Saturday, December 24, 2016

Song of the Day: "Horace and Pete"

The closing credits song from Horace and Pete is powerful in its simplicity: spare, melancholic. A reminder, at least for me, that Simon is every bit as skilled with next to nothing as he is with an excess of riches.

Song: "Horace and Pete"
Artist: Paul Simon

Friday, December 23, 2016

These Turned Out Okay

They look good, but I probably didn't need to splurge on the rounded corners. I probably should have gone for a larger size (this is a general editorial note to myself) but I'm glad I didn't because this content is going to seem really dated by March.

Fuck I hope it's going to seem dated by then. Otherwise the shittiness of 2016 is still a thing going on in March? Which I guess is better than 2017 being even worse, right?

Oh man we are fucked.

Seasonal Selections: "Woodland Critter Christmas"

It's easy to overlook how much the evil geniuses behind South Park really own Christmas (and have for more than 2 decades). "Woodland Critter Christmas" is a loving homage to John Denver and the Muppets.

And Satan.

Hail Santa.

Woodland Critter Christmas (South Park)

Song of the Day: "The Veil"

Peter Gabriel received a Grammy nomination for Best Song Written for Visual Media for this track from Oliver Stone's Snowden.

Song: "The Veil"
Artist: Peter Gabriel

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Seasonal Selections: "Bitter On Christmas"

This is really just a page for me to post the video I made earlier.

Song of the Day: "My Name is Human"

I'm listening through some Grammy nominees with whom I'm unfamiliar. I am surprised at how much I'm enjoying this track from Highly Suspect. It's nominated for Rock Song (all 3 band members have writing credit, so while it's not technically a band nomination, every member of the band shares in the nomination), and follows 2 nominations for the band last year.

Song: "My Name is Human"
Artist: Highly Suspect

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Song of the Day: "Heathens"

The soundtrack from Suicide Squad picked up 5 Grammy nominations. Where were you Liza?

This track, one of those (duh) is one of Twenty-One Pilot's 3 nominations this year (Rock Performance). "Stressed Out" earned Record of the Year and Pop Duo/Group Performance nominations. [Tyler Joseph, the main dude from the band, has 2 additional nominations for writing this track.]

Song: "Heathens"
Artist: Twenty-One Pilots

Ashes or An Even Fresher Hell!

For a few weeks, people have been writing their summaries of the shittiness that is 2016. I've done my best to point out that there's still time for more awfulness.

In that time Florence Henderson, John Glenn, Alan Thicke and Zsa Zsa Gabor (to name just 4) died; 17 US intelligence agencies have declared that Russia intervened in our Presidential election (NOTE: the US has at least 17 intelligence agencies, and despite billions of dollars, the best we got from them is an after-the-fact assertion that Russia intervened in our Presidential election... seriously); the President-Elect has no interest in any of this Russia intervention bullshit; ISIS attacked Berlin; someone was assassinated in Turkey; major shit happened in Aleppo; and a bunch of people were killed at a fucking fireworks market in Mexico. That's just off the top of my head.

There's still 11 days left.

The thing that I'm now trying to grapple with is even more gloomy: what if 2017 is worse? I don't have an answer for that.

When I started this post, my intention was to write about a piece from Rosanne Cash's Bodies of Water. She describes a New Year's celebration where each member of her family writes things from the preceding year they want to leave behind on a small piece of paper, and those pieces of paper are folded and tossed into the fireplace. I always liked the idea, but I've never tried it myself.

My understanding about the origin of Burning Man involved fire as catharsis.

OMG as luck would have it, my search for "fire as catharsis" and then "fire as cleansing" yielded information about a Gypsy ritual to free oneself from negativity. It's the Rosanne Cash thing (the second part is the Rosanne Cash thing!!!).
Rosemary, lavender, juniper branches, myrtle, or bay. 
Toss bundles of each of the herbs listed into the flames of a fire. let its energy cleanse you. Let it feed your spirit, and free you from negativity. Let the fire lull you into a trance, and as you go deeper into the flames, whisper the burdens that lay heavy on your heart.  
You can even write on slips of fresh paper the things that you want to release from your life, and then toss them into the flames. 
It's worth a shot (he said, foolishly tempting fate).

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Song of the Day: "Don't Let Me Down"

It turns out I may have heard one of the nominees for Best Dance Recording before. This sound vaguely familiar and I know I've seen the Chainsmokers' name a few times this past year.

Song: "Don't Let Me Down"
Artist: The Chainsmokers/Daya

Monday, December 19, 2016

Song of the Day: "Never Be Like You"

Another of the 5 nominees for Best Dance Recording. As I mentioned yesterday, I'm familiar with 0 of the 5.

And as I mentioned yesterday, dance? For reals?

Song: "Never Be Like You"
Artist: Flume/Kai

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Song of the Day: "Drinkee"

Another of the 5 Grammy nominees for Best Dance Recording. I am familiar with 0 of the 5.

Again, dance?

Song: "Drinkee"
Artist: Sofi Tukker