That’s Auntertainment! Episode 45: The Beatles

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You’re never gonna believe this, but … Jeff and Aunt Beth are both HUGE fans of The Beatles. And incredibly enough, so are several other members of their family.

That’s Auntertainment! Karaoke Korner 10

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Karaoke Korner is back at it again! The lineup this time comes from Jeff’s cousin Riley, who has assembled the motley crew of the Beatles, Paramore, and Slipknot.

A Puddle of Liver Movie Review: ‘Yesterday’

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Yesterday raises a lot of questions, most of which has no interest in answering. First off:

-Why does the global blackout erase the Beatles from existence, and why is Jack Malik (Hamish Patel) apparently the only one who remembers them?

I am perfectly fine that this goes unaddressed, because the “why” is less important than the “where do we go from here?” Which brings me to:

-Shouldn’t the Beatles’ absence make the world profoundly different?

To which Yesterday answers by implication: no, not that much. There is one band that was heavily influenced by the Fab Four that is also now no more, but the rest of music history appears to be intact. The blackout has also removed some other things from existence, but that doesn’t really have anything to do with the main premise. Those reveals are played for (decent) laughs, but they also raise their own existential questions (which remain unaddressed). But back to how the Beatles changed the world. Their cultural influence was so wide-reaching that it is just silly not to examine what an alternative history would have been like without them. Moving on…

-If the Beatles never came to be, does that mean the band members don’t exist either?

It is heavily implied that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are still somewhere, and Jack is in constant fear that he might somehow meet them and thus have to answer for passing off their music as his own. As for the two deceased lads … they are not entirely ignored either. Of course, this all raises the subquestion (which is barely touched upon): if they weren’t making the music that defined a decade, then what were they up to? But getting back to Jack’s fear:

-How much of the Beatles’ success was due not just to the songwriting, but to the people who performed it?

The lyrics of “Yesterday” and “Let It Be” are beautiful no matter who’s singing them, but Jack obviously doesn’t have the personal connection to them that the lads from Liverpool did, a fact that is introduced as quite a hitch … and then promptly ignored thereafter.

All these quandaries are given short shrift because ultimately Yesterday is really about the love story between Jack and his manager/childhood friend Ellie (Lily James). And it turns out that the main conflict is about Jack choosing between becoming a global superstar or getting things started with Ellie. I don’t understand why he can’t have both. I do understand his guilt over pretending he wrote the greatest songs ever written. But he and Ellie have such hilariously few non-obstacles to ending up together.

So look, I’ve been harping on Yesterday‘s shortcomings but I don’t really hate it. It’s got oodles of Beatles music, of course, but also I like having this conversation of drilling down on these questions. I just wish the movie itself had contributed more to the conversation.

I give Yesterday 2.5 Hands for Jude to Hold.

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of July 7, 2018

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, and then I rearrange the top 25 based on my estimation of their quality. I used to rank all of the top 25, now I just rank the cream of the crop.

Original Version
1. Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
2. Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
3. Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
4. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
5. Foster the People – “Sit Next to Me”
6. Panic! at the Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”
7. Panic! at the Disco – “High Hopes”
8. Bad Wolves – “Zombie”
9. lovelytheband – “Broken”
10. Panic! at the Disco – “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”
11. Panic! at the Disco – “King of the Clouds”
12. Panic! at the Disco – “(Fuck a) Silver Lining”
13. John Mayer – “New Light”
14. Panic! at the Disco – “Roaring 20s”
15. Weezer – “Africa”
16. Panic! at the Disco – “Dancing’s Not a Crime”
17. Panic! at the Disco – “Dying in LA”
18. The Beatles – “Let It Be”
19. Panic! at the Disco – “One of the Drunks”
20. Two Feet – “I Feel Like I’m Drowning”
21. Godsmack – “Bulletproof”
22. Panic! at the Disco – “Old Fashioned”
23. Panic! at the Disco – “The Overpass”
24. Paul McCartney – “Come On to Me”
25. Florence + the Machine – “Hunger”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Let It Be
2. Feel It Still
3. I Feel Like I’m Drowning
4. Come on to Me
5. New Light
6. Hunger
7. Africa

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of September 9, 2017

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, and then I rearrange the top 25 based on my estimation of their quality. I used to rank all 25, now I just rank the cream of the crop.

Original Version
1. Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
2. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
3. Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
4. The Revivalists – “Wish I Knew You”
5. Linkin Park – “Numb”
6. Linkin Park – “In the End”
7. 30 Seconds to Mars – “Walk on Water”
8. Judah & the Lion – “Take It All Back”
9. Linkin Park ft. Kiiara – “Heavy”
10. Lord Huron – “The Night We Met”
11. Zach Williams – “Old Church Choir”
12. Weezer – “Feels Like Summer”
13. The Killers – “The Man”
14. The Beatles – “Here Comes the Sun”
15. NEEDTOBREATHE – “Hard Love”
16. Linkin Park – “What I’ve Done”
17. Soundgarden – “Black Hole Sun”
18. The Animals – “House of the Rising Sun”
19. Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Bad Moon Rising”
20. Linkin Park – “One More Light”
21. The Lumineers – “Angela”
22. Sir Sly – “High”
23. Fall Out Boy – “Champion”
24. Theory of a Deadman – “Rx”
25. Linkin Park – “Crawling”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Here Comes the Sun
2. House of the Rising Sun
3. Bad Moon Rising
4. Black Hole Sun
5. The Man
6. High
7. Feel It Still
8. What I’ve Done
9. Hard Love
10. Numb
11. In the End
12. Crawling
13. Feels Like Summer