August 18, 2011

"Carry" from Night of Hunters by Tori Amos

So the video has been released! For this amazing song! I’m so excited!

I haven’t actually watched the video yet; just thought you should know.

August 18, 2011
Some Björk & Tori News

Firstly, as seen above, the album art for Björk’s “Biophilia” has been released! Yes, it’s pretty much the same as the single covers but CORPORATE BRANDING HELLO.

Anyway, I love them. So THERE.

On the Tori hand, two tracks leaked. They appeared on Tori’s soundcloud a day or so ago, got all over the Internet, and then disappeared. As far as I’m aware, it’s not even available on YouTube anymore.

The tracks were an interesting taste of what’s to come. “Nautical Twilight” is very classical, and feels very “deeper and deeper into the forest”. It’s a good song, but didn’t blow my mind.

"Carry" on the other hand… wow. It is probably one of the best songs she’s written. So small, yet powerful, and dramatic without being over the top.

And apparently those who have heard the album already say the best is yet to come.

AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!

Very excite.

Some Björk & Tori News

Firstly, as seen above, the album art for Björk’s “Biophilia” has been released! Yes, it’s pretty much the same as the single covers but CORPORATE BRANDING HELLO.

Anyway, I love them. So THERE.

On the Tori hand, two tracks leaked. They appeared on Tori’s soundcloud a day or so ago, got all over the Internet, and then disappeared. As far as I’m aware, it’s not even available on YouTube anymore.

The tracks were an interesting taste of what’s to come. “Nautical Twilight” is very classical, and feels very “deeper and deeper into the forest”. It’s a good song, but didn’t blow my mind.

"Carry" on the other hand… wow. It is probably one of the best songs she’s written. So small, yet powerful, and dramatic without being over the top.

And apparently those who have heard the album already say the best is yet to come.

AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!

Very excite.

August 9, 2011
The “Biophilia” Tracks We Can Listen To

Crystalline (this links to the official video)


Cosmogony

Virus

You can also listen to a (rather low quality, but still alright) recording of her recent Biophilia live set here.

August 8, 2011
According to Wikipedia and an interview, etc, EMI is gearing up for a November 2011 release for Kate Bush’s next album.
Of course, I’d take that with a whole bucket of salt, potentially the Dead Sea. We know how Kate is, and it may be released anywhere between tomorrow and posthumously. Still, it’s interesting to know…
In the same interview, the guy also mentioned that Goldfrapp are going to release a greatest hits collection. If it includes a B-Side disc, it will be one of the best releases ever. If it doesn’t, it’s going to be a complete waste of time.
(the Best Of is confirmed in a post on Goldfrapp’s blog. I wonder who will pick them up now that their time with EMI is over?)
Still, YAY! Some news is better than none, I suppose.
Read the interview (I didn’t) here.

According to Wikipedia and an interview, etc, EMI is gearing up for a November 2011 release for Kate Bush’s next album.

Of course, I’d take that with a whole bucket of salt, potentially the Dead Sea. We know how Kate is, and it may be released anywhere between tomorrow and posthumously. Still, it’s interesting to know…

In the same interview, the guy also mentioned that Goldfrapp are going to release a greatest hits collection. If it includes a B-Side disc, it will be one of the best releases ever. If it doesn’t, it’s going to be a complete waste of time.

(the Best Of is confirmed in a post on Goldfrapp’s blog. I wonder who will pick them up now that their time with EMI is over?)

Still, YAY! Some news is better than none, I suppose.

Read the interview (I didn’t) here.

August 8, 2011

ifoundoutatzeropoint asked: woahhhh where did you hear that Neil Gaiman is going to rewrite the story for Night of hunters??! That's just too good to be true, i'm so excited for this release

Ah, I probably should’ve written that more clearly. It was still under “fingers crossed”, so I hope that it (the deluxe edition at least) includes that story, but rewritten by Neil Gaiman.

And turns out they’ve removed the explanation from Amazon! I wonder:

a) How it got there in the first place; and
b) Why they removed it.

Crazy.

