Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Song of the Day: "Carin at the Liquor Store"

I love The National.

No, that's not right.

I find the music of The National to be rewarding.

Emotionally challenging? Sure. Rewarding? Definitely.

Make of that what you will.



Song: "Carin at the Liquor Store"
Artist: The National

Friday, August 4, 2017

Song of the Day: "Scars To Your Beautiful"

To my beautiful what, Alessia Cara?!!!

Exactly.

In reviewing the MTV Video Music Award nominees for Video of the Year (yes, it's insanely stupid that MTV still does this, except not really since they are pretty much able to leverage this for a lot of free press based on whatever scandalous thing _________ does/says/wears this year, and you can never get enough gift bags [unless the value of said gift bag is reported to the IRS]) I ran across this somewhat meh song from Alessia (she made my top 10 singles list in 2015 and, comparatively, this is a let down). And when I read about the song via Wikipedia, I felt super old:
Katy Iandoli of Idolator stated "[Scars to Your Beautiful] is a modern-day version of TLC's 'Unpretty', in its acknowledgment of the beauty in both visible and invisible imperfections."
Why would something be a modern-day version of a song that's like 6 years old?! Only "Unpretty" isn't 6 years old. It's 36 years old!!!!

No, it's not, it's just 19 years old.

Still, old. Yikes.



Song: "Scars To Your Beautiful"
Artist: Alessia Cara

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Song of the Day: "What'll I Do"

I don't recall how I crossed paths with Kathleen Grace, but I'm on her email list. She emailed me to let me know about the video for this song, a collaboration with pianist Larry Goldings.

Grace is a song stylist (it seemed important to mention that).

The song is from Irving Berlin. It was definitely important to mention that.

No Norah Joneses were harmed in the making of this song... I'm guessing.



Song: "What'll I Do"
Artist: Kathleen Grace/Larry Goldings

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

More Like 25 Words

CheatSheet, which is a website or something (maybe it's an aspirational sticky lifestyle brand, maybe a curated immersive platform for the alt-right), published a piece titled "11 Words You Should Never Say in a Job Interview" (here) and that seemed like the kind of thing I would find useful (unless it put these words in my head to avoid thus subconsciously inspiring me to say them, but what are the odds that could ever happen?!!!). Rather than force you to endure the click bait, there is their list:

  1. Always
  2. Never
  3. Uh, um, like
  4. For sure!
  5. Yep, yeah, nope, nah
  6. Dude, man, bro
  7. I don’t know
  8. %#@!
  9. If that makes sense
  10. So, yeah
  11. Awesome
Are they fucking kidding? That's more than 11 words.

In fact, it's 24 words plus a few punctuation marks used together to convey an expletive like fuck or shit or cunt (I'm guessing). Pussies. 

Side note: if they'd just titled the piece "Words and Phrases to Avoid in a Job Interview" it would have saved me so much effort (full disclosure: actual effort expended, approx. 18 minutes).

Here are a few different examples of 11 words I think you should really avoid in a job interview. And I challenge you to prove me wrong (by using any one of these and getting a job offer--go for it!):
  • "But you’re just a chick. Where is the actual hiring manager?"
  • "I just pissed in the hallway. That’s how I roll, bitches."
  • "Why give him the job if he’s going to recuse himself?"
  • "Y’all cool with me doing my MLM thing in the office?"

Got some to share? Put it in the comments below.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Song of the Day: "I Could Be Anything"

In celebration of this afternoon's blistering in the sun concert with the Violent Femmes and Echo & the Bunnymen at the zoo, here's something from them from last year's release.



Song: "I Could Be Anything"
Artist: Violent Femmes

Monday, July 31, 2017

Song of the Day: "Weights and Stones"

It's getting hot. It's summer, so yeah, that's expected, but hot here = miserable me. I worked outside today in the heat: 99° Fahrenheit (except like 88 for real).

Fortunately luck was with me, assigning me deliveries in my neighborhood (my last delivery was 2 packages, of 20 in total, on my block), and a very small number relative to the 4 hours at $26 an hour I signed up for. I was done within 90 minutes which included stopping for gas and a Super Big Gulp.

None of which has anything to do with today's song.



Song: "Weights and Stones"
Artist: Tree Machines

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Song of the Day: "We Were Beautiful"


Belle and Sebastian
Belle and/or Sebastian reminisce about a time, years ago, when we were beautiful.

I'll go them one better, we were also much lighter, far more social, and flossed daily.



Song: "We Were Beautiful"
Artist: Belle and Sebastian