November 12, 2008
Mixtape: So I be written in the Book Of Love.
La Bex avec Le Bebe. She's popping out a kid in April. Her new commercial features her next single, the monotonous sounding Sophia Loren, in the background. Supposedly an album is due at the height of summer.
Blogger zapped me. They decided to delete my Ladyhawke Elect post even thought it did not have actual full MP3's. I linked to Juno's 60-second samples of her songs. I'd switch to Wordpress, but I tried using it for work and did not like it . At all.
Meanwhile, there are so many new pop blogs I am getting worn out by the concept. The good thing: bloggers are actually writing reviews, etc. Reading them makes me wonder what I have to contribute - I like to read other reviews, but it kind of zaps my enthusiasm. It takes so much time to blog. Absorbing various media and music, quickly analyzing it and then trying to write something thoughtful and original. That's not easy, especially if you have a lot going on in your life.
In the new Instinct Magazine I am a bit mean to Christina Aguilera. I think I call her a "horny USO girl," but her new recordings of Genie and Beautiful are the best things she's done in years. She plays it cool: no wailing, just "sleek modernity" as they say.
The new Razorlight album is a career ending piece of crap. I cannot believe it's the same band that recorded America.
Seriously, HBO is developing a series based on the life of Anthony Kiedis of RHCP. Good gravy Marie.
The Dido phenomenon. Huh? Some of her lyrics are good, but her arrangements are so makeshift. Plus, I believe I could talk/sing the album just as well. I do like a new track called It Come and Goes, though the title of that song is exactly what annoys be about her: she's so non-committal.
"When you have a penis like that, you're never broke." John Hughes at PopDose is always worth your time, but his recent Phags on 45 post is a gem. John's in the pageboy. I love the discussion about Warren Cuccurullo's penis (see quote above and do NOT click here at work!) and the moment when his friend does the "Do you hear me!?" bit, which you must be about 40 to understand.
Lucas Mire has finished his new album. I think it launches with an appearnce on Good Morning America right? Robin will love him and Sam The Gay Weatherman will jump him.
I wonder which unreleased albums will be shelved? Annie? Keri Hilson? Starsailor? Don't doubt it - the economy is in the dumper and labels will not be taking chances. In America, retails sales are absolutely tanking and the economic outlook is worse for 2009! Maybe it had to happen, I don't know, but it seems to be creating a seachange in American consumerism which is probably not a bad thing. We need a push away from living on credit.
I adore Noel Fielding of The Mighty Boosh. Here he talks about wearing Courtney Love's hand-me-downs.
Fans of the Smiths should listen to Northern Portrait from Norway. It's uber-Smithsian, but isn't it good, Norwegian wood?
Over 30's: Tracy Chapman just released a new record Our Bright Future that sounds like it was recorded in 1988! Yes, it has been 20 years since her debut. Bless her, she's another one who could use a spike in her tea. Thinking Of You is her best song.
Finally, please gaze into my crystal ball(s): The new Missspears album will have a song I actually like and it will be called Unusual You.
Did you see the episode of Ugly Betty that ended so beautifully with Betty and Wilhemina on the rooftop watching dawn in Manhattan. They made great use of Sebastien Tellier's song Look. A great driving song, it will make you feel chic muttering along in French. Cliquer ici or whatever.
I don't understand what is going on in California, but I should correct Darren Hayes that Prop 8 does not affect the American Constitution. It's a California vote, in state where gay marriage should be commonplace! Thanks to PopMuse for leading me to this joke-free Keith Olbermann commentary. Do take six minutes to watch it at the link or below. An attack on gay marriage is an attack on love and an attack on families.
photo via Santa Barbara Independent