Last Podcast of 2012. My Favorite Songs..

This has been a strong year for singles. Albums not so much. Usually I have a difficult time trying to weed through all the albums of the year. But I didn’t really have that much of a problem for this year’s picks. You can see who I picked for my top 20 albums in the previous blog. But this year a lot of songs grabbed my attention and never let go. Theses songs are in no particular order. Just because Bruno is number 1 doesn’t mean I think he had the best song, his song was just the first one to pop into my head. Some of these tunes I’ve already played in previous podcasts over this year  so don’t worry if they sound familiar. Some were songs I just thought were standouts from the other better known songs groups or singers are known for and I wanted to bring them to the music roundtable. So I ‘m going to share. Isn’t it nice when people share? So here is my podcast link to download:


Or if you want to stream it..

And here is the list. Some are from my list of albums, some are just random.. songs I enjoyed and got stuck in my head for days. Sorry No Call Me Maybes here. Enjoy. I’ll be back in 2013 with new lists, new podcasts, and new random acts of music love.

Be safe everyone. Happy new year!



Bruno Mars – Money Make Her Smile

Muse – Panic Station

Linkin Park – BURN IT DOWN

Rita Ora – How We Do (Party)

Vicci Martinez – I Can Love

Bright Light Bright Light – Feel It

Rihanna – Diamonds

Divine Fits – Would That Not Be Nice

Cat Power – Ruin

Christina Aguilera – Light Up The Sky

Crystal Castles – Sad Eyes

John Talabot – When The Past Was Present

Chromatics – Kill for Love

Japandroids – Fire’s Highway

Cold Specks – Blank Maps

Jack White – Love Interruption

Four Tet – Locked

Calvin Harris – Sweet Nothing (feat. Florence Welch) 3:33

El-P – For My Upstairs Neighbor (Mums the Word)

Tegan & Sara – Closer

Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child

Metz – Sad Pricks

Twin Shadow – Five Seconds

Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream

The Gossip – Casualties Of War

The Gaslight Anthem – Here Comes My Man

Killer Mike – Reagan

The Gaslamp Killer – Dead Vets (with Adrian Younge & MRR)

Pink – Blow Me (One Last Kiss)

Robbie Williams – Different

Bring it 2013!



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Music: My Likes and Loves of 2012

Well folks, here we are again. Another year for the record books, another list of albums to be published. Why shouldn’t I make my own list? This was a tough year of music or me. There were some releases I thoroughly enjoyed. And some releases I kinda enjoyed and then there were albums I didn’t enjoy but the lead single was off the knob. Such a disappointment when that happens. So I decided to make two lists.. The first list is of albums I LIKED but didn’t LOVE, usually because of  vulgar words that slipped through, or songs ran WAY too long.. or an album was WAY too short. That’s a pet peeve. The second list is of albums I loved from beginning to end. The production, the lyrics were well thought out and executed. And my ears were happy. Enjoy.




1. The Rosebuds – LoveDeluxe

A cover of the entire LoveDeluxe album by Sade. Very soothing. Call it a bedroom headphone album… I recommend it.

Key Tracks: No Ordinary Love, I Couldn’t Love You More, Like a Tattoo, Cherish the Day, Mermaid


2. Metz – Metz 

Loud. Distorted. Madness

Key Tracks: Headache, Sad Pricks


3. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music

Killer Mike returns and he’s angry. About the country, about the economy, and about presidents. One of the better rap albums I’ve heard in a while.

Key Tracks: Big Beast, Anywhere But Here, Reagan


4. John Talabot – Fin

For the electronic freak in everyone…

Key Tracks: Journeys, Esitu, Destiny


5. Ryan Bingham – Tomorrowland 

The country singer reemerges with more of a rock country record. And I dig.

Key Tracks: Guess Who’s Knocking, Rising of the Ghetto, Beg for Broken Legs, Heart of Rhythm (very Bruce Springteen-y)


6. Divine Fits – Divine Fits

Britt Daniel (of Spoon) and a few buddies made a very cosmic slop record. Elements of rock, a hint of electronica, synths, Divine Fits was a nice surprise.

Key Tracks: Would That Not be Nice, My Love is Real


7. THEEsatisfaction – THEEsatisfaction

Calm, cool, and collected rap duo take no prisoners.

