Is there anything better than a good ol’ cheesy Christmas carol? What about a cheesy Christmas carol sung by a famous person?
Don’t worry: I won’t subject to you John Travolta and Olivia Newton John’s what-the-fuck-is-going-on-here Christmas carol shitshow again. I’ve only rounded up the best (by which I mean both “best” in the traditional sense and “best” as in “dorkiest”) carol-singing celebs that I could find: Keep reading »
Whether you like Fiona Apple’s music or not, it’s tough not to be moved by this sweet and sad letter, explaining to fans that she won’t be going on tour so that she can stay home and take care of her dying dog. Her 14-year-old dog Janet is sick with cancer, and Apple doesn’t want to risk going on tour in South America. Animal lovers will no doubt empathize with Apple’s choice. Her full letter — posted to her Facebook page – is after the jump.
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Fiona Apple is a real “Criminal” now: she was arrested for possession of hash in Texas and is currently being held in a local jail. According to TMZ, her tour bus was stopped at a border in Sierra Blanca and authorities found hash inside. Hash, for those of you who live a sheltered life, is a very potent form of canabis that gets you hiiiiiiiiigh as a kite and totally explains why she filmed that music video with an octopus on her head. Anyway, Fiona was busted at the same border stop where Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg have also been arrested for drug possession. What an illustrious group you have joined, Fiona. I eagerly await the angry songs this incident will inspire. [Pitchfork, TMZ] [Photo: Splash News]
Confession: Last night, I read the New York magazine piece, “I Just Want to Feel Everything’: Hiding Out With Fiona Apple Musical Hermit,” not once, but three times. I think it was one of the best music interviews I’ve read in a long time. I’ve always been a Fiona Apple fan. Tidal came out my first year of college and I think I listened to the CD (we still had CDs back then) until it cracked. “The Child Is Gone,” my favorite track on the album, inspired me to turn some of my poems into songs. Back then, I thought I was going to be a performer. And actually, my voice is similar to Fiona’s, we have that brassy alto thing going on. Though I went down a different path, I’ve followed Fiona’s career, owned all of her albums, and came to think of her as the woman living my phantom dream existence. I can’t help but be inspired by the way she hermits herself for years and reemerges with a brilliant new album with an octopus on her head. She can continue to rant about stuff, smoke hash out of a champagne flute and cloister herself off from the world all she wants. And I will watch admiringly from afar, living vicariously through the abandon with which she flings herself into her work. Below, some of my favorite quotes from the interview. Keep reading »
Seriously, NME, aren’t you a widely regarded music magazine? How can you not tell the difference between Fiona Apple and Alanis Morissette? Aren’t you stuck in the ’90s anyway? Ugh. [Facebook via The Clearly Dope]
You’ll have to excuse me if I don’t know what to say about this Fiona Apple video for “Every Single Night,” the first song off her new album, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do. Fiona is wearing an octopus on her head, writhing in the dirt with snails, and floating through assorted ethereal and weird scenarios. God only knows what it’s supposed to mean. Maybe nothing? Anyway, The Idler Wheel comes out June 19, but the entire album is up on NPR today for your listening pleasure. Snail-free, I should say. [BuzzFeed]
“A lot of my earlier songs are blaming other people and never thinking that I ever did anything wrong, because I was always trying to be completely loyal and honest and pure. It’s so nice to come to a place where you can see how you absolutely enabled all these things to happen. It makes you stop being angry at people. It makes you start being more empathetic. … Even when now there have been times that I’ve just felt so, so bad, I can take myself out of it for a moment and go: ‘You watch, you’ve felt this way before, you’re going to feel great again. And then you’re going to feel terrible again, and then you’re going to feel great again.’ And when you’re feeling this way, at least know that there’s value in it — just as much value in your suffering as in your pleasure. “
– This piece in The New York Times about Fiona Apple and her new album is filled with gems. She talks about once being so angry at her label (which kept her new album in limbo forever) that she would hike for eight hours a day, every day, until she could no longer walk and needed months of physical therapy afterwards. She also talks about her ex-boyfriend, the magician David Blaine, and playing in “the big water tank he uses to drown in.” You know, normal relationships stuff. She is so crazy-in-a-good-way. [NY Times] [Photo: NY Times]
Stop toying with us, music industry. Fiona Apple is too incredible a musician to keep dicking her fans around! Alas, that’s what record companies have always done with Fiona, from her 2005 album Extraordinary Machine to her latest album, which has been sitting in limbo for one-year-plus. But over the weekend, Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid gave us hope: on Sunday he tweeted, “Lots of good music coming from @Epic_Records in the next few weeks. Stay tuned music fans. Welcome back Fiona!” In the next few weeks? Be still my heart! I don’t understand why backed-up albums keep happening to Fiona Apple, especially since she has a solid and ardent fan base. Is it a bad string of luck? Is she difficult to work with? Can the music industry make more money off Nicki Minaj singing about a “stupid hoe”? It’s probably some combination of all three. Release Fiona’s new album, Epic Records, and I promise I’ll buy the shit out of it. [Twitter.com/LA_Reid, Rolling Stone]