Monday, December 10, 2018

Song of the Day: "Look Out From Your Window"

My excitement at discovering The Innocence Mission are still releasing new music is diminished somewhat by what seems like an excess of uninspiring songs. Sun on the Square is their 10th studio album, with the band currently configured of 3 of its original 4 members; they lost their drummer to the culinary arts somewhere along the way. It's entirely possible a drummer is what's missing from this more recent music.

The band's Wikipedia entry refers to their more recent music as cinematic folk-pop, which might be a polite way of saying the music seems like incidental or background music. 

It would probably make good "hold" music. 

I've only listened to a few tracks, so hopefully, I'm missing something with a little urgency to it.



Song: "Look Out From Your Window"
Artist: The Innocence Mission

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Song of the Day: "Hands on You"

It's easy to trivialize Ashley Monroe, to write her off as a Miranda Lambert (her bandmate in Pistol Annies) wannabe. Maybe I'm trivializing what it means to want to be another Miranda Lambert (an earnest singer/songwriter making traditionalist country music in a bro country world?).

Maybe a better comparison is with Chris Isaak's stylish and moody work. That could be an interesting combination.



Song: "Hands on You"
Artist: Ashley Monroe

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Song of the Day: "Agree"

This album is an odd one: the first collaboration between an American electronic band and a European "orchestral collective" that is a Trump protest album; but not an angry one, a moody-as-fuck one. This track is the most mainstream one on Music for the Long Emergency (I was going to suggest that it's "glass half empty" thinking that it will be a long emergency, but the shit show has gone on far too long as it is, and I see nothing stopping him from being re-elected in 2020 at this point). The A/V Club calls the album a soundtrack for uneasy times.

Uneasy? Try seriously fucked up bullshit.



Song: "Agree"
Artist: POLIÇA/s t a r g a z e

Friday, December 7, 2018

Song of the Day: "City Looks Pretty"

I have no idea how Courtney Barnett continues to charm me, but she does. I'm digging Tell Me How You Really Feel as I listen through the various "best of 2018" lists.



Song: "City Looks Pretty"
Artist: Courtney Barnett

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Song of the Day: "Future Me Hates Me"

I'm listening through some of the early "best of 2018" lists to help me figure out my own list (it's efficient, drafting off the lists of others). I always find a handful of things that I end up loving, and just as many releases whose acclaim I just don't get.

Kiwis The Beths are definitely the former. This is a delightful track!



Song: "Future Me Hates Me"
Artist: The Beths

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Song of the Day: "Tints"

Huzzah! The song wherein I start to appreciate Kendrick Lamar is upon us.

The live performance on SNL last weekend was solid. And I wouldn't have paid attention if it hadn't been Anderson .Paak. The new album Oxnard, sees him moving north along the California coast, following Venice and Malibu.



Song: "Tints"
Artist: Anderson .Paak/Kendrick Lamar

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Song of the Day: "Overland"

Damn this is beautiful. It's got a spare quality akin to the best of Gillian Welch, and sweet vocals that call to mind the Dixie Chicks. Admit it: that's a combination that doesn't suck.

I don't know anything about I'm With Her aside from this song ranks #44 on Paste's Top 50 Best Songs of 2018.

Apparently one of the singers is from Nickel Creek--that was a thing, right?



Song: "Overland"
Artist: I'm With Her

Monday, December 3, 2018

Song of the Day: "Back on the Chain Gang"

I was going to call the song "25-years old" and then, as I was going to type "30" I checked, and the single was released in October 1982: 37 years ago. It's been 25 years since The Pretenders covered "Everyday is Like Sunday" for the Boys on the Side soundtrack.

Boys on the Side: well-intentioned and not in need of a remake.

As for Moz's cover here: it could have been much worse.



Song: "Back on the Chain Gang"
Artist: Morrissey

Friday, November 30, 2018

Song of the Day: "The Man Who Has Everything"

Chance the Rapper's earnestness overcomes the somewhat laconic beat on this new track.

I will be hugely disappointed if it turns out this was all some act.



Song: "The Man Who Has Everything"
Artist: Chance the Rapper

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Quote of the Day (a few days ago): Demonstrate for Us Please Edition

"To clarify, the type of deterrent they used is OC pepper spray — it’s literally water, pepper, with a small amount of alcohol for evaporation purposes. It’s natural, you could actually put it on your nachos and eat it."--Ron Colburn, President of the Border Patrol Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation created to support the families of Border Patrol agents killed in the line of duty
Other things that are also natural: arsenic (it's in apple seeds); solanine (a poison found in potatoes, eggplants, and tomatoes); phytohaemagglutinin (no, for real, it's a toxin present in kidney beans); radon; chlorine. All perfectly natural.

I hope Colburn puts any of these (or even just the OC pepper spray) on his nachos and eats it to demonstrate just how much these powerfully evil yet also weak and sickly migrants don't have anything to complain about. 

Migrants seeking asylum: they're like gay weddings x gluten x kneeling during the national anthem.

Song of the Day: "Girl Goin' Nowhere"

The almost-title track to Ashley McBryde's Girl Going Nowhere album hits the right mood for the morning. It's got the spare sadness of a Gillian Welch song, but with something of an innocence to her voice.

McBryde's album is #48 on Paste's Top 50 albums of 2018, one spot above Blood Orange, who I'm certain will be on my top albums list when I finish it, like next April.



Song: "Girl Goin' Nowhere"
Artist: Ashley McBryde

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

R.I.P. Diane


I heard that a former co-worker/friend of 20+ years passed away earlier this month. I think I met her sometime in 1997, and I managed her a bit in 1998 and 1999. Managing her was easy enough; she was very good at her job: detail oriented and conscientious.

She was fiercely independent and a serious loner. The old storage room that became her office—no window/view, completely private with the door closed—would have disappointed most people. I would have enjoyed it, but I already had a small office (with a bad-ass view of Mt. Hood). She filled the shelves with rocks she'd collect during her various forays hiking and camping.

She was a rockhound, an avid camper (she taught me what a yurt is), and a fan of old cemeteries. She would make rubbings of tombstones while I would see movies on the weekends.

At one point, when planning a 2-week road/camping trip she planned through Utah and Colorado, the contrast in our respective philosophies came clear. I thought a reasonable price for a hotel room was $125 a night, while she thought $50 a night was a lot. Lately, I'd put a reasonable price closer to $85 a night, but the economy was better for me 20 years ago (pre-mortgage, post-car payment).

Our paths split when the company downsized and she used outplacement services that directed her toward getting a master's degree in library science. She was a quantitative thinker and described the library sciences calling as being a way for her to connect people with information. I've borrowed some of that phrasing to describe myself. Helping people make sense of their data is something I think I do well.

