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    • Wet Hot American Summer: Ken Marino
      It was as part of The State that Marino first worked with Wet Hot American Summer creators David Wain and Michael Showalter (as well as co-stars Joe Lo Truglio and Michael Ian Black.) In the film and its all-new prequel series, Marino plays camp counselor Victor Pulak, a closeted virgin.
    • Live at Barrowlands
      As a band that made their name at the cutting edge of the post-punk movement, a band revered for sounding genuinely new and original, The Jesus and Mary Chain seem unlikely candidates for nostalgia. 
    • The End of the Tour
      James Ponsoldt’s latest film recounts the five days writer David Lipsky spent interviewing David Foster Wallace on a promotional tour for his landmark novel, Infinite Jest.
    • Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful
      This is a flowery psych-folk album that musters little more than consistent pleasantness. 
    • Watch: Foals - “Mountain At My Gates” Spherical Virtual Reality Video
      Foals recently announced their new album, What Went Down (out August 28 via Warner Music). They previously shared the title track via its video and the audio for "Mountain At My Gates."
    • YACHT Announces New Album Via a Billboard in Los Angeles
      YACHT announced their new album today, the follow-up to 2011's Shangri-La and 2014's Where Does This Disco? EP, via a billboard in Los Angeles, on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and La Brea Ave. 
    • Yoko Ono Announces New Album Featuring Death Cab for Cutie, tUnE-yArDs, Sparks, and Others
      Yoko Ono has announced a new album. It's not due out until January 22, 2016 (is this the first notable album to get a confirmed 2016 release date?) and it's titled Yes, I'm a Witch Too, making it the sequel 2007's Yes, I'm a Witch. Like that record, this one is a collaborative album. Every song is a collaboration between Ono and a di […]
    • Ought Share New Song, “Men For Miles,” Announce Tour Dates
      Montréal post-rockers Ought are set to release their second album, Sun Coming Down, September 18 via Constellation. The band has already shared the album's first single, the near-eight-minute-long "Beautiful Blue Sky." Now they have shared another song from it, "Men For Miles." They have also announced a bunch of tour dates.
    • Wet Hot American Summer: Randall Park
      We chat with Randall Park about First Day of Camp, Fresh Off the Boat, and the dead-on Eminem impression he did on Scheer-RL.
    • Amason
      Amason never had a plan. The story of this Swedish band's formation spans years of friendship and admiration, a bond that eventually assembled itself into a band in 2012, when members Amanda Bergman, Pontus Winnberg, Petter Winnberg, Nils Törnqvist, and Gustav Ejstes put aside their musical projects to start anew.
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    • Pega Monstro's Guide To Lisbon July 29, 2015
      Dream-punk duo discuss their home city...Lisbon has a unique flavour. A historic port, the city has accepted people of all creed and colour for centuries. A hotbed of culture, the area has produced all manner of artists, with newcomers Pega Monstro helping to spearhead a new generation. Intrigued, Clash asked the dream-punk duo to guide us around their homet […]
    • Clash DJ Mix - Amirali July 29, 2015
      Dark Matters founder strikes an individual note...In one fell swoop Amirali became one of the most sought after producers in the game. 'Beautiful World' - released via Crosstown Rebels in 2012 - was a mysterious, intoxicating beast, patiently funky and rich in emotion. Seizing the initiative, the Iranian/Canadian has never looked back, with his ful […]
    • Premiere: Loose Meat - 'Inside The Sun' July 29, 2015
      Entrancing live electronics...Earlier today a file landed in the Clash inbox proclaiming to be the work of Loose Meat. Although the duo's identities are being kept secret, they have seemingly moonlighted for some years in a cult - and rather off-kilter - indie rock outfit. Loose Meat, though, is entirely electronic. Reminiscent of early Warp - think Squ […]
    • Premiere: Medicine Men - 'Lowlands' July 29, 2015
      Scottish newcomers signed to This Feeling Records...Medicine Men have an oddly undefinable sound. New wave guitars matched to buzzing synths, there's an awkwardly infectious groove running through their songwriting. Working with new music hub This Feeling to release new single 'Lowlands', it's a sound the nation will be hearing a lot more […]
    • Listen: Ought Share 'Men For Miles' July 29, 2015
      A brittle, brutal return...Ought's gradually found its own audience, the Montreal band's brittle yet brutal take on post-punk leaving a lasting impression. Heading straight back into the studio, the band have completed follow up LP 'Sun Coming Down'. Ahead of this, the band have shared new cut 'Men For Miles' and it's a tan […]
    • Premiere: Marika Hackman - 'Next Year' (Acoustic) July 29, 2015
      Shot live on a London rooftop...It's been a marvellous experience to watch Marika Hackman blossom as an artist. Initially gaining attention while still incredibly young, her gentle, folk-tinged acoustic lullabies have grown in strength and purpose. Debut album 'We Slept At Last' is out now, a rich document which finds Marika exploring her burg […]
    • Next Wave #647 - HÆLOS July 29, 2015
      Spectral, emotive electronics...Sometimes things just work. Arthur Delaney, Lotti Benardout and Dom Goldsmith have made music separately for years, but when they first stepped into the studio together the trio could feel that something was, somehow, innately different to what they'd done before. HAELOS was born. “It felt really natural,” explains Arthur […]
