Saturday, June 22, 2013

Song of the Day: "Out of My League"

I hadn't spent much time with the sophormore release from Fitz and the Tantrums, but Sonya sent this along and that means 1 thing less for me to think of. Ta da!

Song: "Out of My League"
Artist: Fitz and the Tantrums

Friday, June 21, 2013

Song of the Day: "After the Flood"

Biggest Country (Russia)
I'm going to see Camera Obscura tonight, but rather than be cliche and play one of their tracks, here's something new from fellow Scots Big Country.

Yes them.

Song: "After the Flood"
Artist: Big Country

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Song of the Day: "The Wrecking Ball Company"

Marissa Nadler opens for Camera Obscura tomorrow night. This is the first I've heard from her.

Song: "The Wrecking Ball Company"
Artist: Marissa Nadler

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Song of the Day: "The Conversation"

Did you know Texas (from Scotland) are still together and releasing new music?

You do now.

Song: "The Conversation"
Artist: Texas

R.I.P. James Gandolfini

Gandolfini passed away today at age 51 from a heart attack while on vacation in Italy. And while I might file that away as a cautionary tale, I also might forget.

John gave me grief about my not posting an obit for Jean Stapleton when she passed. I told him that I wasn't a big fan of All in the Family and I didn't really have any other association with her aside from that. Apparently she was teh aweSUM in The Scarecrow and Mrs. King, which I didn't watch.

I did watch The Sopranos, HBO's critically acclaimed drama about legitimate businessmen and the strippers they sometimes brutalize. Years ago in a high school language arts class I learned the words grotesque and arabesque. My recollection was their meanings were "so ugly as to be beautiful" and "so beautiful as to be ugly" but, like many things from that era (REAGANOMICS!) the specifics are hazy. It turns out Edgar Allan Poe has a thing that may also speak to it, so read up if curious. The Sopranos was intense and engaging and grotesque (using many different definitions of the word), and the core of that was Gandolfini. I'm sure many actors could have done a lot with the role, but Gandolfini did something great. He received Emmy nominations for every season the show aired, and won 3. Since I can't show you a clip from the show, here's Kathy Griffin talking about meeting him.

I stopped watching The Sopranos early in its last season, expecting to catch up eventually but then deciding the violence was too visceral for me, that I could find something else to do. So I never saw the controversial final episode, but in some ways that's how the show ended for me.

I have a lot of respect for him for the documentaries he produced for HBO: Alive Day Memories, Home From Iraq and Wartorn: 1861-2010.

Rest in peace dude.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Song of the Day: "Right as Rain"

It's Alison Moyet's birthday so let's celebrate with another track from The Minutes.

It is, quite possibly, the least I could do.

Song: "Right as Rain"
Artist: Alison Moyet