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?
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
Friday, December 23, 2011
If you interested in buying any of the albums below, click on the album title to go to Amazon and the artist name to download it in iTunes. Also check out my original album reviews in the link under the album where for those I reviewed.
1. Helplessness Blues - Fleet Foxes
In That Dream I'm as Old as the Mountains
2. Stone Rollin' - Raphael Saadiq
Let Love Bring Us Together
3. Barton Hollow - The Civil Wars
4. 21 - Adele
There's a Fire Starting in My Heart
5. El Camino - The Black Keys
I Got a Love That Keeps Me Waiting
6. Watch the Throne - Jay-Z & Kanye West
Jay Is Chillin', 'Ye Is Chillin', What More Can I Say?
7. Ashes & Fire - Ryan Adams
Nobody Has to Cry to Make it Seem Real
8. Collapse into Now - R.E.M.
I Know What I am Chasing, I Know that this Is Changing Me
9. 4 - Beyoncé
You a Bad Girl and You're Friends Bad Too
10. Cocoon - Meg & Dia
I Gave Up on Giving Up on Me
11. Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 - Beastie Boys
We're Gonna Party for the Right to Fight
12. Chesapeake - Rachael Yamagata
13. Lasers - Lupe Fiasco
14. American Goldwing - Blitzen Trapper
You Might Find it Cheap but You're Never Gonna Find it Free
15. Undun - The Roots
If There's a Heaven I Can't Find a Stairway
16. Bells - Laura Jansen
I Have the Motivation to Be a Free Girl Now
17. Camp - Childish Gambino
Why Does Every Black Actor Gotta Rap Some? I Don’t Know, All I Know Is I’m the Best One
18. Mondo Amore - Nicole Atkins
They Call Dawn the Moring and I Wish We Said Goodbye
19. Back To Love - Anthony Hamilton
I'd Be Such and Angel You'd Think Me and Jesus Was Cool Like that
20. Red - Dia Frampton
Have You Ever Felt Like Everybody's Watching
Saturday, December 03, 2011
Quote of the Week: Jeff you don't need to worry about what foreigners think about you, that's your right as an American. (Shirley – Community)
Song of the Week: Everybody Knows – Leonard Cohan (Homeland)
Scene of the Week:
Big News of the Week: Grammy Nominations Announced: The biggest shock this year is Bon Iver got nominated for three of the big four award (the most shocking of which being Best New Artist considering he released a highly regarded album in 2008 and The Civil Wars deserved a spot). The only big award he did not get nominated foe was Album of the Year which had some head scratching inclusions. Aside from obvious selection of ADELE, there was also the critically mixed inclusions of Lady GaGa (who has yet to have a smash single like her previous album and only sold a million copies thanks to a $.99 sale on Amazon MP3 when released), Foo Fighters (who many people do not even remember released an album in the past year), Rihanna (who fills her albums with a bunch of decent songs but no one has ever said, wow that is a great Rihanna album) and Bruno Mars (who only seems like he released his album around the time Bon Iver released his first one). It seems like about they made too many people say “who” when Arcade Fire walked away with the Best Album trophy by nominated the biggest pop names. Actually only Foo Fighters is not nominated in the Best Pop Album category. It is a bit surprising that they left out actual well received albums by Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Tony Bennett, Wilco, Radiohead, The Civil Wars and Fleet Foxes which were all downgraded to genre specific Album categories. But let’s keep the Grammy’s in perspective: Hilary Clinton and Milli Vanilli have won more Grammy Awards than the Beach Boys and Bob Marley. Here are some other thoughts on the lesser categories:
El DeBarge nominated for Best R&B album. Seriously. In 2011.
Tina Fey vs. Betty White for Best Spoken Word Album.
"Weird Al" Yankovic nominated for Best Short Form Video for Perform This Way; not nominated in the category: Lady Gaga.
Free Download of the Week: O Come Emmanuel - Single of the Week - The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars (iTunes)
Deal of the Week: 100 Albums for $5: A new batch of albums are on sale for $5.00 this month over at Amazon MP3 including The Civil Wars, Sara Bareilles, John Mayer and Jack Johnson.
New Album Release of the Week: El Camino - The Black Keys
New DVD Release of the Week: The Help
Video of the Week: With Friday Night Lights wrapping up its last season there is now a void for best television show on television. Justified is currently in the poll position but with Ma Bennett drinking her own apple pie and Loretta McCreary moving to the suburbs to live with Tim the Toolman Taylor, the show is going to have to refill the bench. Recruiting Carla Gugino to be Raylan’s bosses boss may help. Promos for the third season have started to air before the it returns Tuesday January 17 at 10:00 on FX and here is one of them:
Next Week Pick of the Week: The Sing-Off, Monday at 8:00 on NBC: Antoine Merriweather may have unceremoniously denied the championship for the third season of The Sing-Off, but he and all stars from all three seasons will return tomorrow for a holiday special that will for some reason also include Flo Rida singing a non-Christmas song. But then again, when you think acapella Christmas, who does not instantly think Flo Rida?
