At this past weekend’s Glastonbury Festival, Colombian pop sensation Shakira revealed that she too was a fan of the much revered indie wunderkinds the xx. She then launched into a cover of “Islands”, a highlight from the band’s self-titled 2009 debut. Although less intimate than the original, Shakira has managed to amplify the tremendous pop sensibilities embedded beneath Romy Madley Croft’s and Oliver Sim’s hushed coos. And, as great as the xx are, it’s probably safe to say that Shakira can cut a rug better.
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The first video from Pernice Brothers’ latest release, Goodbye, Killer, “Jacqueline Susann” offers no great visual appeal, but the song is the real star of the video anyway—the kind of perfect little pop song the Pernice Brothers do so well.
Patti Smith joined the Sicilian singer-songwriter Carmen Consoli to perform Consoli’s “Mio Zio”(My Uncle) in Turin, Italy. The song, from Consoli’s latest album, Elettra, is a first-person narrative of a young woman who, at her uncle’s funeral, recalls the sexual abuse he inflicted on her when she was a child. Consoli’s narrator remembers how her uncle called the abuse blind man’s bluff and riding a carousel. Patti picks up on Carmen’s imagery and riffs on it brilliantly. She knows what Italy’s known for years and the rest of the world is finding out—Carmen Consoli is one of the most distinctive artists on the international scene.
While some might find this skit offensive, saying that it is making light of the BP oil spill disaster, I would argue that is hardly the point. Instead, this focuses on generic vs. brand name dish detergent, (No, there really isn’t a brand named Daybreak) and trying to explain something to a cheapskate fish.
The morning crew of Chicago’s WGN news station dubbed over old footage of the ‘60s kids’ show Diver Dan in order to create this, probably inspired by Dawn commercials that mention the detergent’s use in oil spill clean-up. The voices are all done by local comedian Mike Toomey.
Unfortunately, one of the fish says, “What the hell?” at one point, so this probably isn’t suitable for kids. Other than that, the only real issue here is whether or not the owners of the original Diver Dan could sue them for copyright infringement, but that seems hardly likely.
I don’t have the slightest idea what would make a local news station team up with a professional comedian in order to create this, but let’s hope they keep it coming.