My Favorite Albums of 2016

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My fellow earbudders,

Well. Another year of music has come and gone, which means, another list of favorites to publish for you to read, consume, and just maybe decide what to put on your own end of the year playlist for gist and shiggles. These 40 albums were my favorites. I try not to say the “best “ones because I know that for every album that is on the list, I probably missed my fair share of musical goodies but these are the ones that got numerous plays on my ipod. This year revealed reunions, long awaited returns, artistic passion, departed souls, and your run of the mill pop fluff – of which there was a little too much of I admit. I was bored by many of the pop songs I heard on the radio – same beats, same squeaky voiced people singing the same things over and over again. You could take the head off one singer, replace it with another and you wouldn’t really be able to tell the difference. But the true artists – the ones that display quality over quality, fought their way through the cracks of pop goo. So for that I’m grateful for this year of music and helping me get out of darkness. For now anyway.. Enjoy the list. And Happy New Year.

1. Anderson Paak – Malibu
2. Solange Knowles – A Seat at the Table
3. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
4. S U R V I V E – RR7349
5. The Weeknd – Starboy
6. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
7. Beyonce – Lemonade
8. Brookzill! – Throwback to the Future
9. Tegan and Sara – Love You to Death
10. The Kills – Fire and Ice
11. JoJo – Mad Love
12. Emeli Sande – Long Live the Angels
13. J. Cole – 4 Your Eyez Only
14. Robbie Williams – Heavy Entertainment Show
15. Kane Brown – Kane Brown
16. Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
17. Childish Gambino – Awaken! My Love!
18. Raleigh Ritchie – You’re a Man Now Boy
19. David Bowie – Blackstar
20. Elizabeth Cook – Exodus of Venus
21. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
22. Teenage Fanclub – Here
23. Santigold – 99 Cents
24. Jack Garratt – Phase
25. Africaine 808 – Basar
26. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – A Man Alive
27. Hamilton Soundtrack
28. Shura – Nothing’s Real
29. Margaret Glaspy – Emotions and Math
30. Michael Kiwanuka – Love and Hate
31. Leagues – Alone Again
32. Roosevelt – Roosevelt
33. Rocky – Soft Machines
34. Deftones – Gore
35. Hidden Figures – The Soundtrack
36. Lazarus (Original Cast Recording)
37. Ria Mae – Ria Mae
38. Jamila Woods – HEAVN
39. Skye and Ross – Skye and Ross
40. Ghost Beach – Blonde

Honorable Mentions:
LP – Death Valley EP
Big Gigantic – Brighter Future
Justice – Women
Dawn Richard – Redemption

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New Year, New Music… 3 Months Late.

Happy new year folks.

Sorry I’m very late with this. Still battling the demons. And losing more than winning. But I give to you another show full of new music. So I hope you listen with open ears and an open heart. From rock to dance, there’s something for everyone. And that’s the great thing about music. Sit back, open a few beers, or whatever floats your battleship, and have fun.

Stream and download here —> Podcast #44

 

 

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Break Into Your Heart – Iggy Pop

Sound And Vision – David Bowie

The Outlaw Josey Wales – Zella Day

City Lights – Wolfmother

A Womans Wisdom – Wild Nothing

Lead Me to the Water – Shake Shake Go

Ch-Ching – Chairlift

Green With Envy – Sea Pinks

Eat The Rich – Motörhead

What Happened To Us? – Hoobastank

Dancing On Glass – St. Lucia

Forgiveness – Editors

Make Me A Believer (feat. Mac Powell) – Andy Mineo

Best in Me – Chris Trapper

Love Type Thing – Tegan And Sara

Walk With The Noise – IAMX

The Switch – DMA’s

Take My Heart – La Sera

I’ve Got Love On My Mind – Natalie Cole

 

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My Favorite Top 40 Songs of 2014.

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And here as promised, are my favorite songs of the year. They were upbeat, and catchy and in some cases, throwaway but still enough to garner my attention for over a minute. It’s all over the map. Some will agree. Some will disagree. I admit, there isn’t a lot of rap on this list. I just don’t listen to as much rap as I used to because the beats sound the same now. It’s really sad. But a few made the list that I really really loved. So, enjoy reading my earbudders.

