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China Forbes: '78 (Inertia)

China Forbes: '78 (Inertia)

To be honest, I don't like this as much as everybody who has heard it when it has been playing at my place. I put it on and thoroughly enjoy the lightweight pop-rock quality of it (mid-period Sheryl Crow, after she lost the edge, comes to mind) and can certainly appreciate that this singer from Pink Martini has assured pop-pipes.But it lacks a...

Pink Martini: Splendor in the Grass (Inertia/Border)

Pink Martini: Splendor in the Grass (Inertia/Border)

The soundtrack for a sophisticated, cocktail-sipping summer afternoon starts here with the classy amalgam of pop and classical by the ensemble out of Portland, Oregon lead by pianist Thomas Lauderdale and featuring the pristine, unassuming voice of China Forbes. The title track, by way of example, lifts the melody of Lalo Schifrin's Burning...

Various Artists: So Frenchy So Chic 2010 (Cartell)

Various Artists: So Frenchy So Chic 2010 (Cartell)

Another year, another compilation to accompany the Alliance Francaise Film Festival -- and a chance for an overview of chic music out of France. Big names here are Charlotte Gainsbourg with the electro-title track of her new IRM album, Nouvelle Vague (a previously unreleased version of Fad Gadget's Under the Flag), Rachid Taha (in...

PINK MARTINI, THOMAS LAUDERDALE INTERVIEWED (2010): Sweet and sophisticated

PINK MARTINI, THOMAS LAUDERDALE INTERVIEWED (2010): Sweet and sophisticated

Yes it's true, says Thomas Lauderdale, he was deeply involved in politics in his adopted hometown of Portland, Oregon and had worked in a number of civic positions. “I would love at some point to run for mayor. I'd have to write the tell-all book before I do of course,” laughs this man who knows all the drag clubs, strip...

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