Monday, February 11, 2013
The Grammy Awards are always the best award shows of the year just because of all the great performances even if it is an off year for music. But a funny thing happened at this year’s Grammy, it was almost as if I programmed it. I loved almost all the performances (who invited Justin Timberlake, I hate when people who are not nominated get to perform unless they are a legacy artist; plus I do not see Suit and Tie getting nominated for anything next year) and it is almost as if I did the nominating. Sure I could nitpick that Call Me Maybe was nominated for a songwriting award or how Norah Jones was shut out despite releases her best single of her career, Happy Pills. But for the first time I actually endorse every nominee in the most prestigious category, each made my list of The Best Albums of 2012 (or 2011 thanks to the Grammy’s wonky eligibility rule). Usually one (or four) stinkers sneak in, somehow Lady GaGa was that past three years. Since it seemed like this year’s Grammys were geared specially towards me, I have a feeling the ratings will be way down and they will be back to nominating unworthy artists next year (maybe Suit and Tie will get a nod... or five), but I definitely enjoyed this year. Here are some thoughts on last night’s festivities.
Taylor Swift, her performer, the carnival meets Wonderland meets Marionettes meets Marie Antoinette was way too much. Hopefully Red is her Pop and she will go back to basics with her next album like U2 did with All That You Can't Leave Behind.
- Of course ADELE won the first award, after the great ratings of last year, the show want to continue that even if a live performance off a DVD is a bit cheap way to get nominated. But then again it was not like there was much competition in that category.
- When Fun. performed at the nomination special I figured they would not get invited to the big show because they already burned off their best song. But they did get to perform and we were stuck listening to the fifth best song off their album (same goes for Maroon 5).
- I think the suits Miguel and Wiz Khalifa were wearing broke my HD. And of course they went on to announce the Best Country Solo Performance.
- A couple weeks ago someone pointed out to me that We Are Young is a song about domestic abuse ("My seat's been taken by some sunglasses asking 'bout a scar, I know I gave it to you months ago") I it is weird listening to it ever since. Even weirder is a song that may be about domestic abuse won a songwriting award.
- It was jarring seeing Mumford & Sons perform with an electric bass instead of their trademark stand-up bass. And what was with three of them being clean shaven?
- Alicia Keys playing the drums = awesome.
- Should I know who Micky Echo is?
- Best acceptance speech of the night, maybe ever: "I would like to thank the swap meet for his hat." - Jay-Z.
- I really like the aesthetic of the two The Black Keys, but I would like them to make a full band album at some point, preferably with Danger Mouse producing.
The Police, of course Bruno Mars had to bring in Sting for his performance. But I wish the Bob Marley part was much longer.
- I am not sure if there is such a thing as male groupies, but if there are, I am thinking about becoming one for the chick from the The Lumineers.
- Do someone slip me some acid or was Carrie Underwood's dress changing shapes and colors?
- How do you invite Prince to an award show and not get him to perform? This may have been the best awards in recent memory, but not getting Prince to sing was an epic fail.
- I guess it should go down as a successful Grammy awards because Chris Brown made it through an entire night without punching anyone.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
If you want to give the mash-up a listen, click its name on the first line (where you will find ways to download it most places) and if you would like to download the song that make it up, click those in the second line and it will take you to iTunes. Although I have to say before we get to the list that I am a bit disappointed that no one was able to figure out a way to mash-up Ho Hey and Hip Hop Hooray. Oh well, maybe next year and here are my favorite from the past year.