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Quote of the Week: I didn’t kill you, God killed you. I just made sure it took. (Nate, Leverage)
Song of the Week: Poison and Wine – The Civil Wars (Pretty Little Liars)
Big News of the Week: A Melancholy Happy Trails to Jerry Leiber and Nick Ashford: We lost two songwriting greats on the same day this week. Nick Ashford wrote some of Motown’s greatest hits including Ain’t No Mountain High Enough which was made famous by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. But Nick may most be famous for the awesomely cheesy song Solid which he recorded with his wife as Ashford and Simpson. Jerry Leiber was also famous as part of a duo, he and Mike Stoller wrote some of the biggest songs of early rock and roll including Jailhouse Rock, Hound Dog and Ben E. King’s Stand by Me, one of the few songs I can play on piano.
The Lying Game: My biggest problem with the Pilot is that there seemed to have all the elements of an underlying conspiracy theory, but there were no clues or hints that there was any. Like I doubt it is a coincidence that the Mercers would adopt just one of the twins but the writers did not throw anything in to back up my suspicions. We finally got some of that this week in spades when the dude from Heroes showed up and mentioned something ambiguously shady with papa Mercer then turned out to be the one that was behind Sutton’s missing laptop. I also like how “The Lying Game” plays into the story. I was so bored after the first episode I did not bother to come up with any theories, but this episode gave me hope that the show may be salvaged. I even came up with a wild conspiracy theory: we learned that that mama Mercer and Char’s mom went to high school together and I bet all the parents go all the way back to school together and they somehow tie into Sutton and Emma’s parents. You can stream recent episodes on Hulu. You can also download The Lying Game on iTunes.
Weeds: Apparently Silas is as dumb as he looks. I had Dawn Summers as a double agent right when she talked about how unhappy she was. What I did not see coming was her being the big bad or that she would clean him out that quickly.
Pretty Little Liars: I knew I should have put money on head shrinker dieing before she could tell anyone who “A” is. Why is it in every television show or movie whenever somebody calls someone to tell them a deep dark secret, they do not just tell them there so there is time for whoever is hiding the secret to do something to them? The head shrinker could have easily told Emily, “Hey, I know who “A” is, it is Bob the Bus Driver, tell your friends to meet me in my office to discuss. Oh and call the police just in case Bob the Bus Driver kills me before you get here.” You can stream recent episodes on Hulu. You can also download Pretty Little Liars on iTunes.
Free Download of the Week: Pumped Up Kicks (Chrome Canyon Remix) - Foster the People (Rcrd Lbl): Ever wonder what the summer jam Pumped Up Kicks would sound like if it were reimaged as a early nineties slow jam? Wonder no long, just download this remix.
New Album Release of the Week: I'm With You - Red Hot Chili Peppers
New DVD Release of the Week: Parenthood: Season 2
Video of the Week: When you have George Harrison and Martin Scorcese in the same sentence, you know you are in for something. The former is the subject and the latter is the director of the documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World which will air in two parts October 5 and 6 on HBO. Check out the trailer below:
Next Week Pick of the Week: George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview, Sunday at 10:00 on the National Geographic Channel: With 9/11 tributes I full gear, National Geographic Channel has the biggest get, an exclusive interview with former president George W. Bush taking about the day for the first time since he left office. Look for my full preview tomorrow.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Someone recently asked me what kind of music I listen to and I responded, “Hardcore gangsta rap, Taylor Swift, and bands no one has ever heard of.” After realizing I was not kidding, she asked me of those bands no one has ever heard of; sadly I was proven right at least in this case. Later I realized that most of those bands were based in the folksier type of music which has been gaining momentum in recent years and seems to be an evolution of the alt-country of the late nineties and / or Johnny Cash’s Rick Rubin era. So I thought I would make a CD sampler of these bands which I have dubbed Neo-Folk. Hopefully long time readers are familiar with most of these artists because I have been hyping most of them here on the 9th Green, but if not, give them a try.
