Adele, “Rolling in the Deep” (2011)
Let’s hear it for songs of the year! Or treat as an open thread. (Once again can’t get the vid to embed, so click here. I’ll figure it out one of these times.)
Song of the week
Adele, “Rolling in the Deep” (2011)
I have been singing this for days and last week I didn’t even know she existed.
I’ve been obsessed with Adele since saw this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k8vtbJxOdw
I’ve learned that the Grammy awards show made room for their Whitney Houston memorial tribute by bumping the one they had planned for Clarence Clemons. Fellow sax legend Maceo Parker, who was lined up to perform in the Big Man’s tribute, spilled the beans.
I has a sad.
@sgoode: That was my favorite song a year ago, neener neener.
I’m so glad she cleaned up at the Grammys. Not only were the awards greatly deserved, but her beautiful voice and career may not last long. Vocal cord surgery at age 24- sad.
Have to have a Dory Previn this week. I’ll go with 20 mile zwenty Mile Zone, mostly because it’s the week for screaming. Side B I’ll go with The Obscene Phone Call. I reserve the right to relabel the sides.
Even though Adele is a Tottenham Hotspur fan, she can still bloody sing. Her story is really an interesting one, too.
But the song of the week is this one:
Hey, anyone remember that snotty, “Adele is for silly old ladies who drink Starbucks” article that Anne Laurie posted on here? Even funnier in retrospect.
It’s pure Pop, and I know I’ll get flamed for it. but—it was a lot of fun for me. The vid is also nerd friendly.
Last Friday Night – Katy Perry
Adele’s voice reminds me of Carmel, another torchy Brit, from the early 80’s.
Anyone else remember her?
Adele is cool.
@General Stuck: Dude. Seriously?
You know there is a lot of other music out there, right?
Friends don’t let friends listen to Katy Perry.
Link no good. Goes to the Merge homepage, not to a specific clip. Not that sending people to the Merge homepage is a bad thing, mind you, but …
Just wait till I put up a Cowsills tune from last century and rock yer world fo free.
Very cool Adele smart phone apps
@General Stuck: That would be a move in the right direction, General.
Have we talked about this yet? Top GOP Senator Says ‘If Romney Loses Michigan, We Need a New Candidate’.
pseudonymous in nc
This is the first time I heard Adele. It’s a song that was skipped over when introducing her to the US, and you shouldn’t think too hard about the lyrics, but it’s a fine song.
I don’t know about that. Let’s go really last century with The Shaggs
pseudonymous in nc
@BGinCHI: Jenn Wasner is the business. Wye Oak are taking a break during the start of the year, but I hope they’ll feel up for touring later on. I chatted to them after they played a tiny venue about 18 months ago, and they’re good people.
So they’re aiming for 40?
JPK @ Top:
Maybe site permissions need to be set on your account before you can embed video? Send John Cole an e-mail asking him to to make sure the permission to embed video is set correctly for your User ID.
That was pretty bad.
Man, I just looked up the list of Grammy Songs of the Year and bigger pile of dreck I may never see again.
If I had to pick just one, this would be my pick (though I do like Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”):
Though I was never a stalker like the guy in the song, this pretty much encapsulates my feelings when my ex dumped me for a friend of mine. And now I marvel that I ever felt so strongly about both him and her.
Two fave new bands from this week:
Bahamas — Lost in the Light [song starts around 0:30] — somewhere between The National and Leonard Cohen, with a shitload of reverb (Bonus: Caught Me Thinking, an earworm supreme)
And CBC’s Q featured the band “fun” this week. Wow. A little Freddie Mercury, a little of a whole lot of other things. We Are Young is worth checking out first, especially as it features Janelle Monae.
@TooManyJens: Is there a song for that? The savior is the brother of the one that led us to a cliff and he also happened to marry an undocumented immigrant. There’s a few other things that might come out also, too, i.e. avoiding customs.
There’s gotta be a song for that.
Since Mardi Gras is upon us, here’s Professor Longhair with “Big Chief”.
With store-bought instruments and lessons, I struggle to play a decent note of music. Fess was entirely self taught, on a piano that was missing some of the keys. It boggles the mind.
Of course, he may have arrived on earth on the same ship that brought George Clinton and Jimi Hendrix.
John gave us a huge hint in the most recent thread.
First time I heard her sing all I could think about was the vocal chord damage she was doing with her style. Hopefully she’s getting some coaching post-surgery to minimize the havoc she was wreaking. She’s very talented and has a great instrument with great style and soul, but oh my.
@pseudonymous in nc: They’re the shit, for sure.
Go on the Merge Records site. There’s a new 7 inch that streams in entirety. But also buy it since they need our money.
I also recommend the new Hospitality record.
For those who don’t know Merge Records, it’s a great, great label. Lots of good music there for you to discover if you don’t know them.
@Comrade Mary: I love Q!
Will check those bands out. Thanks.
