Saturday, April 13, 2013

This is how I'm feeling today

Song of the Day: "The Great Procrastinator"

In honor of the looming Tax Day, here's something from Stornoway's second album, Songs Tales from Terra Nova.

I wonder why they keep changing the title name (that must be it and not that I misremembered).

Song: "The Great Procrastinator"
Artist: Stornoway

Friday, April 12, 2013

Song of the Day: "Without You"

Natalie Maines covers Eddie Vedder with the first single from her solo album Mother.

I don't know if this marks the end of the Dixie Chicks, or the beginning of the end of the Dixie Chicks or what. This interview doesn't make this sound like a temporary thing.

Song: "Without You"
Artist: Natalie Maines

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Song of the Day: "(One of Those) Crazy Girls"

All this time when I'd see the band Paramore's name (which is Paramore, conveniently) I would think "Evanescence."

And I would grimace.

As one does.

But they're not the same band.

Which is why they have different band names.

It's amazing how that works out like that sometimes.

They are also not a country band, which is also a thing I thought when I wasn't thinking that first thing, which, as we all know now, was wrong.

And here we are. Happy Thursday.

Song: "(One of Those) Crazy Girls"
Artist: Paramore

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Song of the Day: "Anymore of This"

The overlap of Americana, country and folk? Or just acoustic Americana? Or just stuff you'll hear at Starbucks or during a particularly poignant scene in Vampire Diaries?

Why not all of the above!

It's Mindy Smith (whom I am on record as liking) and Matthew Perryman Jones (my cousin).

In addition to Vampire Diaries this song was used in an episode of Switched at Birth which is, apparently, a show on ABC Family about 2 teenagers who were, get this, switched at birth.

Song: "Anymore of This"
Artist: Mindy Smith/Matthew Perryman Jones

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

An Easter tradition not including ham

"Cousins" Nate and Chris, and dad (also a "cousin") Dan have an Easter tradition. Their wholesomeness is infectious.

Happy Birthday Paul Robeson

Okay, fuck... sometimes I learn things and have to have respect for people when I do these birthday posts. This was going to be a little inside joke with Big Gay John, hearkening back to Cabaret with a Liza Minelli's Won a Tony for Whatever Q where it seems like every month we'd hear about Paul Robeson.

Paul Robeson, the third black person to attend Rutgers. And the first black person to play football for Rutgers. And Valedictorian of his senior class at Rutgers (the whole class, not just the blacks). Who went to Columbia University Law School and who played professional football and is in the National College Football Hall of Fame and he's not even known for being a football player or a lawyer.

The dude could speak and write in 20 languages?! WTF.

Broadway legend, civil rights pioneer, Cold War blacklistee; the role of Joe in Show Boat was written for him. Take that Liza.

He's been on a US postage stamp, won a Stalin Peace Prize and been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and the New Jersey Hall of Fame. And he was captain of the Rutgers debate team.


And the Manic Street Preachers immortalized him with a song.

So did Black 47.

Talented people who do things are exhausting.

Happy birthday dude, rest in peace.

Happy Birthday Avery Schreiber

When it comes down to it my affection for Avery Schreiber is difficult to explain. It's not like I love the Doritos ads, they're just the easiest thing for me to post. He also did My Mother the Car and Match Game and Love Boat and Dukes of Hazzard and Chico and the Man. Avery Schreiber IS the 70s (minus disco).

He's like Dom DeLuise minus Burt Reynolds!

Isn't that enough?

Happy birthday dude, rest in peace.

Song of the Day: "The Sunset"

My neighbors, The Thermals, are doing Record Store Day this year. Record Store Day is, of course, a day where they have records in stores, or something similar. It's actually a wonderfully cool thing and if it didn't involve leaving my house and interacting with others I'd totally be there.

Or, you know, shirtless frat boys.

They're doing a thing at Music Millennium. So are Sparks. Yes, Sparks.

I wonder if this is indie rock week for SOTD...

Song: "The Sunset"
Artist: The Thermals

Monday, April 8, 2013

Song of the Day: "Demons"

New music from The National to kick off a new week.
Do not know what’s wrong with me
Sours in the cup
When I walk into a room
I do not light it up
Love them.

It's got a quality similar to the sound I called hypnotic in "Bloodbuzz Ohio" where they mix the dude's voice down to blend in with the bass and rhythm. No one else does that all the time, do they?

Song: "Demons"
Artist: The National

R.I.P. Margaret Thatcher

It's not an obituary so much as a melange of thoughts.
"If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman."-Margaret Thatcher
That's a great fucking quote.

It's also sexist and misogynistic, but it's cool, because we gift a lot of leeway to people who break through race, gender and other barriers. At least I do.

I had been mis-remembering this quote from Sarah Vowell (I thought it was from The Partly Cloudy Patriot and about George W. Bush, but that was a different quote).
A few weeks after Reagan's 1989 farewell address aired, a new Elvis Costello album showed up at the radio station and the DJs wore out the grooves on "Tramp the Dirt Down," in which the singer hoped he would live long enough to see the death of Reagan's transatlantic best friend, Margaret Thatcher, so he could jump up and down on his grave. I confess that became my Reagan fantasy, too. Until his ghastly slow death from Alzheimer's disease deprived any detractor with half a heart of even that petty, dirt-tramping thrill.—Sarah Vowell in The Wordy Shipmates

Holy shit, I'd forgotten how divisive her time in office had been. The Blow Monkeys She Was Only a Grocer's Daughter is all about Thatcher. Literally. But contrasted with its dance groove it's just... weird. Still I need to discuss this vs. The Style Council's unreleased Modernism: A New Decade with Coffey.

Speaking of The Style Council, I'm not sure which track is the best Thatcher reference but I'm going with "Life at a Top People's Health Farm" from Confessions of a Pop Group.

The last word goes to Billy Bragg who updated Florence Reese's "Which Side Are You On?" for the coal miner's strike.

Still, that was a great quote.

Rest in peace dude.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Song of the Day: "Lose to Win"

Fantasia is basically 1 of only 2 American Idol winners I'll post as song of the day. I mentioned that hers is the only season I watched (and then not all of it). And she starred as herself in a Lifetime Original Movie, which is aweSUM.

And occasionally she makes music I find interesting.

And here we are.

Song: "Lose to Win"
Artist: Fantasia

Happy Birthday Billie Holiday

She's an iconic vocalist at the collision of jazz, pop and the blues. "Strange Fruit", based on a poem about a lynching, is one of her signature songs.
It reminds me of how Pop died, but I have to keep singing it, not only because people ask for it, but because twenty years after Pop died the things that killed him are still happening in the South--Billie Holiday
And they still are today.

Happy birthday dude! Rest in peace.

Happy Birthday Sheila Nevins

I'm not sure how I ran across her but I flagged her birthday (which was Saturday) because her background in television and documentary film is astounding but I have never heard of her (aside from that once, and I don't know when or where it was). Sheila Nevins is one of the most influential people in documentary films: she's won 23 Emmys, 2 Peabodys, 6 Cable Ace awards, and productions she's worked on have received 47 Emmys, 31 Peabodys and 21 Oscars.

Not bad for a broad.

Here she is in her own words.

Markie Post should play her in the biopic, right? Right!

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!