Here's a Christmas favourite of mine
Santa Baby, by Ertha Kitt
I wish you, your friends and your family both immense joys and little pleasures.
Image : lcn.canoe.ca
With the the help of Elvis Presley
and The Dead Kennedys (1 brownie point to the person who can say in what movie that song was without going on wikipedia!)
I'm so sad I couldn't find the Nina Hagen version
UPDATE: WMG SUCKS!
Photo : www.SheepPooPaper.com
Mui has been upgraded to 3.0. Today, I turn 30. OUUUUCH! Well, at least it gives me a reason to do another favourites post!
Happy Birthday, les Beatles
This is by far my favourite birthday song, cuz it rocks!
Happy birthday Baby, The Tune Weavers
This one is just a sticky sweet sad and fun oldie :)
Happy birthday Mr President, the immortal Marilyn Monroe
Because it's so sultry and funny all at once
Happy brithday, Stevie Wonder
Because it isn't agin gracefully and because usually no one knows this song but me
Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen, Neil Sedaka
Another oldie that makes me smile, and since I'll always be 16...
All right, I can get birthday drunk now!
Tomorrow I'll be 30. Or maybe not. Maybe I'll disappear in a purple and blue puff of smoke like the caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland...
Have you guessed I don't really want to grow up yet?
My friend Héloise shared this on her Facebook this morning and I've decided to make it the soundtrack for, as my friend Phildetch calls it, my 30-1.
Enjoy, down there, a cover by Jeff Buckley of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.
Two big news in one! Quick, everybody go get your flannel shirts! Pearl Jam are going to reissue their legendary (well atleast for the people who were concious during the nineties) album Ten. It will be remixed, filled with demos, live performances, and, brace yourselves... A CASSETTE!
In fact, four editions will be released on March 24, 2009 (ranging from deluxe to + + + deluxe). We can assume that this is only one of many surprises to come since Pearl Jam will turn 20 in 2011.
For more details, Rolling Stone, for even more details, Smoking Section.
No on to the 2nd news : Ten will also be available on Rock Band 2. YES!
The online mag Advertising Age unveils its top ten commercial songs. I am extremely disappointed at the absence of the lovely 'padapadapadapada' song from the monkey Subway commercials... NOOOOT! (Ok I think I had a Wayne's World moment there!)
So here's the list, but visit AdAge for the whys, the videos and a list of not so inspired choices.
1. SAUL WILLIAMS: "LIST OF DEMANDS"
NIKE SPARQ TRAINING
2. SANTOGOLD: "CREATOR"
BUD LIGHT LIME
3. YAEL NAIM: "NEW SOUL"
APPLE MACBOOK AIR
4. ENNIO MORRICONE (BANDINI REMIX): "L'ESTASI DELL'ORO (THE ECSTASY OF GOLD)"
5. LIARS: "CLEAR ISLAND"
6. THE KINKS: "EVERYONE'S A STAR"
7. ROBERT PLANT AND ALISON KRAUSS: "KILLING THE BLUES"
JCPENNEY'S AMERICAN LIFE
8. RUBY SUNS: "OH MOJAVE"
9. VASHTI BUNYAN: "TRAIN SONG"
10. CLOUD CULT: "LUCKY TODAY"
Seems videogames are something they can relate to better than blogging.
source : Rolling Stone
For those of you who have not heard yet, it's with great sadness that I tell you the legendary and 'notorious' Bettie Page died at 85. She was a living icon and will continue being one for years to come.
RIP Bettie and thank you for what you did, without really intending to, for the sexual revolution and women's lib.
So here's a little video you'll no doubt watch enough times not to miss me at all... you'll hardly notice the cadillac has gone.
Show them to me, Rodney Carrington.
(yes, these are really what this is about)
A good song for when you feel deconstructed, like me this morning: Champagne in a paper cup by Death Cab for Cutie (1999) - Spin
Yelle remixes Hot n' Cold by Katy Perry. It's almost a duo. Strange I like the two artists but not the song - Perez Hilton
Video : So What by P!nk is really funny! (I really like her, she kicks ass) - Youtube
On X Factor, there are manipulation rumours: the producers could have chosen Hellelujah by Leonard Cohen to make a contestant win. No waaaaay, cheating on tv? :p In the midst of all his, a collection of odd covers of the song - The Quietus
Video and mp3 : Beck's new clip is really cool and original (song: Youthless) - The Music Slut
Last Saturday I ran off to listen to the game on the radio during the 2nd and 3rd periods, while at a party. Now that's devotion ;)
Anyhochey, on their website they post funny videos... and sometimes not so funny videos ;) but this one made me smile.
