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More Gwen Stefani Harajuku Girls


I wrote earlier about how Gwen Stefani's music and L.A.M.B. fashion is inspired by the style of Harajuku girls in Tokyo's vibrant Harajuku district. I found a great Flickr photostream by CherryVega with some great images of real-life Harajuku girls.

On "Harjuku Girls" (produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis) Stefani sings,  "In a pedestrian paradise. Where the catwalk got its claws. A subculture in a kaleidoscope of fashion.  Prowl the streets of Harajuku (. . .) Putting on a show , when you dress up in your clothes, wild hair color and cell phones, your accessories are dead on. Harajuku girls you got the wicked style. I like the way that you are. I am your biggest fan." (Click here to purchase Gwen Stefani's "Love Angel Music Baby" at Amazon.)

January 27, 2005 in Music & Art | Permalink | Comments (139)

Watch Daft Punk's New Single


Marketing ploy or timely camera work by an amateur? Check out the new single "Robot Rock" by Daft Punk that was videotaped in a French nightclub. It is a bit bizarre, but I suspect the band has put this out on the web to create some early buzz for the album. I guess it is working. The single is taken from the duo's forthcoming album "Human After All" that will hit stores in March. (via D-Sign)

Arjanwrites_video  Watch (and listen) to "Robot Rock" by Daft Punk [MPG]

January 26, 2005 in Rare & Exclusive | Permalink | Comments (16)

New Apple Commercial Features Caesars

Sweden's Caesars

In a time of dwindling record sales, licensing music for commercial use is still a very profitable business for record labels. Astralwerks is  boasting Apple's announcement to license the track "Jerk It out" from Caesars for their new iPod Shuffle commercial. A nice career booster for the power pop foursome from Sweden. We all know what happened to Jet after they appeared in an iPod commercial.

The quirky "Jerk It Out" is a potent slice of infectious '60 era garage rock with contemporary pop grooves that garnered Caesars countless fans and two Gold Records back in Sweden. The song is taken from their album "39 Minutes of Bliss (In An Otherwise Meaningless World)". The band is planning to release a new album this Spring.

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January 26, 2005 in Music & Lifestyle | Permalink | Comments (0)

Cherry DJs Announced

Joe Gauthreaux

Cherry, Washington DC's annual circuit fest and charity party, has announced the line-up of DJs for this year's event. DJs Joe Gauthreaux, Alex Cohen, Alyson Calagna, De León and Abel will be traveling to the capital to play. Cherry will be held May 6-8. For more information, please visit the Cherry web site.

Let's hope the party will perform better than last year's event. In 2004, the party had a record turnout but raised 70% less for local gay-related charities (via Washington Blade).

January 25, 2005 in Dance | Permalink | Comments (0)

Erasure's Celebrity Playlist

Check out Erasure's celebrity playlist on iTunes today. It comes as no surprise that the boys pick some electronica classics by Kraftwerk and Air. Other picks include faded gay icon Donna Summer with "Theme From The Deep" ("Born-again Christian tart with a heart") and T.Rex' "Bang A Gong" ("Makes me randy"). The duo even included "Crashed The Wedding" by defunct British boy band Busted ("I'm devastated").  Today also marks the release of Erasure's "Nightbird," the band's first studio album in seven years.

Arjanwrites_video  Watch Erasure's "Breathe" [Real] [Windows Media]

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January 25, 2005 in Music News | Permalink | Comments (1)