Friday, November 23, 2012

Song of the Day: "Pelican"

The Maccabees were short listed for the Mercury Prize for Given to the Wild, their third album. They lost to Alt-J (but you probably knew that), but they still deserve a SotD entry, at the very least. Think of me as the Mercury consolation prize.

A really shitty gift bag, right?

The band took their name from randomly opening a Bible, but the band say they are not religious. Why they didn't use a dictionary or A Tale of Two Cities is beyond me. If you're not hip to the Biblical Maccabees, read more here. If you want to know more about the band (as if this wasn't comprehensive enough), read more here.

Song: "Pelican"
Artist: The Maccabees

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Song of the Day: "This Head I Hold"

Half of the band Electric Guest is a dude named Matthew "Cornbread" Compton. As you make your cornbread stuffing (assuming you make some cornbread stuffing), be thankful for a little neosoul.

If you don't make cornbread stuffing, be thankful for a little neosoul.

Really the 2 things can happen independent of each other, and the reference to cornbread stuffing is really just my way of filling a post for a band about whom I know nothing.

You're welcome.

Song: "This Head I Hold"
Artist: Electric Guest

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Song of the Day: "Is Your Love Big Enough?"

It doesn't impress size queens, but then what does? Oh, wait, that might be rhetorical. Or not about my penis. Either way, this is Lianne LaHavas, one of the 2012 Mercury Prize non-winners (she was shortlisted, I posted late, it's better than "loser").

Given she's only 23 and only been releasing music for a year or so, I'm impressed. Or I'm just easily swayed by enthusiasm for ice cream.

Ice cream, ice cream.

Song: "Is Your Love Big Enough?"
Artist: Lianne LaHavas

Happy birthday Tamarah!!!

OMG I thought I was so stupid but no, I am not. I am smart. I set myself a reminder to do a birthday post, but I set it for yesterday and when I finally figured out WTF the reminder meant, I thought, d'oh, too late. But no, I set it for a day early. Rock the fuck on!

Except, d'oh, my sense of what makes for a good birthday post for her is, shall we say, hazy. That's never stopped me before. She can grade my work.

I don't care how much of a cynical hipster you are (and I don't think she is), you can't not like Journey, at least a little.

My dad gets in tomorrow. For 12 days. Yes, I know. I'm planning to take him to see Springsteen next week because I have 2 tickets and he will be here. 12 days.

Bon Jovi is probably a  cheat, an assumption that she and Jackie share musical roots.

Okay, that's about it for me. Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Song of the Day: "Living a Lie"

Aimee Mann and Shins dude from her recentish Charmer album.

I'm sure the rest of the details just fill themselves in.

Song: "Living a Lie"
Artist: Aimee Mann/James Mercer

Monday, November 19, 2012

Quote of the day... bitch slap really

"The fact is that Ryan is and always was a fraud. His plan never added up; it was never, contrary to what people who should know better asserted, “scored” by the CBO. What he actually offered was a plan to hurt the poor and reward the rich, actually increasing the deficit along the way, plus magic asterisks that supposedly reduced the debt by means unspecified."--Paul Krugman A Public Service Reminder: Paul Ryan is a Con Man at his blog at NY Times
Paul Ryan is very handsome and so clean and neat. I'm sure he'll do fine.

Song of the Day: "Saratoga"

So Cal's The Soft Pack released their second LP, Stacked, back in September.

This is from that.

Carry on.

Song: "Saratoga"
Artist: The Soft Pack

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Revenge of the memes: shirtless military edition

(h/t to Smith)

Are we sick of "Call Me Maybe" yet? Wrong. We are not sick of the song, nor will we be surprised when it tops my 2012 singles list. (Sorry, "spoiler alert"...) Enjoy.

Maybe we should try to ignore the problem harder, maybe that will work

It is a shame that Mittens and Paul Ryan go away without fully explaining their budget plans (who has that kind of time when there are 4 hours of Kardashians on the TV?!) because I don't know what magic incantation they planned that would have made tax cuts yield job growth (since 10+ years of tax cuts have not, in fact, created jobs). More eye of newt perhaps?

US Fiscal Cliff, CBO projections

At the end of the year, the country faces a scenario where temporary tax cuts expire and notable spending cuts across many departments will happen. In the illustration above it's a continuation of the blue line (higher is bad in that illustration). If you've ever complained about how things are ruining the future for your kids, you want the blue line... for the children.

The gray line is what's likely to happen because America can't ever take responsibility for its bad habits. We'll hit the snooze button again, continue with the "temporary" tax cuts despite the fact that the unicorn fuckers job creators who benefit most are actually off-shoring more jobs than ever. All that 1% stuff that the smelly Occupy people go on about? That's a validation that the unicorn fuckers are doing way better than ever. They are fucking some expensive unicorns and they can afford it.

The middle class? That's becoming a quaint notion.

I am sure Congress will hit the snooze button. I am sure the "temporary" tax cuts will continue.

The same thing is repeating with businesses who were expecting Obamacare to be overturned by the Supreme Court or for Obama to lose and Obamacare to be repealed. "Oh, you mean we have to comply with the law?" 

I am sure businesses will get 6-month extensions. It's possible when forced to actually participate the appeal of universal healthcare (which, technically, America spends enough to pay for already) will grow. Or not. We make a lot of bad decisions, individually and collectively. Did I mention the Kardashians?

People underestimate the juice-ability of endive

Endive juice (also apples, pears and a lemon)... delicious.

Adding a lemon or lime or some ginger to juice made with leafy greens or beets helps the taste in my never-humble opinion.

Candid movie reviews from the dude returning DVDs to the other Red Box kiosk

Times are hard (thanks a lot, Obama) and times are tough. I guess they're also tough. $1.20 for a DVD is a lot of money to spend for a day's rental (back in my day they only cost $3.99 which, oh wait, it's cheaper now? WTF?) and you have to be careful with how you spend your money. So it is a real help to get these honest reviews from the talkative dude returning discs to the kiosk next to me.

Prometheus: "it's pretty good"

Dark Shadows: "if you like Johnny Depp it's pretty good"

The Raven: "it's pretty good"

The Campaign: "that's good"

Join us next week. Or not, we might be out of business (that damn Obamacare, grr!!!).

Song of the Day: "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life"

Hot ("hot" a term that one can use loosely) on the heals of her album of covers, Macy Gray releases a cover album wholesale: her take on Stevie Wonder's Talking Book. Does Macy have the musical gravitas to take on something so audacious? Should she have set her sights on something a little more reachable, like Sheila E or Luther Vandross. Chaka Khan or Freddie Jackson.

Would you rather watch Macy slam dunk a Freddie Jackson cover album or fall short with a classic? Well it doesn't matter because here we are.

Here we are.

Song: "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life"
Artist: Macy Gray