Well, I’m in New York and I have to say, this city is pretty fantastic. Forget what you’ve heard about people being mean — I’ve had nothing but kindness thrown my way and I’ve even gotten cruised outside of my apartment building! I couldn’t believe it but my gal pal roommate told me that’s what happens here. I can’t say anything for their taste, but I’ll take it! The only thing I’ve struggled with besides getting used to a tiny bedroom is not having wifi in our apartment yet. I can’t quit the sweet electronic juice and it’s been making it difficult to get work done. But here I am drinking overpriced coffee just so that you’ll be able to put some new tunes in your adorable little ears.
P!nk — The Truth About Love (RCA Records)
I’ve been having a serious debate with my friend Jackie about P!nk’s music for the past two months. She doesn’t like her at all and I have always been a fan of her sad ballads but haven’t been as much of a fan of her upbeat songs — until now. I don’t know if it’s the fact that my new roommate insists on dancing all over the apartment to this album, her use of the term “whiskey dick” in “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” or if she just really blew it out of the park with this album. Regardless of if you’re a fan of the upbeat, depressing, all of it, or none — you cannot deny the power of P!nk’s voice. I may hate the use of the exclamation point in her name but she is a solid artist and so far, after about six or seven listens, I haven’t found a track I don’t enjoy.
Carly Rae Jepsen — Kiss (Interscope)
Truth be told it was really difficult for me to feel cool while listening to this album on the subway today but other than my own self-consciousness it’s a feel-good album with a lot of catchy pop tracks. This is very much a beginner album with simple tracks made for the heartsick teenager in the throws of a requited or unrequited love. The only tricky part of the album is being able to keep myself from shouting “Call me maybe!” at some point in each track. I don’t think anyone will be surprised with what you hear, which is neither a good or a bad thing.
Nelly Furtado — The Spirit Indestructible (Interscope)
Oh Nelly, you are still gorgeous but I expected more from you with this album. There are some sunny parts with heavy beat production and a bit of the Caribbean spice we’ve heard from her in the past. They aren’t the best dance tracks we’ve gotten from Furtado but they’ll definitely do in a pinch. Her ballads — well, those seem to be lacking something. Passion? Personality? I’m not sure what it is except that I keep getting the feeling that a wall has been put up between Furtado and the end product. The songs aren’t bad exactly but they certainly aren’t great. For example, I can’t tell if I love or hate the song “Circles.” She’s definitely trying some new things and I can’t get mad at her for that but she seems just as unsure of her sound as I am — and ultimately that is a problem.
Ms Mr — Candy Bar Creep Show EP (Creep City Records)
While this is only an EP, the four songs on Candy Bar Creep Show are some of the best I’ve heard this year. When I was getting my hair done last week my hair gay let me put my playlist on and when their first single “Hurricane” came on. He stopped and ran to check my phone to see who was playing. There is something so intimate in their music it’s almost as though you’re having a private conversation with a friend confiding their innermost secrets to you. I can’t wait to hear more — I just hope it comes soon.
More Music Extras: I’m happy to bring you an exclusive premiere and free download(!!!) of Saucy Monky’s single, “Awkward”, from their upcoming EP Trophy Girl – out in October. I’ve already seen a rough cut of the music video and trust me when I say there is a lot to like in it. Check it out below:
Download “Turn It Around,” an infectious track from a band I’ve just heard about, Lucius. It combines dance rhythms with some rocking vocals and now I need to find their EP so I can keep the party going.
Here’s a pretty little tune from Feeding People entitled, “Island Universe,” and it’s exactly the vibe they give off with it.
It has taken me way too long to let you all know about out hip hop artist, Crookid. She has got the flow, the humor, the beats and I totally dig her style. Every time “Sexercise” comes up on my iTunes it puts a smile on my face.
Here’s a little power-gaze from Teen Daze ft. Frankie Rose. Did I just make up a new genre category? Maybe, but I stand by it.
That’s all for this week but make sure you check back here next week for more new music. In the meanwhile, feel free to follow me on Twitter, say hello on Facebook or send a care package filled with whiskey since everything here is so damn expensive.