A few years ago I made a quick reference to a website called PopSpots, where a man named Bob Egan tracks down and documents the exact locations of album covers.
The PopSpot I referenced was the cover of Billy Joel’s 52nd Street. That was a relatively easy one (the location is right there in the title), but Egan still did a very thorough job of finding the exact location despite 40 years of New York City development.
In honor of my mother’s birthday, here is a cheesy but sweet song from Carole King. It appeared on the Deluxe Edition reissue of her 2001 album Love Makes the World, which remains King’s last album of original material.
King turned 77 this year, making her a few years older than my mother (who looks more like 60). I’m happy to have such a talented and accomplished woman delivering today’s tribute to my wonderful mom. Happy Birthday!
The thing that convinced me Rosalía is a special talent on the verge of breaking big was last week’s release of the two-part single ‘Fucking Money Man,’ which is made up of a catchy-as-hell, upbeat track called ‘Milionária’ and a somber, elegiac ballad called Dio$ No$ Libre Del Dinero (which translates to “God save us from money”).
The songs (and accompanying video) are an ironic celebration of greed followed by a denunciation of it.
The half-a-billion views YouTube video I mentioned yesterday is Rosalía’s collaboration with Colombian Reggaeton singer J Balvin, titled ‘Con Altura.’
The single and video were released in advance of Rosalía’s upcoming third album and quickly marched up the charts in Spanish-speaking countries, reaching #1 in Spain, Colombia, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.
Sometimes there’s a feeling in the air right before an artist gets really big. You can sense it’s coming.
I feel that way right now about Rosalía, a Spanish flamenco/electro-pop singer-songwriter who is poised for major mainstream success. She already has a video with half a billion views on YouTube, so it’s a bit odd to talk about her being under the radar, but in terms of U.S. stardom, I think it’s right around the corner.
Happy Birthday to my father, who turns 76 today! Last year I posted a Frank Sinatra video to honor my dad’s 75th birthday, so I have little confidence that this year’s Random Weekend selection will live up to that.
But let’s spin the wheel and see what the Random iTunes Fairy has in mind for my father.
OK… a cover of Elton John’s classic ‘Your Song’ by English pop singer Ellie Goulding. He could have done far worse.
The last — and only — time I featured a song from Arcade Fire’s 2007 album Neon Bible was on April Fool’s Day in 2013.
I had just spent three weeks writing a song-by-song dissection of the band’s celebrated 2010 album The Suburbs (a surprise Album of the Year winner at the Grammys) and my regular readers were not happy. So I mischievously suggested I was about to launch into another couple of weeks analyzing Neon Bible. Good one, me!