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28 January 2016 @ 01:49 pm
Tunez & Moar  
I promised some music links a couple of days ago, so I'm back. :D

Someone linked me to an Adele "Tiny Desk Concert," and I poked around in other Tiny Desk Concerts and ran across Hozier. I first encountered his music when Angel Of Small Death And The Codeine Scene was featured on The Blacklist, since I don't really listen to the radio much. Here is the Hozier Tiny Desk Concert, which has surprisingly good sound quality. It's his blues influence that I really like (his dad was a blues musician), much as the blues covers by Led Zeppelin tend to be my favorites of their songs. Also notable is Hozier's cover of Illinois Blues. There are several live performances of it, but again—the sound quality on that one is pretty good.

yachiru pointed me toward the Gay Pirates song, which then led to listening to some other songs by Cosmo Jarvis, namely Maxine and She's Got You. Surprisingly catchy.

Our daughter was thrilled to discover that someone made a musical about Alexander Hamilton, who is her favorite founding father. This is not a recommendation! The music is pretty terrible, lots of mediocre rap and then very vanilla generic-type show tunes. Still, she loves it (yes, even though she hates rap) because it speaks to her geek. The show apparently is coming to San Francisco, so she might actually get a chance to go see it.

Courtesy of the S.F. Chronicle telling the above, I think I should also link this great story on the PB & J Bot installed in a San Francisco market. I swear, people probably feed money into it hoping for it to have one of its "meltdowns," as that apparently is a sight worth seeing!

And referencing our daughter again... the Bundesliga has created new videos for 2016 of the BunDucksLiga Qualifying Rounds and Finals. A brave move to take it outdoors this year, but I see the "crowd" has grown, so perhaps they needed a bigger venue. ;)

My Idol entry has barely started. Too sleepy to get very far last night, and I'v been doing work stuff late into the night since Monday. Suckage! I'll have to poke at it when I get home. Meanwhile... finally Thursday. That extra work makes the week seem like it has gone on For.Ev.Er. :(

reckless_blues: And we never loved you very much.reckless_blues on January 28th, 2016 11:34 pm (UTC)
Oh my godddd, Hozier
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 28th, 2016 11:40 pm (UTC)
Great bluesy voice, and he sings and plays it really well. Someone posted the whole extended album on youtube, and there's only one song on it I don't like (the one that sounds like pop).

Looks like I'll be going to Target this weekend to buy it, because the Amazon version has fewer songs. :D

Edited at 2016-01-28 11:40 pm (UTC)
cindytsuki_no_bara on January 29th, 2016 04:39 am (UTC)
i think you're the first person i've seen who's had anything to say about hamilton that wasn't 110% squee. which is neither good nor bad. i don't like musicals so i haven't listened to the soundtrack, so i don't have an opinion of my own. lin-manuel miranda is pretty cute on twitter, tho.

the quacking in the second bundesliga vid cracks me up.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 29th, 2016 05:05 am (UTC)
My first response would be "seriously?", except that so people have poor taste in music these days. My daughter was just thrilled this thing exists, so as a result she played it over her phone for most of the Christmas break (using 10Mbytes of data in 3 days \0/). As a result, I heard a lot more of the music than I wanted to! If you're going to create something about a founding father, and primarily use rap as the musical style, you should work a lot harder at it. Rhymes are not enough, especially if they're klunky.

I haven't watched the second BunDucksLiga vid yet. I saw about half of the first one-- the crowd has really grown!-- and went back and watched last year's. Somehow, I missed that the creature manning the finish flag last year was a rubber crab. :O

The play-by-play on those things cracks me up. :D
Elizabeth: oh yeah?watching_ships on January 29th, 2016 07:17 pm (UTC)

I feel like this is the only safe place to say that. Good grief, the mediocrity.

Hozier though 😘

Song I'm liking:

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yikeshalfshellvenus on January 30th, 2016 12:41 am (UTC)
There are some clever rhymes in "Aaron Burr, sir!, but overall... boring rap (though I find most rap boring), and the few moments that there are tunes, the melodies are really predictable.

We've stopped teaching music in schools over the decades, and I think it's really cost people in appreciation of good vs. bad music. I mean, the radio might as well be just playing commercial jingles now, except that those are usually catchier and more striking than a lot of what gets made.

I've heard that song before-- probably at the gym? It's too pop for my tastes, but she has a nice voice. Just cruising on youtube, I liked "Slip Away" better (live performance here).