Tyga – Tequila Kisses

That Ferragamo I know,I know.
That Versace s**t don’t matter
I got all this money
You can take it off all that designer
Cause im clean s**t don’t matter
I can spot a real b*tch to a bon voyage
You can take it off all that designer
and you love when you take it all

That Gucci s**t don’t matter
That Chanel s**t don’t matter

you can take it off all that designer
That Gucci s**t don’t matter
But your whole side of armado.
You’re still so fine.
That Fendi s**t don’t matter

that Ferragamo I know,I knowww
I get it cause I got it
That Fendi s**t don’t matter
and you take it all, take it all
I can’t find nobody
That Gucci s**t don’t matter
And you take it all, take it all
you still be the badass
That Dior s**t don’t matter
I got it cause you had to have it
Cause im clean s**t don’t matter
And you love when you take it all
that Gucci s**t don’t matter

I don’t need no soldier.
You still be the badass
I cannot deny it,
I just wanna party with you.
And you look so good even when you’re not ok.
You still be the badass
that Dior s**t don’t matter
You can take it off all that designer

It’s the Lamborghini love tequila kisses
Versuri-lyrics.info
When the lights stop flashing you still shine.
I got it cause you had to have it

You got something special
You still be the badass
I get it cause I got it
It’s the Lamborghini love tequila kisses
They cannot buy.
To do me like your body.
That Chanel s**t don’t matter
That Versace s**t don’t matter

Camila Cabello – Havana (At MTV Europe Music Awards) (Live)

I loved him when I left him
Havana, ooh na-na
Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (yea, babe)
I’m doin’ forever in a minute (hey)
Take me back, back, back like
And papa says he got malo in him (uh)
Jeffery
Havana, ooh na-na
(But I can’t without you)
Back it on me, shawty cravin’ on me
Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (oo-ooh)
Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (yeah, babe)
Get to diggin’ on me (on me)
Ooh-ooh-ooh, I knew it when I met him
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (oh, yeah)
(Hey, hey)
Take me back, back, back
My heart is in Havana (ay)
Bump on her bumper like a traffic jam
Oh na-na-na
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (ay, ay)
Havana, ooh na-na
He said there’s a lot of girls I can do with (uh)
Ooh-ooh-ooh
Got me feelin’ like
Shawty cakin’ on me, got the bacon on me (wait up)
There’s somethin’ ’bout his manners (uh huh)
Point blank, close range, that B
He didn’t walk up with that "how you doin’?" (uh)
Oh na-na-na
If it cost a million, that’s me (that’s me)
Havana, ooh na-na
Just graduated, fresh on campus, mm
Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (yea, yeah)
Fresh out East Atlanta with no manners, damn
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na (uh huh)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na (oh no)
I was gettin’ mula, man they feel me
No, no, no, take me back
All of my heart is in Havana (ay)
All of my heart is in Havana
Take me back, back, back like
Havana, ooh na-na
Oh na-na-na (oh na, yeah)
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (ay, ay)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na
Havana, ooh na-na (ay)
Ooh-ooh-ooh
Take me back to my Havana
Ooh-ooh-ooh, and then I had to tell him
This is history in the makin’ on me (on me)
Havana, ooh na-na (uh)
(When he came in the room)
Fresh out East Atlanta
My heart is in Havana (ay)
Hey
Oh na-na-na
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (oh, ay, ay)
Hey, I was quick to pay that girl like Uncle Sam (here you go, ay)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na (ay, ay)
Havana, ooh na-na (ay, ay)
All of my heart is in Havana (ay)
Take me back, back, back like
(That summer night in June)
All of my heart is in Havana (ay)
I had to go, oh na-na-na-na-na
She waited on me (then what?)
He got me feelin’ like
Uh huh
Havana, ooh na-na (ay, ay)
My heart is in Havana (ay)

Camila Cabello & Daddy Yankee – Havana (Remix)

Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh na-na (oh, ayy, ayy)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na
Vamos pa’ la habana, vamos pa’ la habana
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh na-na (oh, yeah)
Ya no puedo más
Take me back, back, back (like…)
Ooh-ooh-ooh, ay es que me duele mucho
My heart is in Havana (D-D-DY)
Havana, ooh na-na (ayy)
Mi papá me dice que malo es él (uh)
[Chorus: Camila Cabello, Pharrell Williams & Daddy Yankee]
¿Cuándo volverá? sólo Dios sabe

No puedo soltarte, no seas tan cruel (hey)
Soy el domador de todas las nenas malas
[Chorus: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
(Desde esa noche azul)
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (ayy, ayy)
Llegamo’ pal’ mambo, suéname el tambor
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na
Ooh na-na, oh-na-na-na (oo-ooh)
There’s somethin’ ’bout his manners (uh huh)
Ta’ acompañada o andas sola, ooh-na-na (sola, sola)
Oh, but my heart is in Havana (ayy)
Havana, ooh na-na
Él cambiaría mi mundo

Pero que fácil me descontrola, ooh-na-na
La primera que quiero como la Habana
My heart is in Havana (ayy)
Ta’ acompañada o andas sola, ooh-na-na (sola, sola)

[Bridge: Starrah, Camila Cabello & Daddy Yankee]
Mucha ropa cara pa’ la habana-bana-bana
Oh, but my heart is in Havana (ayy)
Havana, ooh na-na (ayy)
[Chorus: Camila Cabello, Pharrell Williams & Daddy Yankee]
Todavía recuerdo lo que le dije aquella mañana
Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (yeah, babe)
Tú me quemas, vuelves y me enrolas, me enrolas (ah, ah)

La libertad que bien te sabe
Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (yeah, babe)
Mami ¿qué bolá?, ooh-na-na
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na (DY)
Take me back, back, back like…
Pa’ que te recuerdes de La Habana y el campo
Él vino a buscarme y ahí lo supe (uh)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na (oh, no)
Vamos pa’ la habana, vamos pa’ la habana
Oh, but my heart is in Havana (ayy)
Camila y Ramón Ayala de un pájaro son las dos alas

(Vi clara su actitud)

Hey

Me dijo: "son tantas las que yo tuve" (uh)
Pero que fácil me descontrola, ooh-na-na
[Verse 2: Daddy Yankee]
Decir adiós, oh na-na-na-na-na
Mami ¿qué bolá?, ooh-na-na
[Pre-Chorus: Camila Cabello]
[Verse 1: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
Havana, ooh na-na
Havana, ooh na-na (ayy, ayy)
Diddy, diddy, diddy, Daddy Yankee, yeah
Oh, but my heart is in Havana
[Intro: Pharrell Williams]
Havana, ooh na-na
Tú me quemas, vuelves y me enrolas, me enrolas (ah, ah)

Muchos corazones clavado en el sofá de mi sala
¿Qué más puedo hacer?
Take me back, back, back like…
My heart is in Havana (ayy)

D-D-DY, DY, Camila Cabello
Havana, ooh na-na (uh)
Havana, ooh na-na
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh na-na (ayy, ayy)
Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (yeah, yeah)
[Chorus: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
(Pero me faltas tú)
Ooh-ooh-ooh, lo supe en un segundo

Bobby Brackins – Tap In (feat. PnB Rock)

[?] on my wrist
With a little baby
Hit me up and tap in tap, in
Rolling up that [?]
Hit me up and tap in ya
Don’t forget to hear my phone now
Cos she graduated [?]
[?]
This money all I’m chasing
She giving good brain
Hit me up and tap in
[Chorus: PnB Rock & Bobby Brackins]
Come and fuck with me I be down in LA
[?]
Hit me up and tap in
[Verse: PnB Rock]
She know I’m from the bay
She [?]

