Sunday 21 January 2018

Music Mondays: Who is the male Adele?

Your insider catchup with what's going on in music this week.


Your insider catchup with what's going on in music this week.

Summer single of the week:

Jungle - 'Time'


They've already knocked it out of the park with their single 'Busy Earnin' but now with new single 'Time' it's two-for-two for summer grooves. The duo, known simply as J And T,  will release their debut album in July, ensuring their summer schedule will be full, and likely, that our ears will be happy.



Who's the male Adele latest


It was deduced, by some questionable soul last week upon viewing the performance of Hozier on Letterman that the Irishman is "the next Adele"... Please. Repent in the error of your ways dear child and cast your teary gaze upon the latest single, 'Leave Your Lover', from Sam Smith, the gospel-hued tear-streaked majestic pop of the mainstream in 2014. The new Adele and the new Boy George. Blub.


Indie songstress of the week:

Sharon Van Etten


In a poll asking American indie-rock luminaries who their favourite musician is, were one conducted, the name Sharon Van Etten would be near, if not top of the list. That's because in America, no one active songwriter, successfully transposes the heartbreak and raw emotion of a failed, and possibly mentally anguished relationship better, than Brooklyn-based Van Etten, as heard on her newest album Are We There."Break my legs so I can't walk to you / Cut My Tongue so I can't talk to you," she sings on 'Your Love Is Killing Me'. Stomach-churning, uncomfortably intimate yet artistically commendable.


Irish track of the week

Ships - 'Space Inside'


Maybe you missed this song when it was released online two months ago. That's OK, we won't get mad - we are all busy people. But do make some time for this stomping, gliding and strutting beast of a song it is the most fun electro-funk pop single from any band, never mind just an Irish of the year so far.


Surprise reunion of the week

Veruca Salt

The 90s alt-rock band got together their original lineup for their first gig in 18 YEARS on Conan O'Brien's show.




White Stripes relationship update


Jack White revealed to Rolling Stone last week that he almost never talks to Meg White, his former drumming compatriot.


“I don’t think anyone talks to Meg,” Jack said. “She’s always been a hermit. When we lived in Detroit, I’d have to drive over to her house if I wanted to talk to her, so now it’s almost never."


Yikes. White also revealed that he collaborated with Kanye during the making of Yeezus but he didn't think Kanye liked his tracks very much.


Answers To Forgotten Questions edition


What were Tupac's final words?


We've only just found out courtesy of Chris Carroll, who was the first officer to arrive at the scene of the shooting in 1996 told Vegas Seven last Thursday what the rapper's last words were:


"So I'm looking at Tupac, and he's trying to yell back at Suge, and I'm asking him, 'Who shot you? What happened? Who did it?' And he was just kind of ignoring me. He was making eye contact with me here and there, but he's trying to yell at Suge. And I kept asking over and over, 'Who did this? Who shot you?' And he basically kept ignoring me. And then I saw in his face, in his movements, all of a sudden in the snap of a finger, he changed. And he went from struggling to speak, being noncooperative, to an "I'm at peace" type of thing. Just like that. He went from fighting to "I can’t do it." And when he made that transition, he looked at me, and he's looking right in my eyes. And that's when I looked at him and said one more time, 'Who shot you?' He looked at me and he took a breath to get the words out, and he opened his mouth, and I thought I was actually going to get some cooperation. And then the words came out: 'F*ck you.'"


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