CHRISTIAN TV

No, I’ve not discovered Jesus.

Blokey electropop is all the rage at the moment. In the UK, there’s Professor Green, Example and now Ed Drewett emerging looking like Mr Hudson and sounding like Just Jack on the poppy, but pretty average Champagne Lemonade via Virgin Records. Over on Mercury, Christian TV is heading over from early hype in the states with the 3oh!3esque ‘When She Turns 18’. Here’s the Lolita style video. He might as well just be shouting “Hello ladies. I have a cock and I’m not afraid to use it on you!” He’s got another, actually pretty awesome (if you avoid the porny video) low swung sexy number, called ‘Let’s Just Fuck’. What a charmer.

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‘When She Turns 18’ will be Christian’s first UK single and he’s over playing shows including one at the ICA on October 27th.

THE TEMPEST

At A-Level I studied The Tempest and Othello as our Shakespeare works. I found Othello dark and bewitching, and probably as a teenager, more exciting with its ideas of deception, torment and revenge. How emo. On the otherhand The Tempest felt wet and dull. In fact so much so that I barely remember anything about it. The trailer then, for the new film interpretation out in December is something of a revelation as it looks completely extreme and mental. I never thought I’d be excited by The Tempest, but this adaption (starring Helen Mirren as Sir Ian McKellen and Russell Brand as Russell Brand) looks wild and feels very Baz Luhrmann does Romeo and Juliet. Bring it.

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(SOSSERY!)

HOME SWEET HOME

My housemate has made me a bit obsessed with The Barbican (and UNESCO world heritage sites, and Stone Circles, and classic movies etc etc). The awesome Retro To Go often link to a specialist estate agent who look after ‘houses of special design’ and they’ve just posted a new offering at the Barbican itself. The flat brilliantly goes over three floors meaning if you really wanted you could pretty much avoid each other quite well apart from in the common space.

If anyone would like to buy it me for a gift, please leave your details in the comments. Many thanks.

FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER

The Jewish side of my family is tiny – there’s only really me and my grandad (although I did excitingly meet some cousins for the first time on Friday) so I’ve actually never experienced a Friday Night Dinner. I think I went to one or two at JSoc at Warwick, but they were a bit weird. Still I’m really looking forward to this new sitcom from Robert Popper airing on Channel 4 early next year. Greig! Bird! Rosenthal!!

Friday Night Dinner is all about a family – the Goodman family – starring Tamsin Greig (Green Wing, Black Books), Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners), Paul Ritter (Norman Conquests, Puling) and Tom Rosenthal.

Each episode takes place over the course of a Friday night, as twenty-something brothers Adam (Simon Bird) and Jonny (Tom Rosenthal) go round to their parent’s house for Friday night dinner.

Many Jewish families – who aren’t even remotely religious – have dinner together on Friday nights. It’s a time for food, family and general bickering. This is Friday night dinner. Sometimes candles are lit. Think Sunday lunch. Then take two days away, and move up one in the meal scale, and that’s the setting.

I WANT THE WORLD TO STOP

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This cute disco track almost makes the fact that I am going to Bowlie 2 and missing one of the greatest weekends ever in London acceptable.

The greatest weekend includes at least:

  • The Human League at Royal Festival Hall
  • Paloma Faith doing something mad at the Barbican
  • Boring 10
  • THE X FACTOR FINAL

Anyone near Weston Super Mare with a TV better watch out.

LET’S GET LOUD

Tonight I went along to the playback party for Rihanna’s new album LOUD at swanky, slightly out of date, London restaurant Sketch. It’s a dramatic turn from the moody, darkness of Rated R putting Ri-Ri firmly back on the dancefloor. Most excitingly, Rihanna herself was there introducing each of the five songs we heard and thanking us for coming to listen to her ‘silly music’. We had to check our phones so immediate tweeting was out and some of the names of tracks are possibly wrong Or I’m correct and the rest of pop blogosphere is wrong, obv.

