October 5, 2008
Mixtape: Let it go, let it go, let it go
I've been out of blogging action a bit this week because work has busted my chops. I suppose this is a good thing at heart, but I don't like it when work takes so much that I have no energy left. That combined with barely sleeping has left me a haggard tramp! But not so out of it that I can't give some thoughts for this week:
The new Razorlight song is kind of corny. I love the opening when Johnny sings in a very unadorned, subtle way, but then he goes on about how "she lives on Disillusion Road" and I wince. Watch the video here. Is it just me or are music videos for major artists getting weaker and weaker as the industry leaks money? The best videos are coming from artists used to no money.
A friend gave me the Christopher Ciccone book and I cannot put it down. It has a few dishy things no one had mentioned to me or written about, so maybe I'll put them in post. For instance, Chris claims that Seymour Stein (the mogul who discovered Madonna) came onto him in a big way in the 80's, trying to interview Christopher for a job while he (Stein) was wearing nothing but a bathrobe. Seymour even wanted to do the interview in his bedroom. Oy vey... Chris didn't do it. I still would love to interview Christopher - it would be a really good discussion.
Sugababes new b-side Don't Look Back is not terrible, but really slight. Following up on my Jennifer Hudson review, I should say I a bonus track called Stand Up that is starts like a nice 980's ballad and devolves into shrieking. Disappointing.
What happened to the new Bouncey singles? We heard she was coming back, saw the video shoot and then...the lady vanishes.
A certain blogger tells me the Keane record is very good. Oasis doesn't think so. Meanwhile, they have not released a solid album since 1995. Suck it hard, Noel. Regardless, The Times gives Oasis 4 stars. Meanwhile Keane streams their CD in full on LastFM starting Monday the 6th, though it will probably link momentarily.
The October issue of Instinct includes two pieces by me: a quick writeup on Darren Hayes's Live DVD (yes, it's a little late, but Instinct and I like Darren) and my "US review" of Roisin's Overpowered album. I call her erudite in it... I quite like that review.
Rumor has it Chinese Democracy is out on November 25. Does anyone actually think it will be good? The man has been locked in his house since 1991. Time has marched on. Axl Rose is more known for featuring Crazy at this point.
What about a team-up between Missspears and Greg Kurstin? I could deal with that. She is back to looking good.
Public note to Adem: I love your blog and hope next week is glorious for you. Thanks again for pointing me to Ladyhawke. I am still obsessed with it.
The photo accompanying this is of another record store closing. All over the UK and America it keeps getting worse... sad times.