Saturday, December 31, 2016

Song of the Day: "Mr. Apples"

I was surprised to see a new album from Madness among 2016's releases. I'm happy to hear this track--it's exactly what I would have hoped from Madness + 30-something years. A maturity to their sound but still in the musical space I've relegated them to (they may hate being Ska/New Wave at this point, but that's their problem). It's win/win!



Song: "Mr. Apples"
Artist: Madness

Friday, December 30, 2016

Song of the Day: "Young Death"

My past experience with Burial was good. The new release is a 2 track 12" which is perfectly acceptable in the post-album era of music.



Song: "Young Death"
Artist: Burial

Thursday, December 29, 2016

IGTOFTS: Maybe They Meant Next Year


I am a grown ass man who does a pretty good job of keeping track of my medium-level secure passwords (always coupled with two-factor authentication [which wouldn't possibly be undermined by something like Pushbullet] for nearly every website I use regularly.

The problem site? My wireless company's site.

Today when struggling to reset the password (using Pushbullet to copy the temporary password and paste it in a browser window, so human error shouldn't have been an issue) \the site told me was wrong enough times that I got locked out. That's not even the interesting part of the story.

Once in, I went to change an account setting that I couldn't change yesterday online OR in the store (I would have had to sit on hold some amount of time) I got this lovely message.

In all fairness, they didn't specify the year.

Song of the Day: "Close to You"

I'm listening to some recommended albums from 2016 this afternoon. This track closes out the regular release of Rihanna's ANTI (the deluxe version has 3 additional tracks).

The regular release is what I have via hoopla, so here we are.



Song: "Close to You"
Artist: Rihanna

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Song of the Day: "How Far I'll Go"

In case Lin-Manuel Miranda has room on his award shelf (shelves), he's in the mix for a Golden Globe and Oscar for this track from Disney's Moana.



Song: "How Far I'll Go"
Artist: Auli'i Cravalho

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Song of the Day: "Faith"

Stevie Wonder, Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic, and Francis Farewell Starlite (from Francis and the Lites) share the Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song. Ariana Grande shares vocal duties with Wonder (who is unrecognizable for most of the song).



Song: "Faith"
Artist: Stevie Wonder/Ariana Grande

Monday, December 26, 2016

Song of the Day: "City of Stars"

By all accounts, Moonlight is a profoundly touching and exceptionally well-made film. La La Land is a glossy, feel-good musical starring very good looking white people (and John Legend [same thing, basically]). La La Land is universally acclaimed, but Moonlight is universally acclaimed-er, like 3-points more on a 0-to-100 scale. Guess which movie I'm predicting to sweep the Oscars... did I mention Moonlight stars a bunch of actors who look like actual people (as opposed to exceptionally good looking people)?

And they're black.

And Donald Trump is our President Elect. So suck it up, cry baby, this is America now.

Actually that probably helps La La Land's chances what with musicals traditionally helping America forget the bullshit of the world, from The Wizard of Oz easing America's apprehensions about World War 2 to Chicago easing America's reluctance to invade a country that had nothing to do with 9/11  (note that they never seem to encourage us to change shit in a serious way).

Long story short: white people! Especially the very attractive ones!! And there's no way this will end up like this or this. (At this point that last statement is true--those other movies were savaged and they starred white people too.)



Song: "City of Stars"
Artist: Ryan Gosling/Emma Stone

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Song of the Day: "Faded"

There are 64 hexagrams represented in the I Ching, an ancient Chinese secret divination tract (not sure what that is). The work has inspired a group of musicians to write and record a song corresponding with each hexagram. This track pairs Cotton Mather with Nicole Atkins and came to my attention via a PR email. I'm glad I gave it some attention because even though I've done a shitty job of explaining the creation of this song, it's really nice. 

Lots of my peeps should like it. 

Like really like it.



Song: "Faded"
Artist: Cotton Mather/Nicole Atkins