It's the end of the aughts, so I'm baring my entertainment-loving soul to you — first, I revealed my favorite movies of the decade, then my TV show picks, and now it's time for the aural revelation. What albums was I addicted to from 2000 to the end of 2009? Check out my slideshow to see my favorite music of the last 10 years.
Stereogum says this antisex-trafficking PSA will do more for the band behind it, The Killers, than promote awareness of the crime. A collaboration between UNICEF, MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking), and the US Agency for International Development, the video began airing yesterday on MTV stations around the world. Guess MTV does play videos!
Set to the track "Goodnight, Travel Well," off The Killers' Day and Age album, the video is the second in a series of PSA music videos. The first, set to Radiohead's "All I Need," was for human trafficking and child labor. It maintained a clear message throughout by juxtaposing two boys' days — one going to school and coming home and the other working in a factory. The less-obvious "Goodnight, Travel Well," shows a young woman go from excited to reticent on a date several times until we see she's just returned from her forced-labor job as a sex worker. Check it out and tells us what you think. Effective or not?
Tuesdays are big in entertainmentville: Not only do all the new DVD releases hit Netflix, but new music also pours into stores, including iTunes. So I take a spin through each week's iTunes music releases and pick out some albums and tracks worthy of a download. Here are today's selections:
Glamorous:This new album from Las Vegas's own glam rock band The Killers goes full speed ahead on the dramatic. While some of the songs are a little . . . much, a lot of the tracks work as danceable rock anthems. I've downloaded "Human," a pulsing epic of a song that I'd like to jog to, and tracks like "Spaceman" and "A Dustland Fairytale" are catchy and even kind of pretty.
A little catharsis with your music: On Kanye West's new album, it's clear his personal life drove his songwriting, making the entire effect kind of sad and reflective. Unlike his previous releases, he sings on every track. It's a departure that's earning him mixed reviews. The New York Times, for example, bluntly states one big issue with the collection: "Mr. West can’t sing, and it is that weakness for which this album will ultimately be remembered, some solid songs notwithstanding." Still, there are a handful of interesting (and very different-sounding) tracks, including "Amazing" and "Bad News."
I'm not a huge fan of The Killers, but I do find their music ideal for running and working out. I also appreciate that the band is continuing the holiday tradition it started last year, offering us another Christmas-themed single.
Last year, it was a melodramatic but driving anthem called "A Great Big Sled", and this December the band is getting a bit sillier with "Don't Shoot Me, Santa." This one leans more toward rockabilly ballad, but it still sounds like a Killers song, and the video — featuring the guys clad in cheesy Christmas sweaters — is a must-see. To watch it and get into the holiday spirit, read more
The Shockwave Awards, chosen by readers of the excellent British music mag NME, are like a cross between the Grammys and the MTV Movie Awards. There are all of the usual categories, like Best New Band and Best Album, plus some completely wacky ones, including Worst Band and Worst Dressed, which makes them more fun than our stodgy Grammys.
More than anything, of course, the Shockwaves are a place to see and be seen. This year's ceremony, held Thursday in London, was attended by hipsters galore: Jarvis Cocker and the Gossip's Beth Ditto, Kate Moss and Pete Doherty, Franz Ferdinand, and the Killers, who won for Best Video. For a full list of winners, read more
The Grammys may have come and gone, but last night celebrated the UK version, The Brit Awards. The Killers didn't win any Grammys, but last night the band didn't leave empty handed. The indie rockers were both named international group of the year and awarded the international prize for best album. In fact North American artists took all the international categories including JT for best male. Justin accepted his award via video link and couldn't help but get in a few jokes:
"Thank you very much for this," Timberlake, 26, said. "I'm very flattered. I'm actually on tour so I couldn't be there. Everyone have a great night. Stop drinking! You know who you are. I'm speaking to you. You are going to get sloppy." Then, referring to a British tabloid, he joked, "OK! magazine is going to say something bad about you."
It sounds like Justin may have had a few before shooting his acceptance speech, too! Justin's Award Case must be getting pretty full these days, but he certainly wasn't the only winner of the night. For the entire list of winners click here. To see the video of Justin's acceptance speech and lots more pics including worst dressed Joss Stone, Kelly Osbourne and more just read more
Aside from that whole Spice Girls thing, I continue to be impressed by the Brits' impeccable taste in pop music. I mean, can you imagine the The Artic Monkeys winning a Grammy? That's why I love the Brit Awards, the British equivalent of the Grammys, which were announced last night. The winners ranged from ultra-cool blues diva Amy Winehouse to American pop stalwart Justin Timberlake, who was named best International Male Solo Artist. Here's a look a who won:
British Male Solo Artist: James Morrison
British Female Solo Artist: Amy Winehouse
British Group: Arctic Monkeys
British Album: Arctic Monkeys, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
International Male Solo Artist: Justin Timberlake
International Female Solo Artist: Nelly Furtado
To see the rest, plus a gallery of photos from the show, read more