Confess Your Unpopular/Embarrassing Music Opinion: …Your boy Clay Aiken.

I grew up listening I three albums, we’ll say: Bat Out of Hell by Meatloaf, Come On Over by Shania Twain, and yes, Measure of a Man by Clay Aiken. I don’t know, ask my mom. She was the one who drove me to my catechism classes on Tuesday nights playing these albums. Continue reading Confess Your Unpopular/Embarrassing Music Opinion: …Your boy Clay Aiken.

HOT MUZIK TAEKS: The Gorillaz make a long-awaited return and Kendrick Lamar issues an ultimanum

This week has been a very loaded and busy one for music fans around the globe, as a plethora of big-name artists have released singles for upcoming albums or just outright pushed entire playlists.

Before getting into the big news though, I’m engaging in a bit of housekeeping.

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An instant analysis of Lorde’s new single “Green Light”

It’s been four years since Ella Yellich-O’Connor, known colloquially as Lorde, last graced the airwaves as “the next big thing” in popular music.

The role was a surprising one for the then 16-year-old Kiwi, whose quieter, more inquisitive bedroom confessionals came out at a time where hyperactive and sugary acts such as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry were in taste.

Her hit single “Royals” generated a different kind of buzz once it hit pop radio in the United States, serving a gap that many in the industry didn’t realize was there. The sparse instrumentation and throbbing basslines accentuated the strange and fragile voicing of Lorde’s melodies, making her a superstar among a certain sector of fan.

Lorde had her big break at the 2014 Grammys, nabbing “Best Pop Performance of the Year” and “Best Record of the Year” for “Royals” and garnering multiple nominations for the album Pure Heroine.

But, just as soon as she arrived, she disappeared. Until today.

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My Top-5 ‘Live from Daryl’s House’ episodes

For any of you who know me even the slightest bit, you know that my favorite band of all time is Hall and Oates.

For a duo, they made a ton of hits and had a ton of complex sounds merging pretty flawlessly from the 70s to the 80s. Not to mention, Daryl Hall, despite being nearly 70 can still hit pretty much every not in those songs.

And if you’re at all a fan of Hall and Oates, you’ve watched or at least heard of Live From Daryl’s House.

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The Officially Correct Top 5 Simpsons Songs

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The Simpsons has been on the air longer than I have been alive, and during that time has featured some of the most influential and iconic members of the music industry.

The legendary Danny Elfman composed the defining score for the opening credits. Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Paul McCaurtney, Lady Gaga, and Barry White are simply the tip of the iceberg when considering the list of musicians who have had cameo roles on the show. Some performed, some did not.

But many (i.e. me) would argue that the show’s best music didn’t feature any major musical acts at all.

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An oral history of Mining in Afghanistan: ‘A Perfect Christmas, Our Gift to You’

***PLEASE NOTE THIS IS SATIRE AND NOT AT ALL TRUE, I MADE THIS ENTIRE THING UP BECAUSE IT WAS EASIER THAN AN ACTUAL ORAL HISTORY***

Seven years ago today a group of six young men hit the studios at Death Row Records to record what has been known as the definitive Christmas album, little did they know what effect their music would have not just on the Christmas community, but their lives and the rest of the world.

On the seven year anniversary of Mining in Afghanistan’s hit album, ‘A Perfect Christmas, Our Gift to You’, we sat down with the band’s remaining members to get their thoughts on the music and its impact.

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