Grammy Nominations 2017

Adele vs. Beyoncé Grammy 2017

Adele vs. Beyoncé Grammy 2017

Beyoncé vs. Adele are up against each other for Record, Song, and Album of the Year as well as Pop Solo Performance.  Beyoncé actually got a nomination for rock performance with Jack White for “Don’t Hurt Yourself” but will probably lose to Bowie.

Perhaps they’ll cancel each other out and Sturgill Simpson will win for Album!  Sturgill received a very surprising but well deserved nomination.

Here are the major categories with my prediction and I’ll take out one nomination and add one that I think got snubbed.

Record Of The Year



7 Years
Lukas Graham

Rihanna Featuring Drake

Stressed Out
Twenty One Pilots

Remove: 21 Pilots

Insert: Sia Cheap Thrills

Prediction: The producer award should go to Beyoncé for Formation

Album Of The Year

Adele 25

Beyoncé Lemonade

Justin Bieber Purpose

Drake Views

Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

Remove: Bieber

Insert: David Bowie Blackstar

Prediction: Adele

Song Of The Year

Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)

Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)

I Took A Pill In Ibiza
Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)

Love Yourself
Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)

7 Years
Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

Remove: 7 Years

Insert: Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful

Prediction: I’d love to see I Took A Pill In Ibiza win but I think this is Beyoncé’s category.

Best New Artist

Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Chance The Rapper
Maren Morris
Anderson .Paak

As is usually the case with this category there is always one head scratcher.  Coloring Book is Chance The Rapper’s 3rd album.   It’s nice he’s getting recognition from the Grammy committee but this is not the category to get it.  This is Anderson .Paak’s second album but this is the first one to get mainstream attention so we can give him a pass.

Remove: Chance The Rapper

Insert: Alessia Cara

Prediction: It’s nice two female country artists are being recognized in a male-centric format but I think Chance will get this award.


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2 for 2uesday

Strand Of Oaks

Tim Showalter Strand Of Oaks

Strand of Oaks is heavily courting the NPR audience on their first single “Radio Kids”. Public radio stations should gobble this up as the grunge guitars wail and the lyrics reflect heavy on the nostalgia factor with the refrain “play it on the radio”

Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen

Speaking of 90s nostalgia, the first time I heard Angel Olsen‘s ” Give It Up” I thought I was hearing Kurt Cobain on guitar.  Angel’s album “My Woman” could quite possibly be on my ever changing top ten list this year, “Shut Up Kiss Me” will easily make my favorite singles this year. For now give a listen to her second single.  It’s continues her theme of bad relationship songs and no one can do it better than Angel.

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Happy Birthday Little Richard

Little Richard

We’ve lost so many musicians this year so let’s celebrate Little Richard

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of its first group of inductees in 1986. He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti” (1955) was included in the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2010.

Just last year, the National Museum of African American Music honored Little Richard with a Rhapsody & Rhythm Award for his pivotal role in the formation of popular music genres and in helping to shatter the color line on the music charts, changing American culture significantly.

And that’s the thing, because of the color of his skin he is not considered the True King of Rock N’ Roll. It could be easily argued that he did more for rock, blues and R&B music than Elvis did in his career.

Little Richard had some apparent health scares this year but he released a health report in May of this year stating “not only is my family not gathering around me because I’m ill, but I’m still singing. I don’t perform like I used to, but I have my singing voice, I walk around, I had hip surgery a while ago but I’m healthy.'”

So a very happy 84th birthday wish to Little Richard.  You totally Rock! Have some fun tonight!

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New Music Friday

It only took The Rolling Stones 50+ years before they finally decided to make their blues record.  They make this sound so effortless like slipping on some comfortable shoes.  So actually they no longer have the angst to make a brilliant blues record but it’s still nice to hear the boys get back to their roots.


I really love the show Atlanta and have looked forward to hearing new music from Atlanta’s creater Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino.  This track from Awaken, My Love sounds like he’s been listening to a little Sly & The Family Stone.


Rolling Stones "Blue & Lonesome" Childish Gambino "Awaken, My Love!"

