Oh, Coldplay. You So Unlucky

As the music industry and the world await the new Coldplay album, Mylo Xyloto (Oct. 24) only one question lingers in my mind:

I wonder who they ripped off this time around?

I like Coldplay.  TRUE…I’ve liked every album they have released a little less than the one before – or a LOT LESS, in the case of X&Y – but I still find them pleasant to listen to, even when a good chunk of the world calls for their head on a daily basis.  But when guitarist Joe Satriani sued the band in 2008 for copyright infringement over the song “Viva La Vida,” the public started to wonder if the British pop-rockers were up to no good.

I have no idea what the hell he's doing in this picture

The incident – settled out of court – could have been a serious blow to the ‘Play (as I like to call them)…if it weren’t for the fact that apparently everyone else - from New York indie bands to folk-singers-turned-Islamic-hermits – ALSO claimed to have written the song.  So, it’s safe to say that Coldplay was just unlucky in the fact that they wrote a hugely successful hit with one of the most unoriginal melodies of all time. We can just chalk that up to that whole “nothing new under the sun” thing.

Well, fast forward to a week or so ago and the first time I heard “Paradise,” the second single from the upcoming Xyloto.  Decent song.  Typical Coldplay canvas writ large of melody and instrumentation.  Nothing special. Not a big deal.

Then, I got to about the 3:08 mark and something didn’t feel right. Continue reading

Do We Really Need Another Country Music Movie?

Thanks a bunch, Taylor Swift. Now anyone can pretend to play the guitar.

First of all, I apologize for posting so infrequently of late.  Further,  I apologize for returning with such a low-quality post.

Anyway, I need to get this off my chest.  Besides, it’s not like you’re paying to read this or anything.

Try as I might to avoid it, I keep hearing and reading these things about Gwyneth Paltrow’s new film, Country Strong, in which she plays a washed-up country music singer apparently patterned after Faith Hill or one of those other Nashville studio creations. 

My question: is this movie really necessary?  Isn’t there enough bad country music already being produced by real people without adding crappy fictional country music to the mix?  And haven’t we seen enough “comeback” movies by now?

This is nothing against Paltrow, who I tend to think of as pretty awesome.  I just don’t see why Hollywood insists on never creating an original plot or idea ever again.  Also, what does Paltrow’s hubby, leader of the current (or at least most recent) Greatest Band in the World think about his hot wife singing this mainstream Nashville garbage?  I doubt he really cares, because it’s always fun to have more money.

(Full disclosure: I loved Crazy Heart, so maybe I’m just being an enormous sexist douche/Lebowskiphile.)

Okay, that’s enough for my triumphant return to the blogosphere; I’ll stop for now as I don’t want to overdo it, and I didn’t stretch before posting.  Check back soon, when I’ll share my fresh and original observations on heretofore unexplored topics such as flying on airplanes, shopping for groceries, and elderly people being lousy drivers.

Basil Marceaux is back!

Back in the summer primaries, we (along with numerous blog and Internet people) brought you Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Basil Marceaux with his unique look at the world of politics.

In need of a refresher? Click here or here.

He lost the GOP nominee as you can see from the second link above. We thought at the time that it was forever rest in peace, Basil Marceaux. The Internet sensation is back, this time with the Christmas spirit.

Check out his newest video below in which he sings an original Christmas carol written specifically for him called “Come Christmas.” I’m not sure about the lyrics either, and my native Tennessee accent is of no help in this case. But who needs lyrics?