New Reels: ‘Rub’ by Peaches

New Reels: ‘Rub’ by Peaches

This week we look at the definitley NSFW new video from Peaches, and artist who divides opinion in a way few others do and ask what this video says about the role of sex in modern pop music. Sex sells, or so the old adage goes, and nowhere more does it sell than in the world of music. From the swivelling hips of Elvis “The Pelvis” Presley through the ambiguous strutting and preening of Jagger, Bowie and Bolan, and later on the brazen flaunting of Madonna it’s been a key currency for artists wanting to tap in to something both Read more »

Dreams by The Whitest Boy Alive

Dreams by The Whitest Boy Alive

The Debut album (one of only 2 studio albums) by the group The Whitest Boy Alive came as a refreshing and tasteful contribution to the electronic scene. This German – Norwegian band broke up in 2014 “We are no longer composing or playing together as The Whitest Boy Alive. The Rules we made for ourself became a Golden Cage.” but brought us two fantastic albums, Dreams in 2006 and Rules in 2009. Burning – The Whitest Boy Alive The group was formed in 2003 by bassist Marcin Öz, drummer Sebastian Maschat, Daniel Nentwig and my musical crush Erlend Øye. Erlend Øye is Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Fito Páez

Música en mi primer idioma: Fito Páez

Pianist, lyricist, singer, songwriter, film-maker and novelist Fito Paez has been around for more than 30 years and influenced Latin American music and the collective consciousness of me and my friends. “Al final lo que queda es abrazarse, confiar en el otro, amar y dejarse amar en medio de la balacera que es la vida.” The quote translates something like “In the end, what we have left is to hug each other, trust one another and let yourself be loved in the middle of this shoot out that is life”. Tumbas de la gloria – Fito Páez I remember the first Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.37: We Got Big Brains!

The Tuesday Playlist No.37: We Got Big Brains!

An intellectual, cerebral, high-falutin’ Tuesday playlist for you this week, featuring clever stuff from the likes of Tom Tom Club, Eels, Weezer, Modest Mouse, Gang Starr, Buddy Guy and more!   We human apes pride ourselves on being very smart beings, capable of creating technological wonders, curing diseases, and even exploring the universe. Yet in this age of quantum physics and mass communication we are still happily killing each other and probably the planet we live on too. Smart, but not that smart it seems. Anyway, such thoughts inspired me to put together this playlist which won’t make you cleverer Read more »