Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Well, did they or didn't they?

Mere hours after we were delighting in the news that Petah and Kate had exchanged nuptials, we now hear their handlers denying the rumours. Oh how cruel! We are being denied a much needed fairytale wedding. And after we all spent so much time speculating what it would be like to be invited to that wedding reception.

We have also been hearing rumours that Graham Coxon has finally rejoined Blur, but sadly after our hearts stopped fluttering madly and we went searching for substantiation of that news, we found no confirmation. It appears too good to be true. Unless you are a diehard Oasis fan, that is.
To drown my sorrows, I then went cd shopping.
Did I mention that for Christmas I received Neko Case's early cd, The Virginian, and Melissa McClelland's newest cd, Thumbelina's One Night Stand? I haven't given the latter much of a listen yet, but I am quite thrilled with The Virginian. It is deeply immersed in country music and Neko just bellows out the songs, but oh my it sounds fine. I love her cover of Bowling Green.

Today I scored Great Lake Swimmers' Bodies and Minds (which I really should have picked up at the Folk Festival this summer) along with Jarvis Cocker's new solo cd, Jarvis. I'm listening to that one right now, and while I admit that I am not the world's biggest Pulp fan (don't tell Eva - she'll be so disappointed), Jarvis' solo work is gooo-oood!


Anonymous said...

Oh, you are going to love Bodies and Mind. I swear only Neko Case could pull off Honky Tonk Hiccups and Duchess the way she does. Bowling Green is fantastic isn't it! Man, if I could sing I would love to be able to sing like her. Happy listening.

justacoolcat said...

I hope those junkies didn't do anything too crazy.

As for Blur; that rumor has been floating around these parts for months. I basically heard Graham Coxon say over his dead body in a radio interview.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You are right, Toccata, I love Bodies and Mind after only one listen. (There goes my determination to be more critical in my music assessment.)
My god, Tony Dekker has a heartbreaker of a voice!

I can't imagine too many people being able to pull off Honky Tonk Hiccup the way Neko can, you are correct.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Can you imagine what a Doherty-Moss wedding reception would be like, Justa? I want to be there for that one!

This time the Blur rumour seemed to come from quite a reliable sort and had me fooled, but alas twas all pipe dreams.

Allison said...

I've been listening to Great Lake Swimmers' for a couple weeks now, they really have a childlike quality about them, but I love it.

As much as I love music gossip (I mean, who doesn't?), but I'm getting really tired of Mr Pete being in the news every single day. I've just stopped playing attention now when I see his name. Its the glorification of life style that doesn't sit with me.

And, I probably shouldn't admit this...I've only ever heard one Pulp song. However, I just read their entire history the other day, which made me want to search out more stuff. Off to bury my head in the sand ;)

mellowlee said...

I loved that song from "Thumbelina's One Night Stand" that Alana posted a while back. "Skyway Bridge" I would love to hear the rest of the CD. Just before NY's Eve I saw a video of hers on Much, but I can't remember which song...but it was goooooood :O)

michelle said...

I... I... I... I dunno, Kate Moss & Pete Doherty hitched kinda freaks me out. They're not like Iman & David Bowie, they're, ya know, Kate & Pete!

Eh, who knows. Maybe they'll be today's Sid & Nancy?


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I first heard Great Lake Swimmers this summer at the Folk Fest, Allison, and they made me change my carefully planned schedule (thereby missing a second Elliott Brood show!) to take in their concert.
Pete is a trainwreck, I agree, and we all know how hard it is to look away from those.
Oh yes, Pulp certainly does have a fascinating history - full of drama and sex and intrigue oh my.

That was a gorgeous song that Alana posted Mel. I saw her open for Matt Good last time her was in town and she was pretty spectacular. I really need to go listen to her cd.

One can only hope, Michelle... Kate and Pete do lack a certain, how shall I say ... class. But I'm not sure if they are hardcore enough to be Sid and Nancy.
Happy 007 to you too, you gorgeous creature!

hilary m. said...

Pete Doherty.
I can never keep up with his arrests and scandals and Kate Moss things.
It seems like they never end.
I wish he would stop the never-ending cycle of bad press and record a brilliant album.
He definitely has the potential.

Fearless said...

Hey Barbara was over at A's blog and thought I would swing by to see what all the hullabaloo was about....
The Sun is widely reporting that Coxon return story... but they are generally full of bollocks over there..here's the url for the story...

Anyhoo, I like your blog, Jarvis rocks and "Fat Children" is my fave new one...

Ben said...

There's a rumour that Pete may be putting a record out this year.

I've got a feeling he's gonna produce a masterpiece. I don't know why, I just feel it in my water.

I don't think Coxon needs Blur anymore and I like most of his solo stuff, although I've heard that it's Damon who's constantly pushing for them to get back together.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The potential is there, Hilary, but so are all the factors which keep him from producing something great. Eventually those factors, if not checked, will kill that potential completely. It's simply a matter of time.

Hi Fearless, welcome - how nice of you to click over here!
Thanks for the Sun link, for as we all know, if it is posted in the Sun it must be true! harhar
Jarvis is pretty groovy - it's great that he's back. I'm sort of stuck on Baby's Coming Back to Me right now, being immersed in pretty music these days.

Well Pete seems to have survived that fateful year 27, so I guess anything is possible, Ben. If that does occur, I shall proclaim you an oracle.
I like Coxon's solo work as well, and by god isn't Albarn busy enough with his 676,983 bands? Man's obsessive.

Jacquie said...

I am interested in the Jarvis album. Love Great Lake Swimmers.

In my opinion, Kate and Petey did get married but are trying to kill the story, as we know they are very shy, quiet little homebodies!

Happy New Year to you and yours.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Kate and Pete are indeed a very shy and retiring couple, Jacquie. They are likely sharing a pot of tea as we speak.

And do check out the Jarvis cd - it is very very fine.

Will said...

Glad to hear Jarvis is good ... I'm a bit of a Cocker fan, myself. I know, they should stop playing with our hearts for this Graham Coxon news. Blur is really turning into more of a soap opera than a band. A soap opera with lots of good spin-off bands. Kate and Pete are the new Sid and Nancy I think, but I hope their fate is much more pleasant.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Jarvis is pretty solid, Will. I think I prefer it to most Pulp cds, blasphemous though that may be.
You are right about the Blur soap opera analogy; it sure has spawned a lot of new bands. Have you heard much about the Good, the Bad and the Queen?
I'm liking Coxon's solo work more and more all the time - in fact I was searching for his cd.

Will said...

yeah ... I like Coxon's solo work, though I think he's making some great singles as opposed to great albums. I've only heard one GB&tQ sing, but I do love it, so I imagine I'll be rather fond of it. Jarvis will be on the must list now.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Ahh,so perhaps the Coxon album isn't an absolute must-have at this point, Will? I'll keep my ears peeled for the GB&Q.