I managed to lure her back to the company for a while. There was a broader role that I thought she would fill nicely: designing research she could do; analyzing data she could do easily; and reporting on the findings, which would end up being the challenge. We worked very closely on a large segmentation project that started strangely (an unknown field partner was behaving super sketchy and folks on my team didn't want to act on that, thinking I was overreacting). It was rough, awkward, thankless when it happened, but I thought of the project recently and consider the end results to be one of the best examples of that kind of project that I've ever done.

But the client's everchanging demands for the report visuals drove me and Diane crazy. I left the office and went to a movie one day, just to try to maintain my sanity.

When Lee won the lottery and I told him I'd drive him to Salem, it had to be after 10:30 because I promised Diane I would meet her to teach her how to do something. I didn't want to leave her hanging (Lee also had a work thing he had to do, despite being an instant millionaire). She was the first person not living with me to hear the news. It changed how we talked about documenting our projects from "in the case so and so gets hit by a bus" to "in the case so and so wins the lottery." Glass half full... or glass totally full.

I helped her get the 2 biggest raises of her career. Back in 1999, I remarked that if she made less than a certain amount, she was being underpaid. She was critical to several projects at the time and after 2 hours she worked up the nerve to walk into the corner office and as for a $10,000 salary increase. The man in the corner office didn't flinch when he said "done" right away. She really was being underpaid (clearly).

The second time was when I lured her back, another big step up in her salary.

I made her some tapes for her road trip/camping trip. I don't remember everything, but I know she liked Garbage (the first 2 albums), and she loved Syd Straw (Surprise and War and Peace). I think Freedy Johnston was in the mix, and his shows here and in Salem this weekend are strangely serendipitous.

When she splurged and get Netflix she came to me asking for recommendations because the options were overwhelming. I told her to just watch Arrested Development seasons 1 through 3 (it was before season 4 happened). She thanked me for a great recommendation and not providing a massive list.

Normally I would react to losing a friend by regretting how little communication we'd had recently, or wondering if I had anything I didn't say to her. Strangely, I feel good about our limited communication: it's the amount we wanted, occasional and meaningful when it happened, but nothing forced. I know I connected her with aspects of pop culture that she treasured, and she taught me about life off the grid. We respected each other's contributions, and I would still pick her for my "kickball team" (where a kickball team was really a group of coworkers I'd want to work with)... if she were still available.

I don't know the details but understand that she ended her life. I don't begrudge her that and hope her family is at peace with her choice. I'm reminded of a Stephen Foster song that Syd Straw covered on Surprise:
Let us pause in life’s pleasures and count its many tears
While we all sup sorrow with the poor:
There’s a song that will linger forever in our ears;
Oh! Hard Times, come again no more.


Rest in peace my friend.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Song of the Day: "Ever Again"

Robyn's Honey album earned glowing reviews (on par with her 2010 release Body Talk). I didn't find much to endear me to Body Talk, but at least the new album has a track that embodies the best of Cyndi Lauper, Work Drugs, and Carly Rae Jepson.

That it's the last track on the album may or may not be meaningful.



Song: "Ever Again"
Artist: Robyn

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Song of the Day: "TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME"

A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relations is The 1975's follow-up to I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, the 2016 album that charmed the fuck out of me. Apparently, this, the third release for the band, was supposed to complete a trilogy, but there's a fourth album queued up for release early next year (it was recorded during the same sessions).

This track is unabashed pop music, and you know how I like that.



Song: "TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME"
Artist: The 1975

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Song of the Day: "GTFO"

Yesterday when I mentioned Mariah's Caution album being ever-so-slightly ahead of Blood Orange in their respective Metacrtic scores. I had no idea that Dev Hynes (the "Blood Orange" of Blood Orange) was a collaborator on Caution. Of course, I didn't even know Caution existed, so it makes sense that I wouldn't know particulars about it as well.

Since today is Thanksgiving, I will just say that I am Thankful that songs like this, and Dua Lupa's "IDGAF" are out there, ruining the lives of the employees of Andrews-McMeel Publishing.

Oh, yeah, it ain't over.



Song: "GTFO"
Artist: Mariah Carey

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Song of the Day: "Saint"

With Blood Orange's Negro Swan, Dev Hynes (who is, essentially, the band) makes it clear that he's every bit the singer/songwriter/producer/arranger/musician/artist that Sufjan Stevens, Justin Vernon, Beyoncé, or Jim James. The album's Metacritic score of 84 is solid, putting it somewhere between Mariah Carey's Caution and Ry Cooder's The Prodigal Son.

Apparently, Mariah has a solid album out... who knew?



Song: "Saint"
Artist: Blood Orange

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Gig Life

First, when you encounter the term "gig life" please read it in this voice.

Second, I was going to put a stylized version of "gig life" (did you read that in the aforementioned voice?) at the top of the post, based on the novel Push by Sapphire the typical tattoo for "thug life" but I feel like the Olde English font version is played out. I'm not a fan of the cursive version that seems to be second most pervasive. The bottom one is in a typeface called Top Secret.
And to prove that I gave this some diligence, here are some versions that I rejected.

Now if you're thinking "after all that, why didn't you put something at the top of this post," well, welcome to my world.

I confuse myself a lot.

What's my point?

Oh, right. Lately, I've been dabbling in a new gig to keep the drug money coming in: collecting scooters from around the city to charge overnight and release them early the next morning. There were at least 3 different companies involved in a pilot test with the city of Portland to determine whether or not to allow scooters to stay permanently.

I'd heard about how easy it was: an app tells you where the scooter is, just scan it, put it in your car, take it home, plug it in, then take it back out and place it at a designated spot, and earn $5 and up for each scooter. It would be a piece of cake.

A piece of really shitty cake.

Which, after I received 3 charging cords, became shitty cake AND a side of shitty ice cream, which is to say that I received a message that when I charge a scooter, I really should clean up the scooter too. When I had the first 2 scooters charging in my kitchen this didn't seem unreasonable because they were both pretty clean. Later I would become annoyed by both the condition of the scooters I was picking up, and the late in the deal nature of the request.

But it would seem like a small imposition when I was notified that while charging (and cleaning) the scooters, I should also be conducting a 7-point safety inspection on them. The inspection uses 2 different sized Allen wrenches (or hex keys), and at least one other tool that I've already forgotten. They also expected cleaning and charging, and the pay per charge did not increase.

I generally limited my pickup and release to the nearby University Park area. A couple of times I had to take scooters to the east side of I-5. Releases are supposed to happen between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. If you don't release before 7 a.m. you risk not being paid 100% of the stated amount (recently used scooters that the company had good GPS information on and that held 35% or more of their charge were $5, but the amount went as high as $20 for a scooter that had been offline a while, and was possibly at the bottom of the river).

