Last Podcast of 2013: Best of the Best

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Fellow Earbuds!

This is my last show for the year. Just in time because the year is coming to an end very very soon. This year had a ton of good stuff, indie, pop, rap, and whatever else floats your battleship. This show is kind of long, split into two sections – one of pop stuff that just wouldn’t go away, and the other half are songs that most of you never heard of – different than my previous “songs you might have missed” blog. I hope you all enjoyed the past shows and I shall return next year with new rambles and new songs. I know you can’t wait for it, but unfortunately, you will have to 🙂 So for now, sit back, go relax and enjoy. Thanks for listening.

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Electric Lady (feat. Solange) – Janelle Monáe

Pompeii – Bastille

TKO – Justin Timberlake

Miss Jackson (Feat. Lolo) – Panic! at the Disco

Goodbye, Goodbye – Tegan and Sara

Elevate – St. Lucia

Neon Lights – Demi Lovato

Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake

The Way (Feat. Mac Miller) – Ariana Grande

Safe And Sound – Capital Cities

Sweater Weather – The Neighbourhood

My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up) – Fall Out Boy

Latch (feat. Sam Smith) – Disclosure

Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Come & Get It – Selena Gomez

The Mother We Share – CHVRCHES

Need Your Love – Trixie Whitley

Bank Head (Extended) – Kelela

Ha Ha Ha – The Julie Ruin

You and Me – Luscious Jackson

Moving Pictures – The Stepkids

Antenna – Bonobo

Let Me Love You (feat. Kelly Rowland) – Pusha T

More Than Anything (feat. Emeli Sandi) – Rudimental

Defend Yr Self – Sebadoh

The Wrong Direction – Passenger

Leave Me In The Dark – Walking Papers

Say Yes To Me – Surfer Blood

Jack – Breach -Annie Mac Presents 2013

Part Of Me Still Wants You – Silver Swans

Requiem – Frankie Rose

Your Head and Your Heart – The Saint Johns

See you next year!!

 

 

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You Asked For It: Another Top Album List for 2013. 30 of Them.

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Well fellow earbudders, here is another end of the year list from me. This was particularly hard because I listen to a lot of different kinds of music and this year was just filled with great stuff – a lot of solid pieces of work from big name artists, and indie artists. It’s HARD to pick just 30. But here they are. I’ll keep them short and sweet. Nothing more annoying than long diatribes about one album in particular. I’m not a writer, but I know what I like. For those who read my blog or listen to my podcast, some of these names shouldn’t really be a surprise. And there are a few that are I imagine. So read up, take note, and listen at will. I’m sure some won’t agree with me, but oh well. This is what I loved this year.

headheart30. The Head and the Heart – Let’s Be Still: There isn’t nothing new to this one. It’s still just as solid as their previous effort. Very chilled, very relaxed. I just took it for what it is, which was excellent.

 

 

 

 

 

bitterrivals29. Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals: They’re still loud. They’re still angry. They still want to put you in a “blow things up when you’re angry” mood. 

 

 

 

 

 

bonobo_thenorthborders28. Bonobo – North Borders: Each song makes you feel  waves of emotions ranging from relaxed to excitement. Love it when an album can make your mood change at the drop of a hat at various times while listening.

 

 

 

 

 

lonebellow27. The Lone Bellow – The Lone Below: I’m such a sucker for 3 part harmonies. And acoustic guitars. And songs that are heartfelt. It’s really a beautiful record.

 

 

 

 

 

 

thenational 26. The National – Trouble Will Find Me: It’s The National. That’s why.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

julieruin25. The Julie Ruin: Riot grrrl returns. Truly a gem. Welcome back Kathleen! Garage rock at its finest. Makes you want to stand up and take the world on by storm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

wonderyears24. The Wonder Years – The Greatest Generation: Easy laid back melodies this time around, but still can hit you with the power punk sound we’re used to from them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

passenger23. Passenger – All the Little Lights: Peaceful and delicate delivery. Quite the headphone record.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

panic!22. Panic! At The Disco – Too Weird to Live, Too Young to Die!: Enjoy this ride. They switched styles from alternative emo (if there is even a thing  now) to dance new wave pop. The difference? The songs stick out in my head a LOT more than their other albums.

