Do my Brits like a Pimm's punch in summer?
Mean old Morrissey made an appearance at O2 this past weekend - it was well received. He did a new track with a great title: Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed. Only TWO months until Years Of Refusal.
Captain's album Distraction was due on August 4, but a message on their website suggests that is not happening. BooyouBritPopwhores to this news!
Alexis Strum news! Her band Bo Pepper is recording an album in LA with Greg Wells (Mika, etc). You can stream her latest song No One But Yourself here. The video is quite sweet as it stars a bunch of tabloid-y teddy bears.Apparently Noel Gallagher represents what is wrong with the music biz: "We didn't spend a year in the most expensive studio in England, with the most expensive producer in America, and the most expensive graphic designer in London to then give it away. Fuck that." Hey, jackass! Try a cheaper studio next time.
Sugababes may have a new single soon. I wonder what this group can do next? They seem played out. I know some of you loved Change, but I thought that album had no legs. What direction can they go that will "wow" people? Timbaland is said to be working with them, but he's also working with everybody - including me on my first album, due in 2019. Regardless, I see no new girl groups nipping at their heels. 2008, halfway over, has been a terrible year for British pop, honestly.
Music I Just. Don't. Get. Lady GaGa, Ladyhawke, Little Jackie, The Ting Tings, Pharrell Williams.
Does anyone really believe Madonna is schtupping A-Rod? Maybe in 1994, but not now. Highly unlikely. Meanwhile, in other bad news for Lady Ritchie, her fallen-from-high brother is publishing a tell-all next week. Chart Rigger has the story (and a comment from me).
Mark Ronson produced a song called Beg for Leon Jean Marie. I've heard it and am not sure how strong the actual song is, despite being dressed up in big strings. It's also one of the Leon's lesser vocal performances. Decide for yourself here. I may change me mind!
So Boy George will definitely not be touring the US this year. He did a great interview with Perez Hilton (really!) and at the end played a bit of a new song called Yes We Can that sounded so good it gave me a wee chill. Kind of pride song, but with Barack's voice talking on it. I liked this line, which is fitting for George in recent years: "Please forgive me for crimes against myself / And I'll forgive your lack of faith."
I hear that Rodney Jerkins is working with Missspears. Is Rodney still considered good? That's a rhetorical question because I could care less whether he is or not. He did Janet no favors. It's not right but it's Darkchild, etc etc.
Keeping with the negative mood of this post, I heard a sampler from Sharleen Spiteri's new Melody CD and it sucks. Although Sharl did retro long before Amy Winehouse and (cough!) Duffy, this new album sounds dead on arrival. Only the ambient title track leapt out. Otherwise, the music is canned soul.
Sheryl Crow is doing a Christmas CD for Hallmark. Poor thing. That cannot be a good sign.
My parents are now hip again: They're going to see Neil Diamond at his arena show. Mind you, they are likely hoping for You Don't Bring Me Flowers and Love On The Rocks (I love that one too). One hopes he doesn't pummel the silver masses with his new album, resurrected Johnny-Cash-stylee as an indie God though he is.
It is true that I have never heard a song by Miley Cyrus or Jonas Brothers or is that Bros?). I just cannot be bothered, which may be an I'mgettingold thing.
Blogs: Electro Retro is back, thank Goddess, as is Shock-a-locka-boom, which I'd presumed that asshole Prince had killed. The IHOP blog seems to be dead. And by IHOP, I do not mean pancakes.