Happy birthday to the last genius of the 20th Century. 50 seems weirdly young to me, but good for him either way,
Yep, it's exactly what the headline says: a cover of the Cars classic apparently shot at this weekend's Reading Festival. Big thumbs up from this corner. [Via]
A reunited Pulp spent the winter holidays playing shows on a cruise ship called the S.S. Coachella (uhh …) but also got together with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy to record this perfect disco-hopping/shopping track called "After You." And here it is, in all its cheesy-synth-hook droll Jarvis Cocker glory.
Released on Boxing Day, but apparently not yet for sale, the song is the first new thing released by Pulp in a decade. Also, on the cruise ship, Jarvis did Power Point presentations on the songwriting process and James Murphy led a wine-tasting class.
The ever-dapper Jarvis Cocker has put together a free album of field recordings from National Trust sites around the UK, with the captured sounds including wind whooshing through a clock tower in Norwich and stairs creaking in Kent. Also it will apparently help you concentrate! Which is a tall order in these overstimulated times, but if there's one man I trust to craft something to hold my attention, it's Jarvis. [Via]
"I think basically becoming famous has taken the place of going to heaven in modern society, hasn't it? That's the place where your dreams will come true. It's an act of faith now; they think that's going to sort things out." —Jarvis Cocker, correct as usual.