Archive for December 2010

10 Random Songs from My iPod and How They Got There

Have you been trying to think of a way to get to know Music Mom better?  Bingo!  While walking to the train this afternoon (yes, I had to work today), I finished listening to a podcast and panicked because I was then without any listening material for the duration of my walk in the rain. ... Read more »

Does Eminem Really Deserve all those Grammy Nominations?

I’ll start on a defensive note about why I’m just now getting around to listening to Eminem’s “Recovery” album.  I wish I had a great excuse for not listening before now, but I’m old and assumed it would be noisy and I wouldn’t like it.  The fact that I haven’t listened to the album nagged... Read more »

Who is Janelle Monáe and Why is She on Everyone's "Best of 2010" List?

By “everyone” I’m referring to the Tribune and Sun Times music critics who both had Janelle’s album, “The ArchAndroid”, as their #1 albums of the year.  If two individuals who are actually paid to evaluate music have chosen “The ArchAndroid” as their top pick of the year (turning green), why does it seem like no... Read more »
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Music on TV for the Week of Dec. 27 - 31, 2010

Music on TV for the Week of Dec. 27 - 31, 2010
New this week:  Absolutely nothing new coming out this week.  I think music on TV this week is largely reruns, and a couple shows didn’t even have their schedules posted.  Nonetheless: Monday (12/27/10):• Jonny Lang, Brad Whitford, Chris Layton and Billy Cox – “Tonight Show with Jay Leno”• Ra Ra Riot – “Late Show with David Letterman”• Temper... Read more »

A Gallery of Musically Inclined Santas to Brighten Your Holiday

How angelic.  Making fun of Taylor is like clubbing a baby seal.
I thought this would be a fun exercise, but it turned out to be more challenging than I anticipated.  It seems that our contemporary musicians aren’t apt to don a Santa suit, so in many cases I’ve had to settle for a Santa hat.  And it probably will come as no surprise that the female... Read more »

All of My 2010 Favorite Music

It’s the blog post you’ve been waiting for all year: Music Mom’s Favorites!   While I should be planning the menu for Christmas dinner for 16, it seems far easier and more enjoyable to compile my favorite songs, albums and new artists of 2010.  I was going to drag this out into several posts, but then... Read more »
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2010 Christmas Album Covers

Ugly and boring.  I think that pretty much sums it up.
What better way to spend the Saturday evening before Christmas than evaluating the cover art of the albums released this holiday season?  I can’t think of anything either.  Here is what I came up with:

Music on TV for the Week of Dec. 20 - 24, 2010

New this week:  Albums by Jamie Foxx, Keri Hilson, Keyshia Cole and Avant.  Music on TV this week (fewer reruns than I was expecting): Monday (12/20/10):• Justin Timberlake – “Ellen”• Pink Martini – “Tonight Show with Jay Leno”• Diddy Dirty Money – “Chelsea Lately”• Goo Goo Dolls – “Jimmy Kimmel Live”• Beach House – “Conan” Tuesday (12/21/10):• Sharon Jones & The... Read more »

More Than a Year After His Death, A New Michael Jackson Album

Well, as you know Michael Jackson passed away more than a year ago, but what luck- he left behind dozens of songs that had never been released.  Therefore, “Michael” is only the first posthumous record of what is expected to be several.  Did anyone consider that there might be a reason why some of these... Read more »
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My Favorite Videos of 2010

I thought that as 2010 nears its conclusion and before I subject you to my lists of the best songs and albums of the year, I’d reflect on the videos I enjoyed most.  In the spirit of full disclosure, I did not start writing my blog until April, so perhaps this should more accurately be... Read more »