1. Rock Of Ages (2012) - DJ Schmolli
Led Zeppelin (Whole Lotta Love) vs. Rolling Stones (Sympathy for the Devil) vs. Run-DMC (King of Rock) vs. The Chemical Brothers (Block Rockin' Beats) vs. Twisted Sister (I Wanna Rock) vs. Dio (Stand Up and Shout) vs. AC/DC (Let There Be Rock) vs. many more
2. Somebody That I Used to Know - Norwegian Recycling
Goyte featuring Kimbra (Somebody That I Used to Know) vs. Drake featuring Rihanna (Take Care) vs. Adele (Set Fire to the Rain) vs. Bruno Mars (Grenade)
3. United State of Pop 2012 - DJ Earworm
The Top 40 Songs of 2012
4. Wonderwall Like You - DJ Y alias JY
Adele (Someone Like You) vs. Oasis (Wonderwall)
5. I'm Coming Home - Mashup-Germany
M83 (Midnight City) vs. P.Diddy feat. Skylar Grey (Coming Home) vs. Bob Marley (Could You Be Loved) vs. 3 Doors Down (Kryptonite) vs. Men at Work (Down Under) vs. Rihanna (Diamonds)
6. Fire in Moscow - Michmash
Jimi Hendrix (Fire) vs. Michael Jackson (Stranger In Moscow)
7. Lana Adele Rey - Phil RetroSpector
Adele (Set Fire to the Rain) vs. Lana Del Rey (Born to Die)
8. Master Of Doin' It - Wax Audio
Metallic (Master of Puppets) vs. Herbie Hancock (Doin' It)
9. The Boys Are Back In Heaven (2012) - DJ Schmolli
Eric Clapton (Tears In Heaven) vs. Thin Lizzy (The Boys Are Back In Town)
10. So What'cha Want? A Whole Lotta Love! - BRAT
Led Zeppelin (Whole Lotta Love) vs. Beastie Boys (So What'cha Want)
11. To Be Sweet With You - Colatron
Mr. Big (To Be With You) vs. the Verve (Bitter Sweet Symphony)
12. Just Like Rain - Chocomang
Blind Melon (No Rain) vs. the Cure (Just Like Heaven)
13. The Seas Have No Name - Wax Audio
Queen (Seven Seas of Rhye) vs. U2 (Where the Streets Have No Name)
14. I Reckon I'm Crazy - Colatron
Seal (Crazy) vs. Radiohead (Reckoner)
15. Some Creeps - The Hood Internet
TLC (Creep) vs. Holy Ghost! (Some Children)
16. We Are the World on Fire - DJ Prince
Kings of Leon (Sex On Fire) vs. USA for Africa (We Are the World)
17. South of the Grapevine - Wax Audio
Slayer (South of Heaven) vs. Marvin Gaye (I Heard It Through the Grapevine)
18. The Lonely Song - Mighty Mike
The Police (So Lonely) vs. Bruno Mars (The Lazy Song)
19. Criminal Down - Martinn75
Men at Work (Down Under) vs. Michael Jackson (Smooth Criminal)
20. Maybe We Found Love (So Call Me) - DJ Lobsterdust
Carly Ray Jepsen (Call Me Maybe) vs. Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris (We Found Love)
21. More Than a Scientist - Mighty Mike
Extreme (More Than Words) vs. Coldplay (The Scientist)
22. The Only Love's Theme - G3RSt
Paramore (The Only Exception) vs. Barry White (Love Theme)
23. Titanium 500 - DJ Schmolli
The Proclaimers (I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)) vs. Midnight Oil (Beds Are Burning) vs. David Guetta and Sia (Titanium)
24. Maneater Cream - DOSVEC
Wu-Tang Clan (C.R.E.A.M.) vs. Hall & Oates (Maneater)
25. Dirty Roxanne - MadMixMustang
The Police (Roxanne) vs. Michael Jackson (Dirty Diana)
Saturday, December 22, 2012
I have embedded the first couple, after that, the link will take you to YouTube, usually for some crappy rip that will be taken down at some point (one of these days content suppliers will realize they should put everything on the internet, montinize it, because people are just going to upload it anyway).
