Spotlight on Christmas by Rufus Wainwright (sorry Prof. Graham...)
Fairytale of New York by The Pogues (who wants to sing this with me at karaoke?? I'd even like to do Shane's part!)
Father Christmas by the Kinks. Listen to the words.
On a side note, last night marked the 2000th win for Kentucky Basketball...the ONLY D-1 team to reach this number. The best part is that I was there to see it! Go Cats!
Can't wait to become the first NCAA basketball team with 2,000 wins! GO CATS!
Christmas Song of the Day:
Christmastime in the Mountains by Palace Songs (link is to download)
After the exam, I went home, catnapped for about an hour, then headed to the spa with K. We had a GREAT day at Ziyan, and even got the couples' room for our massages! Ha! The wonders of one day of relaxation are amazing.
Christmas song of the day:
Another favorite of mine. Just Like Christmas by Low
Hope you like the holiday makeover I gave Indoor Fireworks! Don't we all need one?
Turns out Paul used more eloquent words to write about the Queen's coronation when he was ten years old. An essay he wrote about the event won a local contest, and the original document has just been uncovered in a Liverpool library.
38. Happiness Is A Warm Gun. It's rumored that this song is based on an acid trip. That doesn't seem like such a far-flung theory. I just love the imagery that the lyrics conjures up. "The man in the crowd with the multi-colored mirrors on his hobnail boots." Plus, who else could make cooing "Bang Bang, Shoot Shoot" so angelic?
37. Yer Blues. This song was a little tongue-in-cheek, but who would really know? John's vocals are just oozin' the bluesins, and everyone else is sounding spot-on as well. Bobby D. gets a shout-out in this one too--"Feel so suicidal, just like Dylan's Mr. Jones."
36. I've Got a Feeling. One of my most recent favorites. I think this song encapsulates the "Let It Be" album better than any other. Although the recording of the album saw a lot of tension between the boys, we're able to hear how John and Paul could still play off of one another's strengths. The main "I've Got a Feeling" theme countered with John's "Everybody Had a Good Year" is perfect.
35. Don't Let Me Down. You can feel this song down in your soul. It is a completely genuine, raw plea for love. "It's a love that lasts forever, it's a love that has no past."
34. Lovely Rita. John thought this song was boring. I certainly do not. Both Paul and John truly had gifts for imagery. I can just see Rita standing there, looking a little like a military man, as the piano gallops through the narrative.
33. Hey Bulldog. Another one that might slip past you if you don't pay attention. Also piano driven, this little gem is on Yellow Submarine.
32. Across the Universe. A slew of other artists thought they could nail this song as well as the Fab Four, but they thought wrong. This was another song that was inspired during their visit of the Maharishi in India, even though it ended up on Let it Be rather than the White Album. "'Across the Universe' borrowed the expression of greeting that TM disciples exchanged when they encountered one another on one of the paths: Jai Guru Dev, or 'long live Guru Dev,' in tribute to the Maharishi's personal swami."-Bob Spitz
31. Revolution 1. I'll leave it to you whether this is the slow or fast version. Either way, brilliant lyrics for the milieu. Once, in Honors, we were talking about some Communist leader, God only knows who. Anyway, with a completely straight face, a classmate chimed in with "Well, I mean, if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao, you ain't gonna make it with anyone anyhow." I burst out in hysterics. Nobody else got the joke.
30. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away. My personal favorite from Help!. John bears it all in this heart-wrencher. Also a quite delightful scene from the film...I still want a little bed down in floor like this.
Tune in for more anon. Oh, and since you're here...I heard that a devastatingly handsome guy just started this blog. =)
Yes, I talk about the Beatles a lot. Sue me.
I logged onto Stereogum this morning to see that Entertainment Weekly had compiled a list of the 50 greatest (and five worst) Beatles songs. I see their marketing scheme, publishing this to coincide with the release of Beatles Rock Band and the remastered re-issues of the albums. But if you're going to do something, at least do a good job of it! The list should have been made by Beatles fans, not some entertainment mag dilettante. Refer to the Stereogum link to see EW's list. In the next few days, I'll work on my revised countdown. Here's 50-40!
50. Revolution 9. This one deserves inclusion simply on the merit of how groundbreaking it was. The Beatles had traveled to the opposite end of the musical spectrum from their roots in pop-rock and skiffle. Revolution 9 represented the shift to the avant-garde (heavily promoted by Yoko) and delving deeper into the experimental methods that first appeared with their backmasking on Tomorrow Never Knows. This may not be a song you want to (or would be able to) sing along with in the car, but you can't deny it's originality. I mean, where else in the Beatles' catalog do you hear George Martin called a "cheeky bitch"?
