Posts Tagged ‘Kate Nash’

Duffy, Estelle, Kate Nash, Santogold…..

Whenever I’m at a loss for subjects to blog about, Sidekick (in the Boston Globe) seems to come along with content. Today’s Sidekick mostly just validates some of my recent choices.

First up, Duffy….

Duffy

Her “Mercy” was featured on volume 11 (post #51, HERE) and “I’m Scared” is on SXM 2008 (post #53, HERE). I’ve seen her Rockferry CD for $7.99 at Best Buy, which is a steal, as all her stuff is very listenable. Joan Anderman’s review, like most, references Lulu and Dusty Springfield, as well as Amy Winehouse. I agree, and I like that it’s reminiscent of the sixties without being too reverential. Sample tracks at her MySpace page, including the one Joan dubs essential, “Warwick Avenue”

Next up, Estelle:

Estelle

I had included her “American Boy” (featuring Kanye West) on SXM2008 (again, post #53, HERE), and I wish I had access to more tracks at the time. Not much on her MySpace page, but check the Shine CD on Amazon HERE for listening samples. While Sarah Rodman exclaims “Move over, Duffy” in her review, there’s nothing retro here, just nice modern R&B-tinged pop. Her choices of duet partners – Kanye, Wyclef Jean, John Legend and Cee-Lo Green(of Gnarls Barkley) – is spot on, as they say in her native London.

Kate Nash, while not in today’s Globe, just got another profile on NPR.

Kate Nash...again!

I think I burned my wife out on Kate Nash, playing her non-stop (including some really raw demos) from November to February, but I still love her stuff; I just wish there was more of it. And a little djeddieo.com trivia: barely a day goes by that “Kate Nash” is not the most common search item leading traffic to this site. Even today (before this post appeared), of the 13 views that were the result of searches, 6 searched Kate or her CD, Made of Bricks. She’s down in posts #19, #14, and #11….just scroll down; maybe you’ll see something else you missed before!

And one more artist that was in Sidekick, Brooklyn’s Santogold:

Santogold

While I can’t make any claims to having been aware of her before today’s Globe arrived, I wish I could. I would have put “Your Voice” on SXM 2008, and it’s a free download HERE. Not much on her MySpace page, but I like the free track, which was in Sidekick’s “Free Loading” column, and is straight-up, rub-a-dub stylee, breezy reggae. Again, let me direct you to Amazon.com, where you can preview tracks and/or buy the whole mp3 album – which covers a lot of ground: peppy, trippy, indie….you name it – for $7.99

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Kate Nash – US release is today!

Let’s see if I and many others are correct in predicting pop’s “next big thing”. Sarah Rodman raves in today’s Globe, citing “Birds” as essential. Inexplicably, it wasn’t on my 10 song set, Dec. 10, below, but I’ve since added it and feature it here:

She looks a little like my friend Sally, below, don’tcha think?

volume 10: done! (finally, on 12/15/07)

If you know me, you know I end up spending as much time on the order of the songs as I do finding the songs themselves. I’ve got to learn to relax! This compilation already shows some signs of that relaxation, with the inclusion of such mainstream pop artists as Madonna and Mary J. Blige, as well as the certainly-well-known Bjork, so that’s a start.

To play the whole 21 song set, right-click HERE for the player (open in a new tab or new window) which will also allow you to download.
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can’t get enough Kate…

Ever find yourself smitten with new (or newly discovered) artist? I confess, I can’t stop listening to everything I can find by Kate Nash, including some pretty crappy demo-type throwaways. She has a quality, not unlike Billy Bragg or Jonathan Richman, to weave absurdity and profoundness, not to mention profanity, into narratives that can be especially touching. It’s somewhat raw, primitive (like a Gaugin painting), and has that great London slang that evokes Lulu or AbFab.
Plenty of favorite Kate Nash songs in our house, but check out this little 11-song set I’ve put together. Right-click to open in another tab or window, then play or download. HERE’S WHERE TO RIGHT-CLICK!
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Kate Nash – get it while it’s hot!

New CD, US release date January 8, 2008

think Regina Spektor + Lily Allen = I love it! This is “Foundations” which will undoubtedly be the first big hit in the US. Certainly, one track off “Made of Bricks” is destined for a prime spot on eddieo volume 10, out soon, but so many to choose from….