking of Stop Me If You Think That You've Heard This One Before.
Did you download Lucky Soul's Christmas song Lonely This Christmas? I think it's a cover, but it's very good. Get it, if you still want a Christmas song, at 7 Digital.
Speaking of which, did you notice Coldplay covered Last Christmas on their website. It's very dour. And Chris is hiding his latest hairstyle, that minx. I wonder if he spent the holidays at a country house being all patrician with his inlaws, followed by a NYE jet trip with Jay Z and Bouncey? Do you detect disdain from me? Nahhh!
Erik, a fellow pop fan in Seattle alerted me to something cool that may be especially amusing for international readers. It's C895, a radio station owned by the Seattle Public Schools and actually operated by students of Nathan Hale High School as part of their radio broadcasting course! They do it all! Production, programming, music selection, copy, and DJ'ing. What's very unexpected is the music they're playing: Kylie, September, M.I.A., Mark Ronson, Sophie EB, even Cascada. Erik warns that sometimes the kids are bit rough on the edges, but you can listen in streaming audio. Might be fun for your office.
Did you notice that Guy "Frou Frou" Sigsworth's next big project is the new Alanis CD due out this Spring? Read more here. That is intriguing. I have always waffled on her voice, but I love songs like Thank You, Hands Clean and So Unsexy. It has a sort of wonky title though: Flavors of Entanglement. Whatever, she is the woman who validated giving head in movie theaters, isn't she?
Fan video for kd lang's new song I Dream Of Spring. The studio version is very folky and Ingenue-ish.
Pete Paphides of The Times is guessing who will blow up in '08.
Sorry I never did my "red cup photo" for Mr. Zapping. That was a great idea and I think I'm too late. Next year if I am lucky enough!