The Friday Punch


Arjanwrites_bullet_small  I heard what will be on the cover of The Advocate's annual music issue. It is not a particular person, but a national "phenomenon." Wanna guess again? Think Sanjaya.

Arjanwrites_bullet_small  Dangerous Muse is now finally signed to Sire and plans to release their full-length disc late summer. A "Give Me Danger" remix EP is slated for May. It's taking too long, guys. Better make it worth the wait.

Arjanwrites_bullet_small  Apollo Zero made a video mash up of Madonna and Depeche Mode. Reach out and touch it.

Arjanwrites_bullet_small  I had never heard of the term "gemo" before until I received a press release yesterday. "Gemo" is a combination of "gay and "emo." Not in a Pete Wentz kind of way, but in a Logan Lynn kind of way. His new video "Burning Your Glory" video will start airing on LOGO this weekend. It's good. It's different.

Arjanwrites_bullet_small  Royksopp is releasing a DJ mix album later this month. Study the cover and try to figure it out.

Arjanwrites_bullet_small  Check out this new video of SoftLightes. It will brighten your day. Get a guilt-free MP3 of "Heart Made Of Sound" here. Perfect stuff for fans of The Shins and The Postal Service.

Arjanwrites_bullet_small  Read this and then read this. Who's spinning?

Arjanwrites_bullet_small  This is a cute bag. Just in time for your outdoor Easter egg hunt.

Arjanwrites_bullet_small  Something is crawling out of your PowerBook... Watch that sexed up new Ultra Naté video here.

Arjanwrites_bullet_small  Listening this weekend to new albums by Temposhark, Siobhan Donaghy, MOTOR and Erasure.  Also, preparing interviews with Tracey Thorn and The Cliks.

Stream New Attic Single


Eurovision fever is building! The annual European song contest will be held this May 12 in Helsinki, Finland after that country won the contest last year. My friends of The Attic, one of my favorite Swedish pop bands, competed to represent Sweden in the national finals. However, their song “The Arrival” did not make the cut and was voted out early in the preliminary rounds. The catchy track will surely be a pop hit across the continent. The final winner to represent Sweden will be chosen on March 10.

If you're into Eurovision tunes, make sure to also check two other entries. Denmark is sending in the very gimmicky "Drama Queen" and The Netherlands' Edsilia Rombley sings' "Nooit Meer Zonder Jou." in her native tongue, which adds a nice international flavor to the show,

Watch The Attic "The Arrival [YouTube]

Kris Menace Remixes LCD Soundsystem "North American Scum"


Kris Menace is one of my favorite electro house DJs. He recently produced amazing remixes for Robbie Williams ("She's Madonna"), Bodyrox ("Yeah, Yeah") and Tracey Thorn ("It's All True"). One of his latest concoctions is a dub for LCD Soundsystem's new indie pop tune "North American Scum. Menace's version is a mind-altering slice of electro house with its soaring synths and pulsating rhythms.

Menace shot to fame with his house classic "Discopolis" that he produced together with Lifelike. He founded his own label Compuphonic to release his very own music "with influences from his adolescence to breathe a bit of new life into dance music," the DJ writes on his web site. Currently, he is touring with French electro champ Alan Braxe and preparing the release of his debut album later this year.

LCD Soundsystem is the brainchild of James Murphy who you might also know as one half of the popular DFA production team. DFA has remixed and recorded with artists like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Gorillaz and Nince Inch Nails). "North American Scum" is taken from LCD Soundsystem's upcoming new album "Sound Of Silver" (out in March) that "further expands LCD's sonic palette, taking its experimental impulses to wild new places," according to a press release. Check out the lo-fi video for "North American Scum" that is a bit silly but clever and amusing at moments. (Click here to purchase Kris Menace's remix of "North American Scum" on iTunes.)

Watch LCD Soundsystem "North American Scum" (orginal)
Preview LCD Soundsystem "North American Scum" (Kris Menace RMX) [iTunes]

Stream Pleasure "Out Of Love"


Pleasure is the catchy electro-synth-disco project of Norwegian producer Fred Ball. He moved to London in the late nineties where he worked on his first album that he named "Pleasure" as well. The record became popular in different parts of Europe mainly because of the eclectic group of artists that contributed their vocals, including Justine Frischmann and Cerys Matthew.

Over the past year, Ball has been working with Suede's lead singer Brett Anderson on his solo debut. But in the meantime, he has found time to finish a second Pleasure record that he appropriately titled "Pleasure 2." The disc was released by Electric Silk/EMI Sweden earlier this month.

Anderson is also featured on the album. He sings lead vocals on the trippy "Back To You" that reminds me of David Bowie for some reason.

My favorite track on the album is the single "Out Of Love." The song simply follows the Pleasure principle of layering a simple electro arrangement, kicky rhythm guitar and sugary sweet vocals that lead from a subtle verse to a glorious chorus. Ball even threw in some cow bells at the end. (Click here to download Pleasure's new album and "Out Of Love" on 7Digital in WMA format.)

Listen to Pleasure "Out Of Love"
Watch Pleasure "Back To You" (ft. Brett Anderson)

Guilty Pleasure: LAX "Forget You"


Mix up bits of Sugababes, the Pussycat Dolls and JoJo and what you get is new American girlgroup LAX. The trio was recently signed to Blackground Records, the label that also released JoJo and Aaliyah. LAX are Southern California-based Brianna, Cristina and Jamie who got their start early as kids on local talent competitions. They started working with songwriter/producer Alex Cantrall (JoJo, Fantasia) who prepared the girls for a meeting with Blackground's Vincent Herbert who immediately saw potential in LAX after the global success of JoJo's "Too Little Too Late" that features a comparable sound. "Forget You" is an accomplished slice of sugary, throw-away pop that could easily become one of your biggest guilty pleasures this spring.

Listen to LAX "Forget You" [Real]
Watch LAX  "Forget You" [Quicktime]