Ingenues who screw
Atypically, she was just starting a learning curve when haha i'm sorry got her the online attention she craves and braves. She raps better now, shaping her breathy little-girl pout into vulnerability and defiance as circumstances dictate, which often means simultaneously. She rhymes better too, parting ways with fellow K-holes Kreayshawn and Ke$ha by flaunting disgusting conditions unlikely to innarest the audience that licks its chops over barely-legal porn-lite. Which isn't to say she can't brag, or command the beats and collabs to match. This is one of those artists fans worry about‑-she has not only talent but heart, and too many insecurities. I like Kreayshawn OK myself. But she's not even the kind of artist friends worry about. A MINUS
Kacey Musgraves: Same Trailer Different Park (Mercury)
Far be it from me to tear down the finest lyricist to rise up out of conscious country since Miranda Lambert, if not Bobby Pinson himself. But "Merry Go 'Round"‑-which I liked, year-ended, whole thing‑-was epochal only by the standards of country radio, which is to say of pusillanimity itself. Already I've gotten to where I can't take the homilies of the lead "Silver Lining," where I see that her label bio proudly quotes the same quatrain that made me go yuck‑-"If you wanna find the honey/You can't be scared of the bees [OK so far]/If you want to see the forest/You're gonna have to look past the trees [oy]." "Dandelion"? "I Miss You"? Does "pat" mean anything to you? "Precious"? "Pert"? I like the trailer song and love the smoking in Vegas song and am impressed by how strong she closes, four quite distinct tracks climaxing with one in which her homilies risk a tolerance her target market could find intolerable that's topped by "It Is What It Is," in which she screws a guy because no better option is currently presenting itself. But someone up there is telling her she'd better play it safe, and it could be her. A MINUS
John, can't disagree with any of that, 'cept the accents- I married a Dutchie. Plus good coffee, beer and wine. Three essential elements for a good life. Not sure if our resident cardiologist would agree though.
Anyway, enjoy Iris. I would love to see her one day. I havn't played My Life for a few years and not because it isn't great.
No wonder I'm having trouble findiing good shows to go to, besides Iris that is. Seems they're all in fookin' Australia right now. Not that I blame them, the weather is so much nicer. Add to that the beautiful girls with the sexy accents.
Have fun Paul.
Have just scored free tix to Tedeschi Trucks Band tonight (yipee). Plus already had tix to Bonnie tomorrow, Paul Simon next night and Bruce on Sunday. I guarantee I will be more tired than Bruce by the end of his gig Sunday night. And I will just be sitting. Hopefully not.
Looking forward to Trucks The Younger (in more ways than one).
my grandmother has been known to make us grandkids bacon and butter sandwiches. if anyone wants to know what goes into this superfood, the recipe is:
2 slices cheap white bread
some butter that's been sitting on the counter for hours
refrigerated bacon cooked from yesterday's breakfast
Cam, I can vouch for the Mediterranean diet. I remember you recommended Doc Harlan's book months ago, and it's amazing how much we know now compared to 20-30 years ago. There's too many fad diets and pseudo-science garbage that folks seem to derive their advice on what to eat. Hearing that we are on the verge of a scientific breakthrough on diet is wonderful news and can't wait till it cuts a lot of the crap out there. Don't get me started on the stupidity that was "Supersize Me", that "documentary" made me very angry, it was so dishonest.
On PB, I usually alternate between PB&J and meat sandwiches every other day for my lunch
And thanks for the continuing consumer advice, Joe. Matches our host's theme very nicely.
Mini-road trip coming up.
Bringing Corin Tucker Band "Kill My Blues"
The View "Cheeky For A Reason"
Archers of Loaf "Vee Vee"
The Willowz "Talk In Circles"
The Auteurs "Now I'm A Cowboy"
I've already heard three of them /the others will be first time listens.
Sounds like a high cholesterol group
of Expert Witnesses. Cardiologists lining
up at the bank. It sneaks up on you. Be aware.
Tempts and Tops last night. Though I'm not much on nostalgia, it's always fun to see the old Motown groups bring the crowd to their feet. I find it remarkable that Otis Williams and Duke Fakir are still going strong after all these years.
Programming note: As evidenced by comments in previous threads, there are plenty of Philip Roth fans hereabouts. An "American Masters" profile of the author including a rare interview premieres this week on PBS. It airs at 9PM Friday here in Central Florida, but check local listings.
about the blogger
Starting in 1967, Robert Christgau has covered popular music for The Village Voice, Esquire, Blender, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He teaches in New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, maintains a comprehensive website at robertchristgau.com, and has published five books based on his journalism. He has written for MSN Music since 2006.
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