February 25, 2009
Mixtape: Tell me the truth, is it love or just Paris?
Roisin Murphy may not have the elevated place she deserves in pop music, but she's clearly high up the guest list in the fashion world, seated next to self-promoter Kanye West on the front row of the New York shows. This photo's from The Hopeless Optimist, who has elaborate coverage of Roisin's fashionista jaunts worldwide. I hope this will inspire her to create new music soon.
Chers amis, Phoenix, a band I completely forgot existed, is back. Their website opens with a free download of new single 1901. The song seems like standard indiepop until the chorus where the real hook comes in-n-n-n. If you don't know their 2003 track Too Young (watch it now), used to great effect in the film Lost In Translation, get it on itunes. I should add that they're French and we need more French popstars, at least beyond Mrs. Sarkozy. Their new CD, the brilliantly Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, is out May 25.
The Virgins want to be as effortlessly cool as Phoenix. They're in fashion spreads in New York (see it) and Rolling Stone. I recommend the track Private Affair.
Neko Case's new album The Middle Cyclone is streaming now on NPR! It's out March 3.
U2. What does one say about hoary ol' U2? I think their new album will require some time. The question is, do I want to give Boner and The Boys that time? I am still baffled by the choice of that boots song as the single, when Stand Up Comedy or I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight completes the task with far more effervescence. I just did a killer review of it for Instinct, which I'll share when I can.
Morrissey fans: I was at first dismissive of the new b-sides, but I'm slowly changing my mind. I recommend both Because Of My Poor Education and Shame Is The Name heartily. I doubt anyone noticed the little slogan on the banner above - that's taken from Shame. I plan to review the actual album soon. The song to beat is the wailing, intense It's Not Your Birthday Anymore. The Red Radio has a contest up for a free vinyl copy of the album (Americanos only).
Seriously, OMD and Spandau Ballet are recording again. The latter are sort of like Take That with erectile dysfunction.
That defamer Chartrigger is now in love with Lily Allen after years of refusal (!). I hope the pic below of Lily and a large pussy pops his cork.
Stuart Price has remixed Wrong by Depeche Mode. This one as Thin White Duke. Should be good, though his recent Starsailor mix added nothing much to Tell Me It's Not Over.
Ladyhawke has new mixes out for her Paris Is Burning track I love the Funkagenda mix and the radio edit for the Simmons and Christopher Mix. They're all over the place.
Does anyone have an MP3 of Will Young's iTunes UK bonus track This Is Who I Am (hear it)? I didn't know it existed until today. It's a massive attack...
Lily Allen in Q Magazine