Cansei de Ser Sexy

Today is a Sunday. Hate em. I hate Sundays with a passion. But the weird thing about Sundays is that I always fall into a trend of researching and discovering new artists to enjoy for the remainder of the week. But I also lie around lazily for hours at a time in my underwear, as I am demonstrating for you all now.

Brazilian synth rock/pop group, CSS, is not a band I would jump to consider at first glance. I presumed them to be more rock, less electro. But, like 79% of the time, I was completely and utterly mistaken. The band is a rich source of eclectic and unpredictable entertainment. According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, their name comes from an alleged quote by Beyonce in Portuguese, proclaiming that she was tired of being sexy. But I know it cannot be true, because B can never stop being too sexy. Anyway. You can tell that they are what they say they are: a bunch of friends, making music and having good times. And yes, okay, I'll admit I only began to research them seriously upon seeing a picture of them at the Spice Girls concert. Pop culture and celebrity lifestyle are some of the most common themes of their work. And Myspace posts.

Oh, and P.S.: You already know them. They do the iPod Touch song "Music Is My Hot Hot Sex," with all the lyrics about music being your relative, dating music, and other things that I certainly would disapprove of doing to music.

After digging around, I noticed a dozen or so remixes, which are all really fantastic, and only add to the synth-crunch beats. Most notably, the Simian Mobile Disco remix, which is a frantic, disjointed utopia. As a side note: Watch for Simian Mobile Disco. They're rapidly gaining prominence through remixes such as Björk's Innocence and Ladytron's International Dateline. Strangely, I thought to myself: Say now, eighties-obsessed Calvin Harris should be responsible for mixing this. One second later, I found that he indeed did!! It's nice and retro, and reminds me a LOT of the works of Cut Copy. Some album tracks also appear below, including the song "Computer Heat" from their debut album's first release. And continuing to prove my soon-to-be patented hypothesis that all songs containing the phrase "La La" are both addictive and uncontrollably catchy, "Alala," follows suit. Warning: Video will cause fear.

Anyway, lots of fun to be had. Check out some good ol' indielectro-pop!

DL: CSS - Computer Heat
DL: CSS - Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above (Simian Mobile Disco Remix)
DL: CSS - Let's Make Love And Listen To Death From Above (Calvin Harris Remix)
DL: CSS - Alala

And you, what do you think?

Temposhark - It's Better To Have Loved

One of the artists I've been most desperately awaiting to release their debut album is rock/electro-band Temposhark. As of right now, the main singer from the band is currently guest blogging for my favorite music blog, ArjanWrites, where he sampled on of the album tracks off of the upcoming release "The Invisible Line" in March 2008.

One of my favorite tracks since discovering the band is "It's Better To Have Loved," produced by the never-disappointing Guy Sigsworth (1/2 of Frou Frou). You can really hear the trip-hop influenced beats behind Rob's wonderfully fragile vocal performance. Typical Guy gloom and mysteriousness. One of my favorite producers. I love this song AND the cover art. Can't wait to see it released properly!

DL: It's Better To Have Loved (Original Version)

Be sure to buy Temposhark's single, It's Better To Have Loved, at Amazon.

And you, what do you think?

Electrovamp - I Don't Love The Vibe In The VIP

Though they're only 17 and 18, these sisters know how to make a good electro groove. I'll admit, it sounds a LOT like one of my favorite club anthems, "Discoteka" by Starkillers or something by Bodyrox. Their video borders on the Veronicas meeting Girls Aloud, with a bit of Misshapes club life. Check out Electrovamp's newest single, the club-ready "I Don't Like The Vibe In The VIP." As if the title wasn't reason alone to check it out.

DL: Electrovamp - I Don't Like The Vibe In The VIP

Buy the single below!


And you, what do you think?

Air - Mer du Japon

I LOVE Air. One of my favorite tracks off of their splendid Pocket Symphony is "Mer Du Japon." The song is so delicate and airy (HA.) Give it a try for some relaxing French-vocal, melodic music.

DL: Air - Mer Du Japon (Album Version)

You can buy Air's Pocket Symphony at Amazon.

Christmas Message from Goldfrapp

Alison Goldfrapp has officially lost the remaining ounce of sanity she once maintained. P.S. You better enjoy this style if you want to like the new album. It's extremely subtle.

And you, what do you think?

Piece Of Me: The Remixes

For limited time only, I present the official remixes for my number one baby's completely delightful and absolutely un-self written single, Piece Of Me. Which, I might add, is rapidly gaining on the charts and radio. FOLLOW ALONG, SHEEP. Really, please do! Make sure you listen for the Robyn-sung "You want a piece of me?" can't really miss it!! It's all just so wonderful.

DL: Piece Of Me: The Remixes.

PLEASE support Britney's new single (remember, focus on the music part, not the Starbucks part) at Amazon and by calling in to request the song on local radio stations.

Leave me a comment if you download!
And you, what do you think?

