Some pithy musings on an event (and process) that is outside my interests or ability to watch. Fun!
Album of the Year
Andrew Bird – My Finest Work Yet
I’ll apparently have to be the last person in America to check out the Billie Eilich record to see what all the fuss is about. Until then, the greatest album I heard this year came from Andrew Bird – although Justin Townes Earle, Mikal Cronin, The Lumineers, and Nick Waterhouse kicked some serious ass as well.
Song of the Year
Rival Sons – “Shooting Stars”
This song is powerful, hooky, and it even rocks a bit. Seems like a perfect rock song for the Grammys to grab onto, but alas, there were no rock songs nominated for this award which was won by Ms. Eilich. Some other songs I would nominate include: “Bloodless” by Andrew Bird, “Ready to Let Go” from Cage the Elephant, “No Halo” by Kevin Morby, Jamestown Revival’s gorgeous cover of “California Dreamin’”, Patrick Park’s “Five Alarm”, Justin Townes Earles’s “The Saint of Lost Causes”, and finally, the remarkable and socially conscious take on “Hell You Talmbout” from David Byrne and his all-star band.
Given that she owned the night, no shock that Billie took this one home as well. I’ll go with bluesman J.D. Simo, who brought the goods on his debut album Off at 11. Reignwolf’s scuzzy rock was a welcome surprise, and a quick shout out to local talents Johnny Boy Kunk and The Weary Times as well.
I like most of these nominees, and the winner (“This Land” from Gary Clark, Jr.) is a fine choice. I like “Fear Inoculum”, the title track from Tool’s latest album and the most-streamed song of their career. The fact that that selection was part of the nomination pile makes me happy.
OK, that is enough. I didn’t watch, as I just can’t, and most of this (as usual) I don’t even know. They did nail it when they handed Willie Nelson a win for Country Solo Performance for “Ride Me Back Home”. Thanks for reading, now enough about the Shammys.