Favorite 2012 Grammy Tweets

A few of my favorite tweets from tonight’s Grammys. And yes, I included a couple of my own.

  • Breaking News: After recount, Adele also won Iowa caucus.@jonmorosi
  • Lady Gaga was just heard saying, ‘This is weird.’ (About Nicki Minaj’ performance) @JimCaruso1
  • So Bon Iver just won Best New Artist. I bought the 1st album in the fall of 2008. This says everything you need to know about the Grammy’s.@PhillyMike
  • Feb 12, 2012 – the day Autotune becomes aware and kills Adele & the Foo Fighters. @iamspencer
  • Grammy Newsbreak! Ice-T and The Lemonheads to form supergroup, “Arnold Palmer.”@JoshMalina
  • Adele’s album is also about Dave Coulier.@stephenfalk
  • My wife just asked “why do they bother standing up during [Stevie Wonder's] standing ovations?” @iamspencer

Share your favorites in the comment section.

Foo Fighter Fridays: Big Me

One of my favorite touring acts, the Foo Fighters are touring this fall. For all of my reader,  I’ve decided to post my favorite Foo songs eachFriday until they hit Philly on Thursday, November 10th (why not Foo Fighter Thursday – it doesn’t sound as good and I just remembered today.)

This week I start with Big Me: this is the first Foo Fighters’ video to show off the humor that they’ve become famous for.  Not the first single from that album, but probably the most well known.

Ultra-high doses of “Breaking Bad”

When Breaking Bad debuted 3 years ago, I heard and ignored all of the accolades and all the recommendations from friends. Recently though, we decided to go through an intense round of Breaking Bad to catch up. Two seasons in about a month.

Wow.

I’ve done this before with other series, but Breaking Bad is as intense a show as I’ve ever seen, so watching this many episodes in such a short period of time is mentally exhausting. At the beginning of season 1 and into season 2, Breaking Bad seemed to be a weekly expose on how to suck at being a drug dealer. As season 2 has progressed, it’s become much more character driven and dealt with some weighty themes. Walt’s sinister side. Jesse’s vulnerability. Cause and effect. The thin line between good and bad.

Some of these episodes require a break after watching, but we’ll power through so that we’re all caught up in time for season 4 to begin on July 17, 2011.

I may need a Valium by then.

Waiting for Radiohead – King of Limbs

UPDATE: Wait no longer – Radiohead released the album a day early. In true Radiohead fashion, it was released early because “everything was ready and in place, so Radiohead decided there’s no need to wait an extra day.”

Back in the day I remember buying albums unheard. No 30 second samples. No streams. No bootlegs. Maybe you’d hear a song on the radio, but that was it.

Now we make decisions based on an avalanche of information and access, and the experience has long ago changed.

Tomorrow Radiohead’s next album “The King of Limbs” will be released and I haven’t heard a damn thing – and I like that.

Don’t get me wrong, I love new technology opening me to more music than I’d ever have access to before. But I don’t need any information to know that I would buy Radiohead’s album and enjoy.

Going into tomorrow with all my expectations in tact is refreshing.

Cool cover songs

My iTunes collection is full of unique, weird covers, so I’ve been working on a playlist of cool cover songs. It’s difficult, because often I didn’t realize a song I liked was a cover (growing up, I didn’t realize “Pretty Woman” wasn’t an Al Green song. There are also covers like Toxic by Mark Ronson or “Common People” by William Shatner which surpass the original.)

So here are fifty some songs that I know are covers. I may be wrong about the original artist – let me know if I am. Share your favorite covers in the comments section. Click here to see the full list.

On another note – don’t forget to tune into my friend Joey’s show every Monday at 3 PM on Y Rock on XPN .

Name Artist Original Artist (I think)
No Surprises Easy Star All-Stars Radiohead
Reason to Believe Michael Penn & Aimee Mann Bruce Springsteen
Heroes Peter Gabriel David Bowie Continue reading