‘Automaton’ by Jamiroquai

‘Automaton’ by Jamiroquai

Released on January 27, and already with more than 2 million views, Jamiroquai are back with a new song, video and album after a 7-year hiatus.   In Jay Kay´s words: “The inspiration for Automaton is in recognition of the rise of artificial intelligence and technology in our world today and how we as humans are beginning to forget the more pleasant, simple, and eloquent things in life and in our environment including our relationship with one another as human beings,” Their 8th album, also called Automaton,  brings the signature funk style back, but the sound is feisty, it is poignant Read more »

Tapestry by Carole King

Tapestry by Carole King

Just like there is such a thing as comfort food, there is definitely comfort music, and for me, nothing makes me feel more at home, protected and warm as Carole king´s timeless  masterpiece Tapestry. I Feel the Earth Move – Carole King Being a member of one of the most famous writing duos of all time, Carole King had already written many hits for almost a decade with her then husband Gerry Goffin. Songs like The Loco – Motion, Chains and Up On the Roof are only a sample of a woman who shaped pop music, so when she decided to listen Read more »

Off The Wall by Michael Jackson

Off The Wall by Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson´s legendary album, one of the best selling albums of all time and which made Jackson the first solo artist to have four singles from the same album on the Billboard Hot 100. Kicking of the album is the grooviest of songs. Yes. THE GROOVIEST EVER. “Dont Stop ´Til You Get Enough”. Michael wrote and sang ahd it was the first time Micheal had creative control which of course brought this party anthem to life (I know I sound like an aunt praising the man but then again, I am an aunt and I am praising him). Don’t Stop Read more »

New Reels: “One Time” by Marian Hill

New Reels: “One Time” by Marian Hill

Though they have been around for a while, I have just recently discovered Marian Hill and cannot get the song out of my head so since its new to me, it is this week´s new reels. One Time – Marian Hill I discovered this fantastic duo which name is taken the two main characters from the musical The Music Man (Harold Hill and Marian Paroo) last week when I was catching up on my episodes of The Late Late Show with James Corden. The performance left me dancing. The members are Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol with a strong presence of jazz Read more »

New Reels: ‘Lights’ by Hurts

New Reels: ‘Lights’ by Hurts

The UK synth-pop duo return with their latest single and a dark video featuring dancing, loving, and fighting. Singer Theo Hutchcraft and keyboardist Adam Anderson apparently met outside a nightclub whilst their freinds were having a fight which they were too drunk to take part in. And it’s hedonistic nightclub life which is the subject of their latest video. Directed by Dawn Shadforth who has made videos with Florence + the Machine, Goldfrapp, and Kylie Minogue amonsgt others directs the band for the second time, having worked with them on their 2010 hit ‘Wonderful Life’. For this video she teams Read more »

New Reels: “Pirates” by Nina Yasmineh

New Reels: “Pirates” by Nina Yasmineh

Minneapolis currently New York based singer songwriter Nina Yasmineh featured her new video “Pirates” on July 25th, which is impressively produced, written, and performed by her. After getting a lot of buzz two years ago for her first E.P. Seven Years,  this young woman with a mature tone comes back with a strength in her voice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=34&v=gOUvDit9L2s She describes her sound as “Bittersweet, striking, seductive” and she is right. Her lyrics are mature and there is no gimmicks. A pop song with reflective, introspective feel. Can´t wait to witness her evolution. You can find her on facebook.    

New Reels: “It´s Not Over” by On and On

New Reels: “It´s Not Over” by On and On

Chicago-Minneapolis band On An On released on June 19 the video for “It´s Not Over”. We find this a hopeful, playful, poppy smooth way to start the week. On and On (and please, click on the link, their website is a good one) released this video from the upcoming album And The Wave Has Two Sides (to be released on July 24th). Three months ago they had released an also interesting video for their song Drifting. Nate Eiesland, Alissa Ricci and Ryne Estwing have been in the band for four years, after deciding to join forces while watching a Miike Snow performance. Read more »

Banned – “Relax” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Banned – “Relax” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood

