Song of the Day #3,713: ‘Yellow’ – Katharine Ho

I haven’t had a chance to chime in on the astronomically stupid decision by the Motion Picture Academy to introduce a “Best Popular Film” Oscar to the Academy Awards lineup. How about you just broaden your definition of what constitutes excellence and allow that a movie people actually enjoy can also be award-worthy?

And don’t get me started on what I suspect was the genesis of this idea — lack of trust in the membership to give Black Panther a legit Best Picture nomination. As the astute film journalist Mark Harris put it on Twitter, “It truly is something that in the year Black Panther, a movie made just about entirely by and with black people, grosses $700 million, the Academy’s reaction is, ‘We need to invent something separate…but equal.'”

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Song of the Day #3,223: ‘Mildenhall’ – The Shins vs. Coldplay

Hope everybody enjoyed the weekend. We now return to our regularly scheduled programming, the continuation of Round One of Montauk Madness. Our next matchup: Coldplay vs. The Shins.

This is an interesting one because Coldplay started off as a hip indie band not unlike The Shins before they blew up into a stadium band and thereafter became terminally uncool.

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Song of the Day #3,202: ‘Hymn for the Weekend’ – Chloe x Halle

This week is dedicated to the inspiring tale of Chloe x Halle, a singing sister duo from Atlanta. They’ve been posting YouTube videos since 2008, when they were 10 and 8, respectively.

I’m skipping ahead 8 years from those days to a couple of covers the sisters posted in 2016, at the ripe old ages of 16 and 18.

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Song of the Day #3,196: ‘Something Just Like This’ – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

Rihanna sits at the #7 spot on this week’s charts with ‘Love On the Brain,’ a song I’ve already covered on the blog. Rihanna recently passed Elvis to become the top-selling solo artist of all-time, trailing only The Beatles for the overall title.

At #8 is The Chainsmokers, who have been all over these charts in recent months. ‘Something Just Like This’ is a collaboration with Coldplay, and fittingly, sounds like a Coldplay song crossed with everything The Chainsmokers have ever done.

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Song of the Day #2,728: ‘Adventure of a Lifetime’ – Coldplay

coldplay_head_full_dreamsBest Songs of 2015 – #14
‘Adventure of a Lifetime’ – Coldplay

I recently wrote about my off-and-on relationship with Coldplay, stating that none of their albums has fully grabbed me since 2002’s A Rush of Blood to the Head.

Their 2015 release, A Head Full of Dreams, didn’t exactly buck that trend, but it is a solid listen. It’s the band’s “fun” record, following 2014’s break-up album Ghost Stories. It’s a sunny and buoyant collection — a cool glass of lemonade on a warm summer day.

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