Saturday, November 23, 2013

I can't tell if this is perfect or if they are 2 of the easiest targets available

Let's assume both are true.

Song of the Day: "Hurt You"

It's been a long day. I worked way too late into the evening to get something out of the way. Now I can't seem to leave my desk. It's the fatigue of a week of thankless toiling. But at least I'm making a difference... for the children.

Er, for the pie charts!

Shit.

Fuck me, I'm a cog in the machine of big business. When did that happen?

Anyway, the TV is on and it's stayed on through 2 episodes of Modern Family, then The Carrie Diaries, then Nikita, then local news and then Arsenio. I saw Arsenio recently ("recently" is probably like a year ago) in an interview where he wasn't "on" and was so likable that I was thrilled to hear he was getting another show. Every time another white dude gets a late night talk show I roll my eyes (or complain in some more audible way), but it's not like I watch anything but The Daily Show and Colbert. And they're both hosted by white dudes.

So what's my problem? How much time do you have? Blah blah blah networks do a really shitty job of representing a world that isn't straight, white and Christian. See also here and here and here...

And tonight on Arsenio, Toni Braxton and Babyface. HOLY SHIT THE 90S ARE BACK AND THEY BROUGHT FRIENDS!!! But not the show Friends, with its all-white cast (set in a giant apartment in Manhattan, natch). But Babyface, with 10 Grammys, and Toni Braxton, with 6 Grammys, are, what? They're not legends (yet),  are they? Icons? Greats? Superstars.

I will grant them superstar status, at the very least. Also Arsenio Hall was there. They're working together, possibly again, possibly romantically (look I didn't really pay attention) but, and I can't put too fine a point on this, if they're back can a Garbage comeback tour be far behind?



Song: "Hurt You"
Artist: Babyface/Toni Braxton

Friday, November 22, 2013

Song of the Day: "Unbelievers"

Erin thinks "Diane Young" was the song of the summer, or at least it was for her. I wasn't impressed when I heard it but something about this track, which may not be entirely dissimilar, caught my attention today. And, as we close in on year-end singles lists, this will be a good reminder for me to revisit their output this year.

Or possibly to visit it for a first time. Things tend to run together as I'm sure you already know.



Song: "Unbelievers"
Artist: Vampire Weekend

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Song of the Day: "I Almost Fell"

It's not entirely clear to mean whether the band is Axxa//Abraxas, Axxa / Abraxas or Axxa/Abraxas. I'm sure you can imagine how much that keeps me awake at night.

Regardless, the track is great and apparently this is the new sound of Athens GA. Take that, Dreams So Real...



Song: "I Almost Fell"
Artist: Axxa / Abraxas

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Song of the Day: "Lariat"

Stephen Malkmus, either with or without the Jicks, always orbited in a a space that never really crossed my horizons. Not said in a judgmental sense, just that I lacked exposure. On occasions, I guess, but no regularity.

And here he's rhyming Tennyson and venison.

Respect.



Song: "Lariat"
Artist: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Song of the Day: "Gaudete"

Erasure is back with a seasonal album, Snowglobe, and a bad-ass video.

By the way, this is a Christmas hymn from the 16th century but it may be even older. Funny, it doesn't sound retro.



Song: "Gaudete"
Artist: Erasure

Monday, November 18, 2013

Song of the Day: "Sexy Socialite"

Smooth-fi Canadians Chromeo... need I say more?

Was that rhetorical?

Exactly.



Song: "Sexy Socialite"
Artist: Chromeo

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Song of the Day: "Oblivion"

I don't consider this "numerous"
Would I be posting this track from Grimes if articles about this video didn't include phrases like "Grimes knows a lot of shirtless frat boys" or "numerous shirtless men"?

Probably.

I would likely have posted it with merely several shirtless frat boys or a bunch of shirtless men. I'm pretty easy.



Song: "Oblivion"
Artist: Grimes