1. Barton Hollow – The Civil Wars
2. Feeling the Pull – The Swell Season
3. Belated Promise Ring – Iron and Wine
4. Magpie to the Morning – Neko Case
5. White Blank Page – Mumford and Sons
6. Skinny Love – Bon Iver
7. Furr – Blitzen Trapper
8. Lost In My Mind – The Head and the Heart
9. Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
10. Mykonos – Fleet Foxes
11. If It's the Beaches – The Avett Brothers
12. You Still Hurt Me – William Fitzsimmons
13. Little Lovin' – Lissie
14. No One's Gonna Love You – Band of Horses
15. A Little Bit of Everything – Dawes
16. Art Isn't Real (City of Sin) – Deer Tick
17. Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe – Okkervil River
18. Shadow People – Dr. Dog
19. Coney Island – Good Old War
20. The Hazards of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won't Wrestle the Thistles Undone) – The Decemberists
Monday, May 09, 2011
There have been a couple of videos that have caught my eye lately so I thought I’d give them some love since the death of Musical Television left a void for a forum on the art form. If you are interested in buying the video through iTunes, click the title link (where available). If you are interested in buying the song, look for a link in the analysis.
One thing that always struck me about this song is how Taylor Swift spends four minutes taking some dude to task for being mean, but then calls the dude a liar and pathetic and alone in life, which is pretty mean spirited itself. And isn’t that the chick from Ramona and Beezus in the video (um, not that I actually saw the movie, um, let’s move onto the next video)?
It’s videos like this that make me want to sit in on some pitch meetings. “Lykke Li, you are going to be in a swanky restaurant taking shots for two minutes, keep in mind we will not start the song yet, and by the time we start the song, you will spend the rest of the video doing weird music.” “Sure, but how about we throw in a dramatic pause in the middle for no apparent reason.” “Brilliant, let’s start the casting.”
This by Noah and the Whale is one of those songs if it was released in the mid-late nineties it would have been heavy rotation on MTV along with Harvey Danger, Marcy’s Playground and Cake until teen girl came along and ruined the channel. I miss those days.
Last time I posted The Civil Wars' first single and here is their latest which is my favorite off their album because it is just heartbreakingly beautiful.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Quote of the Week: Listen to me: I said you need to strive to be better than everyone else. I didn’t say you need to be better than everyone else. But you gotta try. And that’s what character is: it’s in the trying. (Coach Taylor, Friday Night Lights)
Song of the Week: I Kissed a Girl – Katy Perry (as sung by Amy Farrah Fowler, The Big Bang Theory)
Big News of the Week: NFL Back to Work: Just days after a judge ordered the NFL to end their lockout, the offseason officially started with the start of the draft last night. I thought it was going to be an early night for me with the Browns picking at number six but they quickly traded the pick to the tail end of the draft at twenty-seven (with four other draft picks). Thankfully they traded up to twenty-one just in time for my bedtime, so I wouldn’t have to stayup too late. Oddly the Browns traded their pick to the Falcons who picked a wide receiver, which was the Browns biggest need. But when they finally made a pick they addressed their second biggest concern, defensive line. Except they picked a nose tackle the season they switch to the 4-3 defense. Oh well, that is the life of a Browns fan.
Free Download of the Week: Live at Eddie’s Attic – The Civil Wars (thecivilwars.com): Last week I pointed you to a place where you could download a new song from The Civil Wars, if one song by the band is not enough, if you head over to their website you can download a full live album for free. The set includes my favorite of theirs, Poison and Wine as well as a cover of No Ordinary Love originally done by Sade. (Though not on the free album, I also recommend heading over to YouTube to hunt down live performances of Billie Jean, the Smashing Pumpkin’s Disarm, The Romantic’s Talking in Your Sleep, and the Jackson 5’s I Want You Back.)
Deal of the Week: $20 Pre-order Credit with Madden NFL 12: The cover of course is the Cleveland Browns own Peyton Hillis. I love how Browns fans have convinced themselves that the Cleveland curse and Madden curse will cancel each other out.
New Album Release of the Week: Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 - Beastie Boys
Hot Sauce Committee Part Two by Beastie Boys
New DVD Release of the Week: The Dilemma
Video of the Week: I passed on The Voice because I figured much like American Karaoke, it would be mediocre singers singing crappy songs. And judging but one of the contestants who made a “professional” music video, my assumptions look to be right as Kelsey Rey sounds like it came from the people who created Rebecca Black but instead of a random rapper, they randomly cut in Tag Team’s nineties jam Whoop! There it Is for no apparent reason and called it a “remix”. Of course if they bring out Tag Team to perform with Kelsey on the show, I may just have to tune in for that.
Next Week Pick of the Week: Justified, Wednesday at 10:00 on FX: Last season ended with a bang and it looks like the second will do the same after the writers pulled a quick one on us making us think that Mags was really going to give Raylan a pass on killing her son. At the beginning of the season I predicted that Loretta would exact some sort of revenge for Mags killing her father which I thought wouldn’t come true after they shipped her off to foster care, but considering she continues to randomly pop up since then, that she may still be in play for some revenge.