On my way home one afternoon I found a $5 scooter out on the sidewalk with 100% charge. It was a few blocks off a main road, and it was not in a designated pickup area for someone renting the scooter. I put it in the car and drove it to a release spot. I cleaned it (well, I claimed to have cleaned it) and, since it was at 100%, I released it at 3 in the afternoon (which, you will agree, is before 7 a.m.).

I was paid $0.

Not because the scooter wasn't clean. Not because the scooter wasn't safety checked. Not because the scooter wasn't released before 7 a.m. Not because the scooter wasn't charged to 100%.

I was paid nothing because I only had the scooter for 15 minutes and I couldn't have charged it much during that time. It's like returning a rental car full but having them ding you because, well, I don't know. This analogy isn't holding up well since I'm on the other side of the rental.

The moral of the story: fuck Bird scooters.

Oh, I didn't mention the awkwardness of wandering around residences late at night looking for scooters, often leaning against a house or in a carport, and how being white probably helped me from getting shot or having the police called on me. Nor did I mention how difficult it was to release the scooters because, while I would be at a designated spot, the app would tell me it couldn't be released until I was within 30 feet. Even when I was right fucking there. In the cold predawn morning, just trying to get my $5 per scooter (I had several that were $16, to be honest).

Which brings me to this season of South Park. I began season 22 of South Park, and season 13 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia now that you mention it, really disliking the show.

Shows.

Whatever.

But the animation in "The Scoots" episode of South Park had a rich Grinch quality to it (which is to say it paid homage to the Grinch and was very rich/high def [but rich seems more apt]). And since Mr. Garrison is rounding up scooters to get them out of the town, this seems sufficiently on topic for me to include some images.

This is not realistic. They are heavy-ish and awkward to carry
and always bang your fucking shins. Always.


South Park redeemed itself with the 2-part "Time to Get Cereal" and "Nobody Got Cereal?" episodes. IASIP partially redeemed a weak season with Mac's interpretive dance in "Mac Finds His Pride."

I'm glad they waited for Mac to be exceedingly ripped before he came out as gay since fat gay men are, cough, totally unrealistic.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Song of the Day: "Wintertime"

When Taylor Swift won the Grammy for Album of the Year for 1989, she triumphantly celebrated herself as the first woman to win a Grammy for Album of the Year twice. And she was, if you don't count Norah Jones, who won for Come Away With Me in 2003, and who shared a Grammy with Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell, John Legend, Leonard Cohen, Luciana Souza, Tina Turner, and Corinne Bailey Rae for River: The Joni Letters in 2008. She won her second 2 years before Taylor won her first.

Romper pointed out Norah's wins, and also noted that Lauryn Hill won Grammys for AOTY for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and for Santanna's Supernatural; and Allison Krauss won twice: Raising Sand, and O Brother, Where Art Thou? Hill was a producer* on Supernatural and has an AOTY Grammy for Supernatural, just like the other 12 producers, the 23 engineers, and the ~9 members of Santana.

Taylor's PR flack attempted to clarify that she was the first solo female performer to win 2, but if you look at the credits for Fearless, Colbie Caillat received an AOTY Grammy as a featured performer. So it shouldn't count for the same pedantic reason Norah's second shouldn't count.

Luckily for Taylor, Adele stepped up the very next year to do the precise thing her PR person tried to clarify Taylor into doing: 2 Album of the Year Grammys with only one female as the performer. All she had to do was beat Lemonade in one of those "why do we fucking care about the Grammys moments."

OMG what is my point?!!!! I forget. Here's a new collaboration between Norah Jones and Jeff Tweedy (who produces and plays on the track).

* Fun fact: Lauryn Hill is one of only 5 females nominated for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical in the 42 years it's been awarded; it took 15 years before the first female nominee (in 1990 Janet Jackson shared a nomination with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis), and the other 4 all happened in the 90s (Mariah Carey shared a nomination with Walter Afanasieff in 1992; Paula Cole became the first female nominated alone in 1998; and 1999 was crazy, with both Sheryl Crow and Lauryn Hill nominated individually).



Song: "Wintertime"
Artist: Norah Jones

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Song of the Day: "Didn't I"

Rod Stewart: first, he's still alive--he does 4 shows a week at Caser's Palace in Las Vegas (a high energy show, he runs through the audience and kicks soccer balls). Second, he's making new music (his "not great" country album was out in 2015 [he made my Top 50 singles for the album's best track], his 30th studio album (Blood Red Roses) was released in September, with most of the songs co-written by Stewart, and he's started work on his next album which he expects to release sometime in early 2020.

Hell, he's even got another kid on the way with his new wife, a 23 year-old model/actress from France. Just kidding, although who knows with him, his 8 kids range in age from 7 years to 55 years, and he's been married to the current wife for 11 years (that's a long time for Stewart, and also she's 47 years old, so, you know... reaching her sell by date).

I don't know who Bridget Cady is (she's one of his backup singers). If she's young enough maybe she can be his next baby mama. 



Song: "Didn't I"
Artist: Rod Stewart/Bridget Cady

Friday, November 16, 2018

Song of the Day: "Do You Need Power?"

It's nice hearing something new from Bon Iver that doesn't sound like a bunch of other Bon Iver songs. It's from the forthcoming Creed 2 soundtrack, but he performed it months ago at Bonaroo, so I'm not sure if he wrote it for the soundtrack or it's just being included.

It only really matters to me in the context of whether or not it'll be eligible for an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song (which, frankly, doesn't require the song to be written for the movie, in truth).

Anyway, hope the next album isn't 11 more songs just like this one.





Song: "Do You Need Power?"
Artist: Bon Iver

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Song of the Day: "Come Smile With Me"

Every now and then I get an email about new music that turns out to be great. But like more than great: revelatory.

Except that's probably a bit much. It's not like they invented "dream gaze" (or "shoe pop") music; they're just making fine music in that style.

Cheers to that.

The band is Sleepspent, from El Paso (in times past I might have seemed surprised by that, but pfff, any style of music can come from anywhere, there are no borders on sound). The email I got discussed how the band, via leader Austin North, deals with mental illness from a place of personal experience. I haven't listened to it closely enough to appreciate that, but I will. Crazy respects crazy (or depressed respects depressed). 



Song: "Come Smile With Me"
Artist: Sleepspent

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Song of the Day: "Locked & Loaded"

The question isn't "am I shallow enough to post a song based on the looks of one or more of the performers (or someone in the music video)" because we all know the answer to that is "duh."

No, the question is do I find one or more members of The Brevet attractive enough to motivate me to post this as a song of the day.

Or do I like the song?

Bwahahaha.




