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“Get Lucky”

Posted by purplemary54 on January 27, 2014

Daft Punk walked off with Album of the Year (Random Access Memories) and Record of the Year (“Get Lucky”) at last nights Grammys, and good on them.  The electronic music duo stays anonymous by disguising themselves as robots; their goal seems to be to let their music speak for itself.  I’ve been hearing of Daft Punk since they debuted in the late 1990s, but haven’t paid them much attention because electronic/dance/house/trance/rave/whatever-they’re-calling-it-these-days is not my cup of tea.  But “Get Lucky” is a soulful, R&B-tinged dance tune that makes it seem like a warm summer night whenever it plays.

It was something of a surprise hit last year, because while Daft Punk has been popular with critics for many years, they haven’t been mainstream chart toppers before.  But the duo made Random Access Memories with the help of Paul Williams and Nile Rodgers, who are both great artists in their own right.  I think the influence of Williams and Rodgers, among many others, helped Daft Punk expand both their musical horizons and popular appeal.  As cool as it is to keep personalities from distracting listeners from the music, it’s hard to warm up to a couple of robots.  Of course, have Pharrell Williams sing the song certainly didn’t hurt, either.  Electronic music is not a wasteland devoid of all human emotion, and Daft Punk have proven that in spades.  I’m looking forward to more from them in the future.

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Not Music, But Still Nominated for a Grammy

Posted by purplemary54 on January 21, 2014

I won’t be watching the upcoming Grammy Awards (I gave up on them years ago).  But I feel the need to share one of the Best Comedy Album nominees with you.  The comedian’s name is Tig Notaro, and her album is Live.  I watched her on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson recently, and found out she was nominated for the recording of what might be the single most stunning moment in stand-up comedy history.

I remember reading about this set shortly after it happened.  It was like a nuclear bomb going off in the entertainment world.  Her strength is amazing.  The way she takes the horrible cards life had dealt her at that point and turns them into a figurative royal flush is amazing.  She mesmerizes her audience.  Everything in this recording is visceral, stunning and moving.  It’s also pretty goddamn funny.

Tig Notaro is the favorite to win the Grammy on Sunday, and she should.  It’s one of the best recordings I’ve ever heard.  It only costs about $5, so treat yourself to something awesome, and download a copy.  (I paid a dollar extra for the “deluxe” version on itunes; the second set is from another performance.)

BTW, the album is titled Live, but it’s not pronounced with the long “i,” as in “Live from New York!”  It’s the short “i.”  And after a double mastectomy, I hope that Tig Notaro continues to live on.

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