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.

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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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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 ūüôā So for now, sit back, go relax and enjoy. Thanks for listening.

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Electric Lady (feat. Solange) – Janelle Mon√°e

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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You Asked For It: Another Top Album List for 2013. 30 of Them.

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Well fellow earbudders, here is another end of the year list from me. This was particularly hard because I listen to a lot of different kinds of music and this year was just filled with great stuff – a lot of solid pieces of work from big name artists, and indie artists. It’s¬†HARD¬†to pick just 30. But here they are. I’ll keep them short and sweet. Nothing more annoying than long diatribes about one album in particular. I’m not a writer, but I know what I like. For those who read my blog or listen to my podcast, some of these names shouldn’t really be a surprise. And there are a few that are I imagine. So read up, take note, and listen at will. I’m sure some won’t agree with me, but oh well. This is what I loved this year.

headheart30. The Head and the Heart – Let’s Be Still:¬†There isn’t nothing new to this one. It’s still just as solid as their previous effort. Very chilled, very relaxed. I just took it for what it is, which was excellent.

 

 

 

 

 

bitterrivals29. Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals:¬†They’re still loud. They’re still angry. They still want to put you in a “blow things up when you’re angry” mood.¬†

 

 

 

 

 

bonobo_thenorthborders28. Bonobo РNorth Borders: Each song makes you feel  waves of emotions ranging from relaxed to excitement. Love it when an album can make your mood change at the drop of a hat at various times while listening.

 

 

 

 

 

lonebellow27. The Lone Bellow – The Lone Below:¬†I’m such a sucker for 3 part harmonies. And acoustic guitars. And songs that are heartfelt. It’s really a beautiful record.

 

 

 

 

 

 

thenational 26. The National – Trouble Will Find Me:¬†It’s The National. That’s why.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

julieruin25. The Julie Ruin: Riot grrrl returns. Truly a gem. Welcome back Kathleen! Garage rock at its finest. Makes you want to stand up and take the world on by storm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

wonderyears24. The Wonder Years – The Greatest Generation:¬†Easy laid back melodies this time around, but still can hit you with the power punk sound we’re used to from them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

passenger23. Passenger РAll the Little Lights: Peaceful and delicate delivery. Quite the headphone record.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

panic!22. Panic! At The Disco РToo Weird to Live, Too Young to Die!: Enjoy this ride. They switched styles from alternative emo (if there is even a thing  now) to dance new wave pop. The difference? The songs stick out in my head a LOT more than their other albums.

 

 

 

 

 

bloodorange21. Blood Orange РCupid Deluxe: Melancholy dance, however Dev Hynes has enough collaborations to make it sound rich, gorgeous, and wonderful. The beats are pretty amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

a_fragile_2morrow20. A Fragile Tomorrow РBe Nice, Be Careful: An extremely fun album with an 80s feel. If the Replacements had children with R.E.M. circa Murmur, these guys would be the offspring. Jangly guitars give me all sorts of feels.

 

 

 

 

 

john-newman19. John Newman – Tribute:¬†This album reminded me a lot of Mark Ronson & The International’s album a few years back. John has a very soulful voice that could easily be the male version of Amy Winehouse. Throw in some big band dance to back him up, it’s a winner.

 

 

 

 

 

chvrches-the-bones-of-what-you-believe18. Chvrches РThe Bones of What You Believe: New wavers rule. Definitely a throwback to 80s sound.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

boards-of-canada17. Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest:¬†They never let me down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pushaT16. Pusha T РMy name is My Name: Lyrically sick. On some other level of sickness. Highly underrated this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jessy15. Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back:¬†One of the most overlooked albums of the year for electronic music. It’s not over the top. It’s not in your face. She pulls you in with her light vocals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

st.lucia14. St. Lucia РWhen the Night: Party music. Party music. Party music. Invite your friends, have some drinks, and turn it up.

 

 

 

 

 

 
magnacarta13. Jay Z – Magna Carter:¬†The real King of NY returns (Sorry Kendrick. But you shouldn’t even try to compare yourself to this man) with an album full of rough beats, braggadocio attitude, and commentary on the state of America as only Jay-Z can do it. In other words, Jay-Z has it all. And we don’t. And we never will. And I’m ok with that.

