Album of the Week: Nick Jonas.


I admit. I’m a Nick Jonas fan.

I’m a wee bit older than ol’ Nicholas. And frankly I’ve never been a HUGE Jo Bro fan per se’. But I’ve always had an affinity for Nick. And I think all of us older ladies were a bit giddy when he finally turned 18. Ok so maybe I was the only one. But I always thought he was adorable, and I also thought he was the only one with true talent lol. So it didn’t surprise me one bit that he released a solo album. And he did NOT disappoint. Nick Jonas’ second effort away from the Jonas Brothers (the first being with the Administration – a more bluesy album) is completely dipped in r&b sauce with a dab of pop music and served with an appetizer of dance music on the side. I have to admit, I was impressed. The first single “Chains” I take it was to showcase a more grown up Nick and it succeeded. The melody is hard and it’s extremely catchy – all the makings of a pop hit. It has dark undertones with the bass line but overall it’s fantastic. I automatically kept an eye out on when the album would be released. So fast forward a month later, and it’s finally here. Now I know what you’re thinking. “Ew, he was in a boy band. Why give him a chance?” Well, you remember a certain boy bander named Justin Timberlake faced the same thing and look where he is now. Is Nick on that way to super stardom? Who knows, but he is definitely on his way on being a household name at the very least. My favorite tracks that you could at least download and see for yourself are the following:

“Chains” – Very dark. Very grown up. Very mature. Very awesome.

“Warning” – Straight up r&b and pop. A no brainer in the radio department. And a repetitive chorus that will get stuck in your head for a while. Trust me on that.

“Numb” – Another r&b banger. Complete with a rap by Angel Haze. The staccato delivery and echoes just illustrate he is no longer a teen idol anymore.

“Teacher” – Very very excellent. It’s Prince influenced. That’s all I can say. See below.

“I Want You” – A pop gem that should be a potential single. It’s just perfect.

“Avalanche” – Well I have to admit I’m biased here because I’m a fan of Demi Lovato, who he duets with on this one. It’s loud and fantastically beautifully sung by both. Their vocals are standouts in this one.

Overall, I give the album a B+ but it’s really a good one. You can work out to it, in a gym and out (if you’re lucky enough to get the hook up so to speak), play loudly in a car, or at home. And with a good pair of headphones, rock out on publc transportation. So thank you Nick for not letting me down. One of the few good pop albums I’ve heard this year. Welcome to the world of r&b. I hope you enjoy your stay.

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Podcast #38. The No-Namer. I just Want You to Listen.

Hey, kids, rock n’ roll…

Here’s another show for you. New stuff, not so new, but probably new to you. I hope it sounds as good to you as it did to me as I made it. Enjoy.



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Lessons – SOHN
Earth Is Speeding -The Vaselines
SH09 Is Back – Lamb
Simple As This – Jake Bugg
Can’t Take It Back – Lissie
Honey – Royal Teeth
Bad Blood – Taylor Swift
My Blue Supreme – Interpol
Fuck Em Only We Know – Banks
Don’t Wake Me – Robots Don’t Sleep
Girls – Santigold
Talking – September Girls
Lucky G1rl – Shaka Ponk
Hurts Like Heaven – Shearwater
Something’s Missing – Sheppard
Amour t’es lá? – Snarky Puppy (with Magda Giannikou)
Wicked Waters – Benjamin Booker
Everything Turns to Grey – Agent Orange
Minnie The Moocher -Robbie Williams





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Singles Is As Singles Do..

I thought I’d share a few singles with you. I’m a little late on the game with some of them, but man, they’re pretty kick ass for my ears.


Little Mix – Wings

I had never heard of Little Mix until two months ago but this song is just pop greatness. The four little ladies can sing. And their harmonies are great. Despite one that looks like Sooki, the voice trumps it lol. And I like the meaning behind the song, to keep on working hard and don’t let the naysayers put you down. And they love their mamas. Can’t hate on a band that loves their mamas! Way to go ladies. I hope they go far. I even like the band name. There is a cosmic slop of backgrounds involved in them all. So yeah, gooey pop wonderfulness.


Disclosure – Latch Feat. Sam Smith

My friend Marc got me into this band with another one of their singles. They have an album named Settle that will be dropped soon. But since I have connections, I have it and man is it faaaaaabulousss!! The dance, beat and melody in this song are just excellent. It is my go to song when I want to shake it. Great vocals, works well with the beat. Check them out please. So so amazing. And addictive. Sam Smith sounds a LOT like Sam Sparro but I am not disappointed at all. This vid is..wowsers.



I love what I’m hearing from this band. It’s a mix of Gold Fields, Garbage, and Paramore. I think if all three of them had a kid CHVRCHES would be the offspring. It’s synth heavy, drum heavy, and works perfectly with the vocals. I found out  Iain Cooke, who is part of the Unwinding Hours, a band I enjoy, is part of this band. Can’t go wrong. Check them out.


Just felt like sharing. Enjoy and pass it on.



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