Why the hell is Takashi Murakami art directing Kanye West’s next album??? Kanye is the most arrogant asshole in hip hop right now, and I personally could care less what he comes out with next. All his old stuff was crap anyway, and I don’t care if he raps about Katrina, that doesn’t make him any good.
The really rad stuff is pouring out of Stones Throw, those guys know their shit.
Voxtrot, up to this point, has only released three EPs and a few singles so far. But that all changes with their first full album release on May 22nd.
I’ve been listening to the album for about a week now, and I can already say that it’s one of the best of the year. They not only took all of the amazing parts from their previous releases, but built upon sthem to make them something even more complex sounding. Strings and pianos are common and a lot of songs and make them even more amazing.
And I’m absolutely in love with Ramesh Srivastava’s voice. It’s the most even and warm toned voice I’ve heard in years, reminding me a lot of Ben Folds, actually. Also his lyrics are amazing, they just seem to flow so well when he sings them. My favorite lines of the album are definitely:
“Nine months later I’m the lonely one, with all the fruit of labor, and half of the fun,
Chris and Cosey in the rising sun, he’s got a heart of gold, man, it beats like a drum,
And it shakes…”
The lyrics are from their song, ‘Steven’ which I’ve posted below for everyone to hear (Voxtrot, if you want me to take it down, because I’m so totally sure you’re going to read this, I will, haha).
I absolutely love Super Sunglasses. They’re hand-made in Italy and come in the most awesome colors, though I’d probably be boring and get them in black or white. Pictured above is the phenomenal Uffie, looking especially hot in her red Supers. Her first full length album is due to come out sometime later this year, I can’t wait!
This is the new video for ‘Ankle Injuries’ by Fujiya & Miyagi. I think I’d sort of describe this as the flashier twin brother of Michel Gondry’s video of ‘Fell in Love with a Girl’ for the White Stripes. It’s crazy how much more detail they got in this video using the dots on the dice. The video was directed by Wade Shotter over at Factory Films.
I stumbled upon Stars with their last album, Set Yourself On Fire, which I totally loved. Then eventually I got into their older stuff through Jeff. I think my favorite album of theirs has to be Nightsongs, which is a sweet little electronic love song.
Do You Trust Your Friends? is their new album, coming out on May 22nd. Technically it’s not a new album, it’s a remix album. They got all of their Arts & Crafts friends together and had a big remix party! The album starts out with a Final Fantasy remix of ‘Your Ex-Lover Is Dead’, stripping it down to a really bare, stringed arranged version, which is completely beautiful. I’ve been listening to the Most Serene Republic remix of Ageless Beauty since last year, in fact it was one of my favorite songs of last year. The other ‘friends’ on the album are Jason Collett, The Dears, Apostle of Hustle, Metric The Stills and other cool people I don’t know. If you liked Stars at all in the past, you should definitely pick this up.
Among the people who’ve painted guitars are Billy Corgan, Mark Mothersbaugh, Derek Hess, Dave Grohl, Kirk Hammett, Tommy Lee, Chino Moreno, James Hetfield, Jerry Cantrell, Dave Navarro, Rob Zombie, Ace Frehley, Slash, Marilyn Manson, Mark Ryden, Ozzy Osbourne, Les Claypool, Mody, Tom Morello, Kelly Clarkson (WHAT!?!), Ryan McGinness, Joe Satriani, Dalek, and Sammy Hagar.
Ted Nugent also painted a guitar that says, “In the wind, he’s still alive!” and “American Blood Brotherz!”… which I’m going to take off the wall and smash.
I’ve loved Travis since basically forever. I was that sensitive kid in high school wondering “why does it always rain on me?” and cutting my hair into a faux hawk because Fran Healy, the lead singer of Travis, had it that way. I want to interject here, that Fran Healy totally, and completely started the faux hawk. He was rocking it WAY before everyone, and I copied him way before it was the cool thing to do… we’re talking 10 years ago.
Anywho, The Boy with No Name is an excellent album so far. It’s a return to form for the band, after their last album, 12 Memories. This new album seems much happier again, moving away from the dark political feel of the last one. It might be partially because Nigel Godrich came back to produce for them again, injecting his bit of genius into the mix. I’ve only listened to it about 3 times through… but so far, so good.
P.S. I read this on Wikipedia and thought it was really rad.
“When Travis took the stage to perform [Why Does It Always Rain On Me?”] at the 1999 Glastonbury Festival, after being dry for several hours, it began to rain as soon as the first line was sung.”
I wish I would have been there for that, I’m sure it was such an incredible experience.
On my way to work this morning I put on Patrick Wolf’s new album, The Magic Position, and thinking about how much I atually like it. I tried listening to his older stuff, but wasn’t as taken with them as I have with this one. Then I started thinking about whether or not he was touring right now, that he would be really great to see live. I get to work, and start browsing my links, and go to Stereogum.
There I see this headline:
Patrick Wolf Announces His Final Show
The asshole has decided that he won’t perform anymore after November.
I guess the stress of being famous and having an amazing album has become too much for him.
You can read what he wrote regarding the issue after the jump… I seriously hope it’s fake.