Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Song of the Day: Girlpool - Picturesong

I love the vibe of this song.  Not sure what to make of the lyrics, but it doesn't matter.

Girlpool - "Picturesong"

Lyrics from SongLyrics:

Girlpool - Picturesong Lyrics
Artist: Girlpool
Album: Picturesong

You're a god charade I'll let you down
like a noise complaint I know my cover's blown
Fetish and fury tax worshiping everything I lack is dumb
Invention strung

Into empty space where hollow shapes will misbehave
What does holy want?
I'll be that Picturesong
Make me into a hundred words hide me in bathroom walls

It's a spastic shame that hollow shapes will break the frame
What does holy want?
A wind up Picturesong
A muse to sing a dozen words a silence for the wall

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Song of the Day: The Cranberries - No Need To Argue

You're heard the news, no doubt, that Dolores O'Riordan (Cranberries lead singer) unexpectedly passed away recently at the too-young age of 46.  That caused me to dig out a bunch of Cranberries albums I have, and reminisce.  And share with my daughters (who don't fully understand why I'm sad when I hear news like this, and Prince, and Tom Petty, etc.).

I had the pleasure of hearing the Cranberries in concert a LONG time ago, at the Riverside theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Looking it up...
Yep, there it is.  November 18, 1994.  I feel old.  But happy to have heard them at their peak.

You've heard the popular songs (Linger, Zombie).  But this song really conveyed her tenderness, and also the power of her voice.  Brings a tear to my eye every time I hear it.   :(

Cranberries - No need to argue, Dreaming my dreams (Later with Jools Holland)

And a bonus song, as well, also one of my favorites.

Rest in peace, Dolores.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Song of the Day: Nilüfer Yanya - Baby Luv

Just heard of a new (to me) artist, a young woman from London.  I listened to this song, didn't think much of it initially.  Then I listened again.  And again.  And again.  I LOVE the vibe of this song.  I think she has a bright future.  And even if she doesn't, well, this song is more than enough.

Nilüfer Yanya - Baby Luv (Official Video)

She also did a TEDx Teen performance, in which she played "Small Crimes" and "Baby Luv."  You can hear Baby Luv in an earlier form, apparently.  Nice to see hear the song in an earlier form.

PERFORMANCE | Nilüfer Yanya | TEDxTeen

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Song of the Day: Hop Along - Tibetan Pop Stars

I don't know what to say, I just love the raw emotion in this song.  The beautiful, edgy voice... and the same for the guitars!

Hop Along "Tibetan Pop Stars"

Lyrics, from

Tibetan Pop Stars Lyrics

How content are with ones...
With, simple demands?
They meet their fiancés-
Cherry picking, out in Canada.
While cursing the river...
A seven fingered man,
His three sleepless wives all...
Equally sick of him.

Honey -I left to see some action~.
What's with all this swamp?
All I'm passin' are hospitals and s***e-camps.

Nobody is asking me:
"What about your other?"
If they did, I'd tell'em:

You're a Stanger in India...
I'm gonna be creepin' on you so hard!
You're, seducin' Tibetan pop stars -and,
Wreckin' motor-cars...

 I know it's, true~.
This is wrong love.
Why is everything so expensive?
Maybe in... two years you can forgive me.
I'll be living kinder, -I'll,
Found my place as a-

-Stanger in India~.
I'm gonna be creepin' on you so hard! -You're,
Seducin' Tibetan POP STARS -and,
Wreckin' motor-cars.-

A stranger in India~!
Doing okay so far. -I'm just,
Waiting on feathers and tar. -You are,
The only one. -You are!
No~body deserves you the way... that I do... [and,]
No~~body deserves you the way... that I do.
Nobody deserves you, the way, that I do~~ -and,
Nobody deserves you, the way, that I do- Come home!-

Stranger in India, because...
Waiting on you is too hard!
The reason I haven't, written back is because,
I'm doing all that bad sh**, I was.

My love is average.
I obey, an average, law~~.
My love is average!
I obey, an average law~~~!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Song of the Day: Tori Amos - Putting The Damage On

Very emotional song, but I love it.

"Tori Amos Putting the Damage On Live"


Tori Amos Lyrics
"Putting The Damage On"

Stuck to my shoes
Does anyone konw why you play with an orange rind
You say you packed my things
And divided what was mine you're off to the mountain top
I say her skinny legs could use sun
But now I'm wishing
For my best impression
Of my best Angie Dickinson
But now I've got to worry
Cause boy you still look pretty
When you're putt the damage on

Don't make me scratch on you door
I never left you
For a banjo
I only just turned around for a poodle
And a corvette
And my impression
of my best Angie Dickinson
But now I've got to worry
Cause boy you still look pretty
When you're putting the damage on

I'm trying not to move
It's just you ghost
Passing through
I said
I'm trying not to move
It's just your ghost passing through
It's just your ghost
Passing through
And now
I'm quite sure
There's a light in you platoon
I never seen a light move
LIke yours
Can do to Me
So now I'm wishing
For my best impression
of my best Angie Dickinson
But now I've got to worry
Cause boy you still look pretty
To me
But I've got a place to go
I've got a ticket to your late show
And now I'm worrying cause even still
You sure are pretty
When you're putting the damage on
When you're putting the damage on
You're just so pretty
When you're putting the damage on

Monday, October 23, 2017

Song of the Day: a-ha - Take On Me

Here's a blast from the past.  Wonderful song, different than you may remember, but still the same when you listen with the heart.

a-ha - Take On Me [ Live From MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 ]

I should probably add the original video that everyone, and I mean *everyone* (of a certain age!), remembers:
a-ha - Take On Me (Official Video)

Monday, October 16, 2017

Worst Advertisement Ever?

Okay, this is embarrassing.  By now you may have heard that Google released the Pixel 2 phones a couple weeks ago.  Well, just a few days before that I happened to see this "advertisement," if you can call it that.

"Funny you should ask..."

Wow.  Just wow.

"What's wrong with my phone's battery?"
Hmm, well, it's a Google phone.  Not just an Android phone produced by another manufacturer, but a phone made by Google (actually contracted out to a cell phone manufacturer, or designed by Google and given "Nexus" branding).  Either way, once your phone hits 7 or 8 months old, you might get 5 hours, maybe 6, out of it at this point.  Replace the battery, right?  Nope, non-replaceable (unless you want to do surgery on your phone--which I might do, I've done it on others).  Focus on the user, right?  Nope, don't let them replace batteries.

"Why is my phone always out of storage?"
I know this one, call on me!  It's because it's a Google phone!  Don't have an expandable micro-SD card slot to add memory.

"Why does my phone take so many blurry photos?"
Maybe it's because it's a Nexus phone, by Google.  In Google's defense, I think the Pixel phones have gotten a lot better at this.

"Why is my smartphone so slow?"
Hmm, maybe because once it gets a significant operating system update it grinds to a halt.  This happens over and over and over again, with almost all of the Google phones I've had.  Hey, it could be worse, it could be a Nexus 9 tablet that barely functions anymore after its updates.

"Why is my smartphone so hot?"
Is it because it's a Google phone?  Yep.

I could go on, but you get the point.  This ad is CRAZY.  How do you expect to sell phones when you remind people why they hate your past and present phones???  Just crazy.

Maybe Apple has these problems, too, but you don't see them running ads that remind people of those issues.