The Barometer: Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys; Exlovers; Patrick Swayze; The Almighty Defenders; Beck; Dum Dum Girls
Friday 18 September 2009
Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys Empire State of Mind
Alicia Keys lends her trademark jazzy piano style to yet another musical homage to New York, this time from Jay-Z (with a nod to his former adversary Nas too).
Exlovers You Forget So Easily
A slice of pacey acoustic pop from London's Exlovers, up-and-coming indie scenesters with a new EP out.
Patrick Swayze She's Like the Wind
This week we just had to return to Swayze's emotive ballad from the 'Dirty Dancing' soundtrack.
The Almighty Defenders Cone of Light
Eschewing their usual scuzzy punk, members of Black Lips and the King Khan and BBQ Show combine to reveal a love of Motown and Phil Spector on this track.
Beck Master Song
Beck's covers project takes a bizarre turn with an unrecognisable rap take on the Leonard Cohen song.
Dum Dum Girls Over the Phone
Actually just one girl, who goes by the name Dee Dee – this is a fine example of her lo-fi, fuzz-guitar aesthetic.
Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air
Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression
tv Singer could become the most unlikely star of Westeros
Ray Davies' Sunny Afternoon scoops the most awardsTheatre
Grace DentChannel 4 show proves there's no app for happiness
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 This is what happens when you tattoo Charmander on yourself, drunk, and with no experience
- 2 BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 3 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 4 The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer has leaked – watch
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a white stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
Russian warships in English Channel 'to conduct anti-aircraft and anti-submarine military drills'