Friday, 17 June 2011

Poptweetz loves: Bebel Gilberto

I stumbled across Bebel in a record shop many years ago.  The album 'Tanto Tempo' had been released and it was marked on a shelf as being a 'recommendation'.  I took a risk and bought the CD and I wasn't disapppointed.  In fact, 'Tanto Tempo' remains just about my favourite album of all time and I've purchased everything else Bebel has done since.

Check out this song, 'Samba de Orly' from the soundtrack to 'Rio'.  Bebel is the sound of the summer in my eyes.

Poptweetz loves: True Blood

I was told about the successful TV series, True Blood, by a friend who suggested that I watch it whilst recovering from an operation.  I knew that I was going to be bored out of my brain and so I was grateful for any ideas of things to do from friends.  It was whilst watching the first episode that I knew that there was the beginnings of an obsession. 

Season 4 starts its US run this month and it's already causing quite a stir from fans.  The release of an 8 minute preview video for the first episode of the season sets the tone.  However there has also been a selection of other previews that give us more clues what to expect.  I believe that witches play a big part in this series.  I'm very impatient as it can't come sooner.


Thursday, 16 June 2011

Peter Wilson - Intoxicated

I recently posted about Peter Wilson and his new retro sounding eighties masterpiece 'Stereo'.  It's deeply rooted in that era and perhaps won't be to everybodies taste.  However, if you refer to the above sample, which is his previous effort titled 'Intoxicated' you will see that there is more to this australian singer.  He can do nineties too! 

Jokes aside, I think it's rather good.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Cher Lloyd, the leaked song and some very unimpressed fans

Not so long ago, Beyonce's new album had reportedly been leaked all over the internet.  It's now a common occurance.  It's a nightmare for the artist and record company and might have a substantial affect on sales. 

Cher Lloyd was one of the contestants on last years X-Factor, the UK talent show that will shortly begin it's US run.  Cher stood out from the normal crowd of wannabe popsters.  Her edgy and aloof personality and her unusual voice made her impossible to ignore.

Cher's in the news again because a new track, possibly her next single, has been leaked. Of course, she is furious.  I must admit I'm slightly sceptical because I'm more than aware of sneaky marketing techniques and this could easily have been leaked on purpose.  The unfortunate thing is that most of the comments I've read are less than favourable about the track.

However, I am sticking by Cher because I'm sure that she will have recorded some amazing tracks for her new album.

Kylie Minogue - Silence

Listen to 'Silence' by Kylie Minogue.  It's a track on Kylie's new single.

Peter Wilson - Stereo

It's the late eighties.  A british production trio has taken over the pop world and created some of the most celebrated pop music that there has ever been.  That trio is of course 'Stock, Aitken & Waterman'.

It's now 2011 and an australian singer called 'Peter Wilson' has released a song that is so highly influenced by SAW that there had to be a connection.  Read the below promo info:

Following up his very popular “Intoxicated”, Peter managed to get two of the biggest names of the late 80’s to produce and mix his second single “Stereo”. Dave Ford & Ian Curnow, who have remixed for many of the biggest names in pop while at PWL have delivered a great piece of pop dance with another of Peters massive sing-a-long choruses.

This single precedes the album of the same name that is a homage to the sound of the 80’s and features brand new songs by Stock Aitken & Waterman alongside new tracks produced by Pete Hammond, Ford & Curnow and Matt Pop.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

The ants in France

I'm currently sat in my bedroom in a large house in a village in the south of France.  About an hour ago, several ants nests hatched outside, causing much grief to my other five friends (one of whom is my partner).   You could say that I'm in hiding.

I'm not drinking wine (yet).  In my hand is a can of caffiene free diet coke and to my right is a large bag of Haribo sweets.  Despite the flying ants problem, life is finally good. 

If you're reading this, you might think that I don't have a lot to complain about.  For starters, I'm in France - and that alone is exciting - particularly as this is my first trip here.  However, there is a point to this brief post.  If you're young (and by young I mean 16 to 21), don't ever waste your life by not going out and having enough fun.  When you're older, lots of things can change.  Your health, your friends and families health - and worst of all your partners health can take a turn for the worst.  It's all part of that thing we call 'the aging process'.  Along with that comes loss of hair in areas - and more, unwanted hair in others.  So - I'm pleading with you all.  Live life to the full.  Don't regret doing things which are within your grasp.  Lot's of things have happened to me recently and I've put things into perspective.  Don't complain about the small things.  It's a waste of valuable energy.

Oh no.

I'm like the UK's gay answer to Oprah Winfrey.