 

 

 

 

 

bloodorange21. Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe: Melancholy dance, however Dev Hynes has enough collaborations to make it sound rich, gorgeous, and wonderful. The beats are pretty amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

a_fragile_2morrow20. A Fragile Tomorrow – Be Nice, Be Careful: An extremely fun album with an 80s feel. If the Replacements had children with R.E.M. circa Murmur, these guys would be the offspring. Jangly guitars give me all sorts of feels.

 

 

 

 

 

john-newman19. John Newman – Tribute: This album reminded me a lot of Mark Ronson & The International’s album a few years back. John has a very soulful voice that could easily be the male version of Amy Winehouse. Throw in some big band dance to back him up, it’s a winner.

 

 

 

 

 

chvrches-the-bones-of-what-you-believe18. Chvrches – The Bones of What You Believe: New wavers rule. Definitely a throwback to 80s sound.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

boards-of-canada17. Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest: They never let me down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pushaT16. Pusha T – My name is My Name: Lyrically sick. On some other level of sickness. Highly underrated this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jessy15. Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back: One of the most overlooked albums of the year for electronic music. It’s not over the top. It’s not in your face. She pulls you in with her light vocals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

st.lucia14. St. Lucia – When the Night: Party music. Party music. Party music. Invite your friends, have some drinks, and turn it up.

 

 

 

 

 

 
magnacarta13. Jay Z – Magna Carter: The real King of NY returns (Sorry Kendrick. But you shouldn’t even try to compare yourself to this man) with an album full of rough beats, braggadocio attitude, and commentary on the state of America as only Jay-Z can do it. In other words, Jay-Z has it all. And we don’t. And we never will. And I’m ok with that.

 

 

 

 

 

demi12. Demi Lovato – Demi: One of Disney’s former princesses hits my ears hard with dance pop goodness, and a few club hits. This album also showcases how great her vocal range is in one aspect, then reveals how she pulls back that range as she lets her emotions take over in her vocal delivery. Well done Demetria. Well done.

 

 

 

 

 


rudimental11. Rudimental – Home: The other kick ass dance album of the year. It’s a cosmic slop of drum and bass, house, and r&b all rolled into one. And they tapped Emeli’ Sande and Sam Smith to sing on tracks. Not too shabby if you ask me 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

aloeblacc10. Aloe Blacc – Lift Your Spirit: Easily a no brainer on this list. He has the will, the heart, the vocal talent, and the emotion to make you feel like it’s going to be okay – whatever you’re going through – it’s going to be alright at some point. Just listen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haim_-_Days_Are_Gone9. Haim – Days are Gone: Three sisters who released an album that could have easily been made in a 70s r&b era. They’ve done their homework.

 

 

 

 

 

 

mayer8. Mayer Hawthorne – Where does this Door Go?: One of the best in rhythm and blues this year. It’s a little more marketable this time, but he never completely abandoned what he’s known for – old school r&b. Smooth operator indeed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

disclosure7. Disclosure – Settle: “When A Fire Starts to Burn” was the song that introduced us to them. But the whole album is a gem. Sam Smith kills vocally. It’s a dance fan’s dream come true. It never loses speed. It leaves you wanting more. I certainly do.

 

 

 

 

 

arcticmonkeys6. Arctic Monkeys – AM: How much do I love these guys? A rock band with a little bit of soul and guitars that sound so dirty you want to take a shower after listening.

 

 

 

 

 

luscious-jackson5. Luscious Jackson – Magic Hour: As stated in an earlier blog, this is the comeback band of the year. Dance, organs, with hip hop appeal is where they strive. Welcome back ladies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

teganandsara4. Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob: Quite the departure from their acoustic rock sound, they returned with an 80s throwback to dance and new wave. The lyrics were more straightforward but the self deprecation was still in full effect, just put to happier beats. Funny how that works.

 

 

 

 

 

mvula3. Laura Mvula – Sing to the Moon: Words cannot express how much I love this album and the harmonies. It would be easy to cast her off as a retro singer. But she’s more than that. She is heavy on the soul, singing about everything from divorce, to her image in the entertainment field, to the lack of feeling love, which personally touched my heart. It’s just such a great record. Please everyone give it a chance. You won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

 

daftpunk2. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories: I don’t even consider this an electronic album. It’s more dance and disco. It’s a throwback. It’s light, it’s airy, you can dance like no one is watching to it as much as you can listen to it in a car as much as you can listen in your living room. Or the kitchen. Great from beginning to end.