49. With a Little Help From My Friends. This song showcases the best of Ringo (or Billy Shears.) John and Paul wrote this song specifically for Ringo to sing, which shows how acutely aware each was of the others' presence and abilities. The call-and-answer kind of dialogue is perfect for the song, but cover versions (like Joe Cocker's) show the real versatility of the lyrics. (In case you somehow went through adolescence without watching The Wonder Years, here is the Cocker version.)
48. Only A Northern Song. George's first song on my list. It's melodic without being run-of-the-mill pop. Oh, and glockenspiel? Check. It's sequence in Yellow Submarine is pretty awesome as well.
In better news from this week, I got very nice seats for The Decemberists' show at the Singletary Center! I was very pleasantly surprised. I figured I'd waited too long to get ones that close. Had to shell out a few extra bucks, but oh well. I'm really excited for all the prospects of shows that are in and around Lexington this fall. I just hate that I will more than likely have to miss quite a few good ones. These United States at Buster's, Blitzen Trapper at Southgate House,, and GirlTalk at UK TONIGHT...fantastic.
Here's a new playlist I made to study by. You should check out some of these songs. I'm turned off by most covers, but these are well-done (especially when they make really bad songs good!) Leave me comments with other good ones! I like to call it "Cover Charge." Pun intended.
1. Devendra Banhart-"Forget About Him" (Kath Bloom)
2. Antony and the Johnsons-"Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (Bob Dylan)
3. Gary Jules-"Mad World" (Tears for Fears)
4. Andrew Bird-"Oh Sister" (Bob Dylan)
5. Kid Lightning-"Straight Outta Compton" (N.W.A.)
6. Elliott Smith-"Thirteen" (Big Star)
7. The Swell Season-"Into the Mystic" (Van Morrison)
8. The Wombats-"Bleeding Love" (Leona Lewis)
9. Hot Club de Paris-"You Can Call Me Al" (Paul Simon)
10. The Arcade Fire-"Five Years" (David Bowie)
11. Sean Lennon-"Would I Be The One" (T. Rex)
12. Okkervil River-"I Came Here to Say I'm Going Away" (Serge Gainsbourg)
13. The Flaming Lips-"Borderline" (Madonna)
14. WHY?-"Close to Me" (The Cure)
15. Calexico-"Alone Again Or" (Love)
16. Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear-"Too Little Too Late" (Jojo)
17. The Futureheads-"Hounds of Love" (Kate Bush) *Ra Ra Riot does a great cover of this as well...
18. Glen Hansard-"Cry Me A River" (Justin Timberlake)
19. DeVotchKa-"Venus in Furs" (The Velvet Underground)
20. Blitzen Trapper-"Crazy on You" (Heart)
21. Otis Redding-"Day Tripper" (The Beatles)
22. Rachel Yamagata-"River" (Joni Mitchell)
23. Klaxons-"No Diggity" (Blackstreet)
24. Franz Ferdinand-"All of my Friends" (LCD Soundsystem)
25. Colin Meloy and Laura Gibson-"Bring it on Home to Me" (Sam Cooke. I also recommend the covers by The Animals and The Zombies.)
26. The Wrens-"Nightswimming" (R.E.M.)
27. Cold War Kids-"Indoor Fireworks" (Elvis Costello) *had to throw this in of course...
My apologies for the absence. The aforementioned storm also took my internet out, and the problem wasn't resolved until a few days ago. That's okay I suppose. I wouldn't have had time to write a proper post anyway.
My little charger incident was nothing compared to what many people faced with flooding yesterday. The fact was impossible to miss, with Louisville's high waters as the headline news on most of the national outlets. I am truly sorry to see the devastation in Jefferson County. However, I couldn't help but become a but agitated by the fact that the same disastrous flooding that occurred in eastern Kentucky three months ago received little to no recognition outside the region. I do not know how the two floods compare, insofar as the monetary damages done. I will simply say that I find it very hard to believe that yesterday's flooding was any worse. Pike County is quickly running out of the funds received from FEMA. In fact, I am not sure that they are not already depleted. There are still several areas that are left in ruins. A piece of the road near my grandfather's home on Chloe Creek that was washed away in May remains untouched. Residents of the area have put up homemade caution signs to warn motorists. Just last week, my grandfather was hard at work repairing a part of his house that was damaged from the immense amount of water that ran off the mountain. I'm sure that other residents could tell similar stories. Improper reclamation, anyone? But I digress.
Let me reiterate, I am not attempting to diminish the fact that Louisville was terribly flooded. Yes, this was an event that merited media attention. It is the way that this media attention is dispersed, however, that upsets me so much. Apparently, eastern Kentuckians only warrant attention when it is a convenient career move for a white-collar journalist.
Rant finished. Good day all!