Saturday, December 15, 2012

Song of the Day: "Safe and Sound"

Another Golden Globe nominee for Original Song, this one from Hunger Games. It's written by the 2 from The Civil Wars and T-Bone Burnett; it's performed by Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars.

The Civil Wars are hot right now; they won 2 Grammys last year and could easily pick up an Oscar nomination. I'm not sure if it's irony or poetic justice or something else that the 2 (Joy and John) are calling it quits. They can't stand each other anymore. She keeps stabbing him on stage or something, sounds pretty brutal. They're nominated for 2 Grammys for this song, so maybe they can split the awards: one of them gets the Grammys and Golden Globes, the other gets the Oscars (if nominated). They should settle that up soon since the Golden Globes happen 2 days before Oscar nominations are announced, so that person (let's say Joy, no wait, let's say John, it's easier for dudes, just need a tuxedo) gets the Golden Globes (don't even need a tux) and if they get an Oscar nomination he also goes to the Grammys, Joy goes to the Oscars; if they don't get an Oscar nomination, Joy goes to the Grammys. Either way she needs treatment for the stabbing--that's not healthy.

Song: "Safe and Sound"
Artist: Taylor Swift/The Civil Wars

Friday, December 14, 2012

The real question is where I will actually use this

Clark will roll his eyes at the thought of me getting a new tote bag, but hopefully he'll understand it was a gift from my older sister. How can I refuse?

Thanks to Christina, and to whoever created the tote. It's actually been a while since I feel like I've needed something like this. I must be getting soft in my old age because it sure as shit isn't the case that Millennials are actually responsive.

Song of the Day: "Not Running Anymore"

Grammy winner (and Oscar nominee) Jon Bon Jovi received his second Golden Globe nomination for Original Song for a track from the up-coming Stand Up Guys. He won with his first nom, "Blaze of Glory" from Young Guns II, besting Stephen Sondheim, Shel Silverstein and Carmine Coppola (there actually was an original song in The Godfather III). Of course Sondheim's not really a music guy, he's more about, um...

The song is unexpected. I love the spare quality to it. It sounds a lot like someone, not Springsteen, but I can't think of who. But it also sounds like Springsteen, a la "The Wrestler" (oooh, possible bad omen). I confirmed with sister Jackie, a Bon Jovi fan from the very fucking beginning, who says this is an unusual sound for him (it's him, not them [the band], as with the earlier Golden Globe nomination).

The movie opens in limited release late in December, for Oscar eligibility, and will likely make its way to your town sometime mid-January after everyone's seen The Hobbit. With Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin and Julianna Margulies... I hope Julianna is Al Pacino's daughter and not his love interest, otherwise we've got a clear violation of the 10-year rule.

Song: "Not Running Anymore"
Artist: Jon Bon Jovi

Thursday, December 13, 2012

R.I.P. Ravi Shankar

While I was distracted with a local shooting, 3-time Grammy winner, Oscar nominee (Original Score for Gandhi) and father of Norah Jones (ergo he's my uncle, since she's my cousin by virtue of the surname Jones) passed away at the age of 92. He may pick up a fourth Grammy in February; he's competing against daughter Anoushka for Best World Music Album (take that Liza).

I'm told the Album of the Year Grammy winning The Concert for Bangladesh is brilliant. It seems like the kind of thing my dad would have had in whatever the quad speaker format of the 70s was called (it apparently is not the name of The Who album). Except I don't think it was art rock-y enough or something. I wouldn't be surprised to find out he had it, I just don't think he actually did. Or he had it but never listened (Yes, ELP, War, these he listened to). And hearing this 9 minute opening track from Ravi I'm not sure I'm about to rush out to get a copy.

Rest in peace dude.

"He Was An Asshole, How's That?"

(h/t Erin)

The Onion has been brilliant this year. I mean, sure, they've been brilliant for decades now, but this year they seem especially so. Here's their article on this week's shooting here in Portland.

