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Flick through your television machine and you're pressented with an array of high budget, hackneyed colourful reality TV programmes. The X Factor is just one of these; all of these 'change your life forever shows' which manipulate vunerable people, be them poor, or young and insecure.
Perhaps the worst current contender is 'Grease: The School Musical' presenting us with 30 or so minors all given the chance to have 'a one in a lifetime opportunity' or some other soppy phrase. The poor children are put under so much pressure at such an early age and the result of this is broadcasted nationally.
'To go in to schools and have children perform (and crash) in front of TV cameras purely for entertainment is the lowest of the low.'
Going into schools invites a whole new cohort into a unhealthy obsession with fame.
So, I invite you to jon this in agreement to boycott this sort of television, not just for quality of viewing or whatever. And you have to fucking mean it as well. I'm just gonna skip the channel.
Monday, 21 September 2009
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Originally published at shizazzle.com
Saturday, 22 August 2009
In For The Kill - Estelle
Funhouse - La Roux
Fascination - Bloc Party
The Girl You lost to Cocaine - The Mystery Jets
9 to 5 - Daft Punk
Bulletproof - Lily Allen
Just Dance - Ida Maria
Dance Wiv Me - Little Boots and Jamie T
Cassius - CSS
Mykonos - The Magic Numbers
Standing In The Way Of Control - Basement Jaxx
Umbrella - Laura Marling
Little Secrets - Florence + The Machine
However much I love Passion Pit, I never liked 'Sleepyhead'. It sort of reminded me of the voices that people hear in their heads just before they decide to massacre a school because 'They Don't Like Mondays.' Nice little Boomtown Rats homage there...
This rework with Starsmith is the business, and gives Ellie the upbeat sound she lacked a wee bit;
Friday, 21 August 2009
Oh and heard the next one on Annie Mac, this is going to be huge! The Jackbeats have been climbing over unsuspecting tracks this summer and this sounds really funky, but with a distinct innocent touch;
Monday, 17 August 2009
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Thursday, 30 July 2009
Remedy - Little Boots
Rabbit Heart - Florence + The Machine
Bulletproof - La Roux
Mercy Mercy - Le Kid
We Are Golden - Mika
I Go I Go I Go - The Wave Machines
One More Chance - Bloc Party
Get Shaky - Ian Carey
I Gotta Feelin - Black Eyed Peas
Raindrops -Basement Jaxx
Sticks 'n Stones - Jamie T
Popiholla - Chicane
'Mercy Mercy' might just be this years Fascination , and has made the infamously bad 'Can't Speak French' sound much better than it has any right to sound! The video is also pretty decent, and to me is a breath of fresh air from some this year's awful videos, bubblegum goodness!
Sunday, 26 July 2009
There we go, I've summed it up by quoting someone else's words, so I can go and have a coffee now!
Those hipsters among you that keep keep their pointy noses in the Music Press will be familiar with all the recent documentation of 'Woman's Triumph Over The Pop Genre' in 2009. The likes of Lady Gaga, La Roux, LadyHawke and Little Boots (Weirdly all of which begin with an 'L', coincidence? I think not!) run the Synth corner of this style, and it is not often you will read about one without the other. (Note; despite her chart success, lady gaga is just hitching a ride on the hype horse)
Please vote in the polls so I can compile information for a follow-on article :)
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Boom Boom Pow feels a bit like a track from Gorilla'z 'Demon Days', not in terms of sound but in the way it captures a dead futuristic landscape. Where much of the Gorillaz material lacks catchyness, this doesn't fail.
Friday, 17 July 2009
Obviously a part of musical fashion has surpassed me...
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
"I must become a lion hearted girl,
Ready for a fight,
Before I make the final sacrifice"
She must be brave to survive life in the limelight?
"This is a gift, it comes with a price,
Who is the lamb and who is the knife?"
She has the gift of music, but it comes with a price.
Who in the industry can she trust?
"Midas is king and he holds me so tight"
Midas is a mythical king noted for his ability to turn all he touched to Gold, hence
"And turns me to gold in the sunlight"
This would fill a lot of blog space if I did it every week!
