Talk about your unexpected comebacks. The history of Edwyn Collins is being celebrated via a new retrospective of his legendary outfit Orange Juice, it’s true. But the brilliant tunesmith is back in ways his fans could never imagine after a cerebral hemorrhage in 2005 threatened to close the book on his fabled career forever.
He may be known for his loopy singing voice and big-suited stage persona. But former Talking Heads bandleader David Byrne has got a few more tricks up his baggy sleeve.The Oscar winner has also penned a reflective book, a tongue-in-cheek send-up of Guevara’s “Motorcycle Diaries” called “Bicycle Diaries.”
Congratulations are in order for San Francisco’s own top-flight dance/electronic imprint, Om Records.Their latest release from UK duo Groove Armada, “Black Light,” was just nominated for a Grammy in (of course) the Best Electronic/Dance Album category. Hats off!
Talk about juggernauts. Swedish dance-punk diva Robyn is simply unstoppable. Not only is she preparing yet another assault on these shores in January, backing her futuristic trilogy of “Body Talk” releases, she also just launched an innovative new feature on her website, www.robyn.com.
Like most artists these days, scrappy Scottish chanteuse KT Tunstall is finding remarkably inventive new methods for promoting her music. Like her recent “Kollaborate With KT” campaign for her new “Tiger Suit.”
She might be married to one of folkdom’s most brilliant songwriters, Paul Simon. But that doesn’t mean Edie Brickell has put her own career on hold. In fact, the missus wisely spent most of the time on her 2003 tour (backing her “Volcano” solo set) — she was cranking out material for two new records.
Still swear you like that old time rock and roll? Even though you live in the Jetsons digital age? Here’s some good news, then: Bob Seger himself is right there with you. And now on your mobile device with 15 of his catalog classics offered as rollicking ringtones. “Feel Like A Number”? Great — now you can hear the song every time your boss calls.