Archive for December 2011

Help! Pandora Wants Me to be Jamaican

It all started innocently enough.  I enjoy listening to music at work and turn to Pandora for assistance in that department.  For those who don’t know, Pandora is a free online “radio” station, which you can customize with your own stations.  Based on what you like and don’t like, it will play music to conform... Read more »

The Black Keys: His and Her Blues

The Black Keys: His and Her Blues
In many cases, there is his music and there is her music and never the twain shall meet.  For example, Adele, Ellie Goulding and Florence + The Machine are for girls, while Foo Fighters, Bon Iver and Drake are for guys.  And Coldplay is for girls and gay guys, if you believe the banter in... Read more »

The Best Albums of 2011: The Definitive List

Definitive as decided by me, of course.  Another year is over, and all those old timers who think classic rock is the only good music can go scratch.  I listened to 31 albums this year (and we are NOT doing the math on how much that cost) and had a hard time narrowing it down... Read more »
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The Roots' "Undun": A Soundtrack Without the Movie

The Roots' "Undun": A Soundtrack Without the Movie
Is your music boring?  Do the songs on your albums seem like they have no correlation to one another? What you need is a good concept album, something with a theme throughout.  I have just the answer for you: The Roots’ “Undun” album. Lots of artists have themes to their albums, broken hearts being a... Read more »

Ladies and Gentlemen: Introducing Your 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Ah, the moment you’ve been waiting for…finally.  It’s always such a confusing time of year- not because you’re trying to sort through Suzy’s list to Santa, but because you’re trying to decipher how the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees were determined.  Well, I do not have an answer for you, even though... Read more »

Four Months After Her Death, A "New" Album by Amy Winehouse

Four Months After Her Death, A "New" Album by Amy Winehouse
The Story of Amy Winehouse Once upon a time back in 2007, a little starlet appeared on the music scene.  She looked like a little tattooed pixie pin-up girl but had a voice that rivaled Aretha Franklin’s.  She won all kinds of awards for her album, “Back to Black”, and music lovers everywhere exalted in the... Read more »
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A Sampling of Christmas Music to Get Your Spirits High

“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”.  I always say I’m not that much of a Michael Bublé fan, and then I usually go on to provide an exception, so maybe I like him more than I thought.  His rich deep voice is perfect for Christmas music and reminds me very much of my all time favorite Harry Connick, Jr. Christmas album.
A couple days ago, I decided to drop the Scrooge act and get in the Christmas spirit in a musical way.  Also, there were no new albums released this week that interested me.  iTunes very helpfully has all kinds of Top 10 lists, including Top 10 Holiday Albums.  I decided to buy the most popular... Read more »