Sinead O’Connor

Pop For Skeptics #8: The Internet’s Favorite Love Songs of 2012

If winter is the time of year when single people scowl, forsake love, and slink off to that alone-time retreat they’ve created for themselves under the Manhattan Bridge out of watermelon rinds and Chinese food take-out cartons, then summer is when they thaw and renew their search for romance. They might make bold overtures to someone they’ve admired for quite while. They might even fall back in love with the idea of being in love. Recently, I found myself somewhere in the middle, entertaining a Lazy Susan of dates, each more hilariously terrible than the last. One way I’ve been coping with dashed expectations is by wistfully working through love songs released this year.

More than almost any other pop subject, love songs can get away without having to be original or innovative. Every type of love song that ever will be has already been written, making my search for the definitive love song of the year especially tricky. But there was something about “30 Minute Love Affair” by Paloma Faith that resonated with me. Maybe at some point in time, I might email one of those bad dates — the one who keeps texting me after he blew me off — the video below, with the subject line, “Baby, we’re done.” … Read More

  • 0

10 of the Most Unlikely Comebacks in Music

It’s the stuff of lazy music journalistic cliché to catalog Sinéad O’Connor’s eccentricities — the thing is that no matter how many religions she professes adherence to or pictures of the pope she tears up, she remains one of music’s most singular voices and talents. Still, having said that, it’s also fair to say that not many people were expecting her new album How About I Be Me and You Be You? to be as good as it is (from what little we’ve heard, anyway). Given that O’Connor’s personal life has overshadowed her music for too long, we’re hoping that this album will refocus the public’s attention on her work. Either way, this record is the latest resurgence of a career that’s been marked by unlikely comebacks — so to celebrate, here’s a selection of some other unlikely musical renaissances. … Read More

  • 7

5 Albums to Stream for Free This Week: Grimes, Perfume Genius

Here’s the bad news, music fans: Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, yet there aren’t a whole lot of steamy make-out records on offer for free listening this week. Thankfully, there’s some good news, too: There’s a lot of other stuff to like about the five most compelling new albums to stream. After the jump, we’ve got a strong debut from a wonderfully strange pop musician, some breathtaking emotional balladry from Perfume Genius, a surprisingly compelling Sinead O’Connor comeback, and Cursive’s latest unlikely concept album. And if you’re still looking for something romantic, the latest from Tennis will probably fit the bill. … Read More

  • 1

The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The Library of Congress has selected 25 movies to be added to the National Registry in 2011. Among the diverse choices are Bambi, John CassavetesFaces, Robert Rodriguez‘s El Mariachi, Billy Wilder‘s The Lost Weekend, The Silence of the Lambs, Stand and Deliver… and, um, Forrest Gump. [via LA Times]

2. In a… Read More

  • 0

10 Memorable “Minimalist” Music Videos

Now that Kanye West is making 35-minute videos for his songs, and every dense, new Lady Gaga clip must be endlessly dissected for cultural references, there is something undeniably refreshing about a simple, straightforward music video. In a recent ArtsBeat post, Dwight Garner confesses, “I was always a minimalist – give me a concert clip, or even a bit of straight-on lip syncing to a good song” and asks readers for their favorite no-frills videos. Commenters over at The New York Times came up with quite a few suggestions, but we couldn’t help but compile a list of our own (which overlaps slightly with theirs). Add your picks in the comments. … Read More

  • 13

10 Musicians Who Got Religion, with Mixed Results

As we listened to the new Rapture album on Monday — once the initial shock that it just wasn’t very good had worn off — the thing we couldn’t help noticing was that the lyrics seemed pretty rabidly Christian. Perhaps this shouldn’t be a surprise, considering the band’s name, but as far as we’re aware, their songs have never been overtly religious before. Anyway, it turns out that there’s a story behind this — according to the Village Voice, singer Luke Jenner converted to Catholicism in 2009. He’s not the first musician to undergo a road-to-Damascus experience — so after the jump, we’ve looked at a selection of other famous musical conversions, and what they meant for the both the artist in question and the music they made afterward. … Read More

  • 14

Literary Mixtape: Ophelia

If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. This week: Ophelia, the saddest girl in Denmark. … Read More

  • 4

Mark Zuckerberg: Most Awkward SNL Guest Ever?

It was a pretty okay joke for Mark Zuckerberg to guest on SNL, coming on stage while host Jesse Eisenberg (who portrayed him negatively in Oscar nominee The Social Network) did his monologue. If their claim that they had never met before was true, it was a better joke. It would have been a really good joke if they had actually surprised Jesse Eisenberg, or if Mark Zuckerberg had been visibly angry. Instead, it was just wooden and super awkward. Maybe the most awkward thing we’ve ever seen on SNL. And we attribute it mostly to Zuckerberg’s crazy smile. Click through for video, and for the runners up for most unintentionally awkward moments on SNL. … Read More

  • 4

50 Essential Women-In-Music Albums, Part 4

Welcome back to our round up of the 50 greatest albums by women in music. We’re only one post away from revealing our complete list and this week’s selections are some of the most diverse. From the seminal recording of one of country music’s biggest stars to the hip hop artists that changed it all, the artists featured here are true greats. Just to recap our criteria one more time: No artist can appear more than once on our list, bands featured have to be unequivocally fronted by a woman, and every recording here must have made a significant contribution to music.

So, without further ado, here is the fourth installment (and check back next week for our final 10) of our list of the 50 most essential albums by female artists.… Read More

  • 1