She just wanna race me
Ye I got [?] next to your city
[?] other bitches they so basic
She just wanna taste me
[?]
Hit me up and tap in
She say [?]
Hit me up and tap in
You be the one I hold down
Hit me up and tap in tap, in
[?] to the bank
Whenever you in Cali
Hit me up and tap in
Hit me up and tap in
[Intro: PnB Rock & Bobby Brackins]
She ride me like a Mercedes
Hit me up and tap in tap, in
She sippin bubbly I’mma sip fine
Hit me up and tap in

She be going brazy
[Verse: Bobby Brackins]
[?]

The money ought to slow down
You should see my [?]
Automatic pay
[?]
[?] getting cake now
You should see my statements
I say girl you crazy
[?] to the bank now
Hit me up and tap in when when you in my town

PnB Rock – Scrub

I put Louis V on you, that nigga a scrub
Listen lady, you the only one that started thinking that he crazy
Backwoods for the weed
I swear he a bum
Fuck him we ballin’

Girl your ex keep calling
Tell him leave yo’ ass alone
[Chorus]
[Verse 1]
I put Louis V on you, that nigga a scrub
You should put that nigga on hold
In Barclays we milly rock
[Chorus]
We on a hell of a high, but he always killing our vibes
I put double G’s on you, I put double C’s on you
Louis on my sock
I put double G’s on you, I put double C’s on you
Girl, your ex keep callin’
Girl, your ex keep callin’
I put Louis V on you, that nigga a scrub
Tell him leave yo’ ass alone
[Chorus]

Niggas still on your top
I just want to show you the world, you can have it
He ain’t got no crib, he still living with his mom
Fuck him we ballin’

[Intro]
Girl, your ex keep callin’

I put Louis V on you, that nigga a scrub
He can’t take you out, that shit is a dub for you
He can’t take you out, that shit is a dub for you
Fuck him we balling
I put double G’s on you, I put double C’s on you
I put double G’s on you, I put double C’s on you
[Verse 2]

He stuck in the past, he ain’t got no cash
He ain’t got no choice, that nigga a loser
Girl, your ex keep callin’
He can’t take you out, that shit is a dub for you

I put double G’s on you, I put double C’s on you
I put Louis V on you, that nigga a scrub
He ain’t got no pockets
Remy
You the only one that ever thought that he was wavy
Ex keep callin’, might have to buy you a new phone
You should change the number to your old phone
I put Louis V on you, that nigga a scrub
He can’t take you out, that shit is a dub
Fuck him we ballin’
[Chorus]
Ask my ex girl, you’d be lucky if you had me

He can’t take you out, that shit is a dub for you
Tell him leave yo’ ass alone
Top floor of the suite

Girl your ex keep calling
I put double G’s on you, I put double C’s on you
I put double G’s on you, I put double C’s on you
Tell your ex, nigga leave you alone
Girl your ex keep calling, tell that nigga to stop
He can’t take you out, that shit is a dub
[Refrain]
Fuck him we ballin’
Girl, your ex keep callin’
You the only one, you got that nigga going brazy
Cups full o’ Hennessy
He can’t take you out, that shit is a dub
I put Louis V on you, that nigga a scrub
And you got a fattie
Ex keep calling
And this where you need to be
And you know a dub mean you lovin’ the fashion
Fuck him we ballin’
Fuck you on the beach
Gucci on my top
Girl, your ex keep callin’
Fuck him we ballin’
Girl, your ex keep callin’
Shawty you a baddie
I swear that’s just bad for you
He ain’t got no car, he still riding in the Uber
Girl, your ex keep callin’
[Bridge]

Lonzo Ball – BBB

Look to the left, you’ll see Lieutenant Gelo
BBB, we gon’ do our thang
BBB, rep the team
[Verse 3]

[Hook]
BBB, that’s on me
Got drops on my wrist but I’m never caught cryin’
BBB, we gon’ do our thang
[Hook]
People just talking, but they ain’t really ’bout it
We bet on ourselves, yeah we taking a gamble
Disturb the peace and I gotta get violent
BBB, rep the team
Tracing my steps, being smart with my pivots