Key Tracks: Existinct, Bitch, Sweat


8. Pink – The Truth About Love

PInk returns. If you liked her previous efforts, this is no different. She kicks shit. Hard.

Key Tracks: Here Comes the Weekend, Title Track, Slut Like You


9. Crystal Castles – III

Electroclash galore.

Key Tracks: Sad Eyes, Violent Youth, Mercenary


10. Rihanna – Unapologetic

Rihanna is the Mariah Carey of the past few years, dropping an album every year it seems.. or it feels like it anyway. This is a solid effort of pop, r&b, some 90s dance.. There’s something for everyone here. However, the sad part about this for me is that she does have a duet with Chris Brown. Funniest thing, it’s one of the best tracks beat and hook wise. She’s determined to frustrate fans like myself who enjoy her music, but hate it when she makes dumb decisions. But if you enjoy her music, like I do, then this is good stuff.

Key  Tracks: Diamonds, Numb, Pour It Up, and Jump (Thank Ginuwine Riri, because you totally lifted a line from “Pony,” his biggest hit), Nobody’s Business (and I hate to admit that..)




1. Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls

Brittany Howard. The real thing. Mark my word. Rock, blues, sorrow, heartache, and hope all rolled into one.

Key Tracks: Hold On, Heartbreaker, Be Mine, and the whole damn album. Kicks ass. Major.


2. The Gossip – Joyful Noise

Beth Ditto, Hannah Blilie, and Nathan Howdeshell return with an overwhelming fantastic album full of dance, pop, and a little rock. It’s like the 90s blew up in their faces and the result is a Joyful Noise.

Key Tracks: Melody Emergency, Get Lost, Get a Job, Love in a Foreign Place, Casualties of War, Move in the Right Direction


3. Cat Power – Sun

FINALLY!! A Cat Power album that had my toes tapping. Great use of drum machines melody. Still a little darkness lyrically but overall, I approve.

Key Tracks: Cherokee, Ruin, Manhattan, Silent Machine


4. Bright Lights, Bright Lights – Make Me Believe in Hope

All she wants to do is “DANCE DANCE DANCE”. Download or buy this cd, press play and shake a tail feather. The 90s called. They say “thanks for keeping our memory alive.”

Key Tracks: Feel It, A New Word to Say, Cry at Films, How to Make a Heart


5. Grizzly Bear – Shields

My favorite brooders are back. And they’re upbeat. Who knew? Beautiful melodies too.

Key Tracks: A Simple Answer, Speak in Rounds, Gun-Shy, and Half Gate.


6. Christina Aguilera – Lotus

This album is fantastic. The big voice of pop returns. Along with her boobs. But it’s a great pop record. Forget Bionic, this is the one to listen to.

Key Tracks: Your Body, Around the World, Let There Be Love, Make the World Move, Shut Up, Light Up the Sky


7. Japandroids – Celebration Rock

I’m a sucker for crunchy guitars and loudness.

Key Tracks: Fire’s Highway, Adrenaline Nightshift.. and the whole album. Just get it.


8. Chairlift – Something

Glorious, beautiful, and luscious landscapes covered by a soothing voice that guides our ears into musical heaven.

Key tracks: Wrong Opinion, Turning, I Belong in Your Arms (so 80s), Met Before,  Frigid Spring


9. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream

A writer for others, FINALLY, his time has come. I hear a little of Prince in him too. Never a bad thing. He has a beautiful voice. It works well with every beat. In an r&b school of whiners nowadays, he’s got the talent.

Key Tracks: Adorn, The Thrill, How Many Drinks, title track, Where’s the Fun in Forever


10. El-P – Cure 4 Cancer

El-P comes back in full form. The stories are more intricate. The beats are harder. Win win.

Key Tracks: True Story, For My Upstairs Neighbor, The Full Retard, Drones Over Bklyn

Honorable mention:

quantic alice russell


Quantic and Alice Russell – Look Around the Corner

Such a weird combo, but such a wonderful throwback 60s sound.

Key Tracks: Look Around the Corner, Traveling Song, Su Suzy, and Boogaloo 33

If you dig jazz, pop, and lounge from the 60s, then check them out.


There you have it folks. My favorites of the year. My ipod is officially full.


Uh oh.



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