I admitted to my TV addict ways long ago on this blog , but I think when you start pirating TV from other countries you reallllllllly might have a problem – which is currently my dilemma. Made in Chelsea is a scripted reality show made famous across the pond and recently picked up by the Style Network over in the good ole’ USA . Similarly to the Hills, MIC is about posh(rich) young Brits who jet set, sleep around and always are up for a good garden game/barn dance and simply put – it’s perfection. The production quality is TOP NOTCH (they just won a BAFTA) and the music is equally as enjoyable. I recently watched all of season 5 on YouTube and I found some tunes that I LOVE and had me dancing while washing my dishes, which is really where I set the bar for all dance-y tunes.
This particular track, Playin with My Friends from Masters In France, featured on thew below IKEA commercial, note the huge stuffed bear…you’re welcome Miley, has a classic combo of infectious beats and understated kitschy lyrics. I love it and I think you will too.
My first time, swoon, with the Dirty Projectors was actually in a boutique that I frequent here in town (I heart Beehive). Stillness is the Move exploded through the racks of knit tops and maxi dresses and I was instantly hooked. The Dirty Projectors sound was totally foreign to me but utterly enthralling. I have to say I was a little disappointed that the rest of their album, Bitte Orca, was slightly awkward (despite the radness that exploded on Stillness is the Move) but that folks is sometimes just how the cookie crumbles.
That being said, the new effort from the Dirty Projectors, Swing Lo Magellan, is new territory. It’s clear to me that the DP’s focused more acutely on the song writing and less on just being weird and quirky. I would say this new album has 6-7 solid tracks and several that I have listened to multiple times in one sitting. Gun Has No Trigger is the most recent single released off the album, this song is two parts melancholy, one parts chorus and three parts David Longstreth. The track’s simple arrangement remains interesting and dynamic for all 3 minutes and 24 seconds. I hate when I find myself going on and on about a song, so let’s just call a spade a spade and a sick track a sick track. Take a listen and please post and let me know what you think.
I would also highly recommend listening to Knotty Pine a DP collaboration with David Byrne. Enough Said.