For the third in this series we look at one of the biggest selling and most controversial records of the 80’s… It’s hard to convey now to those fortunate to be young enough not to have been there exactly how big Frankie Goes To Hollywood were for a brief period of time. It was 1984 in fact when they bestrode the charts in the UK and beyond in quite astonishing fashion. Three number one singles in a year was a pretty impressive achievement. The first two ‘Relax’ and ‘Two Tribes’ still feature amongst the UK’s best selling singles of all-time, Read more »

New Reels: “Foolish” by Alpine

New Reels: “Foolish” by Alpine

The band Alpine release a new song a video from their new album. From Melbourne, Australia and after three years of silence the band Alpine released just 6 days ago their new song and video. “You brought too much too much metaphor to the Relationship, to what I see To how I kiss, yuck Yeah, ow I’m hating what I’m feeling but I’m So foolishly attracted to you You Baby you had me doubt all that I knew Hey you, can we move on?” You think with a lyric like that the song would be dense, or dark, but no, Read more »

Stop Making Sense and the art of the concert movie

Stop Making Sense and the art of the concert movie

We explore a film that captures the mighty Talking Heads at their peak and is for many is the finest concert  movie ever made… Is this the greatest concert movie ever made as some have claimed? That’s a tough question. It’s certainly one of the most unique. It’s also an expertly executed experience, a film that grabs you from the opening moments and never really lets you go. Whenever I watch I find that by the 5th or 6th song I’m gone; big smile, armchair dancing, under the spell. The first time I watched it (with some friends who sat Read more »

History of the Pop Video pt.3: Radio On The Television

History of the Pop Video pt.3: Radio On The Television

“Ladies and Gentlemen: rock and roll” And so it came to pass that with these words, dubbed over the top of footage from the Apollo 11 moon landing, MTV was born on Saturday 1st August 1981. To say that this was the dawning of a new era in both music and television would be no understatement. MTV would revolutionise the way the music industry operated, the working practices of bands and artists, the listening habits of fans, the viewing habits of watchers, and usher in an age of 24 hour specialist programming that would eventually become the norm. “You’ll never Read more »

History of the Pop Video Pt. 2: Music Television

History of the Pop Video Pt. 2: Music Television

In part 1 of this series I talked about how the 60’s pop revolution had thrown up a number of imaginatively filmed promo clips that were forerunners of the modern music video. For this second part I want to look at how the 1970’s saw bands and TV stations embracing this mutually beneficial medium as air-time for popular music increased. The promo meant that bands themselves no longer had to interrupt busy touring and recording schedules to appear on TV, and the stations had an easy and repeatable means of inserting audience-pulling songs in to their programming. It was a Read more »

Madonna Videos by albums: Take 2 “Material Girl”

Madonna Videos by albums: Take 2 “Material Girl”

Madonna´s Album “Material Girl”, a great follow up album. I love writing about music videos because it is a habit I had lost. In the late 80´s and 1990s I would spend whole afternoons with MTV on while I did my homework, but somewhere along the way, I stopped watching them. I don’t know if I had said that before, but I was thinking about it when I started writing this post. Today, I am happy to be discussing Madonna´s videos because I get to go back and look at them with a different eye and re-evaluate what I thought. Read more »

Michael Jackson, Jarvis Cocker, and the long, slow beginning of the end

Michael Jackson, Jarvis Cocker, and the long, slow beginning of the end

As you may well have realized by now today marks the 5th anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson. Yes, 5 years! I can still quite clearly remember the moment I found out via the news channels late one evening. It was shocking certainly, and whilst I can´t claim to have shed any tears I do remember feeling slightly sad at the passing of a part of my childhood. It wasn´t so much the death of Jackson himself, but rather the era of greater innocence that he seemed to represent and to a certain extent embody. To anyone who grew Read more »

Madonna: Videos by Albums. Take One

Madonna: Videos by Albums. Take One

Well friends, it is finally time to tackle the Queen of Pop and the most important female superstar of the last 30 years. She is also one of the artists that got the importance of music videos and knew how to ride that wave. She is unique, influential, talented, intelligent and undeniably an icon and the world´s most famous female pop performer. Since she has a long career and a long video trajectory, I think the best way to approach this is by choosing a video (or 2 when they are extremely good) per album. Let´s star with her first Read more »