2 For 2uesday: Oscar edition

Trisha Yearwood, Elliott Smith and Celine Dion at the 70th Oscars March 23, 1998

Trisha Yearwood, Elliott Smith and Celine Dion at the 70th Oscars March 23, 1998

I love awkward performances and these two performances on the Oscar show have stayed with me because they were so out of the ordinary.

This first one is endearingly awkward as Elliott Smith comes out of the indie underground to play to a mainstream audience. The song is Miss Misery and it comes from the 1997 film Good Will Hunting.

From Wikipedia:
Accompanied by the house orchestra, Smith had to be convinced by the producers to perform the song at the ceremony, as he had not intended to do so. They informed him that his song would be played live that night, whether by him or another musician of their choosing. They also purportedly rejected his style of performing while sitting in a chair. Smith says, “I walked out and Jack Nicholson was sitting about six feet away, so I avoided that area and I looked up at the balcony in the back and sang the song.” Beforehand, he said that “Mainly I just want to go so I can wear my white suit. I always have a great time when I wear my white suit.”

Elliott ended up losing (as did practically everyone) to the movie, “Titanic” and the theme “My Heart Will Go On”.

 

The song “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen won the Oscar for Best Original Song but everyone remembers John Travolta introducing the singer as “the wickedly talented Adele Dazeem”. Idina Menzel has had to explain the story ever since.  Fun Fact: Co-songwriter of “Let It Go” Robert Lopez became the 12th person, and by far the quickest (10 years), to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in their career.

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Kurt Cobain would have been 50 today

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I’m sure there will be many thought pieces on what should have been Kurt’s 50th Birthday.  We can all speculate on what might have been.  Nirvana might have recorded a 3rd album before breaking up.  Kurt would probably be divorced. Kurt would probably have gotten into a Twitter war with Kanye.

Here’s what we do know as much as I can surmise.

Courtney Love, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic are doing a pretty good job of keeping Kurt relevant to a new generation.  I think 2Pac and Biggie probably mean more to the Millennials but there will always be kids that will be attracted to the type of music and lyrics of Kurt’s.

 

Incesticide, Nirvana’s B-Side album was just re-released on vinyl to celebrate its 25th anniversary

Judging from her Twitter feed, Kurt’s daughter Frances Bean seems like an intelligent thoughtful person.  I would imagine Kurt would be extremely proud.

Kurt’s influence lives on.  I listen to K. Flay’s “Blood In The Cut” (a current top 5 song on the Alternative charts) and I can’t help thinking this could have been a Nirvana song.

As a fan, I miss him.  If you’re in pain seek help.

Here’s one of my favorite performances from Nirvana. It comes from their show at the Reading Festival in 1992

 

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New Music Friday: Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams Prisoner

Let’s call this new album from Ryan Adams the Post-Valentine’s Day record.

What can you say about Ryan Adams? He is pretty consistent with his album output. Prisoner is his 16th in 18 years as a solo artist.  Prisoner is his breakup album.  His 6 year marriage to Mandy Moore officially ended last year so one can guess he has a lot to get off his chest.

As he says in the bio to this album.

“What’s more heartbreaking than any single event in life is the realization that every human being is trapped in a quest for love, trying to navigate a maze of desire. That’s what this record is about. Nobody falls in love to fail.”

A perfect example of him questioning himself is his relationship is in the first single “Do You Still Love Me”

What can I say?
I didn’t want it to change
Is my heart blind
And our love so strange?

Musically if you love late 70s/early 80s Tom Petty, you’re going to love this album.

I love this album and I promise never to break up with it!

 

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Music Docs to see this weekend

If you live in LA go to Cinefamily for their Punk & No Wave Weekend.

As the description says, “Video artists Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong, in the pre-MTV days from 1977-80, spent their nights documenting New York’s nascent punk and no wave scenes. Armed with portapak cameras, they shot now legendary performances and on-camera interviews at clubs like CBGB, Mudd Club, and Danceteria, featuring the Dead Boys, Iggy Pop, the Heartbreakers, John Cale, the Cramps, Sun Ra, the Go-Go’s, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, James Chance and the Contortions, Richard Hell, and countless others. The NY Times labeled them the “Lewis and Clark of Rock video”.

