[Singer Anaïs St. John has performed jazz standards, tributes to Eartha Kitt, and recently Donna Summer. On Friday night, she'll perform her tribute to Summer, "Last Dance," Friday at 8 p.m. at the Joy Theater. Recently, My Spilt Milk asked her for a better understanding of Summer, and what drew St. John to her.]
While compiling the accompanying playlist, I wondered how dance music producer Giorgio Moroder (Saturday, 6:50 p.m., Le Plur) feels about women. They are the voices of his music, including this year’s Deja Vu, where Sia, Kylie Minogue, Charlie XCX, and Britney Spears are among the women who give voice to his songs.
This week's "Freshly Spilt Milk" playlist includes newly remixed Fatboy Slim, Prefuse73, A-Trak with AraabMuzik and Ape Drums, as well as rock 'n' roll from Albert Hammond, Jr., White Reaper, Daddy Issues, and more.
When Prince last played Essence Festval in 2004, he played a hits-oriented show. When he returned last night, the hits formed the backbone of a much richer musical experience. He was expansive and adventurous as he added such deep cuts as the encore “Days of Wild,” “Partyman” from Batman and “Sometimes it Snows in April” from Parade.
The yearly list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees is an annual invitation to think about rock 'n' roll history, who mattered, what mattered, and what halls of fame are all about. For the last few years, I've dealt with the depressing reality that no matter how genres cross today (as they always have, really), Chic has been on the outside looking in.
[Updated] Pussycat's Puppets: Miss Pussycat's puppets remind me of Dr. Seuss because like his characters, the design of hers dictates the world they live in. I can't always tell one rodent species from another when she renders them as puppets, but their deliberately stylized, handmade quality necessitates a world decorated with foil and Christmas lights.