I'll start with Scarlett Johansson so I can post the picture of her above. Pity she's not a pretty girl, eh? Rolling Stone has a piece on her new Tom Waits covers album. It has the eyebrow raising title Anywhere I Lay My Head and features David "60-going-on-25 Bowie" on guest vocals. That's what happens when you are are ScarJo: music icons beg to sing backup for you. Funnily enough, I know none of the songs on the CD, so it will seem all shiny and new. Unlike ScarJo herself, who seems to get around Hollywood, if ya know what I mean.
Does anyone else find the irony in Mariah Scarey calling her album E=MC Squared? Really. She's not exactly Marie Curie, clutching her minidog, tottering around in hotpants, badonkadonak and tatas thrust out. The new single is tediously autotuned. What producer sees the need for Carey's vocals to be cleaned up?
Dark secret #1: I am having trouble caring about the new kd lang CD. There are some strong tunes (Sunday, Close Your Eyes), but several songs just lay there with predictably MOR arrangements. It may be a grower.
Dark Secret #2: The new REM song is phoned-in. The lyric isn't terrible but the song itself is really Supernatural Superserious Superdull. Watch it now.
Keane's new CD is out July 7 according to play.com. I'll believe it when I hear it from them.
I recently caught up on my music links to the right. The newest blog is MuuMuse. Brad is wee bit obsessed with Titney, but I am focusing on his willingness to actually review new songs. I also like Mine For Life for retro stuff from the 80's and 90's.
I have a review of Goldfrapp in the March Instinct. I also did a wee newsy bit on Temposhark, in which I get the singer to comment on whether Not That Big, his duet with Imogen Heap, is meant to be dirty. See the mag to find out...Heat recently took a Who's more annoying? poll. Joss Stone or Natasha Bedingfeld? Obviously Joss "Fuckin'-for-tracks" Stone! Which reminds me that I love the blog called The National Society For The Prevention of Joss Stone.
The Carly Hennessey/Smithson controversy on American Idol kind of bores me. Here is the infamous 2005 Wall Street Journal piece on her - it captures the moment the music industry began to implode. Her Gregg Alexander-produced CD cost 2.2 million and sold like 400 copies (I have one!) But is that her fault? Not really. If she's a good singer, she's a good singer and it doesn't really matter if she's had an album out.
I love that:
1. The Ferras song on American Idol (title at top of this post) seems to actually be about a girl going to Hollywood to do porn. Exquisite irony. Show ponies: stop exploiting yourself and go home to the ones who love you.
2. Toons 'N Tunes is having a Laura Branigan (RIP!) Moment.
3. A Patrick Wolf fan on his livejournal page posted this question: "Hello, I was just wondering if anyone knows what Patrick is doing with his hair right now...is it blue? Is it red? Is it curled? Is it ever changing like Eternal Sunshine?" Bless fans.
4. Donna Summer's new single is called Stamp Your Feet, as reported by ElMarvelOso.
5. After a few weeks of my life seemingly going down the dumper, things are on the upswing now with big changes coming. More news soon...