Carly Rae Jepsen: Im more confident in my weirdness now

The Canadian popstar on true love, bad outfits and her new album, Dedicated When greatest chorus of the 21st century, she was aiming for a sense of childish excitement. Its how she writes much of her pop as she puts it today, I want to feel Im on the top of a mountain with Beyonc-wind in my hair and I can fly for a second. Jepsen is one of pops more intriguing characters. When Call Me Maybe entered the Hot 100 in her home country, Canada, seven years ago she thought shed made it. Then Justin Bieber heard the impossibly catchy track, creaky version on live TV. In the video for Jepsens follow-up hit, I Really Like You, Famous Blue …

Tyler, the Creator: Igor review impulsive artist takes the rapping off

This strange smorgasbord of sound is shrewd, smooth and heartfelt but has Tyler ditched what made him great? Tyler, the Creator always said he didnt want to be a rapper. Leading the generation-defining rap group Odd Future didnt stop the young Los Angeles he once said he was looking to Isaac Hayes and Barry White for a blueprint on how to harness his deep voice). It always seemed as if Tyler would rather do something other than rap. Yet here we are, over a decade since The Odd Future Tape,and the release of a Tyler, the Creator album is still an event. After the mutinous, uncompromising sounds of his earlier work, the evolution of Tyler took a huge leap with …

Burt Bacharach: ‘Trump is dangerous my songs are a form of resistance’

He adored Dusty, drove Cilla to exhaustion and had so many hits he lost count. Now, the 90-year-old says its time to get political I dont know how many songs Ive written, I dont know how many hits Ive had, says Bacharach serenading Mike Myers and Liz Hurley in the first Austin Powers film. Jackie DeShannonWhat the World Needs Now Is Love (1965) Bacharach and David played this waltzing ode to peace to Warwick, and she didnt like it, says Bacharach. She thought it was too flag-waving. Bacharach respected Warwick she had very good taste so much so that her distaste made him doubt the song. I put it in a drawer. Years later, David suggested playing it for DeShannon. …

The Chemical Brothers: ‘People were crying because they hated us so much’

Three decades after their inauspicious start, Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons think the spirit of 90s rave culture, as captured on their new album, can help heal Brexit wounds In a west London pub on a Wednesday lunchtime, the Chemical Brothers are taking a break from preparing for the smallest DJ gig of their recent careers. Twenty-seven years since they began playing records together as students in Manchester, under the unfortunate and short-lived pseudonym the 237 Turbo Nutters, Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons forays into DJing usually take place on the grand scale of their spectacular festival headline sets. Such huge gigs have become useful circumstances for road-testing new material: the pair knew they were on to a winner with …

Saturday Night Live: K pop stars BTS drown out host Emma Stone

A cold opening without Donald Trump felt like the dawn of a new era and the show that followed worked hard for its hits Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) Nothing like a good split screen. pic.twitter.com/K4MwyU6kGz Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) Prince Harry’s making a splendid video for the royal baby. pic.twitter.com/clyqTJlIFs Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Myspace’s music purge is the latest cultural scrubbing we’ll regret | Will Cox

Bob Dylans first acting role was wiped because it took up space. What might we mourn from 50m songs deleted from Myspace? Back when people still bought CDs and streaming media was a slow and frustrating experience, my teenage band recorded a number of average songs and put them out. I have copies of two of the three EPs we released. What didnt get committed to those low-print-run, landfill-fodder discs was uploaded to our MySpace and left to float in the digital forever of the internet. Two weeks ago, MySpace announced on their front page that archivist Philip Morris, the self-styled Indiana Jones of archival TV, travels the world looking for old tapes, finding Doctor Who in a Nigerian relay …

Donald Trump gags and D&G ads: how Game of Thrones took over the world

The highs and lows of the shows rise from the small screen to the big time Sheerans season seven cameo wasnt actually that bad. He had one line and a bit of song in a rare soldiers-can-be-tender-too scene towards the end of the first episode, as Arya met members of the Lannister army on the road. While it was a little bit distracting having one of our worlds biggest pop stars in a scene for literally no reason at all, the main worry is that this will encourage more redheaded music icons to apply for a cameoship. When all the flames have burned down to nothing and all the Walkers have been conquered, if it turns out Horner sits on …

‘Before you know it, it’s not a big deal to kill a man’: Norwegian black metal’s murderous past

In the early 90s, Norways black metal scene turned into a satanic cult as musicians burned churches, self-harmed and killed. As the film Lords of Chaos is released, the real-life protagonists look back That period of my life is a swampy lake with skeletons in it, says Rune Eriksen, AKA guitarist Blasphemer. This will probably be one of the very few moments Im willing to go back and talk about it. It has been 11 years since Eriksen left Mayhem, the worlds most aptly named band. He joined in 1994, rejuvenating the Norwegian black metal group after their guitarist ystein Aarseth, known as Euronymous, had been murdered by their former bassist Jonas kerlunds intense dramatisation of events, focusing on the …

Mood music: how a jaunty pop song can ramp up movie terror

In Us, Jordan Peele shuns ominous chords for a breezy ditty and follows in the bloody footsteps of film-making greats Ever since the first trailer for Jordan Peeles could elicit such unsettling emotions? Peele did, and he managed to transform this chilled-out party tune into a sinister symphonic trigger-warning telling us bad things are about to go down. Then theres the Beach Boys Good Vibrations, which is played during a particularly violent scene. The thrumming melody that would normally fill you with joy and calm suddenly becomes a claustrophobic din as you watch people brutally murdered in their own home. The lyrics Im pickin up good vibrations are jarringly at odds with the images on screen; nothing is good about …

Michael Jackson fan groups to sue accusers for ‘sullying his memory’

Robson Wade and James Safechuck, who in HBO documentary accuse Jackson of child sex abuse, face legal action in France Three dropped Jackson-themed clothing on Thursday from a collection it had shown at Paris fashion week in January, saying it found the allegations in the documentary deeply troubling and disturbing. Virgil Abloh, the first black designer to lead a major Paris fashion house, was assailed by Jackson fans on social media for the decision. Shame on you for removing all items related to Michael Jackson, one wrote on Instagram, while another accused him of being a traitor on the white people side. In 2014, French lawyer Ludot won nominal damages of 1 (80) from Jacksons personal doctor Conrad Murray for …

‘All I ever wanted to do was write a love song that stands the test of time’: Karen O on her best songs

From her punky breakthrough to her David Lynch collaboration, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer takes us through her back catalogue Yeah Yeah Yeahs Bang It is July 2001, and an EP with a 22-year-old frontwoman on its cover is flying out of independent record shops, reaching No 1 on the UK indie chart. Her picture is cropped like a Polaroid: only the shaggy ends of a short bob, her full lips and a necklace on her bare chest can be seen. Bought from an East Village S&M store, it reads MASTER, which felt a one-woman fuck-you to the boys-and-guitars indie world at the time. That was a selfie before its time! says the woman on that cover today: Karen Orzolek …

Keith Flint: the neon demon who started a fire under British pop

By gleefully escalating the moral panic around British dance culture, the Prodigy frontman showed that rave could be the true successor to rocknroll Like virtually every 90s dance act that unexpectedly ascended from releasing underground club tracks to selling a lot of albums, the Chemical Brothers, the Art of Noise and alt-rock band the Breeders and partly down to the video, in which Flint relentlessly played up to the camera. Not for the last time, the sight of him on national television provoked complaints from the audience. His persona fitted the moment perfectly: thanks to the Criminal Justice Act and a spate of high-profile ecstasy-related deaths most notably that of Leah Betts, an 18-year-old Essex school pupil the British dance …