Trials + Tribulations

I Wrote the Book
February 17, 2011, 6:03 pm
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March 8th Beth Ditto of Gossip will release a solo EP featuring collaborations with Simian Mobile Disco. She guested on their last album Temporary Pleasure so it’s a great mesh this time around, giving Beth a chance to strut her diva chords all over SMD’s skittering beats.

♫ Simian Mobile Disco – Cruel Intentions (ft. Beth Ditto)

You can check out the video for standout “I Wrote the Book” over at Spin, and preview the entire EP on Soundcloud. The video was directed by Price James, who also directed Hercules & Love Affair’s “My House” video (he’s also done work for Peaches, Friendly Fires, We Have Band, and a lot more).

Perez Hilton has another song from the EP called “Open Heart Surgery” if you can stand all the exclamation points on his page.

Can’t believe I just linked to his site. My blog is ruined!

Pop Pop Pop Goes the World
March 24, 2010, 8:36 pm
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It’s been awhile since Gossip has been up to anything since releasing Music for Men and touring behind it. Here’s the video for the third single from the album, “Pop Goes the World.” It doesn’t get much more “we’re here, we’re queer, move over” than this song. The video’s pretty straight forward, but check out the artwork for the single! So good!

Best Albums of 2009
December 11, 2009, 10:54 am
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Here they are! You are so excited! You are not that excited. But I am. So shut up. Here’s how I graded my favorite albums of the year:

1. Repeatability
2. How many songs I skip when listening to it all the way through
3. Cover art (not really)

Buttttttt behold! The albums! I only talked about the top five, because, well, I’m lazy.

ttaoty21. Yeah Yeah YeahsIt’s Blitz!

I can’t get over how awesome this album is. I started off a little ambivalent about it, but quickly grew to love it. I am not one of those people who still complains about YYY’s not being “raw” enough like on Fever to Tell. That was then. They’ve matured since then and I love the maturity.

The album has it’s awesome party-starters like “Zero” and “Heads Will Roll,” but it’s ballads are what get me. Where “Maps” was filled with longing, “Hysteric” is full of pure joy of being in love. “Soft Shock” is heartbreaking, and “Skeletons” always gets me. I have this record on repeat constantly, and am not afraid to listen to it over and over.

ttaoty4 2. Tegan & Sara – Sainthood

I was also not sold on this album the first listen. But when I put it on my headphones, it was an instant love affair. Whereas parts of The Con lagged and made me want to skip tracks, Sainthood is a complete ride from start to finish. I love their melodies and lyrics, like on “On Directing” and “The Ocean.” They’re gifted girls and I’ll love them for the rest of their career.

ttaoty13. Neko Case – Middle Cyclone

I attribute my love for this album to the many many road trips I’ve taken this year. Middle Cyclone has been a driving record for me, taking me halfway across the country more than a couple times. It’s such a big record for her. Her analogies to animal and nature really hit home, and each song is just so so great!

ttaoty74. Fever Ray – Fever Ray

I knew I was going to love this album as soon as “If I Had a Heart” leaked online. Solo projects have never looked so good. I still can’t believe this record was even made. It is so perfect. I love the dark, brooding tones on every track start to finish.

ttaoty6 5. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Again, I knew I would love this album as soon as “1901” hit the net. I’ve liked a few songs on their other albums, but never so many great tracks on one album. “Lisztomania” and “1901” are both songs that make me dance whenever I put them on, even when driving. It’s another perfect driving record. It’s also just a perfect record, period.

ttaoty5 6. Gossip – Music for Men


7. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

ttaoty98. HEALTH – Get Color

9. YACHT – See Mystery Lights

ttaoty810. The XX – xx

Drunken Maria
November 23, 2009, 11:29 am
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How’s this for cool news? Gossip and groundbreaking band The Raincoats share this slab of 7″ vinyl to cover the phenomenal The Monks.

1. Gossip – Drunken Maria
2. The Raincoats – Monk Chant

If you don’t know anything about the Monks, they were a group of GI’s stationed in Germany in the 60’s who decided to form a band and made some way-before-their-time sounds.

♫ The Monks – Drunken Maria
♫  The Monks – Monk Chant (Live)

You can download the mp3s on iTunes or order the 7″ from PlayLoud.

Gossip @ Urban Lounge
October 22, 2009, 9:22 am
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DSC02291I’m going to go ahead and tell you that Gossip are one of my very favorite bands to see live. Ask anyone and they can tell you that. Top two live act. Okay. So I went into their show Tuesday with ridiculously high expectations. Every time I have seen them play, they blow me away and make me dance more than any other show.

I was worried when they came out. They looked sick. Beth was ad-libbing something about the piggy flu not being able to keep them down. However, they launched into their set at full throttle, playing a couple songs until, mid-way through “Pop Goes the World” Beth’s microphone died. She sang the rest as loud as she could (which, she admitted, was not the best under her recovering conditions) but the problem was soon sorted out.

Gossip – Love Long Distance (Riva Starr Remix)
They continued on, rollicking through their incredible selection of hits from their past three albums mainly, Music for Men, Standing in the Way of Control, and Movement. “Fire/Sign” continues to be one of their best live anthems with Nathan’s incredible guitar lines and Hannah’s ferocious, drum machine-tight banging.


In other words, they left me speechless again. I had so, so, SO much fun. I haven’t danced that much since I saw The Faint after driving 23 hours on no sleep. Gossip, even when not running on full potential, are still the best live band in all of America, possibly the world. I won’t retract that comment now or ever.


MEN – Off Our Backs (Jeppe’s Money is a Major Issue Remix)
MEN opened and played a very true to their sound set making everybody dance and laugh at JD’s cute, quirky banter between songs. I can’t wait for them to release an album, and was bummed they’d already packed up and disappeared when Gossip had finished. Anyway, catch them both on the remainder of the tour, you won’t be disappointed.

October 23 Seattle, WA – Showbox
October 24 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
October 25 San Francisco, CA  – Regency Ballroom
October 26 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theater
October 29 Austin, TX – Emo’s
October 30 Little Rock, AR – Vino’s

Thanks to Dani from Columbia Records for getting me into the show! You can see more pictures over on my Flickr.

Sick With It
October 20, 2009, 10:23 am
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the-gossip.sflbSo this is perfect. The past couple of days I’ve been coughing a bit and feeling pretty good otherwise, but still afraid of infecting others. Then I went to lay down to sleep last night and my nose magically got stuffed up and I felt awful.

But I can’t get down TOO much because Gossip rolls into town with MEN in tow. I have been looking forward to this show for a long, long time. Gossip are one of my top three bands to see live (the other two: Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Faint) so it is a show that cannot be missed. Report later this week, maybe tomorrow, something. Anyway this song combines these two subjects. Sickness and Gossip.

Gossip – Sick With It

Cruel Intentions
July 28, 2009, 12:39 pm
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Guys, you should probably head over to LA Friendly, who have the new Simian Mobile Disco track featuring Gossip’s Beth Ditto “Cruel Intentions.” It’s totally a 70’s disco track, with Beth’s voice strutting all over synth stabs and ohhh man. It’s killer! I only wish it really went somewhere or Beth could use more of her voice if that makes sense.