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November 18, 2020

Happy Birthday Amanda Lear! xM

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Olivia Wood Episode 197: Billie Eilish

“Everything I Wanted”

 

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Billie Eilish started releasing music when she was 14 years old. Her debut album came out last year, when she was 17. It debuted at Number 1 on Billboard, went triple platinum, and won her five Grammys. Billie made that record with her brother and creative partner, producer and artist Finneas O’Connell, in their parents’ house in Highland Park, Los Angeles.

While working on that album, they also started writing this song, “Everything I Wanted,” which came out as a single in November 2019. It was Billie’s second top ten hit, and it went double platinum, too. In this episode, you’ll hear some of the original voice memos Billie and Finneas made while writing, and the two of them explain why the song was almost never finished.

You can buy or stream “Everything I Wanted” here.


Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

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Henry Bruce-Jones Yves Tumor is embroiled in a surreal love triangle in ‘Kerosene!’

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Sam Richards The Weather Station announce new album, Ignorance

Tamara Lindeman AKA The Weather Station has announced that her new album, Ignorance, will be released by Fat Possum on February 5.

Watch a video for latest single “Tried To Tell You” below:

According to Lindeman, “Tried To Tell You” is about “reaching out to someone; a specific person, or maybe every person, who is tamping down their wildest and most passionate self in service of some self (and world?) destructive order.”

The accompanying video was directed by Lindeman herself: “It portrays a person who is beset by miracles and visions of beauty, which emanate from inside of and all around him, but rather than reacting with awe or joy, he reacts with annoyance, indifference, and mistrust. We are taught not to see the natural world that we still live in, preferring instead to dwell on the artificial, which is so often a poor substitute for the vibrant real. Flowers really do rise up from mud, and many of us are full of treasures and beauty, but we often discount these things or throw them away.”

Ignorance marks Lindeman’s first experience writing on keyboard, not guitar, and her first time building out arrangements before bringing them to a band, who in this case comprised Kieran Adams (drums), Ben Whiteley (bass), Philippe Melanson (percussion), Brodie West (saxophone), Ryan Driver (flute), Johnny Spence (keys) and Christine Bougie (guitar). The album was co-produced by Lindeman and Marcus Paquin.

Pre-order Ignorance here and check out the tracklist below:

1. Robber
2. Atlantic
3. Tried To Tell You
4. Parking Lot
5. Loss
6. Separated
7. Wear
8. Trust
9. Heart
10. Subdivisions

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Happy belated birthday Nico. A rare beauty. xMLou Reed and Nico – 1975

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Happy belated birthday Nico. A rare beauty. xMLou Reed and Nico – 1975

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Henry Bruce-Jones Eve Stainton experiments with sci-fi choreographies in Rubby Sucky Forge

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CAS Horse Meat Disco’s Top Five Disco Albums Of All Time

“Ahead of his special guest appearance presenting Diana Ross ‘The Boss’ at Classic Album Sundays at Bestival, Luke Howard from London’s Horse Meat Disco have delved into his record collection to choose his Top Five Disco Albums Of All Time. Saddle Up!”

Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band

“From 1976 this is August Darnell’s classic tea dance disco set where 1920’s influenced jazz and Latin rhythms hustled their way on to the disco dance-floor with some of the best song writing ever recorded. Essential.”

Chaka Khan Naughty

“Miss Khan’s second solo album contains cover versions of ‘Move Me No Mountain’ & ‘Hot Butterfly’ plus the Ashford & Simpson penned classics’ Clouds’ & ‘Our Love’s In Danger’ AND Whitney Houston, Cissy Houston & Luther Vandross on backing vocal duties.”

Ashford & Simpson Stay Free

“The songwriting and production team’s seventh album for Warner Brothers was released the same year as ‘The Boss’ (and surprisingly peaked higher on the US R&B) & features the classic title track and their disco smash ‘Found A Cure’.”

Donna Summer Bad Girls

“If I had my way this would be in the Top Ten Albums of All Time in those lists you get in Mojo Magazine. Moroder & Summer provide a master class in pop music brilliance with hits galore in ‘Bad Girls’, ‘Hot Stuff’ & ‘Dim All The Lights’, plus they recreate the underground future disco brilliance of ‘I Feel Love’ in tracks like ‘Lucky’, ‘Sunset People’ & ‘Our Love’. Just go and listen to it from start to finish. Musical perfection.”

