Both of the Sweet Sixteen games finishing this morning lacked the drama of some of our better recent matchups, with the higher seed going on to win by solid margins.
(1) The Cure's "Pictures of You" took down (3) Tori Amos's "Silent All These Years" 109-86
(2) Radiohead's "Fake Plastic Trees" ended the run of dark horse (6) This Mortal Coil's "Song to the Siren" 76-50
Neither result is surprising, since both winners seemed to us early favorites (hence their seeds), but we followed "Song to the Siren"'s run to the Sweet 16 with anticipation, and will mourn their loss. It's worth noting here that "Song to the Siren" wasn't even in the bracket until the very last minute, at which point official Committee Advisor Chris Cokinos suggested them to us. (We had "You and Your Sister," which "Song to the Siren" beat handily in the play-in.) So it was a good run, This Mortal Coil, especially for a song unfamiliar to many of our voters coming into March Sadness. We thank you, Brian Blanchfield, for helping to contextualize that song for the crowd. We also wave goodbye to Tori Amos, who leaves us in spite of an outstanding and impassioned essay by Alison Stine.
So: this leaves us with a weekend to relax and take a break and watch some basketball, if you prefer, or listen to sad songs that didn't make the bracket, as we prefer. If you don't want to go without, start with: Dinosaur Jr's "Feel the Pain," Cowboy Junkies' "Blue Moon Revisited," The Lemonheads' "It's a Shame About Ray," quite a bit of the Trashcan Sinatras, Codeine's version of "Atmosphere," Shawn Colvin's "Shotgun Down the Avalanche," Gin Blossoms' "Hey Jealousy," The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy's "Angels," Emmylou Harris's "Red Dirt Girl," and Duran Duran's "Ordinary World," all of which lost play-in games or were got bumped
We'll see you Monday morning for the next two Sweet 16 matchups, featuring (1) Neutral Milk Hotel (repped by Lawrence Lenhart) vs surprising Australians (13) The Church, as repped by Juan Diaz. And (3) Sinead O'Connor (repped by Laura Owen) brings the drama vs (2) Jeff Buckley, as repped by Elena Passarello. See you on the court.