Question the players were asked: who wears too much cologne? Teeheehee!
An absolutely rockin' quizz: a mime doing album covers and you have to guess the titles! I have a brain boner - The Quietus
No Doubt are back with an album and a tour in 2009. The hard core fans will say they're as good as ever. They'll know, in the cockle of their hearts, that it's a lie. Gwen Stefany will then go back to her solo career. And still, it'll be a fun ride ;) - Rolling Stone
A cool collection of 'Heroin chic' covers you can stream! - Cover Freak
Amy Winehouse and her rotten husband call it quits. * Yawn * - Perez Hilton
Katy Perry live on Youtube at the Youtube awards. Cuz she's cute. - The music slut
Just because I like their choices: books that were audaciously made into movies - The Quietus
The Vatican forgives John Lennon for saying the Beatles were more popular than Jesus, and I'm sure he doesn't give a flying rat's ass - Perez Hilton
Video and mp3: A band I'd never heard of before, Reykjavik!, does the worst cover I've ever heard, and I've heard baaaaad covers. (You shook me all night long by ac/dc) - The music slut
A real TGIF song, with a crazy animation! First Drink of the Day by 7 Seconds of Love - Rather Good
Dave Grohl on Top Chef, when I think of him in a kitchen I picture him cooking hash oil more than food... oh well - Smoking Section
The New York Times didn't like Chinese Democracy either - New York Times
Listen to this, Austin Scaggs says its the best song ever, and it IS darn good : "The Mountain," from the Heartless Bastards. - Smoking Section
Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wents welcome a baby boy. His name is Bronx Mowgli Wentz. That's pretty funny, but actually I'm only blogging about this because my lbog is called black cadillac and the kid's initials are BMW! - US magazine
Video: two of my favourites, together. Elvis Costello and Elton John - Rolling Stone
It's obvious now, Brandon Flowers of The Killers is not gross. At all. - Perez Hilton
Is it the end for Coldplay? - Smoking section
Playgirl closes. It always makes me laugh when they call it a woman's mag... ;) - Infopresse (French)
Single Ladies by Beyoncé, times 10! - Youtube
Yep! : Chinese Democracy by Guns N' Roses is available for streaming on muspace. Enjoy! Then tell me what you thought.
Here's what I liked and disliked:
As on most Guns N' Roses albums, there are too many « soft » songs. But then again, I have a problem with rock ballads.
There are some mean guitar riffs on there.
All and all, the piano is a nice touch!
I prefer Axl Rose hitting high notes, and it's a bit unsettling to hear him sing so low so much. It isn't bad though.
There is a touch of what I'd call an "industrial" influence that is quite a change for GNR, and it doesn't clash. Kudos. (For example: Shackler's Revenge).
In my opinion, it's an album for music aficionados and not only for GNR fans. The sounds and styles are extremely varied and that is the main reason why I think this album should be listened to whole and not bit by bit. But only once. I won't be buying this album, it isn't worth the money and the time invested. Axl wanted to make Titanic and ended up with Water World.
A few comments about the songs:
Those of you who like ballads (no, I am NOT one of those people) will like Street of Dreams and it's "chanelling Bon Jovi" thing.
If The World has a "world beat" taste to it, and it's probably my favourite song off this album. Funk, heavy distortion and Rosian meows are a surprising and very interesting combination.
Scraped has a Rock Anthemy thing going that's not bad at all (Don't you try to stop us now...), and the bass hits hard.
This I love... hum... ah... Axl wants to go on Broadway or what? That one should have stayed on the editing room floor.
And you? What do you think?
