My Favorite Albums of 2017.

It’s that time of year again. Seems like yesterday 2017 began and now it’s over. So that means I’m going to share my favorite 30 albums of the year. I’m not going to call them the “best” but these 30 albums were on rotation for a period of time this year on my ipod. I enjoyed them all. They helped me stay sane, awake, and got me through the day when I felt like the world was just setting up shop on my shoulders, never to leave. There was a lot of fluff this year though. I will not share that with you. Some music left me scratching my head and thinking, “Really? People LIKE this?” But that’s for another discussion. If you follow me on twitter, you might have seen random one liner tweets about bands or singers that caught my ear and held onto my attention. If you haven’t listened to anyone on this list, and you want to broaden your mind, check them out. Don’t close off your mind to new music. There are plenty of diamonds in the rough. I would also be remised if I didn’t give a huge shout out to all the ladies who made some great music this year. I truly got a kick out of going back and seeing how many albums on my hard drive and ipod I had that were made by ladies, young and old. To quote Annie Lennox, “Sisters are doing it for themselves.” Whether the songs were about love, or injustice, or family issues, the voices of women made a huge impact this year. And I hope for years to come. So, here is the list. Happy New Year One and All..

30. Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile –Lotta Sea Lice
29. Jamey Jasta – The Lost Chapters
28. Alex Lahey – I Love You Like a Brother
27. Annie Mac – Annie Mac Presents 2017
26. Blush – Blush
27. Beware of Darkness – Are You Real?
26. Gorillaz – Humanz
25. Tove Lo – Blue Lips
24. LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
23. Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears – Backlash
22. Pete Tong & The Heritage Orchestra – Ibiza Classics
21. David Banner – The God Box
20. Whitehorse – Panther in the Dollhouse
19. Daddy Issues – Deep Dream
18. Curtis Harding – Face Your Fear
17. Larkin Poe – Preach
16. St. Vincent – Masseduction
15. Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and James McAlister – Planetarium
14. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me
13. Grace and Rachel – Gracie and Rachel
14. The National – Sleep Well Beast
13. Syd – Fin
12. Jay Z – 4:44
11. Frankie Rose – Cage Tropical

And the final ten….

10. Talib Kweli – Radio Silence

 

9. Miguel – War and Leisure

 

8. Fergie – Double Dutchess

 

7. Jlin – Black Origami

 

6. Partner – In Search of Lost and Time

 

5. Kelly Clarkson – Meaning of Life

 

4. Alvvays – Antisocialites

 

3. Beck – Colors

 

2. SZA – CTRL

 

1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN

 

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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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Podcast #43. Electric Boogie..

Fellow Earbudders,

I’m back with another one right before the end of the year. I don’t know if I’ll make another year ender podcast, but stay tuned for my favorite 30 albums of 2015 post. It’s a doozy.. Until then, enjoy this show of dance, shakin’, and lovin’…

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Podcast #43

 

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Uma Thurman (feat. Wiz Khalifa) [Remix] – Fall Out Boy
Do What You Wanna Do (MYNC Radio Edit) – Nile Rodgers
Indestructible (feat. DBX) – Armin van Buuren
Temptation – Escort
Keep On (feat. Green Velvet) – Catz ‘N Dogz
In the Wild – Capital Kings
Til The Money Runs Out – !!!
We Are Not Alone (Fei-Fei Remix) – Basement Jaxx
When You See Me – Computer Magic
Pay My Rent – DNCE
We Continue – Dam-Funk
Milky Way – Air Waves
The First Heartbreak – Matthew Ryan
No Liars – Matthew Good
Life Is a Fear – Editors
Life is Long – Laura Stevenson
Philip the Engineer – JR JR
Smoke Around the Bend – Small Black
Happy Song – Bring Me the Horizon

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Antigone Rising’s Whiskey, and Yeah, It Was..

Every now and then you get to listen to a band that’s worth it. A band who gives their blood, sweat, and tears to their passion and love of music. In today’s sad excuse of music – the auto tuning, the pitch perfect, the pro tools tweaking, the artificial beats – I could go on, but it’s not about me – it’s nice to come across a band that has grit and substance, and will leave you wanting more. Antigone Rising is one of those bands. I wouldn’t steer you wrong. They debuted their new music video, “That Was the Whiskey,” about a night in the life of a woman who kind of… becomes a different person than she usually is with the help of a shot of whiskey. Or two. Or three. You get the gist. Gist is a funny word to say isn’t it? Say it with me. “Gist.” Anyhooters, add in a stellar drum beat (real drums I might add), a little twang, another killer riff by Cathy Henderson on lead guitar, and great harmonies, you’re in for a kick stomping, rip-roaring good time. Line dance optional, but line dance preferred 🙂

And you don’t even need any alcohol 😉

Ladies and gents, Antigone Rising’s “That Was the Whiskey.”

Thank me later.

 

 

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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.