Monday, June 23, 2014

Kylie. I Was Gonna Cancel (2014).

The best song on Kylie's new album is probably "I Was Gonna Cancel," by "The Best Dressed Man in the World," Pharrell.  It almost makes me want to forgive him for being a part of the "Blurred Lines" debacle of last year.  I said, "almost."  

It's similar in form to his current smash hit, "Happy."  The formula is, "I got four chords that sound dope together, so let's run them into the ground."  Luckily, you don't get tired of hearing those four chords over and over because, well, they actually do sound as great as he thinks they do.  Apparently, Pharrell wrote this as Kylie was having an attack of anxiety about the session and thought she might have to cancel.

Lyric videos have grown up; this one is pretty spectacular:

Here's the Dance Off version of "IWGC," with Kylie, her dancers, and what appears to be a random assortment of just plain folk.  It's cute.

And just to be complete, here's the final, Official video.  Someone said this may be the cheapest (as in, least expensive) video that Kylie has ever made.  That's probably true, but I think she intentionally went for the simplistic look of white blouse, jeans, and her hair down because (like Bowie) she never does anything that's not well thought out.  (Not sure about the high-waisted jeans here, but I know that's a current trend, so there you go:)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Puzzle Pieces - Various Artists (2014).

This epic retrospective of the Seattle based label, Jigsaw Records, contains 48 tracks on two CD's.  The compilation runs the gamut, demonstrating the wide range of what Indiepop can be, from lo fi, garage-y punk pop, to sweet, soft melodies.  You won't already own any of these tracks, even if you are a fan of the label, because Chris McFarlane made a special effort to obtain rare or unreleased tracks by all the bands he's worked with over the years.  It's a cliché, but there really is something here for everybody.  You'll find tons of catchy tunes, and witty lyrics, that will put a smile on your face.  I am very proud to be a part of this myself, having contributed one of my previously unreleased songs, "No Place to Go," as the second track on CD2.  Only 500 CD's were pressed, so this will probably become a collector's item.  You can also visit Jigsaw for lots of stuff from other labels since they are a distributor of: "indiepop, power pop, indie rock, lo-fi pop, twee, and pretty much any other kind of fun pop music that we fancy..."