Monday, December 15, 2008

More updates soon!

Hey dear reader ! I'm sorry for the lack of updates lately. I'm pretty busy at the moment but will be back soon at full steam !
Keep listening to music, and buy CDs as your Christmas presents ! xoxo

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Oh god they killed Christmas

One of my favourite blogs (We Are Pop Slags) just did a very funny round-up of unexpected Christmas classics. Among them was the song featured below.
It's so amazing and unbelievable that I thought I'd share it with you. Caution : your life might not be the same after that. Good luck.

Lenka's album is worth a listen or two or much more

On the Australian scale of musical amazingness, we all know Kylie’s on top, and forever will be. Once you’ve established this as a fact you can start looking at other Aussie artists. Remember Savage Garden? They sure had great songs. Natalie Imbruglia used to be cool too. Every now and then a newcomer from Down Under knocks at the Popstardom door (Gabriella Cilmi), and makes us pop fans glad the faraway island exists.
That’s exactly what I thought when I first heard about Lenka. I seriously think her first, eponymous album can be a clever last-minute choice for a thoughtful present. Her style is a mix of Lily Allen’s and Kate Nash’s with a little Feist influence for good measure. It’s a very enjoyable pop album filled with catchy and soulful tunes. It feels like reading a funny and sexy girl’s diary, though funny and sexy girls probably don’t bother writing diaries, but whatever.
Her first single The Show will instantly find its way into your head and in no time will you be singing it on your bus ride to work/school/wherever you’re going. My personal favourite is her forthcoming single Trouble is a friend, which I find is a delicious and delicate pop song you can very easily become addicted to. And, is it just me or the first notes of Don’t Let Me Fall are totally reminiscent of New York New York?! I mean this is a good thing, but that’s what I immediately thought on first listen. Do you feel the same way?

Without further ado, give Lenka’s album a spin, and enjoy this new, promising voice.

Here's her Myspace page, but watch out! When you enter the page three videos and an audio start playing can get frightening!
Below is the lovely video for Trouble Is A Friend

The Show - Lenka
Dont Let Me Fall - Lenka

I'm sorry it seems like her label doesn't see the interest of letting bloggers embed Lenka's songs on their blogs, cause they're not available on Deezer or Imeem... Too bad for them, and you. Anyway you can get the album from iTunes, Amazon etc.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Question of the day: Can Lily Allen be great again ?

Well, as much as I loved her first album Alright Still for its great pop tunes, its cheeky lyrics and the overall fun that emanated from it, I recently couldn’t stand Lily Allen’s style, her stupid comments on everything going on in the world and her being in the papers for pretty much everything but music. Still, songs like LDN, Alfie, Smile or Friday Night were still on heavy-rotation on my iPod… “Only the music counts!”
Yesterday the first single off her forthcoming album It’s Not You It’s Me, entitled The Fear, was given its first play on Radio 1. Well it sounds great, very Lily Allen, but a little more mature I would say. The overall vibe is really good, it’s just as pop as it could be. It makes me eager to hear more from the album, which drops on Feb 9.
In the past months she leaked two other tracks which will be on the album : Everyone’s At It and Guess Who Batman (Fuck you Very Much), which are good too.
For now have a listen of The Fear and make your own opinion. No doubt I’ll write about Lily soon. Welcome back girl!

For more info : Lily's MySpace

Kylie + Coldplay = almost amazing

The best day in the world could have been yesterday, when the much-anticipated Kylie + Coldplay track was finally made available through the RED(wire) website. As you might know Dec 1 is the world AIDS day, and in order to raise money for research, some artists have agreed to give previously unreleased songs to that charity. The thing is you pay 5$ and every Wednesday you can download a track that comes with the online issue of RED(wire) magazine.
So Chris Martin decided to give Lhuna, the track his band recorded with Kylie Minogue during the Viva La Vida sessions.
Well, I was probably expecting too much (WAY too much) cause I must admit I was a little disappointed at first. It’s not at all what you’d expect from a Kylie/Coldplay collaboration. Of course this stament is ok if what you expect is a "bouncy pop track". Au contraire, it’s very dark and sung in a very low tone by both singers. But after a few listens, it’s quite haunting and mysteriously enjoyable. If you want to compare, it’s a little similar to Where The Wild Roses Grow (the amazing song Kylie recorded with Nick Cave in the 90s). One thing’s for sure, their voices are great together. And I love it when Chris Martin sings like that (he does that a lot on Viva La Vida).

Enjoy, and most importantly don’t forget to subscribe to RED(wire), it’s an important cause. Plus you’ll get a new U2 track soon!

Visit RED(wire) website here.

Lhuna (featuring Kylie Minogue) - Coldplay
For the memory : Where The Wild Roses Grow
Where the Wild Roses Grow - Kylie Minogue/Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds