Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Song of the Day: "This Disorder"

The Features... had no idea.

Song: "This Disorder"
Artist: The Features

Song of the Day: "Pumpin Blood"

Ugh, no apostrophe to indicate the g is gone from pumping. Ugh.

Song: "Pumpin Blood"
Artist: Nonono

Song of the Day: "(Everything Is) Debatable"

I've heard this a few times lately and have no idea who it is (Hellogoodbye).

But I like it.

Song: "(Everything Is) Debatable"
Artist: Hellogoodbye

Song of the Day: "It's Time"

I hate "Radioactive" so my fondness for this means they'll be the new Collective Soul (a band whose massive debut single I loathe and yet all later singles I kinda like).

Song: "It's Time"
Artist: Imagine Dragons

Song of the Day: "Sweater Weather"

Just keeping it in the singles list thingy, as I do.

Song: "Sweater Weather"
Artist: The Neighborhood

Song of the Day: "Story of My Life"

Clark recommended this for song of the day. I definitely remember it from 1D's appearance on Saturday Night Live. Is that sad?

Song: "Story of My Life"
Artist: One Direction

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Song of the Day: "Lovers in the Parking Lot"

So I am intentionally posting a Solange song along with a Sky song and OMG these were supposed to be scheduled for Sunday but fuck it.

Song: "Lovers in the Parking Lot"
Artist: Solange

Song of the Day: "24 Hours"

Remember last year's singles list (of course you do, it's insulting to even suggest you don't)... well hey, it will be a thing of consistency if Sky Ferreira makes the list again in 2014.

It'll be a weird thing of consistency if Solange is adjacent to her on both lists.

It's just crazy enough to work!!!

Song: "24 Hours"
Artist: Sky Ferreira

Song of the Day: "Sirens"

It's entirely possible that Pearl Jam is our generation's Rolling Stones, producing consistently not embarrassing music for decades. There are far worse things to be (Fred Durst).

Song: "Sirens"
Artist; Pearl Jam

Song of the Day: "Elephant"

Several months old from Tame Impala--this is about my singles review for 2013 more than it is about introducing you to new music... obviously.

Song: "Elephant"
Artist: Tame Impala

Friday, December 27, 2013

Song of the Day: "Ain't No Hat For That"

Guess who picked up the recent Robin Thicke CD from the liberry?

No, not Stevie Nicks...

Song: "Ain't No Hat For That"
Artist: Robin Thicke

Song of the Day: "Walking Down Madison"

It turns out Kirsty MacColl (r.i.p.) wrote her classic song for Alison Moyet and now, 20 years later, Alison covers it as part of a tribute concert in Kirsty's honor (seriously, rest in peace dude). If this convergence isn't awesome for you then what is your fucking problem?

Seriously, go back to work in customer "service" at the defective calendar company?

Song: "Walking Down Madison"
Artist: Alison Moyet

Song of the Day: "Any Weather"

Am I personally responsible for getting Joan Jett inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? I think we can all agree that it would be a stretch for me to claim full responsibility.

That being said, yes, I'm mostly the reason. That plus her music from 30 years ago. But really it's probably me. After all if I hadn't tweeted about how girls don't rock and thus are ineligible, my Swiftian satire working its charms, I'm sure she and Heart and Donna Summer would still be sitting outside, in Cleveland. I know.

So you're welcome ladies. Next up: Pat Benetar. Seriously R&RHoF, what the fuck?

Song: "Any Weather"
Artist: Joan Jett, also possibly Blackhearts

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Song of the Day: "What's Going On?"

Had I paid closer attention I might have noticed that the track referenced by the Fabulous Clinton, who is fabulous, is pretty new. Lucky for all of us my blogging has been a nightmare of inconsistency and angst and there's room for multiple songs of the day on those days when maybe I remember that I have a blog (see, I'm like the rest of you).

Look for this in contention for 2013 singles of the year. Clinton typically sneaks in 2 or 3 and I'm taking to this more than AlunaGeorge.

Song: "What's Going On?"
Artist: Monsieur Adi/A*M*E

Song of the Day: "Play the Game Boy"

This track from A*M*E comes to us indirectly from the Fabulous Clinton, who is fabulous. He tipped me off to another track featuring A*M*E that samples Soul II Soul (whom he referenced in terms of their "oldies" status [not his words, just, sigh, mine recapping his note]).

Long story short: I am old and this song is not called "Play the Gameboy" which would be a great way to make friends at Nintendo (OMG, it wasn't a Gameboy it was a Game Boy, so clearly A*M*E (real name Aminata Kabba) is currying favor with Nintendo, just at a really slow pace).

Yes the track is from late last year but look on the bright side: now you know A*M*E's real name.

Song of the Day: "Play the Game Boy"
Artist: A*M*E

Monday, December 23, 2013

Song of the Day: "Someone Who"

This track from Au Revoir Simone (a brilliant band name) is 13 places away from the Beck track on My Old Kentucky Blog's best songs of 2013 list, but they sound quite complementary to each other to me.

Song: "Someone Who"
Artist: Au Revoir Simone

Song of the Day: "I Won't Be Long"

I'm going to try to make up some missed posts and the time I posted Black Joe Lewis a second time (since deleted). Here's a track from Beck and I'm confused by the recent Beck--I think it's sheet music only (although possibly some vinyl).

Anyway, here we are...

Song: "I Won't Be Long"
Artist: Beck

Song of the Day: "Shaker Aamer"

PJ Harvey sings a little ditty for the prisoners at Guantanamo... fun!

Song: "Shaker Aamer"
Artist: PJ Harvey

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Song of the Day: "Call Me Up"

Remember how we all used to love Shelby Lynne? It was after calico bible college freshman Shelby, before Daisy Dukes ass cheeks Shelby.

For a brief moment she was brilliant, like Lauryn Hill or Amy Winehouse (and we know how things turned out for them).

OMG they all won the Best New Artist Grammy. That wasn't even where I was going with that, but fuck, coincidence? Probably.

Still, this new "I wanna sound just like Brandi Carlisle" Shelby is the best I've heard her sound in a long time. Hopefully she can get some traction here while avoiding incarceration and early death. I'd like that for myself.

Song: "Call Me Up"
Artist: Shelby Lynne

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Song of the Day: "Two Weeks Late"

Ashley Monroe... have no idea how I ran across this (someone's year end list) but I like it enough to include it here and to encourage all y'all to give me credit for discovering her later, when you're over whatever that hit single of hers is.


Song: "Two Weeks Late"
Artist: Ashley Monroe

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Song of the Day: "Starlet"

Matt Pond, formerly of matt pond PA (and still, presumably, from PA) has a new video from a track off the The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand which might be his first solo album or might just be his tenth full length album.

It's a great track and it's going to get the first "singles" label for the 2013 crop (unless I did one months ago to ensure I didn't forget... I may have forgotten but when I click the thing for the label the safety net will work... it will).

Song: "Starlet"
Artist: Matt Pond

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Song of the Day: "Song for Zula"

This track from Phosphorescent, and the album it's on, are making year end best of lists. Which is why we're here...

