Saturday, January 18, 2014

Song of the Day: "The Moon Song"

The final Oscar nominee for Best Original Song is from Her and by Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (I might be short a Yeah [CUE Grouch Marx "and it's the most important one"]).

I have no idea what the song sounds like because in the 30 minutes I've been on the iMac trying to run anti-malware software the video hasn't loaded and played. "But Macs don't get viruses" I hear you saying...



Song: "The Moon Song"
Artist: Karen O

Friday, January 17, 2014

Song of the Day: "Alone Yet Not Alone"

A surprise original song Oscar nomination, this track from a movie of the same name was written by Bruce Broughton, an Oscar nominee in 1985 for the score from Silverado, and lyricist Dennis Spiegel.

Blah blah blah Broughton represented the music brand on the Board of Governors so naturally that's the only reason it's nominated (is the current complaint--it's much more deserving than the U2 song about Mandela, in my never-humble opinion).

Also the movie is made by Christians so, you know, that... (if you want to read all the stupid, it's here). I think the Academy stopped using its stupid as fuck 5 to 10 point scale at least.



Song: "Alone Yet Not Alone"
Artist:  Joni Eareckson Tada

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Song of the Day: "Happy"

Pharrell is having a pretty decent year. He'll compete against himself with Grammy nominations for Record of the Year and Pop Duo/Group with Vocals ("Blurred Lines" and "Get Lucky"), and has 3 additional nominations.

And this morning he picked up an Oscar nomination for this song from Despicable Me 2.

It doesn't suck.



Song: "Happy"
Artist: Pharrell Williams

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Song of the Day: "Tigerhead"

What do you know about IIRIS?

I know they're from Estonia.

And also that Clinton will love this.



Song: "Tigerhead"
Artist: IIRIS

Song of the Day: "Coming of Age"

Foster the People, or F the Peeps as I call them: they're back. Actual casual.



Song: "Coming of Age"
Artist: Foster the People

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Song of the Day: "Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends"

I stumbled across a recent release from Willie Nelson, playing on the title of the duet he did with Julio Iglesias. To All the Girls... pairs Willie with 19 women on 18 tracks, including Mavis Staples, Loretta Lynn, Norah Jones, Carrie Underwood and Wynonna (she needs no last name); The Secret Sisters provide the double up if you're wondering.

Any duets album is usually good for at least a couple of tracks (I'd been thinking of the Jules Shear album Between Us earlier today, in fact--it also has Rosanne Cash). I'll reserve judgment until I've actually heard this one. I'm pensive since it's not built around country standards (it's that the duet with Dolly is "From Here to the Moon and Back" which I'm on record as not caring for). I'll allow for a certain number of indulgences as fuck you she's Dolly Parton and you wouldn't pull this shit on Frank Sinatra and Sinatra didn't write his own material (at this point things will be confusing because I'm basically arguing with myself so let's jump ahead)...

This track was written by Kris Kristofferson and first recorded by Ronnie Milsap and now I think I"ll put some Ronnie Milsap on my library list.



Song: "Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends"
Artist: Willie Nelson/Rosanne Cash

Monday, January 13, 2014

Song of the Day: "Afraid"

This will ensure that I don't forget The Neighbourhood's "Sweater Weather" when I do my singles list.

Or will it?

It will.

Maybe.



Song: "Afraid"
Artist: The Neighbourhood

Song of the Day: "Baptized"

I frequently make fun of Daughtry but I rarely listen to Daughtry.

This song, the title track from their fourth studio album, validates that.

Or does it.

It does. But I make room for the notion that it sounds different enough from what I expected that, remixed a bit and me drunk on Long Island Iced Teas and having fun in a club (as if) I might develop a fondness for it.



Song: "Baptized"
Artist: Daughtry

Song of the Day: "We The Common (For Valerie Bolden)"

It's Thao, back with the Get Down Stay Down.

I don't know who Valerie Bolden is.

Do you?




Song: "We The Common (For Valerie Bolden)"
Artist: Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Song of the Day: "Sweeter Than Fiction"

I'm enduring the Golden Globes but contemplating a trip to the grocery store instead. I'm getting old...

This song is nominated tonight. I don't even know what the movie is...



Song: "Sweeter Than Fiction"
Artist: Taylor Swift