The Magic Numbers are coming back apparently! I don't know anything more than this, but according to some newspaper picture I picked up at the Blur festival they are! There was a picture with all their happy smiling faces beaming at me, they honestly look like the happiest most honest group ever.
The set of siblings sat up give this band's sound a really close-knit feel, almost as if everyone was contributing! I think it was actually my dad who introduced them to me.......... *que tumbleweed*
I guess this band suits my dad though, because they too look as if they are still in a different, carefree era! Their debut cult album sound-tracked my 2005 summer, their close to perfect 'Love Me Like You' sounds like the sound equivalent of evening sunshine. Perhaps one of my favorite tracks of theirs is 'Hymn for her' , a hidden track starting at 7.17 on the track 'try', the last 3 minutes of which are a musical, glockenspiel-y epiphany.
(Note: 'In the field of recorded music, a hidden track (sometimes secret track or ghost track) is a piece of music that has been placed on a CD, audio cassette, vinyl record or other recorded medium in such a way as to avoid detection by the casual listener.' - Wikipedia)
Their second album, 'Those the Brokes' didn't achieve quite the same success that the previous reached the same sucess of the previous one in single sales, so I am imploring you to buy their new album and singles when it is finished. LOVE!
Monday, 13 July 2009
Sunday, 5 July 2009
Florence this year has been a 'watch' point for almost everyone this year, and it is not suprising given some of the outputs of this woman.
- "Dog Days Are Over" - 4:12
- "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)" - 3:52
- "I'm Not Calling You a Liar" - 3:05
- "Howl" - 3:34
- "Kiss with a Fist" - 2:04
- "Girl with One Eye" - 3:38
- "Drumming Song" - 3:43
- "Between Two Lungs" - 4:09
- "Cosmic Love" - 4:15
- "My Boy Builds Coffins" - 2:56
- "Hurricane Drunk" - 3:13
- "Blinding" - 4:40
- "You've Got the Love" (Bonus Track) - 2:48
- "Swimming" (iTunes Bonus Track) - 3:22
'Howl' is one of my favourites of the new track, and contrasts with the previous by getting straight to the point. It's dramatic enough to be a fantasy film chase scene sountracker and it's chorus will soon be a singalong favourite. I'm thinking fifth single? Kiss With A Fist is to Lungs and White Light was to 'Demon Days', a minimal feel-good clanger to momentarily break the spell. Girl with One Eye feels so Bluesy and I genuinely think it'll become one of those classic songs that get passed down by cover after cover (points to Hallelujah and American Pie.) I get shivers whenever I hear that screaming 'CRY' towards the end.
'Drumming Song' is to be the next single and there is something beautifully catchy and fulfilling about the lyrics 'Louder than silence, Louder than bells, Sweeter than heaven and Harder than Hell.'
'Cosmic Love' has made it to number two in Ireland despite not being a single, and Hurricane Drunk is a Park-bench anthem. I have had the privileged experience of listening to much of florence's accoustic work on a friends (also called Florence weirdly) burned CD. I think the only thing that this album lacks are some more accousticy, less-produced songs (i.e. Girl With One Eye, kiss with a fist) because at a certain point in the album, it all seems too much to deal with!
A huge highlight is 'You've Got The Love', a cover of the Source's dance track. I love this, it dosen't just do justice to the original, it's better! I don't think it deserves to be just a cover!
To top it all off we have 'Swimming', which is an amazing finisher ... Like an epic Jefferson Airplane. There are some earlier more upbeat recordings as well which are worth a listen to.
Saturday, 27 June 2009
This energy is perfectly captured by a Miss Ebony Thomas (Ebony Bones), who I have had the recent pleasure of listening to. She writes, produces and records her own music in her bedroom, but is not to be mistaken with this years breed of 'bedroom-pop' campaigners. After Zane Lowe gave her single We Know All About U the position of "The Hottest Record In The World Today", Bones became the most played unsigned artist on Radio 1. What to call her genre? It simply cannot be categorized with such a demeaning title as 'Carnival Pop!
The first record I heard by this entirely new type of diva was 'The Muzik', a tinny but contrastingly fiery track. One of the track's themes is defiance, and those united by oppression. The song listens more like a sermon or a Battle speech than anything else, the video cleverly uniting people from all over the world through 'The Muzik'. It has this weird stirring effect in the depths of your soul, Wonderful!
