Holy shit!SIA just leaked a new trackYOU’VE CHANGED which will appear on her new album entitled We Are Born (Spring ’10). It’s a completely revamped version of the track with Lauren Flax that leaked earlier this year. Produced by Greg Kurstin with Nick Valensi from The Strokes on guitar – this one is my new jam! Do yourself a favor and follow @siamusic on Twitter – she’s a delight! Loving the new direction of this album. – Matt
We had the pleasure of interviewingVIA TANIA at Norwood during CMJ week. Tania discusses the transition from making music with her sister in Australia to moving to the U.S. and creating her new delicious new album MOON SWEET MOON which she describes as “Moon Music.”
Check our review of their CMJ performance right here!
ISLANDS played a great show at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom this past Thursday replete with rhinestone-studded wardrobe and the cheeky showmanship that we have come to expect from Nick Thorburn. The former Unicorns front man strut around stage in a make-shift striptease of sorts disrobing systematically from an outfit that looked like the bastard love child of Elvis and Ziggy Stardust. Evan and Geordie Gordon, both very capable musicians, filled out the band’s sound alternating between synth, bass, lead guitar, and back-up vocals. Jamie Thompson, the band’s original drummer, was back in action after his two year hiatus from the group keeping all the afro-beats lined up and tight.
Thorburn kept the mood light by lifting items from audience members like 3/4 full beer (Canadians apparently think they’re immune to H1N1), a pair of specs, and a diary of sorts. The foursome blew through Vapours, which is essentially a pop record done with aplomb, which draws many parallels to Contra, Vampire Weekend’s new album that is slowing being revealed song by song. Both boast these funky afro-latino beats that make you want to calypso or bachata around your room and winsome deliveries from their lead singers. But more on this when Contra is officially released. Needless to say, Islands was firstto market with this sound combo; credit where credit is due. The crowd at the show was decidedly young… like do-you-have-pubes young making my 25 years look hoary. But I must say, them kids got taste. Enjoy my pretty pics. - guest post by Alexandra SeriofromThe Morning After Pills
So its’ Saturday and all kinds of nasty outside in NYC! They tell me the rain will stop but the puddles to skip over and all just, phew. Watching MADONNA‘s Confessions Tour this week on Youtube – yes, you better watch it before some dick wad up in the record label reports it to Google-owned Youtube. Can you imagine being that guy?
The first dance god I heard was during my days at the Roxy and yes, it was the notorious and infamous Peter Rauhofer – all in all I love his cold style of progressive house. I always am of opinion that Peter brings on the next mesh of pop dance and progressive house. With all that being said enjoy Madonna’s DANCE 2NIGHT. - JAKE DOWNLOAD MP3 Dance 2Night (Peter Rauhofer Remix)* Thanks DJ Cocas!
The true test of a pop artist destined for longevity is shown through their follow up release to such a successful debut. LADY GAGA departs from her obsession with fame and fortune and moves on to the darker side of slick produced pop/dance music on The Fame Monster. Overall the album sounds reminiscent of Britney’s Blackout with a much darker twist. Her vocals sound much more consistent than the previous album.
While she could easily have cobbled together a re-package including just one or two b-sides, Gaga thankfully did not choose that route – instead putting together a solid album consisting of 8 new tracks.
Let’s go track by track…
We’ve all already heard this one – a catchy pop track with a flashy and super creative music video to boot. Great first single, this will go down as one of her best.
The strings that open the song could have been the soundtrack the Paparazzi video. A few beats in, after a spoken word intro the track turns into an homage to Ace of Base. Can’t get this one out of our heads.
Get ready for this one, it’s hot – and should be the second single. U.S. audiences/radio will probably not enjoy it as much as the rest of the world, that is for sure. A vocoded ‘he ate my heart’ floats through the track as Gaga sings ‘that boy is a monster’. Too bad it isn’t summer for this one. ‘french kissed on a subway train…he ate my heart then he ate my brain’. With ‘Space Raiders’ style sound effects adding a futuristic element to the track we can only imagine the video for this one!
Gaga slows it down a notch for her first bluesy big band takeover. This one will take a few listens to stick inside. Love the end where it fades out and she brings it back again. Beautiful raw vocals.
Dance In The Dark
The Lady takes on her own version of Madonna’s classic ‘rap’ from Vogue and a shout out to Diana in the breakdown of another solid pop tune. Very Euro. ‘Silicon, saline, poison….inject me baby i’m a free bitch.’ Abba catchy-ness meet the synths of Depeche Mode… another highlight from the album.
Telephone (feat. Beyonce)
I guess sitting next to each other at the MTV VMA’s this past year sparked conversation between Gaga and Beyonce as they’ve both featured one another on their new releases. Pretty sure this will be the second single from the album in the U.S. This is the most urban track on the album. With this up-tempo number you will hear shades of Timbaland’s The Way I Are. With added Gaga disco claps ‘a la’ Madonna’s She’s Not Me. This song made me us want to go and hit the clubs. Another video we’d like to see – Gaga and Beyonce running around a club leaving their men behind. Beyonce kisses her boyfriend, Gaga rips his head off. So Happy I Could Die Does the world need another ode to masturbation? I guess so! This one continues the flow to a more urban end of the album, as the track ends it starts to morph into a Danja inspired beat (think Britney’s Get Naked meets Touch Of My Hand.)
The most creative and interesting track brings the album to a close. It’s an all out old-fashioned ho-down where Gaga screams ‘show me your teeth‘. A bit repetitive but glad to have it. Slightly reminiscent of Jump Around by House of Pain bass heavy and on this one Gaga gets Crunk!
The Fame Monster will be released physically and digitally on November 22nd as a single album, a 2CD bundle which includes debut The Fame and of course the $75 Deluxe Edition including the bits of Gaga’s wig (Oohh la la!) and photo book.