Best Albums of 2017


Kendrick Lamar (DAMN.), Jay-Z (4:44), Lorde (Melodrama), Father John Misty (Pure Comedy), and The National (Sleep Well Beast) top ‘50 Best Albums of 2017.’ Source: 50 Best Albums of 2017 | Year in Review

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 2 (#75 – 51)


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…

Chart Moves, June 6, 2013: Daft Punk Still Tops


Chart Rewind Last week, Daft Punk debuted loftily at no. 1 with Random Access Memories selling a strong 339,000 copies.  Darius Rucker found himself in the runner-up slot with True Believers, outperforming expectations with 83,000 copies sold.  The National confirmed their indie-darling status by bowing at no. 3 with 75,000 copies sold of Trouble Will Find Me. French Montana did better than expected, even if…

Review: The National, ‘Trouble Will Find Me’


The National • Trouble Will Find Me • 4AD • US Release Date: May 21, 2013 The National: Matt Berninger; Aaron Dessner; Bryce Dessner; Bryan Devendorf; Scott Devendorf Produced by Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner The National have become one of the premiere indie darlings of late.  2010 effort High Violet blasted onto the Billboard Album Chart at number three with a…