Song: "Locked & Loaded"
Artist: The Brevet

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Song of the Day: "The Big Unknown"

Sade are back ("are" because Sade is the band's name, and Sade Adu is the singer's name) with a second song that could garner an Oscar nomination (previously there was an original song they contributed to A Wrinkle in Time). This new song is from the upcoming Widows, starring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, and Cynthia Erivo [Viola and Cynthia each lack 1 award for full EGOT--an Oscar here for Cynthia would finish her quest]).

While the song is downbeat, it is said to accompany a dramatic scene near the finale (it's similar in tone to "Skyfall" and "Writing's On The Wall"). If it does earn a nomination, it still has original songs from A Star is Born to beat, which may be tough.

Still, nice track, good to hear them again.



Song: "The Big Unknown"
Artist: Sade

Monday, November 12, 2018

Song of the Day: "Elastic Days"

When worlds collide, it's been said, they go boom.

Boom.

Dina Martina meets J Mascis in the video for "Elastic Days," the title track to J's forthcoming solo album.

It's awesome and all, but really Dina needs a much larger canvas for her personality.

Maybe J can lip sync to one of her songs next!!!! 



Song: "Elastic Days"
Artist: J Mascis

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Song of the Day: "This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore"

When I started writing about a song for today, it was going to be the title track from Rosanne Cash's She Remembers Everything, her new album. The song features vocals from Sam Phillips--one of a handful of guest performers on the 10-song collection (Colin Meloy, Elvis Costello and Kris Kristofferson are the others).

But the minute I heard her duet with Emmylou Harris from one of the 2 Elton John/Bernie Taupin tribute albums from earlier this year, I decided to change horses midstream. "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore" is from Elton's 2001 Songs From the West Coast: an album I did not know of until just now (critics hailed it as a return to his early piano-centric albums). This version is on Restoration, the tribute album focused on country* and Americana covers of John/Taupin songs (Revival has pop, rock, and R&B-styled covers).

While I don't know that Cash's husband John Leventhal produced the song, it does have hallmarks of his best work (all of which is showcased on Shawn Colvin's A Few Small Repairs). Plus I think he's worked on everything she's done since they married.

Sadly Miley Cyrus's cover of "The Bitch is Back" is not worth writing about.

* The album adheres to the current operational definition of country music: no black performers and no rapping. Otherwise it's whatever sound the performer wants to call country.



Song: "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore"
Artist: Rosanne Cash/Emmylou Harris

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Seems Like Old Times

It seems like just yesterday--when it was, in fact, 8-1/2 years ago--that the world celebrated the first Everybody Draw Mohammed Day. It commemorates the decapitation of Theo Van Gogh for heresy (and to commemorate other things too)--it's not one of those made up Hallmark holidays, like Mother's Day, Boss's Day, or Christmas.

Fast forward to today (or last week) when I discovered the whimsical fun that is Jesus & Mo, a series of satirical comic strips about 2 fictional characters with super powers.  Good times.

You know how I know no one reads my blog? Because no one ever says anything about posts like this.

Song of the Day: "Screwed"

You fucked the world up now, we'll fuck it all back down

I'm giving Janelle Monáe's Dirty Computer another listen. This track features Zoe Kravitz. I'm not sure what it is Zoe actually does. Sing?



Song: "Screwed"
Artist: Janelle Monáe/Zoe Kravitz

Friday, November 9, 2018

Song of the Day: "The Dogs Only Listen To Him"

Pitchfork is a huge help with music this week. I hadn't heard of Varsity until reading the post about today's song. They play like a cross between Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and Camera Obscura which, if you know me, is something I would find appealing.

Which is probably why the song is here (although not always).

The real question is whether or not I will splurge $7 for a download of the album (I was hoping it was $5 or less).

Note: The band's name is sometimes stylized as VARSITY. I am not doing that because they are inconsistent with it, and if they aren't consistent with their brand identity, fuck it.



Song: "The Dogs Only Listen To Him"
Artist: Varsity

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Song of the Day: "Thank You, Next"

This is a week for "I don't need a man" empowerment songs (although, in all fairness, this is a week for "I don't need another person" empowerment songs). It's a great song and I hope I don't have to think about Pete Davidson's penis any more than I already have (Pete's penis isn't mentioned explicitly in the song, but it's a thing that was part of the gossip about their engagement and also I really don't care).

My only complaint is that amount of autotune or similar post production they've done with her voice. She's incredibly talented, but it's hard to discern that here.



Song: "Thank You, Next"
Artist: Ariana Grande

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Song of the Day: "Got My Name Changed Back"

Pistol Annies—a super group composed on Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley—are said to be both the female answer to Bro Country and the second coming of the Dixie Chicks. I don't think they're vapid enough to be anything with respect to Bro Country, but the Dixie Chicks analogy might work.

I have a lot of esteem for Ashley Monroe, and I like Miranda Lambert a bit, I guess. All I know about Presley is that she doesn't spell her first name correctly.

I fell in love with this paragraph from the Pitchfork review of their new album, Interstate Gospel by Mike Powell:
Listening to Interstate Gospel, I felt a reservoir of sympathy for my mother. Thrice married and thrice divorced, survivor of domestic abuse, holder of a dozen careers, well-educated but as foolish as any of us, nobody has taught me more about the transformational power of loss. And still, I have watched her laugh and watched her be happy; watched her, hours after signing the papers on her second divorce, standing at the blender with a margarita in hand telling my kid brother to tell his teachers she couldn’t help him with his homework because, in her words, “Mom got drunk.” (He did; the school called.) Stubborn, funny, occasionally regretful, and proudly proud, she soldiers on.
Here's to getting your name changed back when it's time to do that.



Song: "Got My Name Changed Back"
Artist: Pistol Annies

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Song of the Day: "Party for One"

First, we should take a moment to acknowledge that Carly Rae Jepsen is building a fantastic catalog of unabashedly dopey pop songs that I love (and also are awesome, objectively awesome).



Second, the dude from the "Call Me Maybe" video says he was uncomfortable being asked to play gay in the video. “I’m not going to kiss a guy, especially for $500.” No one's asking...

I'm guessing the offer of $500 is from a while ago. He's aged a bit since 2011 (in all fairness, we all have... fucking Trump). Oh, wait, he's a shirtless rapper now.

Anyway, kids, drugs are bad mmmkay. Don't do drugs.



Song: "Party for One"
Artist: Carly Rae Jepsen

Monday, November 5, 2018

Song of the Day: "Lost in Rasa"

It's not super surprising to find out musicians from 30 years ago are releasing something new. Hell, Culture Club and Ian Brown are 2 of my more recent songs of the day. So finding Dr. Robert (of Blow Monkeys fame, not the other, nor the other other) on my radar wasn't out of the ordinary.