Song: "Song for Zula"
Artist: Phosphorescent

Song of the Day: "Team"

I almost posted Lorde's "Royals" as a SOTD early this summer based on an enthusiastic description of the song by My Old Kentucky Blog only to find myself unmoved when I listened to it. Not so much cold as acrylic, I just didn't take to it. Since the Grammy nominations were announced, Lorde's exclusion from the Best New Artist list is the most cited snub--she should be grateful since Arrested Development, Evanescence and Shelby Lynne are not the most egregious punchlines I could have used regarding that award, and this likely will guarantee her a win for at least one of her 3 nominations. That song, being totally fucking ubiquitous, has grown on me a bit. The way Sleighbells grew on me, after annoying the fuck out of me the first 13 or 80 times I heard it (to be fair, Sleighbells annoyed the fuck out of me; Lorde was just a big acrylic "meh").

Anyway, there's a quality to the music that reminds me of the things I love about Miley this year and it probably has something to do with an emotional isolation but let's pretend it's because they're both young girls, that way I don't have to contemplate the emotional connection thing this early in the morning.

And by including this here I'm helping ensure Lorde gets at least some consideration when I start the 2013 singles recap listening thingy... as one does.

Song: "Team"
Artist: Lorde

Yes I AM hysterical...

This is funny cause Shia is dating Edward Snowden

Monday, December 16, 2013

Song of the Day: "Mine"

OMG OMG OMG WTF?! I got knocked on my ass on Tuesday and didn't come up until Saturday afternoon. A respiratory thing and exhaustion, blammo.

And, AND, Beyonce, new album, out of nowhere.

Take that last week.

Go fuck yourself last week.

And you omens, clear out. Nothing to see here. Christmas is coming, go away for a few weeks. Come back in January.

Hey, here's a track from Beyonce, with Drake.

Song: "Mine"
Artist: Beyonce/Drake

Song of the Day: "Losing Days"

Thematically linked to last week, sure. Also an album I am flat out loving from 2013.

Frank Turner. Not Black, not Ocean.


Song: "Losing Days"
Artist: Frank Turner

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

That Thing I Was Saying About How Willie Nelson Mandela Is A Terrorist...

Is true.

According to someone mentioned here
The US devoted more resources to finding Mandela to hand over to the apartheid forces than the apartheid forces themselves. It was the CIA that actually located Mandela, and he was driving dressed up as a chauffeur when he was stopped, and he was arrested and ultimately serves 27 years in prison.
That's all the information you need to know because the history of the CIA is one of honor and people always doing the right thing.

And stopping bad guys.

Or at least locking them away for 27 years so they stop terrorizing.

Song of the Day: "Where You Come In"

Apparently I overlooked an album from Shout Out Louds earlier this year.

My bad.

Song: "Where You Come In"
Artist: Shout Out Louds

Monday, December 9, 2013

Song of the Day: "Lost Kitten"

Metric just sent me an email about this new video for another track from Synthetica. I thought it was sweet of them to let me know since I hadn't posted or enthused about them much recently. They're not as prominent on my radar as a few years ago.


According to the email, the video features "a mysterious pilgrimage through Mexico City and into the canal maze of Xochimilco on a flat-bottomed trajinera in search of his house mother, an 'angel' in his memories. Upon reaching his destination, Sheldon delivers an epic vogueing performance (!) to celebrate his spiritual reunion with the maternal" which, I'm sure you'll agree, it totes obvs.

Son: "Lost Kitten"
Artist: Metric

Sunday, December 8, 2013

R.I.P. Nelson Mandela OR Why Armageddon is a Really Shitty Movie

Matt Damon IS Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela passed away last week. I know you know.

And it's a safe assumption on your part that the reason I haven't posted an obituary is because Nelson Madela doesn't have great beefcake pics. And you'd be wrong. Matt Damon looked awesome portraying him in Invictus.

No, it's because Nelson Mandela was a terrorist. He was.

He was a terrorist according to the US government (so much so that we kept him on a terrorist watch list until someone said something back in 2008 (details here). The money quote in the article is when Winnie Mandela said that American business interests outweighed the government's disdain for apartheid.

Ya think?

American business interests are all we care about. And we are aweSUM as a result.

Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison because he was a prisoner and he was a prisoner because he was a criminal and a terrorist. Also he studied Islam. Same thing I'm sure.

27 years. George W. Bush hasn't spent more than a few hours in jail ergo Nelson Mandela is like 59,130 times worse than George W. Bush. At a minimum. (Assumes Bush spent a total of 4 hours in jail.)

Mandela escaped from prison or something and ended up being elected President of the South in Africa. And when he took office he introduced an exhaustive series of reparations* so that black South Africans could get revenge on whitey. I think Michelle Obama wrote her Princeton thesis on these reparations; its title, "Kill Whitey" (to this day she still wants to kill Joe Biden).

Reparations were a perfect example taking advantage of people when they're at their weakest. In this case the poor white minority was being threatened by the non-white majority minority they're marginalized for years and Nelson Mandela was a tyrannical leader exacting payback. It reminded me of this scene from Armageddon. "Never miss an opportunity to rape the weak"--Nelson Mandela

You remember how, on 9/11, all those first responders held people in the World Trade Center hostage by threatening not to step up until they didn't have to pay taxes? Me neither. But that's how good Armageddon is, it gets underneath the fearless behavior of people who think of more than themselves by showing us their deepest motivations. The 30% of the income you make that is paid in taxes is worse than everyone in your life dying from the impact of a giant meteor. I think it was Nelson Mandela who said "never miss an opportunity to rape the weak"... him or Winnie. Or Michelle Obama. They all look alike (those 3).

Howie Mandel spent 27 years in prison and his only concern after his release was unifying his country. The minute Republicans lost to Obama in 2008 they decided to spent the next 4 years doing nothing, dragging every item on Obama's agenda down to a glacier's pace (if that).


I doubt George W. Bush's release after his decades in prison for war crimes and crimes against humanity will show us as similarly magnanimous a side. Sure of it. Hopefully Laura Bush won't kill anyone else during that time.

Oh, and Tyler Perry's Madea was a terrorist. The same people that tell us that also told us that Manuel Noriega was our friend until he was our enemy. And that Osama bin Laden was our friend until he was our enemy (we're still close to the bin Laden family, they were the only ones who got to fly on the evening of 9/11). And Saddam Hussein, he was totes our ally until he wasn't. So Madea = terrorist now and forever. (It's not my fault all the blacks look alike.)

Oh, it's entirely possible that not all the details in this are accurate. And for that I am sorry. By way of reparations please listen to Matt Damon reading "Invictus" from the movie Nelson in 3-D.

Nelson Mandela was a great man who deserves far better than this. Rest in peace dude.

* OMG he didn't. He did nothing of the sort. When I wrote this I assumed everyone knew that part of the greatness of Mandela was to focus on uniting everyone in a post-apartheid South Africa. That was pretty fucking stupid of me.

Song of the Day: "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe"

Friday night was this year's Grammy nominations press conference/new music infomercial, a recent tradition from NARAS (Grammy peeps) and CBS. This year's Best New Artist category leaves us with only one artist for a Rebel Agenda tradition: asking the question "who the fuck is _____?" Welcome to the 2014 Grammy question: who the fuck in Kendrick Lamar?