    • The Idle Man: Rains x Hot Creations July 29, 2015
      A new collab sees a palm tree planted on a rain mac. Like Skepta has Nasir (Mazhar), Jungle has Alpha (Industries) and Riri has tabs on everyone else, record label Hot Creations now has Rains. Brought together under the watchful eye of The Idle Man – the menswear independent launched online last year by ex-ASOS Oliver Tezcan – the two have come up with a mac […]
    • Premiere: Jono McCleery - 'Age Of Self' July 29, 2015
      Folk inflections with electronic traces...Jono McCleery may well be a name that is familiar to you. After all, the vocalist aided Portico on their enthralling recent LP and has previously worked with a host of other artists. It is for his solo work, though, that the singer is most cherished. Jono McCleery has a relaxed, un-rushed temperament, with each song […]
    • Premiere: Adam Freeland - Live At Sacred Ground Festival July 29, 2015
      Live and direct from a 'techno village fete'...Adam Freeland has come a long way. Initially part of his local scene in Hertfordshire, the producer gained first national then international fame, smashing through genre lines in the process. Now working as one third of The Acid, Adam Freeland recently returned to the decks for a special set at Sacred […]
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    • 7/29: CHEAP TRICK, HEADED TO S FL, COREY TAYLOR PODCAST THIS WEEK July 29, 2015
      Went out the The Sands in Bethlehem PA last night to catch Cheap Trick. I’ve been seeing this band since around 1981 when I used to go see them co headline with UFO. CT is another band that defies father time. They still sound amazing and look pretty much the same. Robin Zander another one […]
    • GEOFF TATE’S OPERATION: MINDCRIME RELEASE VIDEO FOR “RE-INVENTING THE FUTURE” July 29, 2015
      Operation: Mindcrime – the band fronted by former Queensryche man Geoff Tate – have launched a video for their track Re-Inventing The Future. Watch it below. The Key is scheduled for release on September 18th through Frontiers Music Srl. To read more about this release and to view a track listing, please click here.
    • WHITESNAKE’S GUITARIST JOEL HOEKSTRA TO RELEASE “DYING TO LIVE” IN OCTOBER July 29, 2015
      Joel Hoekstra announces the release of his new melodic hard rock studio album Dying To Live from his electrifying new side project, Joel Hoekstra’s 13. Hoekstra is best known to millions of rock fans as the currrent guitarist for Whitesnake, and also known for his work with Night Ranger, Trans Siberian Orchestra and the show […]
    • 7/28: SMASHING PUMPKINS/MARILYN MANSON TIX FOR NJ & NY July 28, 2015
      Have a limited amount of free tickets for Smashing Pumpkins & Marilyn Manson tomorrow at PNC in NJ and Friday for Jones Beach NY. Enter to win by emailing me eddie@eddietrunk.com . Put “pumpkins/manson” in the subject line and include your full legal name. You are ONLY a winner if you get an email back […]
    • JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES STARTING IN OCTOBER, MASTODON TO SUPPORT July 27, 2015
      Due to the overwhelming success of Judas Priest’s 17th studio effort overall, Redeemer of Souls (which became the highest-charting album of their career, when it debuted on the Billboard 200 charts at #6), the band has announced a fall tour, which will hit the U.S. and Canada, from October 16th through November 12th. Supporting Priest […]
    • GUITARIST D.J. ASHBA LEAVES GUNS N’ ROSES July 27, 2015
      Guns N’ Roses guitarist D.J. Ashba has made the following announcement: “Six years ago, I received a call that changed my life forever. The call was from a dear friend of mine (Katie McNeil-Diamond) who was working with Guns N’ Roses. It was an offer to audition for Axl Rose and earn a role in […]
    • BUCKCHERRY RELEASE VIDEO FOR “THE MADNESS,” TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED July 27, 2015
      Buckcherry have released a video for the song The Madness from their forthcoming new album, Rock N’Roll, which is due for release on August 21st through F-Bomb records. Watch the video below. Frontman Josh Todd tells Billboard,“I struggle with two sides of my mind. There’s the side that wants to be really bad and the […]
    • SEVENDUST RETURN WITH KILL THE FLAW SLATED FOR RELEASE ON OCTOBER 2ND, TOUR KICKS OFF SEPTEMBER 23RD July 27, 2015
      Musical evolution comes at various points throughout a band’s career, even those who have been creating music for over 18 years together. Sevendust are the living embodiment of this fact and their new album Kill The Flaw is the next step forward. Kill The Flaw is the band’s 11th studio album and is slated for […]
    • 7/26: REPORT FROM DEF LEPPARD, STYX & TESLA IN NJ July 26, 2015
      Saw Def Leppard, Styx and Tesla last night in NJ at PNC. All 3 bands were really good and turned in great sets for a sold out crowd. Yep, sold out! After my post about the touring business recently and some of the tours we hear are struggling, it was great to see a packed […]
    • DEEP PURPLE PERFORM “SMOKE ON THE WATER” ON NBC’S “TODAY” SHOW July 24, 2015
      Deep Purple appeared on the July 23rd broadcast of NBC’s Today show at New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza. The band played their classic song, Smoke On The Water. Watch the performance below. The band’s latest album, Now What?!, was released in North America in April 2013 through earMUSIC. Amazon.com Widgets
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Artist Profile: Imelda May