Authorities Not Even Going To Bother Looking For Motive Behind Oregon Shooting

'He Was An Asshole, How's That?' Officials Say

CLACKAMAS, OR—Following the shooting at a crowded Oregon mall that killed two people Tuesday, local authorities confirmed they were not even going to waste their time trying to find the killer's motive, having determined that the individual was "really awful and a piece of shit human being and that's that, sound good?" "Look, we could do a whole thing where we delve into his personal history and find out what, psychologically, made this particular murderer tick, but screw that, here's our conclusion: He was a complete asshole and a crazy prick, and he shot random, innocent strangers for no reason at all, because he was terrible," Clackamas County Sheriff Cody Arnold told reporters, shrugging his shoulders. "Fuck 'em, you know? Guy was a really shitty person. There's your motive right there." Authorities also confirmed that insane assholes who are allowed to have guns tend to do insane things with them, "How about that?"

Song of the Day: "For You"

I wonder how many people sat through the end credits of Act of Valor, riveted by the action and emotion and heroism of our brave troops and then thought to themselves, "why the fuck is a god damned Kiwi singing?!"

Seriously, Keith Urban? I guess Kenny Chesney, Randy Travis, Tim McGraw and Travis Tritt were all busy. Randy Travis was busy getting arrested, but I'm sure the others had some availability.

This track picked up a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song today. That's the only reason it's getting a song of the day slot. And Urban shares the nomination with Monty Powell from Resaca, Georgia. I've never heard of it either.

But, very important, here are the top comments on the youtube:
Oh shut it kiddie. You don't have to worry. Everyone on here is just as stupid as you. That's why they're drawn to such nationalistic rubbish like this movie. As for your brother...He wants to do something useful. No wonder Indians are coming to America and getting all the jobs needing some sort of brain work :))--Jolly Rodders
Yeah ya know its based on real navy seals so its not unrealistic its based on real people just a different storyline. Its a movie! its for entertainment, of course people are gonna watch it and i bet half the people that are listening to this video right now are here just for the music and probably havent seen the movie.Stop ruining this video for everyone and dissing americans. Just stop talking put it that way. Like the kid say quit ruining it and just leave it alone. Bye--Krystal Lieder
Like the kid say quit ruining it and just leave it alone.


Song: "For You"
Artist: Keith Urban

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Song of the Day: "Blue Ice"

Blue ice
Blue ice, the frozen contents of aircraft lavatories, seldom causes damage or injuries (there are 27 documented incidents from 1979 to 2003, although why those dates and no others seems weird [details here]).

Why Shout Out Louds would write a song about frozen biowaste and disinfectant is beyond me as well.

Unless he's saying "blue eyes" but coyly calling the song "blue ice." But that would just be silly, wouldn't it?

Optica, their fourth album, is scheduled for release in February 2013.

Song: "Blue Ice"
Artist: Shout Out Louds

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rich people feel things more deeply than the common man

It's just common sense.

Song of the Day: "& It Was U"

Despite the song title, I'm pretty sure Prince had nothing to do with this song because, and I can not stress this enough, FUCK PRINCE. After earning millions of dollars on hypersexualized music, Prince has the fucking audacity to object to marriage equality because "you just can't go sticking it every which where" because that's exactly what loving couples wanting to affirm a life together are doing. Asshole.

No, this is not Prince (FUCK PRINCE), this is How to Dress Well, the alter ego of Tom Krell.

It's not fucking Prince.

I would not post Prince on here except to mock him for being a hypocritical douche.

Meanwhile Tom Krell has not pissed me off like that. Yet.

So enjoy.

Not sufficiently trippy for you? Try this remix.

Song: "& It Was You"
Artist: How to Dress Well

Monday, December 10, 2012

Song of the Day: "Tears Always Win"

Between Bruno Mars (also on here), this and some of R Kelly's stuff, 2012 has some real retro-soul gems among the year's releases. I might have to check out Bruno's other stuff. He was actually pretty likable on SNL.

Not that I watch that show.

Song: "Tears Always Win"
Artist: Alicia Keys/Bruno Mars

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Song of the Day: "The Waves"

I discovered Villagers back in 2010 when they were short-listed for the Mercury Prize. Since then they've popped up as collaborators with Charlotte Gainsbourg, regulars at Record Store Day and... oh, crap, I thought there was more. Well, it has only been 2 years. And this new track is rocking my world.

Up until about 3:20, when it gets a little too OK Computer.

And even with that I have an amused respect for Conor O'Brien for refusing to be put in a corner, like Baby. There's something about the song the reminds me of Talking Heads, not musically, but in its lack of concern for style.

Also we would have TOTALLY watched this video at Club Rio back in the day.

With Rob Lowe.

Song: "The Waves"
Artist: Villagers