I’m not even going to go into Amy Winehouse’s personal life here and I’m just going to talk about her voice, because who has such a voice? (Continue Reading)
REC'D: Smith Westerns - "Weekend"
Precocious Chicago indie rockers Smith Westerns are back with the lead single from their upcoming second record Dye it Blonde, “Weekend.” If this track’s anything to go by — and I hope it is — the new record, going for a January 18 release, will be more tuneful and better produced than its well-received, self-titled predecessor. (Continue Reading)
Can we talk about this song’s opening rhyme for a second? Over a beat that’s basically lasers, driving synthesized strings, and superfast drum machine, Nicki Minaj raps “I am not Jasmine, I am Aladdin.” Nicki just told you everything you need to know about her, her flow, her everything: she isn’t a hanger-on Disney princess; she is the boss. (Continue Reading)
The Decemberists’ sixth studio record, following up 2009’s Hazards of Love, will be mid-January’s “The King is Dead.” On teaser track “Down By The Water” the band keep some of the classic sea-shanty flavor they’re (in)famous for (those harmonicas! Colin Meloy’s signature wistful voice!) while working in some echo-y R.E.M.-style guitar while folk vanguard Gillian Welch provides haunting backup vocals –- it could easily be mistaken for something you might hear on college radio in 1992. (Continue Reading)