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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Top 10 Videos of 2005 (UPDATED!)

More to come (links and all that)...

1. Beck “E-Pro” (Shynola)

2. Carpark North “Human” (Martin De Thurah)

3. Supergrass “Low C” (Hammer & Tongs)

4. Nine Inch Nails “Only” (David Fincher)

5. The White Stripes “The Denial Twist” (Michel Gondry)

6. LCD Soundsystem “Tribulations” (Dougal Wilson)

7. Coldplay “Speed of Sound” (Mark Romanek)

8. The Sun “Romantic Death” (The Sun and Alex Nam)

9. Gorillaz “Rock It” (Gorillaz)

10. Aphex Twin “Rubbery Johnny” (Chris Cunningham)

Thursday, December 08, 2005

The Mix That Got Away

This was originally supposed to be a mix with John Lennon songs thrown in intermittently, in memoriam. (It opened with “Scared.”) Then it sort of got out of hand and turned into a wooly dance party, something that I just can’t control.

It features a lot of my favorite songs of the moment, and a bunch that no one seems to be talking about or giving any love to (like Mylo’s label-mate Linus Loves and the absurdly talented cellist/pop mastermind Kelley Polar). So, if you are at all curious about the mix, go find out about the artists online and download or buy their stuff. I, for one, know that Lady Sovereign desperately needs a new Adidas jacket.

That “Nanny Nanny Boo Boo” is actually the Junior Senior remix, from the recent “This Island Remixes” disc. And nothing beats that Hot Chip remix. NOTHING.

Anyway, leave feedback.


Trailer of the Century

After lackluster first glimpses of “Pirates of the Caribbean 2,” “The Pink Panther” and “X-Men 3,” we finally have something to look forward to. And what’s more, the trailer itself is a work of shocking artistry and unlimited cool. I speak of course of “Mary Antoinette,” the new Sofia Coppola masterpiece (I’m just assuming – the girl’s got a hell of a track record).

Just take into consideration the fact that she scored a trailer to a “Mary Antoinette” movie with New Order’s “Sunrise.” Yeah, I know, fucking brilliant.

Also take this into consideration:

The only awful part of the teaser is the release date: Fall 2006. Ouch.

Trapped in the Critics

The following is from Stylus Magazine's "Top 50 Singles of The Year." If this had beat "Hung Up," then I really would have flipped out. It's still pretty high, though.

Singles it beat out: TWO Rachel Stevens songs, Lindstrom's "I Feel Space," Basement Jaxx's "Oh My Gosh," Girls Aloud's "Biology," Vitalic's "My Friend Dario," Missy's "Lose Control," Franz Ferdinand's "Do You Want To," LCD Soundsystem's "Tribulations," Sugababe's "Push the Button," Animal Collective's "Grass," Goldfrapp's "Ooh La La," Spoon's "I Turn My Camera On," and M83's "Don't Save Us From the Flames." Those are all fucking killer singles. Ugh.

It just boggles my mind how such shit can get such praise:

R. Kelly – Trapped In The Closet

If the idea of a continuous multi-song suite that has thus far expanded over 12 parts and 40 minutes appearing on a singles list bugs you, then you can consider this entry representative for Chapter 1. After all, it got the most radio and video-play of all the story's chapters, and remains one of its most cohesive and legitimately suspenseful. But if you have a problem with R.'s brilliant and frequently hilarious musical soap opera being praised at all, then that's where you're out of luck, because no one else at his level of fame came up with such a ballsy idea this year, and actually carried it out to such unpredictable extremes.
[Al Shipley]

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

My Holiday Mix

“Dancing Barefoot on Broken Ornaments”

Yeah, there it is. My holiday mix. If you are reading this, you are probably getting one. It’s a little heavy on the indie rock, I know, but last year my mix was an “All-Star” event, with the classics from John Lennon, Smashing Pumpkins, Elton John, et cetera. I also wanted to mix it up with the non-holiday songs just so you don’t want to kill yourself when it’s over. And, yes, that’s R2-D2 and C-3P0.


Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Shadows and Blog

Whew, it has been a while since I have posted (and the last post was one picture and one sentence – hardly a work of Cliffordian proportions). Honestly, the whirlwind of papers/tests/procrastination that accompany the end of the semester has caught me in its spiny and tentacled grasp. Apologies to all (two of you) that read.

Now, onto business:

Goldfrapp at the Nokiea Theatre At Times Square (last night)

In a word: wow. The only US performance by the electro-glam band (normally Allison Goldfrapp and her producer/partner Will Gregory, but expanded for touring purposes to a full band) was last night and it was a barnstormer. When they opened with an amazing rendition of “Train,” Goldfrapp flanked by two bikini-clad backup dancers in plastic werewolf masks, you knew you were in for a hell of a show. And for the hour + that followed, my jaw was on the floor, my feet off the ground. The Nokia Theater, for all its detractions (it’s too fucking big, for one, and totally impersonal), supplied me with the best sound I have ever had at a show. Ever. Every song was bolder, deeper, more luscious than on the records. It was astounding. What was also astounding was how many people knew the words to the new songs - I thought I was the only one to throw down thirty bucks for their new magnum opus (released here in March)! Also: it was the gayest crowd since last December’s Scissor Sisters show at Hammerstein.

Magic Numbers at Mercury Lounge (November 27th)

What a wonderful show. That’s really the only word you can use to describe it: wonderful. The Magic Numbers, for those of you that don’t know, released one of the more perfect pop albums of the year (a self-titled debut), a sunshiny and unironic ode to love in all of its complicated splendor. They also made a splash appearing on The Chemical Brothers’ magnificent return-to-form “Push the Button.” (Side-comment: ever notice how all of the Chemical Brothers’ album titles are commands?) Live, they really spring to life, giving their sound a lusher and more loveable dimension – I dare you to not want to hug them!

The show at the Mercury Lounge was semi-secret (announced on their site but not the venue’s), after the bigger, assuredly noisier show was sold out at the Bowery Ballroom. Personally, this is the only way I would have wanted to see them. The only letdown was, after grabbing the setlist off the stage, seeing that they were set to perform their Chemical collaboration, but it was crossed out. Hastily. Grr. I would have wanted to hear an acoustic version without the Brothers furious knob twiddling. The Beyonce cover more than made up for it, though. (Yeah, you read that right.)


Lady Sovereign at Knitting Factory (November 30th)

She’s five feet tall, calls herself “The White Midget,” raps faster than Eminem, and just signed a big-ass record deal with Jay-Z and Def Jam. She is the shit. And she is Lady Sovereign.

Lady Sov took the stage to a crowd well aware of her music (Diplo would again dub it “Planet Blog” had he been on the turntables) and of her newfound financial success (calling out “Def Jam” during one of her many standup comedy-style interludes), and performed beautifully. A mixture of high energy rock-n-rap, more like The Streets performance I saw at Irving Plaza a couple of years ago than “Korn” (another obnoxious crowd-born exclamation), she made it an unforgettable live show. Dressed in an Adidas tracksuit, she ran through a brief but fabulous setlist (only one or two songs were new to me) in support of her debut EP “Vertically Challenged,” out now on Chocolate Industries.

Watching her perform, spectacularly, you had to expect big and bad-ass things from her, and knowing she’s got heavyweights like Basement Jaxx and Timbaland producing, well, the sky's the limit for a girl so short.


It’s almost HERE…