"Love's a fucking bitch/Do I really need another habit like you?" coos Karen O over creaky acoustic guitar in this first glimpse at her upcoming debut solo album. 'Rapt', along with the rest of 'Crush Songs' was written way back in 2006, a time when life, not just romance, was proving a "fucking bitch" for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman. Following a failed tryst with film maker Spike Jonze (“I wasn’t sure I’d ever fall in love again," she later explained), the New Yorker was also facing up the prospect of loneliness in other areas of her life: "I really contemplated quitting.
It's exactly one month to the day since Lana Del Rey played a short afternoon slot on the main Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury - and I'm still reeling from her performance. You know when you're not sold on an artist and then in one moment - it might be a mind-blowing gig, track or interview - you have a complete volte-face, the doubts dissolve and they become one of your favourites? It's a pretty rare experience. Lana at Glastonbury wasn't just my highlight of the festival. NME writers who were there - bar one - came back to our bus raving, zealously converted.
In the week he was due to play in London and headline Womad, XL Records boss Richard Russell remembers soul star Bobby Womack, who died on June 27 aged 70 My initial experiences with Bobby were as a fan. In the ’80s I used to listen to a DJ on Radio London called Robbie Vincent, who had a soul show. That was the first place I heard Bobby. His career had multiple phases. There was the ’70s phase, songs such as ‘Across 110th Street’, but he was also a big name in the ’80s. I got to know him through his big records at the time, which were ‘The Poet’ and ‘The Poet II’.
I, like billions of other people on this planet, love Beyoncé. I think her music is wonderful, her persona is brilliant, her work ethic is beyond, and I respect the shit out of her dedication to feminism. Which is why I’m so disappointed that she’s involved in 50 Shades of Grey. Now look, I know we’ve all got to get paid. I know that Beyoncé’s also got to get paid, and I know Beyoncé wouldn’t be Beyoncé if she didn’t align herself with high-profile brands or films or whomever else she chooses to work with. Beyoncé is a businesswoman.
The Commonwealth Games began on Wednesday (July 24) in Glasgow with an opening ceremony that seemed like it had been bought in a rush at a Falkirk petrol station. Dancing Tunnock Teacakes! A twee version of ‘500 Miles’! Tartan everywhere! Rod Stewart pranced about for a bit looking like the offspring of a parrot and a garden broom. Susan Boyle was there. John Barrowman’s singing was probably the most offensive Celtic Park had ever heard and the whole thing was a patriotism fest saccharine enough to make even First Minister Alex Salmond vote no in September.