Saturday, December 29, 2018

Song of the Day: "White Eyes"

Somewhere, amid all the craziness of the Donald Trump presidency (that's a polite way to call something a total shit show), a new album by The Wombats was released and you didn't ever mention it to me.

I hope you're happy.

I am, as there's some pretty good stuff on it!

Song: "White Eyes"
Artist: The Wombats

Friday, December 28, 2018

Song of the Day: "Make Me A Song"

Eleanor Friedberger's Rebound ranks at #39 on Metacritic's Top 40 Albums of 2018 (where the universe is new releases in 2018 [not reissues] that received at least 7 reviews from their "approved" reviewers roster). If they didn't include the 7 review minimum, Friedberger would have dropped at least 10 spots.

Of course with all the subjectivity that goes into the Metacritic score, it's a wonder I'm even mentioning it as a thing. 'Tis the season for me to listen through curated lists of music to pick my own list of music (that's why I mentioned it).

Song: "Make Me A Song"
Artist: Eleanor Friedberger

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Song of the Day: "When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings"

This song, written by Gillian Welch and David Rawlinson, from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, made the shortlist for the 2019 Oscar for Best Original Song.

And it's fucking great!

Netflix did pretty well with respect to this category and the shortlist: this song, yesterday's song from Quincy, the Dolly song last week, Thom Yorke's song from Suspiria. That's more than 25%. Take that, Sony Pictures Classic (or, you know, most studios).

Song: "When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings"
Artist: Tim Blake Nelson/Willie Watson

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Song of the Day: "Heavenly"

I ran across this song via This Is That Song which is David Lee's music blog. He has songs of the day and end of the year music lists, so you might understand why I'd spend a little time there.

I can't tell you much about British band Cosmic Strip, but I am picking up on an early Blondie vibe that Lee alludes to.

Song: "Heavenly"
Artist: Cosmic Strip

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Song of the Day: "Keep Reachin'"

Among the 15 songs that made the shortlist for the 2019 Oscar for Best Original Song is this one from Quincy, a documentary about producer/musician/humanitarian Quincy Jones. It's a bit interesting that it features Mark Ronson since, in theory, Ronson is the new generation of producer, stealing Jones's thunder.

But that's silly since Ronson is probably 2 generations after Jones's heyday. Also, maybe it's tacky to make the subject of your documentary produce an original song. I'm curious about writing credits (specifically whether or not Chaka has a credit) since this could easily end up among the 5 nominations.

Quincy is produced by his daughter, Rashida Jones. They are both cousins of mine (I'm sure).

Song: "Keep Reaching"
Artist: Chaka Khan/Mark Ronson/Quincy Jones