8 of the 16 songs this month were 4-star (marked in red) and then "'Til It's Over" was 5, so pretty good month! Listed in a rough descending "you gotta hear this!" order.
April 2, 2018
- 'Til It's Over (Anderson .Paak) What a wonderful and wistful song. (Though the title got recontextualized for me when I saw the album cover is a drive-in with a mushroom cloud in the background.) Anyway, Spike Jonze's video is widely lauded - the making of is fascinating, what it took to make all those walls stretch with practical effects...
- Hikky-Burr (feat. Three 6 Mafia & David Banner) (Quincy Jones) A superbly funky song to begin with, a strident protest about the government's response to Katrina makes it my favorite hiphop-joint from Quincy Jones "Soul Bossa Nostra".
- 1974 (feat. Natalia Kills) (The Knux) I'd be partial just 'cause of the title, but The Knux are way underrated, and the leadin with Natalia Kill's vocals is so catchy.
- Natalie’s Rap 2.0 (feat. Natalie Portman) (The Lonely Island) "Say something about the M-F'in prequels" gear shift is the icing on the bad-ass Natalie cake.
- You Are My Sunshine / Just Dance (Jon Batiste & The Stay Human Band) Being in a flash mob that got to then play with Jon Batiste was one of my highlights in Marcb - maybe of the year! Love his harmonica/tuba/percussion arranging, and might want to steal this mashup idea.
- 9 To 5 (Dolly Parton) Love the typewriter percussion, and man, this movie was so woke so early.
- Ice Ice Baby (Marty Ray Project) Believe it or not, he kind of finds something in this song. I think. Maybe it's just jokey nostalgia, but I like it.
- Battle Hymn of the Republic (Jon Batiste) Rumor was Batiste cross this off his setlist, so he could play I'm From Kenner with us in his flashmob (who didn't know the song title before that, we had been calling it after his band "Stay Human"....)
- The Hamilton Polka ("Weird Al" Yankovic) Polka Party! This song, part of the #Hamildrop collection, has really charged up an interest in the musical in me - too bad tickets are still over $500! (Props to my mom and Aunt who saw it before it broke out...)
- Never Tear Us Apart (Rehearsal Room Recording) (Courtney Barnett) Best link i could find for this, but the version I have is a lot more compact
- WWE: New Day, New Way (The New Day) (Jim Johnston) Every once in a while I put on wrestling, and I'm fascinated with the personaes built-up for wrestlers by the league. This team is about positivity, maybe gayness, and they play a trombone. And their theme song has a great sound.
- Let My Baby Ride (Sune Wagner) Big percussion and eastern influences in this song that was background music in "Altered Carbon"
- What’d I Say (Re-Recorded) (Ray Charles) Shortest version I could find (this isn't quite it). The song that argues Ray Charles had trouble with his hearing, not just his vision.
- Count On Me (Bruno Mars) Just simple and sweet.
- Ding Dang (The Beach Boys) I'm sort of fascinated by the story of Brian Wilson going kind of manic for a while about the song "Shortenin' Bread"...
- Rubber Biscuit (The Chips) Wanted to dig to the original after knowing the Blues Bros version, but it's not much different, but at least it's less appropriation...
Man. It is really impressive that such a precise looking behavior like this could evolve. (Not as impressive/unlikely as it being designed from scratch or taught to a little spider brain tho) I wonder to what level the spider brain is modeling what it's doing - I mean it must be at least a small feedback loop, since webs have to fit various-shaped places, and so it can't be just a tape-recorder like playback of movements...
Jon Batiste's "Battle Hymn of the Republic" features in my "music I added last month" playlist, a cover recommended to me after we flashmobbed with him.
The song is such a terrific earwig, yet terribly bellicose and apocalyptic. End-times Religiosity is such a damaging outlook, I'm kind of bummed in features so prominently in this song and the staple "Saints Go Marching In"
Mark Twain wrote some parody lyrics based on American Imperialism in the Phillipines:
"Mine eyes have seen the orgy of the launching of the Sword;
He is searching out the hoardings where the stranger's wealth is stored;
He hath loosed his fateful lightnings, and with woe and death has scored;
His lust is marching on."
Credit Cars finally giving up the security theater of signatures. Reminds me of the (defunct) ZUG site's Credit Card Prank and Credit Card Prank II where they went to see just what stupid stuff they could pass off as a signature without a problem (SPOILER: very stupid)
I wish there was an equivalent to the "bitch you live like this?" image for boring minimalist spaces:
Interesting point. Not sure I 100% agree (in theory if you do a really good job decluttering, over time the out of sight out of mind rule might kick in once and finally you can reclaim that focus but still...)