As some of you may know, I used to DJ a ton, and music is still a HUGE part of my life. That’s why I LOVE Spotify, and spend all day listening to it when I’m writing the stories and making the Internet. I’ve made a bunch of great mixes on there — like seriously great mixes — that you guys should subscribe to and check out! It’s also a great place to discover new (and sometimes old) music you might have mixed. (My user name is julie.gerstein). One artist I missed last year is Gotye, an Australian musician whose jams may veer a little on the easy-listening side of things, but whose cutting lyrics more than make up for the less-than-tough-guy jams. I’ve been obsessively listening to “Somebody That I Used to Know,” which also features vocalist Kimbra, and is about a breakup gone bad. “Told myself that you were right for me, but felt so lonely in your company,” he sings. The rest of the record is kinda whatever — actually, really whatever, but dang, that song is so good. [$9.99, Amazon]
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I was lucky enough to attend one of the final LCD Soundsystem shows this past spring, and it was nothing short of a religious experience. Perched above the stage at Terminal 5, my friends and I were entranced as LCD frontman James Murphy delivered a raucous two-hour dance punk sermon, swimming through a powerful set list of love, lust, pain and forgiveness. The new film “Shut Up and Play the Hits” chronicles Murphy’s decision to end the band, the band’s final shows and the personal moments of the very private frontman. I can’t wait to watch all over again. [YouTube]
When Amy Winehouse passed away after a long battle with drug and alcohol addiction, there was an understandable fear that the circumstances surrounding her death would overshadow the talent she had in life. But the response from fans and many critics to Lioness: Hidden Treasures, her posthumous album, out today, suggests we have nothing to worry about. Recorded over the course of her career, many of these tracks are remastered versions of old favorites, like “Valerie” and “Tears Dry On Their Own.” But there are also a few new tunes, like a gorgeous cover of “Our Day Will Come” and a collaboration with rapper Nas called “Like Smoke.” While Lionessisn’t the Winehouse album we would have gotten if she was still with us today, the craving that remains for Amy’s music above all else is proof that her true legacy lives on. [$9.99, Amazon]
What was more important last night, America? Watching the Christmas Tree lighting or hearing your favorite artists’ announced as nominees for the 54th Grammy’s? Apparently, I thought neither, and opted for cocktails instead. Whoops.
Anyway … some of our favorites were on there once, some more than twice and some almost took over the whole freakin’ show (cough, Adele, cough). But seriously, I hope you win. A lot. Every award. Seriously.
But while we’re super pleased to see that our favorite party rockin’ anthems, heartbreak hymns and bumpin’ and grindin’ smooth jams made the cut, there were a lot of names and songs on the list this year that I didn’t recognize. So I went ahead and assumed that maybe our readers might not know them either. Read more…
Check out the video premiere of Lady Gaga’s “Marry the Night”! If you think you’ve seen every artistic, emotional and physical angle of Gaga, as always, think again. Never failing to push her own boundaries, “Marry the Night” is a psychotic whirlwind hinting of “Black Swan,” “Flashdance” and “Girl, Interrupted.” There is the usual lush excess — ballet slippers with 8-inch pointers, a hat like Saturn, outfits to die for — but a more personal quality, as well. Keep reading »
Ugh, the Grammys: so, so, so boring and mainstream in their nominations with the occasional WTF?! thrown in for good measure. The 2012 nominees, announced last night, are no exception. Adele was deservedly nominated for all the major awards and will likely take them all home. Meanwhile, Beyonce’s 4, which was arguably one of her best albums ever, was snubbed, as was Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass.” Jay-Z and Kanye West got some love for their Watch the Throne collab, while Lady Gaga’s third consecutive Album of the Year nod has her tied for the record with The Beatles. And then there was something about a band called Skrillex making me feel old. Those are the noms in a nutshell, with more of my thoughts displayed in the Approval Matrix at left. Here‘s a list of more nominees.
Anyone been watching “Grey’s Anatomy” this season? Then you know Scars on 45, a British indie-pop band whose song “Heart On Fire” is in heavy rotation on the season promos. The band (think: Snow Patrol and Keane) are releasing “Heart On Fire” as their 2nd EP with Chop Shop/Atlantic. It’s in the Top 15 at Triple A radio and number 40 at the Hot AC radio. In other words, you’ll want to watch this video yesterday. What are you waiting for?
Lushes and music lovers (that’s all of us, then?): go ahead and add Drinkify to your list of fail-safe time wasters (if you have one; I do). The website is brand new, having been created over the weekend at Music Hack Day in Boston, and ooh, it is cool and I could do it all day long. Plug in what you’re listening to, or what you’re not listening to, or what you wish you were listening to, and Drinkify will respond with a choice of alcohol to pair perfectly with your musical tastes. For example, got a little Nina Simone on the stereo? Pop open a bottle of cabernet and serve at room temperature. Pearl Jam? Crack open a can of PBR. Meanwhile, Adele has her own specialty cocktail, made up of vodka, coconut milk, and honey. Yum! Cheers!