November 24, 2013

The Return Of Bright Light Bright Light



Bright Light Bright Light's new EP, In Your Care, is out today. Rod's back in New York now, finishing up an album for release sometime next year. I asked him if the new music was representative of what's coming and he said this...
...Yes, it's marking a break from the last record thematically and sonically... Well, the first two tracks are. Same Dream is a nod to the last record, and Movement In The Dark is a nod to my love of films and less "pop" production. But the beats and production are representative of lots of the next record (although there are some much bigger dance tracks on the record, and also some orchestral / piano moments). The next album is going to be more human, with organic instruments amongst the production, and a little more filmic - I hope!
The video for the title track is, by leaps, his most personal work. It's no coincidence in my mind that it's also his best video as well. As I tweeted last week, for me the takeaway is simple:  If you have the luxury of calling your mother when ever you feel like it, do. There is also a new video for another EP track, Open Heart, an Ian Masterson collaboration.

In Your Care, played acoustically over the past six months at live gigs, doesn't lose any gravitas in its fleshed out arrangement. The EP features the acoustic as well.

Rod is on tour in December, mainly on the West coast...

1 - Le Poisson Rouge, NYC - Scott Walker Tribute night [tickets]
3 - Bootleg Bar, LA [tickets]
5 - Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco [tickets]
7 - Dickslap (!) @ The Eagle, San Francisco [DJ Set] [tickets]
13 - Ferocious Memories @ Neighbors, Seattle [DJ Set] [tickets]






November 23, 2013

Autumn Mix #10: You're Not Good Enough

Dev Hynes - aka Blood Orange, etc - has been nailing it for the past year. He co-wrote/wrote and produced Solange's True EP, Sky Ferreira's Everything Is Embarrassing and MKS's recent single Flatline. His own new album, Cupid Deluxe, is just out and this track is a major highlight.

You're Not Good Enough has a serious Prince vibe and a cutting lyric, which fits with Dev's (inadvertent?) anti-hero status. Drama swirls around him, as evidenced in this new Fader piece. I also like his distinctive style of dance, which is on better display in the clip for another new LP track, Time Will Tell. Here you just see his feet!





November 20, 2013

Separated at Birth: Jean of St. Lucia and Edwyn Collins







Edwyn Collins was in the band Orange Juice back in the early 80's (check their classic Rip It Up). Jean Philip Grobler is the leader of the band St. Lucia, whose debut album is out now.



November 19, 2013

Friday night live with MKS


I was lucky to see the amazing MKS - Mutya Keisha Siobhan - live in London last Friday night at Shepherd's Bush Empire. They played a bunch of old gems (Push The Button, Freak Like Me,  Too Lost In You) and about six new songs, my favorites being Today and I'm Alright.

Today



I'm Alright



Their recent single, Flatline, was HUGE live. There were kids singing it in the tube as we waited for our train home. The girls are, at this point, without a label (or an imprint or whatever), so let's hope someone snaps them up soon. They MUST be on my best of lists in 2014.  

The Line of The Best Fit has a gallery of images from the show. Siobhan's hair was OTT- not her best look. ;)



November 11, 2013

Reblog: The 50 Best Albums of the 1980s...



Since I'm currently traveling in England (!), I thought I'd bring back up a post I did a few years back that yielded a lot of response. My question is this: what are your Top Ten albums of the 80s?  Here we go with mine... 

I am a child of the 80s. It is the period when I came of musical age, so to speak. The pop albums of this era are - I am quite serious - a defining influence on my taste in almost everything.

It so happens that my favorite album of the 1980s is also perhaps the most influential and loved British album of the post-Beatles era. Note that the titles in blue were made in the United Kingdom, so this could be called the beginning of my awakening to my own heritage.

Kate Bush Hounds Of Love 1985 my favorite
Prefab Sprout Two Wheels Good (aka Steve McQueen) 1985
Culture Club Colour By Numbers 1983
Stevie Nicks The Wild Heart 1983
Alison Moyet Alf 1984
Madonna Like A Prayer 1989
Prince Sign O'The Times 1987
Madonna Like A Virgin 1984
Sting Nothing Like The Sun 1987
Prince Purple Rain 1984
Sade Promise 1985

and the remaining 39 gems, in no order:

Eurythmics Savage 1987
Stevie Nicks Bella Donna 1981
Toni Childs Union 1989
Lloyd Cole And The Commotions Mainstream 1987
Bananarama Bananarama 1984
Missing Persons
Rhyme & Reason 1984
Rickie Lee Jones The Magazine 1984
10,000 Maniacs In My Tribe 1987
Kate Bush The Sensual World 1989
REM Lifes Rich Pageant 1986
The Smiths The Queen Is Dead 1986
Sting The Dream Of The Blue Turtles 1985
10000 Maniacs Blind Man's Zoo 1989
Prince Parade 1986
Arcadia So Red The Rose 1986
Duran Duran Rio 1982
Tina Turner Private Dancer 1984
Sinead O'Connor The Lion and The Cobra 1987
Everything But The Girl Idlewild 1988
'Til Tuesday Everything's Different Now 1989
Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation 1989
Danny Wilson Meet Danny Wilson 1987
Depeche Mode Music For The Masses 1987
Elton John Too Low For Zero 1983
U2 The Joshua Tree 1987
The Blue Nile Hats 1989
Morrissey Viva Hate 1987
Soundtrack Pretty In Pink 1986
Suzanne Vega Solitude Standing 1987
Suzanne Vega Suzanne Vega 1985
Cyndi Lauper She's So Unusual 1983
The Style Council Cafe Bleu 1984
ABC The Lexicon Of Love 1982
Neneh Cherry Raw Like Sushi 1989
Dream Academy Dream Academy 1985
Indigo Girls Indigo Girls 1988
Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman 1988
Deacon Blue Raintown 1987
Diana Ross diana 1980

What did I forget?!