Saturday, October 29, 2016

Song of the Day: "2 Heads"

I don't know Coleman Hell. Yet.

Song: "2 Heads"
Artist: Coleman Hell

The Symmetry of Stupidity

Once upon a time there was an Independent Counsel appointed to look into a really boring real estate deal. Participants in this deal--passionate, smart policy makers--people we were supposed to trust, did things in stupid or sloppy manners (or egregiously abused powers, although no charges were filed), and billing records disappeared for 2 years then magically reappeared right in the middle of everything.

And none of this mattered much because while all of this was going on, someone found out that someone had a blue dress with some semen on it and all of a sudden there was a new shiny thing to focus on. Which is how Bill Clinton came to be impeached.

So if an investigation into an unrelated sex scandal happens to uncover information that trips up the very same passionate, smart policy makers who didn't seem to learn not to be stupid or sloppy 20+ years ago, well... oops.

Or "whatever you do, don't forget about Chinatown, Jake." Or something like that. I never really liked that movie (Dr. Zhivago, for those of you too young to know).

Friday, October 28, 2016

Grammys 2017: Album of the Year Predictions

I've been considering the odds of David Bowie picking up some posthumous Grammy love for Darkstar. At the very least I think he's got a solid chance at a nomination; so much so that I'm grouping him with Beyoncé and Adele (as much for her sales and the inertia of her last album winning AOTY as its own merit) as solid bets.

I've got 7 albums of varying degrees of acclaim (most of them pretty solid) who enjoy Grammy inertia (prior albums winning or nominated for AOTY) and a clear pedigree that won't inflame critics. The extent to which NARAS controls which Records, Songs and Albums are presented to members as eligible for nomination in the general categories is murky. My understanding is they curate a list of 20 releases for each of those 3 categories and Best New Artist--a category they really need to eliminate--to avoid the PR debacle of another Milli Vanilli (which they handled stupidly: instead of rescinding the award and having no winner, they should have simply awarded the musicians who actually performed on the fucking album).

This curation is how Bon Iver's "Perth" "Holocene" received a Record of the Year nomination.

And curation is what yields a nomination akin to Vince Gill's 2008 Album of the Year nomination for _________ _________ (you have no idea, do you?). Or that year's category winner, River: The Joni Letters by ________ (hint: he's also an Oscar and MTV Video Music Award winner).

I would love to see Solange and Bey competing for AOTY, but somehow this feels more like a Leonard Cohen year.

I was reluctant to put Rihanna down (but she's surprised with a nomination despite the mediocrity of the album in the past); and I decided to take a stand, omitting Barbra Streisand as a possibility. It's a mess and she'll pick up the Traditional Pop category since Tony Bennett is sitting this year out (this would have been a great year, Liza).

Song of the Day: "Hands Down"

Something from the Greeting Committee.

Song: "Hands Down"
Artist: The Greeting Committee

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Song of the Day: "Lean On"

I wonder if I posted this last year...

Song: "Lean On"
Artist: Major Lazer/DJ Snake//

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Song of the Day: "White Flag"

I am assuming the song is "White Flag" based on hearing that in the lyrics. But That could just be the band's name.

Song: "White Flag"
Artist: Joseph

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Describe Yourself in Three Fictional Characters

Bottom left: "Center Square"

3 characters from one movie

Runners up

Song of the Day: "Flyin' on My Sleigh"

What better birthday gift for my sister than this, an R Kelly Christmas song?

(Probably several things.)

Song: "Flyin' on My Sleigh"
Artist: R Kelly

Sunday, October 23, 2016