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.
musicReview: Culture Club performs live for first time in 12 years
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 McKamey Manor: This 'extreme' haunted house is the stuff of nightmares
- 2 Russell Brand says he will 'probably' give up acting to focus on his revolution
- 3 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 4 David Beckham's Haig Club whisky is exactly what’s wrong with the Highlands
- 5 Ottawa shootings: Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon is the perfect tribute to soldier Nathan Cirillo
This is what a film sex scene actually looks like on set (mostly awkward)
Revolutionary lost Caravaggio painting 'Mary Magdalen in Ecstasy' identified
After Sam Smith’s Mobo success, is the help of a pushy parent the surest route to stardom?
Pottermore: JK Rowling writes new Harry Potter story featuring 'greying' 33-year-old wizard
JK Rowling to publish new Harry Potter story online for Halloween
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Tony Blair 'says Ed Miliband will lose 2015 general election'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Putin: The US is to blame for almost all the world's major conflicts