Spoiler alert: I have actually heard of (but until now never heard) Kendrick Lamar. Listening to this track I am left wondering WTF is going on. I know that sounds like any grumpy old white man listening to hip hop music but hear me out. The dude says fuck a thousand times, there's a cool drum and bass flow going on and I will jump on any modestly catchy urban thing if it makes me seem even remotely cool to my coworkers under 30 (FUN FACT: it's not "pusher tea" it's "push a tea"). And this shit isn't doing it for me.

Oh, quick aside, according to Kenny D's Wikipedia entry: "In early 2013, MTV crowned Lamar the No. 1 Hottest MC in the Game, on their well known annual list."

What fucking list?

You know what, I am a Wikipedia editor, so I am going to do some motherfucking editing. (Uh oh, due to a bunch of motherfuckers doing some motherfucking smack talking, Kenny D's page is limited to non-bitch-ass editors... oh hey, I am non-bitch-ass it seems!) Ladies and gentlemen (as if), I present to you: "In early 2013, MTV crowned Lamar the No. 1 Hottest MC in the Game, on their annual list."

Can you spot the difference?

FUN FACT: MTV has some kind of annual list (maybe you've heard of it).

While this is the only track I've heard from Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d. city (ugh, stylized capitalization, FUN! [not to be confused with the band fun.]) I was likely to write it off until I saw its Metacritic score  (91). It ranks right up there with Frank Ocean's album that I totally did not understand the praise for. Yeah, I don't think I'll be adding it to my library queue, but who knows, maybe hearing a second song will change my mind.

Song: "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe"
Artist: Kendrick Lamar

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Grammy Nominations of Note, 2014 Edition

First I loved seeing the headline "Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Dominate at 2014 Grammy Nominations" followed by a call out that seems to undermine that very headline: "Jay-Z leads with nine nominations." I suppose if you think that a General Field nomination is worth more than a genre category nomination you might think that. But you'd be wrong. Every Grammy category has at least one really shitty winner in its history to undermine any respect you'd gave that particular award (Phil Collins won Album of the Year for No Jacket Required, no Grammy is better than any other Grammy. except possibly Best Remixed Non-classical Recording and that's only because there's not a Best Remixed Classical Recording so clearly this category is racist [or something]).

The Best New Artist category is filled with critically acclaimed artists, 4 of whom have been featured as Song of the Day at least once here (thanks to a recent inclusion of Kacey Musgraves; granted Ed Sheeran only got an SotD slot for his random single Grammy nomination last year for Song of the Year) and the Album of the Year nominees are predictable in a general sense (Sarah Bareilles picks up the "palatable mainstream album one would never expect to get nominated primarily because one forgets it exists" slot [Metacritic score of 68 while Musgraves earned a score of 88, so that makes sense, right?]; Taylor Swift picks up the "recent winner ergo is re-nominated because that's how the Grammys work" slot; Kendrick Lamar is possibly the beneficiary of the Grammy shortlist [think of it like the bumpers they use when little kids go bowling, to guide the ball in] or possibly one of the best reviewed albums of the eligibility period [Metacritic score of 91]). Random Access Memory and The Heist seem reasonable (and I'm sure that makes me a total cliche for some reason).

2014 Grammy nominee
(Jonathon Barnbrook)
My favorite nomination this year is for Jonathon Barnbrook for the package design for David Bowie's The Next Day (seriously, Sara Bareilles picked up an Album of the Year nomination and Bowie, once again, did not [Metacritic score 81]). The art work is the cover from Bowie's Heroes album updated with a white square bearing the album title in a sans serif font (maybe Arial, maybe not). I am not sure if I find the cover inspired or brilliantly half-assed or both. Regardless, viva Team Bowie!

Seriously Liza, it is easier than this.
It's nice to see Neko Case and The National among the Best Alternative Recording and it's nice to see Fantasia, well, anywhere. Seriously, I worry about her a little. Fanta, as everyone should always call her from now on,  picked up 3 Grammy nominations just by showing up and submitting in the right category so would it kill you to put in a little effort Liza?!!! You are thisclose to full EGOT, step it up (did you see that fucking album cover? you know girls win that category). Babs and Sir Julie Andrews would each need to make an effort to pick up a Tony, but there's no excuse for not winning an Emmy or a Grammy. Fuck, just go for a Latin Grammy, I'm sure we'll pretend it's just as good (SEE ALSO: the Daytime Emmy).

Alicia Keys faces off again John (the male Alicia Keys) Legend for R&B Album of the Year. Have they gone head to head for a Grammy before? 20 years ago I would have known the answer right away (since neither of them had a recording career 20 years ago the answer would have been easy: no). Also I remembered lots of things then. My early onset Alzheimer's (and I may not even be kidding) is hysterical. (Update: Legend beat Keys in 2006 although it was her Unplugged album so I don't think it's a real challenge... also, fuck, I hate the whole Unplugged thing [Tony Bennett Unplugged is just... Tony Bennett, fuck]. Anyone remember how Unplugged actually began?)

Who the fuck is Tartar-Control Tamar Braxton? Did Toni have gender reassignment surgery? No, she didn't, I saw her with Babyface the other night, keep up.

I was giddy to see a duet by Kenny and Dolly nominated but then I listened to the song and I was sad.

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell face off against Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell and Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale (and 2 non-ampersand nominees) in the Americana category. Stephen Colbert, David Sedaris and Carol Burnett vie for Best Spoken Word Album (but no Jenny Lawson, ergo FAIL! [she may have been eligible last year, not this year, whatever]).

The Comedy field includes Kathy Griffin and Craig Ferguson, and someone I've never heard of, Tig Notaro. So I checked him out (turns out he is a female) and I laughed an amused NPR-type laugh (the kind of chuckle that comes with a tote bag [if you contribute at least $40]).

While she will undoubtedly lose to Adele, Diane Warren could pick up her second Grammy for a song I don't remember from a movie I ultimately hated. She could if Adele like kills a bunch of kittens on live TV or something similar. Since that's unlikely I'm guessing she won't win.

I have taken my issues with the Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical category  up with The Grammys peeps via Twitter. Perhaps one of their pets will read it and get something done.

Who's missing this year? The Pet Shop Boys and Alison Moyet; neither was a heavy favorite or anything and PSB would have lost to Daft Punk had they picked up a nod for Electric (Metacritic score of 84, Random Access Memory has a score of 87). Moyet picked up a few surprise nominees in the past so just knowing she has a well-regarded album eligible put her in my mind but her absence is no big surprise.

I'm sure there are other huge snubs of people I don't care about. And with that ennui takes over.

Andre Braugher in a Role That Will Surprise You

At the risk of sounding racist... (this is where people with a modicum of self-awareness decide not to finish the blog post); is it just me or does Andre Braugher in Brooklyn 99 look a lot like Eddie Murphy as Grandma Klump in The Nutty Professor?

It might give you additional context into my psyche to find out that while I was at the grocery store today, someone said hello to Clark and that person is a tenant of mine for like 5 years now. But I am fairly confident that I wouldn't have recognized any of my white, Hispanic or Cambodian tenants either. (Oh, and the dude was black, if that wasn't clear.)

Song of the Day: "Come To My Party"

This track from Black Joe Lewis also from Paste's Top 50 Songs of 2013. I don't think it's #48 but it's in the 40s somewhere. I'm that predictable.

Get over yourself, so are you.

I like it, but it doesn't quite reach the bad-assedness that The Heavy did no too long again fishing in the same waters. Your mileage may vary, but it can't vary that much.

