Next Friday is the 30th of December. The penultimate day of 2011. That's late enough for my "Best of 2011" list. Maybe you'll want to share yours that day, too. If so, start thinking about it... now. Or, y'know, after Christmas.
I mentioned a dissection of the Grammy nominations would go here this week. I guess I was being overly optimistic. I did read through a lot and I'm really surprised to find out that Grammys voters like Bruno Mars and Skrillex.
Also, Pitchfork and many other publications have released their top songs/albums lists. Feel free to discuss their lists, but again refrain from sharing your best-of until 2011 is at least 99% over.
Now share your randomness.
I went over to Google+ (which for me is basically like CarterHayes' blog). CH and some of his friends were discussing not what Christmas on other Holiday music one likes, but what one is looking for in popular Christmas music. I'd like to ask that around here. I'm thinking primarily about contemporary music (in the sense of: since the last Twins' pennant, but feel free to expand that a bit to fit your needs). Also, I'm not trying to restrict it to non-religious songs, just songs for radio play, or regular iPod or streaming service play, rather than stuff for Christmas Choral Concerts or church organs.
In other words, if you're going to go looking for some new Christmas songs, or new performances of traditional Christmas songs, what are you looking for?
[I was gonna put more of my thoughts here, but other obligations sapped my time.]
While I'm on the topic, there's a certain surviving Beatle who wrote a song a few decades ago that I hate with a white-hot passion. Give me six hours of James Taylor as opposed to one listen through of that recording. If someone puts that on the video of the day, I will break into the HTML code or whatever and find a way to give it a -10 stars. Without listening.
Next week, I think I'll look at that list of Grammy nominations and make some hypercritical remarks.
1. End-of-the-year is coming. Start planning your best-of lists. Let's try to discuss on the first Friday of the new year (rather than earlier). That will be January 6, 2012.
2. Now that I've got some of my actuarial-education blinders off for a bit, I notice that a new artist I'm listening to has a show in Minneapolis tonight. Her name is Lydia Loveless, and she plays vulgarly fun country-punk about drinking and cheaters and depression. For fans of the Waco Brothers and Miranda Lambert. Here's a live clip of what's probably my favorite song (Lyrics NSFW). She's playing at Lee's Liquor Lounge, doors at 9pm, $8 cover. If I hadn't been blindered and completely ignoring my wife and kids, I would definitely go, but my EAR seems to have been missing me, so I may favor staying home. But if you're looking for something to do tonight, consider this my recommendation.
3. I would have preferred to link first to her Daytrotter Session, which was uploaded on my birthday this year. Unfortunately, those files are no longer free as Daytrotter has had to implement a $2/month subscription fee to keep their lights on. It's definitely worth it for me, so they'll have my credit card number soon. I will miss having that site's performances as a quick way for me to link to artists I like. You can have a free seven-day trial.
4. Lydia's session is particularly good, which does have me excited about her as a live artist. Mostly songs from her first album, but recorded with more life. The session may end up on my best-of list.
5. Finally, a new track from Lana Del Ray (visuals borderline NSFW: sideboob). Just saw this, haven't listened closely. Yet.
6. Time for you to share your randomness.
Work's been crazy busy for me this past week, and I'm going away for the weekend. I hope to catch up with y'all sometime.
Please share your random lists.
I've got nothing interesting to say today. Let's just see where the randomness takes us.
I've been pretty absent here the past few weeks, I've been very busy at work. My absence will continue over the weekend: I'm driving up to Swanville, MN to hunt deer. At my great-uncle-in-law's. Both my father and father-in-law are in the hunting party. Which I quite enjoy.
As I mentioned earlier, my week's soundtrack has been pretty much 70% Beyoncé (with 20% Merle, and 10% Random). When I put together my end-of-the-year lists, her new album 4 is going to be hard to file: an 8-song album might challenge* Colin Stetson, but those other five or so songs are still there on the album, and she might not get listed at all. At the same time, there's too many good songs for me to pick just one for my singles list (which is where I put songs not on listed albums: otherwise both lists would pretty much be copies of each other.
*Or maybe it's just a brief infatuation with the record and I'll be sick of it by December 1.
I like Kanye West's work, but I hope he never again shows up on a Beyoncé album. Three seconds into "Party", and three seconds of his voice, and I'm hitting the "next track" button.
So anyways, share your list.
I think that if the rift between Kim and Thurston is irreconcilable and that their musical partnership must be dissolved along with their marital bonds, the best way forward is for Kim to put her efforts into Free Kitten full time and for Sonic Youth to hire EMA to replace Kim. Check out her Daytrotter Session and her Nirvana cover (of "Endless, Nameless", the hidden noise track from Nevermind). She can play third guitar, and if she can't play bass, SY should just keep that guy from Pavement around, or some other bass player.
Then, as Thurston, Lee, and Steve each decide that as they age, they're ready to take some time off, find other similar talents to replace them in the band. Over time, we may have completely replaced the members of Sonic Youth while still keeping the band together. The band will actually have a chance at outliving its founders!
Do you think this will work? Will EMA fit into the band? Will SY drop Thurston instead, when there's no clear replacement for him? Can the guy from Pavement sing in place of Thurston? Will you give us your random ten?
So my annual ritual for my birthday is a mix CD. Here's what I made:
1. Lana Del Rey “Blue Jeans”
2. Colin Stetson “Red Horse (Judges II)”
3. So So Radio “Disengaged (Live In Studio)”
4. Ha Ha Tonka “Lonely Fortunes (Mile Marker Session)”
5. Meat Puppets “Comin' Down”
6. Rocky Votolato “Red River”
7. The Spring Standards “The Hush”
8. Robert Randolph & The Family Band “back to the wall”
9. Alabama Shakes “I Found You”
10. The Sugarcubes “Hit”
11. Zola Jesus “Shivers”
12. Lana Del Rey “Video Games”
13. Johnny Cash “The Mercy Seat”
14. Ha Ha Tonka “No Great Harm”
15. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy “Ohio River Boat Song” (Greatest Palace Music version)
16. Sonic Youth “Pink Steam”
17. The Pharcyde “Passin Me By (Hot Chip Remix)”
18. The Tamlins feat. Alborosie “Baltimore (Alborosie Remix)”
19. Luomo “Tessio (Radio Edit)”
20. Zola Jesus “Run Me Out”
So that's what I'm feeling this week. That and Merle.
So, I'm all psyched to see Ha Ha Tonka have their First Ave mainroom debut tonight. But yesterday, I'm paging through the Onion and I see that So So Radio is playing at the Whole tonight, too. So it's like my favorite and second-favorite bands. I quick e-mail the lead singer of SSR to find out when they're playing. He said "About 9". HHT is opening for Robert Randolph and the doors open at 8pm, meaning they'll probably start at 9pm, too. Crud, I was hoping for a super night of: HHT show at First Ave, quick departure for the U of MN, and then SSR to cap it off.
Fitting that they'd play at the same time tonight, they're the only bands I care a lot about that like baseball. HHT are 3/4 big Cardinals fans (1/4 Royals fan). And SSR is at least 2/3 Brewers fans (the last third may be ambivalent). I had already committed myself to the HHT show.
Gah! I want to see both shows so bad!