The way that I thrown, they feel like they flyin’
BBB, rep the team
Stacking my bread and increasing my digits
BBB, we gon’ do our thang
BBB, we gon’ do our thang
BBB, chasing dreams
BBB, rep the team
Soaring like Eagles, ya flying like Pigeons
She’ll never leave me ’cause she’ll never find better
Got ice on my neck keep my colder than climates
BBB, that’s on me
BBB, rep the team
BBB, chasing dreams
These presidents dead but they moving in silence
My diamonds so wet, they came from the trenches
Always on go, it’s good for my fitness
Feel so alive that I wouldn’t mind dyin’
BBB, chasing dreams
[Verse 1]
BBB, that’s on me
Back in this thing, and I’m better than ever

Beats is too strong, and they travel in triplets
Two on the court, on the beat I’m too clever
Living life lavish, got everyone living
Tearing us down, but we building them bridges
If I want it I buy it I’m flyer than pilots
[Hook]
BBB, we gon’ do our thang
Just got a bag, LV’s on the leather
BBB, we gon’ do our thang
Living life fast, but I ain’t rush to the finish
Learn about business from running the business
The pressure on me, feeling lot like some feathers
I stack them together, they form an alliance
BBB, chasing dreams
BBB, chasing dreams
We moving as one, and we never dismantle
Raised by the family, it takes a village
I cannot settle, I’m triple B General

The brand is Popeye’s, but I never eat spinach
BBB, that’s on me
BBB, rep the team
We ready for war, and we ready for battle
The way that I storm, they feel like they pollen

BBB, chasing dreams
BBB, rep the team
The sky is the ceiling, I’m pushing my limits
BBB, that’s on me
Standing on top and y’all looking like midgets
BBB, that’s on me
Crossing you off, man I feel like a Mayan

And shoutout to brodie man [?]
BBB, chasing dreams
BBB, chasing dreams
BBB, rep the team
[Hook]

My girl on a leash and she love when I pet her
PJS Private, I’m ballin’ like Bryant
Eggs in the morning, put syrup on biscuits
BBB, we gon’ do our thang
BBB, we gon’ do our thang
I put ’em in cases, they talk to my clients
BBB, that’s on me
I told you, "Don’t push me", still pullin’ my lever
BBB, that’s on me
I’m killing these beats, I’m promoting the violence
Just bought a mansion, it’s [?] in these shelters
The booth is my kingdom, I feel like a lion
Road to the riches, we punching our tickets
[Verse 2]
If there is a problem, consider it handled
Further in sight, and you’ll spot Major Melo
Big Ballers on me, and I like commando

Little Glee Monster – Hikaru Kakera

Sugoku oishii SHIFON KEEKI ya
Anata wo kurushimete ireba ii no ni
Sukoshi kurai dareka kizutsukete mo shikatanai yo ne
Kinou mitsuketa suteki na kotoba
Tansan sui no you ni hajikete kiechae
Watashi no koto wo omou itami ga
Oogesa datte waratta demo… hontou datta yo

Nee issho ni iru to mukuchi ni natte
Himitsu no basho he tsurete itte
Mieru sekai mo chigau yo ne

Sanjuu byou ni ichido kurai kana
DORAMA de mita you na "koi ni ochiru shunkan" nante
Mune no oku tsukamu you na itami
Futari wo nosete kaze wo kiru BAIKU

Anata no koto wo kangaeru tabi
Mata hitotsu hikaru kakera mitsuketa yo
Tsutaetai anata ni ima kono kimochi wo
Sukoshi dake tsumetaku natta kaze