Song: "Come To My Party"
Artist: Black Joe Lewis

Friday, December 6, 2013

Song of the Day: "She Will"

Number 49 on Paste's top 50 songs of 2013 is this track from Mercury shortlisters Savages.

There's no telling who I confuse them with but I'm sure it's someone.

Song: "She Will"
Artist: Savages

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Song of the Day: "Daddy Was a Real Good Dancer"

I'm working my way through Paste's Top 50 Songs of 2013. This is #50.

I've seen The Dismemberment Plan on a few year-end album lists and now I'm going to have to listen to more from them. This is fucking awesome. It's 2:20 a.m. and I need to sleep and yet here I am.

Song: "Daddy Was a Real Good Dancer"
Artist: The Dismemberment Plan

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Song of the Day: "Brother Bryan"

Prepare for the confusion train. This is Waxahatchee which sounds like a band name but is actually a moniker used by a solo dude (girl dude, but dude is not gender specific when I use). The confusing part is that the dude's day job (for which this is a side project) is more obscure than this.

Cerulean Salt, their (her) second album, is among Paste's Top 50 Albums of 2013.

For some reason I thought Waxahatchee was also a place.

Song: "Brother Bryan"
Artist: Waxahatchee

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Song of the Day: "Penny (Won't Help Me Now)"

Eric is on a quest to, well, here's the text message:
Let's get this song known in the US of A.
The US of A.

He went to an ivy! (Eric, not this dude [although maybe this dude too, who knows]).

According to dude's Facebook page, Steve Cradock from Ocean Colour Scene has already retweeted a link to this video, so, you know, I'm in.

Song of the Day: "Penny (Won't Help Me Now)"
Artist: Thomas McConnnell

Monday, December 2, 2013

Song of the Day: "Sex, Death and Landscapes"

Thea in Glasgow (we're Twitter friends and she tried to offer options when I was trying to find a reasonably priced camera for the Roddy Frame gig) passed this along. Tom Rosenthal is not this Tom Rosenthal, he's the other one.

It's confusing if you don't know that.

There's enough Damien Rice in here to make me not care enough to figure out who else I'm hearing.


Song: "Sex, Death and Landscapes"
Artist: Tom Rosenthal

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Song of the Day: "Follow Your Arrow"

Stephen Amell is Arrow on the WB CW
I will follow.
This is Kacey Musgraves whose Same Trailer Different Park is making year-end best of lists and, it turns out, is not a Miranda Lambert album title (or Carrie Underwood)... it just seems like it should be. Maybe Gretchen Wilson (but not).

Like one of them, she was also a Nashville Star contestant.

And unlike one of them, she does not currently have a restraining order taken out against her by Chris Kattan.

Song: "Follow Your Arrow"
Artist: Kasey Musgraves

Happy Birthday Melanie

Neither of these is Melanie,
but she took the picture
Once upon a time there was a temp. Actually she wasn't a temp, she was a contractor referred to the profitable Seattle dot com start-up that couldn't get funding to grow in 2000 (seriously, WTF?!) by the first Darrin. I don't even remember why we interviewed the first Darrin but that's possibly because Melanie got full custody of me in the divorce and I'm just relegating him to trivia better forgotten.

Where was I?

Oh, right, there was a temp who helped make the somewhat fun start-up much more fun. I mean, once I left I'm sure it was non-stop mourning, but that's just me.

At some point after my return to Portland I made her my emergency contact. I'm such a Miranda.

A few years later we worked together in LA. She was enjoying West Hollywood and show biz (we were about 2 degrees of separation from people who could reasonably be called "in the business") even if I did not. I stayed a full 6 months to get her the employee referral bonus. I may have stayed another week because Robin came for a business trip. That was 9 years and a few weeks ago.

Since then she's done some really cool stuff including a great recasting of Darrin, blogging with zeal, started working on her own doing stuff she loves, writing with courage and even adding cousin Oliver without the show jumping the shark.

Also she loves shows on The CW which, I'm sorry, deserves to be called The WB. It just does. The trip to LA where I first met Big Gay John I brought her a swizzle stick from the bar set of Jack & Jill. BGJohn admonished me for my theft. I think the notable absence of the swizzle stick led to J&J's cancellation a year and a half later.

Does she love No Doubt? No doubt. Well, not much doubt. At the very least I figure she's a fan through osmosis from Divad. Unless he thinks they're TIRED and is all Katy Perry all the time now. Exhausting.

Melanie lives in Seattle (for now) with husband Drew and son Nathaniel (I call him N8). I probably should see them more often.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Happy Birthday Laura

Mid-November 2013, Malta NY
Laura took this picture a couple weeks ago out her front door. I know Laura from Dallas but we'd see each other in Florida when I would go for family visits. Since she, David and the kids lived near Orlando they made for a convenient stopping point on my way out of town (for those times I fly in and out of Orlando, which is most times since Daytona requires 2 stops and usually a lot more $).

The change from the impossibly mild weather of central Florida to the... bitter cold of the icy upstate tundra... yikes. At least Portland remains fairly mild all year round (I mean it's always raining and you won't like it, don't visit [not Laura specifically, just all y'all]).

Now that the kids are a little older she's returned to the working world (sucker) as a realtor with Keller Williams (contact her if you're in the market for a home in the greater Albany area).

I'm learning all kinds of fun facts about NY real estate law from her, although more interesting are the yard sale finds she shares on Facebook. Actually Laura's always a great source for new and often interesting facts.

Turns out it's convenient having friends who read.

I don't know that this Siouxsie and the Banshees song was one that she really liked, but I'm playing the odds. Siouxsie provides a strong female presence and the music is solid 90s alternative stuff.

Laura lives in the frozen tundra of upstate New York with David (whom I am not allowed to call Malcolm), Henry and Charlotte. When she was pregnant with Charlotte and talked about that as a possible name I thought she was telling me they were moving to North Carolina. I'm always hysterical.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Happy Birthday Lisa

Dallas 1992 Back L-R: Hillery, Lisa; Fr L-R: Sean, Michael
If you look at the picture above, that quite possibly I took, and you see similarities between Lisa's decor style, the bold wall colors and the crisp white trim, and my decor style, the bold wall colors and crisp white trim, you might see similarities. As if. The minute I figure out how they differ (aside from specific color) I will let you know.

That picture is from Hillery & Sean's going away fete, probably late summer 1992, a few months after I'd moved there (apparently Hillery & Sean won't live in the same city as me; once I settled in Dallas they returned to my recently-vacated Atlanta). Lisa was the best host. She was possibly the only host but frankly I think we all took a turn and the conclusion was obvious, let's hang out at Lisa's. So we did.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

Pasta, red wine, music.

Good times.

I haven't seen her since NYC, probably early 2004. Hmm, is that right? It runs together. I think it was a Dr. Botox junket. My inability to remember shit is awesome.

I used to make Lisa mix tapes. She had 1 rule: you must label the tapes. There existed, in her possession, a frustrating unlabeled mix tape and tried to identify the songs. I think I helped with 4. This was not one I helped with, but it was the first song of the tape (and the only one I recall).

