2015’s Most Eyebrow-Raising Lyrics, Vol. 1


So much time is spent examining entire albums or merely analyzing singles or songs off of those albums. A lot can be gained from being more analytical and isolating key lyrics from a song. Sure, this is micromanagement – total music nerd shit – but there’s greatness that can be unveiled. Throughout 2015, there have…

25 Chart Takeaways: Kendrick Lamar On Top Again


During a quiet week, Kendrick Lamar holds at number one. The highest debuting album comes by way of Action Bronson (Mr. Wonderful). Those and 23 more takeaways you won’t want to miss – with a dash of humor thrown in from your resident music nerd! 1) Kendrick Lamar spends a second week atop the Billboard…

The Best Albums of 2015 – End of 1st Quarter Update


It is now April 2015 and the first quarter of the year has elapsed? How many big-time albums have been dropped between January 2015 and the end of March? The answer is several notable albums, with the top five definitely producing the heat. Here are 14 of the best albums of 2015 as of the…

Ranking 8 of the Most Surprising Album Releases


Risk sometimes equals reward. In the music business though, risk can also be career suicide. For these eight artists and their respective albums, the artists/labels took the gargantuan risk of the non-standard album release. Some of these efforts arrived sans single, meaning that support and sales came by way of name, word of mouth, and…

The Best Albums of 2015 – Late February Update 


As February 2015 becomes March, more albums have been released and you know what that means: my analytical ears get busy and my pen (keyboard) begins publishing my thoughts. Ultimately, 2015 has been a solid year for music as of yet and all of the albums that grace this early ‘best of’ list are worth…

25 Chart Takeaways: Fall Out Boy Score Third #1


For a second week, Taylor Swift has been held at bay! Fall Out Boy gets it done to secure the top spot, hence holding Swift in the runner-up slot. That said here’s my weekly, sometimes humorous 25 chart takeaways. 1) Fall Out Boy had a terrific week as American Beauty/American Psycho bowed atop the Billboard…

The Best Songs From January 2015


January 2015 had some great music, if you can believe it. Normally the winter is a ‘cold mess’ if you will, but not in 2015. “New year, new life, new things,” as I once penned in one my songs. But this isn’t about me, well completely – it is my opinion. Here are 11 must-haves…

Grammy Dissection, Part 2: Rock Categories


Best Rock Performance “Hold On,” Alabama Shakes (Boys & Girls) “Lonely Boy,” The Black Keys (El Camino) “Charlie Brown,” Coldplay “I Will Wait,” Mumford & Sons (Babel) “We Take Care Of Our Own,” Bruce Springsteen (Wrecking Ball) Commentary: “Lonely Boy” seems to be the favorite here. Had “I Will Wait” been nominated in the larger…