While, We Know All About You manages a funky, but very intimidating emulation of a 1984 world. Ebony Bones could possibly be something COMPLETELY NEW on to the pop culture scene.
My article about Fleet Foxes reminded me of SubPop Record's weird knack of finding talent before anyone else. CSS sprung to mind, I looked up a few of their videos for a memory moment and low and behold I remembered the video contest for their single 'Alcohol'.
For those of you who were not familiar with this, the band and QOOB, whether or not it was out of sheer laziness started a competition to create the singles promo-video.
The winner was a Jared Eberhardt, who triumphed with his stop frame 'bunny' representation of the band.
Creepy or no? Anyway, this contest sparked so many original videos, I thought it was worth remembering;
This 5 piece band appeals to me not only because of their truly lovely melodies, but also reminding me of the joy I had listening to 'The Magic Numbers' debut in 2005[?]
Have a listen,
Yes, truly, deeply Lovely
It seems that the main, if not only thing I seem to be writing about anymore is the emergence of synth pop female stars, and it is true that the 'emergence' has been drastically over-hyped.
So I was delighted to read an amusing review in the Guardian by Alex Miller that muses;
' Wouldn't it be great if Florence had a cock? Or La Roux had foreskin? Or Little Boots had huge balls? Then maybe we wouldn't have to suffer under the weight of endless editorials about the "re-emergence of women in pop". '
Almost perfectly on time, I received a comment from an anonymous user referencing the following article:
The article reads,
'Little Boots and La Roux don't speak for synth pop : For all their intelligence, Little Boots and La Roux look and sound like polished pop stars. And they are not forging openings for stranger, more interesting electronic music.'The main points made are true, these two artists lack 'the abrasive edge, the awkwardness' of their more underground counterparts, (indicates to 'Fever Ray' , The Knife spin off.) It implies that artists such as these are preventing their colleagues from making appearance.
Hang on, I swear the whole point of this genre was that you don't have to be edgy of 'awkward' to be important in music. This is the centrepoint of the movement, creating music that appeals to the public is not a boundary, mainstream music is not necessarily created for a mainstream audience. 'Mainstream' is not a genre, it is just music that happens to allure to the majority of people. 'Abrasive' music is however specifically created to appeal to the sort of people who wrote this article.
I quote Little Boots herself, "There's room in popular culture to do things that are creative and not exactly straightforward, Just because something has got the possibility to appeal to a mainstream audience doesn't mean you've got to be bland." She never pretented to be anything but a ditzy pop-princess.
People have got to stop this anti-hype mechanism; the theory that all music that is pushing the boundaries, but still popular should have been created pre-naughties. This just isn't realistic, attention can only be good for the scene! That sort of view belongs to the 'landfill indie' which this 'Little / Roux' genre is campaigning against.
Critisising these artists for not being underground enough? We might as well critisize Britney for not having a guitar or Madonna for not sounding raw enough!
There is also a slightly more diverse remix, with a thumping baseline, (that however much I love La Roux, she lacks) :
Saturday, 23 May 2009
1. Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas
(The black eyed peas, quite frankly BORING comeback with Fergie's cringe attempt at vocals)
3. Kiss Me through the phone - Soulja Boy Tellem (NO! WHY?!)
4. Number 1 - Tinchy Stryder
(Responsible for keeping la roux from the Number 1 spot, and is blatantly an attempt to rival Bittersweet Symphony, and even sounds pretty much the same!)
8. Tiny Dancer - Ironik
(This could just lose all of Elton John's credibility!)
WHAT IS HAPPENING?!
Friday, 22 May 2009
It dosen't quite measure up to the anthem factor of sheila, but after a few listens, it might become just as fun!
Thursday, 14 May 2009
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Monday, 20 April 2009
Saturday, 18 April 2009
The 'Bedroom Pop' electronic seamstress attracted a lot of hype in January this year after she appeared in the Upcoming section of Mixmag (Last Summer) and then the NME Radar section.
Her tinny but almost magical sound emerged after she quit her last band, Dead Disco in need of creating her own individual sound,
'I got tired of looking bored in front of brick walls'.
