This might make me kinda lame, but I’d put the new X-men movie near, if not at, the top of my most anticipated films of the year list. This trailer is the best yet, with some clearer plot hints, a better look at the extensive cast (trailer 2 was basically the J-Law show) and some crazy cool looking action pieces. My expectations are sky high, and I’m hoping Bryan Singer and co. will deliver.
An Album and a Song is a series where I pick a favorite album and song from a year (working up from 1960) for your listening pleasure. One rule: The year’s album and song can not both come from the same artist.
Strangely enough, the Abbey Road got mixed reviews on it’s initial release, but retrospectively it’s rightfully considered The Beatles' last and perhaps greatest masterpiece. The album contains some of the finest songwriting of the band's careers whether it was Lennon's “Come Together”, Harrison’s “Something" (his greatest Beatles contribution), or McCartney’s masterful Side 2 medley, which sees the most legendary band of all time going out in the most grand fashion possible.
Michael Jackson obviously had an incredible, groundbreaking solo career but if singing lead on the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" was his only achievement, he’d still be a legend in my book. The song has one of the most infectious melodies in pop music history and a vocal performance from MJ that’s pure exuberance.
I’ll be seeing tUnE-yArDs twice in the upcoming months (opening for Arcade Fire + Pitchfork Festival) and having experienced her marvelous live show once before I’m quite elated. Adding to the excitement level is her latest track “Wait For A Minute”, which proves she can do straightforward R&B/pop just as well as afrobeat freak-folk jams.
Nikki Nack is out 5/6 on 4AD