Janelle Monáe has often described herself as a time traveler. While driving to work this morning and listening to the title track of her new album The Electric Lady, I finally got to see her time-hopping powers at work. Continue reading
Although my father was partially responsible for my great love for music, and the compulsive collecting therein, his tastes would often surprise and amuse me. Perhaps the most amusing revelation is that he had a greater nostalgic love for The Monkees than he did The Beatles.
Recorded in 1979 and re-released as a full album in 1990, Joy Division’s session with legendary producer and BBC Radio 1 presenter John Peel is a haunting, transcendent collection of songs.
Friends, I can’t help it – if one of my favorite musicians puts out a limited edition or otherwise rare piece of music, I am compelled to buy it. Yes, sometimes those special releases are beyond personal affordability, but when Beady Eye released their single “The Roller” as a numbered 7″, I had to own it.
So I’ve kind of been on a 1920s and 1930s kick this past summer, what with seeing The Great Gatsby remake and now reading Libba Bray’s The Diviners. I chanced upon this lovely playlist on Spotify while at work the other day, and I’ll say that while the titles – and lyrics of some of the songs – were pretty risquÃ©, the actual songs are very good and very safe for work. So here’s a list of the five titles most likely to provoke a “that’s what she said” moment. Continue reading
This summer had the distinct pleasure of not only a Kanye West album dropping, but a Jay Z one dropping as well. I couldn’t let this opportunity pass without pitting the two head to head into a musical thunderdome. Full disclosure, I am a bigger Kanye fan vs. a Hova fan but I am trying to be partial in this battle. Yeezus dropped first so I have had a bit more time to listen to it versus Magna Carta”¦ Holy Grail. Jay Z’s marketing of Magna was genius, using Samsung phones to promote the album. Put on your helmets, grab your favorite weapon, and may the odds ever be in your favor. Continue reading
With what would have been Michael Jackson’s 55th birthday approaching on August 29th, let’s talk a little bit about his first solo album that is considered separate from The Jackson 5: Off The Wall. Released 34 years ago on August 10, 1979, it is a magnificent production.
I just got off of nine days in a row as a retail shift lead. This was not a fun stretch by any means. I did four shifts of four to midnight, two shifts of seven a.m. opening, including a clopen (closing one night then opening the next morning), and three night shifts that ended at 10:30. Needless to say I needed my music this last week to keep me going. Continue reading
Though talking about my vinyl collection will most often skew towards older albums, the format has regained some of its popularity. I love being able to buy unusual versions of singles released by my favorite musicians, and this Noel Gallagher/UNKLE remix is outstanding.
The last few weeks have been a crazy blur. My emotions have hit the highest highs and some really anxiety-inducing lows. I got married to my lovely wife and I came out both to my family and at work. Music really kept me going through this week. Continue reading
The Style Council is not my favorite Paul Weller incarnation, but even with all its ’80s soul earnestness, I still enjoy the band. I enjoy it even more when I find said music at a bargain price.
The Rolling Stones’ 1971 album Sticky Fingers not only features some of their very best songs, it is also the album that features concept artwork by Andy Warhol. The original vinyl sleeve features a real working zipper, and friends, that’s just what we have here today.
Yesterday was a terrible, no-good, very bad day. Everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong and I was having some serious allergy problems. But what do I do when I have a bad day? I try to turn it into a good day, or at least a bad day that ended on a good note, with these five songs: Continue reading