Saturday, December 8, 2012

Song of the Day: "Learn Me Right"

The Oscars peeps (AMPAS) say there will be 5 nominees for Best Original Song this year. It's entirely possible the somewhat weird scoring they do during the "bake-off" to select nominees (you assign a score of 6-10 for each song, not 1-5... the lowest score you can give is a 6, WTF?... then you need to have a minimum average score to be a nominee unless there aren't 2 songs with that minimum in which case however many songs they need to get to 2 nominees [maybe 1 song had the minimum, maybe not] with the highest average scores, those are the nominees) might be confusing. I know.

This gives today's song of the day, from last summer's Brave, a pretty good shot at a nomination. It just picked up a Grammy nomination in the Best Song Written For Visual Media category. Mumford & Sons did, vocalist Birdy didn't. She's just the singer, they wrote the song. I wonder if AMPAS will enforce their arbitrary cap on the number of songwriters eligible as nominees (Counting Crows, you're all in; Beyonce, take a hike)...

I haven't seen Brave; it's about a girl who does... stuff. Obviously it's part of a liberal agenda to make girls think they can do... stuff... too. Girls should be princesses, in peril, awaiting their prince. If girls think they can do... stuff... they might think they have some intrinsic value on their own, outside the context of traditional marriage and family. They might think that maybe, just maybe, they deserve a vaccination for HPV if it means that maybe, just maybe, that can prevent ovarian cancer decades later. Or to have their birth control covered by health insurance that always covers boner pills for guys. That's slutty thinking, and we can't have it. Ergo I haven't seen Brave.

I'm doing what I can to keep the liberal agenda from destroying America.

Also I don't see movies nearly as much as I used to.



Song: "Learn Me Right"
Artist: Birdy/Mumford & Son

Friday, December 7, 2012

Song of the Day: "Pique"

I finally got the recent Menomena album, Moms. The band are my neighbors (they live somewhere in Portland) and this, their fifth album, marks the band's first as a duo. Thematically the album deals with the band members and their relationships with their moms. 

If I hadn't read it, I wonder how long that would have taken for me to pick up on.

Still, I'm digging the album. It's broad and brassy and bold. Or not, my head hurts.
"Now I'm a failure
Cursed with male genitalia
A parasitic fuck
With no clue as to what men do"
 

Song: "Pique"
Artist: Menomena

Thursday, December 6, 2012

I've never heard Nickelback sound better

(h/t Eric)

Song of the Day: "I Can't Live Without You"

I crashed early last night and as I was about to drift off to sleep, I checked on Grammy nominations on Twitter (the Grammy peeps were tweeting nominations during the concert thing, which happened at 7 p.m. PST, so they should have all been on Twitter, if you actually are wondering about the logic). Here's what I learned: Justin Bieber wasn't nominated for a single Grammy, and that's okay because Michael Jackson didn't win his first Grammy until he was 22. The list of nominees was somewhat expected provided you reviewed the short list of 30 candidates for each of the top 4 categories (otherwise seeing The Black Keys and Jack White nominated for Album of the Year might have seemed surprising). Once you go beyond those 4, all bets are off.

When I got to category 9, Best Dance Recording, I found today's song of the day and, frankly, I found joy.

Al Walser is a recording artist, producer, mixer, DJ... he's the man who makes the nights of a lifetime, an entertainment mogul (what kind of mogul are you?)... He's a man who needs someone fluent in English to edit his bio page. And he's a man who makes 1985 seem not so long ago. Watch the video. Suddenly you're there with President Reagan lying to Congress, "Where's the beef?" amusing the nation and Cagney & Allie on the TV.

Who's the woman? It doesn't matter. She's never mentioned and is probably just a figment of your imagination.

This song is nominated for a Grammy... your move Liza Minnelli.



Song: "I Can't Live Without You"
Artist: Al Walser

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Bring back the filibuster, the REAL filibuster

The talking filibuster, where you have to stand up and talk. As you originally had to do.

