i hope alison goldfrapp is listening…

“Im gonna take you out tonight 

Im gonna make you feel alright
I dont have a lot of money
But we’ll be fine
No, I dont have a penny
But I’ll show you a good time”

The 8th of June will bring the release of another anxiously anticpated record and should be one of the hits of the summer presented to us by none other than Miss Little Boots. Hands, judging by the blog hits Meddle and Stuck On Repeat should ably to allow us to move on from Goldfrapp quite quickly and allow Victoria Hesketh to assume the throne. The official lead-off single is a seedy little ditty called New In Town. The track was produced by Greg Kurstin who also handled the production for the rest of the record as well as being responsible for Lily Allen’s latest. I offer a golf clap for a job well done. NIT is one of those songs that when you hear it on the radio, it will make your ears perk up. The voice and synths work in concert to transport to a dark early morning roaming the streets of New York or London and what you lack in currency, you more than make up for in courage. Little Boots just wants you to know that as long as you stick, you’ll be okay. Isn’t that a quaint concept? I suppose all my fears would disappear if I was walking the streets with Little Boots arm in arm but I digress…

The song’s hot. Check for it. It’s going to be a great summer.

“New In Town”, taken from the forthcoming I Am Sound release, “Hands”


PS:  Here’s the tracklisting for Hands:

1. “New in Town”

        2. “Earthquake”

      3. “Stuck on Repeat”

      4. “Click”

      5. “Remedy”

      6. “Meddle”

      7. “Ghosts”

      8. “Mathematics”

      9. “Symmetry” (featuring Phil Oakey from the Human League!!!!!!!!)

      10. “Tune into My Heart”

      11. “Hearts Collide”

      12. “No Brakes”

an ode to ladyhawke…

I’ve got a crush.  Actually it’s fair to say I’ve got quite a few. I mean there’s Lily Allen and her ultra-cute rambunctiousness but she’s too big time now and she’s still Keith Allen’s daughter. There’s Karen O but supposedly she’s in Silverlake these days and that’s just way too plastic a scene for me and I fear it may have corrupted her. Here’s hoping I’m wrong on that score. This now leaves my current flame, Philippa “Pip” Brown aka Ladyhawke. If you don’t know who Ladyhawke is then you should be ashamed for she recently released a quite delectable debut record a few months back via Modular aka the best label on the planet. Her self-titled debut was also featured as one of my best records of 2008

Why do I like Ladyhawke so much, you ask? Well, I will tell you. What’s not to like? From her shameless fangirl-ish enthusiasm for all things Stevie Nicks to the fact she has no qualms whatsoever about letting us see how much of a geek she is. I mean, look at her album cover below. She’s playing video games with her oh-so-cute cat by her side whilst in her pajamas. I ask you again. What is there not to love about that?

Of course, I could just be rambling and spitballing here but yes, I want a date with Ladyhawke. Is that too much to ask for? I really don’t think so. We’ll go on for hours talking about whether or not it was truly was after watching the video for Stand Back for the first time that the thought of becoming a pop star actually dawned on her. I’ll talk about my purely healthy and innocent Smiths obsession and we can totally geek out on video games. Think she’ll be up for it?

have i mentioned how much i heart lily allen?

The message is simple. Buy Lily’s new record It’s Not Me, It’s You. It’s your duty as a Billy Suede reader and a music lover. If you haven’t heard The Fear yet then either track to the first page of the blog and check it out or hear it on her MySpace along with the rest of the record. You’d best believe I will be putting Ms. Allen under the microscope and in the limelight real soon too! For my NYC people, she’ll be at the Bowery Ballroom tonight so if you go, let me know about all the fun you had. I have to wait until April! 😦

i heart lily allen…


Oh Lily…words cannot properly illustrate my love for thee! With a blissfully immaculate new record It’s Not Me, It’s You in tow and ready for release Stateside this coming Tuesday, Lily Allen is coming! The tour dates have been revealed and here they are!
San Diego, CA House of Blues (April 1)
Los Angeles, CA Wiltern (2)
San Francisco, CA Warfield (4)
Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo (6)
Salt Lake City, UT In the Venue (8)
Denver, CO Ogden Theatre (9)
Minneapolis, MN First Avenue (11)
Chicago, IL Vic Theatre (12)
Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall (13)
Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse (16)
Washington, DC 9:30 Club (17)
Philadelphia, PA TLA (18)
Boston, MA House of Blues (19)
New York, NY Roseland Ballroom (20)
Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre (22) 
Needless to say, the Roseland date is a must-see for me! Get your tickets, pronto!

staying with the theme of the “fear”…

“I want to be rich and I want lots of money
I don’t care about clever I don’t care about funny
I want loads of clothes and fuckloads of diamonds
I heard people die while they are trying to find them

I’ll take my clothes off and it will be shameless
‘Cuz everyone knows that’s how you get famous
I’ll look at the sun and I’ll look in the mirror
I’m on the right track yeah I’m on to a winner”



The world can rejoice again! Why, you ask? Well, that’s because with a new year we have the imminent return to our cd players, iPods and hearts of one Lily Allen. The first single taken from her sophomore record, It’s Not Me, It’s You entitled The Fear has made its way to Youtube and her MySpace.  If you, like me, fell in love with her first record, Alright, Still, which featured the singles Smile and my personal favourite, LDN,  you will notice immediately the ska influence that dominated in those singles has been replaced by a very sleek electronic pop sheen. Does this make The Fear any less of a pop gem? I think not! Say what you will about Lily judging from what’s written about her in the UK rags but the girl does know her way around a melody and her lyrics are indescribably more clever than she’s given credit for as evidenced by the first verse posted above. 

After seeing success the first time out and discovering the perils that go along with being a young, pretty recording artist with a taste for the drink,  The Fear, has Lily telling us about the fatalities of fame and all that goes with it. Take an Alice In Wonderland-ish video (which reportedly only cost 50,000 pounds to make) and a pop-tastic sound and you’ve got yourself a lead-off single to one of the more highly anticipated records of the year.

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