Saturday, April 21, 2012

Song of the Day: "R U Mine?"

New Arctic Monkeys -- to commemorate Record Store Day (today) you can buy this on purple vinyl in independent record stores. Or tomorrow on eBay.

Song: "R U Mine?"
Artist: Arctic Monkeys

Friday, April 20, 2012

Song of the Day: "Runaway"

Imperial Teen return with a refreshing hint of Supertramp. If the weather turns sunny this weekend, this could be a perfect spring jam. Otherwise it's just a reminder of the soggy misery that my mundane existence (except, of course, I like the rain--I don't feel guilty staying in watching TV).

Song: "Runaway"
Artist: Imperial Teen

Thursday, April 19, 2012

"But here we are"

Awesome and funny and apt. And also Eliza Coupe is awesome. And it's good to see Ashley Judd again. And Rick Santorum is an idiot.

R.I.P. Levon Helm

"And he shall be Levon, and he shall be a good man"
Elton John & Bernie Taupin named the hero of "Levon" after Helm, but I don't know the extent to which Helm and the character are alike (John's son's third or fourth "middle" name is Levon as well), but the dude was one of J-Rod's major musical peeps, and as such I got a lot more exposure to Helm's last decade or 2 worth of output.

He's been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (motto: no girls allowed!) and won 3 Grammys in the past 6 years.

Rest in peace dude.

Peyton Manning says "fuck"

This shit is hysterical, and it's made like a thousand time funnier because I am sure an agent or a business manager or someone else concerned with potential endorsement deals Peyton might be missing out on told him not to do it because they think people can't get that it's a fucking joke. And those people should go get jobs with Andrews McMeel Publishing in the ironically named Customer Service department.

Meanwhile I get to go live in Peyton Manning's mansion... wait what? Dude, you promised.

Song of the Day: "Start Again"

Remember when Annie Lennox released Medusa and we were all fan-boy gacked because she picked a song from the fairly obscure Scottish band The Lover Speaks as her first single?! Oh, just me?

Well, in a similar vein, Counting Crows are back with a covers album (or as Darrin explained it, an album of songs by other artists that they really like), and their version of fairly obscure and Scottish is Teenage Fanclub. "Start Again" opens their Songs From Northern Britain a lush, harmonic work that Rolling Stone gave 2-stars, but I'm pretty sure that has as much to do with Spin naming Bandwagonesque Album of the Year for 1991. You know Jann Wenner is exactly that bitchy.

And you can read about why I stopped defending Counting Crows here. There's a nice set of tracks on the album -- nothing nearly as horrifying as "Big Yellow Taxi."

Do check out the original too.

Song: "Start Again"
Artist: Counting Crows

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Song of the Day: "Time to Dance"

The band is The Shoes, from France (not Shoes, from Illinois).

The sound is dance pop with an almost abnormally chipper sound.

And the video has Jake Gilloleyhaal playing a serial killer, so there's that.

Song: "Time to Dance"
Artist: The Shoes

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Song of the Day: "Happy Pills"

Cousin Norah has had a pretty sweet music career. She's won Record of the Year twice and Album of the Year at least once (she is a featured artist on Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Sessions, and since that came up when I searched her name at the Past Winners Search (here) I will presume she won a Grammy there as well.

Why did Norah get all the musical talent (cousin Rickie Lee did okay too), while I got all the looks?

This it the first single from Little Broken Hearts, and I guess, technically, Ravi Shankar is an uncle or something.

Song: "Happy Pills"
Artist: Norah Jones

Monday, April 16, 2012

Happy Birthday Dusty Springfield

"Most white female singers in today's music are still searching for music they can call their own. Dusty is not searching—she just shows up, and she, and we, are better for it."--Rolling Stone 1969

Dusty in Memphis "was blazing soul and sexual honesty...that transcended both race and geography."--Rolling Stone "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" 2003

"A lot of people say I'm bent, and I've heard it so many times that I've almost learned to accept it....I know I'm perfectly as capable of being swayed by a girl as by a boy. More and more people feel that way and I don't see why I shouldn't."--Dusty Springfield 1970

Dusty is something of a mystery to me. I know Dusty in Memphis is a classic. Like an all-time greatest. Have I heard it? Let's just say not all of it. And it makes me feel a little guilty that I got bonus points (from the old Death Watch pool) for accurately predicting the month of her death (from breast cancer) back in 1999 (right after her induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-the last female performer inducted, I think). Even worse is the guilt I feel for knowing "I Only Want to be with You" as a Tourists' song before finding out it was a cover (at least Dave and Annie have great taste).

She recorded Hal David & Burt Bacharach's "Wishin' and Hopin'" after hearing Dionne Warwick's version. Personally I like the Sean Hayes/Matt Damon duet on Will & Grace, but whatev.

David and Bacharach tapped Dusty to record "The Look of Love" for Casino Royale. And they got Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass to play back-up. More immigrants taking American jobs!!!

