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Friday 12 March 2010
For one so consumed by good design, Kanye West's pioneering website, kanyeuniversecity.com, had become rather dated looking of late. Last week, Kanye relaunched his web presence with kanyewest.com, and indeed, it's a far prettier and better laid out affair. He's split the site into various areas of specific interest, so now, if don't want to see the pictures he posts of scantily clad women or follow his musings on ergonomic chairs, but do want to see what he has to say about art or fashion, or indeed music, you can do so with greater ease. Kanye was also fond of all caps-based personal rants in the past, and this has been built this into the new site as a knowing aesthetic feature. A recent entry contained such an outpouring, which concluded with this statement (I've removed the excessive capital letters): "The music you turn up loud is your opinion. For most people it's easier to just agree. For me the hardest thing is to 'just' agree and that is what sparks creativitiy. The feeling that something can be better, the feeling that something's missing, the feeling that something's needed."
Monday 08 March 2010
Tuesday 02 March 2010
Despite being one of the most prominent activists in music, backing a specific party has never really been Thom Yorke's style. Therefore, it is something of a coup for Tony Juniper, the Green Party's prospective parliamentary candidate for Cambridge, to persuade his friend to perform this benefit gig for his election campaign.
Friday 11 December 2009
The music of Norah Jones is often maligned by more discerning (or is that discriminating?) music critics: milquetoast pop jazz for the masses, they cry.
Friday 30 October 2009
The best song I've heard this week is a previously unreleased track recorded by Arthur Russell (left). Best known as a pioneering disco producer in New York in the 1970s and 1980s, Russell fell into obscurity before his death from an AIDS-related condition in 1992, but his reputation has been ressurrected with numerous releases in the last ten years. Alongside disco, his instrument of choice was the cello, while also he tried his hand at pop music and all manner of experimental and avant-garde musical endeavours. He left behind 1,000 tapes of his work, so there is still music to be unearthed, like this folky track, "Come To Life". Channelling Nick Drake, the song has gorgeous vocals from Russell and an unnamed female singer, with a lilting electric guitar and a great horn section popping up here and there. It was recently released as a limited edition split seven-inch vinyl single with the debut song by CANT, a side project of Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor. The track is streaming on the Gorrilla vs Bear site, found at tinyurl.com/yfyu5ks, and the MP3 can be purchased at tinyurl.com/yheuck6.
Tuesday 11 August 2009
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has said the band may not make another album, as they could not bear to go through the "creative hoo-ha" again.
Tuesday 11 August 2009
Radiohead may not make another album together, the band's frontman Thom Yorke said yesterday as they could not bear to go through the "creative hoo-ha" again.
Tuesday 21 July 2009
Sunday 15 March 2009
Last week, YouTube shocked British web users with its decision to take down all professional music videos following its row with the Performing Rights Society. Lucky, then, there are DIY cover versions like these to watch instead...
Friday 24 October 2008
Tuesday 12 August 2008
Summer Sundae is an unfailingly hip festival that requires few stars to draw a crowd. Supergrass and The Coral pass for big pop here, likewise new reggae name Natty. Roisin Murphy dwarfs her thumping electro-rock with a head-banging sweater girl persona. Reverend and the Makers' Jon McClure is similarly hands-on in making his crude take on the Happy Mondays connect.
Tuesday 08 July 2008
Tuesday 17 June 2008
Friday 07 March 2008
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests