2014 Favorite Albums of the Year! Yay!

Well fellow earbuds, another year is about to come to a close. It was full of good music, and bad. But mostly good. I tried to soak as much of it in as I possibly could but as a fellow colleague of mine told me that I try to remember on the daily, “there’s no way you can listen to every song on your ipod in a day.” I really do keep that in mind as new albums come my way. And I’m sure I will have missed a few gems that I will kick myself for in the next few months. And it wouldn’t be me unless I share with you my personal list of great albums that came across my pod this year. Let it be known these aren’t the “BEST” albums of 2014 because there are just way too many that would fall into that category. This is just a list of my favorites that weren’t too shabby in a year full of radio filler. I’ll make a separate list of singles later. For now, here are the albums. Remember, these are just my particular favorites. They held my attention for more than just one run through in my ipod. I’m sure some will disagree, and that’s fine. And really, it doesn’t matter. Because it’s MY list. Enjoy earbudders.

 

Sirens (Deluxe Version)

1. Gorgon City – Sirens. Just enough dance that makes me want to care and just enough divadom to make me shake it and break it. There is enough here for everyone who enjoys dance and electronic music. I wish more music was like this. It doesn’t matter if this is played in your living room, or on your ipod, or iphone with headphones. It is good quality music.

 

The London Sessions

2. Mary J. Blige – The London Sessions. The queen of hip-hop soul delivers strongly on this one. A mix of r&b and house music, this is really what I’ve been waiting for from her. Changing with the times, she worked with Sam Smith and Disclosure, two of my particular favorite Brit artists to create a refreshing makeover of her voice and sound. This album makes me remember why she’s the queen. All hail.

 

Mind Over Matter

3. Young the Giant – Mind Over Matter. I wasn’t a huge fan of YTG’s previous album but I completely changed my mind with this one. This was one of my first favorites of the new year. They combine pop with a little bit of groove behind them. I was pleasantly surprised. There is not one bad song on this album. Nice job guys.

 

Tough Love

4. Jessie Ware – Tough Love. One of the best r&b albums that really wasn’t labeled as an r&b album. You can hear the pain and desperation and loneliness in her voice, backed with slow and melodic beats. She reveals the ups and downs and love and everything in between.

 

Sistrionix

5. Deap Vally – Sistronix. One of the best rock albums I’ve heard this year. This sister duo make Jack White sound obsolete. A mix of garage rock, songs about life, money, and struggles, and you have a great listen. Turn the volume up on this one. Loudly.

 

Lead To Light

6. Nico Vega – Lead to Light. A mix of rock and 80s synths, this one is a no brainer. The lead vocalist, is loud, scratchy, and very reminiscent of Patty Smythe. There are enough radio friendly keepers to keep your attention at will. It’s a fun album about love and life.

 

Sound Of A Woman

7. Keiza – Sound of a Woman. This woman is like a little kid on coffee, candy, and red bull when performing – loud clothes, dance moves, etc. An excellent voice with beats to match. Throw this one on at a party and watch the ones standing in the corner finally get the stick out of their asses and move.

sam-smith-in-the-lonely-hour-track-list-album-cover

8. Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour. There is something about white boy blue eye soul that is just easy on the ears. He’s another one where you can hear the disappointment of love lost forever. You just want to hug him and reassure him that everything will be ok in time. We’ve all been there.

 

Sonic Highways

9. Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways. Once again, Dave Grohl and the boys deliver. The album only has 8 songs but enough rock power and hutzpah to blow out every Marshall speaker on the planet.

 

Annie Mac Presents 2014 [Explicit]

10. Annie Mac – Annie Mac Presents 2014. The one DJ on this list who knows what works for dance heads like myself. This album is a very nice compilation of unknowns and knowns in the electronic/house/dance world. It flows nicely and leaves me wanting a lot more.

 

Hey Hey

11. Mapei – Hey Hey. She made a splash on the scene with her song, “Don’t Wait,” but this whole album is pretty stellar, with a mixture of dance, and heavy on percussion with a message of positivity (“Change” among one of the standouts). It’s an album you can listen to anywhere in any mood and she’ll put a smile on your face. She reminds me a lot of Nenah Cherry. She also reminds me of a female Andre 3000. She wasn’t afraid to use horns and go a little crazy with production when necessary.

 

Royal Blood

12. Royal Blood – Royal Blood. Crunchy guitars, loud vocals, and frustration towards life. Great combination. There are times this sounds like a 70s throwback band, where the music is battling against the vocals for superiority. It’s sad that in the gazillion bands I hear played on the radio, that this band seems to be omitted. Get on that rock radio.

 

Goddess

13. Banks – Goddess. The voice of an angel, the soothing beats of downtempo r&b. I truly fell in LOVE with this album this past year.

 

Transgender Dysphoria Blues

14. Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues. Another favorite of mine, Laura Jean Grace and the boys deliver a short, to the point, punk rock album full of ball bustin’ roller coaster emotion.

 

The Veronicas

15. The Veronicas – The Veronicas. Canadian twins deliver an album of all of the place styles. It’s a great pop mix of dance, new wave, rock, and a little rap. They were quite the surprise late in the year.

 

Days & Nights

16. Daley – Days & Nights. Yet another Brit singer throwing down in r&b land with a very unique voice that is easy to listen to whether you are winding down after a hard day’s work or going for a nice drive to clear the head.

 

JHUD

17. Jennifer Hudson – JHUD. One of the overlooked albums of the year. It really upsets me that she never gets the credit she deserves. This album delivers and has something for everyone. Her voice is truly from heaven. Whether it’s straight up r&b, pop, or dance, or singing with a live band, Jennifer Hudson is truly the gem music is made of.

 

Year Of The Caprese

18. Cherub – Year of the Caprese. I swear this album sounds like it was made in their bedroom. Some songs are very minimalistic in delivery. And some are just rip roaring on the dancefloor and break something jams. Trust me when I say you won’t be disappointed.

 

St. Vincent

19. St. Vincent – St. Vincent. A little hip-hop, a little synth, a little rock, and make for a very enjoyable album. Well done, Annie.

 

Language & Perspective

20. Bad Suns – Language and Perspective. Loud pop rock with insights about life. Can’t go wrong.

 

Honorable Mentions:

 

Globalization

1. Pitbull – Globalization. Say what you want about him, but this boy can spit. Only he does it backed by a party beat. He wants everyone to have a good time, while also boast his bragadocial wordplay to the females. I find it entertainingly amusing. With all the crap hip-hop out there, and all the so called bosses rapping about weed, and women, and sex, and yada yada yada, I’d much rather listen to someone getting me off the couch and on the dance floor. Keep doing your thing Armando. And thank you for pulling your pants up.

 

Trick

2. Kele – Trick. Yes, the lead singer of Bloc Party released another solo album. You didn’t know? Yes, he did. And it’s good. In fact, I wish BP would do more albums like this. He has the right vocal delivery with electronic support to make it likable without it wearing on you like many electronic albums do after a period of time. The album isn’t too long, and it’s not too short in length which is always good for me. Be a little open minded and check him out.

 

CUT 4 ME

3. Kelela – Cut 4 Me. I thoroughly enjoyed this mix of rap and r&b. It was quite the standout in a lackluster year of rap – just in my own opinion.

 

glitter mob

4. The Glitch Mob – Love Death Immortality. This is another album I thought was overlooked for the year. Great beats. Great rhythms. Great everything.

 

TALKING IS HARD

5. Walk the Moon – Talking is Hard. This whole album sounds like an 80s arena rock anthem throwback set to new wave dance/rock music. Another diamond in the rough.

 

Black Messiah

6. D’angelo and the Vanguard – Black Messiah. I added this last minute. I also added this not so much because the album is good. I’ve listened to it three times now and I can honestly say, I only like half of it if that much. But I’m so glad this talent in neo soul r&b has returned. I had pretty much written him off after his drug issues and car crash some years ago. But that write off was off the table once I saw him perform online at Jay-Z’s Made in America Festival. I thought there was hope. Well, there was hope. I just wish the whole album was as good as the bits and pieces I liked. But welcome back D. You have sorely been missed.

 

That’s it for me for albums of the year kids… next up. My favorite songs of the year. Stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

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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!

Kanye’s Skinhead.. Watch While You Can..

So Kanye’s Black Skinhead video leaked… then it was removed. But click on the link under this pic. You can see one of the creepiest vids in hip hop right now… Seriously. Scurrrrred.

kanye

 

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/kanye-west-drops-black-skinhead-20130709

 

As if his ego can’t get any bigger…. I guess this is his “artistic” piece. Watch while you can. I’m sure it will get pulled soon again.

