Friday, December 8, 2017

Song of the Day: "Doom or Destiny"

It heartens me to know 2 girl members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame teamed up for this. That Debbie Harry and Jett's average age is 66, is even more awesome since it's an effort for me to get to 7-11 and that's like 2 blocks away.

Song: "Doom or Destiny"
Artist: Blondie/Joan Jett

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Song of the Day: "Bastards"

I'm of two minds about Kesha (or Ke$ha): on the one hand she's a tough survivor finding her voice; on the other she's Kid Rock's running mate in 2028.

Song: "Bastards"
Artist: Kesha

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Musical Theater Therapy: "Love and Love Alone"

The legendary songwriting duo of Kander & Ebb created more than a dozen Broadway musicals to varying degrees of success and acclaim. The Visit, produced on Broadway in 2015, is likely to be their final new musical (Ebb died in 2004--there might be other yet un-produced works, they didn't tell me everything). It starred one of their go-to performers, Chita Rivera (both of her Tony awards are for Kander & Ebb shows: The Rink [where she beat Liza!!!] and Kiss of the Spider Woman), and tells the story of the wealthiest woman in the world's return to her impoverished hometown, looking to make a deal.

What kind of a deal? Why, the kind that happens a lot on Broadway or in episodes of The Twilight Zone or Black Mirror.

The show was originally written with Angela Lansbury in mind: Murder, She Wrought.

Rivera took over the role when Lansbury withdrew due to her own illness, followed by the death of her husband. The show was scheduled to open on Broadway on Oct. 1, 2001. Then something happened a few weeks earlier and suddenly the move to Broadway was delayed... until 2015. It received warm, yet guarded, reviews from critics:
- "admirable if not consistently embraceable musical"
- "production offers much to admire"
- "Not everything works."

Still the show garnered 5 Tony nominations (not bad for a musical you've never heard of that's only 2 years old [officially]). It lost all 5, mostly to Fun Home, but also it was well past time for Kelli O'Hara to win something from the Tonys, and The King and I seems to be the show for actresses who are overdue.

Today's song is "Love and Love Alone" and today's lesson: when the ultra-wealthy want to make a deal with you, try to figure out where Angela Lansbury went.

Song of the Day: "Teenage Fever"

Drake... fucking Drake.

Song: "Teenage Fever"
Artist: Drake

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Song of the Day: "Be Careful What You Wish For"

I am amused as hell that Rolling Stone ranks Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' Who Build the Moon? tied with Liam Gallagher's As You Were at #37 on their 50 Best Albums of 2017 list.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Song of the Day: "For What It's Worth"

I am amused as hell that Rolling Stone ranks Liam Gallagher's As You Were tied with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' Who Build the Moon? at #37 on their 50 Best Albums of 2017 list.

Song: "For What It's Worth"
Artist: Liam Gallagher

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Musical Theater Therapy: "Don't Break the Rules"

Catch Me If You Can is a 2011 Broadway musical based on the 2002 movie Catch Me If You Can, based on the 1996 novel Push by Sapphire which is translated from Catch Me If You Can, Frank Abgnale's 1980 autobiography.

The 2002 movie was the beginning of a self-imposed 15-year moratorium on Steven Spielberg movies that prevented me from seeing the widely acclaimed Lincoln, but also prevented me from enduring Indiana Jones and What the Fuck is This Movie About, and that Tin Tin movie. Will I end the moratorium to see The Post, which early predictions cite as a lock on Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress (it's Meryl Streep, this one is easy) and Best Actor (Tom Hanks)? Maybe.

Catch Me if You Can the musical involved Terrence McNally (our love/hate relationship is documented), Marc Shaiman (our unabashed love for him is documented), and Scott Wittman (file note found). It starred Aaron Tveit, Tom Wopat, Kerry Butler and Norbert Leo Butz. The show ran for a mere 166 performances on Broadway, winning one of its 4 Tony nominations (Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical for Butz).

Butz has become something of a go-to guy for Broadway musicals, working his way up from understudy in the original cast of Rent, to originating the role of Guy Fiyeri in Wicked, to winning his first Tony for a turn in the delightful Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He headlines the revival of My Fair Lady coming soon, and I'll just say I don't see it. I was far more impressed with Rachel York and Lucie Arnaz (the Luckinbill is silent), and to a lesser extent Jonathan Pryce in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels than with I was with Butz, and all the things I disliked then I dislike here. But decide for yourself whether this is Tony worthy.

I mean, sure, if this was Liza it would be Tony worthy, but that's just Liza.

Today's song is "Don't Break the Rules" from Catch Me if You Can. Today's lesson: fuck Norbert Leo Butz, go ahead and break some rules (so long as your breaking the rules doesn't inconvenience me--that would be wrong).

Song of the Day: "Dear Life"

Beck's return to non-somber music? Okay, I'm down.

Song: "Dear Life"
Artist: Beck