UNDER THE RADAR: Ela Minus – “Volcán”.
Ela Minus’ “Volcán” Is A Ray Of Synthy Sunshine For Your Winter Troubles.
Ela Minus is the solo project of New York-based artist Gabriela Jimeno, former drummer of the dream pop band Balancer. The Colombian musician offers soft, Spanish lyrics over bouncy synths to create “Volcán,” a burst of heat and energy not unlike the title’s subject manner.
UNDER THE RADAR: The New Pornographers – “This Is The World Of The Theater”.
“This Is The World Of The Theatre” is a pretty classic New Pornographers song title, and now it’s an actual New Pornographers song that’s out in the world. While lead single “High Ticket Attractions” was a Carl Newman joint, this one finds Neko Case taking over lead vocal duties. It’s good, and you can hear it below.
“Whiteout Conditions” is out April 7 via Collected Works Records.
UNDER THE RADAR: Tangerine – “Sunset”.
Seattle’s surf-pop trio Tangerine have this week shared the video to their latest single, Sunset. The track is lifted from their most recent EP, Sugar Teeth, which came out at the start of the year on Swoon Records. The EP explored a world of chaotic relationships and fading friendships and took influences from artists as diverse as The Strokes, Charlie XCX and The Velvet Underground.
Tangerine are led by sisters, Marika & Miro Justad, and if Sunset is anything to go by their vocal chemistry is key to their sound. The song is a light-hearted jaunt through surf-pop and garage-rock guitar twiddling; on top of that sit sweet, almost country vocals, that nod to the likes of Slow Club or She & Him.
PHOTO: Pic 2 Location: Rob Gretton, Joy Division’s manager, Ian Curtis and Bernard Sumner outside TJ Davidson’s Rehearsal Studios
LIVE SESSION: U2’S THE EDGE BECOMES FIRST ROCK STAR TO PLAY SISTINE CHAPEL.
The Edge, lead guitarist with the Irish band U2, has become the first rock star to play in the Sistine Chapel, a venue he described as “the most beautiful parish hall in the world.”
The performer, whose real name is David Evans, sang four songs on Saturday night for about 200 doctors, researchers and philanthropists who attended a conference at the Vatican on regenerative medicine called Cellular Horizons.
Backed by a choir of seven Irish teenagers, and wearing his trademark black beanie cap, he played acoustic guitar and sang a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “If It be Your Will”, and versions of U2 songs “Yahweh”, “Ordinary Love” and “Walk On.”
He joked with his audience, telling them he was stunned when asked to play in the chapel, which was painted by Renaissance master Michelangelo in the 16th century.
“When they asked me if I wanted to become the first contemporary artist to play in the Sistine Chapel, I didn’t know what to say because usually there’s this other guy who sings,” the musician said, referring to U2 front man Bono.
THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Go-Betweens – “Bye Bye Pride”.
For a lost-love song, “Bye Bye Pride” sounds positively joyous, rivaling “Love Goes On!” as the most ebullient entry in the Go-Betweens’ catalog. It boasts one of Grant McLennan’s most indelible melodies, which is saying something — at once soaring and stately, embellished by Amanda Brown’s stellar oboe accompaniment, it’s about as close to epic as the band ever got.
‘THE BIGGEST THING SINCE WORLD WAR III’: LOU REED, DEBBIE HARRY, AND IGGY POP TALK ‘ROCK AND RULE’.
The 1983 animated rock and roll movie Rock and Rule was a failure at the box office but found its audience on cable TV a couple years later. Produced by the Canadian animation studio Nelvana, the movie is a sci-fi rock and roll allegory between good and evil, pitting a rock band of cute mutants called the Drats against an ageing, Mephistophelian rock star/sorcerer named Mok who is intent on securing a special voice capable of unleashing a powerful demon from another dimension who will make Mok immortal.
PULP’S AWESOME REJECTED JAMES BOND THEME SONG.
Pulp, if you think about it for, oh, about ten seconds, would seem to be the very most perfect candidates ever to be picked to record a James Bond theme. In 1997 the Britpop band submitted “Tomorrow Never Lies” for Pierce Brosnan’s second outing as 007, but the the film was re-titled Tomorrow Never Dies instead and their song shelved in favor of a mediocre Sheryl Crow number.
“Tomorrow Never Lies” eventually came out as the B-side to Pulp’s “Help the Aged” single in 1997, their fifth consecutive top 10. It was later re-issued as an extra track on the expanded edition of This is Hardcore in 2006.
Here’s the opening credits for Tomorrow Never Dies with Pulp’s song swapped in instead of Crow’s.
UNDER THE RADAR: Serfs – “Can’t Get Control”.
Serfs’ latest single “Can’t Get Control” off of their upcoming full-length, Day Hang ( January 29, through Self Aware Records.)
”’Can’t Get Control’ is about a house show I went to a couple years ago where everyone there seemed like they were ready to leave as soon as they got there,” said guitarist/vocalist Phil Pucci of the track. “There was a nervous yet mischievous undertone to the whole night. I watched a girl snort cocaine off of the roof of a parked car as a cop drove by. I found it to be romantic in hindsight. I wrote the main bass line first, thinking of a beachy song like something by The Drums.”