Daniele Luppi, Parquet Courts & Karen O made an LP about ’80s Italian fashion
Italian composer Daniele Luppi likes to work with high concepts. You may remember his project, Rome, from 2011 that featured Jack White, Ennio Morricone, Danger Mouse, Norah Jones. He's back with a new album, titled Milano, that was just released via Danger Mouse's 30th Century Records and is the final chapter in his Italian trilogy. (2004's An Italian Story was the first.) Milano is a concept record "complete with songs that are fictionalized stories about misfits, fashionistas, outcasts and junkies in mid-1980s Milan." To help him realize his vision, he enlisted Parquet Courts and Karen O. The results are pretty much what you'd expect, though for something that screams "SIDE PROJECT," Milano is a lot of fun and never feels like a throwaway. The party really gets going whenever Karen O shows up (she's on half the album), like on "Talisa," which is an ode to model Talisa Soto. You can watch videos for "Talisa," "Soul Cigarette" and "Mount Napoleon" and stream the whole album below.
Karen O, meanwhile, is out with Yeah Yeah Yeahs celebrating the new reissue of their debut album Fever to Tell, having played just played Growlers 6 in LA and Fox Theatre in Oakland, CA. and making their way to NYC for a sold-out show at Kings Theatre on 11/7.