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This one goes out to: the Grammy nomination panel

4 Dec


Really? Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” for Song of the Year? Five musicians who I’ve never heard a single song from for Best New Artist? Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance? Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long” for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance? The Eagles of Wal-Mart for anything? The list goes on and on…

While there are some respectable names on the list (M.I.A., Radiohead, Daft Punk, Hot Chip, Kings of Leon, Beck, My Morning Jacket), it’s obvious that someone needs to reboot the whole damn institution. Maybe I’m being too harsh though. At least it appears (as of today) that they’ve actually selected artists who sing their own songs.

What planet do these tone deaf blowhards come from where Jethro Tull is considered metal? This one goes out to you, Grammy nomination panel…courtesy of a fellow extra-terrestrial, Dr. Octagon…


New Coldplay – Is it going to suck?

31 May

How do I feel about Coldplay? Are they better as a band or a punchline? Honestly, I kind of like them. Parachutes is a pleasant listening experience. And A Rush Of Blood To The Head has some solid cuts (“Politik”, “Warning Sign”, “A Whisper”, “Amsterdam” and the title track) that counteract the sucktitude of “Clocks”. X&Y is on my iTunes but I probably haven’t listened to it in a good year and a half.

I saw Coldplay at Deer Creek during the X&Y tour. Although I don’t remember a great deal from the concert, I left with the impression that Chris Martin is a pretty formidable showman, which can compensate for a lot in a live setting (see: The Hives).

When I heard a new Coldplay album was coming out, my initial reaction was one of general indifference. When I found out it was going to be called Viva La Vida, I braced myself for something terrible. But when I saw the following video for the first single “Violet Hill”, my curiosity piqued. Outside of The 40-Year-Old Virgin, this has to be the single greatest anything to have any association with Coldplay.

Within a day or two of watching the vid, my friend told me that the band had released a second single on iTunes. He described the song as the traditional Coldplay ballad, except backed by a full orchestra. He also called it “awesome.” If a bigger paradox has ever been uttered, I certainly haven’t heard it. The song is abysmal. Judge for yourself.

So if you like sports analogies and want to keep score, Coldplay is 1-for-2 with a grand slam and a three-pitch strikeout that concluded with Martin flailing wildly at a pitch that bounced twice before it crossed the plate.

What will Team Coldplay do with their next at-bat? Who cares? I’ll probably just download the new CD illegally and eat the cost if it sucks.