Beyoncé - 4
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.
Bassike
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.
Game of Thrones
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?
The Norfolk // Sydney, Australia
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
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.
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Little Dragon News

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Hooray for Little Dragon! The emotional and musical fireworks that this band manage to convey in such a light handed way never fails to surprise and delight me. I had the pleasure of meeting the band in London back in 2007; not long after the release of their self titled, critically acclaimed debut Little Dragon. Now in 2011, we're already excited for the release of their third LP, Ritual Union not yet due out until July later this year, the band have thankfully dropped a little teaser in 'Nightlight'! 

 

Full of their signature melodic clangs and Yukimi's creamy vocal, it seems from 'Nightlight' they're keeping in the direction of their more electronically driven second album rather than the jazzamattaz feel of their first. Check it:

 

 

 

Next little tidbit is of everyone's favourite pre-pubescent alts, PS 22, whom got a visit from Little Dragon for a sing-a-long of one of the tracks off the first album, 'Twice'. The first half of this video is rather lovely, and had me smiling at my screen - despite not even being able to enjoy Yukimi's vocals due to the recording or whatever. I did however, have to shut it down when one of the kids kept hugging the band at the encouragement of their long haired choir master - I couldn't handle it. PS 22 also joined in with Yukimi on 'Recommendation' but that really was just far too sweet for my taste.

 

 

And in other Little Dragon news, it seems that the band met Big Boi for the first time last week and have been working on some new music according to his twitter. Big Boi's shuddering beats and rhymes combined with Little Dragon's brand of lithe electronica? Very interesting combination that I will be waiting with bated breath to hear...

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