Watching the Grammys and then the Worst Cooks in America, which I have been waiting for forever.
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Watching the Grammys and then the Worst Cooks in America, which I have been waiting for forever.
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So what did you think of Bruce? I was also rather impressed with Bruno Mars.
won’t the GOP be pissed about copywrite infringememt?
Here’s a song that I’d like to see Mitt Romney’s campaign adopt: The Kinks, Plastic Man.
But the Grammys come every year. No need to wait forever for it.
Adele is 5’9″ without those shoes. I had no idea she was so tall.
And now I switch the channel until that self-pitying little brute Chris Brown gets off the stage.
(I hear the sound of marching feet . . . down Sunset Blvd. to Crescent Heights, and there, at Pandora’s Box, we are confronted with . . . a vast quantity of PLASTIC PEOPLE.)
Take a day
And walk around
Watch the nazis
Run your town
Then go home
And check yourself
You think we’re singing
‘Bout someone else . . . but you’re
Oh baby, now . . .
You’re such a drag
I can’t believe they’re not airing it in real time here on the west coast. I’ll get the results here before I can watch it.
Like both shows. But the Grammys are live and I have DVR’d “Worst Cooks.”
Loved Alicia/Bonnie Raitt bluesy performance. Bruno fun in a retro doo-wop sort of vibe.
@Comrade Mary: What the f was that from the woman beater? It sounded like a toxic mix of bad techno and auto-tune.
@Chuck Butcher: Cooks, not crooks.
Anyone ever read “So You Want to be a Rock and Roll Star” by Jacob Slichter of Semisonic (Closing Time)? It’s a very revealing look at the business by someone who was a drummer in a one hit wonder band. He tell the story of their Grammy appearance where they, of course, closed the show with their hit. He describes the excitement of playing in front of so many of his heroes. They played the song and when the credits started to roll on the tube they just cut the power and they were left up there looking like fools.
Springsteen rocked it out. Bruno Mars was pretty cool – never heard of him before. Sticking with the Grammys until the return of the Walking Dead. Then Luck.
@Hill Dweller: Sorry, no idea. I really did tune out.
Out here on the west coast. So have to wait to see Chris Brown (yes I like him so before anyone opens their mouth in my direction, save your breath)
Walking Dead season premier tonight on AMC
@Raven: I have to read that. I did notice two of the string players behind Springsteen in the opening number giggling and smiling as they started the song, and even when they started playing their parts, they still had HUGE smiles on their faces every time I saw them.
Also too. Fuck Chris Brown. He was made for DVR.
Mike in NC
Willard Romney deserved a Grammy for his amazing interpretation of “America the Beautiful”.
@Comrade Mary: It’s really good. Dan Wilson was the singer/guitarist and he wrote “Someone Like You” with Adele and “Not Ready to Make Nice” that the Dixie Chicks did. What interested me most was that “Closing Time” was about Wilson’s baby, not bars.
Gawd, who is this horrid country act? I mean, I HATE country, but this might be the shittiest two I’ve ever seen. And fuck that woman beater Chris Brown. Not only is he a detestable human being, but he sucks musically. Can’t believe he’s nominated fir anything other than a prison cell. But Bruno Mars was great and so was Alicia. And Bonnie is a goddess, just a fucking kick ass goddess.
Love Worst Cooks (Anne Burrell is also a kick ass goddess, IMHO), but I’ll catch it OnDemand.
Does anyone still watch Survivor? I didn’t know that was still on.
Kelly Clarkson and some guy. Heard that song on the radio a few (million) times.
@Mark S.: It’s still on? I thought they cancelled that long ago.
I’m here to see the Foos. They are probably my favorite band of the last 20 years. Consistently rocking it out and “Everclear” is simply my favorite song ever. Dave agrohl is the shit.
@Raven: Yep, I’ve read that book. I liked it when Jake comes to the realization that when the record execs were supposedly taking the band out to dinner, they were taking the bill back to the office and charging it against the band’s expenses.
Now, we want all you people to jump up and down and wave your hand so the performance looks just like all the other phony bullshit live performances shown on teveeee.
Am I alone in feeling like I’m so old because I don’t know who half these folks are. I know LLCoolJ from NCIS LA although I do love Adele. Also, too..not a big country fan so that really makes me an outkast in the area where I live.