1. Losing My Religion – Michael Stipe and Chris Martin (12-12-12 Concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief)
2. Ronan – Taylor Swift (Stand Up 2 Cancer)
3. Cut Me Some Slack – Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear (12-12-12 Concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief)
4. Hallelujah – The Cast of the Voice
5. Gold on the Ceiling / Lonely Boy – The Black Keys with Johnny Depp (2012 MTV Movie Awards)
6. We Found Love / Princess of China / Paradise – Coldplay and Rihanna (2012 Grammy Awards)
7. Beastie Boys Tribute – The Roots, Kid Rock, and Travie McCoy (2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony)
8. Call Me Maybe – The Roots, Jimmy Fallon, and Carley Rae Jepsen (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon)
9. Higher Ground – Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ron Wood, Slash, Billy Joe Armstrong, and George Clinton (2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony)
10. Rolling in the Deep – Adele (2012 Grammy Awards)
11. Dream On – Amanda Brown (The Voice)
12. Let Yourself Go – Green Day (2012 MTV Video Music Awards)
13. Surfer Girl / Wouldn’t it Be Nice / Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys, Maroon 5, and Foster the People (2012 Grammy Awards)
14. Criminal – Melanie Martinez and Nicholas David (The Voice)
15. Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway) – Billy Joel (12-12-12 Concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief)
16. Crazy – Daryl Hall and Cee-Lo Green (Live From Daryl’s House)
17. Crossroads – Eric Clapton (12-12-12 Concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief)
18. Say Aah – Lindsey Pavao (The Voice)
19. We Are Young – Fun. (2012 MTV Movie Awards)
20. Thinkin’ Bbout You – Frank Ocean (2012 MTV Video Music Awards)
21. Not Even the King – Alicia Keys (Stand Up 2 Cancer)
22. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi (12-12-12 Concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief)
23. I’m Yours – Daryl Hall and Jason Mraz (Live From Daryl’s House)
24. Over You – Cassadee Pope (The Voice)
25. Comfortably Numb – Roger Waters and Eddie Vedder (12-12-12 Concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief)
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Quote of the Week: You want to run your hillbilly heroin fiefdom up here, that’s between you and the great state of Kentucky. I got no interest in (expletive deleted)kicker-on-(expletive deleted)kicker crime. But you will not drag me into this. The next time you set up an operation in this county or any other it better not have my (expletive deleted) family name on the deed or so help me God, I will lose this star and the dance we do subsequent to that will not end with you finding Jesus in a hospital bed. (Raylan, Justified)
Song of the Week: Kiss from a Rose – Seal (Shameless)
Scene of the Week:
Big News of the Week: 21 Turns a Year Old: Adele celebrated her one her anniversary of the release of her sophomore album 21 by managing to have its best selling week yet with another 730,000 albums sold thanks to a sizable Grammy bump, the largest Grammy-bump in 21 years (natch). It also became the first album on iTunes to sell over 2 Million albums (it has sold over 7 million overall). Her twenty-first week at number 1 on the Billboard charts also pushed her ahead of The Bodyguard Soundtrack for the most by a female solo artist (she still has 33 more weeks before she can beat the recotrd set by the West Side Story Soundtrack). Her debut album 19 even made its way to number 4. This week also so her become the first female artist to have three songs in the Billboard Singles chart. Those numbers (two top 5 albums, three to 10 songs in the same week) puts her in exclusive company with The Beatles.
Preview Picture of the Week: Today NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) team MAKE Motorsports will kick off the 2012 season with a sponsorship from HBO and the hit comedy series EASTBOUND & DOWN. In celebration of the HBO series’ season three debut on Feb. 19, the network will sponsor the #50 Chevrolet driven by T.J. Bell at RIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway.
Free Download of the Week: Handclaps & Guitars – Chiddy Bang (iTunes)
New Album Release of the Week: Roses - The Cranberries
New DVD Release of the Week: Justice League: Doom
Video of the Week: Someb people complain about how The Voice recruits contestants with extensive music industry experience and to them I say “shut the frack up and go watch one of those horrible amateur shows instead.” And since some of the contestants have a large internet footprint a simple Google search (or searching the 9th Green, you can find some Charlotte Sometimes mentions) can lead you some entertaining pre-The Voice performances like breakout star Lindsey Pavao singing an acoustic version one hit wonder Flagpole Sitta. But the best pre-fame video goes to the country pianist Nicolle Galyon who recruiting a choir for a stripped down version of Super Bass. No, seriously and it is much more entertaining than her Blind Audition on The Voice and much better than the original (though I have not yet confirm that the girl in the ski cap is in fact Kat Dennings so I will blindly believe it is), take a look or download for free over on Soundcloud:
Next Week Pick of the Week: Parenthood, Tuesday at 10:00 on NBC: The best drama on network television wraps up its third season early so NBC can air Fashion Star (seriously NBC why are you ripping of basic cable ideas?). Apparently there will a wedding even though as the last episode ended with the two participants in relationships with other people. But I just hope this season ends with Julia and Joel deciding to adopt Zoey and her baby together. But if me declaring the show the best drama on network television still cannot get you to tune in, maybe this video of the cast lip-syncing to the classic LFO song Girl on TV, complete with Vince Howard rapping, should do the trick.
