Andra Day, Cheers To The Fall – Review


Andra Day ‘nails it’ on her retro-soul debut Cheers To The Fall Andra Day • Cheers To The Fall • Buskin/Warner Bros • Release Date: August 28, 2015 For a while in 2015, it seemed the days of being excited about a new R&B artist or new R&B album were done.   The early part of…

Mac Miller, ‘100 Grandkids’: Hit or Miss?


Mac Miller • 100 Grandkids • Warner Bros • Release Date: August 7, 2015 That Mac Miller guy is one of a kind isn’t he? He released a debut album that debuted atop the Billboard 200 (Blue Slide Park) and then followed up with a top three sophomore album (Watching Movies with the Sound Off)…

Ranking Jill Scott’s Albums [Discography Analysis]


  Jill Scott returned in 2015 with her fifth studio album Woman. One thing about Jill is she doesn’t know what a bad album is, a fact that wasn’t lost on Woman. Still, where does Woman fit in the ranks of her rich discography? Let’s rank Scott’s five studio albums! 1) Beautifully Human: Words And…

4th Quarter Albums Prognostication Scorecard


In September 2014, I penned a post entitled Prognosticating 4th Quarter Albums!, where I gave my predictions for the sales of some notable albums being released in late September and onward.  Now that seven of those albums have sales figures (one going off of official prognostications), let’s see how sound my predicting skills were! 1) Chris…

10 Urban Joints To Close September


September has come to a close boys and girls… sorry, thought I was still teaching my music classes. Got your attention, right? Well September is concluding, and there were some notable urban albums and songs that were unleashed upon the world. Sure, everyone is crying over their album sales, but at least there a good…

Linkin Park Rock Hard on ‘The Hunting Party’


Linkin Park • The Hunting Party • Warner Bros • US Release Date: June 17, 2014 “All you f*cking lames go… careful what you shoot because you might hit what you aim for.” Apparently, that’s how Linkin Park rolls on latest LP, the aggressive The Hunting Party. Don’t get it twisted – Chester Bennington and…

Review: The Flaming Lips, ‘The Terror’


The Flaming Lips⎟ The Terror⎟ Warner Brothers⎟⎟ US Release Date: April 16, 2013 Band members: Wayne Coyne; Steven Drozd; Michael Ivins; Kliph Scurlock; Derek Brow Producers: The Flaming Lips; Dave Fridmann; Scott Booker Background Grammy award winners (Best Engineered Album Non-Classical, etc.) The Flaming Lips are veterans at their craft – making neo-psychedelic experimental/alternative rock…

The Mars Volta Are No More :-(


For alt-metal/metal-heads everywhere, The Mars Volta has broken hearts by breaking up.  The band, who had a cult-like following (including myself), has no possessed the same luster as it had previously, but it is still a sad revelation. Some interesting tweets from one the two main boys, Cedric Bixler-Zavala. https://twitter.com/cedricbixler_/status/294276250523037696 https://twitter.com/cedricbixler_/status/294275495778988032 The charting history of the band is quite…