@Mike in NC: Snark alert!!!
I don’t comment here a whole lot, but I read every day and I know you guys are great about signal boosting for emergency pet care. My girlfriend’s cat has a “very treatable” (the vet’s words) cancer, but we haven’t got the bucks for the treatment. If anyone can throw a few dollars her way, it could make the difference between losing a pet, and getting to keep for years to come. Thanks.
@kdaug: I wonder if T-Dog finally gets eaten tonight.
The Foo Fighters rocked hard. Looked like they performed outside the Staple Center.
@gbear: Recoupables. That was eye opening. My brother is doing a good bit of entertainment law and the book was helpful to him. I liked the fact that Jake is not bitter (and that he’s from Champaign).
I can’t remember the last time I watched the Grammys–it’s been literally decades. I stopped when I didn’t know who half the people were and didn’t care about the other half.
I’m looking forward to watching Worst Cooks, but it will be sometime after the Grammys. My wife wants to watch that, and so we’re recording worst cooks.
@SuzieC: Since the rest of the show is inside the Staple’s Center that would make sense.
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@Raven: Ha! I liked it because the band started out in Minneapolis. I knew John Munson from when he was in a band called E. Brown.
I’m going to bet that a lot of bitter got left on the editing room floor. It would be hard not to be pissed at the industry.
@gbear: Maybe so, just seemed to me he looked at it as a good experience and moved on. There was also the fact that they shared royalty’s equally.
Anyone know when Adele will be singing? I guess it will be near the end to keep the audience.
ok 2 hours of limey soaps!
WTF?! I didn’t get the memo that we moved upstairs.
Running a little behind on the Grammys (DVR buffer). Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson exercising their pipes now. Show has been pretty good so far, and usually I hate these shows.
What’s not to like about a woman beater with anger management issues who can’t lip-syncs all of his performances while doing shitty dance moves?
Mark S. @21:
Yes! I looooooove Survivor! It was actually a reality tv site where I participated in Survivor and an OT board that sent me here to BJ. I got banned from the site because it was moderated by and overrun with wingnuts and I, shockingly, didn’t play nice with them. A friend who sympathized with me on that board told me I’d like it and fit in here better.
And I just gotta say, I danced all over my sun room during the Foos. They make me feel young again.
@askew: Save your breath honey, not hearing it.
@Raven: Since I bought Season 2 at Target today, I will say it was money well spent. The cat and dog did not agree since they pawed and meowed every five minutes.
Nobody’s watching the Baftas?
(Yes, we’re slow here in the colonies and don’t get them until now.)
Well, there’s always someone who sticks up for that woman beater in these award show threads. Guess it is you this time.
@wobblybits: So not only do you like the guy, but you’re going to be an asshole to people who point out that, gee, this guy is a woman-beating, infantile, narcissistic bastard who BTW is also pretty talentless anyway?
Okay then. Way to be.
Thats COOKS, not CROOKS
@Alison: How was I an asshole? Really? I like his music, period. Don’t like it? I don’t fucking care.
ETA: Because I like his music does not mean I condone what he did.
Hey, can they rush nominate Willie Nelson’s version of The Scientist from the Chipolte commercial?
Anyone else think it’s strange that we take these public figures, already endowed with accomplishment, and then gather around and bestow even more on them? Sometimes I wonder if we should have a Masters of the Universe award and hand out little trophies to the top wall street traders: “And the award for the most profitable arbitrage transaction goes to…”
I have nothing against the artists at all (love the Foos myself – always better live) but I find that we reward these people instead of, well, people that have done good things that go unrecognized or unrewarded, to be a bit socially perverted. Kind of like beauty pageants.
@wobblybits: “Save your breath honey, not hearing it” – fine, not an asshole, just subtly assholish.
Whatever, like who you want, and if you have no issue supporting a piece of garbage like him, then rock on. But if you’re going to make a point of stating it, then others may make a point of responding, and telling them to be quiet is kind of pointless.
That sounds interesting. I read a couple of musician memoirs over the summer (Joe Jackson, Stewart Copeland) and I like Semisonic a lot. Dan Wilson is an outstanding songwriter. I’d probably enjoy that book.
I’m listening to a fun Plaid CD now instead of watching the Grammys, which always give me heartburn.
