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You forgot to mention that those few, popular restaurants are all McDonalds.



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Just catching up on the last few pages of posts.

John B - it's astounding that our votes are the same this week, especially as I haven't voted yet!  Or maybe I just look like Al?


One more expletive laden song for the week.  Lily Allen "F--k You".



And more Lily to sweeten the ear-lugs,  "Not Fair" and "Alfie".





Sorry, Al.  I should have come with a warning this week.





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 yes, Larry, regarding diversity. Enter, Grandpa Simpson [smile]  But what I would ask you guys, wasn't it...comforting to know that when the Beatles sold a lot, or when Elvis sold a lot, there was musical quality involved?  is it possible that the powers that be who decided which songs got played, or the record companies who decided who got signed (I know, download companies, now?), were better back then than they are now?   Why should terribleness be #1?  and then we have to hear that terribleness repeated everywhere you go?

Putting aside whether music can be objectively terrible as opposed to being a matter of personal taste, sure, it's possible that today's popular music mostly sucks, as does McDonald's except for their little apple pies (although maybe they've got something else that's good these days). And since we're social animals, we like having our good taste confirmed, especially by people we respect. And it can definitely be frustrating when crap is popular. (Of course, it can also be fun to make fun of other people's bad taste.) 

But I was never comforted by the fact that anyone else besides the Beach Boys was selling a lot. My only interest in who was popular (aside from feeling that "personal" connection with the Beach Boys) was that popularity translated into airplay and occasional appearances on TV. So it was good that "Eight Miles High" was popular and bad that "Hey Jude" was.

Your complaint that "we have to hear the terribleness repeated everywhere we go" gets to the heart of the matter. My point is that it's easier today to avoid the terribleness than ever before, assuming you control what you listen to. There are so many more options now than there used to be. Personally, I hardly ever listen to what's terrible, so don't have a reason to complain about its popularity. If I had to listen to it, I'd complain too.

So, do you really have to hear it everywhere you go? Does anybody? (Like Grandpa Simpson, I'm old and don't get out much!)


Three from Grizzly Bear's first album in five years, Painted Ruins (2017):

"Three Rings"


"Systole"


"Mourning Sound"


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Somehow cream needs to rise to the top again and will this ever happen?  Looking at the Top 100 list this and last week - please help save our musical planet.  KDS brought up the restaurant analogy and Bonnie may need that mouthwash yet still. We have lots and lots of bad stuff this decade as well.  Canada gave us the unforgettable Carlie Rae and Bieber as well, right?:

T Swift seems to lead the pack here from the States = great hook writer but the songs wear on you and very quickly (sorry Larry):

Kesha is the height of horrible (and Bonnie don't listen to this):

The Dap Kings' horns almost save this ^
My dental hygienist cleaned my teeth this week to Ed Sheeran - singing along with him. 
Top 100 this week:
http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100
https://newrepublic.com/article/139572/happened-rock-music
http://www.stereogum.com/1891681/the-rise-of-the-producer-as-a-lead-artist/franchises/the-week-in-pop/
http://uproxx.com/music/rock-music-dead-2017/
http://www.billboard.com/photos/7933850/2017-fall-album-preview
https://www.forbes.com/sites/hughmcintyre/2016/12/28/8-of-the-most-anticipated-rock-albums-of-2017/#79cb3d1310ab

There is incredible music but you have to go beyond the mainstream - that stream is misleading. You can drown in it as witnessed above^ 

Soooooo - let's finish out by finding the GOOD stuff and get votes finished up during the American Labor day weekend (the unofficial end of summer).



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T Swift seems to lead the pack here from the States = great hook writer but the songs wear on you and very quickly (sorry Larry)

Doesn't bother me, I've never listened more than once. [smile]

With the unofficial end of summer in the US, there's a chill in the air here on the East Coast, but the official high in San Francisco yesterday was an all-time record 106 (that's 41 C), while an unofficial reading from Weather Underground says it was 111 (44 C). That's hotter than Silly Con Valley. A pattern of record-breaking heat and floods. It's almost as if something is happening here.