It's Kitty, Bitch.

According to the BBC, Hello Kitty, supreme ruler of China (1974-current), is getting a boost of testosterone in her furry ass. Kitty's new look is edgier and cooler, according to the report. You heard me right, Hello Kitty gone butch. Apparently, the market is slowing and the businessmen behind the all-dominating cat believe that coolifying the doll will stimulate adolescent male sales. But why stop there? Another newer addition to the Kitty line seeks to sexify the toy: such as Ms. Thang turning around and showing off the undies. What lies ahead is unknown, but one thing is for sure: I'm aroused.

Thanks to field-reporter Nora for shedding light on this ongoing development.

And you, what do you think?

Top Fancy Ticklers Of 2007

As promised, I present my picks for the top tunes that did a fair share of tickling my fancy throughout 2007. As a result, my fancy is currently in the process of pressing charges. This list involved a lot of thinking, which is usually against my better judgment. But in the meantime, I shall present the culprits (in no particular order, but just assume any and all Britney entries to be considered first):

Flavor of Life - Utada Hikaru - Don't be fooled by the CD art. This song involves neither pastel colors, nor rice balls, NOR sheep (a bit disappointed by the latter exlusion). Nay, Flavor of Life was a major tickler during the first quarter of 2007. Floating on top of simple piano chord progressions and string accompaniment, Utada's breathless vocals made the song both haunting and beautiful.

Gimme More - Britney Spears
I can't actually describe what happened when I heard the song for the first time, besides a lot of jumping, followed by complete stillness to listen closely, followed by giddy hand clapping, again by intense silence, and then manic laughter. No need to introduce this one. It's not her best, but it's damn good. Even the haters couldn't shake the impossibly catchy chorus. If only she was aware. Come back BB.

. The One - Kylie Minogue
Sometimes I wonder if Kylie wrote this little ditty especially for me. I wrote about this song a few entries ago. It's timeless, iconic, and especially hypnotizing.

Cry For You - September / I Won't Be Crying - Infernal
During the lonely winter months of the first quarter, music was a bit dire. By now I've learned, there's only one multi-vitamin supplement jam packed with cheap thrills to fill the void of talent: Euro-Dance! Fun, defiant nothings about getting over him and being the bigger man/lady. September's entry is more heartfelt, but the vocals in Infernal are much more raw sounding. Equally distracting until the pop wheels began to churn once again.

BUT - Koda Kumi - Wait, why isn't she lyrically gyrating and riffing nonsensically?? I don't know, but I think I like it...a LOT. It's as if she's trying to make a new sound, instead of regurgitating her songs over and over. Dark, broken electronic beats and vocal aerobics. Now this is the kind of Kumi I want.

Umbrella - Rihanna
We're tired of it. Accept its brilliance, nothing else to see here.

Declare Independence-Björk
Volta was not good. At least, not to me. Too much ballad, and the ballads were too monotonous. It sounds very harsh and judgmental, but Björk has produced "Joga" and "Hidden Place" for goodness sake. She isn't exactly dull. This one rocked the socks off of the album, though. Using a new instrument called the ReacTable, Björk elicited electric noises never before used in such an interesting way. Her inherently guttural voice is wonderfully excitable throughout the song. Watch a live performance of this to understand how cool the process actually is.

Bamboo Banga - M.I.A.
I'll admit. I don't love Kala as much as everyone else does. I myself am an Arular advocate. But I do happen to enjoy many of the tracks off of her second album. Most notably (XR-2 is perfect, but I heard earlier versions for almost a year already), Bamboo Banga. When I heard the song, I was ecstatic to think that the album would build off of this more jungle-esque electro. However, it just doesn't flow for me like Arular did.

Foundations - Kate Nash
Didn't want to like it. Didn't want to like anything by someone who shared similarities to Lily Allen, but lo and behold, I was addicted. It's like a much more lemon tart-filled version of Lily, with more tongue-biting and less egotism. The spoken bits are genius, and bonus points have been added for the opportunity to sing with a British accent. A pissed off British accent, no less.

Sober - Kelly Clarkson
If only the album could live up to its impossible expectations, this song would have received so much more deserved attention. It truly is the rawest experience on the album, and one that was sorely misrepresented in the public atmosphere. Though at the same time, it would have never performed on radio. The song is by far the most haunting and riveting song of the year. By the end, the listener's ears are practically pleading for that oh-so-necessary shouting that only Kelly could provide. But as a favor: Please stop straining your voice so much on every other song Kelly. Save it for the best moments, such as the finale of this very song. Thank you. I love you. Why don't you call?

True Believer - Dragonette
I didn't get it at first. But then I kept listening. I absolutely love the carousel effect of the chorus, dizzyingly obnoxious and catchy at the same time. The track picks up and slows down, but it was a great tune to relax with during the last of the summer.