August 3, 2011
There’s also information about Björk’s upcoming release “Biophilia”.
You can now pre-order the album from her website in three different formats:
Regular version In a plastic jewel case, with the CD
Digipack version The same thing, but in a digipack, with 6 panels.
Ultimate Version NEARLY $1000. Only 100 will be made, and everything inside will only be made once. The pack includes the biophilia manual (containing photos, stories, and essays), 10 tuning forks, each tuned to the key of their corresponding song, a CD of “exclusive tracks”, and the CD of the album. All contained in a lacquered oak box.
I was under the impression that there was going to be a CD release that included all the videos on a DVD, but this has now been taken on Wikipedia, so I guess things have changed.
Do I wish I could afford the ultimate pre-order addition? Absolutely. Is it a bit over the top? Perhaps.
BUT I’M STILL EXCITED.
I don’t think I’m going to preorder it, because no doubt there’ll be some later release that will have something else amazing in it. But I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
(In other news, I love the Matthew Herbert mix of Crystalline. Two of my favourite artists in one song: win.)

There’s also information about Björk’s upcoming release “Biophilia”.

You can now pre-order the album from her website in three different formats:

Regular version In a plastic jewel case, with the CD

Digipack version The same thing, but in a digipack, with 6 panels.

Ultimate Version NEARLY $1000. Only 100 will be made, and everything inside will only be made once. The pack includes the biophilia manual (containing photos, stories, and essays), 10 tuning forks, each tuned to the key of their corresponding song, a CD of “exclusive tracks”, and the CD of the album. All contained in a lacquered oak box.

I was under the impression that there was going to be a CD release that included all the videos on a DVD, but this has now been taken on Wikipedia, so I guess things have changed.

Do I wish I could afford the ultimate pre-order addition? Absolutely. Is it a bit over the top? Perhaps.

BUT I’M STILL EXCITED.

I don’t think I’m going to preorder it, because no doubt there’ll be some later release that will have something else amazing in it. But I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

(In other news, I love the Matthew Herbert mix of Crystalline. Two of my favourite artists in one song: win.)

August 3, 2011
More information about Tori Amos’s upcoming release “Night of Hunters” has been released! Such excite!
Tori has released “An Introduction Track by Track” on Amazon.com. The text is below (I have bolded track names and added them in italics where they aren’t explicitly mentioned):

