Posts in category "Album Reviews"

Wheat's Latest EP Another Step Towards Pop Music Perfection

We pulled into Lake Geneva, after a long drive through the winding countryside, and I think everyone in the car was singing Wheat’s “Two Dollar Bill.” Not because they had even heard the song yet, which I did play endlessly in the hotel all weekend, but because I kept singing that infectious phrase; “Lost all... Read more »

Finding New Music From TV & Movies

Finding New Music From TV & Movies
Twenty years ago, I was hearing all of my new music through the radio. Lately I’ve been getting it through television. Last weekend I heard Matt Pond’s “Love To Get Used” while viewing Delivery Man. Yesterday I heard this incredible mash-up, Missy Elliott vs The Black Keys, “Get Ur Freak On,” during the movie Neighbors.... Read more »

The Hottest Ticket This Summer: Tony Bennet & Lady Gaga

Tony Bennett’s and Lady Gaga’s “Cheek to Cheek” tour is coming to Ravinia on June 26 and 27. If you happened to get a ticket, you are one of the lucky ones. Apparently when tickets went on sale to Ravinia Festival Donors, they sold out faster the any event in the park’s 111-year history. All... Read more »
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Owen Pulls The Covers On His "Girl In A Box"

What do Owen and The Blake Babies have in common? They both have a “Girl In A Box.” “Wife don’t mind if I give her a child. My wife don’t mind, she thinks it’s pretty wild. I’ve got this girl in a box, I got a girl in a box.” -John Strohm, of the Blake... Read more »

Ghostface Killah's "Ironman" Is Best Solo Album Yet By Any Wu-Tang Member

For those unfamiliar with this classic album: Ghostface Killah was a member of the rap group Wu-Tang Clan. Ironman was the debut LP from Ghostface, and could possibly be the best solo project by any member of the group; ever. Artist/Album: Ghostface Killah-Ironman Reason For Purchase: I had the digital version, but have been looking... Read more »

The Kooks Take A Soulful Approach On Latest Album Listen

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Anytime you change musical styles, or go in a different direction then your fans expect, there is always going to be some blow back. British band The Kooks did just this on their fourth studio album, Listen. It’s very accomplished, and another one of my favorite listens from 2014. I must admit, this record took... Read more »
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The Shins-"Oh, Inverted World," For $1?

Artist/Album: The Shins-Oh, Inverted World Reason For Purchase: If you remember the movie Garden State, then you might remember the incredible soundtrack that followed?  This is where I first heard The Shins. I’ll never forget those first chords of  ”Caring Is Creepy.” Well, first the eerie whistle, then the chords, and then the cold, high-pitched... Read more »

Hozier's Debut A Sweet Surprise From 2014

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A friend of mine went to Lollapalooza 2014, and came back championing this new artist Hozier. This was the first I’ve heard of the Grizzly Adam’s lookalike. Then, while watching The Leftovers, I heard “Take Me To Church.” It was gripping. After a little investigation I found out who it was: Hozier. Next, I heard... Read more »

"World Peace Is None Of Your Business:" Best Of 2014

I think it’s been a little while since I placed a Morrissey album in my year end Top 10 list. As a quick precursor, I should mention that The Smiths and Morrissey have been favorites of mine for the last 25 years. Loving him over the last ten years has been a bit harder, as... Read more »
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Frank Ocean Better Watch His Back, Here Comes Daye Jack

Frank Ocean better release something quick, cause this 18 year “got game!” If Ocean waits too long, Daye Jack might just take his spotlight. With a style very similar to Ocean’s and blog sites like Paste calling this kid the one to watch in 2015, his star is about to shine. He flows like Frank,... Read more »