October 14, 2009
Mixtape: This is it?
Who should Nicola Roberts make an album with? She deserves one more than Cheryl Cole, yes? Which sort of avant garde pop genius is worthy of her? Maybe the guy who did Siobhan Donaghy's Ghosts... or maybe Kleerup? Starsmith?
Speaking of Cheryl "The Hair" Cole, Talia put up her listening party notes. It sounds like test marketed crap, but well see. I do like the title track Three Words, though it has too much of that man's voice on it.
Microfilm have released a new EP, Blips Don't Lie, that features contributions from Sarah Nixey and Del Marquis! I should be clear that those tracks are not really like those artists' solo work. Their voices are transformed for the most part. Matt are very clued in to modern electronic music and worth your investigation. Here are a list of places to buy it.
Madonna in Rolling Stone.
Perhaps an unpopular opinion: I am glad that the tracks Roisin Murphy performed at the Viktor and Rolf show were primarily remixes. I found them to be more groove-based than I'd want. I need a little more melody, a little less thump. It sounds like her next official release will be called... Orally Fixated. Whatever, she looked great and I used this as the iTunes image for the live rip.
I saw two shows this month: 1) U2 - Their amazing "Claw" set turned the stadium (with 80,000+ people) into a sort of cyberpunk cathedral. Just beyond. I forgot that Bono could sing and entertain. He is a master at what he does, so see them live once. Interestingly, my favorite performance of the night is also their worst single, I'll Go Crazy... they did a brilliant remix of it that was urgent and inspiring (see below).
The other show I saw was Maxwell. What is it with soul singers riffing on the nasty?! In this case, he did a bit about getting down with your lady no matter what time of the month it is. "We can lay down some towels." Oh. my. new. levels. of. girl. power.
Where is the Charlotte Gainsbourg / Beck single? It's weeks late! The free track (see earlier post) is not a tune that begs to played over and over.
Which reminds me, Me'shell Ndegeocello has a new record out - Devil's Halo- that's pretty cool, sort of like Joan Armatrading produced by Air. She does a cover of Ready For The World's Love You Down that reminds me of her sexy, accessible early work. Me'shell's first and third albums are required music. Period. I will never recover from her ballads Sweet Love and Outside Your Door. She is Maverick Records greatest signing.
The Divine Comedy is recording a new album and... on Twitter!
Erik Hassle's monolithic Hurtful has been remixed by - haha- Penguin Prison - it's proper brilliant. Here. Can now be played in Brooklyn fair trade coffee houses.
My own twitter comment of the week: The music business is like a big one night stand. You hook up with an act for 2 albums and then you say "I've done you. Next!"
Guilty pleasure: The lovely new song Bigger, produced by Max Martin for Backstreet Boys.
Everything that is screwy with Madonna's new hits collection has been cataloged by music wonk @vinnyvero Tech geeks will like this
Bad Lieutenant is New Order singer Bernard Sumner's new band. It's just more of the same, but it's not New Order, you know? Not special enough.
Catherine AD (album out in 2010) gave away some early demos - pretty piano tunes.
If you ran into Kylie on her US tour, she looked like a very small, normal person
Sorry, I just want to tie Mika to a merry-go-round and leave him there, spinning endlessly into oblivion. http://bit.ly/10WsF2 (Mika's new vid). He is relentlessly shiny happy people isn't he?
The Cure has not aged well for me, sadly. Except for a few songs (like Love Song) from Disintegration. They're releasing a whopping 3-disc version next year!
An album I recommend everyone going back to or discovering: Sting's Nothing Like The sun. He was not exactly hungry when he made this, but the fire/passion was still very much there. It's a near perfect double LP and the less-known album tracks sound particularly sterling 22 years on - Straight To My Heart, The Lazarus Heart, Little Wing among them. 'Tis a shame his head is now wedged so deeply up his own rear end.
Gwenno of The Pipettes. Stuck Records did an excellent interview from one of pop's most MIA groups.
Coming out this week, my review of Annie's finally-released Don't Stop. It'll be on American newsstands in the November issue of Instinct, (which now makes you get a free account to see actual online content).
U2 I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight (live):
image from Hedi Slimane