The Anonymous Sources, "Please Mr. Mueller" (2017)  [angel]


Wilco, "Cry All Day" (2016)


The Oh Hellos, "Trees" (2011)


The Avett Brothers, "Live and Die" (2012)


The Head and the Heart, "Another Story" (2013)



Thank you Mr. Forsyth!

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Gold - Saturday Night - Brian Wilson
Silver - Safe and Sound - Capital Cities
Bronze - My Kind of Love- Emeli Sande
Tin - On + Off – Maggie Rogers

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My time machine is set to NOW:

GOLD -- Capital Cities, Safe and Sound -- I'll admit this is one of the rare recent earwigs (I'll list a few others after) that I don't mind getting stuck in my noggin. I read probably around the time of NPP that Sebu's parents had immigrated to the U.S from Syria some 40+ years back. Making music, not mayhem. Maybe not all immigrants are a security threat. [wink]   (Whoops! Maybe shoulda used an "inside voice" on that one....)  

SILVER -- Saturday Night, BW with NR -- Another decent tune from NPP - this time narrowly missing the top rung. 

BRONZE -- My Kind Of Love, Emeli Sande -- I've vaguely heard of her here and there before. Sounds like she's got pipes without those silly, maudlin, overblown Whitney/Mariah trills.

TIN -- On & Off, Maggie Rogers -- Where's my hat? I'm off. (Why did the first seconds of piano remind me of BB's "Had To Phone Ya" - which is actually more bearable for me?)

My search continues for any newer artist that can hold my interest for more than 1 or 2 singles...or 1 or 2 albums for that matter. I don't mind my Gold choice here, and Avicii's "Wake Me Up" is in that bearable tune category, along with some of The Black Keys. I hadn't heard Bedouin Soundclash's new one until Lee offered it up here.  That Canuck band might have some promise. If their name is or isn't vaguely familiar, here's their big breakout from within the past decade:



Thanks for trying to open my steel trap mind, Al.  [thumb]
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Lisa,

Have you been re-upping your insurance lately?

Didn't Sebu get the vote for best beard in music?

Sebu with Brian (still the farthest song from a Brian song on NPP)

Breakin my own rule - the Brian Fest was this decade however:


LOVE your line about the "over-singers".  Yes, they did. 

Yes, we missed The Black Keys here - good one. 

Hey John B - still need YOUR votes, sir, and not from Bonnie, who hasn't even voted yet!  Unless you were using CINDY'S voting. 

Brave the weather and post your votes everyone - so the final tally can go in to the Voting Central in Sydney, Australia.

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My votes.

GOLD - Sebu in Capital Cities.  I liked "Runaway Dancer" so my tastes might be off, at any rate.  But I really like Sebu's work, and I've always liked this song.  The only bad thing about Sebu is typing his name into the computer and getting pimple suggestions. (Below is not a pimple suggestion or one of those popping videos.)


SILVER - Maggie Rogers.  This is one Funky Chick, that's for sure.  This was new to me, although I was familiar with "Alaska" and I like both songs a lot. Nothing I could possibly pick apart, I love how natural Maggie looks and sounds.  A good choice Al.  


BRONZE - Brian and Nate.  Right up there with my least favourites on the NPP album, I enjoyed Nates first big hit "Some Nights", before rapidly getting sick of everything about the song (except the drums) and particularly, his voice.  I'd much rather listen to "Saturday Night" by Cold Chisel than this. If this was my Saturday night tune, I'd sleep til Sunday.


TIN - Emili Sande.  Nope.  Reminds me of every Whitney Houston song ever. 



OK Go "This Too Shall Pass".




Princess Chelsea "Yulia".




Bachelorette "Her Rotating Head" and "Blanket".





Thanks, Al.


 







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Al -- I don't remember coming across that State Farm Insurance ad before... but hey! How appropriate. Coincidentally enough, my property insurance is due for renewal this month (how'd you know?)

