From Ronnie Spector to Björk: The eighty-ninth LA Weekly playlist, reviewing the musicians that we’ve been writing about all week, is live now. There’s electronic music from David Dann and Carl Craig, R&B from Amanda Reifer, the much-missed Ronnie Spector, rock from Filter and Genesis, cover star Björk, and so much more.
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From Ronnie Spector to Björk
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Vince Cuneo of Venice duo Movie Club said of the late Ronnie Spector that: “The first time I heard Ronnie Spector’s voice was the hit ‘Be My Baby’ by the Ronettes. Classic songs like this take the listener to a certain place. This particular song makes me feel like I’m back in high school falling in love for the first time and also makes me feel like I time traveled back to a 1960’s diner with my entire life ahead of me. Though the song’s production sounded huge because of Phil Spector, the power of Ronnie’s voice creates an emotion and nostalgia that is truly legendary.”
Cover star Björk said of the Cornucopia tour: “The subject matter of Utopia and Cornucopia was very much about the environment, and also on a personal level, and hopefully a universal level. But it was trying not to focus on aggression and destruction, which in my case was Vulnicura, the album I did before. How do you build again a new world, and how do you keep the hope up? The songs approach the subject matter from very different angles, but obviously when you do an album you always write it first and then afterwards say that the songs are very different. But if there’s something that unites all of them, you usually don’t figure it out until they’re all finished.”