They watched the landscape, sitting side by side —An Odeon went past, a cooling tower, And someone running up to bowl—and none Thought of the others they would never meet Or how their lives would all contain this hour.
A number of people have tried to turn me onto the group Everything Everything in recent years to no avail. I instantly found them annoying in that “love/hate” way some bands generate as a first impression that stays with you. Their music sounded “interesting”, but in that distracted way whereby the part of my brain that was being engaged wasn’t the music itself but the ideas informing the music. They’re a band that definitely had some great ideas, some flashes of brilliance, some wonderful quirks, judders and ejaculations of ecstatic musicality that showed promise but rarely had they put out a song that pulled all the elements together, that created a sufficient momentum to break free of the gravitational pull of ‘style over substance’.
But now they’ve released the song Distant Past and I love it. They’re still annoying – it doesn’t help that the lead singer looks like Will Young auditioning for a part in Peaky Blinders – but it doesn’t seem to matter this time out. All in all quite a thrilling slice of alternative pop.
Aspiring writers are often told to write about what they know and it’s an adage that Tobias Jesso Jr has taken to heart. With a title like ‘Without You’ there is a strong clue about where and when he’s coming from with this track from his album ‘Goon’ as well as who is inspirations are. Yes, it’s another young singer/songwriter mining the classic balladry of classic singer/songwriters. But oh boy, he does it so well I don’t care. Ignore if you hate that melodic sentimentality Macca sprinkles like icing sugar on candy floss.
I was born in 1967. This new song – ‘Baby Love’ by the French songstress Petite Meller – is not meant for me. In the age of precision targeted, consumer-driven marketing it’s probably directed at my eldest daughter who is 11. She loves it. The thing is, I love it too. It’s both really “now” but the vibe and in particular the saxophone break is very old-fashioned to my ears and the overall confection seems to me genuinely gauche and engaging as good pop should be, in my mind anyway. Not in my daughter’s mind though: she loves it because it’s a good tune you can dance to and because Petite Meller isn’t “like all the others”. It reminds her of Grimes and La Roux.
Still, I’m totally the wrong demographic for this and I’m conscious of that. The video, for me, is quite subversive and, as a father, a little disturbing but I’m not sure if my concern is warranted, if I’m not simply projecting outmoded concerns and therefore missing something that I’m in the wrong demographic to “see”.
So, what act or song do you love that you apparently shouldn’t because you are the wrong demographic?
John Campbell is a 51 year old newsreader in New Zealand. He was unable to attend a Sharon van Etten gig in Aukland as he had a prior speaking engagement.
His colleagues at the news station therefore surprise him with a live link to Sharon Van Etten performing Tarifa just for him. What’s particularly touching is how he can’t shut up about his nervous excitement, can’t hide his evident love of her music and yet is conscious he must still carry on as a pro and anchor the show.
The gay fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana gave an interview to an Italian magazine in which they are quoted as saying that gay adoption was unnatural and that those born through IVF were “synthetic children”. The only reason I have highlighted the fact that they are gay is because of their apparent negativity towards gay adoption which surprises me. Elton John – who has two sons from IVF treatment with his partner David Furnish – has hit out on social media (Instagram, not Twitter apparently) against the comments, saying ““Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again.” He then posted a hashtag #BoycottDolceGabbana. There has been some additional to-ing and fro-ing on the issue with Dolce calling Elton a “fascist” but it’s safe to say that the “boycott” idea seems to have hit fertile ground with other celebs wading in with their support for Elton’s position.
Normally this kind of thing I’d ignore as celebs being morally indignant is kind of part of the territory they occupy these days but my interest with this latest social media spat was triggered because of an interesting piece » Continue Reading.
An Iranian and 4 Jordanians cover the Floyd
Whenever Richard Dawkins spoke of Bertrand Russell’s teapot in space I’d always think of Daevid Allen and smile. I’ve spent many hours telling people how big an influence Gong must have been on Magazine. Some Camembert tonight.
Can’t wait for the asparagus season to start. can you?