From The Artist An Introduction track by track
Night of Hunters is a song cycle that begins with a shattering of a relationship as the sun begins to slowly disappear and dusk moves in. Alone in an old Georgian House on the river Bandon on the outskirts of Kinsale Co Cork Ireland, tori begins to piece together what has just happened in Shattering Sea. The “him” in tori’s life we learn carries the force of tide and wave as she carries the force of fire.
She soon meets a shapeshifting creature named Anabelle who appears firstly to tori as a fox and explains to her that only with the night and darkness can we truly begin to see with our inner eyes (SnowBlind). Anabelle suggests that a missing fragment in the couple’s story lies back in ancient Ireland. She encourages tori to allow herself to cross time and space and go back in time mentally to where this couple walked these same hills but in Ireland’s mythic past.
With Anabelle’s ability to see the past tori reclaims a key fragment of her past with “him” in Battle of Trees. This epic battle took place possibly around 3,000 years ago. The battle was not only for those with physical weapons but always included poets on both sides who used the ancient tree alphabet The Beth-Luis-Nion (Birch-Rowan-Ash) to fight each other. The power of the poet in ancient Ireland was unlike anything in our modern world. But a poet’s wrath, if skillfully turned on a ruler of an opposing army, could shame them to such an extent that a psychological advantage could be achieved for the poet’s army.
Eventually in ancient Ireland, as invasions grew steadily on the island, the respect for the White Goddess was supplanted by those who worshipped the Thunder God in all his many forms. Our couple fought on the same side as poets against these invaders. We all know that the goddess worshipping culture was subjecated by the Thunder God and then Christianity suppressed any inkling of the goddess culture even further.
In Fearlessness, tori collects another memory of her recent past with “him”. Doubt and Blame seem to have come between the couple. Here their life on the sea comes to life. On their recent Atlantic Crossing on his sailboat from the new world to the old world Outside Forces begin to pull them apart so that by the end of the song we hear: “Then that was when the Blame began, what were once two forces joined in Fearlessness.”
Anabelle then shares her view of the couple and makes tori aware that “Every couple has a version of what they call the truth.” Anabelle tells tori to call all that lies beneath both stories back to her own fire and to embrace the truth of what she finds. Anabelle has turned into her goose shape. Anabelle offers tori an elixir of cactus to open up tori’s vision and her heart so that she can actually claim her part in this shattering separation from “Him” (Cactus Practice). As with any elixir, it’s job is to take the participant to a depth of feeling and understanding that they have not been able to achieve in the cold light of day.
Star Whisperer is where tori begins to sing directly to his soul. She refers to “him” as you for the first time in our song cycle. “He” begins to have a voice and perspective as he speaks to her through different instruments. The elixir Anabelle has given tori has taken her into the dimension of Star Whisperer which is over 9 minutes in length and becomes an emotional discovery whereby tori realizes that, “you saw a me I didn’t want to see” as well as, ” I saw a you I didn’t want to see”.
Next, Anabelle, as fox, asks tori about the day she abandoned her force of fire. She also warns us that “There is a grid of disempowerment” and that, ” All forces are being called to dismantle this”. As the constellation Job’s Coffin looks down on Earth, we learn that Anabelle is here to call all forces, “back on line”. She explains that looming in our present reality, “There exists a power of old who wanted Earth to be controlled”.
In Nautical Twilight, tori reveals when she turned her back on her own force of fire - “I abandoned it rupturing a delicate balance when I left my world for his”. She now sees what this has done to imbalance their relationship. She expands on the idea Anabelle planted in Job’s Coffin about ” a power of old who wanted earth to be controlled”. The consequence of any force turning their back on their own power is no different than using it for destructive purposes. tori realizes she must make the choice to reactivate her inner life force.
Your Ghost is tori singing to “him” after having met his ghost. “Your Ghost has shown me our primroses could survive the frost if a gentle rivulet of flame is sustained tenderly.” She acknowledges she created a forest of glass and that she understands now that he was also wounded in the shattering of their relationship. She also tells him that both of their forces have the power to “heal what was cut and bruised”.
Edge of the Moon reveals a vow that “he” made to tori. She begins to remember what their relationship was like before the two of them allowed outside forces to pull them apart. In both Your Ghost and Edge of the Moon, we hear that there is a depth of feeling that still exists between the couple. The blame and the anger each had towards the other is transmuting itself into a place where the depth of their love for each other is stronger than the damage that was done to their relationship.
With that understanding of how she really feels, during The Chase, Anabelle announces she must go and leaves tori with the Fire Muse. The Fire Muse reveals herself through an actual flaming life-size fire that Anabelle dances around getting tori to show the Fire Muse the riddle she has been taught. Anabelle explains that she, in her fox/goose form, is the hunter and the hunted which carries the force of duality and neutrality. Although a different kind of hunter/predator force seems to be closing in around them, Anabelle must continue on her mission of calling all forces to wake and to use their powers to out-create the forces who have chosen to use their power for destructive purposes. The riddle Anabelle has taught tori is old magic and is teaching her the skill of shapeshifting from the hunted to the hunter, Anabelle’s power. She warns tori that “out there”, in order to survive the predators, she must out think them, out create them, and apply everything Anabelle has taught her, or she could literally lose her head.
The Fire Muse begins her message to tori with,”rose so red thisnight of hunters, find love instead of their blood by your thorn.” The Fire Muse acknowledges that some of the dark forces gathering hunt for power, others, to invade children’s dream. tori’s first instinct is to for revenge against these dark forces. The Fire Muse explains that the children’s dreams must be reclaimed. With the assistance of the Seven Sisters, a frequency is put in place to watch over the children’s dreams and guard them against the dark forces that would invade these children.
The Seven Sisters bring tori to the force Love and for the first time she has gratitude for the people that have come into her life and even though they may leave, for whatever reason, they are not truly gone.
With the dawn comes Carry, and the sentiment, “you will not ever be forgotten by me in the precession of the might stars your name is sung and tattooed now on my heart here I will carry carry carry you forever.”

