Racked LA and Popbitch posted this photo from an unfortunate person who works at the Warner Brothers Music building in Los Angeles. Surprisingly we can't think of anything to say that would be funnier than just staring at this picture.
Now seems a good a time as any to say that we've never really given a shit about Danity Kane
...but "Damaged", despite clearly being avoided by DN staffers for several months, has definitely grown on us. Be it the 20 Fingers-style vocal edits (and you can never really go wrong with 20 Fingers-style vocals edits), the drum pattern lifted pretty much without reserve from "Maneater" or the fact that the song is firmly setting back feminism by decades with the most RI-DI-CU-LOUS lyrics of the year ("Oh hello, Mr. Handsome and Strong Gentleman. Being a LADY, you see, I am incapable of joy or satisfaction without having one of you big, strapping gents around to poke my hoo-ha with your muscle-stick. Mind having a go while I writhe around in a dress inspired by my male stylists bedsheets etc etc") but we just danced around our bedrooms to it, three times. Of course, like all American girl group songs, the track catches the fast train to Snoozeville after about 2:30 minutes, the "My H-E-A-R-T is D-A-M-A-G-E-D" bringing the last lyrical LOL before some lame ass rapper lays down some boring spoken word bits (because you know, there has to be a dude on it for people to take it seriously) but the fact of the matter is "Damaged" catchy as hell, and did we mention the vocal edits? Amazing.
This is a picture of We Are Scientists' rather good new album, Brain Thrust Mastery that we took with our cell phone:
It look us a while to listen to it because, full disclosure, we kind of got it the first time around, the lead singer went completely grey, Chris shaved off his mustache and the hottest member of the band left--not the recipe for a brilliant "sophomore" release, we're sure you'll agree. So we were kind of like eh, A+ for effort but whatever, THAT IS UNTIL WE SAW THIS:
...which is the video for WAS' AMAZING new single "Chick Lit". It seems like WAS have taken some time off from being the Fall Out Boy of indie and have reinvented themselves as the Every Pop Band From The '80s Ever of indie. The concept behind Brain Thrust Mastery (i.e. young men playing pop music in a tropical setting for older ladies) isn't anything Heaven 17 or ABC haven't done before, but it's amusing and the songs are good so we give WAS 75% on this one.
We were going to Photoshop the members of Hot Chip's heads onto some Rolex watches for this post
...but quickly realized we couldn't be bothered. Instead, here is a fairly recent press shot featuring the majesty of Joe Goddard's ginger beard:
The faithful readers of this blog (all five of you) should know by now that we don't like Hot Chip: we fucking adore them. It's of our humble popinion (that was a typo but we are SO keeping it) that they are currently the Best Pop Band in the World, and we could go on and on and on about how happy it makes us that five not-so-easy-on-the-eyes laptop geeks from England that literally sound like '60s stop-motion cartoon Davey and Goliath can make dance music that tops the charts--it literally makes us believe, for the length of an album, that we're not all going to slowly die in a horrible post-apocalyptic wasteland due to global warming. There are people who don't like Hot Chip's new record Made In The Dark, and to those people we say: fuck you in the asshole.
Yesterday we came across Hot Chip doing a cover of Wiley's current amazing "crossover" (read: it was made by a black man but white people like it) hit "My Rolex" the band recorded for Jo Whiley's BBC Live Lounge program, and it is obviously the most brilliant thing we're ever heard in our entire lives, the best bit being at 2:37 when Joe starts going "Jo Whiley's a party girl and she knows it" which is exactly the so-uncool-it's-amazing attitude towards pop music and culture that make Hot Chip the best. We know the song has been out for ages (i.e. like a week, literally eons in Internet Time) but here/now it is if you missed it:
It kind of pains us to write this below that photo of Jordin looking all snappy and cute, but it must be said: her music is really bad. We're glad she won Idol and all, not that we watched that season because it was horrible, but good for her. But like all Idol winners post graduation (except for our dear beloved K. Clark), her debut album is the pits. Except for, of course, the interplanetary amazingness that is "No Air". Say it with us:
"No Air" is amazing.
"No Air" is amazing.
"NO AIR" IS AMAZING!
Now we have one more reason to rejoice: someone's finally done a remix that we might be able to play to other human beings without inciting a lynch mob (we DJ'd the original--and epicly amazing--"No Air" at one of our parties and the entire bar turned into one big stink eye. To quote the bartender: "I just threw up in my mouth a little.") Obviously this is not a testament to our impeccable taste in pop music but a problem with our society at large.
Anyway the remix is by Doug Grayson and is called the "Cruel Intentions" remix (LOL ETC):