Just a day after its initial release, ‘Speed of Sound’, the first single from Coldplay’s forthcoming full-length, shot to number one on iTunes charts. This, of course, should be taken as proof that a huge number of iTunes users are 30-something douche bags who used to like good stuff, but, since getting married and having kids, wouldn’t know good music if it bit them in their khakis. Either that or teenaged girls who babble endlessly about how people from England are more “refined” than people in the United States.
The song sounds like every other stupid Coldplay single, with the exception of that first one, ‘Yellow’, which is fast becoming the equivalent of Radiohead’s ‘Creep’, meaning it was actually enjoyable, but is now considered a novelty by fans, critics and probably the band as well. There’s a lot of piano, a lot of Chris Martin’s pseudo-emotional singing, and a lot of drums stolen directly from Larry Mullen Jr.’s late-90s playbook. All that adds up to a lot of nothing. And it’s a sure sign that their next record will sell a gazillion copies.
Trent Reznor – ‘The Hand That Feeds’
In an admittedly cool move, Trent Reznor released the first single from the new Nine Inch Nails record as a Garageband file, which gives Mac users the ability to mess with each individual track, churning out remixes to their heart’s content. I’m sure that with enough tinkering, you can make it sound just like “Head Like A Hole.”
The White Stripes – ‘Blue Orchid’
Ok, now that we’ve discussed some of the shittier things the Internet has to offer us, we can move on to the White Stripes, who are gearing up to release their fifth long-player. The first single, ‘Blue Orchid’, finds Jack and Meg in fine form, relying on the same plodding drums and heavy guitars that have traditionally served them well. Jack White rocks the vocals with an uncharacteristically smooth falsetto, giving the track a late-70s power-pop feel, which might be just the right move to keep their tried and true formula from getting stale.