BARBRA STREISAND

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWhtcU4-xAM[/youtube]

Obviously everyone bleated on about this last week. I’m late, and I don’t really care about the video. It’s the sleeve (and the song) that does it for me. But seriously, sleeve design of the year? of the decade? OF LIFE?

I can’t believe this is on AATW. That little Northern house label in Blackburn I once applied for work experience at. Amazing? Huge big ups to AATW for their continual growth.

Let’s thank the mighty Boney M for the hard work though, yeah? I’m not sure they had enough dry ice.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EjLWh2150I[/youtube]

EDIT: Actually, it seems we should actually be saying thank you to Nighttrain for 1973’s ‘Hallo Bimmelbahn’ instead. WHO KNEW?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcXiMQ0J2So[/youtube]

YADI

Yadi

In a world where Leona Lewis and Pixie Lott appear to be our biggest pop stars, it’s a joy to listen to someone who sounds quite menacing. Meet Hannah Yadi, or just YADI to give her her ‘stage name’. Touring with Marina and the Diamonds later this year, Yari is a 23 year singer who up until a couple of months ago was part of Annie Mac tipped duo (and very Jewishly named) Hella Cholla.

Here she was then sounding quite chirpy.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzZMKVUfOg4[/youtube]

And here’s her new solo sound on buzz track ‘Guillotine.’ Vocally she has an ice-queen confident swagger about her as she sings

“I don’t need blue blood running through my blood,
because like a queen I can make you say you love me.”

Couple this with a spooky, menacing drumbeat and an eerie piano line and I think you’ve got a hit that when produced up could sound massive.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY4cQPSn5M0[/youtube]

Yadi signed to Warner Bros at the end of August so expect her in 2011. In the meantime there’s more on her myspace.

Love and Other Drugs

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrYp1T2EqhM[/youtube]

I rarely talk about films here. There was once a time where I probably went through a couple of years without going to the cinema much. Then in the last year thanks to a combination of a housemate who works at the BFI and the excellent purchasing of a Cineworld Unlimited card I’ve been banging my way through old and new films non-stop.

Things I have learnt through recent cinema going include
(i) Everything at the BFI starts late. If you enter after a film has started, OAPs shout at you.
(ii) ‘The Town’ is very good
(iii) The Trocadero is even worse than you remember
(iv) ‘A Woman of No Importance’ is the most intense weepie ever. I cried so hard I nearly threw up.
(v) I can give very detailed reviews of every Cineworld in North London.

In forthcoming cinema news I’m looking forward to Gyllenhaal / Hathaway double-header ‘Love and Other Drugs’. It looks good or nauseating, depending on if you’re a girl or a boy.