28 June 2022
Band: HOT CHIP
Who: Veteran dance heroes from London
Active: Since 2000 / 8 LPs (new one included)
Press info: Freakout/Release is another dizzying high in a multi-decade career that’s seen Hot Chip continuing to innovate and develop a rich, resonant songcraft. And while they continue to operate at peak form, the album also feels like a new chapter for the group – a collection of flesh-and-blood songs that finds the band reaching into the darkness to emerge as a true creative unit, their gazes fixed positively on the future ahead. The album features Canadian rapper Cadence Weapon, British DJ and musician Lou Hayter and production work from Soulwax.
Lead single: the up-lifting Down
HOT CHIP: Facebook
Daily electricity to load your batteries
28 June 2022
Artists: LOVE COMMAND O
Who: The musical collaboration between Husband and Wife duo Fox & Bex,
based between Dublin and Berlin. Inspired by a relentless passion for 1980’s
Italo Disco and New York Mutant Disco, the Duo have cherry-picked the best
of these styles, combining this into a psychoanalytic musical examination of
Married life, Toxic Masculinity, Jungian Psychology and the rebirth of Love.
New single: GUILTY (Release The Wolf)
From the upcoming debut LP ‘Integration’
Score: I love this and all of you out there who like to shake their booty will too. For synth/dance boosters like this the flashy glitter-colored dance floors of the good old discotheque times should come alive again. This is Saturday Night Fever fuel for each
day of the week. A-1 electro ecstasy that’ll awake all of your limbs and speed up the
pace of your bloodstream, all summer long.
Spectacular tune, spectacular clip.
This is the moment…
Works faster than caffeine
Band: THE KOOKS
Who: Famous Brighton pop rockers
Active: Since 2004 / 5 studio albums so far
Their 4th LP titled 10 Tracks To Echo In The Dark comes out on 22 July.
But first another new piece.
COLD HEART is a funky earworm.
Move your feet here, ladies and gents…
THE KOOKS: Instagram
Great magazine covers from the past…
I’m sure they knew more than one…
THE CHARLATNAS: Instagram
A couple of weeks ago, living beatle legend PAUL McCARTNEY celebrated
his 80th birthday and last Sunday he was the star headliner who got tens of
thousands of the sing-along crowd into ecstasy at the Glastonbury Festival.
He also surprised everybody with two giant guests, Dave Grohl and Bruce
Springsteen, who each played a couple of songs (and one as a trio) with
the imperishable King Of Melody.
My pick of the concert. The performance of Beatles song
I’ve Got A Feeling with his third guest… JOHN LENNON.
Afterward, McCartney and Dave Grohl went on the run…
27 June 2022
Lauper: “In my childhood, women didn’t have reproductive freedom and 50 years later
we find ourselves in a time warp where one’s freedom to control their own body has been stripped away. When I wrote this song with Mary Chapin Carpenter in 1991, we wrote about
two little girls who dreamt of stretching their wings like the pigeons they watched that flew above them. They dreamt of being free. But freedom then for women and unfortunately now comes at a big price. If we don’t have control over our own bodies then we have no real freedom. We are second class citizens. We need to mobilize. We need to let our voices be heard.”
The song was inspired by the death of a childhood friend of Lauper‘s
who got pregnant in her teens following a back-alley abortion.
When I was eight I had a friend
With a pirate smile
Make believe and play pretend
We were innocent and wild
Hopped a fence and slammed the gate
Running down my alleyway
In time to watch Sally’s pigeons fly
We loved to watch them dive and soar
Circle in the sky
Free as a bird from three to four
And never knowing why
Neighbors pulled their wash back in
Put away my Barbie and Ken
Look out overhead
While Sally’s pigeons fly
I had a fool’s confidence
That the world had no boundaries
But instincts and common sense
Come in different quantities
My heart began to skip to the beat
Of the boy next door
She had her eye across the street
On someone shy and tall
We lived our dreams
And challenged fate
In tears she told me she was late
And Sally let his pigeons out to fly
On the dresser sits a frame
With a photograph
Two little girls in ponytails
Some twenty one years back
She left one night with just a nod
Was lost from some back alley job
I close my eyes and Sally’s pigeons fly
She never saw those birds again
And me, I can’t remember when
A pirate smile hasn’t made me cry
I close my eyes
And Sally’s pigeons fly
CYNDI LAUIPER: Instagram
(Image on top: cover of Lauper‘s best of album)
27 June 2022
JEFFREY LEE PIERCE was born in Montebello, California on 27 June 1958.
The voice and face of post-punk blues band THE GUN CLUB would have celebrated
his 64th birthday today. Unfortunately, he died from a blood clot on his brain in 1996,
aged only 37.