Katia is one of the many girls of the David Bowie Is Around The World film you will meet. The man who drives the man from Toronto, Drake comes to pick Katia up who has been just rocking the Jarrell guitar of the Bowie film which you will see played by someone very special (guess who?), in the film. It’s showtime soon and she is off to the show. She will be sending you and update soon.
Simon Frith, Mercury Prize chairman, said: “This year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist celebrates a fascinating year for British and Irish music, marked by a wonderful range of musical voices – urgent, reflective, upbeat and tender, acoustic and electronic, and all with something intriguing to say.”
He admitted the short list was “not a rational decision”, saying it was “partly pragmatic and partly passion”.
Referring to the inclusion of Bowie, who could be the oldest winner in the history of the prize, and the Arctic Monkeys, he said:
“What is really striking about this year is that we have established artists doing something interesting. “It’s not just another record”.
He also noted the inclusion of more electronic records this year, saying the genre was “moving clearly into the mainstream”.
Bowie, who released his debut album in 1967, has been nominated on this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize shortlist, along with 11 others in the running for the best album of 2013.
The 66-year-old’s surprise release in January, The Next Day, was praised by the panel for its “panache and a remarkable sense of urgency’” and goes up against the cream of the best musicians the new generation has to offer.
Shortlisted alongside Bowie are 19-year-old Jake Bugg, the singer-songwriter known in part for his tabloid feud with boyband One Direction, Laura Marling, 23, and 24-year-old James Blake.
The shortlist also includes Artic Monkeys, for their fifth album AM, Disclosure for their debut Settle, Foals for their third album and second Mercury nominated release Holy Fire, and Jon Hopkins’ Immunity.
They will go up against Laura Mvula’s record Sing to the Moon, Rudimental’s debut album Home, Savages’ Silence Youself and Awayland by Villagers, who were nominated in 2010. The winner will be announced on October 30.
Bowie was last week nominated for six Q awards, in recognition of his comeback this year, which gave him his first number one album in 20 years.
Josefine comes from the land that is called Sweden. In Sweden everyone likes to keep up with the Jones’s not in a material way, in the health way. “They all want to out-health each other”, said Josefine as we sat in a Yorkville coffee shop.
I was catching up with Josefine who was on her way to Sweden a day after the British/Irish boy-band One Direction had been in town. My ears still reverberating from the screams. Josefine had seen my YouTube video and told me she just laughed, as it reminded her of her time going to the concert when she was 7 and being crazy about Back Street Boys. Now she is crazy about “Ozzy” Osborne
“I love girls loving boy bands. I’d be the same if I saw Ozzy, LOL. No actually I would contain myself in an attempt to remain cool but probably escape to a nearby washroom and ram myself into the walls for a bit to calm down.”
I ran into Josefine one day at a coffee shop on Queen Street West, after time spent with models from America’s Next Top Models Live CN Tower, Edgewalk. My mobile phone had died and I decided to charge my phone and have a coffee.
Overhearing a Swedish accent, as Josefine had been on the phone and having spent lots of time in Stockholm myself I decided to find out more about her. What a discovery this was.
Josefine, was studying for her exams, not just any exam but in mathematics, yes she likes numbers, it’s how her brain works. There was a level of comfort between us due to ties in Sweden perhaps, and soon the various layers of Josefine began to reveal themselves to me like skin peeling off fruit. She, Josefine had also modeled, she loves to cook, make raw foods taste delicious, had traveled where she’s seen poverty, makes a mean almond yogurt, and loves astrology.
Shortly after our first meeting Josefine informed me she has signed with her agency again and now is back into modeling. This was good to hear because she is talented and had a great look.
At the coffee shop in Yorkville she was unable to contain herself at the thought of just chilling with her mom in bed, eating and being back in Sweden. I shared in her excitement, almost as if I was also going back to see my friends in Sweden.
So here let me introduce you to my Swedish discovery in Toronto, the multifaceted girl from Sweden, Josefine.