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Get Out for Leonard Cohen

Bird on a Wire Movie poster Leonard Cohen

Mourning the loss of Leonard Cohen?  Fear not!  Cinefamily is holding multiple screenings for three Leonard Cohen featuresBird on a Wire follows Leonard on his 1972 European tour. Ladies & Gentlemen… Mr. Leonard Cohen follows Leonard in Montreal in 1965  + Leonard Cohen: Live at the Isle of Wight 1970

See you at the movies!

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Great Movember performances

The Band & their mustaches

The Band & their mustaches

So long to Movember 2016. To honor the cause of supporting men’s health  here are a number of guys rocking out while rocking the moustache.

The Band “The Weight” from Woodstock

Freddie Mercury with Queen “Somebody to Love”

Lemmy with Motorhead “Ace Of Spades”

The Beatles “Penny Lane”

Nick Cave “I Let Love In”

Frank Zappa “Cosmik Debris”

Weird Al performing “Like A Surgeon” on Solid Gold 1985

Lionel Ritchie making it a Pepsi 1985

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2 For 2uesday Payphone edition

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The XX video for “On Hold” was released and it features a lost artifact; the payphone.  Apart from Maroon 5’s 2012 “Payphone”, there isn’t much out there featuring an actual phone booth.  I did find an intriguing 3 1/2 short film.  It premiered this year at the Tribeca Film Fest and it is  dedicated to the importance and necessity in the 20th century for the curbside booth. As it says in the film “For decades, we handled all of your drug deals, love affairs, runaways, pimps, crime tips, cranks, heavy breathers, and emergencies. You name it, we heard it all.” I will post “Dead Ringer” here along with the XX video.  Enjoy!


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Happy Birthday Randy Newman

Hearing Randy Newman music just makes your day so much better. The box set of his music will not come out until December 16 so in the meantime please enjoy his latest single from an album due to come out next year.

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Black Friday vinyl picks 2016

5 things to pick up at your local independent record store

  The original Alice Cooper group reunited 10/6/15 at Good Records in Dallas, TX.  This is two songs from that historic performance.  A 45 RPM big hole record on colored vinyl, in a gatefold foil board jacket with art prints,  and printed inner sleeve. Colored vinyl variants: 1150 white, 1150 pink, 100 black, and 100 split color pink/white are randomly distributed. The art prints in the pink/white variant are autographed by the four original members.

Track List
A. “I’m Eighteen” B. “Is It My Body”


Live performance from the Showtime series Roadies

Track List
“Church”/”The Healing”







Never-before issued recordings from legendary Motown guitarist, Dennis Coffey, captured live at Morey Baker’s Showplace Lounge in Detroit in 1968. Coffey was one of the “Funk Brothers,” as featured in the documentary Standing In The Shadows of Motown. This album was produced by Mike Theodore (Searching for Sugar Man) and Coffey. The package features striking cover art by comic book artist Bill Morrison (The Simpsons), rare photos, and essays. Limited edition, hand-numbered, 180g black vinyl.

Track List
Side A: 1. “The Fuzz” 2. “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” 3. “The Look Of Love”
Side B: 1. “Maiden Voyage” 2. “The Big ‘D'” 3. “Casanova” 4. “Wade In The Water”


Moog For Love The Grammy-nominated U.K. duo – brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence – gave the lead-off track “BOSS” its first live performance at their self-curated Wild Life Festival in the U.K. Anchored around Howard’s pitched-down vocal, the song is a tour de force of propulsive hi-hats, liquid bass and incendiary dynamics. The intoxicatingly soulful “Feel Like I Do” came together after Guy sampled soul legend Al Green’s classic hit “I’m Still In Love With You” off a batch of vinyl he had purchased. When Disclosure sought approval to use the track, the request reached the ears of The Reverend himself. Green loved it so much that he made an exception to his usual practice and gave Guy the original recording stems to work with.

Track List
Side A
1. “BOSS”
Side B
2. “Feel Like I Do”, 3. “Moog For Love”

  A red vinyl single of the Canadian holiday classic, celebrating its 35th anniversary.

Track List
“12 Days of Christmas”/”Take Off (featuring Geddy Lee)”





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Happy Thanksgiving

The second greatest Thanksgiving movie next to The Last Waltz is of course, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”.  Everybody do like Ray Charles and “mess around”

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Happy Thanksgiving!


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