A mention is worth giving to a number one spot on the BBC sound of 2009 (Won by ADELE the previous year.) A VERY long time passed since the hype. An iTunes EP was released, but did not reach a wide audience.
On her first 'Proper' record, she collaborates with Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Kylie) , who is renowned for his electronic pop-perfectionist feel, but also for "The artist has let down the fans" records. This record by no means is the same. Boots delivers one of those killer chorus songs which you know for an instant will be a number *And I'm waiting for praise when it does*!
The problem is, Little Boots is (and I know this is a cliched thing to say) out to sell. The techno dreamy synth is still there, but is predictable and somewhat "I know what will come next"-y...
Even from early on, the artist has claimed,
"I wanted to make a pop record. I don’t care about being cool or edgy. I wanna reach people and I wanna make music that people have fun to and have a good time."
Well, that sounds familiar. That's exactly what's happening, Little Boots is too clever to stay underground. In this post I give the thumbs up to Little Boots for braving the mainstream scene,
and the finger to those indie scenesters and critics who are too cool for any one's worth.
Listen, unless your too-cool... Looking at you Gareth Grundy from The Observer
Thursday, 16 April 2009
The remix isn't half bad either:
Saturday, 4 April 2009
- To the max
- Bone Jacked
But my personal favorite is the emergence of the word "Bonkers", and I have Dizzie Rascal to thank for the comeback this word is scheduled to make.
Dizzie Rascal is the reason that hip-hop still survives. His most recent album, Maths + English , and collaborations with Calvin Harris and others (The lovely Lily Allen, and Joe Lean) further secured Dizzie as a successful mainstream artist. His Last single, Dance Wiv Me is widely accepted as one of the theme tunes to last summer
In His latest single, he teams up with Armand Van Helden to deliver a sound that is about as close to musical nirvana as possible with a catchy synth driven chorus,
"Some people think I'm bonkers but I just think I'm free/ And I'm just livin my life there's nothing crazy about meeeee."
Some have branded recent efforts as lacking in the substance and humour he once transmitted, and dubbing 'Bonkers' as just simply a 'Dance Wiv Me' afterthought.
It is true, the single is repetitive, and is not as lyrically dependant as for instance, 'Fix Up, Look Sharp'.
Like Kanye West's, The Rascal is simply experimenting with his sound and 'Bonkers' is a happy accident, perhaps the penicillin discovery in Grime.
I had to look long and far to find you a bootleg of this song, but it has been acheived (see below) and I will not rest till it is released.
O.A.S.U.M asks, What's your personal opinion? Dancey Dizzie or Grime Dizzie?
Comments would be lovely!
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
When a myspace bulletin confirmed that a second album was due for future release, the obvious question was would Lady Sovereign abandon her Garage roots and try to appeal to a more mainstream market? After falling out with her label at a US concert, then proclaiming her hate of America to audiences, and herself, great things were not expected.
Well, a lot has happened since 2006! Since the Klaxons and CSS rode in on their robotic horses in 2007, bearing the new rave phenomenon, every artist wanted to add an 'Electric Feel' to their song (Pardon the blatant MGMT reference.) But when Kylie tried her very best to move into the electronic scene (shown posing with robots in her video for 'WOW') we were all waiting for somebody to tell us it was all a sick joke!
Lady Sovereign hasn't exactly avoided the new rave cliche. Her new single "So Human" has been rejected by critics, her sacrilegious sampling of The Cure's 'Close to Me' has caused somewhat of an uproar, and is not exactly modest! The difference is that all the critics are close to over 50, and are exactly the people that are preventing music from moving on! The track is upbeat, and is just as grittily wonderful as previous efforts (Random, Love Me Or Hate Me etc...) And her sharp (if not shrill) voice works perfectly with the unsingable hook of the original song. The record deals with Bad days and getting up off the ground, and faithfully references the Cure with the line, "I've waited hours for this, I've made myself so sick", capturing the desperate feel. Sovereign has showed she has matured, but in her own non-cliched way. So, I hope and dearly believe that this track will become a rising track of the Summer 2009!
Watch The Video (And while you're positive, try not to look at the frankly hideous puffer jacket)