We swear this isn't an ironic listening. We love Beyoncé and 4. OK, we might unironically skip straight to track 5, 'Party', produced by Kanye West and with rap by Andre3000, because we ain't no stay-home-mums that need all those ballads about being broken hearted and finding the right person. But, after that, the album turns into a beautiful compilation of classic r'n'b, soul and a bit of sweat-inducing booty tracks - not too many though - that sound surprisingly courageous considering the actual state of pop music. And for that, we bow down and hail Queen B. P.S. Get the deluxe version, for those extra couple of amazing tracks.
The name of this label has been interpreted in many ways; from 'bass-seekey' to 'base-ike', but the correct way describes exactly what this label is about: BASIC. Bassike delivers easily breezily cut staples with an interesting little twist that keeps them from being your run of the mill. For those that live in climates like that of Australia (where Bassike hails from) or Brazil, you'll know how easy it is to make fashion faux pas when the weather gets hot and the prospect of wearing anything but a bathing suit becomes slightly unappealing; Bassike is all and everything you need.
Before watching HBO's Game of Thrones, I assumed the series would tend a bit more towards the blood-dripping Danish movie Valhalla Rising rather than fairy-tale stories a lá 'Lord of the Rings'; and for that I didn't really like the series at the beginning. But slowly, I found myself submitting to tales of bad kings, midget juggernauts, savage warriors and... dragons. And that happened probably because there aren't exactly good guys and bad guys here, like there are in Tolkien stories - and that is, of course, a simplification of his work. Another reason I relented to this series is because of the intriguing political backstage element that leads to the ever-happening dance of thrones. Oh, and did I mention the gratuitous nekkid-ness?
Of the slew of new spots having opened up in Sydney in the last six months, The Norfolk on Cleveland St in Surry Hills has been one fated with success. Owned by some of the same kids that have brought The Flinders back to life (and currently, it's incredibly quick onset of 'The Norms'), you'll undoubtedly find The Norfolk rammed with all kinds, vying for a bite, a beer and a spot in the garden out back. The aim of the game is to cultivate Aussie pub culture at it's best; and it's doing a pretty decent job so far - if only you could get a table!
Super Sad True Love Story is the third book from the writer of the best selling Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart. Incidentally, I read him name dropped in Flavorpill's Ultimate Hipster Reading list and in the same sentence as James Franco (they're buds, apaprently) just before I finished his latest offering. Don't let any of that put you off, or take away any of the sad scary brilliance of Super Sad True Love Story; written from the perspective of one 39 year old Lenny Abramov, son of Russian immigrants and in love with the impossibly cute and cruel Eunice Park. A satire that cuts to the bone, Super Sad True Love Story is exactly it's title. And it's good.
Thursday // June 16, 2011 at 12:30 // filed under Music
Bringing Drake and James Blake together was a pretty fabulous idea - with masterminds Bombé and Mr Caribbean blurring the two together effortlessly. In my ears, James Blake is what floats to the top of this rippling pool...but that's because I've only ever listened to Drake tokenistically. Either way though, this was rather delicious. Check the tracklist entangling the two below and cop the mix below that:
Tuesday // May 24, 2011 at 15:31 // filed under Music
HIYA // Drake with his Hairline Au Natural
Drake, there's something about the combination of your face with your current hairline that will forever freak me out; and I maintain that you are totally redundant on 'What's My Name', but I do pay you props for digging a little bit and finding Jai Paul's long time blog hit 'BTSU' to sample and rap over on 'Dreams Money Can Buy', which is quite nicely done. Here it is:
Also your flow over SBTRKT's latest single featuringLittle Dragon's Yukimi was alright too, since that undulating synth bass was kinda asking for someone to spit over it...until Yukimi breaks open her pipes and you realise that anything else is pretty superfluous. But I like that you did it anyway.
Wednesday // January 19, 2011 at 13:25 // filed under Music
Peter Bjorn and John are going to release the sixth
studio album on March 28th. Whilst it leaked some weeks ago, we are now receiving
the first promotion material for Gimme
More. It’s a video from the superfast and superfun single ‘Breaker, Breaker’
that matches the song perfectly. Shot in a slow motion before going into fast forward, it compresses
all the energy into 98 seconds of music. Power pop at its best!
Peter Bjorn and John - Breaker, Breaker
also cool is the fact that the band have decided to give away the single in exchange
of your e-mail. So just type it into the little box below and grab it without
feeling guilty for downloading the album before its release date.
Speaking of this adorable Swedish trio, I just came across of this Drake remix/edit for my favorite Peter Bjorn and John song ever, ‘Lets Call
It Off’. It’s certainly not as offensive as I thought it would be, although it
was a bit crap of him to just put PB&J as the 'featuring artists' when all Drake did was
rap over the MP3 of their song. Anyway, no Drake fans here – his hairline scares
us – so you might enjoy it more than we did.