Review Corner: Liz Huett covers You Don’t Know How It Feels

Liz actually knows how it feels.

Hello Lizettes and Lizards! Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s got some delayed posts still being written, we’ve been made aware that ninjas don’t write. They’re still good at disappearing when there’s work to do and eating up all the cake, but as it turns out these are not things that are particularly useful to maintaining a blog.

But let’s get to why we’re all here, shall we? Take it away, Liz!

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(Source: LizHuett.com)

The inimitable Liz Huett has just released a new song, a cover version of “You Don’t Know How It Feels” made famous by Tom Petty. The song is recognizable, albeit the lyrics of the first verse have differences, but there’s something about the way it sounds that gives it a different edge, a compromise with the song that makes it personal. This could be just Liz’s talented voice but the I also believe it’s a shift in tone. You truly believe both lyrics and melody as intentional and as driven as it she had written them herself.

Liz Huett’s version of “You Don’t Know How It Feels” is available here.

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • January 28: The 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Taylor Swift is nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media with Zayn for “I Don’t Want To Live Forever” and Best Country Song for “Better Man” as performed by Little Big Town.

End Game: The music video drops

I have my buried hatchets bookmarked in Google Maps, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who gets up in the middle of the night to write rants and music video releases apparently, we think Taylor could’ve included more cities. Then again, Montreal is expecting heavy snow this weekend so perhaps it’s better Tay kept to the big city names.

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(Source: Taylor Swift via VEVO)

“End Game” features appearances and talent by Future and Ed Sheeran. The video is directed by Joseph Kahn. It’s really nice to see her and Ed collaborate again and based on the interaction between them you could tell some friendly banter was going on. The video has scenes filmed in Miami, Tokyo and London and feels the need to announce all those cities because… I’m not sure. It’s basically Taylor partying it up yet keeping it cozy with a group of friends. New York City is not included.

Watch on YouTube

Did you notice all the snake references on the video? The straws on the glasses are snake straws. She rides a motorcycle at some point dressed in a bodysuit that has a snakeskin print. At around the 3 minute mark she’s on top of a bar playing the old snake video game.

Does it look good? Yes. Does it tell a story? No, but let’s be honest neither did the song. It’s literally about big reputation – or simply put, fame. I will say this, she seems to be having fun and it never seems like she’s trying to stand out. She’s always just part of a group of friends, and I hope that mirrors her real life (although my big theory for this album is she’s no longer trying to share her life with the public).

Coming soon! The 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Taylor Swift is nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media with Zayn for “I Don’t Want To Live Forever”. She also gets a nod for writing the Best Country Song for “Better Man” as performed by Little Big Town.

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • January 28: The 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Taylor Swift is nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media with Zayn for “I Don’t Want To Live Forever” and Best Country Song for “Better Man” as performed by Little Big Town.

(Source: Taylor Swift VEVO via YouTube)

The Weekly Rant: Why I dread the album’s first singles

This wasn’t the post that I was writing, Taylor Nation.

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(Source: TaylorSwift.com)

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who always have his mind a little too busy with thoughts, I often will start writing something and get stuck. The solution usually ends up being writing something else which hopefully I can write all the way to a conclusion. In case this was not evident, this one’s the latter.

I have a complicated relationship with Taylor’s singles. More often than not the first singles released from her albums didn’t turn into favourites. I wasn’t a big fan of “You Belong With Me” from Fearless (*). I didn’t like “Mine” from Speak Now. I could barely stand “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. I first hated “Shake It Off” from 1989. I still cringe when I hear “Look What You Made Me Do” from reputation.

(*) Update: My mistake. “You Belong With Me” wasn’t the first single from Fearless. “Love Story” and “White Horse” came out first.

Now for the casual listener, that sounds like I don’t really like Taylor Swift’s music, doesn’t it? Those are not the songs that make a fan out of me, though. Some have grown on me, some I’d rather skip.

All those are the first singles that came out from each album. The only exception remains “Tim McGraw” from her self-titled album (that song is a timeless favourite). Every other first released single was made for radio play, and more than likely has a bit of an earworm quality to it. That doesn’t necessarily make them the best that Taylor has to offer.

And that’s for me the unfortunate truth. Casual listeners will listen to the first single and tune off. How many casual listeners have listened to Fearless’ excellent “White Horse” winner of two of Taylor’s first Grammies? What about Speak Now with amazing tracks like “Dear John”, “Last Kiss” and the anthem of anthems “Long Live”? What hardcore fan doesn’t know Red‘s fan favourite “All Too Well”? 1989 literally is full of hits.

