Wanna Hang with Robyn?

Artist: Robyn

Song: Hang With Me

Album: “Body Talk, Pt. 2,” out this September


Love this song, this video and Robyn in general.

She’s certainly keeping busy in 2010. Having just recently put out an album in June, she’s already released two videos for her next disc, due Sept. 7.

Ain’t no rest for the wicked… Robyn’s planning on releasing yet a third album before the end of the year, so I don’t know how she has time to hang with anyone.

Take a peek at her hectic life here, in “Hang With Me”:

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Bowie Bonus

The following photograph just made my day:

That, my friends, is a lot of Bowie.

It’s also everything that comes with the “Super Deluxe Limited Edition” re-issue of  “Station to Station,” out September 28.

Super deluxe indeed… it comes with three CDS, three LPs, tons of photos, a replica of a David Bowie membership card and a lock of his hair.

Ok, so maybe not that last part, but you get the idea. This thing is insane and comes with lots of impractical extras.

At least that’s what I’m telling myself so I don’t run out and buy it come September. Because really, what would I do with a FAKE David Bowie membership card?

Song of the Day: “The Last Day on Earth”

Artist: Kate Miller-Heidke

Song: “The Last Day on Earth”

Album: “Curiouser” (2010)

Recommended if you like: Regina Spektor, A Fine Frenzy, people with talent.


It should really only take you about two notes into this song to realize that Kate Miller-Heidke is a classically trained vocalist.

This Aussie’s got a serious set of pipes, and the third single from her sophomore album, “Curiouser,” is one of her personal best.

For me, music can be described in one word: passion. Kate’s voice is strained with genuine emotion for the entire four minutes of this track, which is (unfortunately) a rarity amongst the Katy Perry’s of today’s music world.

Her vocals are soft yet powerful with lyrics like “In my head I repeat our conversations / Over and over til they feel like hallucinations / You know me I love to lose my mind / And everytime anybody ever speaks your name / I still feel the same / I ache / I ache / I ache inside.”

Artists like Miller-Heidke don’t need gimmicks like soaring guitar riffs or the oh-so-ridiculous auto-tune (yeah, I’m talking to you, T-Pain). This song is all about her soaring vocals and minimal instrumentals and its simplicity just works.

It’s unfortunate that her music isn’t more widely known in the states. Chances are, if you’ve heard anything by Miller-Heidke, it’s “Are You Fucking Kidding Me,” a kiss-off of a song about an ex-boyfriend who adds her as a friend on Facebook. Which is really a shame, because it’s kind of a cheap song in comparison to this one, lacking its beautiful simplicity.

Ultimately, “The Last Day on Earth” is an honest song that allows Kate’s flawless vocals and songwriting abilities shine through.

Don’t just take my word for it, though. See for yourself:

“And you hold me closer than I can ever remember being held / I’m not afraid to sleep now / If we can stay like this until it’s the last day on earth.”

JGL: Anything But A Cynic

It’s like, how much more adorable could Joseph Gordon-Levitt be?

The answer is none. None more adorable.

Personally, I’ve been a fan since his “10 Things I Hate About You” days. Most of you have probably just recently started taking notice after his roles in “(500) Days of Summer” and “Inception.”

Regardless, take a gander at Joe’s “Off The Cuff With Peter Travers,” courtesy of Rolling Stone:

Kickin’ It With Wes Craven

Living in Metro Detroit is definitely getting better these days. With the film incentives Michigan has to offer, celebs have just been flocking to my hometown like crazy these days.

Gerard Butler was here a few weeks ago. Pierce Brosnan was here in May. David Schwimmer was here in December.

The latest?

Director Wes Craven and the cast and crew of “Scream 4.”

Shooting took place in downtown Plymouth on Monday and Tuesday, where a set for the film’s Woodsboro police station was built earlier in the week.

When my friend and I got to the set, we were instantly mistaken as extras, which, I’m not going to lie to you, pretty much made my day.

In addition to Wes, Hayden Panettiere, Courtney Cox and David Arquette were also lurking around the set.

Over the course of the day, I managed to get some pretty good pictures.

Take a look at a few of my personal faves:

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“Scream 4” is being filmed in other Metro Detroit locations including Dearborn, Livonia and Northville. The film is scheduled for release on April 5, 2011.

2-for-1 Tuesday

I’ve got two new songs to make your day a little brighter.

“For The First Time,” is the first song leaked from The Script’s upcoming sophomore CD, “Science & Faith,” due Sept. 13.

I just heard it for the first time this morning and I’m already OBSESSED.

I plan on listening to it constantly on repeat before it gets popular in a few weeks/months, as it will then get played to death on the radio until the time comes where I cannot stand the mere sound of its opening note, i.e. “Breakeven.”

Next is “Hang With Me” by Robyn. I posted a video of hers a few days ago, and I think I might love this new track even more than “Dancing On My Own.”

An acoustic version of “Hang With Me” was first released on Robyn’s “Body Talk, Pt. 1” earlier this year. However, this version is revamped for her upcoming album, “Body Talk, Pt. 2” and is so much better.

Listen for yourself:

James Franco: From Harry Osborn to Allen Ginsberg

“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix, angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night…”

If you haven’t read “Howl” in it’s entirety, I suggest you peel your eyes away from this screen and do so immediately.

If you don’t know what “Howl” is, then I suggest you take it a step further and repeatedly hit yourself in the head with a blunt instrument.

Allen Ginsberg’s controversial poem is probably the most renowned piece of literature from any poet of the Beat Generation. The story of his obscenity trial is just as well known, and James Franco is bringing the tale to life this fall in the appropriately titled film, “Howl.”

Take a look at the trailer:

I have high hopes for this one. In addition to being freakin’ adorable, Franco is great at portraying historical figures. If you’ve only seen him in the Spiderman movies, I highly suggest expanding your repertoire. Franco played James Dean in the oh-so-cleverly titled “James Dean” back in 2001 and nailed it. Everything from his mannerisms to his emotions was spot on.

“Howl” is set for release on September 24, 2010, and co-stars Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeff Daniels.

Justin Vernon Gets Auto-Tuned

I think I might be in love.

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon has a new project in the form of a 23-person supergroup called Gayngs.

Their debut disc, “Relayted,” was released in May and is a fantastically crafted album. I might be a little biased because Vernon’s vocals always make me melt, but seriously. It’s amazing.

As for the auto-tune part, the following video is from a show the band played a few months ago. A show where Vernon apparently decided to take a cue from T-Pain.

Strangely enough… it kinda works.

Watch them perform “The Gaudy Side of Town” here:

Bottom line? Gayngs make all run of the mill, four-member indie bands look weak.