The creators of South Park will have a musical shown in 2009... about Mormons! *insert incredulous hilarity here* - Perez Hilton
Paul McCartney wants to release a new 14-minute Beatles song. Hum, how many Beatles songs are they gonna pull out of the trash, darn it? - Rolling Stone
Courtney Love blogs 60 times in one day, and says nothing remotely understandable. - Dlisted
James Blunt editor of a Montreal free paper for a day. Is he sweet or is he in a slump? - Infopresse
Drool, drool, jealousy, teeth grinding, envy - Rolling Stone
Nine Inch Nails presents the drummer that will replace Josh Freese during the 2009 tour: 20 years old Ilan Rubin drummer for the Welsh band the Lostprophets - Smoking Section
Video : first Travis Barker interview since his plane crash - I'm not obsessed
Good review for The Doors Live at The Matrix. I'm gonna buy it! - Rolling Stone
Videos: reader's fafourite fight songs! Cool, I was having a pugilistic kind of day. The list is cool but the suggestions in the comments are even better - Rolling Stone
The judge that killed Napster plots a copyright reform plan - Rolling Stone
Neverland sold, Michael Jackson's childhood is over. (No gross comment here! Teeheehee) - Socialite Life
A video about how they chose the 100 best singers of all time - Rolling Stone
Lars Ulrich buys Basquiat painting for 14M$ - Perez Hilton
New Cirque du Soleil website- Ipub
I never really liked Musique Plus. In fact, back when I was only a baby wannabe music critic (now I'm an adult wannabe music critic), I told myself I would like to work there someday and turn it into a really great music TV channel. I'll stop here, the object of this post is not my (long) list of beefs towards Musique Plus.
So, maybe it's because I'm getting older, (!) I prefer MusiMax. Less drunken camera action. More content. Less 50cent. Etc. Speaking of content, from November 17 to 20, there will be a few interviews that might be interesting. That being said, I haven't seen the show yet so we'll see I guess.
Here's the press release I got
Martin Deschamps : I like HIM. His music, a little less. Mybe it's because I loved him in his beginnings, when he covered Offenbach, Deep Purple and many others. Let's put it this way: it rocked a whole lot more. He's got a new album "Le piano et la voix" and... ouch. I don't like rock ballads. argh.
Alfa Rococo : Mybe I'll find out other stuff about this band than their song "Lever l'ancre", that I've heard about a 1000 times too many. In fact, I think this will be a fun interview to watch because even though I found that song a bit drab, it says a lot about the band's ability to create sweet melodies.
Marie Carmen : You mean she's still recording? Since her 90's cover of Barbara's "l'Aigle noir", it felt like she'd dropped off the face of the earth. It's gonna be fun to hear from her, in a "whatever happened to" kind of way. Oh just for kicks, here are my two favourite Marie Carmen oldies: "Faut pas que j'panique" and "Piaf chanterait du rock". Of course!
Byron Mikaloff (Lost Fingers) : Here's one for you, you anglos ;) On their myspace, they say they play "Manouche Jazz lost in the 80's". From what I've listened to, it's a little like the French collective Nouvelle Vague in terms of weird covers of 80's hits, all that with a definite smell of Django Reinhardt. This is most probably the most interesting thing on the Cocktail Pop line up. Now you have to listen to their covers of "You Shook Me All Night Long" and "Touch Me" on their myspace player, it's delectable! I'm going to listen to that all day for sure. "Black Velvet" "Straight Up"... I think I'm in love. Wonder if they need a back up signer... ;)
But, I've still got a cool pic to show you guys! (Click on it to see a larger version)
Thanks Pat for sending it over.
So I was skeptical. No, that's an understatement. Very God damned skeptical. But it seems I now have to eat my words. (Sarcasms, whatever).
The new GnR album has been getting good reviews, one of them being in Rolling Stone who gives it 4 stars on 5.
Well, I'll have to break my long lasting boycott of Axl Rose and listen to the thing now. Oh well.
Click down there for the review.
Chinese Democracy : Guns N' Roses : Review : Rolling Stone
That being said, even if it's a little out of the center of the action (Saint-Laurent corner Bernard), there is the Syndrome. Rock, pure rock, alternative, metal, hard rock, all kinds of rock, mostly with accoustic instruments. Cool. And Rare.
The Syndrome celebrates its birthday on November 29th, it's gonna be fun, and inexpensive. Now that's a winning combination right there! (Click on the flyer to see a larger version)
And while I'm at it, here's a plug for their Saturday special. (Click on the flyer to see a larger version)
So, see you there?
Radio-radio live on the road - Bande à part
Post elections, Will.i.am sings It's a new day - Rolling Stone
Ozzy is sénile and that's gonna sell phones! AND it's darn funny too - Gizmodo (thx Bambie for the link)
Is this a theme or something? Another cover of Girls just wanna have fun, by the Killers - Youtube
50 best rock n roll video games of all times - Rolling Stone
Greg Laswell's voice is soft. Really really soft. A little shaky but not too much, and really moving.
He covered Girls just wanna have fun by Cyndi Lauper, on the piano.
I had never heard anything like that cover. I was really touched, I had shivers down my spine because of the interpretation... and at the same time I thought it was a little sarcastic.
