New and Notable: Woman’s World by Cher

Yesterday, Cher posted the artwork for her forthcoming new single, Woman’s World, on her official Facebook page. The official version of the single was also posted on YouTube by Warner Bros. Records.

As for the artwork, it’s Cher, bitch!

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New and Notable: Dragonette’s Merry Xmas (Says Your Text Message)

A few months ago, I believed that Cee Lo Green had put the nail in the coffin of pop songs with the f-word. However, Canadian electronic band Dragonette has taken it one step further with a holiday song that uses the expletive. The single Merry Xmas (Says Your Text Message) is scheduled to be released on November 20, 2012. The song is about the first holiday following a break up. I’m surprised it isn’t a Taylor Swift song.

The cover art for the single features an interesting collage of a Santa hat, hands and a woman’s legs in an exasperated pose. It does a good job of expressing the sentiment of the song.

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New and Notable: 25th Anniversary Edition of R.E.M.’s Document to be released

R.E.M. is releasing an expanded 25th Anniversary Edition of the band’s 1987 album, Document. The new edition features a digitally remastered version of the original album and a previously unreleased 1987 concert recording. The commemorative release also includes new liner notes by journalist David Daley, special 2CD packaging, and four postcards. The album is scheduled to be released on September 25, 2012. On the same date, the remastered original album will be reissued on 180-gram vinyl by Mobile Fidelity.

The original artwork for the album was created by filmmaker Jim McKay. McKay first became known for directing music videos for R.E.M. He also directed videos for Ziggy Marley, The Feelies, and Soul Coughing. He directed R.E.M.’s video “Tourfilm” and partnered with the band’s lead singer Michael Stipe on several film projects.

The artwork for the new CD (below) appears to be more faithful to the original LP. The image is not as tightly cropped as that of more recent CD issues of the album. The color also seems to have less of a blue tint.

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New and Notable: The Chemical Brothers Theme for Velodrome

When the logo for the 2012 Olympics was revealed, many people saw “naughty” images in the abstract-looking numbers. I have seen it described as an “orgy” and “Lisa Simpson performing oral sex” (I can’t see it).

It is no surprise that the cover art for the official song of the London 2012 Olympic Games features the controversial logo. Composed by electronic music duo The Chemical Brothers, Theme for Velodome is currently available as a digital download from iTunes and Amazon.com.

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New and Notable: Kylie Minogue

A few months ago, a reader described my preference for the artwork used for singles to integrate with the music video as a fetish. I suppose that may be accurate to a certain degree, especially when it involves my favorite pop stars. Kylie Minogue has not disappointed me with the artwork for her new single Timebomb. It coordinates perfectly with the music video. Both were released as a package on iTunes today.

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New and Notable: Stream the forthcoming Gossip album A Joyful Noise

The forthcoming Gossip album A Joyful Noise was made available for preview today. It is scheduled to be released on May 22, 2012. Visit the official website for details.

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New and Notable: The 2 Bears

When I saw the artwork for the forthcoming album by electronic music duo The 2 Bears, I was intrigued enough to look them up on YouTube. I am very glad that I did. Their single Work is a great ’90s retro number that I can’t quit listening to. The video is very interesting, too. It features meat, sausages, phallic balloons and a couple of older bearded guys getting shaves. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. The album is scheduled to be released in the U.K. on January 30, 2012 and in the U.S. on February 7. It is currently available for preorder through Amazon.com and iTunes.

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New and Notable: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross + free download

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The soundtrack for the upcoming film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is scheduled to be released in digital formats on December 9, 2011 and on CD on December 27. Preorders can be made on the official soundtrack website and Amazon.com. The digipak version includes three CDs and a six-panel insert. A limited edition autographed deluxe version that includes vinyl and a USB drive is being sold for $300.

The cover art for the soundtrack (below) is a simplified version of the movie poster (right). The various covers and inserts for the packaging shown on the website are a bit more interesting than the white silhouette being used for the primary artwork. It is certainly not as compelling as the movie poster. One difference between the poster and the album cover that bothers me quite a bit is that what is obviously a nose ring on the poster looks like a glob of snot hanging from the girl’s nose in silhouette. It really is a bad design mistake. I’m going to call her “the girl with the booger nose.”

As a promotion for the album, a six-track sampler is being made available as a free download. The sampler is also included with preorders made through the official website.

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New and Notable: Kate Bush

Kate Bush has posted an interesting video called “Mistraldespair” to YouTube. It is described as the official animation for a segment from Misty, a track from Bush’s new album 50 Words for Snow. The album was released last week.

The video features a snowman that is literally melted by the passionate touch of a woman. It is definitely a new take on the traditional Frosty tale. I usually like music videos that tie in to the theme of the album cover. However, the video is really quite depressing. It is not what I imagined when I saw the cover.

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Noteworthy 2011 holiday albums

Here are 10 new holiday albums for 2011. They are presented in no particular order. All are currently available for purchase.

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