@Alison: LOL ok wev
@Raven: Mr has that sitting on the nightstand (next book to be read). I may have to snitch it from him tonight.
Something like this.
The prophet Nostradumbass
@Martin: To give some perspective on the importance of the Grammy awards, the network can’t even be bothered to show them live on the West Coast.
evidently my mind was on something else, I do admit to wondering about that. Damn bifocals.
Now I’m wondering about worst cooks… salmonella on the menu or what?
Y’all see what’s going down at the Fox News website?
The mask has really been removed. John’s “They Hate You” rant is being appropriately quoted.
Can I be the designated Foo Fighters hater on this thread? Thanks.
Of course, nothing assholish about giving an unsolicited opinion denigrating a persons personal choice of music. That doesn’t count as heinous douchebaggery at all.
@gbear: Oops I meant, no one has Maroon 5 yet?
You are not the only one. The GRAMMYS love the Foo Fighters though so I expect we’ll see them win more awards tonight unfortunately.
We are aware of all veritas predictions.
Watching the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, then “Best In Show” for the bazillionth time
I certainly hate their “Moves Like Jagger” song.
Anyone here on Pinterest?
Sir Paul’s new song with Joe Walsh and Diana Krall-gorgeous.
To #53–music is meant to be uplifting and fun, not too serious. In times of stress I was able to decompress and cope by listening to music.
@SarahT: Wait…how are you watching the WKC? It doesn’t start till tomorrow…right?
@SarahT: Holler if a Brittany wins.
@SarahT: I’ll be at the show Tuesday for the finals! Look for me. I’ll be the one in the audience booing if a bloodhound doesn’t win.
Holy shit. I never go to wingnut sites and this is why. Jeebus.
And to all the Foo haters on the thread, all the more Foo for me. They rock and almost no one else does these days. And they do it consistently well. I’ve seen some of the best rock shows of the last forty years. Dave Grohl has been in two of the great rock bands of the last twenty. Enough said.
I’m not terribly fond of the whole ‘how can someone even be a black republican?’ thing, because I think it’s kind of troublesome in itself to say someone ‘should’ support this or that because of their skin color, but…really. How could Michael Steele, Clarance Thomas, Allen West, et al, look at something like that and still say “Yup, the GOP is where I belong”? It’s just bizarre.
Just saw Taylor Swift. She was wonderful.
Was that the Civil Wars immediately prior? (Just got home. Missed Bruce. Dang.)
People, can’t we just agree on a grand compromise and say that everyone’s favorite music sucks?
I get the sentiment, but I think in the sea of Problems with Our Culture, awards shows in general don’t amount to a stream of piss, and that they’re not symptomatic of much other than lots of people like music and like seeing their favorite musicians perform.
I don’t think Paul’s voice is cutting for this performance.
Yeah, it was! I wasn’t aware of them until K-thug posted their clips on his blog. We like them a lot.
Do you have a Brittany? We did when I was growing up- a litter for a while. Awesome if you can just open the back door and let them out. I still miss Fred.
I was going to ask- is anyone watching grammys on live stream? Because I think I’m missing all the cool bits.
Yep, the Civil Wars. LOVE them. Taylor Swift, not so much.
don’t know. muted when Brown came out a winner & got involved in my reading so I didn’t get the sound back on in time
I find it pretty baffling as well, and the only explanation I can come up with is the same explanation for why anyone who isn’t a paranoid bigot sociopath still self-identifies as a Republican: They have never accepted the idea of the government doing anything for anyone, so all they care about is tax policy. The GOP wins because it promises to not take away “their” money. Period.
That is a hypothesis only. Being neither a person of color nor a Republican, I can only speculate.
BTW – I really would like to take q minute to bless the inventor of the mute button. Without that great person I would have had to listen to that dreadful Paul McCartney and The Beach Boys.
@vheidi: We have three of them. Great dogs, Buddy is on the porch barking at Boojums right now.
Belafon (formerly anonevent)
@CaseyL: I think it’s because they have no empathy. They may be black, but they do not have the ability to put themselves in anyone else’s position. There’s one party that accepts people who don’t give a shit about anyone else, and they’re part of that party.
Speaking of music, did anyone see the CPAC rappers over at Ta Nahesi’s place? Let’s just say that the highlight of their “performance” is a play on the word “Knickers”.
