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Ladies First: New Music From Kate Bush, Karen O, Peaches, Shunda K, And More

Kate Bush took an unprecedented 12-year break between 1993’s The Red Shoes and 2005’s Aerial. But lately it seems like she’s making up for lost time: In 2007, she released a song, “Lyra,” on the soundtrack to the underwhelming film adaptation of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass. And this spring, Bush released Director’s Cut, on which she revisited and re-recorded songs from Red Shoes and 1989’s The Sensual World.

Now, just six months after Director’s Cut comes “Wild Man,” the first single from Bush’s upcoming album, 50 Words for Snow, which has a November 21 release date.

After Aerial’s ethereal sound—almost devoid of the percussion that was a signature of her work in the ’80s—it’ll be interesting to see where Bush goes with 50 Words. With its steady, gentle beat and vaguely ethnic touches, “Wild Man” sounds like it wouldn’t be out of place on The Sensual World. Can’t wait to see what else Kate has up her sleeve on this album.


In my book, Karen O can pretty much do no wrong. She can go from shrieking rock ’n’ roll banshee to wacky pre-school music teacher to plaintive lonesome crooner, depending on the song, album or project. She’s in haunted, tearjerker mode for this cover of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings’ “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.” The video is for Chipotle’s Cultivate Foundation campaign. Coupledw ith Karen’s take on the country classic, it’s just about the prettiest, saddest things I’ve seen in an awful long time.



Now if someone would just hurry up and release the version of “Immigrant Song” she recorded with Trent Reznor for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack.

Now that your significantly bummed out, I’m gonna leave you with a party track.  Out rapper Shunda K’s new track “It’s Time To Get Paid” should do the trick:



You noticed that cameo by Peaches, right? Well, The Toronto-base electroclash diva’s also got a duet with out NYC rapper Cazwell due out soon.

Check out the sneak preview of Cazwell and Peaches’ “Unzip Me”




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