Music Shopping List: 13 Albums to Consider May 6, 2014


April left a lot to be desired as far as the number of ‘blockbuster’ album releases that graced the music industry. Hopefully, the first official releases of May 2014 adds some spark to an incredibly slow music market in 2014. Tuesday May 6 is a big release day filled with a number of options. Again,…

56th Grammy Awards Reactions: The Triumphs and Fails


Another year and another Grammys ceremony has come and passed.  As always, there were moments that thrilled me while others made me curse under my breath. Luckily, as a music journalist, this guy has learned how to think like the Recording Academy, hence the accuracy of many of my picks this year.  Still, even being…

The 100 Best Songs of 2013: Complete!


After a year filled with numerous albums and even more songs, choosing 100 of the best is an incredibly difficult task.  Like with the best albums of 2013, there will be surprises as well as snubs.  Sometimes the snubs are oversights while at other items there are just so many notable songs that some just…

The 100 Best Songs of 2013: Part 4 (#25 – 1)


After a year filled with numerous albums and even more songs, choosing 100 of the best is an incredibly difficult task.  Like with the best albums of 2013, there will be surprises as well as snubs.  Sometimes the snubs are oversights while at other items there are just so many notable songs that some just…

The 50 (+1) Best Albums of 2013


Ranking the very best albums of any year is incredibly difficult; there are always misses.  2013 was filled with some triumphant musical moments, though not all of their parent albums were necessarily ‘worthy’ of being considered the best of the year. Because of various factors, this list has its surprises and like any album reviewed,…

Thoughts on the 56th Annual Grammy Nominations


The Grammys are like a musician’s Super Bowl, even if the nominations and victorious artists are flawed.  I won’t lie to you, I complain every year that someone won a Grammy that didn’t deserve it while someone else was snubbed. Just last year, during the 55th Annual Grammys, I lobbied hard for Frank Ocean (looking…

Ten Random Songs I’m ‘Thankful For’ From 2013


Okay, I’m thankful for plenty in my young life.  One thing I’m most thankful for besides those traditional things like God, family, friends, employment, etc. is of course music.  Previously, I issued a playlist of  “Songs of Thanks” which featured titles that all had the words “Thank” included within them.  This ten song playlist is…

2013 First Quarter Music Awards: Anyone REALLY Stand Out?


January, February and March make up the first quarter of the year.  Musically, the first quarter is much slower than the fourth quarter (October – December), in which the holiday season propels large sales numbers. January is the slowest of the three months of the quarter, while February gets a spike from the Grammys, and…