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  • Bells Of The Ball!

    Dave DiMartino at New This Week2 mths ago

    Between the Grammys and last weekend’s Super Bowl halftime show, and the insanely whacked out world of today’s social media in overdrive, you’d think the entire world has embraced pop music like never before.

    But Bruno Mars vs. the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Really?

    I don’t know about you, but most everyone I know thinks Bruno Mars is an extremely talented dude with not too much “there” there! And the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Obnoxious, shirtless, and tuneless!

    In short? That’s why football is best!

    Broken Bells: After The Disco (Columbia) While the union of Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) and the Shins’ James Mercer seemed an ostensible one-off back in 2010, with album No. 2 here—combined with everyone’s short memory span—the pair seem very much a band here, and the album both surprisingly delightful and "bandish." Perhaps in keeping with the album title, there are several unexpectedly retro sonic cues—vocal hints of Bad Company & Foreigner, no lie—but it’s all subtle, moody, evocative, and well done. Oddly fascinating that a week after Daft Punk wins big for embracing the analog past, here’s another take by a pair as equally clued in, no?

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  • He’s Croz, But He’s Not Angry!

    Dave DiMartino at New This Week2 mths ago

    Have to admit to being more impressed than usual by Sunday night’s Grammys awards broadcast!

    Why? It’s simple!

    *The nice assemblage of top-level talent.

    *The eye-opening array of very popular artists who, I’ve come to realize, mean very little to me personally.

    *The surrealistic, often jarring performance combinations—Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons, say, or Metallica with Lang Lang.

    *My unexpectedly lengthy stay at the Sherman Oaks Jiffy Lube--which made me miss the opening number by reclusive superstars Beyoncé and Jay Z! Yikes!

    Luckily, I saw a few GIFs of the latter, so I’m all caught up!

     

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