Detroit’s wicked clown hip-hop group are an anomaly in pop music. They have their own face-painted fans called juggalos and have been around since 1992 but their latest song and video, Miracles takes the earnest clown-themed cake. “Magic, everywhere in this bitch!”
A Limerick-based internet TV show by Ali Daly and Olivia Chau focused on interviewing musicians that pass through the city like The Redneck Manifesto, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Fred and more. http://www.youtube.com/flipittv
Christina Aguilera & M.I.A. collaborate
The two diversive artists worked together on Xtina’s new album Bionic. The tune Elastic Love works, thanks to producer Switch’s electro-bump arrangement. Listen at the Hype Machine
Kanye’s Power leaks
Rumoured to be taken from Kanye’s forthcoming album titled charmingly Good Ass Job, Power sees the rapper break away from the 808s & Heartbreak autotune era with a track set to soul choir sample. Listen at the Hype Machine
Eric Berglund of electronica duo The Tough Alliance makes a solo run under the CEO name and produces Balearic pop in the process. Another great release from Swedish label Sincerely Yours, who recently released JJ and Kendal Johansson. Check out CEO at The Culture of Me
The first new sliver of material from Klaxons’ forthcoming album sounds like first album highlight Atlantis to Interzone without the “nu-rave” bleeps and with more distortion. http://klaxons.net
The Universal Record Database
An alternative to the Guinness Book of World Records, URDB calls itself “the definitive site for human achievement” but is mostly filled with records like “longest time to balance 25 VHS tapes on chin” or “fastest time to open bag of Skittles and sort them by colour.” http://urdb.org
With the World Cup just two weeks away and Ireland not present, we’ve been lucky enough to not have to endure a World Cup song sung by bland lifestyle-peddlers The Script. But there’s still some merit to football-themed songs (Put Em’ Under Pressure is a classic of course) and Irish digital label Indiecater recognises this.
Indiecater have spent a year putting together their World Cup compilation: Fast Forward together. 32 bands from across the world were asked to write a song about a country participating in the tournament in South Africa. The result is eight groups with four teams each with songs by artists like The Very Most, The Dirty 9s, Grand Pocket Orchestra, At Last An Atlas, Hunter-Gatherer, Spirit Spine and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. The entire compilation can be streamed or downloaded for €5 at http://www.indiecater.com.
Meanwhile, music bloggers continue to bare the brunt of the music industry ambivalence towards their operations. After the IMRO licence situation in Ireland last month, Google is at it again – deleting the popular Scottish music blog The Pop Cop from its Blogger service. Jason who ran the site also runs the Music Alliance Pact (MAP) project wrote about the situation on http://musicalliancepact.blogspot.com. (more…)