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.
Music Why this music festival is still the place to spot the next big thing
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Germanwings crash: Police make 'significant discovery' at home of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz
- 2 Germanwings captain Patrick Sondenheimer tried to break into locked cockpit door 'with an axe' as plane was descending
- 3 Zayn Malik already working on solo material, just days after quitting One Direction
- 4 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 5 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
Jeremy Clarkson courted by Russian Ministry of Defence TV station to present motoring show
One Direction fans campaign to buy the band after Zayn Malik quits
Kay Burley 'bias' against Ed Miliband prompts 130 complaints to Ofcom
Zayn Malik already working on solo material, just days after quitting One Direction
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash live: Andreas Guenter Lubitz intentionally crashed flight 9525 into the Alps in act of mass murder and suicide – latest