Memo to Northern Souls: Click on exclusive NME link for new Richard Ashcroft album release news – or skip the middle man, and score the straight dope, here. Sounds promising: Memphis sound & Manchester swing. And on the other side of town, Nick McCabe is adroitly mixing Black Ships tracks for imminent release. Godspeed.
Maps is a classic. Stripped down it’s even more clear. Karen O’s pristine vocal shimmers when wrapped in a string arrangement. I consider their last release a pop diversion sorts. But as history reveals – if you have the talent you can take many roads. It will be interesting to see where they go next, together or as individual artists.
Today was learn about thriving Chinese music scene day. Clicking started on various Beijing culture blogs, I than discovered a US tour in progress back east. Major coverage on mainstream media, ironically, zilch from the hipster set, beyond Brooklyn Vegan. (where I found Mp3’s.) The tour is being presented by one of two, indies from Beijing, Maybe Mars. (What is the other label? ) Maybe Mars also operates a club called D-22. The artists cite influences ranging from Sonic Youth to Woodie Guthrie.