Apparently, Natashya is Anabelle and Kelsey is The Fire Muse.
Fingers crossed, this story will be included in the booklet. And it will be rewritten by Neil Gaiman.
A little more excited? Just a tad.

More information about Tori Amos’s upcoming release “Night of Hunters” has been released! Such excite!

Tori has released “An Introduction Track by Track” on Amazon.com. The text is below (I have bolded track names and added them in italics where they aren’t explicitly mentioned):

From The Artist An Introduction track by track

Night of Hunters is a song cycle that begins with a shattering of a relationship as the sun begins to slowly disappear and dusk moves in. Alone in an old Georgian House on the river Bandon on the outskirts of Kinsale Co Cork Ireland, tori begins to piece together what has just happened in Shattering Sea. The “him” in tori’s life we learn carries the force of tide and wave as she carries the force of fire.

She soon meets a shapeshifting creature named Anabelle who appears firstly to tori as a fox and explains to her that only with the night and darkness can we truly begin to see with our inner eyes (SnowBlind). Anabelle suggests that a missing fragment in the couple’s story lies back in ancient Ireland. She encourages tori to allow herself to cross time and space and go back in time mentally to where this couple walked these same hills but in Ireland’s mythic past.

With Anabelle’s ability to see the past tori reclaims a key fragment of her past with “him” in Battle of Trees. This epic battle took place possibly around 3,000 years ago. The battle was not only for those with physical weapons but always included poets on both sides who used the ancient tree alphabet The Beth-Luis-Nion (Birch-Rowan-Ash) to fight each other. The power of the poet in ancient Ireland was unlike anything in our modern world. But a poet’s wrath, if skillfully turned on a ruler of an opposing army, could shame them to such an extent that a psychological advantage could be achieved for the poet’s army.

Eventually in ancient Ireland, as invasions grew steadily on the island, the respect for the White Goddess was supplanted by those who worshipped the Thunder God in all his many forms. Our couple fought on the same side as poets against these invaders. We all know that the goddess worshipping culture was subjecated by the Thunder God and then Christianity suppressed any inkling of the goddess culture even further.

In Fearlessness, tori collects another memory of her recent past with “him”. Doubt and Blame seem to have come between the couple. Here their life on the sea comes to life. On their recent Atlantic Crossing on his sailboat from the new world to the old world Outside Forces begin to pull them apart so that by the end of the song we hear: “Then that was when the Blame began, what were once two forces joined in Fearlessness.”

Anabelle then shares her view of the couple and makes tori aware that “Every couple has a version of what they call the truth.” Anabelle tells tori to call all that lies beneath both stories back to her own fire and to embrace the truth of what she finds. Anabelle has turned into her goose shape. Anabelle offers tori an elixir of cactus to open up tori’s vision and her heart so that she can actually claim her part in this shattering separation from “Him” (Cactus Practice). As with any elixir, it’s job is to take the participant to a depth of feeling and understanding that they have not been able to achieve in the cold light of day.

Star Whisperer is where tori begins to sing directly to his soul. She refers to “him” as you for the first time in our song cycle. “He” begins to have a voice and perspective as he speaks to her through different instruments. The elixir Anabelle has given tori has taken her into the dimension of Star Whisperer which is over 9 minutes in length and becomes an emotional discovery whereby tori realizes that, “you saw a me I didn’t want to see” as well as, ” I saw a you I didn’t want to see”.

Next, Anabelle, as fox, asks tori about the day she abandoned her force of fire. She also warns us that “There is a grid of disempowerment” and that, ” All forces are being called to dismantle this”. As the constellation Job’s Coffin looks down on Earth, we learn that Anabelle is here to call all forces, “back on line”. She explains that looming in our present reality, “There exists a power of old who wanted Earth to be controlled”.

