´Minimal´ by I Am Harlequin

´Minimal´ by I Am Harlequin

Fashion designer´s I am Harlequin may be minimal, but is far from simple. I Am Harlequin – Minimal In her own words the track “represents a bit of a departure from the traditional I Am Harlequin style – the opera-inspired tones, epic choirs and a general sense of grandeur. ‘Minimal’ is none of that. It is as the title of the song suggests – minimal.” I Am Harlequin or IAH is the alter ego of Germany born but London based music artist and fashion designer Anne Freier. The video was released on October 20th and director Sean Clancy plays with educational children shows. A Read more »

Time Capsule – 1972

Time Capsule – 1972

  After a short break, we are back and ready to resume writing here. We will start our new time capsule series in 1972 because Paul was born that year. Also, it was a leap year, and apparently the longest year ever. (with 2 extra seconds). The year was marked by violence, starting with the infamous “Sunday Bloody Sunday” on January 30th, when 27 unarmed civilians were shot by the British Army during a civil rights march. Which of course, was followed on February 2 by the burning of the British Embassy in Dublin, and after that, countless attacks, bombs, and deaths. The Read more »

‘She Won’t Go Away’ by Faye Webster

‘She Won’t Go Away’ by Faye Webster

This song is hanging in my mind. The video makes me think of the seventies, and the song makes me want to sit in the park, lay on the grass and listen. She makes me think of Natalie Prass.  She did spend a semester in Nashville, so perhaps that is why. Maybe something in the air? I would not be surprised. Faye Webster is a 19-year-old singer from Atlanta who went back to her hometown to develop her career there under the label of her friends’ Awful Records. Maybe working with Hip-Hop artists makes her folk sound current and relevant.   This video Read more »

‘Controller’ by Hercules & Love Affair feat. Faris Badwan

‘Controller’ by Hercules & Love Affair feat. Faris Badwan

After a two-year break, Hercules & Love Affair (DJ Andy Butler´s disco/dance/house lovechild) released a video for their single ‘Controller’ featuring English front-man for The Horrors, Faris Badwan.   The video is directed by artist Rei Nadal and has Emmy award winner cinematographer Franklin Dow as Director of Photography, but if you look at the video, the dancer with the bandages feels reminiscent of a  Lucian Freud painting. Except for the giant floating dark lips and platinum teeth, which pretty much makes me think of Nine Inch Nails and  Marilyn Manson also. Will it be another Blind? I don’t think anyone can predict that, Read more »

‘You’re In Love With a Psycho’ by Kasabian

‘You’re In Love With a Psycho’ by Kasabian

Only a few days have gone by since the band released its new video, and it’s already stirring controversy among mental health workers and institutions, who think the video taps into wrong stereotypes. The English band from Leicester had a great year last year and this album is a reflection of it. Guitarist and vocalist Serge Pizzorno said: “I wrote a proper feel-good album. It’s just the pure positive and complete opposite of what’s going on at the moment because that’s where I was as a human being. “This was my reaction against the rest of the world.” I think maybe Read more »

‘Name For You’ by The Shins

‘Name For You’ by The Shins

The Shins have released two versions, each with its own video, for their new song, They have done the same to all the songs on their new album ‘Heartworm’. Every song will have two versions. We applaud this and can’t wait to listen to their different takes on each song. No longer the naive – happy-go-lucky-band we feel in love with around the time of, and maybe because of Garden State, the band and front man have decided to embrace the dark side. Version A This version has a more straightforward guitar and a deeper groove. Kind of grungy even. But Read more »

‘Fun’ by Blondie

‘Fun’ by Blondie

Blondie have premiered their new video and song ‘Fun’, taken from their upcoming album ‘Pollinator’. Singer and pop icon Debbie Harry has become a beekeeper, and she is sharing that new found passion with us mere mortals. The song is about someone wanting to go back home, home being Mars, and warns about the dangers of having too much fun, but the band advocate on the importance of fun.  They are very vocal at the moment, speaking against Trump and the importance of activism in these times. It is fitting to quote them quoting someone else. “Quoting Emma Goldman, ‘If I Read more »