Te wo nobasu soko ni zutto anata ga ite kureru nara

Anata no mune ni onaji itami ga

Dare hitori kidzukanaide hoshii
Yoku kashite kureru JAKETTO no nioi
Nanatsu mo ue no otona no anata
Anata no kako nante
Okuritai watashi no kakera hitotsu demo
Uso wo tsuku to kuchi ga togaru kuse
Watashi ja nai mitai da yo
Watashi ga miru koto no dekinai
Dokomademo aoi kyou no sora ya
Warau toki me ga hosoku naru kao

thinking of you…

Sekai de watashi dake shitte ireba ii
Kirei na yubi ya KUSHA KUSHA na kami
Dakishimerareteru mitai

BiSH – My Landscape

打たれないように 打ち返せ
飽きない 雑もない?
何とって 茜色に染まる

はい 羽目は外さない
夢見がちな そうリアルな妄想に
不意に襲ってくる 不安と
hello hello hello

hot hot 疲れた まる 何かよ

まだ Disc Disc Have a ない 全てを

but Just Do it Do it
何度思った もう辞めなよ
ふらついても そういけない 終わりです
But 捨てる杭
your never daring 超えたくて
何とって 茜色に染まる

your never daring. 超えたくて
弱音ばかり その山猫
弱音ばかり その山猫
言うことのないそう feel daring 切に
夢見がちで そうリアル好きで 無理 言う事ない 妄想 みだり 切に
your never daring 超えたくて
青冷めた事すら 幾度 もう
夢見がちで そうリアル好きだ 無理に
ただいいの それでいいの

いっそこのままならば
まだいつか いつか そういえば 叶う
発散出来ぬ 涙流れて
My landscape 掘ってくほどに隠したい
弱音ばかり その山猫

頬を伝う ほぼいらない

覚悟ない 描かない
あなたに咲く 諦めない事を
hello hello hello
夢見がちなそうリアル好きな妄想に

大きくない ほぼいらない

Random Music News for Saturday, November 11, 2017

Interesting that minor key songs were on the upswing. They came home with hepatitis A. Really. Speaking of apps, Musical.ly just got sold to a Chinese company for $800 million USD. The dead can unlock iPhones–if you get to them quick enough. Let’s deconstruct the songs in the Top 40 in the last quarter. And now, some music news for November 11. Off to LA today to see Morrissey at the Hollywood Bowl tonight. Deezer is now the official streaming music service of the Miami Dolphins. Just getting into streaming and don’t know what it all works? Here’s a guide to the various user interfaces. When is the El Mocambo finally going to reopen? The Scorpions now have their own emoji pack. The Charlatans UK have launched this cool interactive app. Want to know what it would be like to rot in jail with Pussy Riot? Now THIS is a cool music festival! Now you can! He’d better not cancel. Lars Ulrich has re-thought that whole idea about going after Napster users. May. A Kanye streaming service? This woman can hit a really, really, high note! These people went to San Diego for a Metallica concert.
Random Music News for Saturday, November 11, 2017

This Will Break Your Heart: A Video Message from Chester Bennington to his Wife

#fuckdepression #makechesterproud pic.twitter.com/eZFiNOvE7i
— Talinda Bennington (@TalindaB) November 9, 2017

  My one true love❤️💔I miss these msgs from my @ChesterBe.This was 2 months before he died. She’s shared this one, which came two months before his death. It underscores how depression can be hidden in a place where it can fester until it’s too late. Talinda Bennington, Chester’s widow, used to get video messages from him all the time.
This Will Break Your Heart: A Video Message from Chester Bennington to his Wife

Looking for a Song for Your Funeral? Here are 78 Suggestions.