In Nautical Twilight, tori reveals when she turned her back on her own force of fire - “I abandoned it rupturing a delicate balance when I left my world for his”. She now sees what this has done to imbalance their relationship. She expands on the idea Anabelle planted in Job’s Coffin about ” a power of old who wanted earth to be controlled”. The consequence of any force turning their back on their own power is no different than using it for destructive purposes. tori realizes she must make the choice to reactivate her inner life force.

Your Ghost is tori singing to “him” after having met his ghost. “Your Ghost has shown me our primroses could survive the frost if a gentle rivulet of flame is sustained tenderly.” She acknowledges she created a forest of glass and that she understands now that he was also wounded in the shattering of their relationship. She also tells him that both of their forces have the power to “heal what was cut and bruised”.

Edge of the Moon reveals a vow that “he” made to tori. She begins to remember what their relationship was like before the two of them allowed outside forces to pull them apart. In both Your Ghost and Edge of the Moon, we hear that there is a depth of feeling that still exists between the couple. The blame and the anger each had towards the other is transmuting itself into a place where the depth of their love for each other is stronger than the damage that was done to their relationship.

With that understanding of how she really feels, during The Chase, Anabelle announces she must go and leaves tori with the Fire Muse. The Fire Muse reveals herself through an actual flaming life-size fire that Anabelle dances around getting tori to show the Fire Muse the riddle she has been taught. Anabelle explains that she, in her fox/goose form, is the hunter and the hunted which carries the force of duality and neutrality. Although a different kind of hunter/predator force seems to be closing in around them, Anabelle must continue on her mission of calling all forces to wake and to use their powers to out-create the forces who have chosen to use their power for destructive purposes. The riddle Anabelle has taught tori is old magic and is teaching her the skill of shapeshifting from the hunted to the hunter, Anabelle’s power. She warns tori that “out there”, in order to survive the predators, she must out think them, out create them, and apply everything Anabelle has taught her, or she could literally lose her head.

The Fire Muse begins her message to tori with,”rose so red thisnight of hunters, find love instead of their blood by your thorn.” The Fire Muse acknowledges that some of the dark forces gathering hunt for power, others, to invade children’s dream. tori’s first instinct is to for revenge against these dark forces. The Fire Muse explains that the children’s dreams must be reclaimed. With the assistance of the Seven Sisters, a frequency is put in place to watch over the children’s dreams and guard them against the dark forces that would invade these children.

The Seven Sisters bring tori to the force Love and for the first time she has gratitude for the people that have come into her life and even though they may leave, for whatever reason, they are not truly gone.

With the dawn comes Carry, and the sentiment, “you will not ever be forgotten by me in the precession of the might stars your name is sung and tattooed now on my heart here I will carry carry carry you forever.”

Apparently, Natashya is Anabelle and Kelsey is The Fire Muse.

Fingers crossed, this story will be included in the booklet. And it will be rewritten by Neil Gaiman.

A little more excited? Just a tad.

August 2, 2011

HELLO MR DOLLAR - Eddie Amos

I know this isn’t pop music, but it’s kind of music-y and it’s connected to Tori Amos, who isn’t really a pop musician either but was-ish and… yeah. Just run with it.

So it seems Tori Amos’s dad is getting in on the whole “performance art” thing. Which is nice, and you think “Nawwww, that’ll be lovely” unless you realise it’s 4 minutes of WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK.

Apparently it’s “comical”. Of course, this is cleverly preceeded by “avant garde” so that if you say “That’s not funny” you’re no longer cool and no one will ever talk to you.

So I guess I’m going to have to get used to talking to myself because it’s actually not funny. It’s disturbing, among other things, and not just the video, but the creepy monotone voice. I feel like I’m listening to the Jonestowns recordings again.

And it doesn’t seem to make any kind of point.

OH RIGHT. So it’s about the impact of America’s debt on arts. BUT DID YOU KNOW THAT BEFORE YOU READ THE DESCRIPTION? No.

And the fact that Mrs Amos doesn’t look too good also doesn’t help the creepy factor.

I’m not going to give this a rating (for hopefully obvious reasons) but… yeah. I don’t even know what to say.

Weird.