 

 

 

 

 

demi12. Demi Lovato – Demi:¬†One of¬†Disney’s former princesses hits my ears hard with dance pop goodness, and a few club hits. This album also showcases how great her vocal range is in one aspect, then reveals how she pulls back that range as she lets her emotions take over in her vocal delivery.¬†Well done Demetria. Well done.

 

 

 

 

 


rudimental11. Rudimental – Home:¬†The other kick ass dance album of the year. It’s a cosmic slop of drum and bass, house, and r&b all rolled into one. And they tapped Emeli’ Sande and Sam Smith to sing on tracks. Not too shabby if you ask me ūüôā

 

 

 

 

 

aloeblacc10. Aloe Blacc – Lift Your Spirit:¬†Easily a no brainer on this list. He has the will, the heart, the vocal talent, and the emotion to make you feel like it’s going to be okay – whatever you’re going through – it’s going to be alright at some point. Just listen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haim_-_Days_Are_Gone9. Haim – Days are Gone:¬†Three sisters who released an album that could have easily been made in a 70s r&b era. They’ve done their homework.

 

 

 

 

 

 

mayer8. Mayer Hawthorne –¬†Where does this Door Go?: One of the best in rhythm and blues this year. It’s a little more marketable this time, but he never completely abandoned what he’s known for – old school r&b. Smooth operator indeed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

disclosure7. Disclosure – Settle:¬†“When A Fire Starts to Burn” was the song that introduced us to them. But the whole album is a gem. Sam Smith kills vocally.¬†It’s a dance fan’s dream come true. It never loses speed. It leaves you wanting more. I certainly do.

 

 

 

 

 

arcticmonkeys6. Arctic Monkeys РAM: How much do I love these guys? A rock band with a little bit of soul and guitars that sound so dirty you want to take a shower after listening.

 

 

 

 

 

luscious-jackson5. Luscious Jackson РMagic Hour: As stated in an earlier blog, this is the comeback band of the year. Dance, organs, with hip hop appeal is where they strive. Welcome back ladies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

teganandsara4. Tegan and Sara РHeartthrob: Quite the departure from their acoustic rock sound, they returned with an 80s throwback to dance and new wave. The lyrics were more straightforward but the self deprecation was still in full effect, just put to happier beats. Funny how that works.

 

 

 

 

 

mvula3. Laura Mvula – Sing to the Moon:¬†Words cannot express how much I love this album and the harmonies. It would be easy to cast her off as a retro singer. But she’s more than that. She is heavy on the soul, singing about everything from divorce, to her image in the entertainment field, to the lack of feeling love, which personally touched my heart. It’s just such a great record. Please everyone give it a chance. You won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

 

daftpunk2. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories:¬†I don’t even consider this an electronic album. It’s more dance and disco. It’s a throwback. It’s light, it’s airy, you can dance like no one is watching to it as much as you can listen to it in a car as much as you can listen in your living room. Or the kitchen. Great from beginning to end.

 

 

 

 

 
janelle1. Janelle Monae – Electric Lady:¬†This album is divided up into two halves for me. The first half is radio friendly – the jams that you can blow up and get crazy, and the second half is introspective and personal. I won’t go on and on about this album. Just know that she gives you many sides of herself, along with ideas and imagery of how life should be with all of us in a world where people stick up for one another and aren’t judged by who they are, how they dress, and who they love. Crazy thought huh?

 

 

 

Honorable Mentions:

 

saintjohnsI have a soft spot for singer/songwriter albums with minimum music. However, I also despise EPs. Frankly I wish all bands would save money and add to the money used for an EP and just release one full album. But I will make an exception in this case. The Saint Johns EP, Open Water, is a beautiful yet small collection of songs that tug at the heart strings. As much as I don’t believe in love, I believe in them. And I believe they’re excellent. Please give them a chance.

 

 

 

 

beyonceOh Beyonc√©. You magnificent creature. You record an album not too many knew about, then you released it on the fly, not alerting ANYONE. I mean, the nerve Mrs. Carter! But hey, you made a solid collection of tracks. You’re coming into your own. This is an r&b album, not a pop album, not a crossover album at all. If listeners are going to expect song friendly lyrics for all ages, think again. I admire you Mrs. Carter for bucking the trends and releasing songs that describe how you really are. Game. Set. Match.

 

 

 

So that’s it for the year peeps. Stay tuned for my END OF THE YEAR PODCAST, the last one of the year. Tell your friends. Keep it right, keep it tight.

 

 

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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.

 

CHVRCHES – Lies

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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