This week’s new tracks: Glowie, Joel Corry and Jax Jones, Tendai | Pop and rock

[ad_1] Glowie Throwback This delirious marching band workout feels beamed in from a pre-algorithm era. The relentless pace – think Lose My Breath by Destiny’s Child covered by Britney – is best described as “full Lycra chafe”, while the scattergun lyrics eschew slick self-empowerment in favour of chunky slabs of bravado. Dig out those bedazzled, … Read more

Writers notes: the record label remixing novels into music | Books

[ad_1] Last year, Taylor Swift’s album Evermore featured two prominent nods to literature: the Rebecca-inspired Tolerate It, and Happiness, a breakup song which references F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. After the news that Dolly Parton’s debut novel is to be released alongside her new album, it seems that fiction-inspired music is having its moment. … Read more

Becky Hill: Only Honest on the Weekend review – a conveyor belt of blandness | Pop and rock

[ad_1] In a recent Guardian article that touched on the role of albums in the streaming era, the former head of Virgin EMI described them as an “artist appeasement tool”. It’s a crude way to look at the artform, but in the case of Becky Hill it might be apt. Hill has four Top 10 … Read more

I think Adele is fab and wear pastel shorts suits. I may never be cool again. And I’m cool with that | Health & wellbeing

[ad_1] Last week I spent some time recording an audiobook version of these columns (cough, out in October, cough). One thing I noticed was the number of times I had extolled the virtues of 00s girl band Girls Aloud. Music is an area where self-appointed gatekeepers decide what is cool and what is not. Pop … Read more

‘It was the happiest time’: The Beach Boys on their strange second coming | Beach Boys

[ad_1] In the 1960s, the Beach Boys staked their claim as the US’s most popular band, as their dazzling, harmony-drenched songs about surfing, cars and California Girls epitomised the American dream. So, at the end of the decade, when leader and principal songwriter Brian Wilson – who had recently spent several months in a psychiatric … Read more

John Cage: Number Pieces review – revelatory take on ‘anarchic harmony’ | John Cage

[ad_1] Between 1987 and 1992, the final years of his life, John Cage composed some 40 works that he designated only by numbers, indicating the number of performers needed to realise them. They range from solos to orchestral works involving up to 108 players; when there is more than one score for the same number … Read more

Big Red Machine: How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? review – slightly self-indulgent supergroup | Music

[ad_1] Aaron Dessner cuts a very low-profile figure, even by the standards of both bookish US alt-rockers and blue-chip pop collaborators, neither of whom require otherworldly charisma or an outrageous image. Put it this way: the New York Times recently ran a lengthy profile piece, lauding his achievements – his work on Taylor Swift’s multi-platinum, … Read more

Kanye West formally applies to change name to Ye | Kanye West

[ad_1] Kanye West has filed court documents to formally change his name to Ye. In the filing with Los Angeles Superior Court, West aims to distil his full name – Kanye Omari West – to just Ye, with no other first name or surname, citing “personal reasons”. A judge will now need to approve the … Read more

‘He’s a star, Gap is benefiting from that’: will Kanye West save the clothing giant? | Fashion

[ad_1] The Gap has released the second item from its collaboration with Kanye West’s Yeezy label. A black puffer called a “go round” jacket, which the rapper wore at the Balenciaga couture show, follows the electric blue puffer jacket which went on sale in June. Insiders are hoping that the collaboration will reverse the fortunes … Read more