Lily Allen talks to the Today show before playing her latest single “The Fear”. Matt Lauer asks her about if she stays in and orders Chinese now and is all settled and mature now. Kinda hard to pound the pavements hunting down all those new clothes she talks about in “The Fear” if that’s really the case. After all, “weapons of mass consumption” don’t really spend their lives sitting about wondering what to cook up for dinner and watch on the telly that night.
The Dream wrote “Umbrella” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it)” so you know this guy knows how to write an R&B hit. He wrote this song for Electrik Red, and the song is OK, a bit ron-of-the-mill, but the vocal lines are pretty good and sound like a female version of the Dream (a very good thing). The video on the other hand is a bit over the top.
There’s a certain TLC-but-raunchier look going for Elektrik Red (under the eye paint, in press photos one of them wears a pirate-type eye patch). I guess they’re supposed to be bad girls or something? It’s like a hyper-realized R&B video, everything is exaggerated to the point of absurdity. When you get to the washroom-stall dance you’ll know what I mean. It caught my attention, so maybe that’s the lowest common denominator feel they were going for.
I always felt like this should’ve been the first single off of 2008’s You & Me. Even though it lacks the awesome organ swells of “In The New Year”, the percussion is infectious and the misleading chord progression always satisfies. The video is pretty good—the still-motion stuff is interesting but there are so many beautiful scenes and scenery in the video that, at times, I want everything captured smoothly. Overall, it looks really nice, and there’s something refreshingly ego-less about a band who doesn’t appear in their own video. (video via Pitchfork TV)
4/19: Agannis Arena, Boston, MA
4/20: La Sala Rossa, Montreal (Solo Headline)
4/21: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
4/22: Palumbo, Pittsburgh, PA
4/24: Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA
4/25: Spectrum, Philadelphia
4/27: Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk, Va
4/28: Koka Booth Ampitheatre, Raleigh, NC
4/30: Bojangles Coliseum, Charlotte, NC
5/04: St Augustine Ampitheater, St, Augustine, FL
5/05: UCF Arena, Orlando, FL
5/07: Bank United Center, Miami, FL
5/08: Sundome, Tampa, FL
5/10: North Charleston Coliseum, Charleston, SC
5/12: National City Pavillion, Cincinnati, OH
5/13: Tower City, Cleveland, OH
5/19: Mesa Ampitheatre, Phoenix, AZ
5/21: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
The Cure were on Last Call with Carson Daly way back on Dec. 12 playing “The Only One”, but last Friday another song from that performance was aired, “Sleep When I’m Dead”. The fact that the Cure can still write songs this good is more than a little impressive. Both “Sleep When I’m Dead” and “The Only One” are from last year’s excellent 4:13 Dream.
On February 9, 1964 the Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show fully launching Beatlemania in America and changing American pop culture forever. It was one of the real milestones of television and the growth of mass culture with more than 74 million viewers watching that single telecast. Unlike in this highly fragmented modern media age, virtually everyone with a television or with access to one watched show and the 1960s as we remember them were born. The Beatles also made their first stadium appearance that week on February 11th, playing before a sold-out crowd of screaming kids at Washington Coliseum.
Also this week in pop past, Texas honky-tonker and Grand Old Opry mainstay Ernest Tubb was born (1914) and early rock and roll pioneer Bill Haley died (1981).