May 23, 2010
Mixtape: From here on out, I'll be your commander
Florence has taken to performing Swimming live now that she has a string quartet with her. Amazing. Listen to the vocals (the girls in the audience shut up soon). She didn't do it at my show (it's one of my favorite Flo songs), but she did amazing version of Rabbit Heart that turned into a 90's house rave-up about 3 minutes in (watch above). It's one of those moments to be in an audience with everybody shouting raise it up! raise it up!
Thrilled to see I made Chartrigger's Bitchiest Reader Comments. My little quote is amusing given what's happened since I said it. Although I still agree with the tabula rasa bit. I never saw ShaNayNay's return comment until today. Loves.
Speaking of Chartrigger: Cryptkeeper not so cadaverous here, is she?
Sad news: Adam Ant has gone nutters again. So much for his comeback. He says, "Ant fans - please send me postcards at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, Fulham Road." Poor Adam, did I tell you you're wonderful?
Grace Jones. Fabulous interview. Pull quote "Lady Gaga isn't going to do anything for me; it'll do everything for her. I'm not there to validate anyone; validate yourself.'
Caitlin Moran just wrote what is probably one of the finest musical artist features (on Lady Gaga) since the days when Rolling Stone was not piece of shit. Read it in the Times.
BT's gorgeous song Every Other Way reminds me a lot of The Honeymoon, a group I adored back in like 2006.
The Knocks will be getting blogger play in the coming months. Their swingin' debut song Blackout is on Neon Gold right now as a free download. It's very good, but there is something about the intersection of pop and indie that's getting played out right now. I want one of these acts to produce a great album, not just one or two songs.
For those of you who follow PopJustice, did you see that the pathetic, perpetually lonely Dumper got to meet Mini Viva? He finally has some friends.
Tracey Thorn's fantastic album is out now worldwide. Her next single Why Does The Wind? is out June 14 and will actually have remixes (!) from Morgan Geist, Michel Cleis and Andre Lodemann. The Morgan Geist remix is streaming at buzzinfly.com. There is a great interview at Subba Cultcha and you can download free track Why Does The Wind?
Marina & The Diamonds release The Family Jewels in America on May 25. Strangely, the press release says Rootless - one of my favorites from the album - is "a collision of icicle notes and galloping rhythms," but the song does not appear on the US CD! It's been dropped in favor of Seventeen. Be sure you get Rootless somehow.
Ellie Goulding's new single Guns And Horses has a brilliant remix by Tonka. Had I been at the helm, I might have made Every Time You Go or This Love the next single.
Kulpop went to see the a-ha tour. Watch the little youtube video he has. Morten Harket is 50! Look at his leather-encased ass and enjoy it. There are literally a few years left before it sags to the floor.
Xtuna Aguilera's record sounds like a disaster. The only leaked track that seems worthy is the Sia co-write, which sounds ripped from Sia's last album. Christina has been carrying on with herself in the press about having a baby and her womanly body, yadda yadda, as if she is the first woman to have a baby. She may think she is if Sia's recent statement that Christina never leaves her house is true.
Scissor Sisters: I have two bits of inside info: 1) They left off a really long epic that they felt was too big to fit on the CD and 2) They collaborated with Goldfrapp on a song that may see the light - the invisible light - of day as a b-side. Thanks source!
Which reminds me. Goldfrapp's new video is ass. As I said on So Hip It Hurts, it's a muddled collection of visual references. They should have just stuck with the Xanadu thing... I love the part where she zaps people and they glow. Otherwise the whole thing looks embarrassingly amateur. Head First is my favorite album of 2010 (so far), but I wish they would release a video with some depth. Maybe Dreaming, but I am not sure that is a single?
The MIA video that hit a few weeks ago. This a very late commentary, but I didn't. like. it. one. bit. Right now there is a creepy thing happening in pop culture, putting children into violent situations, either as the victim or as the perpetrator (see Kick Ass). Now, there'd be a place for that if these particular "works" made any new or thoughtful statements about violence, but honestly MIA's message is not remotely original. I really cannot think of a case were horror porn has crossed into music in that way. Someone on Twitter questioned me about it and said I was overreacting - that it was "desensitized" gore. Culture has become desensitized and that is my point. Is the MIA video well made? Of course. But well made does not mean it contributes anything.
Diana Vickers has covered Hit by The Sugarcubes (hear it). She slaughtered it, but I like her moxy for choosing such a good song. Better is Notice, a sweet little tween's you-don't-notice-me tune (hear it). It was written by Ellie Goulding and Guy Sigsworth, who produced it as well. Note that Starsmith did the song You'll Never Get To Heaven (hear it).
Darren Hayes, who was just in LA finishing his new album. turned me onto a song that most bloggers had not been able to get me to listen to: O.N.E. by Yeasayer. (that's YAY SAYER for those who read the word and think huh?). Love it. The video is purposefully whack, like a Hot Chip video.
I love Fyfe Dangerfield. Red Radio has a bit on how he's covered a Billy Joel song I CANNOT STAND. He's also re-released his album with added tracks and a souped up, poppier version of his next single. Neon Gold, meanwhile, has a great bonus track called Headache.
I recently went insane and kept playing a sappy old Wilson Phillips song this morning - Goodbye Carmen. A song they wrote for their maid. One of the lines is "Goodbye Carmen, hasta manana or who knows when." I cannot make this shit up.
Back to the present, surely Kelly Rowland's single Commander is one of THE songs of summer? I think she needs to capitalize on the moment and speed up the album's release date. Ten killer songs, a la Kelis.
MuuMuse just graduated today. Congratulations Brad!
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