Music diary: Thursday
Jack White: Blunderbuss (2012, R, 1st play)
I didn’t focus on the lyrics, but it sounded more fun than most of the hard rock albums I’ve been listening to this week.
Emeli Sande: “My Kind of Love” (Y)
Jessie Ware: “110%” (Y)
Van radio channel-surf rankings:
- Pink: “Less Than Perfect”
- The Wanted: “Glad You Came”
- Adele: “Rumour Has It”
- Bruno Mars: “It Will Rain”
- 30 Seconds to Mars: “The Kill”
- Usher: “Scream”
- Fun: “Some Nights”
- Hot Chelle Rae: “Honestly”
Pizza and salad at Zero Zero, SF: Vampire Weekend shuffled with generic Pitchforky stuff. I like Vampire Weekend but never play them myself.
Pretty decent busker playing “Take Five”: Didn’t tip. Shoulda.
Taipei Economic Cultural Office: A piano and flute “Annie’s Song”. People who no longer experience the condition of Muzak are not Asian.
Don’t Talk to the Cops: Let’s Quit (2012, S, 2nd play)
Issa Juma: World Defeats the Grandfathers Vol. 2 (2012, R, 5th play)
Favourite tracks at this point are “Sigalame II” and “Teresia”, both of which clock in around nine minutes.
Carly Rae Jepsen: “Call Me Maybe” (S): Has your household run the Arrested Development joke into the ground yet? Ours has!
Screaming Females: Ugly (2012, S, 4th play)
What impressive me is how a lot of her guitar heroics are going on under her vocal. Complex stuff.
Sound leakage: My fiancee’s mom blasts the Bee Gees LOUD. I did not know they wrote “Islands in the Stream”.
Dinner break: The Idol results show: Feels like a shockingly decent top 3.
Dum Dum Girls: “Coming Down” (Y): Not crazy about the Jukebox 7’s and high 6’s this week, but this seems to have the best chance of growing.
Loretta Lynn: The Country Music Hall of Fame (R)
She captures the rural roots and commercial reality of modern country music as well as anyone. Great programming even if it’s merely chronological: following “One’s on the Way” with “The Pill”.
The Byrds: “Turn, Turn, Turn” (R): 8/10.
Tribalistas (2002, R, 3rd play)
Billy Joel: The Stranger (R)
My buddy Ryan claims this is somewhere near brilliant. For the first side I believed him.
Carly Rae Jepsen: “Call Me Maybe” (Y)
My fiancee and I endorse this for song of the summer because it’s so much to parody. “Hey I just met you/And this won’t end well/But let’s go sailing/And call me Ishmael.”