Lisa lives a subdued life in Salt Lake City with her husband Brad and dog Ajax (Ajax?) or so Facebook leads me to believe. It's entirely possible that's just a cover for her work as an international covert operative. That would explain Salt Lake City.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

R.I.P. Paul Walker

Paul Walker for
Davidoff's Cool Water
Paul Walker, actor/model movie star/model/humanitarian, died earlier today in a not-at-all ironic auto accident.

As part of a fund-raiser for victims of the typhoon in the Philippines (pa-HILL-a-PEENs), Walker had been giving celebrity-assisted test drives in a new Porsche GT (or possibly his Porsche).

The vehicle hit a tree.

The vehicle exploded.

Both passengers died.

It's not clear who was driving.

I believe the tree survived.

"Life's too short. And the biggest
 curse is falling in love 
with somebody."
Walker starred in several movies I did not ever actually watch all the way through including Into the Deep, Into the Blue, The Blue is the Deep and Varsity Blues/Deeps.

He also made a movie with Leelee Sobieski.

Leelee. Remember her?

Me neither.
Paul Walker, Steve Zahn
and Leelee Sobieski in Joy Ride

Walker won both a Teen Choice Award and an MTV Movie Award. And he had amazingly pretty eyes. Like a young Ed Harris. Or a less young Rich Jones. (What, I have pretty eyes.)

Rest in peace dude.

Song of the Day: "Afterlife"

It's probably in no way interesting to you that it's taken me something like an hour to get around to this post because OMFG what the fuck is wrong with my 5 year old iMac? 6 year old iMac? Shit takes forever. And okay, maybe it's because the hard drive was nearly full so now I'm moving a ton of music to the external hard drive and running Onyx but, long story short (too late), the video I was originally posting for this song wasn't this one so my Coming to America jokes won't be funny.

Not that they were funny before, but at least now I have an excuse.

Here's Arcade Fire. I hope their iMacs are not nearly as slow as mine.

Song: "Afterlife"
Artist: Arcade Fire

Friday, November 29, 2013

Song of the Day: "Chemical Burns"

Philly band Work Drugs are one of my recent faves and now they're even more faves-ier what with them just flat out buying my affections via free downloads of both this summer's Mavericks album this even newer single.

It's like they knew that I hadn't actually acquired anything of theirs and wanted to rectify that situation.

And they have.

It's a Black Friday miracle, with almost no deaths.

Song: "Chemical Burns"
Artist: Work Drugs

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Song of the Day: "Love Me Again"

Derek Hough
Amber Riley
Congratulations again to last night's Mirror Ball trophy winners Amber Riley and Emmy winner Derek Hough.

This song is one I heard on DWTS, but maybe a couple of weeks ago. Like when Elizabeth Berkley got eliminated before Bill Engval or Leah Remini. Holy shit look at me remembering names. (Okay, I did type Lisa Remini at first.)

Here's. um, John Newman.

Song: "Love Me Again"
Artist: John Newman

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

You know how you know that I'm gay?

Because I've been watching Dancing with the Stars recently.

That's not entirely true. I have also just fucking had it with Two Broke Girls a show that I found marginally charming before I grew tired of Kat Dennings's inability to land a fucking joke without forcing it.

"Forcing it? I once forced it when I was having sex!"

And if I am to return for the next season, this is why.

Amber Riley & Derek - Freestyle - DWTS 17 (Finals) by IdolxMuzic

Congratulations to tonight's winner whomever that might be if Big Gay John doesn't know then this isn't necessarily a spoiler. Also watch the show if it's that important.

Song of the Day: "Ordinary Love"

They struck out with their Oscar nomination and never made it to bat with the Tonys so they're back with more Oscar bait. This track comes from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom which I'm pretty sure is about a time Winnie Mandela had a flat tire and then her heel broke and she had to walk like 3 miles home... or "freedom."

It's probably not about Nelson Mandela because obviously Nelson Mandela is a terrorist and it is wrong to celebrate terrorists (unlike war criminals and criminals against peace, so go ahead and have your George W. Bush picnic like you planned).

As for the song, zzzzzz. Seriously, I don't understand how U2 garnered their nomination before but Eminem's win (oh yeah, Eminem is an Oscar winner) was totally justified. Suck it Julie Taymor. If this song picks up a nomination I'll be mildly surprised but not stunned. Anticipating nominations from the music branch is difficult although I recall they decided to have 5 nominees no matter what so obviously they don't know what they're doing and will keep changing how they do it until they do. I doubt this song will end up on a 5-disc "essentials" collection of U2.

Song: "Ordinary Love"
Artist: U2

Monday, November 25, 2013

Song of the Day: "Gypsy"

Stephanie Germanotta Lady Gaga hosted SNL a couple weeks ago and I check it out on the Hulus. I believe she might be a reasonable talented live performer but I watched her writing around on stage in a photo negative of a look Donna Summer might have sported 35 years ago I wondered if she would ever have the courage to tour the way Bruce Springsteen or Bonnie Raitt might. Just playing music and no concerned with external spectacle.

And I say that aware that my last live show was Pet Shop Boys, a show I was excited about specifically because of the spectacle.

I'm not saying she has to, just wondering if she will.

Song: "Gypsy"
Artist: Lady Gaga

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Song of the Day: "Wait for Me"

A King of Leon, Skippy I think
Roscoe from Kings of Leon
I ran across this track from Kings of Leon's recent album Mechanical Bull and was reminded 1) that I haven't heard the album yet and B) that I really like them. Even when they're not doing stadium rock (or possibly especially when they're not doing stadium rock).

Not that their signature sound is stadium rock.

But it's not NOT stadium rock. Is it?

It isn't.

Unless it is.

Regardless, my esteem for them is totally based exclusively on their musical talent. For reals. (As an illustration, I think The Black Keys are a better band and I would not bother to add photos to their songs of the day... well, not of them.)

Song: "Wait for Me"
Artist: Kings of Leon

Saturday, November 23, 2013

I can't tell if this is perfect or if they are 2 of the easiest targets available

Let's assume both are true.

Song of the Day: "Hurt You"

It's been a long day. I worked way too late into the evening to get something out of the way. Now I can't seem to leave my desk. It's the fatigue of a week of thankless toiling. But at least I'm making a difference... for the children.

Er, for the pie charts!


Fuck me, I'm a cog in the machine of big business. When did that happen?

Anyway, the TV is on and it's stayed on through 2 episodes of Modern Family, then The Carrie Diaries, then Nikita, then local news and then Arsenio. I saw Arsenio recently ("recently" is probably like a year ago) in an interview where he wasn't "on" and was so likable that I was thrilled to hear he was getting another show. Every time another white dude gets a late night talk show I roll my eyes (or complain in some more audible way), but it's not like I watch anything but The Daily Show and Colbert. And they're both hosted by white dudes.

So what's my problem? How much time do you have? Blah blah blah networks do a really shitty job of representing a world that isn't straight, white and Christian. See also here and here and here...

And tonight on Arsenio, Toni Braxton and Babyface. HOLY SHIT THE 90S ARE BACK AND THEY BROUGHT FRIENDS!!! But not the show Friends, with its all-white cast (set in a giant apartment in Manhattan, natch). But Babyface, with 10 Grammys, and Toni Braxton, with 6 Grammys, are, what? They're not legends (yet),  are they? Icons? Greats? Superstars.

I will grant them superstar status, at the very least. Also Arsenio Hall was there. They're working together, possibly again, possibly romantically (look I didn't really pay attention) but, and I can't put too fine a point on this, if they're back can a Garbage comeback tour be far behind?

