Lead singer, Jarvis Cocker, of the Sheffield britpop band Pulp will now judge a karaoke contest. Contestants will be able to take the position of Cocker and sing their favorite Pulp songs for a chance to be recognized, or ridiculed, by presiding judge Jarvis Cocker.
The contest will be held at the Industry City venue in Brooklyn, NY. Willing contestants can enter by tweeting at the event organizers with the hashtag #singforjarvis, but they ask you make your plea interesting and don't just ask to sing "Common People," unless you can really deliver. They encourage creativity through drawings, videos; get as weird as you can, they say. Deadline for entry is August 4, and, yes, you must be able to attend the show August 7 to be considered. The competition will follow a special screening of Pulp's new film Pulp: A Film About Life, Death, and Supermarkets as well as a Q+A with Cocker and the film's director, Florian Habicht.
Willing contestants can select from any of the following Pulp songs to perform.
'All Time High'
'Do You Remember The First Time'
'Help The Aged'
'Sorted For E's and Wizz'
'This is Hardcore'
Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs!
In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Justin!
Zvuloon Dub System, "Tenesh Kelbe Lay" - It's prime time we heard some good vibes coming from the Middle East. This Ethiopian-Israeli band has made its name in Tel Aviv for laying down heavy, horn-laden grooves and great melodies largely sung in Amharic. The band's latest album, "Anbessa Dub," dropped this summer, followed by their first ever tour in the US.
Caribou "Can't Live Without You" - Speaking of heavy grooves, Caribou's latest single, off the upcoming album "Our Love," is a slice of dark, minimalist dance music that gets you moving with very few moving parts. A rumbling bass here, a sampled vocal there, some live percussion and a few synthesizers and you've got this great, catchy bit of pop.
A new release from Sub Pop Records is the delicate indie-folk album, Passerby by the duo, Luluc (Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett). Passerby is like an album of lullabies for adults. Randell’s voice has a simple and pure tone with a gentle vibrato. Her careful and quiet finger-picking on acoustic guitar creates an image of the wind causing ripples in the sea. Together, Randell and Hassett’s effortless harmonies bring together the best of Luluc: sweet simplicity.
Luluc (pronounced Loo-LUKE) hails from Melbourne, Australia where they released their first album in 2008, Dear Hamlyn. They moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2010, and after being introduced to The National’s Aaron Dessner by a mutual friend, they had the opportunity to record a new album in his garage studio. Dessner produced their album and invited members of The National’s touring band to contribute additional instrumentation to the project. Other notable people in the music industry have supported Luluc including legendary singer, Lucinda Williams and Nick Drake’s producer, Joe Boyd.
While the album is tightly crafted as a whole, the songs to pay close attention to are “Small Window,” “Without A Face,” “Passerby,” “Tangled Heart,” “Reverie on Norfolk Street” and “Early Night.” Passerby will require time and patience to listen to, but Luluc will provide you with a special view of the world and life’s fleeting moments with their vivid and poetic lyrics.
You can hear Luluc live (with J Mascis) on October 15, 2014 at Club Cafe in Pittsburgh, PA.
Lisa Fierstein, WYEP Music & Programming Intern
Along with already starting work on the next Elbow album, the yet-to-be-named Guy Garvey solo project is about to take off as well. Although, Garvey says he doesn't feel right as of right now calling it a "solo project." "I don't know what to call it. I don't like the term 'solo project', because it won't be that - I'll be inviting friends to play on it. I'll let the name pick itself as it progresses."
The new project is in the early stages with no release date in mind, but Garvey plans on heading to the same studios as used by Peter Gabriel. "I don't know what that's going to be. I'm going down to Real World Studios to write some songs and see where it goes. I love being in the honest and even-handed democracy that is Elbow, but I fancy being the boss for a bit, so I'm going to do a side-project. It will either be great, and a right laugh, or a disaster, and a right laugh."
Elbow recently released The Take Off and Landing Of Everything this year and the band is currently on a festival tour.
Freedom of the City is one of the oldest surviving traditions in the UK among other countries and to be added to the list today is Eels Frontman Mark Oliver Everett. The singer will accept the award tonight at London's Guildhall before Eels perform at the Barbican Centre.
The award is said to affirm the relationship between citizen and regiment, and others on the list include such names as Winston Churchill, Princess Diana, and Nelson Mandela. While E is the first artist of a contemporary band to receive the award, musicians in the past, such as Bob Geldof, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti have also received Freedom of the City.
Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Patrick Bowman (Pop Filter editor for Pop City)!
