Saturday, June 15, 2013

Song of the Day: "Next to Me"

I had a delicious and somewhat pain-free dinner with Big Gay John this afternoon. We are designed for retirement community living, it would seem, and we both brought aches and pains to the table. Literally. But the eye candy and bourbon seems to have taken the edge off. At least for me.

This lovely song came on during our milkshakes at Burgerville and thus is now song of the day. John knows of it through the Smash (fun fact: Smash was not, actually, a smash).

Song: "Next to Me"
Artist: Emeli Sande (or something like that)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Say it with bacon

But don't talk with your mouthful.

Song of the Day: "Blurred Lines"

The annoyingly handsome/talented Robin Thicke, with the seemingly ubiquitous Pharrell and, for no clear reason, a bunch of boobies.

It's actually annoying, the garment disparity in the video.

Which is why I'm posting the gratuitous beefcake photo of Thicke.

"Why do you post gratuitous beefcake photos when there aren't garment disparities in the video?" you might ask.


Song: "Blurred Lines"
Artist: Robin Thicke/Pharrell

Happy Birthday Marcus Miller

Sometimes I find a name saved in my calendar, intended to remind me to write a birthday blog post about them, and I have no recollection of putting it in there. I'm fairly certain I discovered Miller when visiting some music from Luther Vandross's early solo career (solo career might be misleading--he was doing session and jingle work, primarily, and was a featured singer with Change [me neither], but it's not like his high school group Shades of Jade had anything like a career for him to be its Beyonce).

Marcus Miller is a musician and producer, and he seems to dabble in soul, jazz and rock. His bio includes work with Eric Clapton, Chaka Khan, Kathleen Battle, Billy Idol, Dizzy Gillespie, Mariah Carey, Roberta Flack and Paul Simon. He wrote the title track for Miles Davis's Tutu album, won his first Grammy in 1991 for co-writing "Power of Love/Love Power" with Luther and Teddy Van,  and he wrote "Da Butt." I don't think I realized how much Miller mixes high brow and low brow music, but as a Libra I must celebrate that, so let's start with "Da Butt"...

Here's one of his collaborations with Luther, Vandross's fourth #1 on the Billboard Black Singles Chart. A little quiet storm for you...

Here's Miller front and center, playing a track he describes as Middle Eastern funk, the Grammy nominated "Blast."

Miles and Miller, "Tutu"...

In reviewing the body of work, I can pretty much guarantee Miller's name popped up when I became obsessed with Luther's first hit, "Never Too Much." Listen to that bass. Righteous.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bitchy resting face

I love the music most of all.

Happy Birthday Chris Evans

Many people fail to appreciate how the opening scene of Cellular, the 2004 thriller starring Oscar winner Kim Basinger, Jason Statham, William H. Macy and Chris Evans is a landmark. It ranks up there with the early scene in Citizen Kane where the camera goes through a sign and the skylight, or the opening tracking shot of The Player, or the extended scene with no edits in Rope.

Not really, but damn Evans looks fine here. His stupid agent, who is stupid, has since told him to keep his shirt on.

Which is stupid.

You know who takes their shirt off if the role requires it? Meryl Streep. So follow her lead Chris.

Anyway, Cellular is crazy dumb and the best thing I can say about it is the writer managed to sell scripts for both this story, and its opposite (Phone Booth) and hopefully he bought a lot of cocaine with the money.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on! And fire that agent.

Song of the Day: "Running"

I've asked the Fabulous Clinton what I need to know about Jessie Ware. I'll update this when I get an answer.

UPDATE: And he replied...
She’s everything I wanted Jessie J to be. I feel like JW has been a guest vocalist for every act for the last three years. Her debut is a really solid effort and I think you’d like Devotion. For me, the only problem is she got lost in the shuffle of new, really great acts. I’ve been so wrapped up with AlunaGeorge (love, love), Disclosure (my favorite act at the moment), and Laura Mvula, JW just fell off my radar.
Off his radar? Ouch.

Song: "Running"
Artist: Jessie Ware

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Song of the Day: "Man"

There's a bunch of new stuff to cover and you know who jumps to the head of the line? Neko Case. I'm more excited because I think I've converted Clark to fan status. Hmm, why would that matter?

Anywho, here's a trailer for the album which has a long title and is due in September.

Song: "Man"
Artist: Neko Case

Lindsey Graham, titan of philosophical integrity

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Song of the Day: "Vagabond"

I'm surprised I haven't gotten around to posting this new track from Eddi Reader. The lyrics are from poet John Masefield (obviously).

It's a lovely change of pace. You could use one of those.

Song: "Vagabond"
Artist: Eddi Reader

Monday, June 10, 2013

Song of the Day: "Reach for the Dead"

Boards of Canada who are, it might seem, hot these days.

But them it is summer (kinda), so everyone's hot. Global warming.

Song: "Reach for the Dead"
Artist: Boards of Canada

Sunday, June 9, 2013

American Excellence in Brilliance

Need I say more?

Happy Birthday Joan Rivers, Redux

Here's a Rebel Agenda Classic in honor of Joan's 80th birthday. Here's the thing Joan: stop it with Trump. Get all the plastic surgery you want, just don't demean your life's work by associating yourself with someone so ridiculous. 

UPDATE: Tom and Lorenzo appear to be seconding this (here).

My selection of Joan as today's birthday is likely to evoke some grimaces. But give me a minute. Before the excessive plastic surgeries, and the inept red carpet interviews, she was a ground breaker.

Let's start with stand-up comedy. There's no definitive list, but I think it's fair to say she's among the first 5 women to become major stars in stand-up comedy. Phyllis Diller is probably the first lady of stand-up, but Joan is the Rolling Stones to Diller's Beatles. And I think that makes Totie Fields The Who. Click here to watch an adorably young Joan Rivers on The Ed Sullivan Show back in 1967.

She was a popular performer on The Tonight Show, wrote some best selling books, and picked up a Grammy nomination. She also has a Tony nomination and a Daytime Emmy.

She also wrote and directed Rabbit Test, a movie about the first pregnant man, starring Billy Crystal. It's a mess, but you've got to give her credit for trying.

Her close working relationship with Johnny Carson earned her the official role of guest host in 1983 (Carson took Mondays off--I have to say there was a certain charm to guest hosts like Burt Reynolds and Kermit the Frog). Her departure to helm FOX's first attempt at a late night show in 1986 was never forgiven by Carson, despite many attempts by Rivers.

And, AND, she was in Space Balls.

And let's be honest, she turned the red carpet stuff into an event. Before her, no one gave the red carpet arrivals anywhere near that kind of attention. If she had any clue as to what actors were actually nominated, and for what movie, it would have been perfect, but you can't have everything.

So here's to you Joan. They weren't all successes, but you kept going. We won't talk about the plastic surgeries.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Song of the Day: "Dark Waters"

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Sr.

In honor of Father's Day (not really) here's something from Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

UPDATE: And since it's not actually Father's Day (my mom sent me Father's Day presents from my dogs, because she's awesome, and she made a point of telling me she hoped it would be here by Saturday so it wasn't late, so I'm just confused via her), it's not really or allegedly.

Song: "Dark Waters"
Artist: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.