In my younger days, I was mistaken for a whore. Actually that's a line from a new Lindsey Buckingham song Bel Air Rain. Now, I myself have not been mistaken for a whore, but that does not mean I won't end up on a street corner if America ends up in The Great Depression II. The only good thing about this week in the US economy was that it drew attention to the serious issues and made the Palin hooha seem trivial because SHE is trivial. It reveals a lot about the American Mind that many people think she is a feminist choice for McCain. Right. Janeane Garofalo knows the truth.
Like that Kylie calendar cover?
Robyn is releasing a new mix of the beautiful and substantial Dream On as her next single. It seems to have a new synth bed beneath it (and no male vocal). I love this song because I LOVE the message. It's a call to arms for the disenfranchised. Robyn radiates wisdom and integrity, two rare commodities in pop music. I'll probably do more on this when it comes out, but you can hear a snippet on her myspazz. When she finally does release a new album, I suspect it will be greeted as the New Hope.
My computer is home now, with freshly implanted RAM, so it's faster. I am still likely to move to Mac in the future, but I'm not sure when that will be.
Did you read Robbie's elegy for MTV's TRL, the show that spawned Justine Timberod and a certain blond singer girl (or 2)? Regarding the first comment on that post, every post Robbie does, there is some odious, bittter queen with a comment that contributes nothing. To which I say, "Suck it bitch."
An orchestral version of Madonna's Voices is floating around and I find it far superior to the original. The album version has that forwhomthebelltolls ending, which seems tacked on to give more weight to a meh song, like she had to match the great final moments of the Confessions album (the strummy beauty of Like It Or Not's ending). The new version flows better. While we're on it, which songs would I dump from Hard Candy? Incredible, Spanish Lessons, Candy Shop and (D'luv may disagree) Heartbeat. I would add b-side Ring My Bell and send The Lady back to the studio for new songs with someone other than a person whose name begins with Timb or Pharrell.
I was amused to see the pap photo of Lourdes Leon texting while visiting Gerusalemme Basilica in Rome with her mother, Hard Mandy. Secret: I don't text!
The Pretenders album is just utter, utter crap. What a crushing disappointment.
Oasis has a new album - I'm not "gaggin' for it" yet though. I think the single is "pants," but there is a nice Liam-rips-off-Lennon ballad called I'm Outta Time. I really wish that Noel would go solo and he's promised that for his next disk.
I just reviewed Scott Simons for Instinct Magazine. A short 80 word review that recommends his iTunes EP Start Of Something. Scott has a nice blog, but I'd love it if he broke the fourth wall and answered his own email.
I also did a somewhat backhanded review of Xtuna's (Target, cough!) hits record. I'll try to post it before the end of the year... I was a bit mean to that floozy. I'm sorry, but I just cannot stand women who boast things like "I'm a superbitch!" Really? Is that what you want to be? Shallow bravadois not a trait I admire.
Marc Jacobs is an insufferable human being. He needs to stop doing press and stick to clothes.
Is Will Young going to save pop music? Sounds like his album may be his best yet. Paulie Z is doing a big "triptych" on Will, fyi.
Adem's interview with Antigone! I commented on his blog that he and Antigone should do a reality or talk show where they just muse on stuff. Anyway, I wish more people would play it (some may balk at the download) because it is good to hear from such a smart, yet down to Earth, pop singer. She’s the New Breed a la Roisin Murphy. Meaning she instinctively straddles the line between Pop Star and a girl you'd like to have a cup of tea with.
Adem himself has been on his game lately. I should note that he reports that pretty boys Van She are not gay... collectively anyway. But you know, everyone has a price and THAT my friends is the real New Breed.
Daniel Merriweather's album seems to have disappeared. Ronson is back in the studio with him, which is a good thing. That record has been in development for like 3 years, but I do think they need to get it right. He's potentially a huge star.
Did I mention I saw Vicky Christina Barcelona? I was mixed on it, but Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem were sublime (and very funny together). I just cannot stand how the other two actors occasionally lapsed into Woody-isms.
And did I also mention that my friend was on the new 90120? Playing the woman who turns (the anorexic) Silver away from the shelter with the immortal line "I know baby, but you gotta work it out."
Ladyhawke. I shall investigate. So far I am nonplussed, but youknowwho loves it.
El Marveloso, I am pretty sure, is getting married this week. Congratulations, sir!