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2013 was the year we lost Roger Ebert, and ever since his death I’ve spent a lot of time looking at old clips of Siskel & Ebert on YouTube, reading Roger Ebert’s biography, and thinking about how much I miss the always engaging banter between Ebert and his old sparring partner, Siskel.
With the Oscar ceremony coming up this weekend, I got to thinking about Siskel & Ebert’s annual broadcasts which were unabashed attempts to influence Academy voters, first with Memo To The Academy, which tried to influence who got nominated, and If We Picked The Oscars, which tried to influence the winners.
With this year’s Oscar ceremony right around the corner, I decided to pay tribute to one of Siskel & Ebert’s annual traditions by doing my own version of If I Picked The Oscars.
Towards the end I’ll make my picks for all the major categories that matter to me, but first I’ll delve deeply into the categories I feel most strongly about, starting with:
Best Actress – Adèle Exarchopoulos, “Blue Is The Warmest Colour”
The new owners of Shoutcast seem to be updating the look of their website, and this is causing a temporary disruption to the embedded player on the “Listen Now” page.
The direct links are still working for those of you using a stand-alone player like Winamp or iTunes, and I’ll try to get the embedded player working again ASAP.
Thanks for your patience.
UPDATE: I’ve replaced the Shoutcast players with an alternate Flash option, so let me know how the new players are working for you.
I noticed some sort of conflict when I tried to post both the 128k and 64k streams, so I only have the 128k posted for now. If you need access to the 64k stream and can’t use a stand-alone player like iTunes or Winamp, the 64k stream is still available on TuneIn.
I’ve heard a rumour that the Shoutcast embedded player I had been using will be discontinued, so I’ll keep looking for a better option that features song titles and other added features. If anyone has any suggestions about where I should be looking, or if there are any web designers with a knowledge of Flash or PHP who think they can design a custom player with the DRR logo, song titles, album art, and Amazon links, I’d certainly appreciate you lending your expertise.
UPDATE #2: The Flash option I was using was too buggy, so I’ve switched over to a RadioTuna player, which I’ve used before and found to be stable. You can find it in the sidebar on the right-hand side of every page. Let’s see how that works.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are taking a little stick because of their Super Bowl halftime performance where they were obviously not actually playing anything and just jumping around to a pre-recorded track. Usually when people are talking about the Red Hot Chili Peppers and a little stick it means they’ve been performing without pants again, but not this time.
Viewers of the halftime show who understand how things work wisely pointed out that Flea’s bass wasn’t plugged into anything, and the band didn’t waste much time before admitting that they’d faked it in front of millions of people.
Here’s Flea’s full statement from the Red Hot Chili Peppers website:
A Message From Flea
When we were asked by the NFL and Bruno to play our song Give It Away at the Super Bowl, it was made clear to us that the vocals would be live, but the bass, drums, and guitar would be pre-recorded. I understand the NFL’s stance on this, given they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, there a zillion things that could go wrong and ruin the sound for the folks watching in the stadium and the t.v. viewers. There was not any room for argument on this, the NFL does not want to risk their show being botched by bad sound, period.
Song Of The Year: Steve Earle – “Burnin’ It Down”
One of Steve Earle’s best qualities is his fearlessness, and “Burnin’ It Down” is a perfect example of that. It could have gotten him into a lot of trouble, and it almost certainly hurt his album sales, but Steve Earle is the kind of guy who just doesn’t give a damn, and I love him for it.
Being a master storyteller, Earle doesn’t play his hand too soon, not revealing the song’s true subject matter until the second chorus. I won’t spoil it for you because the first time I heard it I laughed out loud, and the sheer audaciousness of it still makes me smile every time I hear it.
Runners-up: Patty Griffin – “Don’t Let Me Die In Florida”, Lightning Dust – “Diamond”
Album Of The Year: Steve Earle – “The Low Highway”
It’s always nice when one of your favourites releases something that reminds you why they became one of your favourites in the first place.
“The Low Highway” is my favourite Steve Earle album since his incredible run during the 90s when he set the high-water mark for Alt-Country. The passion and righteous anger that was largely missing on his last few albums has returned, and he’s back to being an ornery cuss you do not want to mess with.