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