Friday Tunes: ‘Ex’s & Oh’s,’ Elle King

“Ex’s & Oh’s” is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Elle King for her debut studio album, Love Stuff (2015). Tanner Elle Schneider, known professionally as Elle King, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Her musical style encompasses country, soul, rock and blues. She is the daughter of comedian Rob Schneider and former model London King. (Wikipedia: 1, 2)

It’s cold and gray and raining, and I’m feeling depressed and a bit despairing after a long week of horrible news wherein the only bright spot was that NASA found us some new planets we might escape to. Except they’ll probably be defunded, so no arks for us, one imagines.

One of the best antidotes for this state of mind is a stupid funny upbeat song, and so, “Ex’s & Oh’s” it is. Continue reading Friday Tunes: ‘Ex’s & Oh’s,’ Elle King

Friday Tunes: ‘Blank Space,’ Taylor Swift

“Blank Space” is a song by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift from her fifth studio album 1989 (2014). It reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 following “Shake It Off.” Swift became the first woman in the Hot 100’s 56-year history to succeed herself at the top spot. The song’s accompanying music video was directed by Joseph Kahn and was shot over three days at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York. (Wikipedia)

Y’know, Taylor Swift catches a lot of hell, but I loved this song. Probably because it was practically the theme song for at least a dozen different waitresses I’ve known over the years.

Good lord, what a week, eh? It did have some bright spots, though. We had a nice Valentine’s dinner with Jim’s sister and went for a pokéwalk the next day, and we got an excellent episode of Arrow and Supernatural this week. I mean, you have to take your wins where you get ’em. Continue reading Friday Tunes: ‘Blank Space,’ Taylor Swift

Friday Tunes: ‘Tubthumping,’ Chumbawamba

“Chumbawamba were a British alternative music band that had, over a career spanning three decades, played anarcho-punk, pop-influenced music, world music, and folk music.” (Wikipedia)

“The term ‘tubthumper’ is commonly used for someone, often a politician, seeming to ‘jump on the bandwagon’ with a populist idea. The liner notes on the album Tubthumper, from which ‘Tubthumping’ was the first single, put the song in a radical context, quoting a UK anti-road protester, Paris 1968 graffiti, details about the famous McLibel case and the short story ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.'” (Wikipedia)

I remember being told this song was some sort of sports anthem back in the day. You can check the lyrics out here.

I occasionally include stuff in the Weekend Reading List that I’m not sure I agree with, or that’s more of an opinion piece, or from sources I’m not 100% sure of. It’s basically a pile of stuff that I found interesting over the week.

For example, I have a couple of blogs included this week with opinions I’m not sure I agree with, but that did provide some interesting reading. Also, I’ve got an article from a source I can’t verify (I pointed that one out). So, remember to read critically, is I guess what I’m saying here. 😀

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Friday Tunes: ‘Birdhouse in Your Soul,’ They Might Be Giants

Birdhouse in Your Soul,” by They Might Be Giants, is a great little tune that reminds you to keep a safe spot in your soul for something small and vulnerable. You can read the lyrics here.

I was browsing through Netflix, hunting for a new show to watch, the other day, and stumbled across The Blacklist, starring James Spader. I love the action/spy, cop+criminal drama genre on TV – Burn Notice, White Collar, Leverage, that kind of thing, and The Blacklist looked like more of the same, so I fired it up. And it turned out it kind of is, if you take those kind of shows and add a heavy dose of serious quality.

It’s so good I actually thought it was Netflix Original until I googled it this morning to link to it. Turns out this thing is on NBC. How on Earth do you get a show this good made on network TV? I have no idea, but if you aren’t watching it, you should be.

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Friday Tunes: ‘Hand In My Pocket,’ Alanis Morissette (& Weekend Linkdump)

“‘Hand in My Pocket’ is a rock song by Canadian recording artist and songwriter Alanis Morissette, for her third studio album, Jagged Little Pill (1995). The song was written by Morissette and Glen Ballard, and was released as the second single from the album. The song was released on October 31, 1995, nearly five months after the album release. ‘Hand in My Pocket’ received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who applauded Morissette’s songwriting.” (Wikipedia)

I always thought Alanis Morissette got more crap than she deserved for her music. She had a great voice and fairly solid lyrics, for the 90’s, plus her music was catchy. She was never, like, a huge favorite of mine, but I always liked her. You can check out the lyrics here.

Weekend Reading

I’ve got a stack of great reading here, including the rundown on the House GOP’s assault on Obamacare and regulation in general, an interesting thing about Donald Trump and fascism, science communication, and more.
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