(The post I reblogged this from, containing a description and lyrics, is below)

jasonelijah:

“Hello Mr. Dollar” (2011) by Eddie Amos, Father of Tori Amos. Yes, it’s true, this is a brand new video by Tori’s Dad, and her Mom is in the video, too. Very bizarre and interesting.

youtube description: Eddie’s first release is an avant garde comical sketch about the current American debt crisis. Using low production for humor and awareness of more serious issues, Eddie’s video presents the question — what will happen to the Arts and Media if the power behind the dollar is destroyed?

Lyrics:

WHO ARE YOU FROM WHENCE HAVE YOU COME
MY NAME IS MR DOLLAR AND I AM SICK

LYING IN INTENSIVE CARE UNIT ON A RESPIRATOR
MEDIC EDDIE WILL TELL YOU MY SAD STORY

NOT THE GOLD MAN NOT THE SILVER MAN AM I
NOT THE COPPER MAN IT’S THE SICK TIN MAN

WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS THERE SHALL BE YOUR HEART
ALSO HELLO MR. DOLLAR YOU ARE WITHOUT A HEART

YOU HAD A GOLD HEART DURING THE DEPRESSION
WE WERE POOR MR. DOLLAR YOU WERE KING

I DREAMED OF HAVING GOLD A GOLD COIN SOME DAY
I KNEW THERE WAS GOLD IN FORT KNOX

WHO ARE YOU AND FROM WHENCE HAVE YOU COME
MY NAME IS MR DOLLAR AND I AM SICK

LYING IN INTENSIVE CARE UNIT ON A RESPIRATOR
MEDIC EDDIE WILL TELL YOU MY SAD STORY

NOT THE GOLD MAN NOT THE SILVER MAN AM I
NOT THE COPPER MAN IT’S THE SICK TIN MAN

IF YOU AIN’T GOLD MR DOLLAR WHO ARE YOU
OH THERE WERE THE DAYS OF SILVER

A SILVER DOLLAR A BOX OF CHERRIES TOO
TO CELEBRATE GEORGE WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY

PRESIDENT KENNEDY WAS HONORED BY MR. DOLLAR
NOT GOLD NOT SILVER BUT A COPPER SILVER DOLLAR

WHO ARE YOU AND FROM WHENCE HAVE YOU COME
MY NAME IS MR DOLLAR AND I AM SICK

LYING IN INTENSIVE CARE UNIT ON A RESPIRATOR
MEDIC EDDIE WILL TELL YOU MY SAD STORY

NOT THE GOLD MAN NOT THE SILVER MAN AM I
NOT THE COPPER MAN IT’S THE SICK TIN MAN

MR. DOLLAR AND I WENT AROUND THE WORLD
I HAD A FIST FULL OF COPPER DOLLARS

WHAT A GREAT TRIP JOY ME AND MR. DOLLAR
COME YANKEE BOY WITH COPPER MONEY

MY HEART WAS LOST WHEN THEY SPIT ON YOU
THAT’S TRUE MR DOLLAR THEY SPIT ON YOU

WHO ARE YOU AND FROM WHENCE HAVE YOU COME
MY NAME IS MR DOLLAR AND I AM SICK

LYING IN INTENSIVE CARE UNIT ON A RESPIRATOR
MEDIC EDDIE WILL TELL YOU MY SAD STORY

HOW LOW CAN I SINK A BUM IN THE WORLD
NOT GOLD NOT SILVER IN MY HEART

NOT EVEN COPPER IT’S TIN IN MY HEART
THERE IN MY HEART I AM TIN THE LOWEST

MY NAME IS MR. DOLLAR THEY SPIT ON ME
DOC JUST ONE MORE CHANCE TO GET THE GOLD

WHO ARE YOU AND FROM WHENCE HAVE YOU COME
MY NAME IS MR DOLLAR AND I AM SICK

LYING IN INTENSIVE CARE UNIT ON A RESPIRATOR
MEDIC EDDIE WILL TELL YOU MY SAD STORY

NOT THE GOLD MAN NOT THE SILVER MAN AM I
NOT THE COPPER MAN IT’S THE SICK TIN MAN

MY NAME IS MR DOLLAR THEY SPIT ON ME
DOC JUST ONE MORE CHANCE TO GET THE GOLD

June 21, 2011
Today’s CD Playlist: French Study

A list of the albums I listened to today while studying french, just to prove I listen to more than Katy Perry and Robyn.

