Thursday, November 19, 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Duets That Suck: "We're still siftin' through the rubble after a hundred-fifty years"

Duets: they can be teh aweSUM or they can suck. When the chemistry works (Queen & David Bowie; John Mellencamp & Meshell Ndegeocello; Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield) it is ah-MAY-zing. When the chemistry sucks... well, you get songs like this.

"Accidental Racist" by B. Paisley, LL Cool J, & LT Miller
Brad Paisley had this to say about the provenence of this song: ""I just think art has a responsibility to lead the way, and I don't know the answers, but I feel like asking the question is the first step, and we're asking the question in a big way."

There are a lot of rappers Brad Paisley could have asked a question like this to, or, with; rappers who made social justice part of their message through their careers. LL Cool J is not one of them (Paisley likely considered Tone Loc, Young MC and Will Smith but considered Salt-n-Pepa too political for his taste).

A more cynical blogger might suggest that LL offered Paisley insulation and quasi-credibility without challenging the song's point of view. Paisley said the song wasn't a stunt but, remarkably, he hasn't revisited this topic (but there's still plenty of time).

Stunt or not, the song got Paisley a lot of attention. And inspired at least one fitting knock off.

Neither used up their esteem with me although LL might be on thin ice (it's the Grammy hosting thing, he's just not doing it for me).

Song of the Day: "First Comes the Night"

Stevie Nicks convinced Chris Isaak to record his new album in Nashville (or so the rumor goes). See my slightly cynical take on the recent Don Henley for possibly applicable thoughts on that.

Song: "First Comes the Night"
Artist: Chris Isaak

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Holiday Time, Part 1

I have designed my own holiday "sweater" (t-shirt, whatevs). This way I can get something suitably sized (the company t-shirts stop at XL). I draw inspiration from Portland's iconic sign, illuminated with a red nose on the deer every Christmas season.

And from a movie that's still as relevant today as it was in my youth, Space Trek Episode D, Hopefully New.

And when I tell you I'm a genius, remember that.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Song of the Day: "Ex's and Oh's"

If you're like me, and you wouldn't be if you were properly inoculated, you probably have an editorial point of view on how to create the plural of an acronym and/or just a letter. Good for you.

We won't need to discuss your preference and how, if it varies from mine, it's wrong. Because I'm just conveying the song title as it's actually titled. If you have an opinion take it up with Elle King or her co-writer Dave Bassett.

Song: "Ex's and Oh's"
Artist: Elle King