I think we can do better. Nat King Cole, “Unforgettable” – Something pleasant in a major key. Vera Lynn, “We’ll Meet Again” – A classic tearjerker for the generations. Frank Sinatra, “My Way” – A bit boastful, but you can see why this is popular. But I’m warning you: This is pretty weak. The Telegraph reports on a research project by the largest funeral director that looked at 30,000 funerals and the music that was played for the deceased. Suggestions? Tina Turner, “Simply the Best” – I suppose…
Gerry and the Pacemakers, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” –
Dolly Parton OR Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You”
Sarah McLachlan, “Angel” – It works. This is pretty grim, but given that we’re all going to shuffle off one day, it’s always good to think ahead, you know? Nat King Cole, “Smile” – Another classic. Queen, “Who Wants to Live Forever” – Um, most people? Just no. Ellie Goulding, “How Long Will I Love You”
Celine Dion, “My Heart Will Go On” – No. Eva Cassiday, “Fields of Gold” – Like Westlife, Eva seems to be a funeral favourite. Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli, “Time to Say Goodbye” –
Westlife, “You Raise Me Up” – See #2 above. Robbie Williams, “Angels” – Williams can’t get arrested in North America, so this wouldn’t fly on this side of the atlantic. Westlife, “Flying Without Wings” – See #4 above. Eva Cassidy, “Over the Rainbow” – Appropriately sweet.  
 
 
 
 
  Bette Midler, “Wind Beneath My Wings” – Over my dead body. Led Zeppelin, “Stairway to Heaven” – Imagine grandma’s reaction when we get to the guitar solo. More funeral songs here. Nice. An interesting musical legacy,.. Let’s begin with the 20 most popular rock and pop songs through the years. ABBA, “Dancing Queen” – Seriously?
Here are 78 Suggestions. Looking for a Song for Your Funeral?

The CRTC’s New Report on How Canadians Listen and Watch

55% of Canadians 18+ stream music videos (Read: YouTube)
27% stream music using services like Spotify. 44% of the country watches online video services. Alberta has the highest usage at 56%. Canadians over 65 listen to the most radio with 18 hours per week. There’s also some stuff about TV. While the full report can be found here, let me offer up some highlights. Otherwise we’d be awash in American exports. Revenues for Canadian private radio went down 2% between 2015 and 2016. No real surprise because that’s the way it’s been for years. Watching of services like Netflix is up almost 14%. In 2017, Canadian radio broadcasters invested $47 into the support of Canadian talent. 22% of Canadians 18 and over stream radio online. Not good, obviously, but not terrible considering all the competition now has from things like streaming. More details here. The most popular radio music formats in Canada are adult contemporary and country. Radio listening has dropped by an hour a week. The nation sits at about 14.5 hours a week, down from 15.6 in 2015. Everyone chips in to help. This is part of the reason Canada has such a strong music industry. That’s up from 20% a year earlier. Watching of regular/traditional TV is down to 26.6 hours from 27.2 hours per week. Every year around this time, the CRTC has a data dump about how Canadians listen to the radio, watch TV and otherwise consume media. Canadians over 65 watch 42.8 hours of TV per week.
The CRTC’s New Report on How Canadians Listen and Watch

I Was Sent to Cover the Country Music Awards in Nashville. What’s Wrong with THAT Picture?

