Category Archives: music

WOMEN.

For a while I’ve been composing my list of female inspirations. Gals with style, energy, talent and BALLS appeal to me, be they musicians, models, actors, writers, artists etc. Enjoy the prettiness 🙂

Carole King – I Feel the Earth Move (Tapestry, 1971)

Lara Stone, supermodel.

Alison Mosshart, Musician.

Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter) – Fight Club, 1999

"Le Due Frida" - Frida Kahlo, Artist

The Breeders (Kim Deal) – Cannonball (Last Splash, 1993)

Britney Spears, Musician.

READ: "You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again" - Julia Phillips

Natalia Vodianova, Supermodel.

Meryl Streep in Sophies Choice, 1982

Courtney Love, Musician.

Carole King, Musician.

READ: "Fear of Flying" - Erica Jong.

Hole (Courtney Love) – Northern Star (Celebrity Skin, 1998)

Sophie Dahl, Supermodel/Writer. (NB: I also love this picture because Opium is one of my favourite fragrances.

Julianne Moore in Magnolia, 1999

 More to follow…

Dre x

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The Dead Weather – Die By the Drop

Here it is.

How beautiful is this band?

Riff Watch #3 – Blur / Placebo

Blur – ‘Coping’ riff

 is similar to

Placebo – ‘Never-Ending Why’

New Records: Hole, The Dead Weather, Karen Elson

Above is the artwork for the new Hole record Nobody’s Daughter, scheduled for release sometime in April. ‘citing!

The lead off single is Skinny Little Bitch which we have been enjoying for sometime now (legally) thanks to the free download Courtney allowed a few weeks back. The song is kicking – not the best on the record but a decent prock (pop-rock, yeh, we coined it) song.

BTW, the back cover, which you can view here looks like the back booklet cover for My Body the Hand Grenade, an earlier Hole compilation record.

Above is a video of Jack White and Dean Fertita discussing various things, namely the new Dead Weather record. In it, besides debuting his new Nikki Sixx inspired haircut, Jack tells us that the album will be called Sea of Cowards – ‘citing! I believe the album will be out May 11th.

The lead off single is not Blue Blood Blues, as we previously reported but a song called Die By the Drop. (B-Side is called Old Mary.) The video for said single has been circulating the net before being hastily removed a couple days ago. The band have however kindly given a teaser for the vid below.

As for the song, I’ve heard it and it’s ok. It’s neither here nor there, with a riff similar to Another Way to Die (Bond theme tune by Jack White and Alicia Keys.) Blue Blood Blues is marginally better but I don’t have the same feeling I had the first time I heard Hang You From the Heavens. However, the dichotomy of The Dead Weather is such; from the outside they don’t seem like much but when you get inside and underneath and entwined with the songs, they’re the most carnal, real songs you’ll ever hear. Plus, the songs are always half of what they sound like live – so come on tour to England already!

‘The Ghost Who Walks’
‘The Truth Is The Dirt’
‘Pretty Babies’
‘Lunasa’
‘100 Years From Now’
‘Stolen Roses’
‘Garden’
‘Cruel Summer’
‘The Birds They Circle’
‘A Thief At My Door’
‘The Last Laugh’
‘Mouths To Feed’

Oh, and while we’re on the subject of the lovely Jack White, how about his lovely wife! Above is the tracklisting for Karen Elson’s new record The Ghost Who Walks, which will be out May 26th. The title track/lead single is already available for download. The B-Side to the single is a song called Stolen Roses, which is like some twisted version of Scarborough Fair. Nice.

And, Jack White just made a song with Jay Z. Yeh. Seriously. Who do I have to shoot to get my hands on that…?

Riff Watch #2 Nirvana/Arctic Monkeys

Nirvana “Very Ape” intro riff

VS

Arctic Monkeys “Potion Approaching” intro riff

Jack’s Girls

I love Jack White.

I love everything Jack White wears, everything Jack White does, everything Jack White plays, everything Jack White says, everything Jack White touches… which is why it is surprising for me to be able to say that I love Jack White’s wife too!

Not only is wife Karen Elson, in my opinion, the second most beautiful redheaded model in England (next to Lily Cole of course), but she also makes amazing music.

Above is a song by Miss Elson/Mrs White called “The Ghost Who Walks” which is recorded live. Apart from being stunning, she also has a brilliant voice AND plays guitar (but you would wouldn’t you, living with the genius and all.) Hubby Jack has been producing the album. Sigh.

 

The other ladies in Jack’s life at the moment are a rocking little band called The Black Belles.

Above is the video to their first single “What Can I Do?” directed by Jack. (And yes, eagle eyes will have spotted that Erin Belle is one of the girls shimmying with Jack in the “I Cut Like A Buffalo” video. Sigh.)

Speaking of the Dead Weather, the band are set to release the first single from their as-of-yet untitled second album sometime this spring. The song will be called “Blue Blooded Blues” (just sounds awesome), and Jack will be stealing the spotlight from the goddess that is Alison Mosshart, by taking vocals on this one.

 

Jack’s also working on a band I’ve seen – and was thoroughly underwhelmed by – called The Smoke Fairies. Lots of harmonies and stuff. Alongside producing a new album for Elvis Presley’s ex Wanda “The Queen of Rockabilly” Jackson.

 

And in terms of the original girl in Jack’s musical life – Meg, I don’t know when that White Stripes record is going down. Apparantly they have started to work on it, and it will be called “Elevator Door”. But I’ve also heard they hate each other at the moment, so who knows. But they do have a DVD coming out soon..

Valentine’s Day Bullsh*t

I hate Valentine’s Day as much as the next feminist – actually, as much as the next media-savvy human being – and for all your usual reasons: corporate scam, greeting card holiday etc. blah blah. But this V-Day I had a special reason.

In the last few weeks in the UK there have been adverts on the TV trying to sell me Fleetwood Mac’s The Very Best Of as “the perfect Valentine’s Day gift”. This comes equipped with an irony so intense that it’s almost the greatest advertising joke ever.  Anyone with Wikipedia (which is anyone with the internet, which is everyone) can find out that Fleetwood Mac have had more relationship break-ups, make-ups, divorces, tantrums, bitterness and resentment towards each other than probably any other group of people IN THE WORLD. (How romantic.) They’ve also written some of the bestest songs and most famous riffs in the world, which is why the connotation seems to have been rendered irrelevant by the bigwigs.

The worst part about it is that I have this CD, it is a very good CD, and the sum of their efforts – their greatest body of work – has been promoted and shopped as nothing more than a Valentine’s present. It irks me to think that clueless and unimaginative men have bought this CD for no other reason than that the advertisers assured them it would be a well received gift. Well not in my book.  I’m a Mac fan and any other day of the year I’d love someone to give this to me but like I said, there is zero romance in being given this on Valentine’s Day. In terms of love songs there are maybe… 3? (I’d like to point out to any shallow and idealistic sensitive types that what sound like love songs aren’t. They are actually laments of lost love.)

This seems to sum up the lack of respect for music in general. CD’s are flogged rather than advertised:  “This will make your mum happy. This is perfect for Christmas. Can’t think of what to buy your son? He’ll love this! Dad’s favourite CD…” Sigh. I could be taking all this too seriously but then again, I could be on to something. Music is for life, not just for Valentine’s Day.

Vicky