 

 

 

 

 
janelle1. Janelle Monae – Electric Lady: This album is divided up into two halves for me. The first half is radio friendly – the jams that you can blow up and get crazy, and the second half is introspective and personal. I won’t go on and on about this album. Just know that she gives you many sides of herself, along with ideas and imagery of how life should be with all of us in a world where people stick up for one another and aren’t judged by who they are, how they dress, and who they love. Crazy thought huh?

 

 

 

Honorable Mentions:

 

saintjohnsI have a soft spot for singer/songwriter albums with minimum music. However, I also despise EPs. Frankly I wish all bands would save money and add to the money used for an EP and just release one full album. But I will make an exception in this case. The Saint Johns EP, Open Water, is a beautiful yet small collection of songs that tug at the heart strings. As much as I don’t believe in love, I believe in them. And I believe they’re excellent. Please give them a chance.

 

 

 

 

beyonceOh Beyoncé. You magnificent creature. You record an album not too many knew about, then you released it on the fly, not alerting ANYONE. I mean, the nerve Mrs. Carter! But hey, you made a solid collection of tracks. You’re coming into your own. This is an r&b album, not a pop album, not a crossover album at all. If listeners are going to expect song friendly lyrics for all ages, think again. I admire you Mrs. Carter for bucking the trends and releasing songs that describe how you really are. Game. Set. Match.

 

 

 

So that’s it for the year peeps. Stay tuned for my END OF THE YEAR PODCAST, the last one of the year. Tell your friends. Keep it right, keep it tight.

 

 

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Top 20 Songs You Might Have Missed for 2013.

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It is so incredibly hard to pick 20 songs in the pop world. But to pick 20 songs from lesser known albums is even harder. This was a great year for a lot of indie acts, a few comebacks, and everything in between. I thought I’d share with you all some of my favorite songs from albums that were very great, but kind of overlooked. Why? I don’t know. They just slipped through the cracks. But take a gander at these. Next up: Top 25 Albums of the Year. I had to up it. There was no way I could just restrict it to 20.  But for now, enjoy.

 

1. Janelle Monáe – Electric Lady (Feat. Solange)

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This lady was everywhere this year, most notably as the recent Billboard Women in Music Awards this month in NY. Yet she’s not a household name – YET. She’s a Cover Girl, yet people still don’t know who she is. She’s fierce, she stays true to who she is, and she can rock it like the best of them. This title track is a standout.

 

2. Rudimental – Home

This song blew me away. The band Rudimental is definitely one to look out for in 2014. They’re a mix of drum and bass, electronic, and dance, but once you throw in a great vocalist all bets are off. Loved the words to this song as well. I think everyone can relate. Listen. And enjoy.

 

3. Aloe Blacc – Love is the Answer

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I’ve been a fan of his for a few years. And while he’s probably known more for Don’t Wake Me Up, his song with Avicii, this song, in today’s age, is much more relevant. It almost makes me believe in love. Love is supposed to be powerful. So listen up and take heed.

 

4. Luscious Jackson – #1 Bum

As noted in my previous blog post, this is the year of Luscious. They return after many years with an album called Magic Hour, which brings to the forefront the sound Luscious was known for: dance, r&b, with a hip hop feel. Welcome back ladies. You’ve been missed.

 

5. Laura Mvula – That’s Alright

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This self affirming track should be heard by women of all races and ages everywhere. She’s fine with not fitting the norm. She’s fine that she thinks outside the box. She’s alright with herself. And at the end of the day, the only one you have to please is yourself. More of society should realize this. The end.

 

6. Mayer Hawthorne – Where Does this Door Go?

Confusion, isolation, curiosity, loveless. All of these are on the mind of a man who wants to see what’s on the other side of life. He doesn’t want to feel lost and alone anymore. Mayer has come a long way over the years, but this song is a killer retro track that makes me wish I grew up in the 70s genre it was aiming for. Congrats Mayer.

 

7. Boy George – King of Everything

The soul is still there. The voice is a little battered, but still beautiful. Boy George returned this year with a very heartfelt song about his mark left in the world and will he be able to make it again despite the self destruction. It’s wonderful, just like Mr. O’Dowd.

 

8. Creep – Call Her (Feat. Tricky and Alejandra De La Deheza)

It’s haunting, hypnotic, sparse, and just plain eerie. Mama likey.

