Saturday, July 9, 2011

Song of the Day: "Let Me Down"

Kelly Clarkson says her new album is inspired by Prince, so let me just take another opportunity to say FUCK PRINCE. Asshat.

Song: "Let Me Down"
Artist: Kelly Clarkson

Friday, July 8, 2011

Song of the Day: "Lost in my Mind"

Music from Seattle's The Head and the Heart kicked off chemotherapy yesterday (well, the drive back from getting a shake at Burgerville), so it's suitable for song of the day today.

Song: "Lost in my Mind"
Artist: The Head and the Heart

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Song of the Day: "Baby's Arms"

Another track from the new Kurt Vile album--I really like it (the album and this track). The video was shot with a phone camera. A Windows Phone 7 phone camera, specifically. Not that this is an ad.

Song: "Baby's Arms"
Artist: Kurt Vile

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Song of the Day: "I'll Look Around"

Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding covers Billie Holiday. It's really lovely.

In your face Bieber!

Song: "I'll Look Around"
Artist: Esperanza Spalding

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

"It only comes out when the moon is on the run"

I have no idea why I was singing "Spanish Harlem" when I left my house this morning, but I did. And how you shall too. Here's Ben E. King's original version:

A notably funkier version by Re-Re:

And an unexpected version (although I'm not sure why it's unexpected) from Neil Diamond:

Everything you need to know about me courtesy of my Sprint bill

For my anniversary at work

Erin created this!

Happy Birthday Huey Lewis

Kids, if you start a band with your friends, don't let the band name specifically mention one of you, unless its your name. That didn't keep Herb from upgrading to younger, fresher Peaches as he kept going with Peaches and Herb, but I'm sure there's a cautionary tale involved in Huey Lewis and the News, somehow.

I've heard Lewis has a large penis, which, when you factor in the whole Chris Isaak has a large penis posts, makes me sound like a size queen, but I'm not. However, I can be impressed.

Anyway, Lewis's allegedly large penis may or may not be the culprit in him putting his name in front of the others in the band (Big Dick Narcissism). Or not. And maybe the others in the band don't care, and I'm reading too much into the fact that original members of the News are no longer members of the News. Maybe they got bored with State Fairs, or don't like Branson.

Lewis is a Grammy winner, an Oscar nominee, and, along with Andie MacDowell and Tom Waits, shares a special Golden Globe with real actors like Jack Lemmon and Julianne Moore for the ensemble of Short Cuts (that one wasn't a dis' at Lewis, but see if you can decode its intended target).

Anyway, here's a song, I gotta go to work.

Happy birthday dude. And call Chris Hayes sometime. Just to catch up.

Song of the Day: "Love to Get Used"

New music from Matt Pond PA, which is a band from NYC but, get this, there's a dude named Matt Pond IN the band (the luckiest break since The Dave Matthews Band) and they (he) formed in Philadelphia. That's in Pennsylvania! The initials for which are PA--it's like the DaVinci code for really slow people! Sorry, still groggy from forcing myself to bed early with the dogs to avoid fireworks drama.

I like these guys and was thrilled when Starbucks used "Snow Days" in a commercial last December. I also like that they do a lot of EPs; it's not that I want to start collecting records again, but I like that they're making music at a pace that makes them comfortable (4 or 5 tracks at a time), and not trying to make a record label happy (12 songs with no more than 3 ballads, every 10 months for the next 7 years, whether you're feeling it or not).

Song: "Love to Get Used"
Artist: Matt Pond PA

Monday, July 4, 2011

Waste of gunpowder, take 2

Midge is off at sleep-away camp for the night, but an especially loud firecracker turned the usually alpha Gracie into a panicked little girl. Which fucking sucks.
Gracie cowering under my computer

So here's a someecard I threw together. Enjoy my holiday sentiment, and if you're inclined to sent to others, you can do so here.

My first backyard salad


I probably should have taken a photo of the salad in a bowl but then you might have been distracted by the carrots, which were not from the backyard. Regardless, it was a delicious salad (credit to David who added basil and thyme, giving the greens an unexpected complexity).

And it only cost me $218.

"What a waste of gun powder and sky"

For nearly 20 years now I thought she sang "what a waste of gun powder on sky." Aimee Mann's the standard for my July 4th mood. Midge has been spending the night at the kennel and the crazy from work that was supposed to be done by last week is bleeding into this week. Bigger changes happen later in the week, but I wouldn't want to blow all my melancholy at once.

Song of the Day: "If You Wanna"

Another track from The Vaccines' debut What Did You Expect From the Vaccines? I need to get a copy of this, lest I lose track of them like I did The Drums (note to self: look for The Drums' album).

Song: "If You Wanna"
Artist: The Vaccines

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy Birthday Imelda Marcos

Thanks to David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, she's become a fascinating character from the late 20th century to me, and not merely a punchline. Their Here Lies Love was one of my favorite albums from last year, and it tells the tale of Imelda's life, from beauty queen to first lady of the Philippines to international jet setter to, well, punchline: the lady with all the shoes. She's every bit as colorful as Eva Peron, only this one has better music (it's a broader score).

"I understand my people better than anyone. I study them all the time and even conduct experiments."
Florence Welch, of Florence and the Machine, takes the title track, which is supposedly what Marcos wants engraved on her headstone.

"Win or lose, we go shopping after the election."
The other major part in the concept album (and musical still in development) is that of Estrella Cumpas. Here Allison Moorer sings the role of the "help" who have been left behind (very Imitation of Life).

"I was born ostentatious. They will list my name in the dictionary someday. They will use 'Imeldific' to mean ostentatious extravagance." 
I feel like a duet between icons Cyndi Lauper and Tori Amos should have commanded more attention.

"I have never been a material girl. My father always told me never to love anything that cannot love you back."
With a large Muslim population in the Philippines, she became part of US shuttle diplomacy efforts, and even helped us with Muammar Gaddafi at one point (she called him a momma's boy).

Happy birthday dude. Thank David and Norman (Fatboy).

Song of the Day: "I Might"

New Wilco.

Song: "I Might"
Artist: Wilco