Saturday, September 28, 2013

Song of the Day: "Late March, Death March"

The EP version of a track from Pedestrian Verse. It's also the title track of Late March Death March, the EP I just referenced motherfuckers, pay more attention to this shit.

You think I'm doing this for my own edification? No, this is for you.

There's a funeral in your eyes and a drunk priest at your side
That's how I roll.

Song: "Late March Death March"
Artist: Frightened Rabbit

Friday, September 27, 2013

Song of the Day: "Work Bitch"

This is my shitty week in a nutshell. Lots of activity, little substance. All basically awful.

This bullshit is bullshit it just goes by different names.

See also: Britney Spears's life.

Congratulations to Britney for the "fastest selling" Vegas megashow of all time. WTF does that even mean?

Song: "Work Bitch"
Artist: Britney Spears

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Song of the Day: "We Were Rock & Roll"

This track from Janelle Monáe's The Electric Lady delights me. It's got a rhythm, a spirit, that is immediate and infectious and isn't mired in all the ArchAndroid story stuff.

So hooray.

Look for this in my year end singles list. I mean, spoiler alert...

Song: "We Were Rock & Roll"
Artist: Janelle Monáe

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I made a (sideways) Vine

Song of the Day: "Their Helicopters' Sing"

I don't understand the possessives in action in the song title: they have helicopters (their helicopters) check; and their helicopters have sing (helicopters' sing)... hunh? That being said, this is my first exposure to Godspeed You! Black Emperor (or GYBE) who just won the Polaris Prize for independent music in Canada. They seem to delight in odd grammar around their name and titles.

This track is from their fourth album, 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! and I'm not sure what to make of it all. It's possible that my short attention span makes me ill-equipped to critique something like this. On the other hand, maybe that's okay and I just don't get it. Regardless, this is the shortest track from the album.

The band is donating its prize money to a charity that provides musical instruments to prisoners in Montreal.

Song: "Their Helicopters' Sing"
Artist: Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Monday, September 23, 2013

Advancing Toward E.G.O.T.

Here is an incomplete list of folks getting closer to E.G.O.T. thanks to last night's Emmys.

Bob Newhart and David Fincher both add an Emmy to the Grammy awards.

Michael Douglas and Stephen Soderbergh both add an Emmy to their Oscars.

That's all I've got, but there are probably more.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Song of the Day: "The Next Day"

Let's wrap up our Mercury Prize shortlist with Sir David Bowie. The Next Day was roundly hailed as Bowie's best album in, well, a while. It's his first album in 10 years and his first #1 album (UK) in 20 years (there were 5 more chances to hit #1 since Black Tie White Noise did in 1993--some really good albums, in fact).

Clinton is calling this year's award for Bowie. He called last year's 2 years ago for Adele, so we'll see.

Song: "The Next Day"
Artist: Sir David Bowie

Song of the Day: "Bad Habit"

Oh let's rock out some more Mercury Prize shortlisters--Foals return to the shortlist with their third album, Holy Fire (second time on the shortlist).

I've been hearing "My Number" on local radio, so here's something I haven't been hearing.

Song: "Bad Habit"
Artist: Foals

Song of the Day: "Retrograde"

Statistically speaking James Blake is doing better with the Mercury Prize shortlist than Laura Marling. She's 3-1, he's 2-0.

He's NOT James Blunt, despite their tremendous similarities (British, first name James, last name B-l-vowel-other letters). Blake's Overgrown is on the shortlist, Blunt's Moon Landing will be out soon which is like a shortlist if you don't think about it.

Song: "Retrograde"
Artist: James Blake

Song of the Day: "Master Hunter"

Laura Marling's fourth album, Once I Was an Eagle, brings her third Mercury Prize shortlist spot.

Laura's past work didn't awe me but he continues to receive acclaim and I'm open to being wowed. So bring it.

Song: "Master Hunter"
Artist: Laura Marling