Monthly Archives: August 2010
Yes, this is an actual…thing. Someone (DJ O-Face, to be precise) took my beloved Sleigh Bells and mashed them up with Jay-Z. Perhaps it isn’t as horrible if you’re a fan of him – it might even be good in that case – but since I’ve never really liked his music, this is rather painful for me. Plus I can’t really take mash-ups seriously anymore and supposedly this is to be taken seriously. But that’s my personal opinion. Make your own by going here and listen. And hey, if you like it, you can download it for free. Although I’d much rather see you pick up a copy of Sleigh Bell’s debut album Treats instead…
Kim Wilde, one of my (many) childhood idols, is following up her 2006 comeback by releasing the new album Come Out And Play on August 27. First single “Lights Down Low” (with B-side “Snakes and Ladders”) came out a few days ago and is very much in the same vein as on her ’06 album, Never Say Never: cheesy glorious European pop. So yeah, totally a guilty pleasure but whatever. The tracklisting for Come Out And Play is as follows:
1. King Of The World 2. Lights Down Low 3. Real Life 4. Greatest Journey (feat. Glenn Gregory) 5. I Want What I Want 6. Love Conquers All (feat. Nik Kershaw) 7. Hey! You! 8. Suicide 9. This Paranoia 10. Loving You More 11. Get Out 12. My Wish Is Your Command 13. Jessica
~ Pinkshinyultrablast – “Blaster” ~
And we’re off! While dreamy and shimmering as any other shoegaze/post-rock/whatever you want to label this, this track certainly lives up to its name as it blasts off right from the beginning. Sharp and soft at the same time.
~ Lissie – “Wedding Bells” ~
While I like her album Catching a Tiger, I find it a bit too slick and controlled at times. This track however sounds much more stripped and – dare I say? – real. It’s simple yet completely captivating and very, very beautiful. Plus is makes me think of a really sad scene in the movie “River Queen”…
~ The Dreams – “Better Dead Than Brian Adams” ~
I already featured The Dreams when writing about BEKO but I had post this track as well. No only is the title funny, but the song sounds like a forgotten track by The March Violets (pre-Some Kind of Wonderful soundtrack, thank you very much) or some other 80′s goth band.
~ Nick Jaina – “Another Kay Song” ~
Your standard singer-songwriter material, perhaps, but also a very nice track. Added to my list of songs that would be perfect on the soundtracks of various TV-dramas. Don’t worry though, the list is only in my head.