You know what? That new Shakira/Rihanna song is pretty catchy. Nice and simple, I found myself enjoying it much more than I expected. An upbeat Carribean melody, straightforward lyrics with a catchy chorus. Their voices seem to compliment one another surprisingly well. I think the last time I was caught unawares by a duet to this extent would’ve been this catchy jam from Janelle Monaés brilliant 2010 release The Archandroid. There’s no doubt when it comes to the the Shakirihanna single the first idea was to film a video in which the duo could aggressively sexually grind against a wall. Because ‘twerking isn’t cool any more (lies, love that woman. I think that only raises it to an artform). After they figured out the choreography for the music video they probably started on the song. Or purchased one that’d been floating around the market for a while. I’m not bashing it, as I said I’m on board. We’ll see how on board I am over the next 3 months as Virgin Radio shamelessly thrashes it to bits. It’s a shame, I kind of liked Imagine Dragons when I first heard them. I still think it’s a travesty that It’s Time never gained more traction as a single. Then again, it’s always had a special place in my heart after some savvy Community fan put together that near perfect mid season 3 hiatus tribute video. Fuck it, that one’s good enough to get the embedded treatment:
By the way, am I the only one who didn’t really think that much of the Imagine Dragons/Kendrick Lamar mash-up at The Grammys? I mean, Kendrick was mindblowing, but I couldn’t help feeling that Imagine Dragons themselves were a bit superfluous. Aahhh, fuck it. I sound like some curmudgeonly grandpappy afraid of progress. I’m a fan of mash-ups, it just didn’t seem like an equivalent partnership. Then again, why do I care about that kind of thing? I never really cared for Radioactive as a single, so what do I have to spare a shit about? As I said, Kendrick was phenomenal and I’ve since rectified GKMC’s absence from my music library. It’s funny, but I just never really got into the album. I mean, I thought his freestyle last year was fucking amazing (can’t find the link) and I’ve wanted to get the hype, but it’s just not sinking in. Maybe this’ll be a late bloomer for me like Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti’s critical smash Before Today. I think it took a full year after everything had died down for me to really appreciate it. By then he’d been and gone, no live show for me. Stinkhouse.
Speaking of no live show, The National announced 3 days worth of performances in Toronto on January 21st and they’re practically all sold out. Scalpers on Kijiji are already trying to shift the prime tickets – usually $70+BF – for upwards of $240. Harsh. While I’d love to see them again, I can’t justify $70ish when most gigs are between $15-$40. Pity. I’ve noticed scalping here is a much harsher affair. I don’t know if there are any structures in place to prevent the practice, but if there are I haven’t seen evidence of it working. Most of the Neutral Milk Hotel tickets I saw were going for at least double their initial price, though who knows if people were picking them up. Scum. Total opportunist scum these scalpers. Deliberately taking resources they don’t particularly care for to restrict access from interested parties and sell them back at a premium. As a relatively devout capitalist I should applaud the entrepreneurial spirit of the engagement, but I don’t think even my hero Daniel Plainview would be so mean hearted.
Also Happy Birthday mum. Since we’re not Facebook friends I should probably say it here. May today’s cup overrunneth with joy and tomorrow’s morning be free from hangovers.