Criminally undervalued record. Gahan isn’t hamming it up yet, and Gore’s arrangements are surprising, inventive, and always danceable.Their best after Violator (sorry, Black Celebration fans).
lost classic, this one
Like Wes Anderson, Phantom Buffalo have created a whole parallel world w/ their records. Tadaloora and Moonrise Kingdom in one summer?
Here’s a look at each
This Tadaloora things looks awesome
Play the game here
Phantom Buffalo at MECA ICA.
Nigel Godrich’s New Band
Nigel Godrich, famed producer of Radiohead, Beck, Travis, and other artists, has teamed up with artist Laura Bettison and drum wunderkind Joey Waronker, who’s played on many of my fav records (see albums from Elliot Smith, AIR, Smashing Pumpkins), to form a band called Ultraistas. Check out the video for their frankly awesome debut single “Smalltalk”
Geike Arnaert covers The Shins
Remember that band Hooverphonic? Well long-time frontwoman Geike Arnaert left the band in 2008 and has since released a solo album in 2011 and played a handful of dates.
Which brings us to this unlikely little curiosity, a lovely electronic cover of the Shins’ ”Simple Song.” Check out the guy on the iPad.
Confessions of a Michael Stipe
“It’s only been six months,” longtime R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe says quietly. “So it’s really hard to even figure out who I am.” The 52-year-old is of course referring to life after his band, who — after three decades, 15 albums, and a meteoric rise from indie icons to mainstream superstars — announced they planned to “call it a day.”
“It’s pretty wild,” Stipe says. “I have this sensation that I’ve never felt … It’s kind of a newfound freedom.”
It was the end of an era, and not only for Stipe, but for anyone who’d grown up with REM. And yet, even as Stipe soul-searches, he is making some of the most creative work of his life. He’s got a studio in downtown Manhattan, where he is creating bronze sculptures of old cameras and cassette tapes. He’s producing a documentary about Internet fame. He (was) on Instagram, until a few weeks ago, when he proclaimed he did not want “any part” of Facebook “up in my grill.” And he has a crazy, beautiful, eccentric Tumblr — Confessions of a Michael Stipe — that he uses as a scrapbook to document it all. We sat down with Stipe at the Tumblr offices (among many giddy staffers) to get inside his head.
The new film from Whit Stillman Damsels in Distress is easily his weakest yet no less makes you see the world differently when you leave it. That is, in gauzy shades of pink, magenta, and hairspray. A knowingly artificial, pleasing confection of 99 minutes that is somehow overlong. Call it rust and cross your fingers we don’t have to wait another 20 years for another.