What I wasn't prepared for was how exquisite this new track would be (see that Culture Club and that Ian Brown to understand why my expectations are low). It's unclear to me whether Monks Road Social is a band or just a Tuesday Night Music Club-type gathering of musicians. It's a top notch group of musicians including half of The Style Council, and folks from Ocean Colour Scene, Dexys Midnight Runners, Oasis, Madonna's band, Richard Ashcroft's post-Verve band, and more. 

And the result is sophisticated cocktail pop the likes of which we haven't heard since the last Sade.

Or Swing Out Sister.



Song: "Lost in Rasa"
Artist: Monks Road Social/Dr. Robert

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Song of the Day: "Don't Be A Lawyer"

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is approaching its series finale, so I'm glad they gave Burl Moseley this showcase. I might never have known how awesome he is.

This song milks every ounce of fun out of the New Jack Swing vibe, and I'm down with that.



Song: "Don't Be A Lawyer"
Artist: Burl Moseley

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Song of the Day: "Let Somebody Love You"

Going by the name "Boy George & Culture Club" was probably inevitable for George, but I'd rather they be "Culture Club with Helen Terry." That's a band I'd (pretend I would) pay to see.


Oh, and, side note, Boy George is not a very good Buddhist.



Song: "Let Somebody Love You"
Artist: Boy George & Culture Club

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Song of the Day: "Hands Dirty"

Female musical acts on the line-up
for a music fest, shared by Lily Allen
It's not specifically related to this song, but it crossed my path in the random flow of info as this infographic. Both were #MeToo items in the "news for ladies" section of the Washington Post (The Lily).

Doritos for Ladies, stupid; news for Millennial girls (The Lily), on fleek!!!

And that's how we end up with a mediocre song of the day.



Song: "Hands Dirty"
Artist: Delta Rae

Friday, October 26, 2018

Song of the Day: "First World Problems"

I was happy that I recognized Ian Brown's name as dude from Stone Roses. Well, I suspected that's who he was and it is. It's who he was, and to a lesser extent, who he is.

But while time has been kind to my view of Ride and Slowdive, it's done nothing for my relative indifference toward Stone Roses/Brown. This sounds like a b-side from The Farm or Happy Mondays.

Hell, it wishes it was a b-side from Happy Mondays.

See, indifference.



Song: "First World Problems"
Artist: Ian Brown

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Come In, The Bubble's Nice

Everything I need to know about the conservative bubble I learned from reading "What I Learned About Young People While Trying To Buy A Car" by Dennis Pragger published in National Review (and at his website, apparently).

First, it's in a section called "PC Culture" which, aside from a period in the mid-late and late-late aughts (when Microsoft embraced the "I'm a PC" side of the "I'm a mac/I'm a PC" ads for Apple), has never stood for anything good. PC Culture = political correctness (or possibly politically correct) culture. It means you can't use marginalizing epithets about groups of people, which is what is destroying America.

Also "culture" is just gay.

I grant that Pragger avoided the seemingly de rigueur easy digs at Starbucks or Kim Kardashian I usually find at Nattie Rev, but I think the latter might have to do with the halo effect of recent esteem for her husband now that Kanye's a loud and proud advocate for Trump, the unchallenged leader of the, cough,  conservative movement. Kim should enjoy the detente while it lasts, since I doubt 2 mercurial personalities will stay in-sync for too long.

What: Pragger's experience shopping for a new SUV to lease
Where: 5 car dealerships in an upper-middle class suburb of Los Angeles
Why: Pragger was patronizing local dealerships because he wants them "to stay in business"

Summary: this ain't no Prius we're shopping for; we're in a "good schools" kind of place so it's not like some minorities were to blame for the experience (just Millennials); and despite what we've said for decades about free market competition and letting the best company win, we're all about protecting our neighborhood's/country's businesses.

Did I mention Millennials? They're just the fucking worst! In every instance, an affable young salesperson
"In every instance, the salesperson was sweet, unenthusiastic, and largely ignorant of the car in which I was interested. 
All of them answered most of my questions — such as 'Is this SUV available in all-wheel-drive?' — with some version of 'I’ll look it up.'"
Bullshit.

Pragger goes to town on the low key salespeople who helped him: not knowledgeable, no passion, hell they don't even have hobbies, so they certainly wouldn't have aspirations. These people don't even know whether or not a vehicle comes in AWD!!! Except I'm willing to bet $100 that the salespeople weren't all Millennials; that they didn't all answer most questions with "I'll look it up" (unless they were asked a lot of questions of an esoteric nature or minutiae, like the date a vehicle finished production so a star sign could be discerned, or the storage volume in cubic centimeters of all the cup holders in the vehicle).

I don't have proof that this is bullshit, but it smells like bullshit and I am reminded that, time and again, conservatives are happy to fabricate anecdotes to suit their point of view. Sure, this is basically true for everybody, but I'm playing partisan hack here, so let's move on.

But the real target of the, um, fable, is Millennial males. These males — probably soy boys, every last one — have been coddled so much that they basically expect a trophy for showing up and they're going to want free health care and free tuition which is socialism and tyranny.

That Pragger works the phrase "toxic masculinity" into a screed that is only focused on Millennial males is probably tacit toxic masculinity in action. Men are expected to have ambition, drive, a need to be successful. Girls are expected to have... babies, I guess. They aren't really discussed.

But the best aspect of all of this is the continued lack of self-awareness that hangs participation trophies on the generation that received them, and NOT on the generation that decided to award them all the fucking time. Millennials didn't come into this world expecting participation trophies and avocado toast (which was, surprisingly, not even mentioned), the got participation trophies from parents who felt guilty about not spending time with their kids. It's weird that a Baby Boomer wouldn't even think to look at Boomer narcissism: normally they love talking about themselves.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Song of the Day: "Carried Away"


Don't act as if you weren't just wondering what Trouty Mouth was up to. Now you know, he's dropped his first name and released a song that would have been song of the summer if anyone had heard it.

But they didn't.

And here we are.



Song: "Carried Away"
Artist: Overstreet

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Song of the Day: "Come Smile With Me"

That feeling when you realize that you might actually love dreampop.



Song: "Come Smile With Me"
Artist: Sleepspent

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Song of the Day: "Woman"

You know what's weird? That Cat Power is releasing her tenth studio album and this is only the second time I've featured her music on my blog (and both times were collaborations with other musicians)?

No, that shit's pretty much normal.

It's that when I was reading her Wikipedia entry, about how Chan Marshall adopted the moniker Cat Power, I ran across the name--the very distinctive name--of one of my first friends in Georgia. He's an actor and musician.

As an actor, he's best known for a miniseries that has not yet been aired. That's weird too.