Even now, zipping through her version of classic songs, it's amazing how distinctive and strong her versions are. Seriously, it's rare I can listen to something I consider a Janis song without flinching. And yes, I'm talking about YOU Faith Hill. Dusty, on the other hand, rocks it. Well, the kind of rocking one does with a horn section.

Dusty in Memphis is described as a landmark album. It was her first with Atlantic Records, a label she signed with because of her admiration for Aretha Franklin. Those are some mighty big shoes to try to fill. Her insecurity about recording at a studio that Elvis and Aretha had recorded in pushed her to strive for perfection (poetically, Dusty in Memphis is among the classics cited as recorded at American Sound Studios).

And, AND, she also had time to get her friend's band a record deal with Atlantic. That band: Led Zeppelin. You're welcome.

"You always wanted a lover, I only wanted a job"
I fell in love with "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" the first time I played Actually. It is Dusty's biggest hit in the US, and it's among the Boys' top 5. I don't recall if this is video is the reason I fell in love with Chris Lowe, or just a reaffirmation of that love. I mean, nothing holds a candle to Dusty's mauve eye shadow, but he is adorable here. Especially because he tries to dance. (Chris and I were totally an item from like 1988 through 1991 but we have since broken up. [Chris and I have never met and there is no reason he should fear me/take out a restraining order... as he's now in his 50s, he's safe.])

Happy birthday dude! Rest in peace.

Song of the Day: "Another Sunny Afternoon"

Who is Nickel Eye? When did I hear this song?

I don't know the answer to either of these questions.

And, AND, it's totally raining. It's not even sunny.

Do I have a drinking (drug) problem?

Song: "Another Sunny Afternoon"
Artist: Nickel Eye

This doesn't sound like me at all

I just got this email, and while I normally celebrate this kind of thing at my Luckiest Dude blog, I feel like a little cross promotion can't hurt (famous last words)...

To: Patrick
I can almost feel you beside me as I write this letter and I even imagine the pleasant scent of your perfume.
Last night, in my dreams, I saw you on the pier. The wind was blowing through your hair, and your eyes were shining. I was speechless as I watched you looking somewhere away
You are handsome, I thought as I saw you, a vision that I could never find in anyone else. I slowly began to walk toward you, and then you finally turned to me. I noticed that others had been watching you as well. 'Do you know her?' they asked you in jealous whispers. Then you smiled at me and simply answered with the truth 'Better than I know myself'
let us talk and find out
Irysha C.
Bitch please.

First of all, my name is not Patrick. I am sometimes referred to as "trick" but that's not short for Patrick.

And we can all agree that if someone ever asks me "Do you know her?" my answer will invariably be "What, who? There was a girl there? Where? I guess I didn't notice."

Get well soon Robin Gibb

2012 sucks! The suckiness of it all (circa 2011) that I determined would cease December 31, 2011 clearly has not. Once again reality fails to conform to my expectations.

And now we could lose 1 of our final 2 Brothers Gibb.

Tragedy is no stranger to the Gibb family. They're like the Anglo/Australian Kennedys, except George Herbert Walker Bush didn't shoot Barry Gibb as part of his role as a deep cover C.I.A. operative (or he hasn't yet, anyway). That does have all the trappings of a great "one last job" movie where a deep cover operative/turned President/turned petty elder statesman (Tommy Lee Jones, and naturally Barbara would be played by Rachel McAdams because, you know, she's so talented and people will want to see her naked in the sex scenes), and for some reason he has to kill Barry Gibb (Bruce Willis, in the role that finally secures him an Oscar nomination). Figuring out an actual plot that makes sense or reasonable dialog in no way hampers Roland Emmerich, so I'm just going that route. As long as there's a scene in the trailer where Tommy Lee Jones says "I'm getting too old for this shit" I feel like people will come see it. OMG I should produce!!!

Robin Gibb is in a coma, possibly complications from an on-going battle with cancer. The Beatles are down to 2, The Bee-Gees are down to 2. Keith Richards is just fine. Think about that one...

And Justin Timberlake, do something!!! He helped you win a fucking Emmy, you owe him!

Get well soon dude.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Hans Conried

His career spans such movie classics as The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, and More About Nostradamus, but his claims to fame are this:
Capt. Hook in Disney's Peter Pan
Horton in the 1970 TV special
Snidley Whiplash from Dudley Do-Right
If these aren't iconic to you, you clearly are not the same age as me... "27." You are not 27.

Happy birthday dude. Rest in peace.

Song of the Day: "Used to Rule the World"

Bonnie Raitt returns with Slipstream, her sixteenth studio album. The reviews are favorable, but this is the only track I've heard.

And I'm not about to make any proclamations based on 1 track.

Except that time I did over the Roddy Frame song.

Song: "Used to Rule the World"
Artist: Bonnie Raitt