Archive: Sep 2009

Is Paramore Going To Blast Past Mariah On The Charts?

In what’s shaking up to be a battle of the butterfles, the bean-counters at industry rag Hits are claiming that brand new eyes from the Hayley Williams-led Tennessee outfit Paramore is, after its first day of official availability, on pace to outsell Mariah Carey’s Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel this week by a margin of…

Maura / September 30, 2009

Andrew WK Will Not Take You To Church

Motivational partier / nascent meteorologist Andrew WK just embarked on a short tour with the contemporary classicists the Calder Quartet, and he’s moved two of the shows (in Washington, D.C., and Toronto) from churches to other venues. Any other artist out there would just have moved the shows and been done with it, but Andrew…

Maura / September 30, 2009

If you want to have the man who recorded Nevermind help you out with your own musical efforts, and you have some money that you’d like to donate to charity, then this is for you: Butch Vig, the man behind the board for albums by the likes of Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, and L7…

Maura / September 30, 2009

Chris Brown Is Not En Pointe

Repentant R & B singer Chris Brown Tweeted earlier that the follow-up single to his new track “I Can Transform Ya”—from his forthcoming album Graffiti—would be “a ballet called crawl.” Alas, those of you who like me got excited that he would try to apologize to his ex-girlfriend Rihanna and the American public at large…

Maura / September 30, 2009

Hayley Williams’ Vocal Cords Are Feeling Misery Right Now

Yesterday was a long day for the Tennessee rock outfit Paramore, who celebrated the release of their new album brand new eyes with an early-morning gig at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, a signing in Chino, and a show at the Fox Theater in Pomona, Calif. That last bit of celebrating proved to be too…

Maura / September 30, 2009

The Roots Take It To The Streets

The title single from How I Got Over, the forthcoming album from Jimmy Fallon’s house band The Roots, is a fantastic little slice of soul that’s dragged along by a nimble organ part. The attendant video—in which we get to see the seedy side of urban life, courtesy some gorgeously shot street scenes in dee…

Maura / September 30, 2009

Charlotte Hatherley Suits Up

Former Ash/current Bat For Lashes guitarist Charlotte Hatherley’s third full-length, New Worlds, comes out in the UK next month, and it is such a great album, trading in the post-punk leanings of her previous (outstanding) effort The Deep Blue for something a little proggier. “Alexander,” which starts off as a delicate, finger-picked ballad before growing…

Maura / September 30, 2009

More Proof That The “Bubble Bobble” Theme Is One Of The Catchiest Songs Ever

The Korean girl-group Girls’ Generation brings together 8-bit games, delicious noodle soup, and flouncy skirts in the above commercial for a Korean ramen brand, whose ad agency had the genius idea to use the music from the addictive video game Bubble Bobble as its bed. I have listened to this commercial multiple times since it…

Maura / September 30, 2009

Amy Winehouse Backup Singer Works The “Viral” World

Let’s say you’re an R & B singer who has a new album coming out soon, and your greatest claim to fame is that you’ve worked with a chronically beleaguered pop star in the past. How to get people to know that you have an album coming out? How about getting your “pal” into a…

Maura / September 30, 2009

A Brief Note About Monday Night’s Maxwell Show

Guys out there who are looking for pointers on how to make your lady feel good: R & B singer Maxwell showed the other night at Madison Square Garden that the one-two punch of saying that you don’t mind getting down with her lady during her time of the month, and subsequently covering Kate Bush…

Maura / September 30, 2009

Chris Brown Wants To Be More Than Meets The Public’s Eye

Chris Brown released “I Can Transform Ya,” his first real single since the whole domestic-violence incident with Rihanna, yesterday. Backed by a noisy Swizz Beatz-supplied beat and assisted by a verse by Lil Wayne at his most nasal, Brown talks about how his American Express Black Card can turn the object of his desire into…

Maura / September 30, 2009

The Huffington Post Wants To Know: How Does Adam Duritz Pull Such Hot Chicks?

The answer is, of course, simple: The Counting Crows singer looks so good as an ill-advised tattoo that’ll need to be lasered off immediately after the inevitable breakup. (The other answer involves me banging my head against the table at which I am sitting and bemoaning the gallery-of-hot-girls-as-news trend, even though that ship has long…

Maura / September 29, 2009

Cancel The Celebration: You Maybe Should Just Buy All The Old Madonna Singles Piecemeal And Ignore That New Hits Collection

Apparently the new Madonna greatest-hits collection Celebration is full of botched mastering jobs and bad segues, so those of you looking to spend money on a CD in 2009 should be warned. (Example: “A bad edit jumps the track from the end of the chorus to the repeat of the bridge which kills the structure…

Maura / September 29, 2009

Bruce Springsteen Is Now Born To Run Through His Albums

Bruce Springsteen announced that his five homeland shows at New Jersey’s Giants Stadium over the next two weeks—the final concerts to take place at the Meadowlands’ football stadium, which will be torn down at the end of the 2009-10 football season—would each be devoted to classic albums from his back catalog: Two shows each will…

Maura / September 29, 2009

Mariah Carey: Flaws And All

Our continuing look at the closing lines of the week’s biggest new-music reviews continues with a roundup of reactions to Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel, the 12th studio album by Mariah Carey:

Maura / September 29, 2009

Our long national nightmare of not being able to find a sanctioned, high-quality copy of the video for “Dress You Up” on YouTube is almost over: Warner Music Group has apparently inked a deal with Google to stream its videos from the site once again. You may remember WMG’s snit at the end of last

Maura / September 29, 2009

If It’s Tuesday, It Must Be Time For T-Pain To Appear On Other Pop Stars’ Songs

R. Kelly has released the remix of his sex-as-chart-topper single “Number One,” which features T-Pain and Keyshia Cole, and lest you think that T-Pain was totally giving up on digitally manipulating his voice for the purpose of topping the charts, the new track is an AutoTune-drenched affair that makes me think the whole lot of…

Maura / September 29, 2009

The Brandy Album Is Probably Going To Be A (Guilt-Fraught) Winner

R & B singer Brandy has been working on her comeback album, and so far all the Ne-Yo collaborations that have leaked indicate that the album is going to be a meditation on the ethics of the club—i.e., whether or not one should turn dance-floor chemistry into a fling with greater implications. “Good Night Good…

Maura / September 29, 2009

Your Tuesday morning pick-me-up: “I made an edit of ‘Come Sail Away’ that takes out all of that tender, sensitive crap out and gets right to the ROCK.” Brought to you by the guy who Autotuned a baby and turned it into a song. You’re welcome! [the Matt Smith]…

Maura / September 29, 2009
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