Song: "Hurt You"
Artist: Babyface/Toni Braxton

Friday, November 22, 2013

Song of the Day: "Unbelievers"

Erin thinks "Diane Young" was the song of the summer, or at least it was for her. I wasn't impressed when I heard it but something about this track, which may not be entirely dissimilar, caught my attention today. And, as we close in on year-end singles lists, this will be a good reminder for me to revisit their output this year.

Or possibly to visit it for a first time. Things tend to run together as I'm sure you already know.

Song: "Unbelievers"
Artist: Vampire Weekend

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Song of the Day: "I Almost Fell"

It's not entirely clear to mean whether the band is Axxa//Abraxas, Axxa / Abraxas or Axxa/Abraxas. I'm sure you can imagine how much that keeps me awake at night.

Regardless, the track is great and apparently this is the new sound of Athens GA. Take that, Dreams So Real...

Song: "I Almost Fell"
Artist: Axxa / Abraxas

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Song of the Day: "Lariat"

Stephen Malkmus, either with or without the Jicks, always orbited in a a space that never really crossed my horizons. Not said in a judgmental sense, just that I lacked exposure. On occasions, I guess, but no regularity.

And here he's rhyming Tennyson and venison.


Song: "Lariat"
Artist: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Song of the Day: "Gaudete"

Erasure is back with a seasonal album, Snowglobe, and a bad-ass video.

By the way, this is a Christmas hymn from the 16th century but it may be even older. Funny, it doesn't sound retro.

Song: "Gaudete"
Artist: Erasure

Monday, November 18, 2013

Song of the Day: "Sexy Socialite"

Smooth-fi Canadians Chromeo... need I say more?

Was that rhetorical?


Song: "Sexy Socialite"
Artist: Chromeo

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Song of the Day: "Oblivion"

I don't consider this "numerous"
Would I be posting this track from Grimes if articles about this video didn't include phrases like "Grimes knows a lot of shirtless frat boys" or "numerous shirtless men"?


I would likely have posted it with merely several shirtless frat boys or a bunch of shirtless men. I'm pretty easy.

Song: "Oblivion"
Artist: Grimes

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Song of the Day: "Hey Brother"

Dan Tyminski from Union Station is the voice for this track from Avicii's debut album ("Levels" being an international hit single wasn't from an album, this his debut). Sadly this song is not an ode to Arrested Development... except in my mind now.

OMG Tony Hale won an Emmy y'all!

Song: "Hey Brother"
Artist: Avicii/Dan Tyminski

Friday, November 15, 2013

Song of the Day: "Latitudes"

Crap, I am a little late posting this. This captures the mood of those autumn days when summer fades into history.

This, by the way, is the title track from Lizzie Davis's sophomore album, Latitudes.

Song: "Latitudes"
Artist: Lizzie Davis

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Song of the Day: "I Drive Your Truck"

A smarter man would have posted this on Veteran's Day since the song was inspired by an interview on NPR (pause to consider a country music song inspired by an interview on the flaming godless bastion of liberals at National Public Radio) with the father of a soldier killed in Afghanistan who still drives the truck in question to feel closer to his son.

Jared Monti was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2006. His dad, Paul Monti, organized Operation Flags for Vets in Jared's honor.

And I have nothing snarky to say about either of them or this song.

Song: "I Drive Your Truck"
Artist: Lee Brice

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Song of the Day: "Samson"

Previously on the Rebel Agenda we were including VV Brown in the post-Amy Winehouse rush by record labels to have a retro R&B girl singer (see also: Adele, Duffy). Eric made the possibly valid/probably racist comment that it's more impressive if the singer who sounds black isn't actually black.

Her follow-up album, Lollipops & Politics, was scheduled for release early last year and hit a delay that smells a lot like the A&R guy at her label telling her it wasn't commercial and needed more hits.

Then she announced she was pulling the album and this year she self-released Samson & Delilah, a moody, complex and rich album far more sophisticated than one (meaning me) might have expected based the last album (not the one that she yanked). I bought a copy today based on this summary: Grace Jones meets Kate Bush. I'll let you know.

Song: "Samson"
Artist: VV Brown

Monday, November 11, 2013

How's He Doing?

Song of the Day: "Chain My Name"

Don Shula, not a myth,
the only NFL perfect season
Poliça from their second album Shulamith.

The album is named after Shulamith Firestone, the radical feminist and not Don Shula. Go figure.

Details on her life are here.

Song: "Chain My Name"
Artist: Poliça

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Song of the Day: "Wild West Heart"

Jadea Kelly is not Jade King, which is a lovely Chinese restaurant somewhere, it seems.

She is a Canadian folk singer. (It helps if you entire the right name into your web search.)

Clover is her third album.

Song: "Wild West Heart"
Artist: Jadea Kelly

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Song of the Day: "This Lonely Morning"

Does the fact that listening to Best Coast makes me think about Midge which makes me cry have anything to do with my decision to go home today instead of tomorrow?

Shut up, that's why.

Here's a new track from their EP.

Again, shut up.

Song: "This Lonely Morning"
Artist: Best Coast

Friday, November 8, 2013

Song of the Day: "From Afar"

Vance Joy is a dude (not a band) from Australia (the country not the continent [technically both actually but really, a continent?]). This is from his debut God Loves You When You're Dancing.

That's especially true for me, by the way.

Song: "From Afar"
Artist: Vance Joy

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Song of the Day: "The Walker"

Fitz and the Tantrums from their sophomore album. As with any band that plays a Christmas show for one of the local radio stations, I expect to be played out on them in the next week or so.

I'll let you know...

Song of the Day: "The Walker"
Artist: Fitz and the Tantrums

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

What the What? (Quote of the Day)

Song of the Day: "Gun"

CHVRCHES (yes, whatev) have a new video for "Lies" but I couldn't risk Marie telling me that "Gun" is a better single, so here we are.

The lesson here, that even the most innocuous of comments can modify my behavior, should never be exploited. Cause that would be wrong, mmmkay.

Song: "Gun"

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Conflict Resolution, the Pam Way

"I bet your tears taste like bacon"

Song of the Day: "Holy"

Frightened Rabbit did a video for "Holy" from Pedestrian Verse.

If you don't know that I love them and/or that they are Scottish then you're just not paying attention.

Song: "Holy"
Artist: Frightened Rabbit

Monday, November 4, 2013

Song of the Day: "Holding on for Life"

I am going to declare the second Broken Bells album, After the Disco, James Mercer's fan letter to the Bee Gees.

And later when Pitchfork says the same thing I'm sure you'll agree.

Song: "Holding on for Life"
Artist: Broken Bells

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Morrissey Health and/or Fashion UPDATE UPDATE REDUX

I know what you're thinking, how can a humansecxual vegetarian keep getting hospitalized when a morbidly obese blogger who eats the worst shit, rarely exercises and sleeps around as much as is humanly possible (at 8 I'm a 3, but at 3 I'm an 8) hasn't been hospitalized once. Ever.


Seriously Moz, eat a fucking bacon cheeseburger or some chicken fingers. It will help your immune system.

Oh, and the next time you suck a dick, like Tuesday, admit that you really enjoy it. That also helps.

Here's the long and short of it: you're too old to die young, so maybe get a grip.