And I hope Ashley Judd kicks Mitch McConnell's ass, primarily because I hope anybody kicks Mitch McConnell's ass.

The memes have eyes

It seems like every time I use the word meme here it related to a cover of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." But because I've liked the various covers and fan videos, I keep posting them (gratuitous beefcake never hurts).

It's a catchy fucking song.

And back to that well again: this cover by Maston is straight out of Brian Wilson's afternoon nap.

This reminds me, I need to get my tambourine repaired. And I need a nap.

Song of the Day: "Walk Home"

If you find yourself as infatuated with the bright happy pop sound of this track from the second Sleeping Bag album, help yourself to a free MP3 download of it here. You're welcome.

I should probably write something snarky about the band or the fact that they're from Bloomington IN or something, but haven't we evolved beyond that? Probably not? That's probably right.



Song: "Walk Home"
Artist: Sleeping Bag

R.I.P. Lucy

"Lucy brought joy – and sometimes terror – to all those she encountered over the last 8-1/2 years."
Jack had to say goodbye to his 4-legged friend Lucy yesterday, a few weeks shy of 16 (which is 112 in human years, right?). Lucy shared Willy's most notable trait: the ability to make it very clear that something IS happening by barking as loudly as possible. I'm sure if shit goes down, Willy will draw gunfire away from us (and if so, he will finally prove himself useful).

I did a birthday post for her brother Koda, but never did one for Lucy. Since Koda likes the Beatles, I'll imagine that Lucy likes the Stones. You know siblings never agree on stuff like that.



Jack and Mary started calling her the Dowager Countess after Maggie Smith's character on Downton Abbey. I really should watch that show. But since I don't, here's Desi Arnaz.



Rest in peace dude. And condolences to Koda, Mary, Chowder and Jack. These damn dogs, they only go and break your heart.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Song of the Day: "Standing at the Sky's Edge"

Richard Hawley picked up his second Mercury Prize shortlist entry this year with Standing at the Sky's Edge. Since you know Alt-J won, you also know, through the power of deduction, that Richard didn't. I'm sure it was an honor just to be short listed. Both in 2005 and this year. Hopefully there was a gift bag or chocolates or something.

In addition to losing Mercury Prizes, Hawley also is trying to help Lisa Marie Presley relaunch her music career, which is interesting since I didn't realize LMP had a music career. I mean, I know she's tried, but does it count when Eagle Eye Cherry has more hit records than you? A little nepotism goes a long way...

As for Hawley, I like this a lot. It's masculine and direct and just a bit fuzzy and is a suitable replacement for the umpteenth use of a Leonard Cohen song in some brooding indie film.



Song: "Standing at the Sky's Edge"
Artist: Richard Hawley

Monday, December 3, 2012

Song of the Day: "Some Things Never Seem to Fucking Work"

Solange sounds more than a little like a Style Council b-side from 1989... or maybe I'm just imaging things.

True, her, god, what album is this for her? Was she in Destiny's Child, for like 20 minutes? According to this True is her third solo album. She was in D's C, as a replacement dancer and, at one point, a replacement for Kelly Rowland when Kelly either broke her toe or was attempting to leverage more money from Mathew Knowles (Bey's & Sol's daddy and the manager of D's C, duh), as if to prove to Kelly that no one was there to see her.

Solange probably should be offended.

But she's not. She's just giddy to get back on stage (like Lucy Ricardo).



Song: "Some Things Never Seem to Fucking Work"
Artist: Solange

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Song of the Day: "Amy aka Spent Gladiator 1"

From the newish Transcendental Youth, John Darnielle wrote this song after Amy Winehouse's death, for all "the other Amy Winehouses in the world who aren't famous, whose deaths go uncelebrated."

I'm sure I have no knowledge of anyone like that.

Nor do you.



Song: "Amy aka Spent Gladiator 1"
Artist: The Mountain Goats