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One Pig

As much as I am really looking forward to listen to Matthew Herbert‘s new album One Pig, I am also quite terrified. The album is made of sounds made by one anonymous pig – from birth to plate. I am a bit relieved that the death part is actually not on the album as Herbert was not allowed to record that – I do not think I could handle listening to it. I am vegetarian, but I think it would be a pretty intense experice for meat-eaters as well.

The album caused quite some controversy in the process of recording, as organisations such as PETA accused Herbert of animal cruelty, etc. To be honest, I find this argument ridiculous – thanks to him the pig actually lived longer than other farm pigs, and it would be killed anyway. In fact, I believe that the record may cause some thinking amongst listeners and maybe a few of them will turn vegetarian themselves.

Herbert makes a good point in the film you can watch below about not being allowed to record sounds of death of the pig:

“My motivation for wanting to do that [recording sounds of death of the pig] was to acknowledge the reality of what it is to eat meat. For me, part of the problem we have in our society is a huge disconnect between what we do and the consequences of our actions. (…) Also it tells a great deal that in this country we don’t have any rights to see our food, we are kept in great distances from it. In Britain it’s kept behind us in a veil of corporate secrecy.”

Herbert is one of the most interesting experimental artists I have come across, I love his meticulous craftsmanship and original concepts behind his albums. As well as his versatileness: he made albums ranging from minimal house, to cinematic orchestrated electronica (my Herbert’s favourite – Scale), to sampling bizzare noises from the kitchen (or pig’s life), to a big-band record, to a de-construction and re-conceptualisation of club music on his brilliant One Club album.

One Pig is a last album from One trilogy (One One, One Club, One Pig) and it will be released on 10th October.

Below, you can watch a mini-documentary about the making of the album and Herbert talking about each of the songs on the album. The ending presents quite a vivid imagery I should warn you.

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Aaliyah

It’s been 10 years now that Aaliyah is gone.

She was the first artist I loved. You know, I was a FAN. I can’t really remember if I started listening to her before or after she died, it was definitely after the album was out though. It may sound strange – how can I not remember that?! Well, in 2001 I had no permanent Internet access, it’s not exactly like it was a massive news in Poland, and basically I was 13 years old, so I was not following news anyway. I think I started listening to her in summer 2001 and then in autumn I found out that she died in a plane crash. It was horrible, to discover such a gem only to lose it so soon.

Over few following months I spend so much time listening to her, reading about her, catching up with all her music videos (and it was quite a challenge as I had no Internet – I was lucky to have a friend who somehow was downloading her music videos for me and burning them on CD), and missing her more and more. I started cutting out and collecting her pictures etc. from newspapers, magazines, etc. I was a FAN.

Even though these days different music is close to my heart, I still love Aaliyah’s work. She combined old school r’n’b and soul with then up-and-coming urban sound of new millenium. She worked with Missy Elliott and Timbaland at their best, they were such a brilliant team. She had an amazing voice. She was a terrific dancer. She had class, something that you can hardly find in music industry now (yes, I just went there).

I wonder where would she be today if she was alive. At the age of 22 she was already so successful, and her career was blooming.

Today, a special tribute programme will air on BET, I’ve read somewhere that there will be some tribute performances from some fo her friends (and it seems that she was everyone’s favourite in the industry, so the list of potential performers is really long), I am really looking forward to catch it somewhere on the web soon.

What can I say, I miss Baby Girl.

Here’s one of my favourite songs of her; the vibe is incredible, always gives me chills…

Björkphilia

Finally, some exciting news! It shouldn’t be long until we hear Björk‘s new song ‘Crystalline’ from her upcoming album Biophilia. The album is apparently inspired by nature and technology, which seems to me like a consistent continuation of her work, especially since Volta and ‘Nattura’.

Björk has launched a new version of her website with some graphic teaserers of the Biophilia concept, including the logo that you can see at the top of this post.

Oh her Twitter, Björk posted a photo of a clapper with ‘Crystalline’ and Michael Gondry written on it. That’s rather great news, as Björk and Gondry are a pretty good creative team. We should be in for an audiovisual treat. The video should appear near the end of June.

Nah neh nah

This is the song of my childhood! Ney, nah neh nah! I haven’t seen the video for this song until today, and I was quite surprised how good it is, very classy. And this lady singer from Vaya Con Dios delivers a really powerful performance, doesn’t she? Oh, my inner child just dances like crazy… wait, so does my current self!

Thanks to my friend Natasha who posted a remix of this song (nothing amazing, but you can see it below) on her Facebook and brought these memories!

Oh, Gaga…

Yes, this is the album cover for Born This Way. And please mind that it is not a three weeks overdue April Fools’ Day joke. What the hell? I know that Lady Gaga is all about random, weird and kitch, but this is just ish.

To make things worse, her new song ‘Judas’ is absolutely awful. She needed a really good song to make up for previous Madonna rip-off. And what she does?

First, she self-references herself: “Juduas-juda-a-aas, Judas Ga-ga” VS “Rah-rah-ra-ra-rah,” as well as “ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh” parts, and some other bits… Sorry honey, but your career span is far too short to make us think “what a nice wink to her old song!” instead of “wow, that sounds exactly like ‘Bad Romance’… creative spark is gone!”

On top of that, the song sounds like some worst kind of ’90s Eurotrash. If she wanted to follow Rihanna’s ‘Only Girl’ path, then she must have chosen ‘unlistenable’ over ‘smashing’ on the crossroads.  I could write and write, but there’s no point in further rambling on about how bad this song is. Just give it a listen and you’ll get the idea.

Music video should arrive soon, but I can feel that it’s going to be as good as the song… I think I’m just fed up with Gaga. I hated her at first, I gave her some credit because of ‘Bad Romance’ and Fame Monster (which was a really good album) as I believed she actually may have some idea of what she’s doing. But now I realise she’s clearly clueless and she just grabs whatever is in a bad taste, moulds it together and puts GAGA stamp on it in attempt to give this mess some ‘value’. On Wikipedia I’ve found this quote from Catholic League (!!!) who already criticised the concept of her music video (in which she plays Saint Mary Magdalene and Norman Reedus plays Judas Iscariot) saying that Gaga becomes “increasingly irrelevant” with controversial videos as “the only way to jet up her performance” and I couldn’t agree more (wow, I am quite surprisd myself). I bet she will release the video on Good Friday or Easter Sunday which will only prove the point that she aims for controversy just for the sake of causing a stir. But let’s see through this.

Santigold & Karen O.

Yes, Santigold returns loud, fierce and not alone! For her new track ‘Go’ she teamed up with… Karen O. from Yeah Yeah Yeahs. What a duo! And so we know what album will smash us into pieces this year.

(Thanks to my favourite 524blog for making this day much better!)

Ray of Light

For some reason, at least once a year, usually during springtime, I have this irresistible need to listen to Madonna‘s ‘Ray of Light’ on reapeat over and over and sing my lungs out to this song. I bet it has something to do with the sun, longer days, and basically feeling very much alive. So ‘Ray of Light’ season has officially started for me!