The Killers Recording with Lou Reed
The Killers reveal a bit more about their collaboration with Lou Reed on the blog of their restricted-access fan web site. The group has been recording some material with the rock legend for their upcoming compilation disc of collected B-sides.
"(. . .) And was it mentioned we were in the studio with Mr. Lou Reed? Well, indeed, this was the case last week in New York City," the group writes. "We made a pit stop there to record a tune tentatively titled 'Tranquilize.' Also, while in the studio we laid down part of what is to be a new Christmas song called 'Don't Shoot Me Santa.' It was so much fun last year to do something in the spirit of the season that we have decided to make it a Killers tradition. Again, all the bread will be going to the RED Campaign. A video may also be creeping up in the near future."
In the meantime, the group is still touring and playing "Sam's Town" across the world. They have been traveling for over a year now, and their tour schedule looks downright ferocious to me. I wonder if they ever get tired of playing crowd-favorite "Mr. Brightside" again and again (or if they mind being known mostly for their new wave-ish, rhinestone-studded beginnings.) I just bought tickets to see the group perform in Athens later this month in the tiny 40Watts Club. Very excited to see them play again in a small venue like that.
On a related note, I heard The Doors "People Are Strange" play on the radio here in Amsterdam yesterday. I found it such a fitting song for The Killers to cover. I can totally hear Brandon singing those Jim Morisson lines, "People are strange when you're a stranger. Faces look ugly when you're alone."
Stream Seal "Amazing" (Kaskade Remix)
San Francisco's Kaskade is without question one of my favorite DJs right now. As a talented songwriter himself, he knows how to properly mix up a house beat with emotive vocals and a hooky melody to create an organic brew that is often as much pop as it is dance music.
After remixing Justin Timberlake's "LoveStoned" (get a guilt-free MP3 here), Kaskade has done another fine job with his remix of Seal's new single "Amazing."
He infused the original with a subtle house beat and put extra emphasis on the uplifting chorus with some glowing synth effects to create a very lush new version. I saw Kaskade play this remix in Atlanta last weekend and the crowd went nuts for it. (Thanks to Jordy for the heads up.)
Mark Ronson in GQ Magazine
Stylish hetero pup Mark Ronson is featured in the October issue of GQ Magazine. The talented DJ, producer and Donna Karan is pictured in photos reminiscent of vintage images of Alain Delon and Jean Paul Belmono, showing off a whole lotta cool, sass and class.
But looks can be deceiving he tells GQ's Will Welch that he spent that past five years feeling so uncool. "Years later," Welch writes, "Mark Ronson reclaimed his cool by never being at the right party and the right time."
Check out scans from his photo shoot and interview on his web site here.
Listen to Nightmare of You "I Don't Want To Dance Anymore"
I was immediately enamored by the music from Nightmare of You when I first heard their self-titled debut in 2005. The album was filled with synthy little gems and heartfelt songwriting that invoked memories of The Killers and most notably The Smiths and Morrissey.
The group released their debut record on their own Bevonshire label and licensed the music to Warner Brothers' East West Recordings for distribution in the United States. But earlier this year, Nightmare of You announced on their MySpace page that they had split with East West Recordings. "As of today, April 17, 2007, Nightmare Of You and our respective Bevonshire Label have left our old home at East West and are free to explore the best options for the future of the band. Our forthcoming album will NOT be affiliated with Sire Records nor will it suffer from the poor distribution our debut endured."
Lead track taken from their independently-released "Bang" is "I Don't Want To Dance Anymore." It is an energetic slice of dancey indie pop with melodic guitar riffs, Brandon Reilly's distinct vocals and his witty, self-deprecating lyrics.
Get "I Don't Wanna Dance Anymore" as a guilt-free MP3 download on AOL.
Stream New Annie Lennox Album
I'm about to get on a plane to fly to Europe for a little bit of work and a little bit of leisure.
If things go as planned, I will be speaking next week in London with two artists: a platinum-selling diva and an emerging electro-pop artist. Much more about that very soon. I can't wait to share all the details with you. It is very exciting.
Posting will resume as usual tomorrow from Amsterdam.