Song of the Day: "Give Me Arms"

Perfectly sweet folk pop from The Honey Ants, a relatively new band comprised of John Grimsey and Rebecca Hamer.

And so concludes what I know about The Honey Ants. Enjoy the quite enjoyable song.

Song: "Give Me Arms"
Artist: The Honey Ants

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Song of the Day: "Adam Levine"

They're mass producing Adam Levine? I know what Big Gay John and Smith and some of my other homos are getting for Xmas...

Fun fact: Adam Levine joins Jaclyn Smith as celebrity turned fashion designer  for K-mart. Says some dude:
"The white space is for that younger, upwardly mobile Kmart customer that wants a cleaned-up lifestyle product that still has a contemporary feel to it"--Bernt Ullman
I'm pretty sure that's a racist statement. Also Bernt sounds Germanic. Probably a Nazi. Weird since Levine is a Jew.

Where was I? Oh, right, Electric Six is back. Enjoy.

Song: "Adam Levine'
Artist: Electric Six

Song of the Day: "Waltzing Matilda"

As a super influential blogger I routinely hear from writers, directors, musicians, designers and heads of state--anyone who can benefit from the halo effect that a flattering mention in the Rebel Agenda brings. It's the Rebel Agenda Colbert Bump... or something.

So I didn't think twice when I got an email about this adorable video for a great song. I was 2/3 of the way through before I realized that the email came from the singer/songwriter herself. Or a reasonable facsimile. Actually I'm willing to bet (a relatively small amount) that Hilary had a lot to do with the email since it never once mentions her record label.

Normally I don't stop and listen to every song I get an email about but this one caught my attention. The magic words:
It's a tongue-in-cheek, comic book inspired, detective film noir short!
I'm not sure it would have gotten my attention as immediately without that sentence.

And I'm really glad it got my attention. I've listened to this song at least 7 times in a row. Now it's your turn. Enjoy...

Song: "Waltzing Matilda"
Artist: Hilary Grist

Friday, November 1, 2013

Song of the Day: "What Now"

Clark recommended this and I have to say Rihanna sounds surprisingly like Harriet Wheeler (or perhaps the song's arrangement sounds Sundays-ish).

The b&w cinematography in the video reminds me of Herb Ritts. Truly the 90s are back.

Song: "What Now"
Artist: Rihanna

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Funny funny shit

Via Carter at work.

Song of the Day: "City Swans"

Neko Case from her rather long album titled album. Most of the album is somber, quasi-ballad stuff. I like Neko when she's kicking up some percussion and jangly rhythms.

But you probably already guessed that about me.

Song: "City Swans"
Artist: Neko Case

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Song of the Day: "Buried Plans"

Skuta in Solvenia, a minor alp
I'm sufficiently bored in a meeting that I'm multitasking and posting this song having never actually hearing it.

Minor Alps is a side project for dude from Nada Surf and dude from Julianna Hatfield (that's what I said).

It's probably better than Creed.

Song: "Buried Plans"
Artist: Minor Alps

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Song of the Day: "Best Be Believing"

AlunaGeorge (yes, them)--it's the fourth single from Body Music, their debut album.

Song: "Best Be Believing"
Artist: AlunaGeorge

Monday, October 28, 2013

R.I.P. Lou Reed

Rock icon Lou Reed deserves credit for writing about the seedier side of life. Had he be born 50 years later, after someone like him wrote about the drugs and hustlers and gay sex, after Ellen and Elton, he would have enjoyed the luxury of taking a boy to his prom and watching Lady Gaga. 


And all the people sing "doo do doo do doo do do doo ..."

Rest in peace dude. Respect. 

Song of the Day: "It's About Time"

Taking the easy way out this morning. Via Scott (nee Richard) at Rockfile Radio, this one from BLANK the BLANK (pick whichever nouns you want)...

Truly new to me and doesn't at all suck. Win, win.

Song: "It's About Time"
Artist: Young the Giant

Saturday, October 26, 2013

R.I.P. Marcia Wallace

This one makes me sad. We watched The Bob Newhart Show on Saturday nights, but apparently that's not a big differentiator since CBS's Saturday night line-up also included All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Carol Burnett Show (and M*A*S*H for a time). I just looked at the competing line-ups and I'm pretty sure most Americans who were watching TV on a Saturday night in the early/mid-70s were watching The Bob Newhart Show. Which shouldn't undermine that the show was awesome and Wallace was fantastic on it.

Since she had the somewhat thankless role of playing a sassy sidekick (thankless in an awards sense). Wallace didn't receive an Emmy nomination for her work as Carol Bondurant (nee Kester) until years after the show went off the air. Carol was one of the few competent assistants (secretaries) on Murphy Brown and the episode includes a cameo by Newhart (in character from TBNS) wooing Carol back to Chicago. Luckily no clips from The Bob Newhart Show OR Murphy Brown are available, so just imagine them in your mind.

Now imagine I'm thinner.

And funny.

OMG I forgot that one of the forgotten victims of 9/11 is That's My Bush! Wallace played Maggie, the sassy maid and, as intentionally ridiculous as this depiction of the White House is, it's actually a little more credible than Byron Allen's The First Family (I watched a episode this past summer and tweeted "Bryon Allen what the fuck?!").

Wallace was a regular on 70s game shows and here's one appearance.

She won an Emmy for Voiceover Performance as Mrs. Krabapple in the season 3 episode "Bart the Lover"--remember personal ads in newspapers and sending in letters to reply? Me neither. Another video clip unavailable... awesomer.

This video is really awesome.

Wallace is survived by son Mikey and will be missed.

Rest in peace dude.

Song of the Day: "Splinter"

Gary Numan, he's not just a one-hit wonder, he's also a pioneer for electronic music (or so his Wikipedia entry would lead me to believe). Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind) is his twenty-something-th album which means he probably didn't stop recording after "Cars."

Thanks to his discography and the series of tubes I'm able to listen to his 1987 single "Radio Heart" which we played back at the college radio station. Not all my stories are interesting. It's still a great single.

This track is ominous and brings to mind the recent Nine Inch Nails album.  I wonder if Trent cites Gary as an influence.

Song: "Splinter"
Artist: Gary Numan

Friday, October 25, 2013

Song of the Day: "Lilies"

Imagine if you will a Venn diagram. In one circle is the name Kate Bush and in the other circle is the name Elizabeth (Cocteau Twins) Frazer. In the overlap it says Bat for Lashes (nee Natasha Khan ["Khan!!!!!!!"]).

This video was also nominated for a YouTube something something award. I'm sure it won't last more than 2 years so don't bother learning the name. (This statement will be how that award becomes the new Golden Globes: irony, I always lose).

Song: "Lilies"
Artist: Bat for Lashes

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Song of the Day: "I Got a Boy"

The YouTube Music Awards are a thing and guess who is a nominee... that's right, Girls' Generation. The K-Pop group joins Selena Lovato, Demi Gomez, Justin Cyrus and Lady Gaga in the Video of the Year category.
Honoring the world’s most loved music videos, these nominees represent the videos with the most fan engagement on YouTube over the last year.


As as a famous towel once said, "I have no idea what's going on."