 

9. The Stepkids – The Lottery

I first saw these guys in 2001 in DC. They are truly a mix of old school 70s r&b, pop, and dance. I would love to see them tour with Luscious Jackson. It’s like if Prince made a song with DJ Premier and Chicago. THAT’S what you get with them.

 

10. Jhené Aiko – The Worst

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This sounds like a throwback to the 90s, a decade, which I’ve always treasured :-). It’s a minimalist beat, and she delivers the song like it’s more of a conversation than an actual song. Got to love that. She sings like she’s trying to convince herself that the relationship is worth it (I don’t need you, I don’t mean to, but I love you repeated over and over again), but we all know, deep down, it’s not. Nice Jay-Z reference too.

 

11. Alice Smith – She

One of the loudest voices this year, Alice delivers. Strong. This song from her cd of the same name slaps you with a “you should know better” attitude in regards that she is the only one with the power. The power to do what? Anything she wants.

 

12. Claire and the Bangin’ Rackettes – Love Letter

Look me in my face and tell me this Australian band doesn’t deliver? A mix of 60s r&b with that snarl that no one can deny. If you dug Amy Winehouse or Mark Ronson’s work, you’ll love this. Also if you like the Alabama Shakes, Claire is right up your alley. It’s fantastic. Claire also thinks everything can be solved in a love letter. If love was just that easy…

 

13. Arctic Monkeys – One for the Road

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This was on constant repeat. It sounds like a cross between The Black Keys meets Dr. Dre and Mike Elizondo. Truly perfect. Alex and the boys returned with one of the most intriguing albums this year because they managed to perfectly combine rock music with dance and rhythm without losing any edge whatsoever.

 

14. Boards of Canada – Sick Times

One of my favorite electronic albums of the year, BOC’s Sick Times is just stellar. It hits home and takes your mind away from whatever might be plaguing you. And it’s great headphone music.

 

15. Gold Fields – You’re Still Gone

This song definitely has an 80s flare that has been popping up in artists’ work over the past say ten years. Lyrically there really isn’t anything new – he pines for someone who is out of his life for good. But beatwise, it’s heaven. Sometimes that’s all you need.

 

16. Twenty One Pilots – Guns for Hands

A plea for people to put the guns down and work things out civilly. Imagine that. Stop resorting to violence. Our hands are the guns with the safety off just shooting at everything the MOMENT we disagree with someone. I love this song.

 

17. Laura Stevenson – Journey to the Center of the Earth

There is something about an acoustic guitar and a simple vocal that can go the distance. No over the top drum machines or mixing. Just a mic, a guitar and a voice.

 

18. The Civil Wars – The One that Got Away

Truly one of my favorites of 2013. Sit back, relax, and enjoy. You have to listen to truly appreciate it. Words don’t do it justice.

 

19. Destiny’s Child – Nuclear

Before Beyonce’ decided to drop an unannounced album, she, Michelle Williams, and Kelly Rowland collaborated on this new track for a greatest hits slow song record. The beat is stellar and works extremely well with the flow of their harmonies. Brilliant. And beautiful.

 

20. Green Velvet – Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix)

God bless Hot Since 82 for making this a true dance banger. Keeps the heart racing and puts a smile on my face. Nice way to wrap up  2013. And after all, how many of us really walk around like we’re bigger than Prince? Not Many. Shake it.

 

That’s it for now earbuddies. Of course there a lot of songs I omitted. I just kept the ones that got many plays on the pod. Stay tuned for more, if you know what’s good for you.

 

 

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The Comeback of 2013: Luscious Jackson

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I remember the first time I heard of Luscious Jackson. It was in the 90s of course, because as we all know, the 90s ruled music wise (don’t deny it.). I was watching MTV, back when they used to spotlight new bands during their MTV News segments. And I thought, “that’s the weirdest name for a band – Luscious Jackson” but I was completely fascinated by them. An all female band out of NY, that was a mix of r&b, hip-hop, a little bit of rock, and dance was kind of foreign back then. I had heard of Sleater Kinney, another female band, and of course Hole, among other female bands, but not one of them sounded remotely like LJ. This was also around the time I was listening to an array of music, not just hip hop and r&b anymore. I decided to check them out further and seek out their music, which unfortunately, wasn’t to be found anywhere in my area of Maryland. You must remember, this was way before itunes and napster-dom. I never forgot the name though, and stored them back in my head for future music store visits.