Michigan played its first-ever NCAA Division 1 men’s lacrosse game today. They lost, 13-9, to Detroit Mercy, but this is utterly huge for the sport.
Michigan – OSU at the Big House on April 14. Could be the biggest non-Championship Weekend attendance in the history of the sport. Awesome. Epic. Cool beyond description.
God DAMN it, why does Katy Perry have to keep on messing with my Kinsey number?
I have your back. I keep buying their records, on the theory that eventually they are going to live up to the hype. Hasn’t happened yet.
I don’t think any of my favorite rock albums of 2011 (Jason Isbell, TV on the Radio, Fountains of Wayne) got nominated for anything, so fie on thee NARAS.
@Alison & @jeffreyw: : 2011 repeat, but the Grammys make me want to take the gas. Tried to care about Downton Abbey & Luck but just can’t do it.
@Suffern ACE: Oh man…I wanted go to the WKC on Tues.but have to work. Have fun for me – GO BRACHYCEPHLIC DAWGS, especially Frenchies !
That’s funny. I recognized them from K-Thug’s blog, but wasn’t sure.
They were terrific.
He was right about yet another thing.
I’m not sure what kind of fan base you can claim, when people recognize your mugs off an economist’s blog, but hadn’t really HEARD you yet ….
We’re watching “Mixed Britannia” (on DVR) from BBC America. It’s a series about the history mixed-race people and couples in Britain. Very interesting stuff.
The Civil Wars are reduced to a truncated 60 second version of “Barton Hollow”; Katy Perry follows with 6 minutes of painfully ordinary pop music. Ah, the Grammys…
At least Lady Antebellum’s record is pretending to be country. I own Taylor Swift’s record, and its being a pop record is absolutely no secret.
(Kanye West’s sweep of the rap categories was an hour ago)
@Belafon (formerly anonevent):
I think it’s due to an eye for the main chance. In other words, $$$. Black conservatives do well in the wingnut world. Proves wingnuts aren’t racist, don’t ya know, and that libruls are the real racists. Although that FoxNews site makes the fiction hard to maintain.
I suppose “fixed” isn’t really the right term, since nothing can fix the kind of racism on display over there.
If the Nashville Hype Machine ever gets its hands on Sierra Hull, Taylor Swift will never win another Grammy or CMA award.
Hopefully, the Nashville Hype Machine will never get its hands on Sierra Hull. She has way too much talent for that. I want to see her continue exploring. I’d like to see her make a record with Sarah Jarosz. I’d like to see her make an all-instrumental record with Julian Lage and Alex Hargreaves. Frankly, I’d like to see her become the cuter version of Chris Thile. She has the chops for it.
Ggegf: Preach it. I even have the Me, Myself, and Irene soundtrack for their covers of Steely Dan.
@Comrade Mary: I have the exact same reaction to Nigella Lawson. Apparently British Jewish aristocrats that can cook give me a funny feeling. Regardless of gender.
@SarahT: LOL I don’t blame you. Cute pups 4TW :)
Oops, meant their song and the covers of Steely Dan. Damn not having edit on mobile.
I have a recurring dream of making love with Nigella Lawson in a vat of banana pudding. I am not ashamed of this.
I don’t see how they are going to get their Grammy burst with only 60 seconds.
That Glen Campbell performance brought me to the verge of tears. But compared to Whitney Houston, he’s very lucky. He and everyone in the building know that they are saying goodbye to him, and he could still do justice to “Rhinestone Cowboy” after all the times he has sung it.
The prophet Nostradumbass
@Steeplejack (phone): Her TV shows are just about the ultimate examples of “cooking” shows as pornography.
@Steeplejack (phone): I just made banana pudding for work last week in fact. Your tastes are quite refined. Or at least Southern. :)
Ive never gotten the Foo appeal. They look good, and sound fine. But they’re just a generic rock band playing generic songs. Their notable songs would make a pretty good album I guess. But there are so many better rock bands out there. Fortunately the Grammys don’t mean shit.
My land, Adele was just a glorious treat for the eyes and ears tonight.
