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




1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN


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My Favorite Albums of 2016



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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Troye Sivan’s Wild

Hello earbudders,

I know it’s been a long while since I posted anything. Just wanted to tip you off to a song I came across by Troye Sivan called, “Wild.” And no, I don’t mean the version that has been out since his record release. I’m talking about the re-worked one with Alessia Cara, you know, the Wild Things Are singer. She accompanies Troye on this version of “Wild.” I don’t know exactly what is Alessia’s obsession with wild things are, but I really think this is a great pop song for the summer. It’s got a rich melody and people chant singing in the background throughout the song. Although it’s not known if the “people” are just dubs of Alessia’s voice, I don’t really care. You KNOW when there’s chant singing, it’s going to be a good time. Take a listen and enjoy it. I certainly did. If the wild things are where Troye and Alessia are, then sign me up. Should be pretty righteous.

PS. I’m waiting for someone to mash up “Wild” with Tegan and Sara’s “Drove Me Wild.” Pretty much a no brainer.


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Album of the Week: The Veronicas


The one good thing about the fall I enjoy is record companies issuing releases in time for Christmas (or whatever else you might celebrate). It’s like their last push for music ear budders like myself to get into new bands or singers that we might not have heard anything from and I dig that. That being said, this is a band that is a perfect example. I don’t know much about The Veronicas other than they’re Australian, they’re twins, and they have a single called “You Ruined Me.” When I heard this first single, I was a little hesitant because I thought, “Ok, here we go, another band writing sad sap music and singing about a love lost.” So when I was sent their latest self tilted album I already had a preconceived notion. I have to say, I couldn’t have BEEN more wrong if I tried. These ladies are, as Robbie Williams says, “the tits.” They do not disappoint. Lisa and Jessica Origliasso have made an album that captures all the best in music today – melodies, dance, pop, electronic, solid songwriting, and vocals. If this album doesn’t sell well, it’ll be a tragedy because they really really are wonderful. Stand out tracks – really, the WHOLE ALBUM. It’s a rarity that I go for every song on an album. Most albums have at least two songs of filler. But these ladies know their stuff. They know what works, and what doesn’t. They really have something for everyone. Let me give you a run down of a few tracks:

1. Sanctified – A sexy sultry boot stomping “take me to the river” jam about love and the feeling, the intense feeling you get when you’re wrapped up in it. Truly beautiful.

2. Do You Miss Me? – If you are a fan of electronic music with a hint of synths and industrial elements, then this is right up your alley. It’s dance-y, bouncy, and honestly… a rap song lol. Trust me. It’s excellent. Their raps intertwined with industrial undertones can be compared to any rapper out there today. I’m not lying. It’s good shit.

3. Cruel – Easily a radio hit. It’s reminiscent of bands like Paramore, Sleeper Agent, Echosmith, and the like. It’s very catchy. The main objective: being upset at the ex boyfriend who shows off his new flavor of the month, and virtually ignoring his ex.. And every time she sees them together, it is like a knife to the heart. She sees it as a cruel and heartless. She wants him to miss her. We’ve all been there haven’t we?

4.  Line of Fire – Another sexy tune but with a hip hop beat behind it. The vocals just ooze sex if that’s possible. They’re setting you up for the kill. They know what they want and won’t expect anything less.

5.  Teenage Millionaire – Another dance track about a love affair that they treasure as the richest thing in their lives and that relationship is so grand it makes them famous. If only all love could be like that, no?

6. Born Bob Dylan – This is truly a standout for me. The lyrics are wonderfully beautiful. She is trying to capture how she feels for someone but can’t. She tries. But can’t, so she wishes she could be as poetic as Bob Dylan. She struggles because she KNOWS how she feels in her heart, but words seem to escape her. It’s another radio friendly potential single that is an absolute winner for me.

I love this album folks. I won’t reveal all the tracks. But I thank The Veronicas for giving me faith in good pop music again. So many influences are heard in this album. If you want to hear an array of entertainment, I suggest you give them a listen.


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2014. First Podcast of the Year. Earbud Approved.

Happy New Year fellow earbuds,

Here’s to a new year of new music and new sounds. I have a new show for ya. So you know the drill. If this month is any indication of how music will be, we’ll be in for some really really good work from people. So go ahead and take a listen.

Stream Here: Beatcast #31

Download here: Beatcast #31


In The Wake Of You – Dum Dum Girls

Transgender Dysphoria Blues – Against Me!

Angels & Airwaves – Angel Haze

Frankie Fell in Love – Bruce Springsteen

Happy (from Despicable Me 2) – Pharrell Williams

Silver Timothy – Damien Jurado

Anagram – Young The Giant

Check In – Cibo Matto

F For You (Ft. Mary J. Blige) – Disclosure

Running (Cold Cave Remix) – Nine Inch Nails

Smell Of Gasoline – Reverend Horton Heat

Biggy – Warpaint

Wishing Well – Wild Cub

Colours To Life – Temples

Cry To The Beat Of The Band – Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Don’t Find Another Love – Tegan And Sara

The ’59 Sound (Acoustic) – The Gaslight Anthem

All Through The City – The Hold Steady



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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.


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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Last Podcast of 2012. My Favorite Songs..

This has been a strong year for singles. Albums not so much. Usually I have a difficult time trying to weed through all the albums of the year. But I didn’t really have that much of a problem for this year’s picks. You can see who I picked for my top 20 albums in the previous blog. But this year a lot of songs grabbed my attention and never let go. Theses songs are in no particular order. Just because Bruno is number 1 doesn’t mean I think he had the best song, his song was just the first one to pop into my head. Some of these tunes I’ve already played in previous podcasts over this year  so don’t worry if they sound familiar. Some were songs I just thought were standouts from the other better known songs groups or singers are known for and I wanted to bring them to the music roundtable. So I ‘m going to share. Isn’t it nice when people share? So here is my podcast link to download:


Or if you want to stream it..

And here is the list. Some are from my list of albums, some are just random.. songs I enjoyed and got stuck in my head for days. Sorry No Call Me Maybes here. Enjoy. I’ll be back in 2013 with new lists, new podcasts, and new random acts of music love.

Be safe everyone. Happy new year!



Bruno Mars – Money Make Her Smile

Muse – Panic Station

Linkin Park – BURN IT DOWN

Rita Ora – How We Do (Party)

Vicci Martinez – I Can Love

Bright Light Bright Light – Feel It

Rihanna – Diamonds

Divine Fits – Would That Not Be Nice

Cat Power – Ruin

Christina Aguilera – Light Up The Sky

Crystal Castles – Sad Eyes

John Talabot – When The Past Was Present

Chromatics – Kill for Love

Japandroids – Fire’s Highway

Cold Specks – Blank Maps

Jack White – Love Interruption

Four Tet – Locked

Calvin Harris – Sweet Nothing (feat. Florence Welch) 3:33

El-P – For My Upstairs Neighbor (Mums the Word)

Tegan & Sara – Closer

Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child

Metz – Sad Pricks

Twin Shadow – Five Seconds

Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream

The Gossip – Casualties Of War

The Gaslight Anthem – Here Comes My Man

Killer Mike – Reagan

The Gaslamp Killer – Dead Vets (with Adrian Younge & MRR)

Pink – Blow Me (One Last Kiss)

Robbie Williams – Different

Bring it 2013!



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