Friday, April 19, 2019

For Your Consideration: Stephanie Beatriz

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance: Gina, Bojack Horseman

This is an award I want someone else to win, but a nomination to Beatriz is deserved. She's a new character in the Bojack Horseman mythology, his costar on the gritty neo-noir TV series Filbert. The character's cynicism might not be of the same magnitude as Bojack's utter self-loathing, but they're at least in the same area code.

Her role on Brooklyn Nine-Nine limits the amount of inflection she can use (but not as much as other cast members [I really wanted a crossover episode with Trophy Wife's Marcy Gay Harden, but that's a whole other Dr. Phil episode]), but Beatriz doesn't overcompensate by chewing the scenery here. She portrays the world-weary actress with great balance and restraint.
"I don't want you to be the most notable thing that ever happened to me." 

When he discovers the actress listening to show tunes during a break from shooting, Bojack's attempt at flirting end up coming off as hurtful and he makes a mess of things literally and figuratively. The show did a callback to Gina's affinity for musicals with this homage to Cabaret.

So nominate her, ATAS, but give the award to Will Arnet (for fuck's sake).

Monday, April 15, 2019

Song of the Day: "Barcelona"

Max George is a member of The Wanted who are, as you may recall, totally tribal. We like The Wanted and we're giving Max a listen totally on musical merit.


Song: "Barcelona"
Artist: Max George"

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Song of the Day: "This Life"

Vampire Weekend is doing a great job of maximizing their comeback by playing well within their established sound and not insisting a rap break or some shit.

No symphony.

No inexplicable bluegrass.

This will make for a great Honda commercial later this year.

Song: "This Life"
Artist: Vampire Weekend

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Song of the Day: "Room Temperature"

Pitchfork's summary—Get to Know Faye Webster, Who Makes Retro R&B for Homebodies—did a great job of luring me to the site, and convincing me to listen to this track from Webster. I wish the song lived up to the summary.

Song: "Room Temperature"
Artist: Faye Webster

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Song of the Day: "Cool"

Jonas Brothers are back together (did they break up? or just take some time off?). This video is supposed to be 80s, but it just looks like what leads up to Kanye's "Runaway" video.

Song: "Cool"
Artist: Jonas Brothers

Friday, April 5, 2019

Song of the Day: "Gloria"

For a less common name, Gloria does okay musically.

The new Lumineers album won't be released for another 5 months. That seems unnecessarily long.

Song: "Gloria"
Artist: The Lumineers

Friday, March 29, 2019

Song of the Day: "Sweet But Psycho"

One of my coworkers mentioned this as the song that most recently got stuck in his head. I had no idea what the fuck he was talking about.

Ava Max! Um, nanu nanu?

When the record label markets Ava, how many times do you think they invoke Lady Gaga? Every fucking time, or just 3 out of 4 times?

Song: "Sweet But Psycho"
Artist: Ava Max