MAYBE.

(from my other tumblr)

Exile in Guyville Liz Phair

My partner loves this album (he says it’s probably his all-time-favourite) and, though I liked parts of it, I never really got into it. But then I ordered it, and when it arrived I put it on and it just… clicked. Such a brilliant album.

Mesmerizing | Glory

The Dreaming Kate Bush

Her best, without a doubt. A truly passionate album, it’s unfortunate that no one seemed to get it.

Sat In Your Lap | All The Love

Neptune City Nicole Atkins

There’s so much amazing about this album: her voice, the songs, the orchestrations, the feelings, the album as a whole… Neptune City is a really beautiful album, nostalgic in sound and in feeling.

Maybe Tonight (my favourite is actually “Together We Are Both Alone”, but it’s not on youtube. yet.)

Maxinquaye Tricky

I don’t think I’ve ever listened to this all the way through. A ground-breaking album, Maxinquaye is split between songs that still sound fresh and those that have become extremely stale. It’s still his masterpiece: though his later work held moments of promise, even brilliance, it never reached this level again (though some say, and I may agree, that Knowle West Boy is almost, if not as, good, a kind of modern-day Maxinquaye. Then again, after Vulnerable anything would’ve been amazing).

Overcome

Moderat Moderat

This album is very tied to about a year and a bit ago when I really got into Modeselektor, Apparat and, as a consequence, Moderat. I still love this album, but it’s like my taste has moved in a different direction to how it seemed to be moving then. On the other hand, this is another album that took me a while to get into before I was able to realise how brilliant it is.

Rusty Nails | Seamonkey

The Milk-Eyed Mender Joanna Newsom

Of all the artists I listen to, Joanna Newsom is probably the one who most obviously matures through her work: her early EPs show promise, but are… immature, for want of another word. The Milk-Eyed Mender is good, but it has never held the same appeal as Ys, though it is more digestible (except if you can’t stand her voice), and there are some excellent songs on it.

Sprout and the Bean | Peach Plum Pear (amazing live version here)

Pink Moon Nick Drake

If you’re going to die, I guess make sure you do it after your best work: though Kate Bush has had to live through “The Red Shoes”, Nick Drake released Pink Moon then signed off. A stunning beautiful album that proves that the guitar isn’t the instrument everyone thinks it is and is in fact remarkably versatile. With so much beauty, it’s sad that it’s such a short-ride, clocking at just over 28 minutes, though perhaps if it were any longer it wouldn’t be so perfect.

Place to Be | Parasite

And that’s a wrap. For today, at least.

