Thankful for random R&B jamz that pop up early in the year and make me smile. Can we make this a hit still?
This is still such an amazing and wonderful piece of music.
Some terrific pop moments from the first two thirds of 2013
In no particular order (maybe I’ll make a Power Minute this year):
- Twista putting an end to any doubts I have about whether I’ll keep smiling all the way through Chance’s "Cocoa Butter Kisses" with “When it comes to going fast I’m the Higgs Boson,”
- the fourth and fifth notes of the bassline in "Body Party" as I figure out what Mike Will is doing and say “oooooooh shit”
- the melody of the last two lines of the chorus of "Follow Your Arrow".
- “If you think that I’ll wait forever you are right,” the self-deprecating bait-and-switch opening on Waxahatchee’s "Blue Pt. II".
- 48 seconds into DJ Rashad’s "Let It Go" when I realize just how emotional this is gonna get.
- the grunt at 3:01 into the Band Perry’s "DONE".
- Like every time "I Got A Boy" switches sections.
- 5:05 into the PSB’s "Love is a Bourgeois Construct" when the other shoe drops with “until you come back to me”
- the gleeful selfishness of “you might be tired, but I’m not” at 1:39 in Lady A’s "Downtown"
- the piano at 3:08 of "Strandbar (samba)", yes obviously I like the samba version better than the disko version.
- the coda to "Grown Woman", starting around 3:48, also “cuz I got a cute face and the booty so fat” at 2:46.
- the verse-to-chorus transition of “so!” at 1:18 in "Bipp".
- the looping 2-bar string melody in B5’s "Say Yeah" that comes undone on the fourth try.
- 2 Chainz’ “Life ain’t nothing but a G thang/ switch lane/ get brain/ hand down her G-strang” at 2:24 into "R.I.P." which is maybe my favorite delivery in ‘13 rap.
- Thicke's sing-laugh on “what rhymes with hug me?” at 1:35
- Taylor’s appearance as the song on the radio at 55 seconds into "Highway Don’t Care".
- I have a hard time thinking of it as 2013, but the second verse of "Bible on the Dash", jesus fucking christ, that is rapping.
- “iced out” 26 seconds into "Lil Nigga Snupe", the first sign that Meek’s gonna go batshit on this song
- the chorus of "Imagine It Was Us" at 57 seconds, the title used as hypnotic suggestion: “Are you waiting for something? (imagine it was us)”.
- the appearance of the organ in the background of "The Wire" at around a minute in.
- "When a fire starts to BMM BM BM, BMM BM BM” at 0:32.
- the syllable held from 0:51-1:01 in "A Tooth for an Eye", also the one from 2:36 to 2:46, also all of the drums, also that whole goddamn song.
- Mariah’s first harmony with Miguel at 1:08 of "#Beautiful"
- the melody “I’m here to see that thang pop/I’m here to see that thang drop” at “0:50” of "Slow it Down".
- the final chance to take a breath at 3:05, before the wonder that is "Differentology" gives it one last glorious run.
New Haim yessss.
Watched Fritz Lang’s Scarlet Street on Instant last night and boy oh boy was it excellent and DARK.
All Hail the Queen is out of print. Also VH1 Soul is playing some heat right now.
So, obviously I would be a sucker for a song with an imaginary song within a song (other examples anyone? I can think of made up bands and dances in songs prolly), but I love this.
The hero (explicitly a woman in the video but whatevs) of “Highway Don’t Care” is driving very emotionally down the highway singing along to the song that’s stuck in his/her head because he/she has heard it on the radio so many times. The hook of that song goes “I can’t live without you, I can’t live without you, baby”. That’s not the chorus of “Highway Don’t Care”, mind, “Highway Don’t Care” has it’s own chorus.
So, who’s singing this song that’s “always on” the radio? Taylor Swift is, duh. I love this.
So here’s the one shabby stream of the Rhythm Nation 1814 short film I was able to quickly find. If you’ve got a half hour, it’s a half hour well spent.
Kate Beaton did a Janet Jackson comic at some point, and i just saw it, and it’s terrific. The drawings of Janet dancing are worth the price of admission all by themselves.
the ol’ 2013 Real Shit playlist is kind of getting some jams on it if you are in the mood for some 2013 jams.
soft-scrambled eggs recipe from 221 Troutman Country Brunch number 1
Put on the last Pistol Annies album; melt some butter over low heat in a non-stick skillet; break a bunch of eggs into a bowl and beat ‘em; throw in a good amount of dill and a pinch of salt and pepper; pour into skillet; stir constantly and take off heat for a sec if any large curds start to form; they should be done round about when the album finishes and you can put on the Band Perry album and eat.
Best thing you’ll hear today 99.9%.