Saturday, July 22, 2017

Wrong Sentiment

Things people have said to me with the intent of conveying an idea that is the exact opposite of how I interpret what they have said:

  • Fuck fest: "It's a total fuck fest at the office today." Intended message: things are not going well at the office today. Inferred message: everyone is having a good time at the office today.
  • Family reunion: "We went to see En Vogue at the casino and ran into Mark, Marcus, Devin, Steve, Stephen and Stefan. It was like a family reunion." Intended message: it was fun seeing people they've known a long time but haven't seen recently. Inferred message: they spent time with people they don't particularly like but are expected to be pleasant to with regularity. 
  • Bright and sunny: "It's bright and sunny outside, let's do something productive." Intended message: the weather is conducive to being outside in the opinion of most people. Inferred message: it is bright and sunny outside so stay home in the dark room. 

Song of the Day: "Me and Your Mama"

Let us take a moment to consider what a great year Donald Glover is having. His series (as in he created and produces/writes/directs the show), Atlanta, received 6 Emmy nominations last week, including 4 for Glover (actor, writing, directing and Outstanding Comedy Series). He's got a small but memorable role in this week's #1 movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming.

And, because that's not enough, his album under the name Childish Gambino, Awaken My Love!, was just certified gold. That's not too impressive considering the Emmy stuff, but it does work nicely with song of the day, which is from that album.

Ta da!



Song: "Me and Your Mama"
Artist: Childish Gambino

Friday, July 21, 2017

Song of the Day: "DNA"

I'm giving Kendrick Lamar another chance. His DAMN album currently has the highest Metacritic composite score for new releases in 2017. He had the highest score for a new release in 2015 and #4 in 2012.

Still not feeling it.



Song: "DNA"
Artist: Kendrick Lamar

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Song of the Day: "Get High"

Funnily enough I found this Tom Williams song shortly after listening to Keith Urban and was expecting something vaguely new country-ish.

I was not expecting something Radioheadish.



Song: "Get High"
Artist: Tom Williams

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Song of the Day: "The Fighter"

Previously on the Rebel Agenda we discussed my theory that country music is just popular music performed by just the white ones. Here we have Keith Urban and Carrier Underwood making my point for me.



Song: "The Fighter"
Artist: Keith Urban/Carrie Underwood

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Song of the Day: "Something Good"

Instead of trying to be clever or even know WTF I'm talking about, I'll let a PR email take this one:

“Many of the songs on this record are speaking about friends of mine that have passed, but taught me a lot while they were here,” Austin-based songwriter, guitarist and record producer Stephen Doster explains of New Black Suit (Atticus Records, Aug. 25th), his second album after an 18-year release hiatus that ended in 2014 with the comeback album Arizona, which went on to be described as a “masterpiece” with “one charmed melody after another” by the Austin Chronicle.



Song: "Something Good"
Artist: Stephen Doster

Monday, July 17, 2017

Song of the Day: "What's That Perfume That You Wear?"

Have no idea about the pic, but it looks like they're having fun

Jens Lekman's return to the blog isn't just a song of the day; it might be the song of the summer. It takes nearly a minute to transform into the Technicolor Euro-conga song we all need right now, but when it does you'll wish you'd ordered the Mai Tai.



Song: "What's That Perfume That You Wear?"
Artist: Jens Lekman

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Song of the Day: "I Don't Ever Wanna Leave California"

Time will tell if Allison Crutchfield's distinctive vocals endure my esteem. Will she be a new Martha Wainwright or Jane Siberry or Neko Case? Or just another whatshername, you know, the one who sings those songs... forgettable.



Song: "I Don't Ever Wanna Leave California"
Artist: Allison Crutchfield