After some Kanye West pixie dust, Bon Iver can be passed off as a new artist.
pseudonymous in nc
I’m always amused by people’s reactions to her speaking voice, and the perceived disconnect between it and her singing voice. Then again, how should British singers who follow the soul tradition sound when they’re not singing? Like Dusty Springfield, I suppose, except Adele’s straight outta Sarf Landan.
@4jkb4ia: why weren’t the Civil Wars nominated as best new artist?
I suspect it’s just denial. They don’t believe that the GOP is what they’re looking at when they see something like that Fox comment thread. Or at least, they don’t believe that those comments are in any way representative of the GOP they belong to.
The prophet Nostradumbass
@pseudonymous in nc: It’s Grim Up North London.
Ahem. Refined and Southern not mutually exclusive.
Jennifer Hudson was 7th on American Idol? I think we really screwed up that season
I’m not sure by what definition Bon Iver was ‘new’ as well
@Noah Brand: Sorry to hear that! You might want to shoot an email to Anne Laurie, since she’s the one who usually front pages pet blegs. Good luck with your cat’s treatment!
@Raven:Loved Semisonic, hated “Closing Time.”
If you’re interested in another band memoir, I highly recommend The Cheese Chronicles: The True Story Of a Band You Never Heard Of, by Tommy Womack. Government Cheese was a band from Bowling Green/Nashville, and they never quite got there. Womack’s a hilarious writer.
Mighty fine songwriter, too.
@Steeplejack (phone): Oh, good lord, you too?
Usually get frustrated watching the Grammy’s, but every once in a while something wonderful happens that makes it worth the time and trouble:
Aretha Franklin stepping in for an ailing Pavarotti and slaying everyone with her rendition of Nessun Dorma in 1998: http://youtu.be/y0fAwy0upEw
Herbie Hancock’s shocking win for album of the year in 2008 for his album of Joni Mitchell tunes.
So far this year, it’s been mostly dreck after Bruce’s great opening number and Bruno’s funky throw down. Altho, the remains of the Beach Boys sounded wonderful – esp. in contrast to the average talents who started that tribute segment.
And it was truly frustrating to only get 60 seconds of that great Civil Wars song and then have to suffer through a full version of Taylor Swift and her country bear jamboree ear torture.
@Viperbuck: That kind of thing is why I went with Downton Abbey rather than the Grammys. Okay, I’ll admit it; I like the show. So there.
@pseudonymous in nc:
I kind of flashed on Monty Python for a moment when she got emotional. The lady can sing.
That’s some rockin’ beard on Ringo.
And Paul can move pretty well for nigh on 70, and he’s kept himself trim — but I’d still hit Bruce first.
Paul and the boys definitely did a bang-up fab job to end things on a high note. So with the words “the love you make” ringing in my ears, I’m gonna head for bed imagining a three way with the bass player from Coldplay and the drummer from the Foo Fighters.
Only like a song or 2 from each of those bands, but Grammy night calls for something superficial.
The prophet Nostradumbass
@patrick II: The interview with her on 60 Minutes was interesting. I really had pretty much no idea who she was before that.
@The prophet Nostradumbass:
I didn’t see the interview. My wife just tole me that she wrote the song that she was singing. Anyone who can both write and sing like that is just too gifted.
Nothing wrong with Foo Fighters at all. Honorable carrying of the rock and roll banner.
Anyone who loves “After All This Time” should be taken seriously with other recommendations.
Adele was such a huge commercial success that she forced NARAS’s hand, but they rewarded inspiration and that’s always a good thing.
There should be a support group, right?
@Steeplejack: Or more pudding.
Hey, I don’t share Nigella with anyone, you cur!
@Steeplejack: Can I have unused extra pudding?
pseudonymous in nc
With a little help from Mick and Keith, maybe. (Not that I mind the obvious echoes of ‘Gimme Shelter’. If you’re going to drink from a well, make it one where the water’s sweet.)
Not a grammy winner but my latest favorites: The Steel Drivers, especially http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZYcQe9bu3s
Civil war theme from a slave perspective.
And if any of you are in NYC tonight (Monday) and are sick of Grammy fever and in the mood for some seriously good music, come on down to the Rodeo Bar at 27th and 3rd to hear Western Caravan, New York’s greatest and longest running (17 years at the Rodeo) Western swing band — 2 sets starting at 9 PM, good food, no cover, and some of your BJ accomplices from yesterday’s meetup!