Scissor Sisters Tidbits

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It looks like Ana Matronic is trying to live in cartoon motion, skillfully balancing that Miffy looking doll. Scissor Sisters has been everywhere lately, performing shows in Asia, North America and Europe. Time to get you up to speed with all that's hot and happening in the amazing world of Scissor Sisters. A brief run-down of current news items:

Arjanwrites_bullet_small  Scissor Sisters filmed the video for their upcoming new single "Kiss You Off" in London this week. I'm glad Ana is getting her time in the spotlight for this one. The video was directed by Robert Hales (Gnarls Barkley, Nine Inch Nails) and styled by Zaldy. Some exclusive photos from the set coming to you next week.

Arjanwrites_bullet_small  Jake Shears sings "R.E.S.P.E.C.T." on the online Pancake Mountain Show. I'm not familiar with this internet program, but it looks like Jake and Paddy are being interviewed by a sheep puppet. Nothing like Triumph, the insult comic dog, but still entertaining to watch.

Arjanwrites_bullet_small  Head over to YouTube to watch unique behind-the-scenes footage that was shot during the filming of "She's My Man." It shows how the unique Kuroko concept came about and created one of the best Scissor Sisters videos to date.

Arjanwrites_bullet_small  Jake is working on a few songs with Kylie Minogue for her upcoming new album. One of the tracks he wrote is "White Diamond" that the pop princess already showcased during her recent shows.

Arjanwrites_bullet_small  Hayseed Dixie did a totally fun cover of "I Don't Feel Like Dancing." Watch it here.

Arjanwrites_bullet_small That photo of Ana Matronic on top was shot during the group's recent Japanese tour.

April 4, 2007 in GLBT Artists, Heads Up, Rare & Exclusive, Scissor Sisters | Permalink | Comments (1)

Exclusive: Fiscerspooner Recording New Album

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Thank god that there is life after Ibiza. After a successful concert series on the sexy island of Ibiza in 2005, several side projects and a hot gig here and there, Fischerspooner is back in the studio recording their third album. This will be the follow up follow-up to the excellent (and often misunderstood) "Odyssey" CD.

Casey Spooner and Warren Fischer are working with multi-instrumentalist Ian Pai in their Brooklyn studio. Pai brings a unique perspective to this new Fischerspooner project. He was the original drummer and one of the co-creators of Blue Man Group who first got involved with the duo as the Music Director for their live shows.

"Everything we've been working on sounds really fresh and different from all the other things that are out there right now," Pai tells Arjanwrites.com. "It's been fun to take a song like 'Unrealistic' and work it out a bit in front of a live audience. There's a long way to go and many things will change in the process but the point is to continue making art and challenging ourselves along the way."

Spooner has also been traveling with the Wooster Group playing Laertes in their production of Hamlet. The theatre group has performed in Barcelona, Paris and is currently in Berlin. "I have been boucing between Hamlet and writing the record," Spooner tells me. "[It is] my art school dream come to be working with this company. It is really challenging work and very inspiring." Spooner will be performing with the Wooster Group in New York starting in March.

Arjanwrites.com will keep you posted on new Fischerspooner album details as they unfold. So stay tuned! Also check their MySpace page and Flickr photo page. (Great shot with Courtney Love and Michel Stipe there.)

In related Fischerspooner news, the African Well Fund is currently auctioning off a laced Casey Spooner designed waterbottle. All proceeds will go to the very worthy African Well Fund charity.  If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind holiday gift, bid on this one now. (Photo courtesy of Casey Spooner, 2006)

November 16, 2006 in Rare & Exclusive | Permalink | Comments (3)

Christina Aguilera "Ain't No Other Man" (Pedro London Peak Time Mix)

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Check out this totally rare and anonymous remix of "Ain't No Other Man" by a group that is supposedly called Ain't No Other Man as well. This very secretive 12" vinyl is put out on an unknown label according to Juno. After listenting to the two samples it is pretty obvious it is a mix of Christina Aguilera's original.

September 18, 2006 in Rare & Exclusive | Permalink | Comments (3)

NEW: Nelly Furtado Press Photos for "Loose"

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I'm working on an exciting new project that involves Nelly Furtado and her upcoming new album "Loose." I can't reveal any details at this time, but you'll be the first to know as soon as I can write more. Check out these amazing new press photos of Nelly that are taken to promote the release of the record. These photos are hot, hot, hot off the presses. In fact, the publication of these photos is pretty much a world exclusive so I decided to give this blog a little credit and put a watermark on them. I posted full-size photography on Flickr.

Nelly Furtado is staging a huge comeback on May 23 when she is scheduled to release "Loose." The album is currently mixed and mastered in the studio. All ten tracks on the record are produced by hip hop prodigy Timbaland who adds a throbbing bass line and a heavy dose of street cred to Nelly's sound. The first single off the album is titled "Promiscuous" and will be put out in combination with the club track "No Hay Igual." Rumors first indicated that the song "Maneater" would be selected as a single.  I was blown away by the track when I first heard it on European radio.  It is fresh and melodic, and presents a whole new side of the spunky Canadian singer.

Compared to her peers, Nelly has dared to reinvent herself with a completely new sound that is still distinctively hers. Whereas Pink comes with the same spiel and Paris' debut CD will likely be overshadowed by her public persona, Nelly is destined to be this year's big surprise in my opinion.

February 17, 2006 in Rare & Exclusive | Permalink | Comments (9)

Exclusive Madonna New Single Details

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(Exclusive) A source very close to the new Madonna album has whispered to Arjan Writes that the track "Sorry" will be the second single to be taken from "Confessions On A Dancefloor."  This song is scheduled to be delivered to radio right before the December holiday season as soon as "Hung Up" will have lost some of its thunder (and we just got started). We'll be feeding you more exclusive Madonna details as soon as they emerge. Take a deep breath. This hype is not going to slow down any time soon.

October 19, 2005 in Rare & Exclusive | Permalink | Comments (15)