Monday, February 13, 2012
It seems like the Grammys always get a major chunk of their awards wrong, but in 2011 there was no denying Adele and even with the Grammys track record, it is still no surprised that she hauled in the most awards this year. Here are some other thoughts on the night:
- I am a little shocked that Bruce Springsteen went with the new song that most people won’t even remember by next year instead of a song that highlighted a Clarence Clemmons sax solo.
- Can’t say I was ever a Whitney Houston fan (a grand total of two songs made it on my iPod), but it is also sad to see someone go that quickly and unexpectedly. But once again it shows, just like Whitney said it was: crack is wack. Another example as to never start using the stuff and if you do, it is time to get yourself help.
- Why even bring in LL Cool J as host if his entire monologue consists of a prayer and then shouting out people in the front row?
- It is never a good sign when they mentioned Bruno Mars is up for Album of the Year and I completely forgot he was. Granted the category was always Adele and the four other people since they announced the nominees.
- I can’t believe they actually brought Chris Brown back to the Grammys considering the last time the two were in the same sentence he had to cancel an appearance after brutally beating Rihanna. What’s worse (aside from not even bother to sing) was that he totally ripped off Rihanna’s We Found Love for the song he lip-synced.
- It is nice to see after sporting bad mom hair for the last couple months, Kelly Clarkson decided to actually do something with her hair tonight. Unfortunately she passed on her bad hair to Taylor Swift.
- Couldn’t they just give an entire half an hour block to The Beach Boys? That just did not seem long enough.
- Paul McCartney, Diana Krall and… Joe Walsh?
- It was enough that they were snubbed for Best New Artist, which they should have won, but only sixty seconds for The Civil Wars?
- It is ironic that Taylor Swift performed Mean on the Grammys considering the song was inspired by the critics who had some mean things to say following her performance with Stevie Nicks on the show a couple years ago.
- Katy Perry fooled me; I thought she pulled an Ashlee Simpson, although maybe she should have lip synced because it was pretty poor performance.
- After a year of hearing everyone butchering the song, it is weird hearing a great performance of Rolling in the Deep.
- Bon Iver, your Best New Artist of 2009.
- Roy Orbison’s widow gets mentions in the In Memoriam package but not Jani Lane?
- You really have to be high to enjoy electronic music.
- Can we please end the Nicki Minaj era please? Seriously, did she really work Oh Come All Ye Faithful into her abomination of a performance?
Monday, January 23, 2012
When the entertainment business finds a hit, there is nothing they like better than to copy it off like they work at Kinko’s. Seriously, even years later television has been trying to recreate Lost and Friends to little avail. I bring this up because I recently read an article calling Lana Del Rey the first artist of the post-Adele era, someone who tried to gain fame solely by trying to steal Adele’s style. And much like other first retreads like Invasion and Coupling, Del Rey crashed and burned after a disastrous Saturday Night Live performance last weekend.
Of course it is much better when an entire scene is in place before one them break big like the Seattle era when Nirvana bust through the door, bands like Pearl Jam and Soundgarden were ready and waiting for their breaks and it were the post-grunge bands like Bush that came along later and sucked massively. So instead of looking for the next Adele that who tries to squeeze herself into Adele’s persona, it would be better to an artist already out there that already has Adele’s esthetic for The Next Adele.
One candidate could be Jessie Baylin who may not have the same booming voice but travels in the same jazzy-folk music (just forget the cover art which maker Baylin look more like a Joan Jett clone than an Adele sound alike). Both manage to make retro music fresh for the new millennium but where Adele has a voice that goes down with the Aretha (and other one name divas throughout history) Jessie has a softer, smokier voice along the line of Dusty Springfield. With the throwback feel, Jessie Baylin’s third album Little Spark sound like a one woman Brill Building creation with a little Wall of Sound thrown in for good measure.
Little Spark starts off with the lovely Hurry Hurry which swells with the hopeless romantic of new love. While Love Is Wasted on Lovers shows the flip side of the coin with Baylin cooing along with the best track. Then later in the album, Dancer may actual put a little pep in your step. If you are looking for something organic for the Next Adele, Jessie Baylin may be better than anything that is packaged as such.
Song to Download – Love Is Wasted On Lovers
Little Spark gets a on my Terror Alert Scale.