Lips Are Unhappy - Lucky Soul
Around the same time as Dragonette's release, I discovered Lucky Soul. The throwback -band's album contains many care-free songs resembling great pop music from the 1960's. This pleading number, though short, is one of my favorites. The intro is pretty much representative of who they are as a group: a simple tambourine intro followed by the ever-increasing drum lead-in, leading up to the ultra-delicate vocals of lead singer Ali Howard. The lyrics are unapologetically dated. However, the shake-shimmy breakdown after the two minute mark is particuarly impossible to resist.

State of Grace - Britney Spears
Without a doubt the injustice of the year, Britney's true soul-searching and almost-adult mid-tempo love croon is without a doubt one of her best works. Yet it was left of the album in order to keep the Donna Summer vibe afloat. The song is beautiful and sincere. The background sound is somewhat Bohemian. VERY Ray of Light Madonna. I'm thinking "Frozen"-ish. And she uses words that are way beyond her vocabulary like "transient" (not a stretch, but work with me). You have to hear it. Such a shame that the song was not released. It's not B-Side material, so I fear this track may never see the light of day. And P.S. I would add nearly all of the Blackout tracks and outtakes to the list, from the blip-filled "Radar" to the over-sexualized "Pull It," but that would be too expected.

Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis
I don't particularly find her interesting, nor did I bother to catch her debut album, but I could not ignore the massive success of her first single. Well, except for the United States. But seriously, it was so big that she's even being released here. That's hard to do nowadays. It's a page out of the Mariah hand book, but the craft is immaculate. I know Leona's voice is near perfect...if only she'd do something unexpected.

Call The Shots - Girls Aloud
I've spoken about this track already as well. Haunting, convincing, and heartfelt. It's nice and wintery, yet I see purple and pink when the song plays. Which may be the signs of looming epileptic episodes. Just saying.

And you, what do you think?

What do you mean, "literature?"

Sorry folks, the greatest hits compilation will have to wait until tomorrow. I'm too tied up reading my new book, Murakami, about Takashi Murakami. A leading contemporary artist from Japan, Murakami is most notably responsible for the limited edition Louis Vuitton handbags covered with cute cherry blossoms and eyeballs. Frankly, all I had to hear was "smiling cherry blossoms" and I was sold. However, I'm learning that his designs are much more complicated in meaning than one could ever assume just by looking at any of his exhibitions. Who knew that a smiling panda could represent sentiments of American consumerism and post-war Japanese culture? Here I was, delighted by a joyful panda. Regardless, it's really quite fascinating, and I'll be sure to update more thoroughly during work tomorrow.

EDIT: Thanks to the Amazon reviewer who recommended taking off the dust jacket to reveal an impossibly cute smiley flower. My dreams have been realized.

And you, what do you think?

~*~ My Top Ten of 2007!! ~*~

Batten the hatches and hide your daughters, I'm compiling my Greatest Hits '07 picks...

Prepare for updates tonight!

And Now For Something Completely Related...

Girl-On-Girl Action.

Background tidbits:
Dannii is a judge on England's X Factor (Similar to America's Got Talent/American Idol).

I swear, this is my last Minogue related post for a while. It's becoming an illness, and for that I apologize.

And you, what do you think?

Swivel Chairs and Disco Lights

I'm at work. Somewhere between the third and fourteenth visit to Perez, I realized that no one else has followed suit. I am alone in my cubicle, surrounded by dark offices. Apparently, some people take holidays during the holiday season. To quench my boredom, I'm now listening to the almost perfect track, "Nervous" by Dannii Minogue off of her essential re-issue of "Neon Nights." Usually I am doing my 200 lb. bench presses at the gym during this CD's rotation, but I suppose a few toe taps and neck rolls in my comfy office chair will suffice for today. By the way, here's my favorite Dannii look featured in the Put The Needle On It video on YouTube:

On Christmas Eve, I meant to post in detail about the greatest Dannii album of all time. Blame it on the eggnog. I will now quote it in its entirety:

I was driving around town today, listening to Dannii Minogue's new outtake album, Unleashed, when an unreleased version of the sickeningly genius track "Hide & Seek" came on. As I began swerving slowly into oncoming traffic trying to nail those long notes in the "falling down like rain" bit of the song, I realized with a jump: I hadn't heard Neon Nights in almost a year. What a fool I am!! To think, I could neglect my favorite albums EVER? The title of the CD alone suggests musical and lyrical perfection, and trust me, it is. She will never do better than what Neon Nights was; this is fact. Sad fact, but fact. It remains one of the most under-appreciated and overly essential sophisticated dance pop gems of all time. Each song is unapologetically catchy. The sounds are industrial and the production is ahead of its time. If only she stayed with London Records. And don't you damn ninny-fans try and justify All Around the World Records as a real record ALL know that any Neon Nights track beats 94% of Dannii's latest releases. I'm looking at you, "Touch Me Like That." I don't want to be touched like that ANYTIME.

Buy Dannii Minogue's A+ album, Neon Nights, at Amazon.

And you, what do you think?