Fast forward a few years later. I was in college and my very first night I was in the dorm, I made friends with two buddies who, to my surprise, not only had heard of Luscious but had their EP, In Search of Manny. I must admit, I was still a cassette junkie then. So I asked to borrow their EP and made a copy of it on cassette. I was instantly hooked. Their style of music was danceable, melodic, and still had an r&b and hip hop sound that really to this day, I haven’t heard anyone try to master. I became an instant fan, purchasing (yes, back when people BOUGHT albums) Fever In, Fever Out, Natural Ingredients, and Electric Honey over the next few years. They never strayed far from the formula – it worked and I was amongst the cult following. Songs like Naked Eye, Why Do I Lie? City Song, Ladyfingers, etc, filled up my mix cds, and cassettes. It was nice to come back from a bad day of classes and have them to look forward to listening to chill out, or to bob the head – either way, they did the trick. Then before I knew it, they were gone. They went their separate ways doing various projects, and I thought there was no chance of their ever being heard from again. The record industry was beginning to suffer due to illegal downloading, labels were folding – including LJ’s, bands were being let go, and my favorite funk band was not meant to escape from such effects. I guess they decided to call it quits before it got worse. I thought, “welp, that’s it from them.”

Fast forward to 2013.

A trio now, Luscious Jackson returned with Magic Hour, to the sounds of rejoice from the inner 90s teens buried in adults like myself. This album almost picks up where the other albums left off – dance, hip hop beats, light and airy vocals. I couldn’t have asked for a better album. I have to say this is truly one of the best highlights of 2013 to me. The only thing I disliked was there were only 10 songs. Funded by Pledge Music campaign fans, this was a return to form. There is not one bad song on this album. At all. Not one. All of them are fantastic. My ears are always delighted when my ipod plays one of these songs. I don’t know why LJ came back, but as a 90s kid that didn’t have a ton of female bands to look up to, I truly thank Kate, Jill, and Gabby for their return. You all have been sorely missed. My favorite songs: So Rock On, Aaw, Turn it Up, #1 Bum, Love is Alive. But really the whole freaking album is fantastic. And it will definitely to turn up in my top albums list of 2013 which I’m still working on at the present. But until that blog appears, go listen to Luscious Jackson. Their past stuff is just as good. You won’t be disappointed.

Classic Luscious Jackson:

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So Beyonce Just Slapped all of Music America.

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“I miss that immersive experience. Now, people only listen to a few seconds of a song on their iPods. They don’t really invest in a whole album. It’s all about the single. And the hype. It’s so much that gets between the music and the artist and the fans. I felt like…I don’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready. From me to my fans.”

She JUST released an album. No promotion. No ads. No vids pushing it. Just the whole album. Dropped. Tonight. The best kept secret. EVER.

And this is why she’s mutherfucking BEYONCE’.

This is not a drill folks. It’s the real thing. 14 tracks and a video for each song.

I have seen the light.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/beyonce/id780330041

 

 

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2013 Pop Song Round Up. You Know You Wanted It.

Ok, so it’s that time of year. I thought I’d do something different. I’m making a list of my favorite 20 songs of the year that’s strictly pop related. Then later, I will make a list of songs that should be brought to light. Then lastly will be my favorite twenty albums of the year. It’s a very difficult thing, to narrow down everything you listen to in the year of 2013, or any year for that matter, and put together a list of your favorite songs. This is going to be separate from my last podcast folks, where I’ll share some songs from albums you might not have gotten around to listening to or have never heard of before. Trust me it will be good. For now, take a look at the clips posted for my favorite songs of the year. These twenty are just pop gems that wouldn’t leave my head or my ipod for the year. And I will remind you all these are just MY favorites. If you don’t agree, make your own lists. It’s fun, go ahead. So without further ado.

1. Drake – Hold On We’re Going Home – I am constantly torn with Drake. I don’t understand him sometimes. He’s either a singer, or a rapper. But this one won me over. Completely. His melody, his voice everything. It was the tits in this song. So congrats Aubrey (his first name in case you didn’t know). You won me over.

2. Daft Punk – Get Lucky – If you listened to the radio at least five times this year, you probably heard this song at LEAST three times. It’s disco, it’s dance, it’s r&b, it’s upbeat. And even though Pharrell is singing on it, the beat is so grand you don’t even care.