Friday, December 30, 2011
1. Barton Hollow - The Civil Wars
2. Otis - Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Otis Redding
3. Someone Like You - Adele
4. Good Man - Raphael Saadiq
5. Rolling in the Deep - Adele
6. Helplessness Blues - Fleet Foxes
7. Young Blood - The Naked and Famous
8. Poison & Wine - The Civil Wars
9. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People
10. Colder Weather - Zac Brown Band
11. Lonely Boy - The Black Keys
12. My Ugly Mouth - Meg & Dia
13. Black - Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones
14. Rumour Has It - Adele
15. Brighter Than the Sun - Colbie Caillat
16. Bring It On - The Gaslight Anthem
17. Children - V V Brown
18. Lost In My Mind - The Head and the Heart
19. L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. - Noah and the Whale
20. Make Some Noise - Beastie Boys
21. Back Down South - Kings of Leon
22. Comeback Kid (That's My Dog) - Brett Dennen
23. Oh My Heart - R.E.M.
24. Tree By the River - Iron & Wine
25. Freak Out - Tapes 'n Tapes
26. Stay Young, Go Dancing - Death Cab For Cutie
27. Windows Are Rolled Down - Amos Lee
28. Just a Kiss - Lady Antebellum
29. The Show Goes On - Lupe Fiasco
30. I Need a Doctor - Dr. Dre featuring Eminem and Skylar Grey
31. Lucky Now - Ryan Adams
32. Battery Kinzie - Fleet Foxes
33. My Body - Young The Giant
34. Freaks and Geeks - Childish Gambino
35. Faster - Matt Nathanson
36. Nylons In a Rip - Nikka Costa
37. (Expletive Deleted) in Paris - Jay-Z & Kanye West
38. Up Up Up - Givers
39. Love the Way You Walk Away - Blitzen Trapper
40. Single Girls - Laura Jansen
41. Gonna Get Over You - Sara Bareilles
42. Ours - Taylor Swift
43. All of the Lights - Kanye West
44. The Lazy Song - Bruno Mars
45. Let the Rain - Sara Bareilles
46. Go Outside - Cults
47. Our Hearts Are Wrong - Jessica Lea Mayfield
48. Mean - Taylor Swift
49. When I'm Alone - Lissie
50. Stone Rollin' - Raphael Saadiq
51. Paradise - Coldplay
52. Hey Mama - Mat Kearney
53. Thinking About You - Frank Ocean
54. Time Spent in Los Angeles - Dawes
55. The Broken Ones - Dia Frampton
56. Hell On Heels - Pistol Annies
57. The Shrine / An Argument - Fleet Foxes
58. You Are a Tourist - Death Cab for Cutie
59. Flower - Amos Lee
60. Holdin On to Black Metal - My Morning Jacket
61. How Come You Never Go There - Feist
62. Bonfire - Childish Gambino
63. Back to December - Taylor Swift
64. Inventing Shadows - Dia Frampton
65. 'Til the End of Time - Timothy Bloom featuring V
66. ÜBerlin - R.E.M.
67. We Found Love - Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris
68. Lorelai - Fleet Foxes
69. Call Your Girlfriend - Robyn
70. The Story of Us - Taylor Swift
71. Invisible - Skylar Grey
72. Movin' Down the Line - Raphael Saadiq
73. Don't Kick the Chair - Dia Frampton featuring Kid Cudi
74. You've Got the Love - Florence + the Machine
75. Roll Away Your Stone - Mumford & Sons
76. Best Thing I Never Had - Beyoncé
77. Red Solo Cup - Toby Keith
78. Two Against One - Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi featuring Jack Black
79. Get Some - Lykke Li
80. We All Go Back to Where We Belong - R.E.M.
81. Change The Sheets - Kathleen Edwards
82. Nasty - Nas
83. From the Clouds - Jack Johnson
84. Shanghai Cigarettes - Caitlin Rose
85. Radio Message - R. Kelly
86. Who Says - Selena Gomez & the Scene
87. Smarter - Eisley
88. Monster - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver
89. Howlin' for You - The Black Keys
90. KMAG YOYO - Hayes Carll
91. If I Die Young - The Band Perry
92. Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera
93. Make My - The Roots featuring Big K.R.I.T. & Dice Raw
94. Masquerade - Lelia Broussard
95. Calamity Song - The Decemberists
96. Little Lie - Lindi Ortega
97. Shake It Out - Florence + the Machine
98. The Scientist - Willie Nelson
99. Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall - Coldplay
100. Radio - Raphael Saadiq