The country-pop singer Kasey Chambers’ Little Bird has already gone gold in Australia, but it won’t be released in America until July 14th on Sugar Hill. In the meantime, here’s a video of one of the sweeter songs, “Beautiful Mess”, shot in a field of tall, yellow sunflowers. She wrote the song when she was at home babysitting a friend’s one-year-old son, Townes, along with her two young boys Arlo and Talon. “It was one of those chaotic days with kids running around and having lots of fun while this song was coming out. And that’s what it felt like that day – a beautiful mess. That’s what parenting constantly feels like,” Chambers said. Her band, the Millionaires, is also a family affair that features her husband Shane Nicholson and her dad Bill Chambers on guitars and stringed instruments, along with John Watson on drums, Jeff McCormack on bass, and Jim Mogine (Midnight Oil) on guitar.
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I’m not quite sure if Gwen Stefani’s L’Oreal lipstick commercial is annoying because of the one word rhymes and “it” repetitions (and that’s all she speaks), or if I should let my niece watch it as a more glammed up version of Sesame Street‘s word/phrase of the day. We see the red and I’m seeing red. We get it. Bold and beautiful, no soap opera.
Congratulations on beating out Christina Aguilera as red lipped queen of the world. Can we move on to the next campaign? Disdain. Pain. Hate It. Move It. Over It. See L’Oreal?! I can do “it” too! Gimme a contract!
After four years of honing her skills in the Australian outback, guitar goddess Abbe May is set to destroy the entire rock world. Her new solo album Design Desire is bursting with the most righteous and gnarly blues-laced guitar sound this side of the White Stripes and the Pack a.d., drifting majestically beneath honest, take-no-prisoners vocals dripping with tasteful effects. This record is destined to break 2011 wide open with truth-bombs. The proof is in the video for the record’s title track, with an rising scale guitar line, deliciously teased bridge and half-time break down, and reverb laden vocals. Heavy, man.
Abbe May “Design Desire”: