Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Seasonal Selections: A Diva's Christmas Carol

A Diva's Christmas Carol is fucking awesome for many reasons. This post lists many and introduced me to the word "termagant" which would be an AWESOME word if it weren't specifically about women. Seriously, misogynistic much?

Here are a few of the reasons I love it:
  • It is both true to Dickens and late 90s pop culture! The Ghost of Christmas Future is an episode of VH1's Behind the Music about Ebony Scrooge (Vanessa Williams, working her best camp attitude and putting her fantastic voice on display).
  • Bonus: everything musicians like Brian McKnight and Nile Rodgers say about Ebony and her posthumous music career actually came true for Michael Jackson. It's eerily prescient. 
  • In addition to Vanessa Williams, who is a fucking national treasure, it's got Kathy Griffin (back when she was bearable), Duran Duran's John Taylor, Chili from TLC and the dude who played Alex in the homoerotic/tragicomic "A My Name is Alex" episode for Family Ties (Michael J. Fox's first Emmy win).
  • Is the story of a lead singer who leaves bandmates behind to become a mega solo artist about the Supremes? Destiny's Child? The Police? Genesis? We'll never know.
  • It has the original song "Heartquake." Take that It's a Wonderful Life.


And it's loaded with brilliant bitchy dialog. Some of it aimed at Celine Dion... so much fun!



You can watch it on VH1 in the middle of the night around Christmas Eve (check your fucking listings and DVR it). Never mind, just stream it all here.


Song of the Day: "Young"

Her name's not really Frankie Cosmos, it's Greta. Greta Kline.

Daughter of Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates.



Song: "Young"
Artist: Frankie Cosmos

Song of the Day: "Dull Joy"

Reviews of Tenement's Predatory Headlights suggest I will either love it or hate myself for even trying it.



Song: "Dull Joy"
Artist: Tenement

Song of the Day: "Trap Queen"

So few people take the time to cook any more.



Song: "Trap Queen"
Artist: Fetty Wap

Song of the Day: "10 Bands"

Fuck, Drake is just not going to rest until I finally admit he's a talented motherfucker.

I wouldn't either.



Song: "10 Bands"
Artist: Drake


Song of the Day: "Cel U Lar Device"

Tyrone called. He said you win Ms. Badu.



Song: "Cel U Lar Device"
Artist: Erykah Badu

Song of the Day: "Ship to Wreck"

Florence Welch is her generation's Annie Lennox.

Discuss.



Song: "Ship to Wreck"
Artist: Florence + the Machine

Song of the Day: "Dark Bird is Home"

The Tallest Man on Earth makes great music for when you're in a bit of a funk.

Or hosting a dinner party.



Song: "Dark Bird is Home"
Artist: The Tallest Man on Earth

Song of the Day: "Way Too Much"

Gotta love power pop like this from Wavves. It's a throwback to early 80s new wave in my never-humble opinion.



Song: "Way Too Much"
Artist: Wavves

Song of the Day: "Cradle to the Grave"

There is so much I love about Squeeze that they really should be my favorite band.

Maybe they secretly are.



Song: "Cradle to the Grave"
Artist: Squeeze

Monday, December 14, 2015

Song of the Day: "New Americana"

Another track for 2015 singles consideration.



Song: "New Americana"
Artist: Halsey

Seasonal Selections: The Venture Brothers "Hard Candy Christmas"

The Venture Brothers are the perfect overlap between my loves for alternative music, comic books and Saturday morning cartoons.  And, AND, they record Christmas songs.

Seasonal Selections: "The Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past"

Aqua Teen Hunger Force represent.

Seasonal Selections: "A Fairy Tale of New York"

We lost Kirsty MacColl too soon (she died trying to push one of her sons out of the way of a speeding powerboat in a "no boats" diving area of Cozumel). The 15 year anniversary of her death is Friday the 18th.

I used to tell people they'd know her as the writer of the Tracey Ullman Show theme, but there just as likely to know her from this.

Rest in peace dude.

Happy Chaka Khan-ukah: The Eighth Night


Hanukkah is a celebration of the Maccabees' famous underestimation of how much oil they had. Somehow thinking you have one night left when you really have over a week is a miracle. There should also be a holiday for the time you found drugs in your coat pocket or when a potentially embarrassing credit card authorization went through!

Realizing there's still pizza and ice cream even though when you checked the fridge earlier you thought it was empty!

Celebrate your poor attention to details! And the force of nature that is Chaka Khan, the Queen of Funk.

Chaka Khan-ukah fun fact #8: Chaka's first solo single was written by Ashord and Simpson.

Happy Chaka Khan-ukah: The Seventh Night



Hanukkah is a celebration of the Maccabees' famous underestimation of how much oil they had. Somehow thinking you have one night left when you really have over a week is a miracle. There should also be a holiday for the time you found drugs in your coat pocket or when a potentially embarrassing credit card authorization went through!

Realizing there's still pizza and ice cream even though when you checked the fridge earlier you thought it was empty!

Celebrate your poor attention to details! And the force of nature that is Chaka Khan, the Queen of Funk.

Chaka Khan-ukah fun fact #7: David Foster wrote the melody with Chaka in mind.

Happy Chaka Khan-ukah: The Sixth Night (belated)



Hanukkah is a celebration of the Maccabees' famous underestimation of how much oil they had. Somehow thinking you have one night left when you really have over a week is a miracle. There should also be a holiday for the time you found drugs in your coat pocket or when a potentially embarrassing credit card authorization went through!

Realizing there's still pizza and ice cream even though when you checked the fridge earlier you thought it was empty!

Celebrate your poor attention to details! And the force of nature that is Chaka Khan, the Queen of Funk.

Chaka Khan-ukah fun fact #6: Prince wrote the song for Patrice Rushen back in 1978 and the song appears on the Prince album in 1979.