Grace Jones Portfolio

“Although he thought she couldn’t sing, this Tom Moulton produced debut from the iconic Grace Jones sees her tackle show tunes to Philly-style disco grooves plus she gives us her classic take on ‘La Vie En Ros’e and plenty more disco goodies with ‘That’s The Trouble’, ‘I Need A Man’ & ‘Sorry’. Underrated but well worth checking out.”

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Listen: John Grant on ‘Music For Isolation’ at Classic Albums at Home

 

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Sam Richards Elvis Costello and Steve Earle to play UK Americana Awards 2021

The 2021 UK Americana Awards will take the form of a virtual ceremony on January 28, including performances by Elvis Costello and Steve Earle (with more names to be announced).

The UK Americana Music Association (AMA-UK) yesterday revealed the winners of their special awards: Elvis Costello for the AMA-UK 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award; Mavis Staples for the International Lifetime Achievement Award; Christine McVie for the Trailblazer Award; and Steve Earle for the International Trailblazer Award. A new category, the Songwriter Legacy Award, was specially created this year for the late John Prine.

“This is a most surprising award,” said Elvis Costello. “I left home a long time ago and yet I have been welcomed into many American musical destinations of which I might, once, have only dreamed. As Conway Twitty once sang, ‘It’s Only Make Believe’ but I am thankful for this acknowledgement.”

Said Steve Earle, “Honors received in Britain have always been special to me, I guess, because I never had to struggle to reach an audience on that island. They got it. From day one.”

In addition, the Bob Harris Emerging Artist Awards goes to Robbie Cavanagh and Demi Marriner, in recognition of their efforts to support fellow artists during the coronavirus pandemic, and the Grassroots Award goes to the Music Venue Trust’s Mark Davyd and Beverley Whitrick.

Winners of the member-voted awards will be revealed at the ceremony itself. Nomination are as follows:

UK Song of the Year
“I Should Be On A Train” by Ferris and Sylvester (Written by Issy Ferris and Archie Sylvester)
“Ain’t One Thing” by Lady Nade (Written by Lady Nade )
“Thin (I Used To Be Bullet Proof)” by Our Man In The Field (Written by Alexander Ellis)
“I Don’t Wanna Lie” by Yola (Written by Yola, Dan Auerbach, Bobby Wood)

UK Album of the Year
A Dark Murmuration of Words by Emily Barker (produced by Greg Freeman)
Song For Our Daughter by Laura Marling (Produced by Ethan Johns, Laura Marling)
In This Town You’re Owned by Robert Vincent (Produced by Ethan Johns)
Hannah White and The Nordic Connections by Hannah White (Produced by Hannah White and The Nordic Connections)

UK Artist of the Year
Emily Barker
Laura Marling
Robert Vincent
Yola

UK Instrumentalist of the Year
Anna Corcoran
Lukas Drinkwater
Martin Harley
Michele Stodart

International Song of the Year
“Welcome to Hard Times” by Charley Crockett (Written by Charley Crockett)
“Brightest Star” by Lilly Hiatt (Written by Lilly Hiatt)
“Already Dead” by Austin Lucas (Written by Austin Lucas)
“Hand Over My Heart” by The Secret Sisters (Written by Elizabeth Rogers, Lydia Lane Rogers)

International Album of the Year
Lamentations by American Aquarium (Produced by Shooter Jennings)
Old Flowers by Courtney Marie Andrews (Produced by Andrew Sarlo)
That’s How Rumors Get Started by Margo Price (Produced by Sturgill Simpson with co-production by David R. Ferguson and Margo Price)
Expectations by Katie Pruitt (Produced by Michael Robinson, Katie Pruitt)

International Artist of the Year
Courtney Marie Andrews
Jason Isbell
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
Lucinda Williams

The awards show will be preceded by two evenings of showcases from partners including Prince Edward Island, Thirty Tigers, Canadian Independent Music Association, North Carolina Music Export, Sounds Australia, Yep Roc and Loose Music. Passes for the whole event, which will be held virtually from January 26-28, are on sale now from here.

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