Song: "Woman"
Artist: Cat Power/Lana Del Ray

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Song of the Day: "Give A Little"

I learned of Maggie Rogers because she's going to be the musical guest on next week's SNL.

I like her.



Song: "Give A Little"
Artist; Maggie Rogers

Monday, October 15, 2018

Song of the Day: "Think I'm Still in Love With You"

If I've heard of, or heard Joyce Manor before today, I don't recall it. If you'd mentioned the name to me outside the context of the album review that prompted me to look them up, I would have assumed that was someone in the HR department at my last job.

Or the job before that.

Instead it's an indie band from Torrance, California. Fun fact: Torrance is about 35 miles from West Covina (CXG's final season begins tonight).

Joyce is often described as punk, but that can't be right. They sound pretty much on par with Foo Fighters (which I say with considerable respect).

Also this is from their fifth album. Where have I been this decade?



Song: "Think I'm Still in Love With You"
Artist: Joyce Manor

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Song of the Day: "Rings"

When I downloaded the new Pinegrove album, I was so taken by it that I made a point to recommend it to a couple of friends who I thought would dig the sound.

But I didn't think to post anything here. I must have seen something shiny.

Stupid shiny objects.

Skylight is a really good album. Check it out.



Song: "Rings"
Artist: Pinegrove

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Song of the Day: "Distracting Me"

Alex Lilly + someone's legs
Someone wrote that this song is "light but not slight." That's actually a great description for this art rock/chamber rock/post something (everything's post something) track.

In times past I might have likened her sound to St. Vincent and meant that derisively. Today I will do that with considerable respect. St. Vincent kicked ass live, and Lilly has real talent (she's currently touring as part of Beck's band, and has worked with The Bird and the Bee, along with acts I've never heard of [which doesn't mean there not any good and/or popular]).

Her solo debut 2% Milk comes out early next year. But since you're special, you can listen to the first single now.

You're welcome.



Song: "Distracting Me"
Artist: Alex Lilly

Friday, October 12, 2018

Song of the Day: "Get Out"

Apparently CHVRCHES released their third album this year. I guess I was distracted by something shiny.

Sounds like the album is solid. (Oh, like you didn't already know that...)



Song: "Get Out"
Artist: CHVRCHES

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Song of the Day: "Spinning"

The March Divide are from San Antonio, and came to my attention via some promoter that treats this blog like it's something worth sending promotional emails to.

And today, we're appreciative of that fact.

This track is totally catchy!



Song: "Spinning"
Artist: The March Divide

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Song of the Day: "Out of the Way"

Among this year\s Mercury Prize shortlist was Nadine Shah.

That is all.



Song: "Out of the Way"
Artist: Nadine Shah

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Song of the Day: "Trigger Bang"

My opinions on Lily Allen are probably not among the few fucks she might be giving these days (which is fair--I'm not super concerned with her opinions on me), but, much like Hillary Clinton, I really want her to be better. Better at what she does, better at what she represents.



Song: "Trigger Bang"
Artist: Lily Allen

Monday, October 8, 2018

Song of the Day: "What a Time to be Alive"

I came late to the Superchunk party, but I'm glad I got there.

I don't know if they're the best lens for the current fuck show, but they're certainly a good lens.



Song: "What a Time to be Alive"
Artist: Superchunk

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Song of the Day: "Desperate Man"

I'm posting this as I listen to this for the first time. I'll click "publish" before the song is over, so all bitchy commentary will be saved for end of the year stuff.



Song: "Desperate Man"
Artist: Eric Church

Friday, September 28, 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Alan Ruck... in a role that will surprise you

Alan Ruck / Brett Kavanaugh
Coming this fall to, I don't know, let's say Starz, THE WORLD'S GREATEST GIRLS' BASKETBALL COACH AND CARPOOL DRIVING DAD: The Brett Kavanaugh Story.

He has daughters.

He coaches their basketball team.

He drives carpool.

He couldn't be guilty...

Song of the Day: "Holy Arp"

New music from The Crystal Method, where The Crystal Method is now a solo project (I guess they're down to just one Dust brother--not to be confused with The Dust Brothers).

And not to be confused with these DJ brothers.

By the way, Baskets is a pretty morose show--I'm loving it now.



Song: "Holy Arp"
Artist: The Chemical Brothers

Monday, September 24, 2018

Song of the Day: "Let Me Live"

It will seem like a complete non sequitur, but it's not, when I say that Macklemore is really, like, the worst. All you need to do is click this and listen to his collaboration with Rudimental from earlier this year. Commence eye rolls.

Macklemore: he makes 2014 music (which that 2018 song sounds like) bad.



Song: "Let Me Live"
Artist: Rudimental/Major Lazer/Anne-Marie/Mr Eazi

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Song of the Day: "I Love It"

Sometimes Kanye West impresses the hell out of me.

This is not one of those times.

Or this is too deep for me to get.



Song: "I Love It"
Artist: Kanye West/Lil Pump/Adele Givens

Friday, September 21, 2018

Song of the Day: "Gainesville"

We're coming up on the anniversary of Tom Petty's untimely death. Still not cool, 2017.

This is from a trove of unreleased music slated to come out in a big box set just in time for Christmas.



Song: "Gainesville"
Artist: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Song of the Day: "Heaven"

Charly Bliss ended up in my top 10 albums of 2017 with Guppy.  Whether the same girl power/power pop will hit the same end-of-year esteem remains to be seen.

It is a nice change from Drake.



Song: "Heaven"
Artist: Charly Bliss

Monday, September 17, 2018

Song of the Day: "Nothing's Ever Wrong"

I have long had a bit of a crush on Jay Mohr, probably  when I caught his arms when he was on SNL as a rocker in a sleeveless flannel shirt during one of the cold opens. So it was something of a pleasant surprise to learn that Mohr goes the full Monty in the video for Logan Lynn's "Nothing's Ever Wrong."

Best comment on what might would surely be called  a "courageous" appearance: now I know what it's like to have sex with Mr. Incredible.

I'd totally hit that.

And I know he'd totally hit this back, because what straight man wouldn't have sex with a dumpy middle-aged dude who gets winded easily? Damn right.



Song: "Nothing's Ever Wrong"
Artist: Logan Lynn

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Song of the Day: "Here I Am"

I have no idea what's up with this new duet. Presumably it's from a soundtrack and it has the hallmarks of one of those songs that gets the 4th or 5th Oscar nomination slots; the songs that no one will remember (see also: that song from Beethoven, that song from Yes, Giorgio, others). The songs that make you think "oh, hey, it's the chick from Scandal, she's an Oscar nominee now" or "Melissa Manchester, there's a name that takes me back" or "I am too young to know who Kim Carnes is."