I'm tired because it was a long week? I'm a horrible nostalgic? I don't know.
But I love this song.
Here's a live version of the cover and one of his songs called High and Low, but go listen to the cover on his myspace, it's the last one on the player.
My little blog was mentionned on a British website. Yay Mui ;). In fact, blog masturbation is not the actual subject of this post : I really want you to go see the site. The theme is original and there are a lot of things to see there.
So this is a relatively recent site (August 2008). Forever27.co.uk is about those idols that died at 27. Of course everyone knows about Jimi, Jim, Janis and Kurt, but there are others, and there ARE things to find out.
So enjoy and thanks to Simon for the shout-out
One moment while I pick up my jaw, it fell off with the surprise and all. So rumour has it they split because MM had had enough of her enemployed brother living in her pool house. Does that mean Halloween is over and she'll stop trying to look like a Wall-Mart version of Dita Von Teese? (Ooooo I feel bitchy today!)
Jimmy Carl Black, first drummer for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, died this weekend of lung cancer. He was 70, and that's him in the dress on the cover of the album We're only in it for the money.
For those of you who've seen Zappa's 200 Motels, he's the one signing “Lonesome Cowboy Burt.”
Here's a bit of a story about Black, it has Zappa and Black in it and lasts 2m40s.
And here's a performance from 2007
RIP, Jimmy Carl Black, The indian of the group.
It's Halloween, and I'm dressing up as a princess for the first time in my life! Yes, yours truly, who only owns black clothes, will ne covered in pink satin and sequins. Phew!
Il love Halloween, so to celebrate here are a few of my favourite Halloween songs for your party tonight.
Everyday is Halloween, Ministry
Thriller, Michael Jackson
This is a part of the movie 13 going on 30, girly movie that I really enjoy. The girl wakes up at 30 after falling asleep on her 13th birthday, in the '80s. At some point she goes to a boring party organized by the company she works for, and this is what happens...
Monster Mash, Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt Kickers
To me, the old version is the best. That being said, for you rock purists, there also is a version by the Misfits.
This is Halloween, Marilyn Manson
The theme song from Nightmare Before Christmas... by Marilyn Manson! He's got a sense of humour, that guy. For fun, here's the original, and a version by Panic at the disco.
Et vous, en quoi vous déguiserez-vous? Sortez-vous? Donnerez-vous des bonbons? Avez-vous décoré? Avez-vous des chansons d'Halloween préférées?
MTV, Harmonix and Apple Corps made it official today. It's a first interactive/video game presence for theBeatles. The game will bring players from Please Please Me all the way to Abbey Road. As of now, we don't know if the characters will ressemble John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Still, happy happy me, I'm quite excited at the idea of going through the whole Beatles catalogue on Rock Band! I got REALLY excited over Aerosmith on Guitar Hero, so you can imagine...
Barenaked Ladies' sing gets off easy for drug accusation. Austin Scaggs suggests a trial for sucking musically in the third degree. Hee hee. - Smoking section
New M.I.A song, Shells. - Perez Hilton
Montreal's Nightlife mag gets a makeover for it's 10th birthday [in French]. - Infopresse
A rumor says the Beatles could be in a Rock Band game to come. Cool! - Rolling Stone
He played all the songs we wanted to hear.
He even jammed some jazz. He played all the instruments at some point or other. If you like tightly knit shows with album versions of the songs, you weouldn't have liked it.
I, however, loved it.
Lenny has been my idol (and sex symbol) for ever, and I was totally enthralled.
He is a "true" rock star. You wish you could go on stage with him, he's terribly sure of himselg, but his arrogance is proportionnal to his talent. And, more important that anything, the only thing bigger than his ego is his generosity to the people seated before him.
Here's a slideshow of the pics I took during the show. Sorry if the quality sucks, my camera is broken and my phone doesn't have a flash. Still, they're fun to look at!
The next issue of Rolling Stone is about AC/DC (not all of it but still) - Rolling Stone
American debates are darn repetitive. Here's proof. - 236
YO! Majesty, Electro Lesbian Black American Rappers. Sammy Davis Jr has nothing on them. - Perez Hilton
Another book about Kurt Cobain. They say there are rareties in it. We'll see. - Rolling Stone
Led Zeppelin reunites without Robert Plant. To me, that means they aren't reuniting. - Rolling Stone
It's official, there will be elections in Quebec on December 8th. Yay. In the meantime, the US elections are coming up and Paris Hilton wants people to vote. So here's her new song and dance, and woes me, it's darn funny. Enjoy, below, Paris for President.
