December 17, 2009
Mixtape: It's all in your head
Wow. I am not sure what it's called overseas, but I have an illness called shingles which basically makes me look like I've been slumming it in a nuclear bomb zone. It's not pretty (note: it is a rash that follows nerve paths). Consequently, all those 00's lists I've been doing became tedious. Yawn! I just had one more, a reminder of 2008, so just read the list here, and then we're on to this year's lists, of which there will not be a zillion.
I will say that my favorite video of the oughties is Paper Bag by Fiona Apple (watch it above or in a larger version). It was directed by filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood) in 2000. In January 2006, still the early days of this blog, I did a lengthy post about the video. I hope videos like this will continue to get budgets. It's a piece of art, my favorite being the final 30 seconds.
I love how this Guardian piece on Mini Viva talks about "an emotional connection with the audience" and then doesn't even have a quote from them until deep into the article, near the end.
TOO MUCH FILLER Madonna!
The latest Courtney Love drama - there is a restraining order to keep her from contacting Frances Bean - is really sad. She's even going after Frances now (see the full horror story at Idolator). We can all assume what's going on, but who knows. It's just all very sad - she had a great run in the 90s.
Sky Ferreira, a new 17 year old singer, kind of flew by me until I heard her cover of Stevie Nicks's classic Stand Back. You can get it at Sheena Beaston - it's very Ladyhawke. which is a good thing.
I have always loved the first 30 seconds or so of Kate Bush's Wow. This song has batshit crazy lyrics though: "He'll never make the screen... Be that movie queen. He's too busy hitting the Vaseline."
Why hasn't Cassie's Electro Love been released? If I were in charge of that album, I would choose to highlight the most futuristic sounds (I am a huge fan of Stamina, a leaked track), do a brilliant photo of her with the whack hair and really push that. It separates her from today's r'n'b fodder. And Good knows, with a voice that birdlike, she needs an edge.
I hate Susan Boyle's version of Madonna's You'll See. For me it highlights the actual LACK of emotion in "Subo's" voice. There no rounding of notes or softness or actual kind of communication going on. You can picture her, stood stock still on a stage, singing this as if it were Climb Every Mountain. So stiff. I feel like most of the emotion is brought by the audience, still, to her story. And her Wild Horses is a ripoff of several better singers' interpretations.
Roisin Murphy had her babby, finally. Seems like she has been pregnant for 2 years. Well done Roisin!
Taylor Swift's new look is great... or so I thought, until I saw the shoes
And since when is Britney Spears a middle-aged housewife?
Desired trend for 2010: More amazing pop dominance from Sweden. I love you, Swedes.
Morrissey finally addresses his troubled year head on. See the horrifically titled but v. good blog Slicing Up Eyeballs for details. Poor guy says he has no label and no one wants him.
Someone on PopJustice claimed that Tori Amos's Sin album only sold 6,000 the first week? Good God! That must be scary for her - if you've read her book, you know that she's a pretty fierce businesswoman. That said, everyone but Tori understands what is wrong with her career. Her new "HOLIDAY, not Christmas!" CD is not terrible at all, but I hope she records her next album in a new place with a new team. Life is too short to not take a chance. Artists don't grow without that and I am surprised no interviewer has ever asked her about this.
Finally, I have decided that Michael Buble is Lucifer. Sorry to his fans. I love Home, but several things put me off: the doughy nude photo, the shockingly cheesy fake-accent/cadence intro to the live Madison Sq Garden version of Home and, finally, a new album that is total pablum. Same shit every year. At least Josh Groban recorded with Imogen Heap - he tried to be cool.