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.
Oh Kanye, Kanye, Kanye. He's been a little quiet for a while, no? Mr West, we miss your 'Ye-isms, where you been? One thing's for sure, his scarf collabo with M/M Paris' Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag is due to be released on Monday over at MMParis.com and Colette.
Now, there's been rumblings over these scarves for some time, and I really do think they're beautiful (and I would really really love one - ANY one! I find them all wickkkked). But fat chance of that methinks, since only 100 of these French-made silk twill scarves were done in each of the five designs, which were based on the George Condo paintings commissioned for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Its 250 euro a pop to have a piece of Kanye/Condo around your pretty little neck. Which one is your fave?
Wednesday // January 05, 2011 at 14:15 // filed under Music
HIYA // Alicia & Eve
Admittedly, I'm not really a hip-hop head, though I do enjoy many facets of the genre and it's mutations. And Swizz Beatz, though legendary in his own right, has had me only since his work on Jay-Z's On To The Next One, despite his illustrious history.
And since I can't resist posting Kanyerelated shit from time to time, freshly released is 'Speechless', a Swizz produced track wherein he re-works the same Smokey Robinson sample he twirled out for Kanye's 'Devil In A New Dress'. Swizz gets his baby-mama Alicia Keys to work, warming up the track with a sentimental tune about their new born baby, featuring Eve spitting a verse.
So instead of the legendary "We love Jesus but you done learned a lot from Satan. Satan, Satan, Satan." We get "I'm just speechless baby, the poet in me has gone away".
But whatever. The sample is beautiful, Alicia's piano is gorgeous and with Swizz Beatz at the helm, it really is the star of both of these tracks. First, here it is in it's original context, with Smokey Robinson fronting The Miracles.
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow by Smokey Robinson
Y'all for sure have heard 'Devil In A New Dress', but for comparison's sake, here it is in the clipped context of Kanye's film, Runaway, as well as Alicia's take and the video doco/music vid for 'Speechless'.
Tuesday // November 23, 2010 at 14:20 // filed under Music
La Roux is trying to break the USA with the help of
some amazing people. After doing that great Chromeo collaboration and
re-releasing ‘In for the Kill’ with Kanye
West doing a (shitty) rap feature on it, she's now part of a new song that might just break the internets. This flame haired girl is strengthening her alliance with Kanye West,
but this time, not only is it for an original song, but one that also features Jay-Z!
But don’t expect to hear the pompous and pretentious side of
Kanye here, leave that to the great My
Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy; ‘That's My Bitch’ is old school. Simple beats and dirty synths are
used as a bed for the rhymes. And they flow fast, dirty, sharp and witty, under an innocent guise like Snow White's step mother selling poisoned apples. Kanye’s dick, Marilyn Monroe
and also an homage to Beyoncé are clearly the highlights of the song.
to time the red-haired one cuts in to smooth things out, almost as if her part is
a sample from an old song. La Roux's feature is then followed by a currently
unknown R’n’B singer who kinda sounds better than her in this case. But still,
that whiny voice of hers is very welcome here.
Monday // August 30, 2010 at 18:15 // filed under Music
We love Kanye! His beyond ridonkulous-ness is beyond. This 'Power' remix features Jay-Z and Swizz Beats (who do fabulous work together) and a sample taken from the Snap's awesome 'I've Got The Power'. I have an odd weakness for tracks that make me feel like I got some mad swagger, and 'Power' is one of these. Kanye has mad swag, I don't care what y'all say. Here are some of Kanye twitter-isms, just for shits, and the remix below that...