Oasis’ latest video off last year’s Dig Out Your Soul is something of an aural departure for the Mancunian rockers. The mood is darkly breezy with a dancey undercurrent. Noel Gallagher sings this one and his rather more reserved vocals—compared to his brother Liam—suit the vibe here. The video was directed by Wiz and kicks off to the strains of Elgar’s “Land of Hope and Glory”—perhaps more of a British anthem than even “God Save the Queen”—before squiggly electronics emerge and song proper kicks off and depicts life in the aristocratic spotlight.
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India.Arie’s fourth album, Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics, comes out next Tuesday. The slow and sultry “Chocolate High” is the first single and features Musiq Soulchild. Perfectly timed for Valentine’s Day just around the corner.
“I’m interested in human beings,” Herbie Hancock tells Elvis Costello on tonight’s episode of Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… (airing Wednesdays at 9pm EST/PST on the Sundance Channel). Hancock, one of the crucial figures in 20th century jazz and winner of last year’s Grammy Award for Album of the Year (River: The Joni Letters), is speaking about his music in relation to its audience, about the bond between the origin of a sound and its destination. The manner in which he breaks down the particulars of performance—whether it be a Gershwin standard, some Headhunters funk, or early-‘80s robo-jazz—makes this episode of Spectacle one of the very best.
Texas singer-songwriter Gretchen Phillips is about to release her first new album in five years. The proudly out lesbian and Texas Music Hall of Fame inductee continues her smart, thought-provoking brand of songwriting on I Was Just Comforting Her. Lead-off track “Red State/Blue State” is an electro-pop ditty with an optimistic message that suits the Age of Obama. It’s in keeping with her desire to explore higher studio production values as well. Phillips says of the new record, “I got hungry for really big production. Not big production for big production’s sake, but to make an album that utilized every instrument and sound that I felt would serve the songs. I decided not to scrimp on my recording budget and not to give myself any time constraints. I wanted to work on it until I was totally satisfied.”
“Red State/Blue State” [MP3]
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