I believe Popeye (not the sailor) is another usual voter in Texas. Hope his absence here means he's "safe and sound" surviving and/or helping out in that mess. CBS Sunday Morning had a great piece comparing reactions to Hurricane Harvey to what's been all over the news previously, both in the U.S. and elsewhere regrettably:

Steve Hartman's "When Human Nature Surmounts Mother Nature" :

https://www.cbsnews.com/videos/when-human-nature-surmounts-mother-nature/

(Again, not quite fitting in other than it's this decade and- doggone it - very deep thinking).

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I wasn't previously familiar with this week's two female contestants, but that didn't affect how I ranked the songs:

Gold -- "Saturday Night", BW w. Nate Reuss. A decent enough song from Brian's NPP and Reuss has a distinctively clear voice. I also enjoyed his debut album as part of fun, but I suspect that I might tire of his distinctive vocal sound if I heard it too often. I especially love the parts in the song where Brian takes the lead -- still a resonant voice for a legend who is now 75 years old. 

Silver -- "On + Off", Maggie Rogers. Good voice, decent enough song. Didn't really grab me, but gradually grew on me after repeated listenings. 

Bronze -- "Safe and Sound", Capital Cities. Good voices, decent enough melody, but too much of that synthesized, driving dance beat. The accompanying video was certainly interesting with the various images and figures from the past that were recalled. 

Tin -- "My Kind of Love", Emeli Sande'. Not only did she remind me of Whitney Houston, but also Mariah Carey, and Adele. I think someone above may have mentioned "over-singing", and that's what I feel she does here in this song. 


A few more decent songs and artists from this decade that I don't believe have been mentioned yet:

In recent years, Sturgill Simpson has been a rising star in country/roots/Americana music. His song styles are quite eclectic from traditional country to rock. His 2014 album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, received a 2014 Grammy nomination for Best Americana album, and his most recent album, A Sailor's Guide to Earth, from 2016, earned him a Grammy this past year for Best Country Album, and was also nominated for overall Album of the Year. I've got both of these albums and they're quite good, though also quite eclectic. As a vocalist, he's sometimes compared to classic Waylon Jennings, with a deep resonant voice.

From his 2014 album, here's his lovely country ballad, "The Promise":


And, from the same album, "Long White Line":


From last year's Grammy-winning album, A Sailor's Guide to Earth, here's "Brace for Impact (Live A Little)":


And his gorgeous cover of Nirvana's "In Bloom":


Finally, more rocking and with jazzy horns, his dynamic, politically-themed, powerful "Call to Arms" 
(lyrics included with the video): 


If you're not familiar with Sturgill Simpson, he's definitely worth checking out!


Also, Miss Mojo, a rising young classic soul/funk group based in New Orleans, and a regular performer there at Tipitina's. I had the good fortune of seeing them perform in Asheville, NC in June. From their self-titled debut album, here's "Feel My":


And the funkier, up-tempo "Fuego":



Finally, though he was not known for any new music from the 2010s, a special remembrance for Steely Dan's enigmatic Walter Becker, who has been ill in recent months and who passed away this weekend. Those guys wrote and created a ton of really great music over the decades and were a real delight to see perform live in concert. RIP, Walter Becker.


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My votes :

Gold - Saturday Night - Brian Wilson
Silver - My Kind of Love- Emeli Sande
Bronze -Safe and Sound - Capital Cities
Tin - On + Off – Maggie Rogers

One I've liked , drilled into us because it was used on a car advert !



Have to plug The XX again complete with the chap at the back twiddling the gizmos



Haim and Right Now.....if you like drum solos worth waiting till 4 minutes in when all 3 girls bash 3 sets of drums !


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Coupla things.  First, I DO like ALLof the artists that I put up this week so it is challenging to vote on your own week.  I think that t Bedford doesn’t vote his week  – which is a consideration.

Maggie seems very cool and she is the newcomer on the block this week.  May she have a nice career and not get caught up in diva pratfalls like the so-called top-poppers these days.  Look at how young Maggie really is:


Listen to her praise of NPR.  I do love the “Tiny Desks”. ^

I almost did Alaska this week, Bonnie, but this was the song that drew me when I first heard On & Off some months back.  So I came back to the well. 

