Daddy-O à Go-Go (rpkrajewski) wrote,
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Can't Stop the Music

Rocco Ingala, Jr./Metastasis (for Iannis Xenakis)/Oil on canvas 36 x 48/2001I have high hopes for the new Beth Gibbons/Rustin Man album. For a lot of people, expectations must be running high for a collaboration between the Portishead singer and Paul Webb from Talk Talk and O.RANG. So far the Brits love it (I've seen reviews in The Wire and Q), but Pitchfork Media isn't so sure. I can't really make a decision based on the available audio snippets...

I don't know about the rest of it, but the first thirty seconds of Metastasis by Iannis Xenakis are rock and roll. It's just a long upward swoop on massed strings punctuated by woodblock percussion, and it freaks me out.

Elvis Costello got three Grammy nominations for When I Was Cruel, the vocals on “45,” and oddly enough, the odds and sods album Cruel Smile, which does have a cool beatbox-driven version of “Spooky Girlfriend.” Peter Gabriel was nominated for “Darkness” from Up. Meanwhile, progressive rap (Anti-Pop Consortium, Blacklicious, Common, Roots, Talib Kweli, the Def Jux crew) was almost completely ignored and N.E.R.D.'s record company reportedly didn't even bother to nominate them for anything. Not even for any production nominations as the Neptunes ! No vowel bands (Strokes, Hives etc.), too, even though, despite the media-driven-ness of it all, they have sold about nine million albums collectively.

And, befitting her status as a Grammy nominee, Avril Lavigne is enjoying other honorifics as well:

It's becoming somewhat of a rite of passage for teen idols to have their names attached to a virus. Tennis player Anna Kournikova, singer Britney Spears and singer/actress Jennifer Lopez are three of the celebrities who have had viruses named after them.
Tags: beth gibbons, elvis costello, grammies, hiphop, metastasis, portishead, talk talk, xenakis
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