If you know more about the soundtrack, tell me about it in the comments.



Song: "Here I Am"
Artist: Dolly Parton/Sia

A Regular Reminder


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Song of the Day: "God is a Woman"

Man of God gropes singer of "God is a Woman"
Ariana Grande has an excess of talent and charm. This is good, as it will potentially mitigate a lack of self-awareness, or even the basic common sense not to wear hot pants to a funeral.

Don't wear hot pants to a funeral, unless the deceased has made it known that hot pants are acceptable.

With one simple exception: if the deceased was a colossal asshole then wear whatever the fuck you want.

Regardless of what Grande wore to the funeral, she did not give anyone permission to grope the fuck out of her.

And girl, get you a gay BFF over 40 to help you dress for the next funeral. Unless it's Trump's, then wear whatever the fuck you want. I know what I'm wearing...




Song: "God is a Woman"
Artist: Ariana Grande

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Song of the Day: "Come Back Barack"

The 2018 Emmy for Outstanding Music & Lyrics was awarded this past weekend during the 2 night "schmemmy" presentation; the award was one of 7 for Saturday Night Live in its 43rd season.

One of 7 so far (the show has 3 of the 8 contenders for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and 2 of the 7 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series). Kenan Thompson is among the 7 men, his first nomination for acting, and he's among the 4 winners for "Come Back Barack," the very 90s R&B homage lamenting the loss of literacy from the oval office.

To learn more about the award winning song, read a book.



Song: "Come Back Barack"
Artist: Chance the Rapper/Kenan Thompson/Will Stephen/Eli Brueggemann

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Song of the Day: "Feels Like Summer"

The boys of summer
As summer starts to fade: the position of the sun in the sky is noticeably different these days, it's already dark at 8:30 p.m., the days are still sunny but the high temperatures are waning. In about a week Portland's 2 months of sunny, crisp autumn weather will begin (it's the best!).

All of that feeling is captured beautifully in the video for this song, the third fucking awesome single from Childish Gambino this year. 



Song: "Feels Like Summer"
Artist: Childish Gambino

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Song of the Day: "Kids"

This track came on Passport Approved and I disregarded the state's "distracted driving" law so I could Shazam it. I was pleased that Shazam found a result super quickly, since that means I can share it with y'all (there's no one reading this).



Song: "Kids"
Artist: Leoniden

Monday, August 27, 2018

Quote of the Day: Are You Fucking Kidding Me Edition

When John McCain ran for re-election to the Senate in 2016 (he'd already served 30 years in the Senate and 4 years in the House) he faced a primary challenger from the right. That's how things go since Obama got elected in 2008: the so-called Tea Party Patriots and similar far-right candidates challenged centrist or moderate Republicans—Congress members who may have cooperated with a Democrat on something, or voted for something that failed their philosophical standards test (mostly "does the Black guy want it? then vote 'no'"). McCain beat the fiercely pro-MAGA Kelli Ward 51.7% to 39.2%.

A 30-year incumbent with one of the most celebrated backstories in Congress should have beaten a former state senator with something closer to 90% of the vote (94% is the average for incumbents running for re-election and winning). One of her positions in 2016: McCain is old and will die in office. I, cough, have no idea how someone could suggest such a thing.

In 2017, Ward began to mount a primary challenge against Sen. Jeff Flake for this year's mid-term. Flake released a book in 2017 called Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle. Who says white people don't have a sense of humor?

Two things:
1) a book, in 2017? How retro.
2) Bwahahahahahahahaha "principle"

Flake's assumption that the suggestion that, perhaps, we might be a little more polite with each other in our political discourse, when taken in concert with a voting record that supported Trump 92% of the time, would endear him to moderate Republicans. ERROR 404: FILE NOT FOUND

Moderate Republicans... oops, I think I meant left-handed unicorns (they're easier to find).

Long story short, Flake is not running for re-election this year. Ward is.

And, when McCain's health status was announced last year, Ward not-at-all-opportunistically asserted that McCain should retire and that she should be named as his successor, which makes perfect sense if you don't think about. 

Naturally some people, idiots most likely, found her jockeying for a role seconds after significant news like that was announced to be a bit much. I'm sure if a man had done it there would have been only cheering and lap dances, but when a woman does it, she's uppity.

And so Ward began her campaign for Flake's seat last Friday, the same day the McCain family announced that John McCain was stopping treatment for his cancer. And someone on Ward's campaign staff found that just a bit too coincidental. And then foolishly shared that opinion on the interwebz where things will live forever. 


I think it's interesting how people say "it's interesting" as a passive aggressive way of asserting something they won't actually say straight out.

Kudos to Ward for having sufficiently high self-esteem to believe that the McCain family was thinking of her in the slightest at that time. Hell, they probably planned the whole cancer thing just to goad her into something like this.

And double-kudos to the supporters whose vacuous ass-kissing is undermined by the fact that this is all people seem to be talking about.

And in the midst of all the talking, in an attempt to assuage things, Kelli Ward, candidate AND MEDICAL DOCTOR, opted for a simile that even I have enough emotional maturity to know was the wrong thing to say. Not marginalizing or insulting people is like a cancer.

You know what else is like a cancer? Brain cancer, like the kind John McCain just died from.

Good times, noodle salad. I'm sure Ward will pull in at least 52% of the primary vote.

Song of the Day: "Right Now"

I do appreciate that Nick Jonas makes objectification super easy with selfies like this all over the interwebz.

I'm not sure if he was the "Cake by the Ocean" Jonas.

Or the Scream Queens Jonas.

Or the Goat Jonas.

Maybe all of them?

Robin Schulz is... a person (?)... a remixer, it seems. Full stop.



Song: "Right Now"
Artist: Nick Jonas/Robin Schulz

Like a Sleeveless Vest...

I'm not being overly pedantic when I point out that all chaps are ass-less (chaps with an ass are called pants); I'm being appropriately pedantic.

We've talked about this before...

You're welcome.


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Song of the Day: "The Rover"


Interpol's sixth album, Marauder, was released on Friday. Their tour won't hit Portland until February of next year. Who the fuck knows if any of us will still be alive then...



Song: "The Rover"
Artist: Interpol

David Brooks Says "Fucking Assholes"


From HBO's John McCain: For Whom The Bell Tolls

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Knock, Knock, Knockin'...

By all accounts things are looking grim for John McCain.

A remotely-diplomatic person would probably skip writing a post like this, anticipating his passing. McCain will be celebrated as an American hero, benefiting from America's short-term memory span. He will be contrasted with Donald "I like people who weren't captured"/"Ouch, my bone spurs!" Trump: a 6" height difference, a career of service vs. self-serving, the diva move of the ACA repeal vote.

