Watched the Grammy’s last night. Such a strange mishmash of performances. What demographic are they exactly trying to appeal to with Justin Bieber followed by Bob Dylan followed by Drake/Rihanna followed by Barbara Streisand?
For some reason it is nowhere near as compelling as the Oscars (even though I like music more than movies).
Whereas the Oscar winners are usually widely acclaimed actors/movies, Grammy winners/nominees seem completely arbitrary (nominees in best Rock album: Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Jeff Beck, Tom Petty, and Muse. Hmm- which is the only one from this decade?).
I guess this stems from that fact that the music industry is far more diverse (with over 30,000 albums released every year) than film (with less than 1000 feature films released to theaters per year) and it’s difficult to have consensus.
Maybe the diversity that makes it difficult to Award is what makes music so appealing. There’s a genre for everyone. My genre of choice= indie rock/pop.
Anyway, you can get any of the Albums of the Year nominees for $5 on Amazon (though Arcade Fire is the only one worth getting! Here’s a good write-up (with video) of Arcade Fire’s win).
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Yeasayer is giving away a free EP – a GREAT love song (and two remixes) that was #7 on my list of top songs of 2010
(Warning. Don’t watch the video. it will ruin the song for you. we’ve resolved to never watch a Yeasayer video again. Great musicians. HORRIBLE video makers.)
Here’s a pretty decent free 6 song Sampler of Amazon’s Top Artists on the Rise.
If you love music and have never seen La Blogoteque you should check it out.
For the last 5 years, an independent filmmaker in Paris has been filming a who’s who of indie rock bands as they perform acoustically in unique locations. Each video is beautifully shot with great audio. My all-time-favorite is Phoenix performing Lisztomania on a double decker bus by the Eifel Tower (and the video for 1901 is cool too).
Other good performances:
Local Natives performing Who Knows Who Cares
Yeasayer performing 2080/Tightrope
And the original video that started the series: The Spinto Band performing Oh Mandy (a tribute to my Valentine – my wife Mandy!)