Archive for January, 2011

Smooth Criminal: Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic (make Michael Jackson proud)

Smooth Criminal - Stjepan Hauer and Lusa Sulic

Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic playing Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson for two cellos solo. Arranged by Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic. Passionati trend watcher Darrin Lancaster sent this over yesterday. You’ve got to to check it out. It’s electrifying. All of it. Music. Passion. Interpretation. Arrangement. Personality. I’m looking forward to more for Stjepan Hauser.

New Duran Duran sounds like Rio (Thank God!)

My colleague and friend, Chad Richards, stormed in the other day saying “the new Duran Duran is sooooo good”. What? A new Duran Duran? And I don’t know about it. Here’s a juicy little video on the record that features the original line up and being produced by Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse among numerous others). I gave the album a listen last weekend and its vintage DD. The album is only available on iTunes (another apple score. Zune who?) until March of this year. It’s true that LeBon once said that its “the band to dance to when bombs drop”. As Moby said of the band in his website diary in 2003: “… they were cursed by what we can call the ‘Bee Gees‘ curse, which is: ‘write amazing songs, sell tons of records, and consequently incur the wrath or disinterest of the rock obsessed critical establishment’.” Not to mention that bands/groups that claim DD as their influence include Dido, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Goldfrapp, Panic at the Disco, Justin Timberlake – to name a few. So listen you can go listen to you piss in my porridge, sad, whiney, critically acclaimed crap. I’ll be dancing on the sand with a girl named Rio.

– Duncan Alney