May 30, 2010
Ten (+1) Musical Thoughts: Summer sickbed edition
This post is coming to you from my sickbed, where I have been dramatically diminishing for days. Probably just from grass pollens, but if this blog should cease, I'll see you in heaven! Here are some comments for the long weekend...
1 The forthcoming Pipettes album is, thank the Goddess, totally luxe. One song in particular, I Just Need A Little Time, has a blazingly epic middle eight (from 2:00 to 2:52) that's what one calls a "poppers o'clock" moment. Shirts off, arms aloft, streamers falling from the rafters.
2 If you have been dancing around the outskirts of Janelle Monae, try the track called BaBopByeYa, recommended to me by Countpopula. It's over 8 minutes long, a sort of mash-up of dinner-club jazz, standards and Tin Pan Alley orchestral. How much did this track cost to record? Sounds like a cool million.
3 Alex Gardner, who is now featuring My First Stubble, has done a wee viral clip of a backstage go at Take That's Shine. It actually is quite decent thanks to some good band harmonies and a minor bit of chest hair.
4 The Divine Comedy album, Bang Goes The Neighborhood is superb. That band has been going 19 years and still turns out quality songcraft. My favorite is the single-worthy closer, I Like (watch a live performance of it). It's out this week.
5 Marc Almond has a new single on iTunes now, but you'd barely know it. He doesn't seem one for promotion, does he? It's called Nijinsky Heart and it's very... violin-y. You have to buy it to hear it.
6 I am besotted with the new Stars single, Fixed. This one is an Amy Millian vocal and one of the best songs they've ever done. Watch the video now. The album is out June 22 and features a 5-single box set version for 100 smackaroos.
7 Did I mention falling for Dub Pistols 2009 track Back To Daylight? Watch it and tell me what you think. I must have heard it on some TV show and Googled the lyrics to find it. This is a marching through the city type of tune. The Sunday Best Roller Skates Remix is also solid and it's on iTunes.
8 Recently a Twitter pal asked me to recommend a song or two she was unlikely to know- she need something inspiring. I chose the lovely, subtle Laura Viers song, July Flame. Watch the video. Like Stars, Viers does music that has enough melody to be called pop, but it may slide right by you she and he-poppers. I once had a July flame... it fizzled.
9 Morcheeba and Skye Edwards have reunited for a new album, Blood Like Lemonade, out June 7th. The first single, Even Though, doesn't leap out to me. Watch the video now.
10 So Lee Ryan of Blue is a big ol' bisexual now, correct? [Edit: No, that's Duncan James] I find it quite crass that all his new songs trade on that. [No, they trade on Duncan James' life!] First the lousy Secret Lover and now a weepy ballad I Am Who I Am, which is actually a cover of a Ben's Brother song (hear their identical version). What do you think? Hit or shit?
+1 A week until a new Florence + The Machine song (from Twilight). How can I leave the house until it's released?
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