Anybloody, I've also discoveredJace Everett, singer of the series' theme song: Bad Things. It's neo-country with a sprinkle of rockabilly... and it's really darn good.
I'd do many "bad things" asked like that in that voice.
Today, I'm making a reading suggestion to those of you who know French. It's a relative success story in Quebec blogging entitled Ton papa me fourre. Loosely translated, it means 'Daddy fucks me'. Yeah, harsh. Just wait 'til you read it. Reality is harsh, dudes. Oh, but, is it really all true, what this guy writes? Dunno. Don't care. Reading someone's story, fictionnal or not, always means that you choose to believe. Right?
Rick Astley has been shortlisted for the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards, probably due to the Rickrolling craze.
He's up against Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Tokio Hotel, Green Day and U2 in the 'Best act ever' category.
TEAM RIIIIIIIICK! :)
Click here to vote for him!
If you miss him like I do, this channel on Youtube contains fun stuff.
Well that'S a very short summary that in no way captures the total brilliance of the 40 minutes movie, that was cut up in 5-minute episodes.
Here's the trailer
All the episodes are on Youtube, all the lyrics and many other things are on the official site. Now I beg of you, if you love it as much as I did, buy the DVD, the soundtrack, the épisodes on iTunes, anything. Money makes the world go round, as they said in Cabaret.
I haven't seen it yet but I'm sure that even if it's his worst movie, it'll be a great conversations (debate) starter. Come back and tell me what you thought, I'll post links to your reviews if you wrote one.
My own review... coming soon.
Everyone has seen this video already. I'm only posting it to show I support its message. The video is in French but there are subtitles and references for those of you who don't know the people in it.
Please, don't be offended by the message if you are English Canadian. There are two cultures in Canada, this video speaks of one of them. I really hope to see a viral video from English Canadian artists adressing the issue.
For shitz n gigglez, watch out for the Christmas bells in the song and the snow around 2m38s. Priceless.
So you French-reading people can find this blog at this address: pommemui.blogspot.com (I'm only doing that one in French, translating each post is a lot of work and the nature of the posts make it hard to translate). It's a blog where you can ask all sorts of questions, and I'll try to answer them as best I can. Of course, all this is in good fun. No serious or deep shit there.
So come visit pomme+mui / ctrl+mui and give me something to write about. Again, the blog is in French only.
Like some speculation had let us believe, Michael Caine says he confirmed with the studio that:
Johnny Depp will play the Riddler
Philip Seymore Hoffman will play the Pinguin!
I've got goosebumps... This is damn exciting news. That being said, I love Johnny Depp, but to me the Riddler is one of the least dark characters in the Batman comics, and that is a big part of his charm. He is kind of, well, refreshing, as much as a puzzeling psycho can be. I'm sure that Depp, especially if well directed. can play a great Riddler. I just hope they'll keep a little bit of the funny crazy.
More details to come as soon as I have some, same bat-time, same bat-channel!
1. Russel Brand, Britsh funnyman that I just love.
2. Britney, who seems much better. By the way, the video Piece of me for which she got many nominations, is the only one of hers I tolerate, same thing for the song that I think is sarcastic and fun.
4. Pink. Yum :D
5. Katy Perry sinfing Like a Virgin (it's her on that picture up there)
6. All the other boring pop stars I don't know but love making fun of...
So here's the summary, put your comments in if you saw the actual show and tell us what you liked.
Here's the official website for the Video Music Awards.
General comment about the album : it drives you so nuts it's fun. It puts you in a transe, a little like when you watch a Pipilotti Rhyst video. You wouldn't believe it first hand, but it's even better as background music than when you listen to it attentively. A good first album for this eletro band with a spritz of Pop that call themselves "retrofuturistic". That being said, the songs made by the band (a musician, an author and 4 women singers) are not all equally good. Good thing is, at least half on them are truly remarkable.
I especially enjoy :
Cendrillon lave le poêle, the hit, in my opinion.
Mon soldat de plomb.
Les parties de mon corps.
Un p'tit tour de minoune.
Fille originale à tendance normale.
Get a taste on their myspace!
The video itself is quite ordinary. B&W, no story, everybody close up. Oh and the lip licking at the 20 second mark... thanks, but no thanks.
PS : For those who know them (heads up Passeport people), we now what Dan and Éric will look like in 30 years! Hahaha!