Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Song of the Day: "The Big Unknown"

Sade are back ("are" because Sade is the band's name, and Sade Adu is the singer's name) with a second song that could garner an Oscar nomination (previously there was an original song they contributed to A A Wrinkle in Time). This new song is from the upcoming Widows, starring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, and Cynthia Erivo [Viola and Cynthia each lack 1 award for full EGOT--an Oscar here for Cynthia would finish her quest]).

While the song is downbeat, it is said to accompany a dramatic scene near the finale (it's similar in tone to "Skyfall" and "Writing's On The Wall"). If it does earn a nomination, it still has original songs from A Star is Born to beat, which may be tough.

Still, nice track, good to hear them again.

Song: "The Big Unknown"
Artist: Sade

Monday, November 12, 2018

Song of the Day: "Elastic Days"

When worlds collide, it's been said, they go boom.


Dina Martina meets J Mascis in the video for "Elastic Days," the title track to J's forthcoming solo album.

It's awesome and all, but really Dina needs a much larger canvas for her personality.

Maybe J can lip sync to one of her songs next!!!! 

Song: "Elastic Days"
Artist: J Mascis

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Song of the Day: "This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore"

When I started writing about a song for today, it was going to be the title track from Rosanne Cash's She Remembers Everything, her new album. The song features vocals from Sam Phillips--one of a handful of guest performers on the 10-song collection (Colin Meloy, Elvis Costello and Kris Kristofferson are the others).

But the minute I heard her duet with Emmylou Harris from one of the 2 Elton John/Bernie Taupin tribute albums from earlier this year, I decided to change horses midstream. "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore" is from Elton's 2001 Songs From the West Coast: an album I did not know of until just now (critics hailed it as a return to his early piano-centric albums). This version is on Restoration, the tribute album focused on country* and Americana covers of John/Taupin songs (Revival has pop, rock, and R&B-styled covers).

While I don't know that Cash's husband John Leventhal produced the song, it does have hallmarks of his best work (all of which is showcased on Shawn Colvin's A Few Small Repairs). Plus I think he's worked on everything she's done since they married.

Sadly Miley Cyrus's cover of "The Bitch is Back" is not worth writing about.

* The album adheres to the current operational definition of country music: no black performers and no rapping. Otherwise it's whatever sound the performer wants to call country.

Song: "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore"
Artist: Rosanne Cash/Emmylou Harris

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Seems Like Old Times

It seems like just yesterday--when it was, in fact, 8-1/2 years ago--that the world celebrated the first Everybody Draw Mohammed Day. It commemorates the decapitation of Theo Van Gogh for heresy (and to commemorate other things too)--it's not one of those made up Hallmark holidays, like Mother's Day, Boss's Day, or Christmas.

Fast forward to today (or last week) when I discovered the whimsical fun that is Jesus & Mo, a series of satirical comic strips about 2 fictional characters with super powers.  Good times.

You know how I know no one reads my blog? Because no one ever says anything about posts like this.

Song of the Day: "Screwed"

You fucked the world up now, we'll fuck it all back down

I'm giving Janelle Monáe's Dirty Computer another listen. This track features Zoe Kravitz. I'm not sure what it is Zoe actually does. Sing?

Song: "Screwed"
Artist: Janelle Monáe/Zoe Kravitz

Friday, November 9, 2018

Song of the Day: "The Dogs Only Listen To Him"

Pitchfork is a huge help with music this week. I hadn't heard of Varsity until reading the post about today's song. They play like a cross between Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and Camera Obscura which, if you know me, is something I would find appealing.

Which is probably why the song is here (although not always).

The real question is whether or not I will splurge $7 for a download of the album (I was hoping it was $5 or less).

Note: The band's name is sometimes stylized as VARSITY. I am not doing that because they are inconsistent with it, and if they aren't consistent with their brand identity, fuck it.

Song: "The Dogs Only Listen To Him"
Artist: Varsity

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Song of the Day: "Thank You, Next"

This is a week for "I don't need a man" empowerment songs (although, in all fairness, this is a week for "I don't need another person" empowerment songs). It's a great song and I hope I don't have to think about Pete Davidson's penis any more than I already have (Pete's penis isn't mentioned explicitly in the song, but it's a thing that was part of the gossip about their engagement and also I really don't care).

My only complaint is that amount of autotune or similar post production they've done with her voice. She's incredibly talented, but it's hard to discern that here.

Song: "Thank You, Next"
Artist: Ariana Grande