Sunday, July 15, 2012

Everyone's Waiting - Missy Higgins

Everyone's Waiting is the second single from Australian singer Missy Higgins third album The Ol' Razzle Dazzle. It charted this week at number 31 in the Australian ARIA singles chart.

Missy has had two number one singles to date in the ARIA singles chart with her debut single Scar from 2004 and Steer in 2007. All of her three albums to date have also gotten to number one in Australia. She has also released one live album and seven EPs

Everyone's Waiting is a gorgeous ballad and is one of the best songs I've heard this week.

Can't Get Better Than This - Parachute Youth

Here's a song that I first heard today via a link on Twitter from @PlugPlayPromo. It's Can't Get Better Than This by Parachute Youth who are from Melbourne in Australia. It has a real addictive quality about it.

The video is great too.

Home Run - Misha B

The new single releases in the UK go on release from Midnight every Sunday. Some of the more high profile single releases reach the top ten in just a few hours but it always interesting to see how newer songs with less of a sales history do in the charts. The only new single of all the new single releases that seems will be a certain hit in next Sunday's charts is Home Run the debut solo single by Misha B. As I write it is currently in the top 25 in the ITunes singles chart and climbing quickly. It was co-written by Misha B and MNEK who recently produced songs for The Saturdays and The Wanted and has remixed songs for Olly Myrs, Fazer from NDubz, Tinie Tempah and Simon Curtis. 

Misha B was often both the most praised and criticised contestant when she was on The X Factor. She really showed then on the show that she has the attitude and belief in herself to overcome negativity and it was always obvious that her sound and look was one that most suited what younger music fans are actually buying and listening to today. Interestingly Home Run is also only 59p on the ITunes chart compared to an average of 99p for most other singles on the chart.

Even though Home Run is her debut single she already has nine videos on Vevo which include remixes and the making of the video.

Here also is the Kat Krazy remix of Home Run.

100 Cover Versions #68: James Vincent McMorrow covers 'Wicked Game' by Chris Isaak

James Vincent McMorrow's cover version of Higher Love charted twice in the UK singles chart earlier this year and brought his music to an even wider audience. To date he has just recorded one studio album which is called Early in the Morning. He has also recorded two EPs, one of which was just for the U.S. He is currently touring and future dates later this month include the Galway Arts Festival on July 26th and the Cambridge Folk Festival on July 27th.

He has played in concert in many countries including the United States and Canada. Here is a cover of Wicked Game by Chris Isaak which he recorded at the Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee for a radio show in September of 2011. That cover also features on a re-released edition of his Early in the Morning album. Until today I never knew that Wicked Game wasn't a hit for Chris Isaak until it featured on the soundtrack for the David Lynch film Wild at Heart.

The drawing of James Vincent above is by my brother Mick Minogue who recently worked with him when he made a plush doll of James and was given to an audience member at James Vincent's concert at the Forbidden Fruit music festival here in Dublin earlier this summer. The whole story of that project can be read here.

100 Cover Versions #67: Kirsten Dunst covers 'Turning Japanese' by The Vapors

As part of a 2009 Tate Modern art exhibition called Pop Life: Art in a  Material World the Japanese popular culture artist Takashi Murakami collaborated with the film director McG and filmed a music video set in the Akihabara shopping district of Tokyo. The video which was titled Akihabara Majokko Princess featured Kirsten Dunst singing a version of the song Turning Japanese which was a hit in 1980 by The Vapors. The project was a commentary on Japanese popular culture and how the world in general views it. The video has received a lot of mixed reactions which often states that as a project it works. The lyrics of the song have always been open to different interpretation as well so that adds something that is also subliminal.

There is more about the collaboration here.