Nespresso, the leading designer of espresso pod machines (or as they call it "single-serve coffee segment"), is set to launch their latest creation -- the Lattissima -- later this year. Their newest machine combines all the beauty, functionality and ease of many of their others, but this is really a one-stop-shop for all things espresso based. All the components -- brewing, frothing, cleaning -- are inside removing any need for you to think about much more than ultimately drinking your coffee. There's a one-click attachment for frothing/steaming milk so making a cappuccino or latte is honestly as easy as hitting a button. For instance, my C190 is manual so I have to let the steam heat up and then froth the milk myself (which is still pretty easy), but the Lattissima makes making a cup of coffee in the morning -- especially when you're still too tired for manual labor or even thinking -- a snap. The machine, being produced in partnership with De'Longhi, comes in Satin Chrome and is set to retail between $600 and $700. It has a twin pump and heating system (one for making coffee, the other for frothing milk) allowing for a froth coffee to drip into your glass in about one minute. It was constructed with an adjustable cup platform in the event you're really jonesing for a tall latte and a heated upper surface to warm your espresso cups. And if you're in New York, check out the Lattissima at the recently opened Nespresso Boutique Bar at Madison and 65th.
Announced this morning, legendary diva Cyndi Lauper will headline the 15-city True Colors Tour, the first-ever concert run benefiting the Human Rights Campaign, the world's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender political lobby group. The tour kicks off in Vegas on June 8 at the MGM Grand Garden and winds across the country before winding down on June 30 at LA's Greek Theater. Joining Cyndi will be Debbie Harry, Erasure, the Gossip, Dresden Dolls, the Misshapes and comedian (and tour host) Margaret Cho. Guests, including Rufus Wainwright, Indigo Girls and Rosie O'Donnell, will make special appearances throughout the tour. For every ticket sold, $1 will go to benefit HRC in order to create equal rights for gays everywhere.
With all the bands heading to Austin next week for the annual SXSW music conference, I've yet to be bombarded with the "OMG, you have to check out ___!!!" But this morning, a couple of MP3s came my way that made my ears perk up. The last few years, indie music, especially that coming out of England, has produced some of the most amazing, engaging post-punk revivalists . But now, as things continue to progress, I do believe we might now start hearing a slew of bands bringing in the new era of new wave. One to mention: The Winterkids. This five-piece from England's countryside (some small enclave called Peaslake that surely no one on in America can point to on a map) are barely out of their teens but make such sophisticated music that it's surprising they haven't been doing this their whole lives. They made a splash across the pond with the release of two singles: the head-bopping, hand-clapping "All the Money" and "Tape It," a humorous, somewhat heart wrenching breakup song that thrills with its excitement, snarkiness and pop sensibilities enhanced with electro-tinged keyboards. It draws comparisons to early Pulp but also a little Madness and dare I say Echo and the Bunnymen sans the gloom. The music is fast and sincere; it bounces into your attention and then leaves as quickly. But you realize they've left a little gift ... something lingering, a little reminder of this fun little party you just attended. After hearing these two songs, I hit their MySpace page where I found a third ditty, the folky "Who Am I Kidding," fronted by 18-year-old Hannah Snider. This sweet-voiced, approachable tune could so easily be 2007s go-to movie or show soundtrack addition for any scene reminiscent of a "Pretty in Pink" or any John Hughes-like movie. This song shows the band's diversity, harmony and ability to play around with the music.
If you're hitting SXSW, try to check them out. They're playing six shows between Wed and Sat -- so you shouldn't miss them. Oh yeah, their debut, Memories, drops this month.
In the meantime, check out MySpace but also listen to these songs:
It's here: Madge's commercial for her new H&M line. And it's hilarious. Watch and laugh bitches...
You knew it was going to happen: Genesis (sans Peter Gabriel) just announced dates for the North American leg of their 2007 "Turn It On Again" Tour. This is the band's first tour in 15 years -- and this leg will follow a summer jaunt across Europe. Tickets for Montreal and Philadelphia go on sale March 10 and in Boston, Chicago, Giants Stadium, Hartford and Toronto on March 12. Prices range from $57 to $227.
Sept 7: Toronto @ BMO Field
Sept 9: Boston @ TD Banknorth Garden
Sept 14: Montreal @ Olympic Stadium
Sept 16: Hartford, Conn @ Hartford Civic Center Coliseum
Sept 18: Philly @ The Wachovia Center
Sept 22: Columbus, Ohio @ Nationwide Arena
Sept 23: Washington DC @ Verizon Center
Sept 27: E. Rutherford, NJ @ Giants Stadium
Sept 29: Cleveland @ Quicken Loans Arena
Sept 30: Auburn Hills, Mich @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
Oct 2: Chicago @ United Center
Oct 9: San Jose, Ca @ HP Pavilion
Oct 12: LA @ the Hollywood Bowl
Notice there's lot of dates between dates so the boys will likely add a whole bunch more...
If you like Girlies like I like Girlies then you're going to fall over yourself for the new line of T-shirts from Rotter & Friends. Jessica Rotter and Alison Zero, two of the best music publicists in the biz (they work for Girlie Action in New York -- get it? Girlies?) just launched the website for their hard work-in-progress T-shirt company that depicts adorable designs by Ms. Rotter (one of my favorite peeps in the world). The retro cartoon-like designs are shown via an easy-to-navigate minimalist website. The very rock 'n roll shirts (currently there are four designs) are made for men and women, and show cool scenes and even cooler people (John Phillips, anyone?) and kick-dancing records (yes, vinyl!). The shirts run about $37 (a steal these days, if you ask me) and are listed by "title": Wolfking of LA; Play Your Records; Rapture Sublime and West Side Chickens. And when you're done shopping, hit the "fun" section and check out a little Rotter Radio. If I know Jess, she's no doubt spinning some great tunes. Nice work, ladies!
Chicago's emerging band the 1900s have finally finished recording, mixing and putting their stamp on the follow up to last year's well-received Plume Delivery. This new set, which is still yearning for a title, will show the band's growth since putting out last year's delicious, sunshiny-folk EP. The septet, comprising three ladies and four fellas, is talking to a bunch of labels to release this new album. They're going to play a few shows during SXSW, where they'll hopefully make a decision on where they want to release their debut full-length collection.
In the meantime, the band sent me this never-before-heard song, "When I Say Go." The track shows 1900s moving in a new direction, adding lush, layered vocals, strings, darker content, aggressive and crunchy guitars. In other words, the band is growing up. And if this song is any sign of what the rest of the album will deliver, it will remind so many of us why we first fell in love with the 1900s about a year ago when they played one of their first shows, at Chicago's Empty Bottle.
1900s play three shows at SXSW:
March 14: Habana Calle 6 @ 11:30 pm
March 15: Schubas Party @ Yard Dog Folk Art Gallery @ Noon
March 16: Hole in the Wall Party @ 6 pm
When I Say Go
Now that we know who's playing the other big music festivals this year, it's time to start speculating on Lollapalooza. The granddaddy of all U.S. music fests will prove to be bigger and better than the last two years. According to the Lollapalooza message boards, a bunch of great and eclectic acts are already signed on for the three-day fest, set for Chicago's Grant Park Aug. 3-5. So, who are they:
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Stay tuned ... as SG gets the info, we're putting it up.
120 Days, one of my favorite bands I discovered last year, just released a video for its song "C-Musik." The black-and-white noir video takes place in a parking garage with lead singer Ådne Meisfjord taking the reins before the rest of the band joins in to take the song through its explosive climax.