March 14, 2009
Mixtape: The endless in-between
This blog is five years old. Lucky five. Thank you for reading it, and commenting, when and if you do. This week, solid music news, A to Z, affectionately:
Karima Francis is a Serious new artist. You can stream her debut, The Author, at LastFM. She's been compared to Tracy Chapman and Joan Armatrading (as Tracy was back in the day.). The jury's still out. What do you think?
Imogen Heap should have her new album out in summer and she plays a few bits on her newest vblog. The end of the blog has a painfully beautiful snippet of Wait It Out that almost made me cry. She is a shining example of what the music industry CAN be.
Indigo Girls suddenly have a new CD out on March 25 called Poseidon and the Bitter Bug. They say it's more r'n'b based (!), but it sounds the same to me. Sugar Tongue, a new one, starts out pretty average but blossoms - it's kind of muted 70's on the verses and delicate on the chorus. Samples here. I grew up with these girls and some of their songs (Mystery is one) are like lifelines. Which reminds me, if you are on my FB page, you can see some verrrry old pics of me vamping it up during the period when IG reigned.
Grace Jones' next single is another killer tune: Love You To Life. Check out some Observer photo outtakes by the photographer Perou.
Little Boots duet, Symmetry, with Human League's Phil Oakey sounds beyond. Hear the snippet at PJ.
Lucky Soul has completed 5 songs for its new record: new single Whoa Billy!, Up In Flames (What You Gonna Do?), White Russian Doll, That's When Trouble Begins, Upon Hilly Fields.
Morrissey is re-releasing Maladjusted in early May with a new cover and tracklist, which adds six songs. The Guardian's Jude Rogers is none too happy about it.
Pet Shop Boys, all over the world. It's all about them right now. The Guardian's Paul McInnes did a great podcast you need. Neil says "We are the Pet Shop Boys and that's what we do."
The Pipettes finally have a new girl, Beth. Album out in summer?
Eddi Reader fans should listen to this podcast. Her constantly-about-to-come-out album Love Is The Way, is still about to come out (April 13). You hear some clips, including a lovely track calle I Won't Stand In Your Way that is classic Eddi, as is the swoony New York City. and her accent, I could listen to it all day.
Tracey Thorn is finishing her new album with Ewan Pearson
Kanye West did a Storytellers last week and the staging was beyond. Catch Flashing Lights at Disco Potential. Whatever one can say about KW, he has incredible taste.
Top Ten Plus One Songs From My Current Playlist (in no order)
Royksopp Vision One
Daniel Merriweather Water And A Flame (with Adele)
U2 White As Snow (like a Christmas song)
Pet Shop Boys Pandemonium
Annie Lennox Walking On Broken Glass (the new recording)
RuPaul Never Go Home Again
Erik Hassle Hurtful (watch it)
Lunar Ignite (more on that soon)
Brett Dennen Ain't Gonna Lose You (used on Ugly Betty)
Royksopp True To Life (another with Anneli Drecker)
Camera Obscura James
I wish I was in England. I have not left this country for 5 years - FIVE - and it must happen soon.
The artwork above is by Miroslav Sasek. If you've never read his miraculous This Is... picture books about various cities, look for one. I just gave myself This Is London as a birthday present. Umm hmm, I am 40 this week.