Posted by falconi5 on February 6, 2011


We love Imelda May here in the nest.  Take a listen you will too.

November 22, 2009 – Irish singer Imelda May is a walking, talking, singing embodiment of the 1950s. She wears leopard-print sweaters, tight bad-girl jeans and her hair in a ponytail. Her bangs are curled into a tight roll, known in England as a “quiff.” Although May has won numerous awards in 2009, her music harks back to a style that was popular in the ’50s: rockabilly.

May’s debut album, Love Tattoo, was just released this past summer in the U.S. And, depending on your level of perversity, the hit single “Johnny’s Got a Boom Boom” is really about the double-bass and not where a dirty mind might wander, at least if May is to be believed.

For the past 19 years, May has been in the entertainment business, but has spent a good part of that time as a burlesque performer.

“It’s lots of sequins and glitter and glamour. It’s great,” May says. “As well as the tassels and the feathers, you get a lot of circus performers — sword-swallowers, fire-eaters, contortionists. It’s such a good night out.” 

It also turns out to be a risky gig.

“I got hurt a couple of times,” May says   “There was an angle-grinder and she had some sparks flying everywhere. I was singing and I opened my mouth, and one of the sparks went down the back of my throat.”

Long-Lasting Love

Imelda May’s husband inspired two songs on Love Tattoo: “Big Bad Handsome Man” and “Falling in Love With You Again.” May says that the latter was written for him, but also for her parents.

“There are a lot of songs about new love and people falling in love for the first time. I just felt there was nothing including people who are together a long time,” May says. “You fall in and out of love a lot over the years — myself and my husband have been together for 12 years. I’ve seen my parents, aunties and uncles go through periods where they want to kill each other. And then you see periods where they’re absolutely madly in love.”

Screeching Rockabilly

It goes without saying that May wasn’t even alive when rockabilly was at its prime in the 1950s. In an interview, NPR’s Liane Hansen wonders how May got into it.

“My brother played a lot of rockabilly,” she says. “I borrowed a tape from his bedroom. It just absolutely blew my mind. It was Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran. I had never heard anything like it. The guitars would screech, and I could hear Gene Vincent’s Blue Caps in the background screamin’, absolutely screamin’ on some tracks. It was half frightening and half fantastic.”

May soon got a quiff, a pair of loafers and tore up her jeans — and it changed her life.

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