Here was NYU Master Class playing it for Pharrell.

He’s crying during this – he KNOWS talent.  She’s into it and so was he.

 

I first heard Emile on FUV in New York, which is kind of my go-to station.  The original video was quite interesting and moving but I went with this version, with the less piano intro.  I was hoping that the UK voters can give us some more info as to how she is perceived there on the home turf.

Give her credit for interesting hair^

Agree with Lisa, that I don’t hear the over-singing waivers that WH and MC used and they were the queens off this.  There’s a different soulfulness here. 

 

I covered the Sebu things up earlier but again, cool enough to be with Brian Wilson, is really COOL.  But this version (like the commercial) REALLY gets me.  A great song can go stripped and it sure does here.  It gets the tempo going and you just WANT to hear the trumpet [smile]

And finally for Nate Ruess and Fun - -he does collaborate a lot, which is good.  I love how he goes up for the high notes.  Someone else did that so well that this site is named after.

 My Votes:

Tie for first (3.5 each)
Brian and Nate and Emile

Admission – Saturday Night is my second fave song on NPP and wonder why it didn’t go places (The Right Time is my fave)?  Emile Sande reached out to me on this song when I first heard it and still does.  Here’s hoping that there is a lot more from this lady – she has a depth you want to know and hear more about. 

Tie for second (or maybe last but I LIKE them) (1.5 each)

Safe and Sound is infectious and happy.  You can’t get it out of your head and maybe that’s why I put it here this week.  The Maggie song I just feel will have a second life as it’s really good but maybe it’s not the version to make it.  The pieces are there.  Like Pharrell says “singer songwriter”.  NOT heard the last of her by far. 

So I did point-five my This Decade week.  Oh well.  I’ll check my math(s).  Some GREAT inclusions of songs this week showing that all is NOT lost but we do have to reach and dig.  Talking with a friend on Friday how we grew up during the best time of music as we were playing Sunshine Tomorrow and some other songs and bands.  I think that’s all personal as the game has all changed.  It is more producer based these days and this is WHY we need to get the recognition for the artists, which brings me to the Swift one and why I can’t bash her completely – she writes GREAT hooks – but a hook does not make a song completely but is the power.  Ryan Adams covered her 1989 album and here he is giving an artistic performance of her work (stripped down):

kds and Jenny are traditionalists – and that is cool (looking back at the BIG groups and music)

Larry – listens to a LOT of music.

Bonnie gives us the Kiwi perspective

And everyone gives us their time, votes and perspective.  I still think that we need more “hosts” here and thus even more perspective.  Darren does the work though at keeping this ship going and all afloat. 

My week will soon be over (thankfully).


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What will give out first...the battery or my votes?
All great and a tough battle:
Gold - Brian Wilson - Saturday Night
Silver - Emile Sand - My Kind of Love
Bronze - Maggie Rogers - On and Off
Tin - Capitol Cities - Safe and Sound ( Pains me to vote this a tin.)
4% left! Whew!
Thanks, Al. [smile]



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Larry – listens to a LOT of music.


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My search continues for any newer artist that can hold my interest for more than 1 or 2 singles...or 1 or 2 albums for that matter.


I do listen to a lot and there are many excellent albums being made, but I haven't fallen in love with anyone in years. I fell in love with Elliott Smith maybe 15 years ago, when he was already dead. I could have fallen in love with Fleet Foxes after their first album came out in 2008, but they've only made two albums since then, neither as good as their first. Sufjan Stevens's Illinois (2005) and Carrie and Lowell (2015) are brilliant, but he only released four albums in the intervening decade, none of them as good. 

Maybe it's harder to become really attached to someone new when you get older, especially when there is so much music to choose from. No doubt there are other explanations.

Meanwhile, we got these in the last five years, among others:

Think About the Days
From There To Back Again
Whatever Happened
Pacific Coast Highway
Summer's Gone
The Last Song

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1vCWCmzw3skkUKvLcujBRfwf_RdeobA3

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