November 13, 2010
Mixtape: We could have had it all
Is it just me or is there a Florence + The Machine-esque quality to Rolling In The Deep (above), the new single by Adele? Both artists share a connection in Paul Epworth, whose drummy influence is stamped all over this new track. Regardless, the song is ecstatic. Adele is here to stay. Read this blog in 25 years and we'll be talking about her then. As for the now, Adele's album has been pushed to late February.
Laura Marling has a new single out on November 15 - it's a cover of The Needle And The Damage Done (originally by Neil Young). Meanwhile, America belatedly gets her Indian EP with Mumford and Sons on December 7th.
Human League are ALMOST back with their new album, Credo, and single Night People. They look fantastic - and here are some shots behind the scenes on their shoot.
Killian Fox in The Guardian on I Blame Coco's CD: "The album ends up feeling oddly flat. We are left with a sense of excitement unfulfilled"
Rihanna. The jury is out on Loud. I love her look for this era and the way she pushes the boat out on some tracks (California King Bed, the Enya sample on Fading), while simultaneously going back in time on the best song (Man Down), but the album does not live up to her last two in terms of songs with a worthy "wow" factor. Shiny And New had this to say.
A short Hurts interview in Sweden. Theo seems nice here.
Are you reading (the blog) 3Mins30 secs? If not, do it now.
Did you know... Duran Duran's new album is out NEXT MONTH? All You Need Is Now comes out digitally December 21 and on CD in Feb 2011 (with 3 songs added). The album should sound like early Duran, based on this clip of Being Followed. #JOHNTAYLOR!
Quote of the Week: "Courtney Love seems like she's getting her shit together, rubbing it in her hair & running naked into traffic" -M. McKean
Penguin Prison's new single is Golden Train, which I've blogged about before (free remix!). The radio edit is a very different mix that what was played on the radio last month and - a juicy tidbit - the album mix clocks in at close to 6 minutes. If you're in Great Britain, you can pre-order it from iTunes here http://bit.ly/a7e7fZ and you can see him live over the next few weeks. DO IT.
Rock Dust Light Star, the new album from Jamiroquai, is really bad. Do get the Fred Falke mix of Blue Skies if you can (the original is the album's best track).
After a month of boredom with terrible new album releases (talking to you, Nadine and Cheryl), this week, I am all about two albums: Cee-Lo Green's The Lady Killer and Take That's Patience.
Finally, in his ongoing quest to remain willfully unheard, Jimmy Somerville has released a new dance EP called Bright Thing in France, Belgium and Luxembourg only. It has four new songs: Overload, Bright Thing, Hearts and Freak, which you can sample here and now.