Today we have our second example of a band kinda sorta covering itself (The Mamas and the Papas’ ‘California Dreamin’‘ was the first).
In this case, the two songs share lead singer Grace Slick, who took ‘Somebody to Love’ to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 with Jefferson Airplane in 1967. But before that, she recorded the song with her previous band, The Great Society.
Continuing my countdown of every Coen Brothers movie…
#6. A Serious Man (2009)
(up one spot from previous ranking)
This is the Coen Brothers’ densest text, but it’s still an easy watch. Leave it to them to explore the existence of God and the purgatory of uncertainty and still deliver a film this funny.
A Serious Man asks if we’re victims of an indifferent god (as the next film on my list suggests), or if our moral actions have consequences. And can we ever know, or is the trick to let it pass, like a toothache?
Best Songs of 2015 – #19
‘Somebody To Love’ – Kacey Musgraves
Kacey Musgraves’ sophomore album, Pageant Material, was a bit of a let-down after her sparkling debut, Same Trailer, Different Park. It’s not that the songs were worse, but rather they felt like more of the same.
Lead single ‘Biscuits’ was catchy as hell but really just another take on the “be yourself” mantra of ‘Follow Your Arrow.’ In fact, half of the album delivers that same message.
Justin Bieber is like the villain in a horror movie. Just when you think he’s gone for good he pops back out and attacks again.
I hoped that Bieber’s descent into petty crime and general dickishness would keep him off of the airwaves. A modern-day Vanilla Ice, if you will, who would turn up again in 2025 on a home-improvement show but otherwise stay silent.