Saturday, January 21, 2012

Song of the Day: "Weh Weh"

I know Ghanian/Canadian musicians are a total cliche these days, but this song is fun, so please indulge one more.

Song: "Weh Weh"
Artist: Kae Sun

Friday, January 20, 2012

Song of the Day: "Simple Song"

I almost went to sleep without blogging today. Here's new music from The Shins.

Song: "Simple Song"
Artist: The Shins

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Song of the Day: "The Daily Mail"

I'm very confused by Radiohead, and I have no idea how one gets the release this is from. You're welcome.

Song: "The Daily Mail"
Artist: Radiohead

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Newt Gingrich, missing the point entirely

Listen to Newt at the recent GOP debate (the 488th, I think):
  • He declares that he believes EVERY American has the right to pursue happiness, and yet he objects to marriage equality (while basking in his own cynical use of the institution)
  • He says he's going to teach the black community to get jobs, get better jobs, and eventually OWN the job, which sounds like a big government program to me... also I thought Republicans wanted to abolish the Department of Education
  • Wait, what jobs?! Jesus fucking Christ, does he think people are out of work because they're too stupid to know how to get a job? Companies are not even considering resumes from people who have been out of work for more than 6 months these days. Shit.
And IS Rick Perry actually developmentally disabled? He sounds it.

Song of the Day: "Miracle Worker"

Did you know that Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, A.R. Rahman, Joss Stone and Damian Marley had a super group? (The group that was struck by lightning while in a police lab, granting them super speed.)

Sonya told me about it, and I've only heard anything about it by going to look for something about them. You could go looking for something, but don't go to Wikipedia, it's closed today on account of all the censorship.

Song: "Miracle Worker"
Artist: SuperHeavy

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Song of the Day: "Wolves at the Door"

From last weekend's download spree, here's the opening track of David Bazan's Strange Negotiations.

Song: "Wolves at the Door"
Artist: David Bazan

Monday, January 16, 2012

Happy Birthday Ethel Merman

Chances are I'm the biggest Ethel Merman enthusiast you know (unless you came here because you searched on "Ethel Merman" and you know yourself), and I'm willing to admit there's no nuance. She's a force of nature, and there's not really much room for subtle with a category 3 hurricane. I point this out because I listened to her take on "Do I Love You?" and, well, Ethel < Roddy Frame. There, I said it. Go do your own research if you don't believe me... Here she takes a classic from A Chorus Line directly to 11, via Merv Griffin.

Happy birthday dude! Rest in peace.

Song of the Day: "Masterpiece"

Madonna won a Golden Globe! Actually she did that like 15 years ago (Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical for Evita [technically the movie qualified as a musical, not as a comedy]), so she won another Golden Globe, for Best Original Song, from a movie called W.E. which I assume is short for whatEVER and is some 90s themed movie (which is why she's working with William Orbit again, right?).

Whatevs would be the 'teens version of the same movie.

"Masterpiece" (which I thought was "Celebration" when I initially did this next research) continues the string of songs that win the Golden Globe and fail to pick up a nomination for the Oscar. It failed to make the list of 39 qualified songs (here), so it's possible that the song's not given sufficient screen time during the film, or is inappropriately placed during credits (must be the first musical cue during closing credits, duh), or the song was deemed not original for the movie by whomever pre-qualifies that for Oscars. It joins songs from Burlesque, The Wrestler, Into the Wild, Happy Feet (NOTE: FUCK PRINCE!), Brokeback Mountain and Alfie. I tried to explain this trend to Cher last year (here) and am available for additional counseling if needed, Madge (do people still call you Madge? Midge? Margaret? Peg?).

I will say I like the song precisely because it harkens back to Ray of Light, which is to say William Orbit! This whole 90s nostalgia thing is pernicious. Remember how fucking awesome the 90s were? You know why? President Bill Clinton, the greatest President of the last 100 years! What, nearly a decade of peace and prosperity not good enough for you? The dude actually figured out that midnight basketball games could end crime in America. And, AND, he's not a fucking war criminal (it's been a while, fuck you too, George W. Bush). Anyway, Mitzi, call me!

Song: "Masterpiece"
Artist: Madonna

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Rob

I think we've exchanged 1 meager set of emails in the last year. Sad. But it's one of those things where you drift unintentionally (at least it is for me--it's possible I've pissed him off about something and he's giving me the cold shoulder).

We didn't have Maxinquaye with us on our fantastic 1994 3-day vacation in Portland (living in Dallas at the time), but I have the idea that we did stuck in my head. The agenda for our trip back then is the template for anyone visiting me here for their first trip to Portland. Not that the Gorge, Saturday Market and the Coast are all that esoteric...

Not sure why I associate him with this Chemical Brothers track--I'm pretty sure we were in different cities at the time, but I'm willing to bet he's okay with it's inclusion.

I should probably tell him about the Trashcan Sinatras thing from 2010, he would agree that was cool.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Happy Birthday John

John and I met in LA, forced out of our motel rooms by an angry maid who needed to finish, we talked a little by the pool and discovered that we both lived in Seattle and had recently moved there from Portland where we lived 2 blocks from each other. Which is a lesser version of a truly terrific, absolutely true story.

I don't remember if we saw Megan Mullaly on that trip, or some later trip. But I think it was THAT trip (I know the Warner Bros. lot tour was that trip--I saw Kathy Najimy eating a peach and stole swizzle sticks from the set of Jack & Jill [for Melanie]). But since there isn't a song for that, here's Megan...

Anything Goes is one of John's favorite shows. He was impressed with Sutton Foster's turn as Reno Sweeney. She's no Ethel Merman, in that she can dance, hasn't married Ernest Borgnine, and won a Tony in the role... so take that Ethel Merman fans (me), I guess.

And so concludes John's birthday post. Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Song of the Day: "Easy"

I went on something of a digital download purchase binge yesterday, and Real Estate's Days was among my purchases. I also got Cults, A Band of Bees, David Bazan, and Little Dragon. Splurge!!!

Song: "Easy"
Artist: Real Estate