“This summer I’m listening to the new Richard Marx album,” model and TV personality Daisy Fuentes proclaimed to Shindigger last week at an event she was hosting in the Empire State Building. “I especially like the title track, and not just because I co-wrote it. It’s quite possibly the sexiest song ever.”
New York remains the place where entertainers kick off tours and throw bashes in honor of themselves.
“It’s my fourth tour in the U.S., and it’s always such a pleasure to come to New York and greet your fans,” enthused Yann Tiersen to Shindigger in a VIP section of the Highline Ballroom. “U.S. audiences are great and crazy!”
Mssr. Tiersen, the innovative world music artist best known for supplying the soundtrack to French film Amélie, had sold out the Highline for the first leg of a tour supporting ∞ (Infinity), his new album.
“Music is such a free-form thing,” he declared, explaining why he eschews any sort of strategic planning of his projects. “I like to mess around with sounds and see how and where it goes.”
We asked if he had any downtime.
“I bought a bike,” he replied. “I was a really heavy smoker, and I stopped one year ago, so now I bike, and it’s turned into a bit of an addiction.”
Sinéad O’Connor has a new album called I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss coming in August. “I’m excited about the songwriting,” she explained to Shindigger. “I’ve never written romantic songs before.” The new album has a somewhat surprising cover that makes Ms. O’Connor look like a dance pop vixen.
“It’s not a look I’m going to maintain—it’s just for a few minutes,” she insisted with a raspy laugh, adding “It’s a good thing for me to identify as a woman and not look like a butch lesbian.” Her tour won’t hit New York until November; details are under wraps.
Belgian electro hip-hop star Stromae is known this side of the Atlantic for his hit “Alors On Danse.” Last month, he delivered a three-encore performance in Times Square.
“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen,” the astonishingly lanky artist told Shindigger afterward. Next on Stromae’s agenda was the Glastonbury Festival, but we were assured that he’d be back in town for a two-night engagement at Terminal Five in September.
Music was also a subject at the New York premiere of IFC’s stupendous film Boyhood.
“My character was an aspiring musician, so I wrote a few of the songs in [the movie],” Ethan Hawke, the film’s star, dished after the screening as guests pooled into MoMA’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. “There are little valentines I wrote for my kids and my wife.”
Shindigger’s final musical event last week introduced us to electronic dance music producers Cash Cash.
“Our first single, ‘Take Me Home,’ did really well, and we have a follow-up with John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls,” bandmember Sam Frisch told us at the Samsung Shape Summer Mix Series in the Mondrian Soho’s hidden library. “The best part of DJing is you’re listening to new music every night,” Jean Paul Makhlouf, another member said. “We’re always exploring new sounds and artists. We’re also working on something new with Dragonette.”
Cash Cash has sights set on playing Terminal 5 in the footsteps of Stromae, but in the meantime has a coveted residency at crazy house club Marquee in Las Vegas, where the band claims to have “seen a lot of boobies—girls on shoulders just whipping them out.”
Sounds like our kind of party.