‘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 »

‘On Lankershim’ by Foxygen

‘On Lankershim’ by Foxygen

    Directed by Foxygen and Danny Lacy Edited by Foxygen and Danny Lacy Camera by Danny Lacy and Luke Suzimoto This song makes me think of Elton John´s “Tiny Dancer” and of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. But the guys in the video make me think of the strokes. Strange. which is why I had to post. Lankershim is a major street in Los Angeles famous for its prostitution levels. Which is why the lyrics are so poignant Well, we all spent time trying to make it But you spent your money getting high Well I know can make it Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: George Michael

Unforgettable Live Performances: George Michael

It has taken me a while to sit down and write this post. I remember the exact moment and time when Paul told me that George Michael had died. I have to say 2016 gave me so many blows in that sense that it didn’t come as a huge surprise, but I am still not over the irony of it being his Last Christmas. I always knew I liked George Michael, and I have defended his voice on more than one occasion, but what I forgot is how present he was when I was growing up, how influential he was, and the Read more »

‘History Repeating’ by Propellerheads and Shirley Bassey

‘History Repeating’ by Propellerheads and Shirley Bassey

One of the most memorable songs of the 90’s, this brilliant video and song now seem to be more relevant than ever.   “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana Its no secret that since the dark ages the theory of social cycles is taken seriously by many academics around the world. Historical recurrence is something that is a fairly apparent pattern in the history of humanity. This year, unfortunately, has been a reminder of how horrible things can come to pass. With the rise of the right in Europe, (though thankfully Austria Read more »

‘Fire’ by Justice

‘Fire’ by Justice

  I don’t know what makes me happier: that Justice is back or that the video features goddess, Susan Sarandon!   Justice ( Jus†ice) is a French electronic music duo formed by Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay . My God, I am really having a love affair with french electronic music, it´s nothing new, but it is growing by the second. I am still not over D.A.N.C.E. and they have now released a new album which includes this  gorgeous, classic french sound, and a video that makes us remember Thelma and Louise and shows as a gorgeous Sarandon still swinging…both the band and her will Read more »

‘Little Things’ by Animal Noise

‘Little Things’ by Animal Noise

From the South East of England comes a band who started by self-releasing their debut album in 2012, and have been steadily building a fan base and a reputation from their successful live gigs. Their new video released on November 17th is sexy, pulsating and vibrant. In the video they seem to be running from pixelated images, a “glitch” is what they call it. The song is exciting and intrusive. It kind of reminds me of Make it Wit Chu by Queens of the Stone Age. And that is a good thing.      

Unforgettable Live Performances: Amy Winehouse

Unforgettable Live Performances: Amy Winehouse

One of the best females artists from Britan ever, Amy Winehouse left us too soon. Now a famous member of the 27 club, she left some extraordinary music behind. We take a look at 5 of our favorite performances, some cheerful and with huge crowds, other melancholic and intimate.  We simply can’t pick a favorite.   In December 2006, Amy Winehouse (22 years old at the time) traveled to Dingle, Ireland to record the Irish music TV series “Other Voices“. The recording took place at the church of St. James, a 200-year-old beautiful small chapel.  Her 6 song – performance mesmerized Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Willie Colón.

Música en mi primer idioma: Willie Colón.

Musician, composer, arranger, singer, trombone player, political and social activist and above all: salsero! Idilio-Willie Colón William Anthony Colón Román was born on April 28th, 1950 in the Bronx to Puerto Rican parents and grandparents. He started playing the trumpet from a very young age, later switching to the trombone. When he was only 15 years old, he signed to Fania Records and by the time he was 17 he already had recorded his first album, selling more than 300,000 copies. (To this day, he still holds, with Rubén Blades, the record in sales in the genre having sold more than 30 Read more »