Saturday, December 15, 2018

Song of the Day: "Fulton County Jane Doe"

This week I learned that I've been spelled Brandi Carlile's name wrong for years now. I took my dad to see her open for Shawn Colvin a decade ago. Literally the summer of 2008, 10 years, 5 or 6 months... I'm not just some lame blogger who is only now learning of her.

I am a lame blogger who is only now learning to spell her last name.

Whatever. There's a real story behind the song (allegedly), according to this comment on the song's YouTube page:
For anyone curious this song is about a real woman who was found beaten but still alive on the side of an expressway on January 13, 1988. She died a few days later in the hospital and still remains to be unidentified (I'm pretty sure the writer meant she remains unidentified or that she remains to be identified, since it's probably not possibly to unidentify someone). This song is heartbreaking and this poor woman went to the grave with not so much as her name and a family wondering what happened to their child. Here's her DoeNetwork page. 
There is something about the story of this unidentified woman's death that reminded me of a wonderfully written, justifiably angry piece on a serial killer in Toronto and the relationship between Toronto's police and the GQ-BLT community there: "Death in the Village" by Anthony Oliveria. Devoid of context, "We have no superheroes. We are alone," is a grim quote.

Within the context of the article, it's worse. The article is an emotional gut punch and I highly recommend it.

If anything is keeping me going, it's knowing that Avengers End Game is coming. I hope to hold on until then.

Song: "Fulton County Jane Doe"
Artist: Brandi Carlile

Friday, December 14, 2018

Quote of the Day: the weakly standard edition

"TAKE THAT YOU NEVER TRUMPERS"--former game show host Chuck Woolery, on Twitter, giddy over the "death" of the Weekly Standard
I started reading the Weekly Standard's daily email recaps of the news because, after the fucking election, I needed to understand how much of a bubble I was living in, with my regular diet of The Daily Show, the Washington Post, and SNL's Weekend Update (fair and balanced, right?). This would force me to confront the real truth on things, like Hillary Clinton selling uranium to Russia in the completely unsupervised Uranium One deal immediately after she personally killed Americans in Benghazi and gave the order to the Super Friends to stand down when they totally could have saved everyone, no problem, and, more than anything, her emails.

Also, she killed Seth Rich, was running a child sex slave ring out of Comet Ping Pong, and was responsible for countless false flag operations.

Meanwhile, a great man, a billionaire, stepped up to fight for freedom and make America an un-laughing stock again. Okay, Jesus, I just can't at the moment. People watch this and think it rocks?!!!

Weekly Standard had the audacity to call Trump out on all his bullshit occasionally suggest that maybe the rhetoric about the fake news was a bit much. And for that, they have been killed.

Stay classy Chuck Woolery...
See ya.

Song of the Day: "Run James Run"

Today's song was an unreleased gem (until last year's Playback when it was, obviously, released) from Brian Wilson.

I'm torn between liking it for its own merits, liking it because it eschews theremin-heavy experimentation, and liking it because I'm rooting for Wilson.  One of those, for sure.

Song: "Run James Run"
Artist: Brian Wilson

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Song of the Day: "Wonderfully Made"

I don't recall how or when I first started getting promotional emails for Besides Daniel. If I clicked the links in the email, they must not have sent me to any place particularly memorable before. Today's email sent me to a lovely, lyrical piece, teeming with sentimentality and accentuated with lovely harmonies. 

Besides Besides Daniel, the song features Adam Sams (any relation to Sam Adams? probably not) who is from the semi-oxymoronically named North Augusta, South Carolina. 

So much word play tonight. I think it's past my bed time.

Song: "Wonderfully Made"
Artist: Besides Daniel/Adam Sams

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Song of the Day: "Focus"

H.E.R. stands for having everything revealed, which, until recently, is not something that Gabriella Wilson (the "her" of H.E.R.) seemed too keen on doing. She released her first music through a shroud of mystery, obscuring her appearance to let the music speak for itself. Her plan to stay enigmatic may be undermined a bit by the attention she's now getting from 5 Grammy nominations (Album of the Year, Best New Artist, and 3 in the R&B category, including Best R&B song for today's SOTD).

With 5 nominations, she's in a tie for the fifth largest number of nominations, along with Cardi B, Childish Gambino, Lady Gaga, Maren Morris, and 2 dudes I've never heard of. It's a notable year for female nominees (Brandi Carlile received 6 nominations where her previous body of work only received 1), but that might be because the general categories expanded the number of nominees from 5 to 8. The caliber of the women nominated (and I'm including Kacey Musgraves, Janelle MonĂ¡e, Margo Price, Dua Lupa, St. Vincent, and several others) is undermined by acts like Greta Van Fleet (not a female) and Post Malone pulling in large numbers of nominations as well.

You know what female artist didn't get a single Grammy nomination this year? Liza Minnelli... bet you saw that coming.

Song: "Focus"
Artist: H.E.R.

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