Song: "I Got a Boy"
Artist: Girls' Generation

Song of the Day: "Long Time Gone"

After the critical and commercial success of the Robert Plant and Alison Krauss collaboration Raising Sand, Sonya and I have been cynically predicting the next pairing of icon + contemporary critics' darling (your Stevie Wonder + John Mayer, or Van Morrison + Mary J. Blige, or even a Aretha Franklin + Daft Punk). Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones don't quite have the right pairing but obviously this is exactly that thing proving me and Sonya right.


Their collaboration is a remake of the Everly Brothers' Songs Our Daddy Taught Us... which is just what you'd expect, amiright?

Song: "Long Time Gone"
Artist: Billie Joe Armstrong/Norah Jones

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Song of the Day: "Shake"

Another non-Miley track. This one's from The Head and the Heart's sophomore outing, Let's Be Still.

Song: "Shake"
Artist: The Head and the Heart

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Song of the Day: "Bad Blood"

I downloaded Bastille's Bad Blood yesterday and here's the title track.

Hey, it's not Miley, chill.

Song: "Bad Blood"
Artist: Bastille

Monday, October 21, 2013

Song of the Day: "Adore You"

Another Miley Cyrus song... now it's starting to get creepy.

Song: "Adore You'
Artist: Miley Cyrus

Tedious, pretentious quote of the day

"Unfortunately, I am not homosexual. In technical fact, I am humasexual. I am attracted to humans. But, of course … not many.”--Morrissey
Speaking on behalf of humans, right back atcha.

Also he called her Kate Muddleton!!!! He's hysterical.

Full story here: http://www.queerty.com/morrissey-denies-that-hes-gayclaims-hes-a-humasexual-20131021/#ixzz2iNJWCKbo

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Song of the Day: "It's My Party"

Big Gay John™ likes Jessie J, whom I think he's mentioned (or possibly the Fabulous Clinton, who is fabulous) but I don't think I've heard before now.

Someone called her a very British response to Katy Perry. I don't object to that based on this (although she doesn't appear to have multiple fans blow her hair back during this video, so not 100%).

Song: "It's My Party"
Artist: Jessie J

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Further Fun with Bing

Why isn't Bing beating Google? These search results are aweSUM.

Song of the Day: "Wrecking Ball"

Fuck it, here's the other Miley song. It's not as addictive, but still, damn. Stuck in my head.

Note to Miley: after several weeks/months/years of trying to be a wrecking ball, maybe get a new hobby.

Song: "Wrecking Ball"
Artist: Miley Cyrus

Friday, October 18, 2013

Song of the Day: "We Can't Stop"

Yes, I know.

But here's the thing, I hadn't really heard the song until the video on SNL with Miley playing Michele Bachmann and I've listened to the track like 60 times in the last 3 days and 2 other middle aged people also enthused about the song last night at dinner.

This whole thing feels very "Marvins Room" to me. Everybody keep Miley away from Chris Brown.

By including this in my songs of the day I make it easier for my year end list. Not that you care.

Song: "We Can't Stop"
Artist: Miley Cyrus

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Song of the Day: "Phenomenon"

A bonus song as we play make up. This one from new Dr. Dog (B-Room).

Song: "Phenomenon"
Artist: Dr. Dog

Song of the Day: "The Wire"

Eric forwarded me a tweet about HAIM the other day. Clearly he's not reading the blog either.

But if Tracey Thorn likes them they must be cool, right?

Actually that's not a bad litmus test.

For the record, Eric referenced Eurythmics, Kate Bush and T'Pau when describing their sound. Also Wendy & Lisa but, and I can't stress this enough, FUCK PRINCE*.

Song: "The Wire"
Artist: HAIM

* FUCK PRINCE courtesy of me, not Eric. He probably likes Sign 'o the Times. (Assuming Tracey Thorn did.)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Notes on Don Jon

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut impressed me, possibly more than it should, maybe just as much as it should. I like it for a lot of reasons, but I think some of its charms are an updated Saturday Night Fever sans 70s anti-sex morality messages. At some point I saw a little Looking for Mr. Goodbar-era Diane Keaton in Julianne Moore (or maybe that was the Long Island doing its thing).

It's kinda weird that the "sex" of the porn that's a major plot point isn't at all controversial. Nor the promiscuity of the protagonist. And while the ending isn't entirely outside what the two 1977 films would have preferred, at least no one is raped or murdered along the way. (Sorry, SPOILER ALERT.)

I was thrilled to see Glenne Headley in a nice role. If you haven't seen her in Mortal Thoughts you're missing a great performance. And Tony Danza is good in this movie. It's like Jon Lovitz in Happiness all over again.

Awards potential? So I could see an Original Screenplay nod for JGL, not a favorite but certainly a contender. I could possibly see him pick up traction via a Golden Globe nomination and win, but don't really like the odds for him. Julianne Moore could pick up a Supporting Actress nod; if her turn in Carrie plays out as well as Piper Laurie's, awards-wise, she could be aided with some critics love via a blanket over both (and possibly other) movies. I liked Scarlett Johansson a lot but the role isn't sufficiently large for a run at lead and she lacks the histrionics that will help Moore.

Really liked it, although there's something about a man who spends a lot of time at the gym and who cares about his cleaning products that seems like a whole unexplored story...

Song of the Day: "Indie Cindy"

A reminder of my mixed feelings for the Pixies.

Song: "Indie Cindy"
Artist: Pixies

Song of the Day: "The Best Jewel Thief in the World"

Prefab Sprout: they owe Bruce Springsteen an apology (well, Paddy does) and they have a new album out.

It's called Crimson/Red and that's pretty much all I've learned.

Oh, there isn't a tour scheduled, at least not according to Pollstar.

Fun fact: the best jewel thief in the world is widely considered to be the Pink Panthers. Ain't that some shit?

Song: "The Best Jewel Thief in the World"
Artist: Prefab Sprout

And I'm making up for lost days with multiple songs today.

Oh snap of the day

“Sometimes those–comments like that are made out of malice, but if someone has no intelligence I don’t view it as being a malicious statement.”--Sen. John McCain (R, AZ) on Rep. Louis Gohmert (R, TX)

Song of the Day: "Alligator"

Let's get back to blogging. New music from Paul McCartney, literally called New. This is one of 2 tracks produced by Mark Ronson. The other is the title track and I just couldn't bring myself to have "New" from New be new...

Song: "Alligator"
Artist: Paul McCartney

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Song of the Day: "The Mother We Share"


I keep saying "I need to post something from CHVRCHES" and also "why the fuck do they have to spell their name CHVRCHES?!"

Regardless, they're Scottish.

Song: "The Mother We Share"

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Song of the Day: "Virtue Makes You Beautiful"

Slutty girls, please stop dressing like sluts.

That seems to be the theme of this total piece of shit adaptation of OneDirection's song... the one with the title (I honestly don't know or care).

And while the song is about dressing modest (as opposed to dressing modestly which is about the process of dressing and not the outcome of the dressing), the title uses the word virtue as opposed to modest (or modesty).  Long story short: sluts are bad.

PS: No fat chicks.

And for some reason this reminds me that National Coming Out Day is some time this week.

Song: "Virtue Makes You Beautiful"
Artist: Lone Peak State Young Men Featuring Alex Boye

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Bridges of Multnomah County

Above: Broadway Bridge, Below: Steel Bridge; both from a photo essay on the bridges of Portland from Willamette Week