Fiona Apple is possibly the last person I’d expect to sign up to be part of a big corporate campaign, but she has for Chipotle. As part of a promotional series including covers from Willie Nelson and Karen O, Apple tackles the dreamy “Pure Imagination” from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Except, along with the accompanying video, a dark undertone lurks in Apple’s version as the narrative focuses on the cruel world of factory farming… its an odd mix, but Apple’s (and Chipotle’s) different take on the song is fantastic.
For more on the campaign, visit here.
(via Pigeon + Planes)
Happy Fiona Apple Friday, y’all. Here’s a Blockhead remix of “Hot Knife” for ya.
(via NPR Music)
Its been probably around a year since Fiona Apple’s The Idler Wheel came out and like a lot of people out there I probably played it to death. So its nice to have a reminder to go back and listen. “Hot Knife” is one of the highlights of the album with the drums and intricate harmonies and whatnot. Directed by Fiona’s ex Paul Thomas Anderson, the video is all split screens between Apple and her sister (who shares vocals) with an amazing performance from Apple herself proving why she is one of the most exciting artists out there.
I think this is what falling in love feels like… definitely sounds like.
Vitamin String Quartet are a group of LA based session musicians who make perfectly arranged string section covers of your favourite songs. (Seriously, the range of songs they cover is astounding from death metal to mainstream pop). I’ve made a playlist of my personal favourite ones… it has 256 tracks.
**Covers range from Florence + The Machine, The Pixies, The Cure, Foster The People, Adele, David Bowie, The Beatles, Coldplay, Tupac, Kelly Clarkson, Kanye West, INXS, Regina Spektor, Fiona Apple, Semisonic, Robyn, Bon Iver, M83, Joy Division, Gwen Stefani, The Fray, Guns N Roses, New Order, Massive Attack, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, The Roots, Foo Fighters, Muse, Queens Of The Stone Age, Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys, U2, Spoon, Lykke Li and Celine Dion. (AND SO MANY MANY MORE)**
So by now you have checked out the ITYLTS’ 33 Best Songs of 2012. Having done that, here’s the ITYLTS’ 10 Best Remixes of 2012! (plus one extra!)
Dimitri From Paris Remix “Headphones” (Little Boots)
Passion Pit Remix "It’s Time" (Imagine Dragons)
Party Ben & MyKill Remix ”We Are Young” (Fun.)
Bobby Tank Remix “You Know You Like It” (AlunaGeorge)
Cruelty Remix "Blue Jeans" (Lana Del Rey)
Perseus Remix “Night Light” (Jessie Ware)
Djemba Djemba Remix “Every Single Night” (Fiona Apple)
Atlantic Connection Remix “The Morning” (The Weeknd)
Clams Casino “Never Let Me Go” (Florence + The Machine)
Psychemagik Remix “Dreams” (Fleetwood Mac)
+ BONUS TRACK
Penguin Prison “It’s Time” (Imagine Dragons)
Its that time of the year again, its the best of lists. There’s been a few rolling around but I know y’all have been waiting for me to grace the interwebs with my choices, right?
Anyway, here are my top 10 albums of 2012, the ones that have been in heavy rotation, the ones that made me think about music differently- the ones that made me listen different.
…in no particular order.
Fiona Apple has put out a contribution to Judd Apatow’s This is 40 soundtrack and its great. Not a stranger to Apatow films, Apple’s “Paper Bag” was used already pretty well in Bridesmaids and new track “Dull Tool” looks like its going to do something similar. Alongside a frantic and frenetic accompaniment, Apple’s fed up and scorned lyrics weave in and out to paint the picture of someone who is not particularly happy with what they’ve been left with… I guess this is 40.
The soundtrack is out December 11.
So back in the day I used to do a monthly round up of what was posted up to catch you guys up, then that moved to a bi-monthly thing because I kept forgetting and now we’ve achieved a world record (olympic fever y’all) and we’re going for the big three month round up, it just got real.
Here are the highlights of the last three months…
Check out the ITYLTS Best of 2012…so far - 30 of the best of 2012
Frank Ocean surprised the internet by releasing his hotly anticipated debut album Channel Orange a week before originally scheduled, before all this “Pyramids" gave us a taster of what we were to expect from the album.
