[Amy Winehouse and I] spent a little time together and talked about [working together]. But, what little time we had, well, it was tense. She was in a bad state, God knows why. I think that the Adele thing had Amy freaked out. She liked her, but Adele’s success was making Amy feel upset, competitive, restless. Anyway, we lost touch briefly. And before she and I could really start the process of beginning a new album, it was too late.
–Mark Ronson reveals that Amy Winehouse, with whom he worked on her “Back To Black” album, was feeling really competitive and anxious about the success of another young, talented British female with a big voice: Adele.
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The last thing I was expecting was an album from actor Jeremy Sisto. Especially one sung by his alter ego, Escape Tailor. Think Counting Crows front man Adam Duritz if he were an albino clown. You can watch the video for Escape Tailor’s first single “Just Cuz” here. Escape is kind of killing my lady boner for Jeremy. I just want to scrub down his greasepaint and rip off his wig. Couldn’t his alter ego have been just a little bit … sexier? Sigh. Click on through to see more celebs and their alter egos. [Buzzfeed]
In 2007, Against Me!, a punk rock band from Gainesville, Florida, released a song called “The Ocean.” In his trademark melodic growl, lead singer Tom Gabel sang the following lyrics: “If I could have chosen/I would have been born a woman/My mother once told me she would have named me Laura/I would grow up to be strong and beautiful like her.” In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, Gabel reveals a secret he’s been keeping all his life: he is transgender, and those lyrics were autobiographical. From this point on, he will live as a woman. His new name? Laura Jane Grace. Keep reading »
Winona and I recently made a very important discovery: There is no foul mood that can’t be cured by a ’90s dance anthem. It’s like the music of the decade was specifically created with funk-busting in mind. Whenever you’re having a crap day, all you really need to do is find the appropriate ’90s tune to lift your spirits and help you get your head straight. After the jump, Winona and I compiled a list of instant ’90s musical cures for whatever might be ailing you. Keep reading »
‘Tis the season for outdoor parties and everyone knows it’s music that makes a bash. C. Wonder’s portable speakers plug into phones and computers to amplify your tunes and are small enough to carry inside a purse. Plus, the funky geometric patterns in a variety of colors will have everyone coveting your chic style. Now, crank the music up — I can still hear the sound of my own thoughts.
Skip directly to 2:19 for the “Muppet scatting” portion of Karmin covering “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People. Thank you, Amelia, for the term “Muppet scatting”, by the way. There’s no more accurate way to describe Amy Heidemann’s sounds/facial expressions. I think can we all agree that this is absolutely the worst “Pumped Up Kicks” cover ever. Karmin really should stop trying to be a band and perform as puppets instead. I think they would be more well-received that way. [Oh Hey Bill]
No, I’m ready to learn. Because I already know “How My Pussy Works.” I don’t need to listen to a song wherein Brian McKnight educates me about my vagina. I understand his impulse to go in a more erotic direction with his music … but NO. This is definitely not the right direction. Assuming that he is serious. I can’t tell. He can’t be, can he? [Buzzfeed]
Normally I’d be peeved by a song about how fat a lady TV character has gotten. But I prefer to see this ”Fat Betty” song by SOUTH Music & Sound Design in another light: an ode to those of us who love our ice cream. Blam-a-blam! (Also, spoiler alert, if you are way behind on your TiVo.) [Uproxx]