It almost feels like a certain corner of the web exists solely to pass stuff like this around in. Anyway, yes, this is Arcade Fire covering Prince, and if my suspicion about our demographics is correct you will be pressing play now unless you have already done so elsewhere. [Via]
While we await the next credit bubble, and with it the circumstances that justify pursuit of my master’s thesis, "Metaphors of Technology in R&B," plz allow me to share some notes for the chapter "Prince//The Komputer."1.
Prince was an early adopter. He got down with l’ordinateur in the early 80s, and quickly established himself as a pioneer of romantic cybernetics. On this extended version of "Computer Blue," from 1983, we hear a Wendy (Lisa?) monologue around the 10 min. mark:
Narrow-minded computer, it’s time someone programmed you. It’s time you learned. Women are not butterflies, they’re computers too. Just like you, Computer Blue.
Chauvinistic computer, it’s time [...]
David Bowie, "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" (And How It Was Really The Eurythmics Who Created The World We Live In Today… And Everything Else You Could Fit Into A Superfluous Parenthetical)
There is a lot to talk about about the new David Bowie video. The first thing, I guess, is that it was directed by Floria Sigismondi, who made The Runaways movie two years ago and lots of other music videos set in, as she reportedly put it, "entropic underworlds inhabited by tortured souls and omnipotent beings." (Hooray!) It co-stars Tilda Swinton, who plays David Bowie's wife in the most masturbatory coupling we've seen since Mick Jagger married himself in the form of Bianca Peres Moreno de Macias in 1971.
Here is a nice black-and-white video for the song "Wichita" by the young rapper XV, who is from Wichita, Kansas. The song is good, though I wish XV had done a little more with the chorus. The star producer Just Blaze, who is most famous for his work with Jay-Z, constructed the beat for XV's song using samples of the classic pop standard "Wichita Lineman" as recorded by Johnny Harris and the Dells.
"Happy 53rd Birthday, Prince Rogers Nelson. You are definitely one of the world’s 'Favorite Blacks.' We know this not because of all the joy your music has brought your millions of fans. But because in 1985 you and your band, the Revolution, were presented the honor 'Favorite Black Album' at the American Music Awards (by Huey Lewis and Madonna, no less). The irony of this is that you didn’t even win that award for your raw-as-hell The Black Album (which didn’t come out till a few years later and scared all your pop fans who never heard Dirty Mind; we had to buy that shit on a bootleg cassette behind [...]
People Who Danced Onstage at Madison Square Garden on Saturday While Prince and Sheila E Played 'A Love Bizarre'
● ?uestlove ● Dr. Cornel West ● Naomi Campbell ● Tavis Smiley
"A few years back, Max Tundra spent a day recording a cover of Prince’s 'I Wanna Be Your Lover' entirely with hand-played keyboard parts and no samples. Since realizing that it isn’t available online anywhere, he posted a very silly 'phoned-in' video with all the charm of something you might come across on public-access TV at 2 AM." —Catch me on certain days and I will argue that Mastered By Guy At The Exchange is the greatest album from the the first decade of this century, and most of those days I will actually be quite serious. Anyway, this is pretty enjoyable.
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What is the last Prince song I heard that I liked as much as like this new one? Oh, right, "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," from way back in 1995, when he was sending special glyph icons to magazine art departments so he would not have to see his name in print. It's a rockabilly pop tune, in the vein of his early 80's stuff like "When You Were Mine," but looser and grungier, as if it was played by, umm, Everclear instead of, umm, the Cars. And the video takes its cues from his pal Cee-Lo. Not surprisingly, there is MYSTERY [...]
And here is Beyoncé covering Prince's "The Beautiful Ones" (and Kings of Leon's "Sex on Fire" (whatever)) this weekend. She's been doing this on tour for a bit (and covering Prince for a couple of years, and of course she performed "Purple Rain" with him in 2004) but this is the first really stellar recording of this; I would describe this as LIFE-CHANGING. Stop work, put your headphones on, etc. I do wish she hadn't switched the genders in the lyrics though. (via, previously)
Oh, excellent! The beloved golden-era rap duo Nice & Smooth have filmed a video for their 1989 classic, "No Delayin'," which samples Prince's "Starfish and Coffee," and Big Daddy Kane's "Ain't No Half Steppin'." Big Daddy shows up in the new clip. Prince, surprisingly, does not. No matter, though, this song is so great, there's no way it could ever be anything but right on time.
Man, what a storm! The howling wind woke me up at 5 o'clock this morning, and then I couldn't go back to sleep. So, maybe because I still had Merry Clayton's gale of a voice in mind, I made a list of songs that fit the scene. Nothing else to do today but watch the videos. Certainly, no one should go outside.
"Internet PR is about as useful to making a living as a â€˜Boycott Israelâ€™ twibbon is to a West Bank school under mortar fire"
"What Prince has figured out is that the proportion of effort/return on pushing the internet user to actually BUY music is not worth the resources it takes to do so. When 80 – 90% of your PR effort disappears into non-revenue online areas (piracy, Spotify), the PR needs to be 8-9 times as ubiquitous as in the pre-internet era to make the same gains. He's done the sums, and has figured out that even if he only stands to make a penny profit on each CD that goes out on the cover of various European newspapers, that it's worth more to him than a hundred million people retweeting a video [...]
54 Prince There exist 54 Goldilocks planets 54 planets not too hot 54 planets not too cold 54 planets where the living is juuuuuust right in that particular planetary zone
54 planets like Earth but not Earth Similar not the same 54 planets close but different Different except for Prince
Assless Pants Prince High-Heel Boots Prince Purple Rain Prince Paisley Park Prince I Would Die For You Prince Ejaculating Guitar Prince Jehovah’s Witness Prince Needs A New Hip Prince Wrote Slave On His Face Prince Took An Unpronounceable Symbol For His Name Prince Chka Chka Chka Ahh Prince
54 planets each with a Prince and every Prince exactly [...]
The most passionate purple people might already have seen this—it's been up on YouTube for more than a month, posted by the account of 3rdEyeGirl, who as best as any of us can tell are Hannah Ford Welton, Ida and Donna Grantis, the three women in Prince's new band. For the slightly less passionate—those of us who were just happy to watch our newly afro'ed hero slay the the audience at Jimmy Fallon's show Friday night ("Bambi!")—this recent live performance of Sign o' the Times' "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man," all slow and pared down and heavy, a style which this [...]
"Of course, not everyone has the purple blood to imitate His Royal Badness. The decision is left up to the judges. But remember: the clones can earn up to $25,000 per year on a part-time basis. Not a bad salary for donning a little eyeliner, some lacy frocks and gyrating like Elvis!" —As is their wont, the guys at Ego Trip have unearthed something wonderful for us.
This is about a month old, but today happens to be Friday so I am not gonna worry too much about issues of novelty. Anyway, here is Mr. Costello performing the Prince classic "Purple Rain." Enjoy! [Via]
Today's reason to hate myself: for missing Prince play "Crazy" with his opening act Cee-Lo at Madison Square Garden last night. God, that guitar! (This video will disappear soon too, because Prince, copyright, etc. Which is funny, since this isn't even his song!)