 

 

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What Would Hurricane Sandy Play?

Alright folks..

As you all know, hurricane Sandy hit us hard. Mother Nature as I’ve said before wasn’t gettin’ any so she decided to unleash her frustration on us. So I made a mix of songs I would enjoy listening to in a hurricane. While it’s almost 3 in the a.m., I’m going to post it anyway. So listen and enjoy 🙂

By the way, you will not hear my voice on this mix. It’s just a continuous mix, one song after the next. Ya happy now? Good! I hope all of my peeps here on the east coast are ok. If you’re up, and have power, listen and shake your bon bon. If  you don’t have power, then let your friends text you about this mix and when you do, download it or stream it.

 

Download –> http://djgabbers1.podomatic.com/enclosure/2012-10-29T22_44_54-07_00.m4a

 

Stream here –>  http://djgabbers1.podomatic.com/entry/2012-10-29T22_44_54-07_00

 

 

 

Track List

Let’s Get It Started – Black Eyed Peas

The Passenger – Iggy Pop

A Final Hit – Leftfield

I Cry – Flo Rida

Virtual Insanity – Jamiroquai

Into The Groove – Madonna

When The Lights Go Out (US Remix) – Five

All of the Lights – Kanye West

SOS – Rihanna

Upside Down – Mind Spiders

How Fast – Rocco Deluca & The Burden

So What’cha Want – The Beastie Boys

Live Those Days Tonight – Friendly Fires

Escapade – Janet Jackson

It’s the End of the World as We Know it (and I Feel Fine) (Live – MTV Unplugged) – R.E.M.

Perfect Day – Lou Reed

Love The Way You Lie (feat Rihanna) – Eminem

How Far We’ve Come – Matchbox Twenty

Walking With A Ghost – Tegan & Sara

Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves

Party People (feat. Fergie) – Nelly

Sweet Nothing (feat. Florence Welch) – Calvin Harris

Numb – Gary Clark Jr

Gold On The Ceiling – The Black Keys

No Doubt About It – Lisa Bianco

Longview – Green Day

Feather in a Hurricane – Michelle Malone

I Think Im Paranoid – Garbage

All Through The Night – Cyndi Lauper

Thriller (Single Version) – Michael Jackson

Let Yourself Go (Live Mix) -6th borough project

Runaway Love – En Vogue

Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel

Heads Will Roll\ – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Timebomb (Extended Version) – Kylie Minogue

One Good Reason – Steed Lord

Midnight In A Perfect World – DJ Shadow

Big bad wolf – The Heavy

Save My Life – ZZ Ward

How We Do (Party) – Rita Ora

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Linkin Burns It Down..

I can’t remember specifically WHEN I became a fan of Linkin Park. I mean I don’t remember the date, per se. I remember watching MTV, disgruntled by things at my first job out of college, and I saw this spiky haired guy singing “All these thoughts they make no sense.. I find bliss in ignorance. Nothing seems to go away..over and over again..Everything you say to me gets me one step closer to the edge and I’m about to break..” And I was hooked. Instantly. With my obsessive nature, I immediately ran upstairs to find out everything I could on this band.. this Linkin Park. From names, ages, albums, everything. My time became consumed with them. And them only. I bought “Hybrid Theory” and was determined to learn every line, know every tempo change, BPM, even mimicking the scratching done by Joe Hahn. Yeah, I became one of those fans bands probably can’t stand. But this group struck a chord. From “Runaway,” “Crawling.” “Papercut,” among others, they sang about frustration, acceptance, isolation, and rising above it. I listened to that album everyday for over a year. A YEAR. I still don’t do that for ANY band I’m a fan of as of now. Don’t get me wrong I adore all my favorite bands, but none are as good as this one.

Over the years, LP has stretched the limits in sound and technology. They’ve experimented with different tones, samples, and electronica. Fans have been fickle with liking LP’s later stuff,  myself included, but I will always ALWAYS support them. They are probably the one remaining rock band band 2000 that still sells seats to thousands of people in this country and probably millions around the world. They are a commodity, a business, an organization, and to all of us hard core fans, a gateway to getting through all the bullshit surrounding you on a day to day basis.

Last night, I saw them in VA. And if anyone knows how much I despise VA, to drive to that state, it had better be good.

