Eager voters, my sincerest apologies for tonight’s delay! I got my days mixed up. Well, we’re just getting our feet wet in the Round of 128, so let’s get to it!
First up is Division B’s top seed Adele bearing her soul acoustically via voice & piano, after surviving a Feist-y battle in the first round. How far will she go? For starters, she must defeat not uno, but Dos Gardenias from some of Cuba’s finest musicians: #1 Someone Like You (Acoustic Live) (Adele) vs #8 Dos Gardenias (Buena Vista Social Club).
Can a couple of former child actors take down “the quintessential American power pop band” (allmusic)? You decide: #4 Portions for Foxes (Rilo Kiley) vs #5 Thirteen (Big Star).
Well, if The Replacements were to vote on the previous matchup, you can be assured they’d rate Big Star highly since they wrote a whole song about Big Star’s singer/songwriter Alex Chilton. Challenging is little-known band Stealer’s Wheel with a catchy tune whose popularity is primarily due to its inclusion on the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack: #2 Stuck in the Middle With You (Stealer’s Wheel) vs #7 Alex Chilton (The Replacements).
Arcade Fire was 1 for 2 in the Round of 256. The band’s lyrics about suburban sprawl may bring back memories of mom’s Meat Loaf and teenage love. Both these artists have a tendency to bring out the extremes in voters: #3 Sprawl II (Arcade Fire) vs #6 Paradise by the Dashboard Light (Meat Loaf).
#1 Someone Like You (Acoustic Live) (Adele)
#8 Dos Gardenias (Buena Vista Social Club)
#4 Portions for Foxes (Rilo Kiley)
#5 Thirteen (Big Star)
#2 Stuck in the Middle With You (Stealer’s Wheel)
#7 Alex Chilton (The Replacements)
#3 Sprawl II (Arcade Fire)
#6 Paradise by the Dashboard Light (Meat Loaf)