  Even when he admitted to lip-syncing his Country Music Awards performance–he was feeling rough and his voice wasn’t the best–he was immediately forgiven. Great. There are murals on buildings and plaques marking buildings and other places of historic significance. Many of the artists I spoke to have done tours of FOBs (forward operating bases) of US soldiers stationed in war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan or on aircraft carriers. And in all my years, I’ve never been asked to cover an awards show. Not only was the box decorated with the names and faces of the country music stars, but it also had a speaker playing music to the street. The whole experience was fascinating and I’m glad I had the chance to be here. And I mean that in the most positive way possible. Yet here I was. When the channel was extended an invitation to participate in Country Music Awards media activity, including artist interviews, they jumped at the chance. The assignment came via Vintage-TV, the British-based music channel that’s been operating in Canada for a little over a year (If you have Rogers or Shaw, you should watch. Garth Brooks is God. Even though many of today’s modern country artists sound similar to the California soft rock of the 70s (or even the southern rock pioneered by the Allmans or Skynyrd), everyone is careful to pay fealty to classic country performers like George Jones, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Glen Campbell, Chet Atkins, George Strait and, of course, Elvis. And since I am Canada’s Needle Time interviewer, my presence was required to conduct said interviews. Men addressed me as “sir” with a firm handshake and direct eye contact. A lot of what I thought I knew about country music was based on cliches and stereotypes. Nashville is more than just country music. They love their sponsors and love their corporate gigs. I learned a quite a lot about a form of music (and the people who make it) that’s totally foreign to me. I was set straight on an almost hourly basis. Even though he has a reputation for being super down-to-earth sort of dude, the fact is he’s the second-highest-selling artist of all time, right behind the Beatles. Snobby me. As I like to say, Vintage is “certified 100% Kardashian and Snooki-free.”)
With CMT Canada’s decision to stop showing country music videos this past summer, Vintage sees a hole in the market for carefully-curated blocks of country as part of its programming–and that includes the channel’s flagship interview series, Needle Time. [NASHVILLE -] I had no bloody business being here. Yes, there were plenty of cowboy boots, shout-outs to God and meta-redneck references, but none of that does justice to what modern country is all about. I can say without fear of contradiction that was the most unqualified person anywhere on that red carpet. How cool is that? Everyone loves Garth and wants to work with him. Some of these shows are in front of less than a hundred people, all of whom have been away from home for months. Hey, like it says on the Lululemon bag, you should do something that scares you every day. But a gig is a gig and since I consider myself a professional who can tackle any assignment, I said I’d do it. What would be considered selling out in other parts of the industry is just normal operating procedure here. But somehow I ended up on the red carpet at the Country Music Awards, microphone in hand, on the lookout for people to interview. Nashville is the epitome of a “music city.” The creation and promotion of music is the main industry, a pursuit that pervades every corner of the city. Country music musicians are brand-friendly. Fish out of water? Whenever I mentioned these gigs, they all became very animated and even teared up. I walked by a utility box, a boring old metal thing that house the controls for the traffic lights at that intersection. Unqualified? I was repeatedly told that everyone is “family.” If they’re not collaborating which each other, there’s name-checking as compliments fly and credit is given for influences. You bet. They love the troops. Women called me “darlin’,” “sweetheart” and “honey.” Everyone had warm, genuine smiles and gave me their undivided attention. Honestly, though, I’m glad I got the assignment. It’s all about revenue streams that will allow them to continue make music. It seems that there’s a standard of etiquette to which everyone is expected to adhere. There’s a great respect for the elders. Not only does everyone have impeccable manners, but they display immense respect to those around them. Everyone knows everyone. Yes, country is the dominant genre, but there are thousands of musicians and songwriters working here who specialize in rock, alternative, soul, the blues, R&B and more. None. If there’s a person who knows less about country music than me, I’ve never met them. Absolutely. It’s a really good channel for people who love music without all the silly celebrity/lifestyle stuff. Off-brand? Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to reboot my brain by going through my Sonic Youth collection. For example:
Country music people are incredibly, almost insanely polite. And lemme tell you something: Being airdropped into the centre of the country music world to be surrounded by cowboy hats and bedazzled everything scared the bejeezus out of me.
I Was Sent to Cover the Country Music Awards in Nashville. What’s Wrong with THAT Picture?

Behold the World’s Biggest Record Show

Behold the World’s Biggest Record Show
Full details at The Vinyl Factory. I gotta go next year. This weekend marks the 48th annual Mega Record and CD Fair in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Five hundred dealers are set up in a space that’s 12,500 square feet inside an expo hall.