We heard:

1. Only Girl in the World: single 1 and we’ve already got a dance routine which I attempted to shake my way through at the back of the room. Rihanna said that she felt the vocals in this song really pushed her and in order to get it right she waited until she had a 3 day rest in her schedule so she could rest her voice and bang it out.

2. What’s My Name: single 2 will appear on the album with a featuring credit from Drake but we heard the solo track tonight. Lots of mentions of ‘Hey boy… I need a boy…’ etc with some banging, banging steel drumming.

3. S&M: We’ve already seen Rihanna wrapped in chains so for this song she told us to expect a video that didn’t suit the lyrics and called the song itself sassy, in your face and baddass. It’s also the song that most represents being LOUD! It opens with lots of shouts of ‘NA NA COME ON’, ‘NA NA COME ON’ and goes on with lyrics like ‘There’s sex in the air… I may be bad but I’m perfectly good’ and the excellent ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but whips and chains excite me.’ It’s a massive dancefloor banger with huge, huge beats that would remind you most of Please Don’t Stop The Music.

4. (Drink to that) Cheers: ‘For all the semi-alcoholics in the world’ was how Rihanna introduced this heavy, grinding track that felt like it had a bit more of a mission that then other very party tracks. Slinky and dramatic it samples Avril Lavigne’s ‘I’m With You’

5. California Kingdom: This could be called California King Bed instead. This was the guitary ballad of the night and seemed nice enough but was certainly no ‘Take A Bow’ lyrically. It did however sounds like NeYo might have a hand in it somewhere.

Other things we learnt include

  • Rihanna likes to drink Jameson and ginger, have wine with meals and ‘hit the liquor’ if a club is playing bad music.
  • Her success completely change the way radio worked back in Barbados. Previously it was either very ballad, or very hip hop / reggae / rnb but now the island has been introduced to top 40 music and opened up many different channels.
  • She stated her annoyance with an album that you have to skip tracks or pick favourites out of. The plan for ‘Loud’ is that it makes you want to ‘press play’. Tell us about it love.
  • The album also contains a collab with Nicki Minaj. Everyone else seems to think it’s called ‘Raining Men’. I however heard ‘Uranium Man’. I think we know which would be better.

THE PIERCES

A few years ago sister duo The Pierces released their third album ‘Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge.’ It was cold, chilly and full of murderous intentions. Unfortunately only about 7 other people seemed to have heard it when I saw them perform a dingy little gig at the 12 Bar in London back in 2007.

Since then they appeared on Gossip Girl, and ‘Secret’ is currently being used in the (awful) title sequence to trashy, yet amazing spooky US teen drama ‘Pretty Little Liars’. Most inexplicably though, they’ve been signed to Polydor in the UK. I mean I love them, but it seems totally random. They’re in the UK at the moment and play London on 12th October, before heading up to In The City and then returning in December to support Lissie in what will be an extremely all American, Fleetwood Mac, sounding show. I reviewed them last time for hit40uk but my review has vanished offline with the show. As far as I can remember, we spent the whole show on edge unsure if they were about to snog or stab each other. Well worth an evening out.

Here’s the video for ‘Love You More’, produced by Guy from Coldplay (the hot one) which comes out as part of an EP on October 25.

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RUBY GOE

This is Miss Ruby Goe. It is fair to say she is quite fierce.

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When I first heard of Ruby I thought she was a cutsy pop star working with Xenomania pumping out FRANK style ditties. That would be AWESOME and must be at least in some part true unless “Built This House” has been ditched.

Whether it has or not though, her debut single ‘Beat Breaking Boy’ lifts Ruby straight into a whole new ballpark entirely and will have specialist radio wetting themselves. Those wobbly glitchy basslines are big enough already but imagine a huge drop on a remix in a club! Blow the speakers off overload.

A huge, very exciting new British talent.