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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s a slow work day, so let’s take a look at some random crap sitting on my desk at work.
Some of it is cool, some of it will make you feel bad for me.
***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.
It’s December, it’s cold, and Christmas is just around the corner. What a wonderful time of the year.
Well allow me to ruin that by hating on some Christmas music.
This story takes place in 2009, and really happened out of nowhere. A group of six of us all piled into our friend’s Chevy Tahoe and made the two hour trip from Mt. Pleasant to Detroit to watch our school, Central Michigan take on Ohio in the MAC Championship Game. It was there during halftime that the inspiration struck.
The year is coming to a close, and rather than make some list about the best of this, and the worst of that, I’m just going to sporadically post individual things that I think are the best or worst from the past year. Today, the worst song of 2013. Taking the, um, honor is Luke Bryan for “That’s My Kind of Night”. Damn it white … Continue reading The Worst Song of 2013