52 Albums That Changed My Life (and Other Exaggerations), Chapter 46: A Decade of Steely Dan

52 Albums That Changed My Life (and Other Exaggerations), Chapter 46: A Decade of Steely Dan
One of the podcasts I listen to is called The VIP Lounge, hosted by a former writer in pro wrestling, Alex Greenfield and a pro wrestler that works under the name of MVP. I’m not exactly familiar with a lot of the softer rock bands of the 70’s and early 80’s beyond Steely Dan and The Eagles but I think it’s safe to say that not many were following suit with lyrics of those kind of topics. He went inside and came out with a greatest hits collection. The lyrics of Steely Dan work very similarly, you may not catch them the first or even the second time you give it a listen but once you start catching on, the lyrics of Steely Dan are well written, catchy and sometimes dark as hell. Me? But due to MVP’s mention on the podcast, I went digging and found all of these rap tracks using Steely Dan samples as a base. And if they were they weren’t written nearly as well as Steely Dan managed to do it. It contains “Black Friday,” “Deacon Blues,” “FM,” “Peg,” and “Reelin’ in the Years.” But give it a few listens. He’s a big fan of the Lone Wolf and Cub series of films as am I. If you’re like me and it starts to grab your head, explore it a little further. That same influence can also be a real turn off for some people. Musically, I love “Reelin’ in the Years,” and despite my love of guitar, it’s more the rollicking sound of the piano that grabs me. Really dark. The music itself can sound a little soft due to the jazz influence. I discovered Steely Dan in my early twenties. This album may come as a surprise for a number of readers. “Deacon Blues” is in part about the giving a glorious name to the losers and nerds of the world but the tone of the song definitely isn’t that of the nerds and losers ever becoming the winners. And he’s completely right because the lyrics of Steely Dan can be dark. Steely Dan had the fortune of coming up at a time when they could take a lot of time with recording an album. Even Kanye West, who I am not a big fan of, grabbed me with his song “Champion” and the use of “Kid Charlemagne”. Some albums you can rectify with the thought “That’s what Brent grew up on” or “Those are strong albums from his childhood” or “Brent is stuck in the 90’s.” The album in this chapter kind of goes against most of this. More complex compositions were possible because you could work on it and if it wasn’t working, you had time to rework it. Once again, it was through a cottage listening session but through a backass way of doing it. We both love Blade Runner and we both love Steely Dan. As I’ve stated before, I’m not huge into hip hop, I like what I like but I often don’t go digging into it as much as sometimes I think I should. It was a sunny day sitting on Uncle Bill’s deck with an adult beverage, the first time I was having drinks with my uncle and my dad as an adult. But it was through MVP that I learned that Steely Dan had actually had an influence on hip-hop. I just love how it rolls and can settle into the background but comes right back to the forefront of the song. I fell in love with the album and asked who it was. “Peg” has a reference to a real-life story of actress Peg Entwistle, who committed suicide by jumping off the Hollywood sign. I have an unabashed love for pro wrestling, I love the athleticism, the pageantry of the entire thing. I once heard a podcast with Damian Abraham from Fucked Up say that he often thought Steely Dan would make great fodder for a punk tribute album, not so much because of the music (which he wasn’t a big fan of) but more due to the lyrics and their content. A Decade of Steely Dan is a great place to get your feet wet with before you dive into albums like Aja. “Oh, it’s Donald Fagen, the guy from Steely Dan”
“Steely Dan?”
Now, I had read Naked Lunch at this point and a steam-powered strap-on isn’t something that leaves the imagination easily, I thought my uncle was kind of taking the piss out of me. Take “Black Friday.” The first part of the song is all about watching those committing suicide (due to a financial collapse) while taking what he can and running with the money before anyone catches on. I love it because of this, it kind of lulls you into a false sense of security because a lot of their music is smooth and calm, like Babylon Sister. As of this writing, I am drooling in anticipation for the New Japan Pro Wrestlings biggest show, Wrestle Kingdom in January… but I digress. It was still easily recognizable but many of these artists had also managed to do some really creative things with the songs. Now, MVP and I apparently have a lot of pop culture favorites in common. Uncle Bill was playing Kamakiriad, Donald Fagen’s solo album. For example, I listen to a number of podcasts about pro wrestling. My love of the band has only deepened as I’ve gotten older and I still find out things about the band’s music that surprise me and intrigue me. But the more you listen to it, the more you realize how complicated some of the music was. “Give this a listen.”
Steely Dan is really a band that you have to give a few listens to before giving up on them.