You guys are using WP, yes? Switch to HTML mode, copy the embed code, then bracket it in between and , no spaces.
Final view in HTML mode in WP will look like this:
Hope that helps.
ABCNews via TooManyJens:
That article is almost classically misleading.
Michigan’s federal Senators are both Democrats. But the article never explicitly says the quote was from a State Senator, which it must be — giving the impression that the criticism is taking place from a much higher level source.
@JGabriel: Thank you, I will try that!
@JGabriel: The article doesn’t say the senator has anything to do with Michigan. It could be any male Republican U.S. Senator who hasn’t endorsed anyone, which by my rough count leaves 29 people.
I don’t know where you read that the Senator is from Michigan. Not in that article.
@TooManyJens, @Calouste: You’re right, I was wrong. I mis-read it and thought it specified a MI Senator. My bad.
Wish I could append this correction to my comment, but its editing privileges are closed.
Up to my elbows in piano-trio music right now. The seven-disc Brad Mehldau box set, and the Chick Corea tribute to Bill Evans.
For perhaps the first and last time in my life, daughter (10), spouse and I agree on an artist–Adele.
(Come to think of it, we might agree on Duffy, too. I’ll have to check on that one.)
Commenting at Balloon Juice since 1937
I’ve had two songs by Grammy Award winners The Civil Wars stuck in my head for the last week.
This is one of them
I’m really sick of this song. I’m really sick of mandatory Adele worship. Nice person, apparently; powerful voice — but it’s all technique. I hear her and feel nothing.
So, has anyone speculated on what Foster Friess gets if Santorum becomes president? FDA? NIH? State Department? Department of Lady Parts Regulation? Will the Vatican get a cabinet-level position? So many questions.
Hey, wait a minute. This isn’t the panic in the streets thread. Apologies.
Awesome singer, Adele is, though how long her voice will last…I did get a kick out of the story about the guy she broke up with who inspired the heartbreak songs on 21. He filed a suit claiming part of the proceeds from sales of 21, since he’d provided the artistic inspiration for the songs – no, I didn’t make this up. Let’s hear it for chutzpah! Kind of like murdering your parents and then asking for clemency because you’re an orphan. Haven’t heard the final outcome, although if there is any justice at all in the world the judge has told or will tell this bloodsucker to take a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut and pay court costs too.
One of those stories that makes me ashamed for my gender, although after the past couple of weeks those are getting pretty common.
Nice song, well done.
Why is she sitting? Can she stand?
First televised game of the college lax season on now. Hopkins – Towson. Duke – Notre Dame tomorrow. Yay!
One day, can we have a blues song of the week?
I nominate Junior Kimbrough but also like BB King, Muddy Waters, and Johnny Winter.
And others as well.
That’s either ironic or shows how little you know about singing. Adele’s biggest problem is that her technique is totally unsound. Surgery at her age? Ridiculous.
Read Trombone Shorty is slated to play the White House. How cool is that?
(Also, too Keb Mo, Buddy Guy, BB King and Jagger.)
@Commenting at Balloon Juice since 1937:
Mrs. Monty may threaten divorce if I don’t give The Civil Wars a rest.
@Montysano: Try Wye Oak!
Or X for the vintage version.
Cris (without an H)
Oh cool, I didn’t see til now that JPK got a posting account! Welcome to the corral.
Speak for yourself. Oh, you are. Never mind.
She’s still a young singer. No reason to pass judgment on her entire career.
Junior Kimbrough playing ‘All Night Long’. From the documentary ‘Deep Blues’
The deity loves juke joints.
Junior Kimbrough: music for making babies.
@Cris (without an H): Thanks!
@Amir Khalid: That’s a real sad alright. Clarence was awesome and should have been included. Maybe they could have had one less commercial, eh to free up space but that wouldn’t be profitable enough.
Anyone with a radio and a teen-aged daughter has been saturated with this song. Fortunately, it is a soulful song sung by a great artist unlike a lot of crap on FM radio. While she is well within the Pop genre, she is among the best of that genre.
The one thing I object to in relation to this song was the accompanying video, which had her sitting down the whole time like an invalid and in profile. Utterly bizarre, I thought, then learned it was because she’s a bit big and the corporates thought that would be a turn-off. What a stupid decision. In fact, she’s actually pretty hot looking standing so this was a Big Fail production decision in my view.
Best song of 2011: “Sounds Like Love” by Charity.
AMEN! I’m sorry, but I don’t think Adele’s that good of a singer. I just don’t. She just belts stuff out. She wouldn’t know subtlety if it hit her upside that bouffant do of hers.
ok, i forced myself to listen to her – i won’t say bad things about her voice, but that is just one more boring song
Paul in KY
First time I have heard the song. Very powerful. Can see why it won.
Paul in KY
@DanielX: If that suceeds, then about 7 or 8 of Taylor Swift’s exes will be seeing their lawyers.