If Norma Jean Baker were still alive, she would be well into her 80s today. But even though Marilyn Monroe has been dead for more than 45 years, her performances live on and keep her eternally young. This is one of her most famous roles, as Lorelei Lee singing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in Howard Hawks’ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She is bubbly, coy, sophisticated, and innocent in turns as she dances through the number. Her body moves with clock-like syncopation clad in a pink wrapper, but Marilyn’s smile gives everything away. She expresses pure glee, and one cannot help but smile back at her insouciance. No wonder so many people continue to worship her. No wonder so many artists continue to pay tribute to her work. The Queen is gone, but she’s not forgotten.
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The Google is connected to the government…Continuing in the vein of M.I.A’s cryptically revolutionary statements, miss Maya has crafted a new video that speaks of connections, without actually saying anything about them. Confoundingly enough, this short (less than a minute) video even has its own website. However, MIA’s well-publicized baggage aside, this brief piece plays a bit like an early Cabaret Voltaire sound audio-terrorist sound collage, subversive sonically.
San Francisco’s Beats Antique craft a delicious, multi-cultural, genre-defying musical gumbo that feels truly omnivorous. The ensemble is comprised of producers David Satori and Tommy Cappel—who have trekked worldwide sampling the world’s cultures—and producer/belly dancer (yes, you read that right) Zoe Jakes. Beat Antique’s new album is Blind Threshold and it draws broadly from hip-hop, dub step, Balkan brass, dance, Middle Eastern textures and more. Today we present the online premiere of the first single, “There Ya Go”, featuring John Popper of Blues Traveler. If you like what you hear, catch the group at one of their upcoming shows, listed after the jump.
Trent Reznor, of Nine Inch Nails and How to Destroy Angels, plans to develop a dystopic, science fiction television series based on Nine Inch Nails’ rather Orwellian LP Year Zero (2007). Reznor recently composed the score for the film The Social Network, but this latest news seems more fitting and purposeful; it is more aligned with Reznor’s personal artistic vision.
Also, Reznor has, in fact, professed that Year Zero was more of a score instead of a conventional record. That said, this project should be a true challenge: it is one thing to compose a score for a film and quite another to translate a score into a decent, compelling TV series. And if the pathetic trailer to the album and the tired and trite “Survivalism” video are indicative of anything that might occur visually in this series, Reznor is a lost soul indeed.
Power pop hero Dwight Twilley returns next week with Green Blimp, that includes 12 new tunes and guest performances from Susan Cowsill and Rocky Burnette. In advance of the release, Twilley has unleashed two free downloads for fans, which you can snag below. Following the album release will be a documentary about Twilley’s long and storied career that began back in the early ‘70s, as well as an upcoming radio tour. All the up-to-date info is available over at dwighttwilley.com.
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