40. Magic – Coldplay
39. Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon
38. La La La (Feat. Sam Smith) – Naughty Boy
37. Animals – Maroon 5
36. Fury Oh Fury – Nico Vega
35. No Fear – Common
34. Can’t Do Without You -Caribou. Long intro that’s repetitive, BUT once 1:30 kicks in, it’s all good.
33. Digital Witness – St. Vincent
32. Time of Our Lives (Feat. Ne-Yo) – Pitbull
31. Ghost – Ella Henderson
30. Brill Bruisers – New Pornographers
29. Sugah Daddy – D’Angelo
28. Outside – Foo Fighters
27. Black Rage – Lauryn Hill. Yes, she did make a single. Yes. I wish she’d make an album.
26. Röyksopp and Robyn – Do it Again. God I love Robyn. That is all.
25. Transgender Dysphoria Blues – Against Me!
24. Gogon City (Feat. Jennifer Hudson) – Go All Night
23. You and Me – You + Me
22. Get to You – Antigone Rising
21. Bury our Friends – Sleater-Kinney Thank Buddha they’re back. And they’re good.
20. I Wanna Get Better – Bleachers
19. January 28th – J. Cole – This dude is worth listening to. One of the few …
18. Rather Be – Clean Bandit (this band saddens me because while I LOVE this song, the album was such a major DUD)
17. Habits (Stay High) – Tove Lo
16. Right Now – Mary J. Blige
15. Stay with Me – Sam Smith
14. I Really Don’t Care (Feat. Cher Lloyd) – Demi Lovato
13. Bang Bang – Ariana Grande, Jessie J, and Nicki Minaj
12. Shake it Off/Out of the Woods – Taylor Swift – tie. Sadly she won me over. #popgold
11. Boom Clap – Charli XCX
10. Anagram – Young the Giant
9. Chandelier – Sia
8. Turn Down for What? – DJ Snake and Lil Jon
7. Head Underwater – Jenny Lewis. For the 30 something females like myself, a MUST listen.
6. Two Weeks – FKA Twigs. Beautiful Music Video.
5. All About that Bass – Meghan Trainor
4. Fancy (Feat. Charli XCX) – Iggy Izalea
3. Want it All – Tender Games. Seriously. This album was pretty great.
2. Beyonce’ (Feat. Jay-Z) – Drunk N’ Love – You. Just. Couldn’t. Escape. This. Song.

And my #1 FAVORITE SONG OF 2014
Wait for it…

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPTOWN FUNK (Feat. Bruno Mars) – Mark Ronson

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“Don’t believe me just watch.” Hands down one of the funkiest tracks I’ve ever heard. Of course those two should give The Time and Morris Day a shout out for biting their style, but I loved this from the first time I heard it and it was my go to song to make me smile this year. I can’t wait for Mark’s album.

See you all next year. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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Attention all De La Soul Fans…

DLS is giving away ALL of their music for free for TODAY only!!!

http://www.wearedelasoul.com/

Go there. Get it. Get alllllll of them.

For those who don’t know who they are… allow me to reintroduce themselves:

Do NOT call yourself a hip-hop head if you don’t like these legendary dudes. Get out right now.

Enjoy!

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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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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This is Not a Halloween Show … BTW … Podcast #28 Dance, Dance, Dance – It’s What’s for Dinner

Another month, another show of new and wondrous music.

Lots of new stuff my musical heathens, heads up!

 

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Seattle’s Restraining Order Against the Sun – THEESatisfaction

I Need $ – Poliça

Lost It To Trying – Son Lux

Footsteps – Cut Copy

Heart Stops – AFI

Victimized – Linkin Park

Someone Who Can – Yuna

Solider In the City – Aloe Blacc

Shake Shake Shake – The Sounds

I Blame Myself – Sky Ferreira

Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake

M.O.N.E.Y – The 1975

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

Come With Me – Ricky Martin

Hell Could Freeze (feat. Angel Haze) – Rudimental

Need Your Love – Trixie Whitley

Realize the Ghost – Silver Swans

Djup House (Original Mix) – Jonsson & Alter

Enjoy!

 

 

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