A little over 8 years ago I blogged about the primary challenge McCain was facing against a Tea Party challenger, goading him into more conservative positions. I thought it was irresponsible or narcissistic or short-sighted (or some combination) of him to run for re-election at 74, rather than for him to retire and transition the seat so Arizona doesn't suffer any lapse in representation.

And while he survived that entire term, actuarially speaking that sentiment was double in 2016.

So before you start the candlelight vigil, please read or reread "John McCain, Make-Believe Maverick" from Rolling Stone, October 2008. You'll understand why I felt like I needed to post this.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Song of the Day: "What Kind of World"

Dude from Thompson Twins has released his first solo album, and his first album of new material in 22 years (with his band Babble). I was taken with this, from an album review of Science Fiction, by David Medsker (as I hadn't quite picked up the similarities between "Lies" and "Low Rider"):
All of Bailey’s songwriting weapons are on display here, from the casual theft of a ‘70s California staple, a la the Twins song “Lies” lifting the bass line to “Low Rider” (in this song’s case, the victim is Santana’s “Oye Como Va”) to the Alannah Currie-esque backing vocals in the second line of the chorus, to that gargantuan wordless hook in the third line of the chorus. “Whoa whoa-oooo-whooooooooa!” That is vintage, none-more-Bailey right there.
Holy shit, Medsker's spot on there.



Song: "What Kind of World"
Artist: Tom Bailey

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Song of Day: "Apollo"

E's been pushing this track on me (I think) for a few days now.

So here we are... I've played right into his hands.



Song: "Apollo"
Artist: St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Song of the Day: "Made For Now"

It seems like just yesterday when Clark and I went to see Janet Jackson in concert.

Actual date: August 30, 2011.

At the very least we went to Pickathon (August 2012, 104 degrees), and Frightened Rabbit in Eugene (October 2012). The Decemberists' "farewell" concert at Edgefield may have also been after Janet.

Hell, the only concert I can think of before Janet that Clark and I went to (here in Portland) was Indigo Girls in 2009.

Time flies.



Song: "Made For Now"
Artist: Janet Jackson

Friday, August 17, 2018

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Song of the Day: "Flaunt the Imperfection"

I've been into Work Drugs for at least 7 of the 8 years the band has been together. That the title track to their newest album is the name of a favorite from 30+ years ago is an interesting coincidence (unless it's not a boating accident).



Song: "Flaunt the Imperfection"
Artist: Work Drugs

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Song of the Day: "Autumn Love"

There's a big rush of new releases coming out which can only mean on thing: it's almost Jesus's birthday!!!!

Pass the pumpkin spice whatevers.



Song: "Autumn Love"
Artist: Death Cab for Cutie

Monday, August 13, 2018

Song of the Day: "Ganja Burn"

It's unusual for me to see Nicki Minaj as the sole artist credited on a song. She's pretty ubiquitous as a collaborator these days (which is why I say it's unusual for me to see her as the sole artist... duh).

This has got a charm to it.



Song: "Ganja Burn'
Artist: Nicki Minaj

Friday, August 3, 2018

Song of the Day: "Curse of the I-5 Corridor"

Neko harmonizes with Mark Lanegan, and I can never remember who he is.

Oh, right, him.



Song: "The Curse of the I-5 Corridor"
Artist: Neko Case/Mark Lanegan

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Song of the Day: "Movin' On"

Paul Weller's 14th album as a solo artist comes out in September. E thinks True Meanings will sound distinct, and different from the Mod Father oeuvre, in the way Confessions of a Pop Group differed for The Style Council.

I'm just shrugging cause all I know is I don't know shit these days.



Song: "Movin' On"
Artist: Paul Weller

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Song of the Day: "Cats and Dogs"

Best Coast are following one of the myriad paths I have for Liza to finally win a fucking Grammy: kids music. Think about it: Liza + Little Richard + Elton John + Ellen + Fred Schneider... gay parents (and possibly some str8 parents wanting to seem cool) would be all over that shit.

And that's who votes for the Grammys: gay parents (and str8 parents trying to seem cool).

It's a whole thing.



Song: "Cats and Dogs"
Artist: Best Coast

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Song of the Day: "Crack the Code"

During part of this song I might have characterized it as "Dawes does The National"--something that, on paper, would be compelling--but it falls apart based on insipid songwriting.

Is it possible to be aggressively insipid? Asking for a friend. 



Song: "Crack the Code"
Artist: Dawes

Monday, July 30, 2018

Awkward but True

Friend: Where's Clark these days?

Me: Well, a third of his ashes are in the trunk of my car.

Womp, womp.

(Technically it's a hatchback.)

Song of the Day: "I Don't Want"

Santigold made a mix tape.

I'm still not sure what that even is.

But good for her. Love her, and have for a good decade now!



Song: "I Don't Want"
Artist: Santigold

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Song of the Day: "It Can't Be Love Unless It Hurts"

Tracyanne Campbell from Camera Obscura, and Danny somebody who goes by the name Crybaby at times, team up for Tracyanne & Danny, an album of all Tupac covers.

Are you even paying attention?

I'll simply add that just because it hurts doesn't mean it's love. It could also just be the pain of knowing your own insignificance, or that you've burned your forehead with a butane torch. 



Song: "It Can't Be Love Unless It Hurts"
Artist: Tracyanne & Danny

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Song of the Day: "Summertime"

There seems to be something slightly subversive about Childish Gambino releasing such a simple track on the heels of the song of the summer. It's on par with half a dozen of Drake's recent tracks, but given the sequence of its release, the song is jejune (and all the Drake tracks are too).

Think about that when you're high-fiving and low-fiving your bro at the volleyball game this summer.



Song: "Summertime"
Artist: Childish Gambino

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Song of the Day: "Crush"

I can't remember which of my friends in Canadia told me about Cigarettes After Sex (the band, not the act of smoking).

There's a 92% chance that it's a guy who looks really good naked, but that doesn't really narrow it down much from the pool of Canadians I know.

You know?



Song: "Crush"
Artist: Cigarettes After Sex

Monday, July 23, 2018

Song of the Day: "I'd Love If We Made It"

We're fucking in a car, shooting heroin
Saying controversial things just for the hell of it
Selling melanin and then suffocate the black men
Start with misdemeanors and we'll make a business out of them
And we can find out the information
Access all the applications that are hardening positions based on miscommunication
Oh! Fuck your feelings!
Truth is only hearsay!
We're just left to decay!
Modernity has failed us
Someone said that there needs to be some pretty serious punk rock emerging from this fucking nightmare of political stupidity and stupid politics. This is a good reminder that not all punk rock sounds like The Clash.



Song: "I'd Love It If We Made It"
Artist: The 1975