Saturday, May 24, 2014

For Your Consideration: "Nice Things are Nice and Bad Things are Bad"

Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics, Bob's Burgers

It's sweet and silly, driven by a simple piano line and is a great illustration of how major and minor keys set contrasting tones.

Song of the Day: "The Man"

Aloe Blacc, from "Wake Me Up" with Avicii, has a solo career. I'm totally digging this. Checking the library for his stuff now...

Song: "The Man"
Artist: Aloe Blacc

Friday, May 23, 2014

Song of the Day: "Somethin' Bad"

I feel like Miranda and Carrie are teaming up to try to knock some Bro Country out of the top of the country music charts.

Artists like, I don't know, Brantley Gilbert (right) who, apparently, I decided to include a photo of. Why? Because how would you understand Bro Country without that photo?

Treasure trail... Where was I?

Oh, right, cunty country music... this song sucks.

Duh. "Somethin' bad's about to happen..." this song is it.

In that case it's fucking genius.

Song: "Somethin' Bad"
Artist: Miranda Lambert/Carrie Underwood

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Song of the Day: "Do It Again"

The Fabulous Clinton's beloved Robyn with her homies Röyksopp.

At least I think they hang.

Song: "Do It Again"
Artist: Robyn/Röyksopp

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Song of the Day: "Hate Music"

Dude from Frightened Rabbit has a side project and it's called Owl John and this is that.

Easy peasy.

Song: "Hate Music"
Artist: Owl John

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sweaty oily seamen

Class of 2017...

Song of the Day: "Alien Insurrection"

I endure a lot of crap pop music. Hell, I enjoy a lot of crap pop music. But I continue to fail to see merit in Britney Spears. I use her last name because I don't want people to be homophonically confused between her and the musically more talented Britny Fox.

The sole exception is "Toxic" which tied for single of the year for 2004 (with "Vertigo" and "Irish Blood, English Heart"). Guns & Roses have also ranked highly on my singles lists so, you know, there you go.

If I told you this William Orbit remix was Dolores O'Riordan you'd believe it over BS. Oh hey, those initials, her "singing"... makes sense now. I'm crediting Orbit here since I think any other involvement is pure coincidence.

Song: "Alien Insurrection"
Artist: William Orbit

Monday, May 19, 2014

For Your Consideration: Andre Braugher

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The show's cast of 9 is easily too large by 3 actors and the show leverages Andy Samberg's charms so completely that there's nothing in reserve. And Samberg, hailing from the Lorne Michaels School of Entertaining Stoned People, knows to beat humor to death. He's charming as fuck, but he plays every scene at 11.

Braugher, on the other hand, plays the humor so gingerly, so close to the vest, as to underscore how bombastic Samberg, Chelsea Peretti and Joe Lo Truglio are. In a dream world I'd match Detective Holt with Marcia Gay Harden's Diane from Trophy Wife. (Matching Harden with Dennis Haysbert on Trophy Wife was almost that.)

For Your Consideration: Marcia Gay Harden

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Trophy Wife

The show has its charms, but my love for it is 70% Harden, 20% Michaela Watkins and 10% the rest. The show isn't being picked up next season so I doubt it'll get much, if any, Emmy love. I'm hoping Harden picks up a nomination and perhaps even completes the Triple Crown of Acting.

For Your Consideration: Kevin Kline

Outstanding Voice-Over Performance, Bob's Burgers "Wharf Horse (or How Bob Saves/Destroys the Town)"/"World Wharf II: The Wharfening (or How Bob Saves/Destroys the Town)"

Bob's Burgers is easily one of my favorite shows now. It's just behind the excellence of Colbert and The Daily Show. Colbert better do good things in his new life.

The animation itself is surprisingly lovely given the cartoony nature of the, um, cartoon. The humor is goofy but human in a way I haven't seen since King of the Hill. The cast is great (2 of the 3 female characters are portrayed by men, FYI) but their vocal work is often intentionally flat or nasal or screechy.

Kline, on the other hand, gets to be warm and emotive and fucking hysterical. He delivers some deliciously bitchy lines and sings a little.

High Land, Hard Rain 30th Anniversary Concert

Someone on the Facingbooks cobbled this together and it's amazingly good.

So enjoy.

(This is NOT the concert I saw, it's the one from the year after.)

Song of the Day: "Brand New Toy"

The modfather is back and he sounds a bit, what, Doctor John-ish?

That big 70s kaliope calliope sound. That's spelled wrong. I'll figure out the word laters.

Song: "Brand New Toy"
Artist: Paul Weller

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Song of the Day: "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted"

I saw a Martina video (as Navratilova, who is > than McBride, does not overlap the world of music, I will grant her first-name status) for a track from her new album of covers. The video was for a cover of The Supremes' "Come See About Me" but I found it lacking warmth and the breezy quality that made me take to Rita Wilson's version.

The album, her first self-released, has a nice collection of tracks but my sampling of her take on The Supremes, Otis Redding, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and Aretha Franklin wasn't wowing me. I've added the disc to my library queue and it's possible that a deeper review will make a believer out of me.

Or not.

Fingers crossed (or is that the Cymbalta talking?)...

Song: "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted"
Artist: Martina McBride