Last week I had the chance to see Fall On Your Sword perform at the Lincoln Center and I LOVED it. Drawing from their work as composers for film, TV, and advertising, their live show is a blend of original music and visual elements. Behind the trio, a plasma screen played bits from movie classics on loop incorporating one liners into the music, creating a humorous mix. Sonically comparisons to LCD Soundsystem come to mind which makes sense considering Philip Mossman is a founding member of LCD. I admire Fall On Your Swords work in composing and getting to see this performance made me a bigger fan and I’m looking forward to hearing more them.
Sub Pop’s co-founder, Jonathan Poneman, in an interview with Pitchfork explaining his request for Band of Horses lead singer, Ben Bridwell, to shave his beard.
“I was hoping that this could stay between me and Ben. He chose to make this public on the band’s blog, which has now forced me to address our differences. Basically, I needed Bridwell to shave, or at least trim, his out of control beard. I love the music the guys produce, but I am also a businessman. I like money. It’s clear that sales are directly proportional to the length of his beard. People like clean shaven now. Just read GQ, 70% of females like men with a smooth face. That means that if Bridwell shaved, we could increase sales by 70%. Besides, he doesn’t even wash the thing. There is literally a plant growing out of his beard (figure 2). I think my request was reasonable. He looks like a monkey.”
Obviously it’s the looks that sell their records. Not the amazing music and talent behind it. And if the stats in GQ, that’s the bottome line. Poneman’s a douche bag (a clean shaven one).
Ben’s response –
“I’m a fuckin’ musician, you know? I’m not the only musician with a beard. Get a grip JP. People dig my beard.”
I love Chromeo’s track “Fancy Footwork”. The electro-funk groove totally makes you want to get up and “Two step”. And, I think the song’s got a good a message, I mean, I’m always totally impressed by a guy that shows off his fancy footwork (especially when sportin’ some hot kicks).
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton has a deal in the works with Warner Bros. Records that would provide him with his own imprint. Amidst blogs of the latest Hollywood trash, Perez often features and posts MP3’s or videos of an artist he recommends. Recent studies have found a correlation between a band’s blog buzz and an increase in album sales. With perezhilton.com attracting 2.8 million viewers a month, according to ComScore Media Metrixi, it’s no wonder Warner has chosen to use Perez to capitalize on this blog buzz. But, after a deal with Warner, will Perez remain subjective in his music recommendations?
A blogger turned A&R exec sound familiar? In 2005, Sarah Lewittin, aka Ultragrrrl, was given the opportunity to head her label, Stolen Transmission, as an imprint off Island Def Jam. The imprint, including its roster and staff was dropped from IDJ in December. Lewittin still runs Stolen Transmission as an indie label focusing on developing their acts. Maybe Perez will have better luck with the majors?
Read more about Perez Hilton’s deal with Warner Bros. in this NY Times article.
Kid Sister signed a record deal with Downtown Records several weeks ago. The sassy, Chicago hipster hop act now shares a home with Gnarls Barkley, Justice, Mos Def, and others. On signing with the record label, Kid Sister says, “Downtown is little! But they’re not too little to get things done. They’re like a medium. A medium fry.” Her first two singles “Control” and “Pro Nails” were released through her boyfriend, DJ A-Trak’s label, Fool’s Gold. Her debut album is tentatively titled “Koko B. Ware” and should drop this summer. [Read more…]