 

Last night, it was beyond good.

 

Thanks guys, for giving me and thousands of others, a good night. And thanks for getting us through hard times. And for proving that once again, Linkin Rules. Period. And screw whoever doesn’t agree. You kicked ass.

 

 

 

 

 

Podcast #5, The Rapture Edition

Alright folks,

Here’s another one for the record books. We survived. Yipee. You know the drill. Highlight, copy, paste, download. Enjoy. Heaven is awesome.. I guess. At least we have music.

http://www.mediafire.com/?n35g397a513kagx

Aaaaand here’s the lineup. Aaand the pitch.


To see a bigger version of the list, click on the pic.

1. Moby – James Bond Theme Remixed

2. The Kills – Heart is a Beating Drum

3. Janet Jackson – Black Cat

4. Jane Child – Don’t Wanna Fall in Love (Teddy Riley Remix)

5. Michelle Malone – Travelin’ and Unravelin’

6. Lisa Bianco – Charmed

7. Erykah Badu – On & On

8. Bee vs. Moth – Salisbury Steakhouse

9. Adele – Cold Shoulder (Remix)

10. Journey – Wheels in the Sky

11. 20-22’s – Talk to Me

12. Eric B. and Rakim – I Ain’t No Joke

13. Yim Yames – My Sweet Lord

14. XTC – Day in Day Out

15. Hudson Mohawke – Rising 5

16. Judas Priest – Hell Bent for Leather

17. Excuse 17 – Designated Shutgun

18. Joss Stone – You Had Me

19. Fleetwood Mac – Gold Dust Woman

20. Jawbox – Breathe

21. Polyamorous Affair – Bright One

22. Telekenesis- I Got You

23. Howard Jones – No One Is to Blame

24. Cracker – Low

Blasts from the Past

I grew up as a 90s kid. When I think about music that really hits home, it’s generally say 7 times out of 10, a song from the 90s. I think that was a golden age of music. Why? Because there were so many songs that were run of the gamut. So many songs that I enjoyed that hit home. The lyrics hit home. Artists sang with passion. They sang as a way of entertaining. Now everyone gripes in a song. I am a griper don’t get me wrong. But every once in a while, I enjoy the good pop song. The one that gets stuck in my head and I feel I have to share. The one with a good beat, the one that is just silly. Those are songs that I enjoy. And when I think about those descriptions, I think of the 90s. Everything from Brand Nubian, to the Spice Girls, to Nsync, to R.E.M., to Madonna (her r&b period), and the Beastie Boys, etc. I enjoy these artists and many more immensely. It made me drift away from whatever problem I had or whatever art project I worked on. BAnds and singers, cheesey as they are, got me through some tough times. Even the one hit wonders definitely served their purpose. For instance, when I think of the band Aqua, I don’t think of “Barbie Girl” I think of “Turn Back Time” which was for the Sliding Doors soundtrack. It was a dance song with a good message about going back…well..in time..and doing things differently. Which always makes me think of going back in time and changing my major in college. Or when I think of Boyz II Men’s “vibin” I think of riding my bike from the athletic center on campus to my dining hall for my job. I don’t get that kind of reminiscing for music today. I keep thinking, “you can just replace one band with another one and they all sound the same for the most part.” Now my previous blog dealt with songs by bands I’m digging now. But this is the stuff I STILL can’t get enough of today. Cheezy? Absoooolutely, but still good to the last spin..

1. Aqua – Turn Back Time

2. Black Box – Strike it Up

3. Boyz II Men -Vibin’

4. TLC – Creep.

5. Duncan Sheik – Barely Breathing

6. 3rd Eye Blind – Semi Charmed Life

7. Suzanne Vega feat. DNA – Tom’s Diner

8. R.E.M. – King of Comedy

9. Foo Fighters – Big Me

10. 2pac – Me Against the World

11. Will Smith – Gettin’ Jiggy with It

12. Chumbawumba – Tubthumping

13. Prodigy – Firestarter

14. Tribe Called Quest – Check the Rhyme

15. Kool Keith – Blue Flowers

16. Snoop – Gin and Juice

17. Green Day – Good Riddance

18. Spice Girls – Move Over

19. Matchbox 20 – Push

20. Tevin Campbell – Can We Talk

All good stuff. I don’t care what anyone says..