Saturday, October 19, 2013

Further Fun with Bing

Why isn't Bing beating Google? These search results are aweSUM.

Song of the Day: "Wrecking Ball"

Fuck it, here's the other Miley song. It's not as addictive, but still, damn. Stuck in my head.

Note to Miley: after several weeks/months/years of trying to be a wrecking ball, maybe get a new hobby.



Song: "Wrecking Ball"
Artist: Miley Cyrus

Friday, October 18, 2013

Song of the Day: "We Can't Stop"

Yes, I know.

But here's the thing, I hadn't really heard the song until the video on SNL with Miley playing Michele Bachmann and I've listened to the track like 60 times in the last 3 days and 2 other middle aged people also enthused about the song last night at dinner.

This whole thing feels very "Marvins Room" to me. Everybody keep Miley away from Chris Brown.

By including this in my songs of the day I make it easier for my year end list. Not that you care.



Song: "We Can't Stop"
Artist: Miley Cyrus

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Song of the Day: "Phenomenon"

A bonus song as we play make up. This one from new Dr. Dog (B-Room).



Song: "Phenomenon"
Artist: Dr. Dog

Song of the Day: "The Wire"

Eric forwarded me a tweet about HAIM the other day. Clearly he's not reading the blog either.

But if Tracey Thorn likes them they must be cool, right?

Actually that's not a bad litmus test.

For the record, Eric referenced Eurythmics, Kate Bush and T'Pau when describing their sound. Also Wendy & Lisa but, and I can't stress this enough, FUCK PRINCE*.



Song: "The Wire"
Artist: HAIM

* FUCK PRINCE courtesy of me, not Eric. He probably likes Sign 'o the Times. (Assuming Tracey Thorn did.)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Notes on Don Jon

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut impressed me, possibly more than it should, maybe just as much as it should. I like it for a lot of reasons, but I think some of its charms are an updated Saturday Night Fever sans 70s anti-sex morality messages. At some point I saw a little Looking for Mr. Goodbar-era Diane Keaton in Julianne Moore (or maybe that was the Long Island doing its thing).

It's kinda weird that the "sex" of the porn that's a major plot point isn't at all controversial. Nor the promiscuity of the protagonist. And while the ending isn't entirely outside what the two 1977 films would have preferred, at least no one is raped or murdered along the way. (Sorry, SPOILER ALERT.)

I was thrilled to see Glenne Headley in a nice role. If you haven't seen her in Mortal Thoughts you're missing a great performance. And Tony Danza is good in this movie. It's like Jon Lovitz in Happiness all over again.

Awards potential? So I could see an Original Screenplay nod for JGL, not a favorite but certainly a contender. I could possibly see him pick up traction via a Golden Globe nomination and win, but don't really like the odds for him. Julianne Moore could pick up a Supporting Actress nod; if her turn in Carrie plays out as well as Piper Laurie's, awards-wise, she could be aided with some critics love via a blanket over both (and possibly other) movies. I liked Scarlett Johansson a lot but the role isn't sufficiently large for a run at lead and she lacks the histrionics that will help Moore.

Really liked it, although there's something about a man who spends a lot of time at the gym and who cares about his cleaning products that seems like a whole unexplored story...

Song of the Day: "Indie Cindy"

A reminder of my mixed feelings for the Pixies.



Song: "Indie Cindy"
Artist: Pixies

Song of the Day: "The Best Jewel Thief in the World"

Prefab Sprout: they owe Bruce Springsteen an apology (well, Paddy does) and they have a new album out.

It's called Crimson/Red and that's pretty much all I've learned.

Oh, there isn't a tour scheduled, at least not according to Pollstar.

Fun fact: the best jewel thief in the world is widely considered to be the Pink Panthers. Ain't that some shit?



Song: "The Best Jewel Thief in the World"
Artist: Prefab Sprout

And I'm making up for lost days with multiple songs today.

Oh snap of the day

“Sometimes those–comments like that are made out of malice, but if someone has no intelligence I don’t view it as being a malicious statement.”--Sen. John McCain (R, AZ) on Rep. Louis Gohmert (R, TX)

Song of the Day: "Alligator"

Let's get back to blogging. New music from Paul McCartney, literally called New. This is one of 2 tracks produced by Mark Ronson. The other is the title track and I just couldn't bring myself to have "New" from New be new...



Song: "Alligator"
Artist: Paul McCartney