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The right album won Album of the Year last night at the Grammys. If you’ve not listened to River: The Joni Letters yet, you’re missing out. It’s such the right choice, in fact, that if Kanye West starts whining about how he didn’t win the category, someone needs to give him a nice hard slap and tell him to grow up, already.

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By John Scalzi

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Kanye got his zap from that country musician last night. As much as I loved his heartfelt performance of Mama, I think he does need to be taken down a peg. Consider it done.

This shouldn’t be too far off topic, but just last week someone sent me a link to Richard Thompson doing Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” at a tribute concert:

Excellent choice. Herbie’s Possibilities album is one of my standard “long car driving” albums, and his recent solo album The Piano is great on a rainy day (or any day).

The venerable Mr. Hancock has a long and multi-genre career (check out Canteaoupe Island)…Kanye (Kanine?) has a long way to go.

Haven’t heard the new album but had the awesome experience of catching Hancock live last year when he was touring it. A great show, a great musician, worth seeing in the flesh if he’s in your neighborhood.

He’s also one of the only two people I can think of in the whole world who can make a keytar cool, and the only one of the two who does it without being ironic. (The other guy is Ben Folds… who, you know, minored in self-conscious irony during his college years.)

Homie Bear: he was. That’s just how cool Herbie Hancock is: he left Miles Davis’ band to save the universe from Galacticus. But you have it slightly backwards: the Fantastic Four joined him (google “Herbie Hancock’s Cosmic Ray-Irradiated Super Quintet” for more info).

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