Martini Music – this week’s easy listening

May 2, 2009

A very quick post, just to suggest Nouvelle Vague again. Nouvelle Vague is Marc Collin and Oliver Libaux and a whole bunch of collaborators from around the world.

Just picked up the first Nouvelle Vague release – remixed favourites with a groovy bossa nova beat.

The tracklist on this CD is another selection of 80s hits from Depeche Mode, The Clash, Jello Biafra, XTC, The Specials and many more. I’m taken with these guys. They have a smooth sensibility and a sense of fun. In this clip they’re covering Joy Division’s Love will tear us apart.

You can’t really take them too seriously, but they are clever. Remaking some punk and new wave/new romantic music that both showcases the richness of the original and the timelessness of a good beat, great rhythm and a nice vocal attack.

Also, for Mother’s Day: Leonard Cohen live. Old master Leonard Cohen did a world tour in 2008/2009 after nearly two decades of not travelling. Cohen and his band were fantastic. I was lucky enough to see them in Auckland.

I took my 76 year-old mother and she loved it. I found out accidentally she was a Leonard Cohen fan and the concert even converted my father, who claims that there’s been no good music recorded since Shirley Bassey.

He was tapping his feet and at the end admitted he was impressed.

This release is from the July 2008 London concert and the playlist is pretty much what he did in Auckland too. The arrangements are wonderful and the musicians absolutely top class.

There’s an official DVD release too, but I prefer the crowd-sourced stuff from YouTube. It’s raw, but you also get a sense of the power of Leonard Cohen. He’s the same age as my dad, but can sing a whole lot better (no offence pop, if you read this).

In case you’re curious, Ethical Martini buys his music from Record Time in Orakei. The people in the store know music and they’re incredibly helpful. They will find stuff for you and it’s a pleasure talking to them, plus they have a loyalty card system. I just cashed in $30 so didn’t have to pay much for this week’s purchases.

Martini Music – a party-time playlist

February 1, 2009
Amy Winehouse drug-free? Hollywood Gossip

A drug free Amy Winehouse - Hollywood Gossip

Update 23 October (over the dateline)

A drug-free Amy Winehouse? I’d love to see that.

But here in Aotearoa we have a saying that is captured on billboards advertising Tui beer:

A drug-free Amy Winehouse: “Yeah right!”

So it’s not surprising she went crazy at the Q Music awards yesterday. [26 Oct update]

Still, her dad Mitch says she hasn’t taken drugs for a year. Do you believe him?

Hollywood Gossip thinks otherwise, though it seems her boob job went well.

I”ve been meaning for sometime to write a note about Martini Music. In particular I wanted to mention Amy Winehouse.

Yes, I know she’s a walking disaster zone, but her musical talent is all too obvious. I really hope she doesn’t kill herself with whatever grizzly cocktail of drugs and fucked-upedness floats her boat. There’s a lot more Martini music here too, just skip the updates if you’re not an Amy fan.

Update 10 October 2009:

I have no idea if Amy’s had a boob-job and frankly I don’t care. I think it’s great that she turned up on Strictly Come Dancing to support her 13-year-old God-daughter. Maybe, just maybe, Amy’s making a recovery. She was reportedly straight back into rehab after the performance, but her 3rd album is due to drop sometime next year.

Personally I don’t think these recent photos show anything except that Amy’s looking better than she has in a long time, but then again, I’m not sure I’d know the difference between a 32B and a 32D anyway. If you look at earlier photos, she’s not that different.

Photo: Gossip Center

Photo: Gossip Center

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