Hit-Boy stepped from behind the boards in the studio to say hey I can rap, here’s “Old School Caddy" with Kid Cudi.
Moby re-recorded “Extreme Ways" for the new Bourne film.
The Olympics are upon us and Underworld were in charge of the music for the opening ceremony, check out “Caliban’s Dream" featuring Alex Trimble from Two Door Cinema Club- who also have new track out "Sleep Alone"
Fiona Apple came out of a hiatus to deliver her first album in 7 years, The Idler Wheel… and did not disappoint- check out “Every Single Night"
Yeasayer teased their new album with “Henrietta” and “Longevity"
The Griswolds followed up “Mississippi” with the amazing “Heart of a Lion" while chatting with me about even more important global issues.
The Helio Sequence broke their silence with “October" from their forthcoming album.
The xx leaked the first track “Angels" from Coexist, the follow up to their massive debut.
The Antlers released a game changing EP Undersea, “Drift Drive”
Hoodie Allen kept on giving with “Hey Now" that didn’t quite make it to All American
Freelance Whales has a new album coming out, here’s “Locked Out"
Slow Club had a video starring Daniel Radcliffe for “Beginners"
disCOVER: Here are some flipped covers of Lana Del Rey, Robyn, Twin Peaks by She’s So Rad, Foster The People by Usher, Coldplay, Spoon, Frankie goes to Hollywood by Fossil Collective, Body Language by Emil & Friends, Gotye by fun. and Active Child by Ellie Goulding.
Enjoy party people.
I don’t know how it happened, but its that time of the year again- we’re half way through. Somehow its June of 2012 and lists are being made of the best things that have been in our ears since January. As much of a slave to routine as anyone here is ITYLTS Best of 2012…so far.
To do things a little different and challenge myself I’m only going to say three words as a write up for the song and they won’t be in a sentence, just three different words hanging out.
(in no particular order, maybe chronological)
30 Best Songs…So far
Nicholas Jarr- “And I Say ft. Scout LaRue & Will Epstein”- Crazy. Sexy. Cool.
Jay-Z- “Glory ft. Pharrel & Blue Ivy Carter” Proud. Love. Loss.
The Shins- “Simple Song” Simple. Memories. Sixties.
Gotye- “Somebody That I Used To Know ft. Kimbra” Betrayal. Ends. Everywhere.
Seasfire- “Falling” Nighttime. Gravity. Comparisons.
Work Drugs- “License To Drive” Roadtrip. Freedom. Coast.
DJ Fresh- “Hot Right Now ft. Rita Ora” Fad. Next. Now.
AlunaGeorge- “You Know You Like It” Fresh. Evening. Tipsy.
Lady Danville- “Operating” SoCal. Intentions. Acceptance.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros- “Man on Fire” Digeridoo. Cash. Baggage.
Rizzle Kicks- “The Traveller’s Chant”- Youth. Escape. Expectations.
Ludovin- “If I Die Before You”- Whistles. Community. Hope.
Beach House- “Myth” Dream. Finished. Over
The Neighbourhood- “Sweater Weather” Cold. Together. California.
Maroon 5- “Come Away To The Water ft. Rozzi Crane” Sacrifice. Menace. Real.
Alabama Shakes- “Hold On” Southern. Perseverance. Faith.
Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz- “Mercy” Bravado. Family. Brag.
Marina & The Diamonds- “Primadonna” Diva. Entitled. Knowing.
Jessie Ware- “Running” Infatuation. Effect. Ready.
Mikey Mike- “If I Ain’t Stopped Loving You By Now” Done. Always. Never.
Carly Rae Jepson- “Call Me Maybe” Not. Even. Embarrassed.
Passion Pit- “Take A Walk” Pride. Evolution. Determination.
She’s So Rad- “Confetti” Nostalgia. Truth. Shoegaze.
Mark Foster + A-Trak+ Kimbra- “Warrior” Fight. Bells. Mix.
Delilah- “Breathe” Strings. Quiet. Mask.
Friends- “Friend Crush” Boundaries. Unsure. Temptation.
Fiona Apple- “Every Single Night” Identity. ?. Everything.
The Secret Sisters- “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder” Destruction. Rebuild. Overcome.
The Griswolds- “Mississippi” Infectious. Restraint. Apart.
Frank Ocean- “Pyramids” Complex. Respect. Electic.