Since I moved from IAR almost a year ago, I haven’t compiled a Blogerati post. Can you believe it?! What a fucking liberty… So here are some bits and bobs from all over the web, plus a few musical musings I don’t have the time to expand on.
The new single from Stuart Price The Killers, “Human,” has arrived and is, as expected, pretty bloody amazing. Produced by Madonna‘s Confessions On A Dance Floor right-hand-man Stuart Price (he’s also fiddled with knobs – hem hem – for the bands upcoming third studio album, “Day & Age”), it’s a really strong pop song that sounds like it’s going to be quite EPIC live. And as much as I kid about this being a Stuart Price single, it very distinctly IS The Killers; their sound is stamped all over this without a doubt… but Price certainly adds a unique and euphoric magical touch to it that no one else really could, doesn’t he? Do I pine for another Madonna/Price collaboration in the future? Sigh. Absolutely. I really do wonder — even though I do love “Hard Mandy” — what Stuart could have done with that album’s tracks if HE was at least the producer on that record. I guess we’ll never know, but I do think people would have been a lot happier with the final outcome.
Not surprisingly, someone has already put together a photographic video-collage onto YouTube with the full track playing along, so you can listen to it for yourself, though it may have already been deleted by the time you read this.
Speaking of Stuart, Popjustice reports that the man has been working with the ace Frankmusik on his upcoming record. They’ve even put a couple of clips up for you to listen to. So when will Stuart be remixing Girls Aloud’s “The Promise”? Hey, I can dream can’t I?
Aside from overplaying Van She’s “V” and Ladyhawke’s “Ladyhawke”, other records I’m really digging of late include Walter Meego‘s “Voyager”, Metronomy‘s “Nights Out” (read my good friend Faisal Jehan from Ohh! Crapp…‘s amazing review here), the self-titled Mercy Arms long player, Little Jackie‘s “The Stoop”, Lindstrom‘s “Where You Go I Go Too”, Cloetta Paris‘ “Secret Eyes”, Axle Whithead‘s “Losing Sleep”, Cold War Kids‘ “Loyalty To Loyalty” and new EP’s from Anoraak and Amy Meredith. I may talk about some of these long players in greater detail in the future.
I am not loving the new albums from Electric Six (I think the moment has well and truly passed with these guys; and it shows – the songs are rubbish) or The Streets which, on first listen, sounds like an artist that has well and truly reached their expiry date. Though my love affair with those guys came to a halt the second they released their sophomore album, so I’m not sure why I’m surprised.
Two new tracks have surfaced from the Ladyhawke album. One, “Danny & Jenny”, is an Australian iTunes bonus, and the other, “Oh My” is the UK bonus track. Both are VERY BLOODY GOOD. Speaking of my dear Pip Brown, in news that pleased me to NO END xolondon has totally come around and adores her debut record. He has a 12-point fact piece on The Lady which is a fabulous read, as is the singers recent interview with UK’s The Guardian, where she talks about her battle with Asperger’s Sydnrome, working with Kylie Minogue and Courtney Love, and being “the most awkward person ever.”
My weekly radio show is going really well at the moment and my passion for radio as a medium has truly been reignited to fiery levels over the last couple of weeks. I may even get off my arse and start uploading episodes of the show again, especially now that we’ll be joined on the show by the ace Patch Adams from the incredible Waves At Night.
And while I’m at it; something big is brewing over HERE as well. Won’t be too long before I can let the cat out of the bag…
Poster Girl - she is back! After some time away from the world of blogging, she has swiftly regained her place as one of my daily must-visits. Whilst she was gone, she heard Van She in some American clothing retailers. This is good news!
Amazingly, I have nothing new to report on Van She. Give it a couple of days.
I have three new favourite websites to introduce you to, should you not already be aware of them. First up, the sophisticated Helen Of Troy Does Countertop Writings, which I cannot even begin to explain how much I love. Lyndsey and Marie-Claire muse about the best in female-flavoured pop things, and even host their own Manchester club night called Helen Of Troy Does Countertop Dancing. My favourite pieces on the site? The Courtney Love Blog piece and the celebratory Madonna at 50 tribute both left quite the impression.
Then there is auspOp, which has been quite the place to go for Australian related industry news of late. Worth your bookmark. It does seem though, in the sites recent poll of “Madonna vs Kylie: Who reigns supreme”, people are placing their vote for the wrong person.
The third site, another Australian based one, is Fabastic! Music. So much enthusiasm and a bevy of great music reviews to read.
My darling Paul FizzyPop has written quite the brilliant FYI piece on The William Young over on his fabulous spot on the web. A real brilliantly put together piece that, as Paul does best, combines fact with humour. For example: “Not only does [Will Young] have the amazing ability to regrow hair…” It’s airquotes madness!
D’spunky D’luv has kept true to his usually brilliant form over the last couple of weeks, in particular his MTV VMA Banterview with MoogaBoo and, more recently, the gorgeous tribute to the Pet Shop Boys‘ ace album “Very.”
R.I.P. Nagi Noda; you will be sorely missed. View the last music video clip she ever directed, the incredibly ace “Precious” by MEG (a song which I have actually been playing quite a bit for the last 2 weeks; quality Jpop.)
Yuri and Paul have both written reviews on Annie‘s recently leaked “Don’t Stop” (Version 1.0) record. My opinion? Bar one track (the dire “Heaven & Hell”), it’s all actually very strong stuff and will probably be in my Top 20 for the years end. I’m not going to review it though until the thing is actually released (Version 2.0) which is – apparently – still happening next month. Poor Annie…
I’ve been meaning to post a link back to Big Stereo‘s ace interview with the seriously dishy K.I.M. from The Presets since they posted it back in July, but kept forgetting. Better late than never I guess. While you’re at it, you can then read my interview with Jules from The Presets also conducted some time ago here. We talk about Kim getting his gear off at one point you know.
Pop history on the Internet; another of my favourite new websites, Pop Comments launched a couple of weeks ago and is rather splendid reading.
The highly anticipated Soulwax remix of MGMT‘s “Kids” has finally leaked all over the web. My thoughts? After changing the pitch of the actual mp3 to make it a little faster, it is exactly the kind of – to steal Popjustice’s phrase – poppers o’clock stomper I was hoping it would be.
And finally, Lifelike has confirmed he’s remixing Van She’s “Kelly” for the songs UK release. Guess ‘a couple of days’ turned into ‘a couple of paragraphs.’
But as if you didn’t see that coming.