Oi Oi Oi! I’m so behind. Well isn’t this the UNDERSTATEMENT of the year (so far). I’ve been running around like crazy. Who knew I was such the social butterfly? While some of my unintentional blogging hiatus can be explained by my social schedule, a lot of it can be explained by pure laziness. I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately and understandably so. When I’m not surrounding myself with friends, I’m lazing about the apartment, catching up on the TIVO and yes…listening to music. YES! I said it. I’ve been listening to music. Writing about music…that’s another story.
My goal for this upcoming weekend is to give my blog some LONG-OVERDUE TLC. I have a crap-ton of stuff to talk about (some of which is probably irrelevant by now), including this Sunday’s Grammy Awards – which I will definitely be watching, although probably not live. At any rate – the stack of CDs above are all waiting for me to review. Many of them I purchased myself, some of them were sent to me. All of them I enjoy immensely. I’ll give you a rundown some of my early favs from the stack (in no particular order). *NOTE* Keep in mind that many of these are already “old news.” I’m well aware but I think they are still worth a listen.
Owl City – Ocean Eyes
Not sure if it’s the infectious synth beats or the cute/emo lyrics but I LOVE Adam Young/AKA Owl City. – Fav Tracks – “Hello Seattle,” “Dental Care,” “Umbrella Beach,” “Fireflies”
Dragonette – Fixin’ To Thrill
Is it too late to jump on the bandwagon as a Dragonette fan? Vocalist Martina Sorbara is AMAZING. – Fav Tracks – “Fixin’ To Thrill,” “Pick Up The Phone,” “Okay Dolore”
Dan Black – ((Un))
I’ve been raving about this guy FOREVER it seems. His album is finally being released in the states. First U.S. single “Symphonies” is available now digitally. – Fav Tracks – “Symphonies,” “U + Me =,” “Alone,” “Wonder”
Frankmusik – Complete Me
Not only is Frankmusic DREAMY & British, but he’s got a sweet, soulful voice that sounds like PERFECTION over driving electro-pop beats. I also need to get the acoustic version of his debut album, Complete Me. – Fav Tracks – “Better Off As 2,” “Confusion Girl,” “When You’re Around,” “3 Little Words”
David Homyk – True Story
David Homyk is an up and coming singer/songwriter/producer. His STUNNING debut album True Story is beautiful. This guy has skills. He has the talent to become huge. – Fav Tracks – “Hard To Make A Friend,” “Fool In The Middle”
Paloma Faith – Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?
Another artist I’ve been raving about for months – Paloma Faith is a former burlesque performer, turned singer/songwriter. She’s got the look and the pipes to match. – Fav Tracks – “Stone Cold Sober,” “Do You Want The Truth or Something Beautiful?” “Upside Down,” “New York,” “Smoke & Mirrors,”
Rihanna – Rated R
Upon my first listen, this album depressed me. Now, it seems more relate-able. Perhaps that’s the sadness in my heart speaking – but hey – you gotta listen to your heart. Ri-Ri’s new album has really grown on me. – Fav Tracks – “Cold Case Love,” “Hard,” “Rockstar 101,” “Russian Roulette,” “Fire Bomb,” “Photographs”
Katharine McPhee – Unbroken
I’ve loved Katharine McPhee since Idol. In fact, I voted my ass off for her that season. While I liked a couple songs off of her debut, THIS was the album she was born to make. The more mature style and sound really suits her well. – Fav Tracks – “Had It All,” “Say Goodbye,” “Faultline,” “Lifetime,” “Brand New Key”
Dionne Bromfield – Introducing Dionne Bromfield
When I heard that Amy Winehouse had started her own record label and signed her God Daughter as it’s first artist, of COURSE I was skeptical. Then I heard the young Dionne Bromfield sing and all traces of skepticism were gone. This girl has a voice WAY beyond her years. – Fav Tracks – “Beachwood 45789,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “My Boy Lollipop,” “Mama Said”
Ke$ha – Animal
This album is the perfect summer album my sad, grey winter needed. Enough said. – Fav Tracks – “Tik Tok,” “Blah Blah Blah,” “Boots & Boys,” “Take It Off,” “You’re Love Is My Drug,” “D.I.N.O.$.A.U.R.,” “Back$tabber,” “Stephen”
Oh…before signing off – go check out Masterbeat. They are giving away a free 6 remix sampler from Island/Def Jam. The offer expires on February 1st so hurry up! Masterbeat is one of my top resources for CD quality official dance remixes. Included on the sampler are remixes from Mariah Carey, Rihanna, The Bravery, Utada, the Noisettes and Taio Cruz. Go Go Go and I’ll do some more updates this weekend.
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