3. Bastille – Pompeii – a grand atmospheric song about life and the detriments of sadness. But you’d never know it because of how upbeat the song is. I love it when that happens.

4. Demi Lovato – Heart Attack – She won my ears and heart over. This is such a killer song with a strong voice to back it up. Kudos to you Ms. Lovato. I’m an official Lovatic. #staystrong

5. John Newman – Love Me Again – This is a british kid who absolutely blew me away last month. His album, Tribute, is a fun mix of r&b and big band and dance. If you love Amy Winehouse, or Mark Ronson, this is the song for you.

6. Tegan and Sara – Goodbye Goodbye – While most people would have chosen Closer, I chose this one. Totally a switch from their pop rock/acoustic sound, this is a pop dance hit. If you want to shake that money maker and keep a chorus in your psyche for weeks this might do the trick.

7. James Blunt – Bonfire Heart – The “You’re Beautiful” singer released this and it goes right after my heartstrings, revealing that at the end of the day, all we want is someone who will keep our hearts burning for love and affection through all the trouble and trials of the world.

8. Pink feat. Nate Ruess – Just Give Me a Reason – Do I really have to say why? It’s Pink.

9. The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather – I swear I heard this song fifty times a day. It’s the make out song of the year. Imagine this, a man admiring his lady’s body and wanting to keep her warm. I mean, seriously, I didn’t think men like that existed anymore.

10. Fitz and the Tantrums – Out of My League – a retro r&b and pop sweetness.

11. Kanye West – Black Skinhead – Why this makes the list? That beat. That beat is an absolutely infectious.

12. Disclosure – Latch – Hands down one of my favorite electronic/dance songs this year. All of it. The vocals, the delivery, even the video is fantastic. Truly check this band out. Two brothers. Very young but very very wise beyond their years in musical backdrops.

13. Jay Z – Picasso Baby – Yes he brags. He doesn’t have anything else to do let’s be realistic here. He doesn’t have anything to prove. So when he name drops, Jay-Z does it right, even if the person who he name drops is dead. I wonder how much Picasso was googled after this song dropped.

14. Zedd – Clarity – it’s just groovy.

15. J. Cole – Power Trip – a storyteller that is often unheard of in the plethora of soundalike rap, J. Cole reveals his feelings towards a woman who rules all aspect of his life and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

16. St. Lucia – Elevate – a positive song. Just trust me. It’s a toe tapper.

17. Arctic Monkeys – Will You Be Mine – I’ve always been a fan of this band. Will You Be Mine is just a throwback to old rock with a smidge of r&b. It’s not dance, it’s just crunchy rock. Gotta love it.

18. Ellie Goulding – Anything Could Happen – yet another “we never know about life and it can turn around at the drop of a hat” song. It actually works. Ellie doesn’t have the strongest voice, but what she has she uses well against a mid tempo beat.

19. Selena Gomez – Come and Get It – Admit it. You found yourself humming it when no one was looking. Yeah, I was too.

20. Chvrches – The Mother We Share – The new new wave pop band for 2014. Guaranteed. Perfect combo of danceable beats with synths and a strong vocalist make this trio a nice way to end the year of 2013.

SHOULDA BEEN ON THE LIST:

Emeli Sande’s Next to Me. It’s a pop classic. Her vocals are golden. She’s beautiful through and through. Why didn’t she make it? Because the song was released in 2012. True story. But it’s an amazing track. Absolutely brilliant.

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Podcast #29. The One Before the Last Podcast of the Year.

Hello fellow Earbuds,

I have a new show for you. Take a listen here:

Or Download and listen later here:

Just make sure you listen. Next one is my end of the year hooplapalooza. So enjoy this one before the motherload is unleashed.

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Getaway – Pearl Jam

Don’t Wait – Mapei

Go Gentle – Robbie Williams

Why Did You Do It – Stretch

Cut 4 Me – Kelela

Basquiat – Linkin Park

Exodus (Feat. The Weeknd) – M.I.A

Moving Pictures – The Stepkids

Plenty of Girls in the Sea – MGMT

Gonna Let My Soul Catch My Body – Over the Rhine

Ending Credits – Opeth

No to Love – Jessie Ware

Take It Away – MEN

Aaw Turn It Up! – Luscious Jackson

Where Does This Door – Mayer Hawthorne

Putcha Body Down – Zendaya

Me Myself And I – De La Soul

Long Time Gone – Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones

 

 

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