MJ's new album: Michael promises 10 tracks of zombiefied pop, Thriller come (back) to life. According to the official Jackson website, the album is a work of "newly completed recordings." This means Michael is a compilation of outtakes and rehashes primped for the 2011 pop landscape. For mourning fans, the package amounts to a chimera of comfort and alternative history. Michael's buildup, if not the music itself, conjures a world in which the King of Pop, having emerged from another session in the hyperbaric chamber, returns to his throne to continue his reign. Welcome to the parallel universe of posthumous music.
Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from this week in S.F. music.
Tricky the Wanderer:
It's this desire to keep moving that prompted Tricky to recently relocate to Paris, where he recorded Mixed Race
. "Paris is a melting pot," he says. "It reminds me that you can be who you want to be -- that London is hard." He first moved to England's capital at 20, but found life difficult, particularly because of the financial strain put on artists living in one of the most expensive cities in the world. That prompted a move to the U.S. "When I lived in New York, I used to go over the Brooklyn Bridge and be like, 'Wow!'" he says. "But after being there for so many years, I stopped seeing anything. In L.A., I was like, 'Fuck, there's palm trees outside my house!' Then I stopped looking, too. When things stop becoming exciting, that's when I fuck off. Places became too familiar. I like being a stranger in Paris."