Thankfully, nothing else in reputation sounds like “Look What You Made Me Do”. Sorry, I do know that sounds harsh! But for me it was a welcome relief when I started to listen to the album and the tracks kept getting better and better.

So, why I’m not a fan of her first singles? Is it the earworm quality? Is it the radio-friendly pop melodies? I’m not sure. It’s very frustrating to me since I can empathize with the casual listener who believes they have a firm grip on what Taylor “sounds like” but have never heard a deep cut like “All Too Well”. I really hope one day you’ll give them a listen.

Coming up next year! The 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Taylor Swift has two nominations. No, no, no, chill! Taylor’s reputation is not eligible yet. It will be eligible for 2019’s (wow that is a long time to wait). She is nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media with Zayn for “I Don’t Want To Live Forever”. She also gets a nod for writing the Best Country Song for “Better Man” as performed by Little Big Town.

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • January 28: The 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Taylor Swift is nominated for Best Song Written for Visual Media with Zayn for “I Don’t Want To Live Forever” and Best Country Song for “Better Man” as performed by Little Big Town.

 

Tour Talk & News Update: new Stadium dates! Grammy Noms! Pre-sale dates!

Get off the chandelier, Taylor Nation. New Stadium dates are up!

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Remember all this information is subject to change, so keep checking TaylorSwift.com and Ticketmaster.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who could use have happy news, we’re thrilled to announce Taylor Swift will have two reasons to go to the Grammys on 2018. She’s got a nomination for Best Country Song for “Better Man” sung by Little Big Town and Best Song Written for Visual Media with Zayn for “I Don’t Want To Live Forever”.

Before you say but what about reputation? which you probably said already before clicking this page, Taylor’s acclaimed sixth studio album will not be eligible until next year (which means the Grammy Awards of 2019!). Fortunately we Swifties are patient, right? Riiiiight. Okey put the pitchforks down, I was kidding…

On the other hand, the result of boosting has been finally revealed. The way it works is the following. The better your boost, the earliest you get your pre-sale date. So, here’s the four possible dates:

Date Ticket Selection
Tue 12/5 The Best – Access to the greatest variety in the venue
Wed 12/6 Excellent – All price levels likely to have seats available
Thu 12/7 Good/Fair – Varied selection throughout most of the venue; may only have single seats in high-demand sections
Fri 12/8 Limited – Some selection in the upper and middle bowl; high-demand areas such as the floor may be sold out

We’ve compiled all the dates in next year’s Calendar if you want to see them, but the official calendar dates are in TaylorSwift.com.

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • November 29: The pre-sale starts for the UK and Ireland Stadium Tours.
  • December 1: General onsale for the UK and Ireland Stadium Tours.
  • December 2: Taylor Swift is one of the acts for 997NOW’s POPTOPIA 2017 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. Tickets are on sale October 14.
  • December 5-8: The pre-sale starts for the first US Stadium Tours from Ticketmaster.

(Sources: Ticketmaster, TaylorSwift.com)

Weekly News Update: November 26, 2017

Don’t blame me, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who thinks your dancing might improve if you untie your hands first, we’re looking at our finances and wonder how exactly we ever managed to get to those concerts before. We’ll remain hopeful for a concert in town.

  • reputation already sold a confirmed 1,216 million albums on the first week, a number that rises if you add the track equivalent albums (TEAs) for a total of 1,238 million. That makes reputation Taylor’s second best-selling debut. 1989 sold 1,287 million units the first opening week.
  • reputation now adds 256,000 albums for a second week maintaining the top spot on the US charts.
  • November 28 is the closing date to create your Taylor Swift Tix account. After that, you’re no longer eligible for the pre-sales of the Stadium Tour. I don’t know if this applies to additional legs, or even if additional legs will even happen. Official information only at Taylorswift.com.
  • I might have to make a dreadful rumor control post soon since some people have come up with all sort of unfounded ideas about Taylor’s political leniencies. You can talk about conspiracy theories run amuck, but the political climate is insane right now.

Coming up in the Calendar:

  • November 29: The pre-sale starts for the UK and Ireland Stadium Tours.
  • December 1: General onsale for the UK and Ireland Stadium Tours.
  • December 2: Taylor Swift is one of the acts for 997NOW’s POPTOPIA 2017 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. Tickets are on sale October 14.
  • December 5-8: The pre-sale starts for the first US Stadium Tours from Ticketmaster.

(Sources: Ticketmaster, TaylorSwift.com)