Friday, August 2, 2013

Song of the Day: "Walk Us Uptown"

What would it sound like if Elvis Costello teamed up with the Roots? I think it would sound something like this...

Song: "Walk Us Uptown"
Artist: Elvis Costello/the Roots

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Adventures in photojournalism or "How gay is this?" (part 3)

Are these photos from a gay event or not? Feel free to use context clues to help you come to a conclusion.

Answer here.

(Disclaimer: While these are anti-gay protesters, the reality of homophobia is "he who smelt it dealt it" [or something] and the most vocally anti-gay are always... and I mean ALWAYS... totes gay. So this actually is a gay event.)

Songs of the Day: "I Won't be Long"/"Defriended"

Beck is releasing his 11th and 12th albums sometime this year--1 is supposed to be acoustic while the other.... not, I guess. Here is the first single from each album. See if you can figure out which is from which.

Songs: "I Won't be Long"/"Defriended"
Artist: Beck

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

R.I.P. Eileen Brennan

She's best known for her Oscar nominated performance in Private Benjamin, a role she would later win an Emmy for the TV series based on the film (she has 6 additional Emmy nominations from a variety of programs). But my love for her is based on a 2 scene performance as Susan Sarandon's sister in White Palace, a role so insignificant that she doesn't appear in the film's trailer. That and Clue. She's fucking great in Clue. 

I never knew she could sing, although potentially I did and didn't realize it (having seen the PBS production of Studs Terkell's Working in which she appears [by the way, yawn]). She's in both At Long Last Love (which I think we're going to try to see [and you know who you are]) and this, The Cheap Detective.

Eileen died from a lead pipe in the room. Or bladder cancer. One of those 2 causes.

Rest in peace dude.

Burn your Obamacare card... also here's your Obamacare card

It's not an official card or anything, but we spent a lot of money to create this fake thing so you can burn it. Have fun undermining you own personal best interest...

Song of the Day: "Stare at the Sun"

Wesley ("John Wesley Harding") Stace and Eleanor ("Pete Shelley") Friedberger cowrote a song. Then they each recorded the song. And the results are hysterically different.
"My 'Stare at the Sun,' after Eleanor’s, reminds me of Aztec Camera’s soulful acoustic cover of Van Halen’s 'Jump' or Johnny Cash’s recording and rereading of 'Hurt' by Nine Inch Nails. Yet, despite coming out a few months later, it isn’t a cover at all: it’s a version of the song by its co-author. It’s just very different."--Wesley Stace at the NY Times Opinionator
Today's lesson, how a simple Aztec Camera reference can warm my heart after 20+ years of cold over Stace/Harding's whole "there were no black musicians at Live Aid" thing because, hello, Dee C. Lee AND Sade.

And Ashford AND Simspon AND the Four Tops AND Patti Labelle AND Tony Thompson AND Nile Rogers AND Run DMC AND Billy Ocean AND Black Sabbath [what?] AND Branford Marsalis AND Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin. And possibly someone in Santana.

You know what, since he mentioned the cheesy novelty cover and not an original, he's back to the cool zone.

Here's Stace's version for contrast.

Song: "Stare at the Sun"
Artist: Eleanor Friedberger/Wesley Stace

Monday, July 29, 2013

Quote of the day

“You have a city, 139 square miles, you can graze cattle in vast portions of it, dangerous herds of feral dogs roam in there. You have three percent of fourth graders reading at the national math standards, 47 percent of Detroit residents are functionally illiterate, 79 percent of Detroit children are born to unmarried mothers.”--George Will on ABC's This Week, July 28, 2013

How do you read at the national math standards? Wouldn't reading be at reading standards? Or performing at national math standards? And are the national math standards for fourth graders? Cause if not, then maybe 3% is pretty good.

Still, he's right about single moms... they're the worst.

Song of the Day: "Wake Me Up"

A new track from Avicii. I like it--it seems both true to their earlier work and fresh. Or so I'd like to pretend. How was your weekend?

Song: "Wake Me Up"
Artist: Avicii

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Song of the Day: "Funny Heartbeat"

Awkward stock photo--NMG on the right.
Cardiac dysrhythmia, or arrhythmia, is the generalized category of irregular (or funny) heartbeats. In the US more than 850,000 people are hospitalized for arrhythmia each year--as many as 200,000 of them aren't looking for pain medicines or attention from their adult children who never call, not even on the weekend when the minutes are free.

Still, there's nothing funny about that. How else will you know whether or not your mom is amassing an army of raccoons? Exactly.

The band is Kisses. They were #40 on NME's top new bands of 2010, in between Avi Buffalo and Wild Nothing (right where you'd expect them to be).

Song: "Funny Heartbeat"
Artist: Kisses