June 16, 2011
Singles from Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream
I wrote a huge thingy (how unusual for me) where I talked in great detail about all these songs, and then just when I got up to “E.T.” my computer said “lol. no.”
Anyway, so much for that. Bastard computer.
And because I spent so much time doing THAT, I really don’t want to do it again, because it was brilliant and I would hate to soil its memory.
SO INSTEAD, I’m going to make this short and sweet. Or as short and sweet as I know how.
California Girls Wasn’t Snoop Dogg dead? Why is this song so horribly boring and shit? Why is the video so ugly? Why is it so insipid that it can’t even be fun? 1 California girl out of 5 [UNACCEPTABLE]
Teenage Dream Nostalgic, dull, goes nowhere. And the retro-vibe of the video adds to the nostalgia thing. It’s not a great song, but at least it’s not awful. 2 skin-tight jeans out of 5 [BARELY ACCEPTABLE]
Firework LOL GUYS I’VE ALREADY REVIEWED THIS. It also has more views than any of her other singles. I guess empowerment gets people to go on youtube? 3 song-induced breakdowns out of 5 [ACCEPTABLE]
E.T. FINALLY AN INTERESTING SONG. Even though it ticks all the pop music predictability boxes, it’s an interesting song that exploits Katy’s booming vocals (or maybe ProTools’ booming vocals, I don’t know), and has a killer chorus. Good old Max Martin hasn’t failed us: more please (I actually think this is better than his work with Robyn and you know how much of a Robyn fangirl I am). The video is very big, and colourful and a tad disturbing. Shame about some of the lyrics. And KANYE WEST. Seriously? Kanye? 4 vaguely xenophobic lyrics out of 5 [ABOVE ACCEPTABLE]
Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) Is it wrong to want to give this song 5/5 because it’s so much fun? And because the character of Kathy Beth Terry is so endearing? (Even though I probably would’ve been annoyed by her any other time). And the video is a veritable cornucopia of cameos by people I’ve never heard of (how surprising), and is… cute. Anyway, overall, the entire song is just fun, even if it’s a bit vapid (and a bit ridiculous that Katy’s all “Oh I wrote this song after a wild night out!” and fails to tell us that first she called Dr. Luke and Max Martin so they could write it together, but sure, whatever. Each to their own. 4 nights out of 5 [ABOVE ACCEPTABLE]
A serious improvement in the quality of singles. Interestingly, it looks like she’s targeted each single to a particular group, or in a particular style. Clever pop bastards and their sneaky ways…
In the end, I would love to say that that’s the end of Katy Perry, but as much as a lot of people seem to hate her, and I’d never say I like her, I always have to listen to her music. And I will probably continue to do so.
Ah, the burden I carry for you, dear reader.

Singles from Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream

I wrote a huge thingy (how unusual for me) where I talked in great detail about all these songs, and then just when I got up to “E.T.” my computer said “lol. no.”

Anyway, so much for that. Bastard computer.

And because I spent so much time doing THAT, I really don’t want to do it again, because it was brilliant and I would hate to soil its memory.

SO INSTEAD, I’m going to make this short and sweet. Or as short and sweet as I know how.

California Girls Wasn’t Snoop Dogg dead? Why is this song so horribly boring and shit? Why is the video so ugly? Why is it so insipid that it can’t even be fun? 1 California girl out of 5 [UNACCEPTABLE]

Teenage Dream Nostalgic, dull, goes nowhere. And the retro-vibe of the video adds to the nostalgia thing. It’s not a great song, but at least it’s not awful. 2 skin-tight jeans out of 5 [BARELY ACCEPTABLE]

Firework LOL GUYS I’VE ALREADY REVIEWED THIS. It also has more views than any of her other singles. I guess empowerment gets people to go on youtube? 3 song-induced breakdowns out of 5 [ACCEPTABLE]

E.T. FINALLY AN INTERESTING SONG. Even though it ticks all the pop music predictability boxes, it’s an interesting song that exploits Katy’s booming vocals (or maybe ProTools’ booming vocals, I don’t know), and has a killer chorus. Good old Max Martin hasn’t failed us: more please (I actually think this is better than his work with Robyn and you know how much of a Robyn fangirl I am). The video is very big, and colourful and a tad disturbing. Shame about some of the lyrics. And KANYE WEST. Seriously? Kanye? 4 vaguely xenophobic lyrics out of 5 [ABOVE ACCEPTABLE]

Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) Is it wrong to want to give this song 5/5 because it’s so much fun? And because the character of Kathy Beth Terry is so endearing? (Even though I probably would’ve been annoyed by her any other time). And the video is a veritable cornucopia of cameos by people I’ve never heard of (how surprising), and is… cute. Anyway, overall, the entire song is just fun, even if it’s a bit vapid (and a bit ridiculous that Katy’s all “Oh I wrote this song after a wild night out!” and fails to tell us that first she called Dr. Luke and Max Martin so they could write it together, but sure, whatever. Each to their own. 4 nights out of 5 [ABOVE ACCEPTABLE]

A serious improvement in the quality of singles. Interestingly, it looks like she’s targeted each single to a particular group, or in a particular style. Clever pop bastards and their sneaky ways…

In the end, I would love to say that that’s the end of Katy Perry, but as much as a lot of people seem to hate her, and I’d never say I like her, I always have to listen to her music. And I will probably continue to do so.

Ah, the burden I carry for you, dear reader.