Listen to the audio:
Commentary by Patrick:
How to Dress Well, “Repeat Pleasure” - What is this Heart? is Tom Krell’s third album as How To Dress Well, and on it he has continued pursuing his vision of boundary expansion of R&B. He’s an excellent, emotive songwriter and composer, and he takes the tropes of R&B that can be relatively histrionic--intensely sensitive lyrics, a longing falsetto, really pillowy production--very seriously. As a result, he pushes R&B into places that seem poigiant and real rather than cartoonish, vulgar, and silly.
“Repeat Pleasure” is the best song on What is this Heart?, and like a lot of his Krell’s work, it wrestles with the authenticity of love and pleasure, specifically the sad reality reggarding how passion can fade even after it was burning so bright at the begnning of the relationship. That seems like a pretty standard R&B songwriting theme, but again, Krell has so much conviction in his vision regarding what this music can do, and his songwriting/production execution is so tight, that “Repeat Pleasure” makes big, broad emotions feel devestating and intimate.
Hamilton Leithauser, “11 O’Clock Friday Night” - The Walkmen took an extreme hiatus last year, which allowed lead singer Hamilton Leithauser to release his first solo album Black Hours about a month ago. On it, Leithauser takes the timeless, Tom Waits-ish indie rock of his former band and turns it into a bit of a haggered lounge-act, using production with lush string sections, jazzy interludes, and big showy vocal performances.
The album itself is hit or miss, but “11 O’Clock Friday Night” is just this really pretty, mid-tempo track that could have easily popped up on any one of The Walkmen’s last few albums. It builds slowly around these cryptic lyrics (“It's getting dark between the frames /I lost my light, you're monday's child”) that hazily sketch out a romantic night in a NYC blackout. You get the feeling that at this point in Hamilton Leithauser’s career, he can write these songs in his sleep, with all the chiming guitars and poetic lyrics, and an emotional wave of a chours crashing into you right before the track fades out.
The 10-ft-tall pine tree, planted in 2004, was meant to serve as a memorial to the great Beatles songwriter George Harrison but as fate as it, the tree was recently infested by actual beetles, the Los Angeles Times said. Harrison died in in LA at the age of 59 in 2001 and was cremated at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. A plaque that accompanies the "George Harrison Tree" reads: "In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener." It also includes a quote from the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: "For the forest to be green, each tree must be green."
Both the tree and the Plaque were located near the city's famous Griffith Observatory, and Councilman Tom LaBonge says a new seed will be planted in its place very soon.
In a brief statement on behalf of rocker David Bowie, read at a recent charity event in London to celebrate 50 years of Bowie's music , new music is on the way. The Statement reads:
"This city is even better than the one you were in last year, so remember to dance, dance, dance. And then sit down for a minute, knit something, then get up and run all over the place. Do it. Love on ya. More music soon. David"
Bowie stunned the world last year when he, out of nowhere, announced he had completed his first studio album in a decade The Next Day. It looks like fans won't have as much of a wait between albums this time.
Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Tady!
In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott.
Blake Rainey & His Demons, "The Angels Were Wrong About Her" - Jangly, Georgia power-pop - sort of Matthew Sweet meets Shawn Mullins - from Rainey, who's also in the Young Antiques (with former Pittsburgher/Soda Jerk drummer Kevin Charney). A bit of an Elvis Costello feel to this one, their radio single. The full-length, "Love Don't Cross Me," is getting good reviews. Whenever he needs an extra emotional jolt for his vocals, Rainey reaches deep for a vulnerable falsetto.
Information Society, "Where Were You" - Get ready to dance, as Minneapolis' late-'80s techno/New Wave-y band is back. Remember their Billboard Top-3 hit "What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)?" If not, visit YouTube... you'll recognize it immediately. For the first time since 1997, co-founders Paul Robb, Kurt Harland and James Cassidy have joined forces on an album that arrives Sept. 23. Get hip to it now with this song "Where Were You," that asks the question, "Where were you when I fought the craving/where were you when I needed saving?
Originally identified as Joanie Faircloth, Joan Elizabeth Harris first accused musician and Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst of rape allegations in the comments section of a 2013 xoJane article late last year, but the story has taken a drastic turn for the better as Faircloth now says she “made up those lies about him to get attention” while dealing with a sick child.
Oberst filed a defamation suit back in February in response to the situation. Now the official statement from Faircloth denies all allegations she made over the past six months and apologizes for her actions.
“The statements I made and repeated online and elsewhere over the past six months accusing Conor Oberst of raping me are 100% false. I made up those lies about him to get attention while I was going through a difficult period in my life and trying to cope with my son’s illness. I publicly retract my statements about Conor Oberst, and sincerely apologize to him, his family, and his fans for writing such awful things about him. I realize that my actions were wrong and could undermine the claims of actual sexual assault victims and for that I also apologize. I’m truly sorry for all the pain that I caused.”