Amazing footage for those of us that weren’t there to experience the scene.

If you can’t make it out, stay in and watch Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends).  Directed by Colin Hanks.  This music documentary follows the band and examines the November 2015 Paris terrorist attacks from the perspective of the American rock band.

And if you get really desperate for entertainment.  There’s always the Lifetime movie,  Britney Ever After

 

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Happy Birthday Matt Groening

Matt has created the longest running TV series ever (in case you’re not paying attention, it’s The Simpsons) and yet I still don’t know how to correctly say his last name….I’m pretty sure it’s Gray-ning.

Since, this is a music blo,g I present to you my 5 favorite musician cameos from the show.

Linda Ronstadt

 

 

Bette Midler

The Ramones

R.E.M.

White Stripes

Happy Birthday Matt!

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2 For 2uesday: Valentine’s Day version

Since the Prince camp has released most of his music for streaming I wanted to post a couple of songs for this special day.

I think most of his love songs refer to a Higher Being but there are a few that are unmistakably meant for getting down.  Here are two of my favorites.

From Sign O’ The Times “Slow Love”

 

From 1999 “International Lover”

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Streaming Prince

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The floodgates have opened and Prince music is now available on ALL streaming services.

Bruno Mars did a fine job doing his version of Let’s Go Crazy.  The Time were fun recreating their moves from Purple Rain on last night’s Grammys.   However, it just made me miss Prince all that much more knowing that no one can or will reach the heights of his talent.

Prince performances have been trickling onto the internet and this blues/guitar fuzzed out version of “Let’s Go Crazy” just proves there will never be another one like him.

 

Now go on your favorite streaming service and reacquaint yourself with his music. I know I will.

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The Bee Gees are Stayin’ Alive

I’m not sure yet if I love the title of the post or will soon regret it.  Thanks to Capitol Records though The Bee Gees name and catalogue of music will live on.

It all starts today with the re-release of The Ultimate Bee Gees.

February 14 will be a concert taping saluting the 40th Anniversary of Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack. Performers are ANDRA DAY, CELINE DION, DNCE, NICK JONAS, TORI KELLY, JOHN LEGEND, LITTLE BIG TOWN, DEMI LOVATO, PENTATONIX, KEITH URBAN AND BEE GEES FOUNDING MEMBER BARRY GIBB.

Not too shabby.

The disco songs from the SNF Soundtrack are of course iconic but for my money, the songwriting, harmonies, arrangement and production of “How Deep Is Your Love are pretty much as good as it gets.

 

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Get Out

Grammy Awards are this Sunday which means former Grammy nominees and winners are in town and they want to play. Here are a few choices for you.

Adam Ant, Best New Artist Nominee 1982 is at the Fonda

 

Sting, 16 (Police and Solo) Grammy Awards performing at the Hollywood Palladium

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Beck 5 time Grammy winner is playing at The Hollywood Palladium on Friday

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Olivia Newton John 4 time award winning performing at The Saban Theatre with 2 time Grammy Nominee Beth Nielsen Chapman

 

 

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Musicares 2017

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The Music industry has its own event like the Golden Globes. The high-powered guests can get drunk and say what they want and they feel a little more free to let loose because it’s not televised.

The event is called MusiCares.  The organization ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need.

A great cause deserves a great lineup and this year the MusiCares foundation will salute Tom Petty.

The lineup is pretty strong.   I suspect Dhani, filling in for George and Jakob, filling in for Bob may indicate a Travelling Wilburys reunion might just be in the works.

Here’s the lineup.

Jakob Dylan, Dhani Harrison, The Head and The Heart, The Lumineers, Taj Mahal, The Shelters, Kristen Wiig  Foo Fighters, Don Henley, Norah Jones, Randy Newman, Stevie Nicks, Lucinda Williams, Gary Clark Jr., Jeff Lynne, George Strait, Jackson Browne, Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, Elle King, Regina Spektor and The Bangles.

 Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers will close out the evening’s performances and multi-Grammy-winning artist and producer T Bone Burnett will serve as Musical Director.

 Good news. Tickets are available.

 

Yes, if you’re Tom Petty this week. it is indeed good to be King.

 

 
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