Lykke Li’s new album, Wounded Rhymes, has been getting attention for months, thanks to her video “Get Some” in which she sings, “Like the shotgun/ need an outcome/ I’m your prostitute/ you gonna get some.” As you might have guessed from the album title, this is a breakup record, with songs fluctuating in mood from wounded to rage-filled, while the musical style jumps from electronic to ’60s girl group to indie rock. But the constant from this Swedish chanteuse is that every song feels wintery—the kind of thing to album to while watching snow fall outside the window. With tea, of course.
You would think that a song called “Just the Way You Are” would be about loving and accepting a person with all their faults and foibles and so on and so forth. But it turns out that the full title of Irish pop singer Brian McFadden’s new song is “Just the Way You Are (Drunk at the Bar).” And it turns out that this song, far from being about unconditional love and acceptance, is in fact a gift for the committee in charge of picking a new national anthem for the Republic of Daterapia. Check out this chorus, after the jump. Keep reading »
So. Lady Gaga
‘s music video for “Born This Way” is out. It is the rather epic — over seven minutes! — story of a government-owned space territory called G.O.A.T. (no idea what that stands for but I’m sure I could take some acid and figure it out), where, like, a super harmonious group of people were born. Gaga explains in a voiceover (as kaleidoscoped images of childbirth give off some rather vaginal overtones):
“As the wombs numbered and the mitosis of the future began, it was perceived that this infamous moment in life is not temporal, it is eternal. and thus began the the beginning of the new race, a race within the race of humanity, a race which bears no prejudice, no judgment, but boundless freedom. But on that same day, as the eternal mother hovered in the multiverse, another more terrifying birth took place: the birth of evil.”
So how does Gaga fight the evil? By dancing in a bikini of course. I’m a big fan of sci-fi, so I can get down with this video’s story line. Also I am high on cold meds. Still can’t get over the horns though. Keep reading »
A hearty congratulations to James Van Der Beek for finally getting a job! The former “Dawson’s Creek” star appears in the music video for Ke$ha’s “Blow” — playing himself. The glitter-addicted pop singer refers to him as “James Van Der Douche” and — spoiler alert! — kills him in the end, displayed his head on a wall with placard that reads “James Van Der Dead.” Betcha he wishes he could have stayed in Capeside forever… Keep reading »
I am a sucker for British broads with big voices and a retro vibe. Of this genre, Adele is by far and away my favorite. You’d think that an album titled 21—as in, her age when she recorded it last year—would be hopelessly naive but instead it is totally gorgeous and dripping with mature emotion. The record kicks off with “Rolling in the Deep,” a power soul track about the end of a relationship that can basically be summed up with the words “your loss.” Oh, and her cover of The Cure’s “Lovesong” is just divine. Overall, listening to this album is more healing than burning all the pictures of your ex. Though you can still do that, too.
I loved The Monkees. No, I LOVED The Monkees. I wasn’t alive when the foursome—the American answer to The Beatles—ruled the television and music charts in the ’60s, but I was around when their eponymous television series aired on Nick at Nite in the ’80s. I watched every night and always had a philosophical debate about whether I had a bigger crush on Davey Jones (the sensitive, British guy) or Micky Dolenz (the quirky drummer/singer). So I am pretty ecstatic that the band will be touring the UK to celebrate their 45th anniversary. And look, it kicks off on my birthday—May 12! Davey and Micky are both on board for the tour, as is Peter Tork—only Mike Nesmith opted not to be a part of the event. I might even possibly go to London for this. Maybe. [UPI] Keep reading »