Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Perfume Genius coming to the UK?

Apparently, there is imminent news about Perfume Genius.

For those who don't know, Perfume Genius aka Mike Hadreas has recently abducted my heart and taken me on a whirlwind tour of fandom which has reduced me to the level of an 8 year old girl wetting her pants at a JLS concert. I recently gave his debut album 5/5 in a review in Attitude magazine and I have absolutely no fear in saying it's my favourite album of the year (so far and maybe overall).

So, what could this news be?

Mike is signed to Turnstile, which Zac Pennington (oops, I appear to have a dropped a name there...) tells me is an English label. So, I asked these guys if it might be news of some UK tour dates. Petulant buggers that they are, they replied merely with "who knows, eh?".

I have taken this to mean, yes. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go and prepare my spare room.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Job Vacancy: Glastonbury Headline Act

Date posted: Tuesday, 25th May 2010
Uncompetitive Salary / Temporary / Benefits

Following the news that U2 are unable to headline Glastonbury Festival's Pyramid Stage on the Friday night, a vacancy has come available.

It is an important year for the festival as it celebrates its 40th birthday. As such, the line-up needs to worthy of Michael Eavis' annual statement: "This is the best line-up ever".

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A history in the music industry and preferably with the festival itself, like Kylie Minogue.
  • At least 100,000 fans who already have a ticket, like Kylie Minogue.
  • An amazing live show, like Kylie Minogue.
  • Something to promote/reason to be in the UK already, like for instance a new album called 'Aphrodite'.
In case you were still wondering, CONglamourART is championing HRH Miss Kylie Minogue as U2's replacement. It just makes sense. She was set to do it in 2005, but had to pull out due to breast cancer. Basement Jaxx did a very weak attempt at filling the void, but there's something about the Pyramid Stage which just doesn't feel actualised. You know what to do, Emily.

Update (15:10) PopJustice is on the case!

@Popjustice - If hypothetically I were to be chatting with a certain Australian pop 'chanteuse' in around 20 mins is there anything you'd like me to ask?

CONglamourART put in the request.

Post interview Popjustice tweets:
@Popjustice -
I've decided I might go to Glastonbury

Excitement mounts!

Update (16:00) - NME sees the logic:

thought that Kylie Minogue – who was due to play the festival in 2005 before pulling out due to her cancer treatment – is another strong possibility.
'It makes sense for Eavis to invite Kylie back to headline,' they wrote. 'This time without cancer, but with an amazing new album.'"

Update (17:02) - PopJustice breaks the news

@PopJustice - Me: "If Michael Eavis phoned you up right now and said can you step in..." Kylie: "What would be the chances of THAT? (Laughs)"

@PopJustice - Me: "Has there been a conversation?" Kylie: "There's been a conversation. Let's just say I'm quite good at rising to a lastminute challenge"

Then after a considerable, but embarrasingly excited pause...

@PopJustice - There was some more waffle, all of which has been QUASHED by Kylie's publicist who point out that she has commitments in Paris that night.

@PopJustice - Basically Kylie played me. She played me like a CRAP BANJO.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

CONglamourART Catch-Up

CONglamourART's been pretty quiet of late, which is of course a consequence of me being really busy. So, let's catch-up. You alright? Good.

I've been at Popbitch. Popbitch is quite possibly the most amazing place ever. I'm officially hooked. I'd recommend anyone to sign up for their weekly newsletter if only for nuggets such as these:
An anagram of David Cameron is Adman Divorce. An anagram of Gordon Brown PM is Mr Porn down bog. There are no anagrams of Nick Clegg.
Q - How do you upset Heather Mills?
A - Nick Clegg
An anagram of Mark Owen is Wank More.

I contributed:
  • A list of happy celebrities. I bumped into Dr Christian Jessen the week after this. He said it had made him chuckle. I was pleased. I very rarely intend malice.
  • And one other piece, which will probably make it's way up there soon, comparing the 'Ones to Watch' lists with reality. It's called 'The Best Thing Since The Ting Tings'.

Then I went to Attitude. For those of you not familiar with the gay press, Attitude is the country's best selling gay magazine. It's pretty good too. Their music coverage is brilliant - what other magazine is interested in getting an interview with Philip Glass' prodigy, Nico Muhly

While there I reviewed three albums. One of these was the debut album by a guy called Perfume Genius. It is officially the best album that has ever been recorded and you all need to run out an buy it in June.

I also transcribed two really intelligent interviews - Jake Shears on dissident queer politics and Sheridan Smith on camp. I can't link here, but I'll alert the blog as soon as it is published.

For The Music Fix:

And to conclude my work with XYZ, I reviewed the mighty Efterklang!