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Written by | December 29, 2011 0:01 | No Comments

High On Sunday 51 – Aimee Mann – Off her last great album, knocking on a decade ago., a song of adultery and desire and a comparison that works all too well: heroin. The shaky morality is a real pleasure and the encroaching disaster sexy as fuck.

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Written by | December 28, 2011 0:01 | No Comments

Feel Good – Eric Benet feat Faith Evans – Off one of the best albums of 2010, the melody is not the strongest he has written but Evans, one of the most underrated singers, is just terrific.

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Written by | December 27, 2011 0:01 | No Comments

Titus Andronicus – Titus Andronicus – The most self-reflective song ever written. In Stickles frustration at his inability to write the song, “I’ll write my masterpiece some other day” he snarls, he writes his first undeniable masterpiece. A great song. I still listen to it all the time.

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Written by | December 26, 2011 0:09 | No Comments

The song shake “Shake” is a hot mess of thumps and bongo stuff peppered with some filth and a nice dash of Mr 305. This thing is six years old released in 2006, it never made it past the #41 spot on Billboard but what the hell do they know about music anyway?

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How can a man sound so true so many years later? This tale of a small town boy knocked on his ass by the big city is an echoing cathedral of sound. It sounded so wrong for the songs aspirations back in the day, but now its charm lies as much in its inconguity as anything else.

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Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me – Elvis Presley – Remember, you can’t spell elves without Elves. The best part? That ineleuctable bridge where the Jordanaires join him.

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Written by | December 23, 2011 0:10 | No Comments

a sort of Ramoney fun-fast punk song, with mummy Adrienne Armstrong on vocals, daddy Billy Joe on bass and the two kids on drums and guitar. It’s simple, sure enjoyable, but bubbly and girlie like the color they chose for their CD

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It is sure very very different from the original, and you will be surprised by the stripped down rendition of the exuberant bombastic Beyonce song! As he said there are elements ‘useless to even attempt replicating’,

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I can hardly bare the sight of lipstick, On the cigarettes there in the ashtray Lyin’ cold the way you left them. At least your lips caressed them while you packed.”

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Written by | December 22, 2011 0:12 | No Comments

Bemis’ voice almost saves the song, and the instruments feel weak and forced. The lyrics don’t really hold a special meaning and there’s not even a hook. The song isn’t absolutely terrible, because Say Anything can never be anything less that okay

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An 8 minute epic of identity, reunion and time as an identity, revolving around a question: “Can’t you see that should’ve been me…” John explains, and the two lovers are dazzled through time, getting nowhere.

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Evident here is that there is no flashy showbiz. Just a band of gruffy guys sorta making music. No show. But musically its almost enlightening. Gibbards voice, which can at times be confusing and odd- has never sounded more confident.

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The duck lipped girls doing the snake are so bland and bored that I wonder if the band slipped them all ruffies to get them to even get on camera. The cheap location the repetition of the mundane track and the lack of testosterone in the vocal make me wonder how these guys still have a label.

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Hurt – Leona Lewis – The X Factor Limey is such a big star, her lack of chart presence feels much like choice. Her new single is mood music, a gorgeous downer of whispering intensity and a signpost for how Lewis wants to maneuver from her late 20s to her early 30s.

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One – Bee Gees – One last time, in 1989, the Bee Gees did it for old times sake, a song as great as anything they had written in 1979. The production by the way is more 21st century.

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Written by | December 19, 2011 0:11 | No Comments

it sounds like a cross between Matt & Kim, Jessie J, and Nicki Minaj; this is what Karmin describes as Swag Pop. Now, this may sound like quite the perplexing combination of sounds, and trust me: I’m not the biggest fan of Nicki or Jessie, but it is this strange sound that makes Karmin so unique

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Please Mr. Post Man – The Beatles – Covering Tamla Motown is always a dodgy business, improving upon the original almost impossible. Here is the rarest of songs, it is more exciting than the Marvelettes original, mostly due to Lennon’s tour de force lead vocal.

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Written by | December 17, 2011 0:01 | No Comments

the Marvelettes were the Supremes redux, and forever remembered for the Beatles cover of “Please, Mr. Postman”. But I am in the middle of their greatest hits vol 2, and give em a listen.

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Written by | December 16, 2011 0:01 | No Comments

Charlotte is such a Daddy’s girl, her Mom, Jane Birkin, is lost in the background somewhere. But if the vocal here isn’t a tribute to Birkin, what else explains the breathy desirability?

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Written by | December 15, 2011 0:14 | No Comments

One rainy night as Adele stood outside a bar trying to light a cigarette as her boyfriend bitched at her about how she wouldn’t be able to light a lighter while it was raining. Well, she finally did it and upon lighting her cigarette, she calmly walked away

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Dan O’Connor is still the Yukon Cornelius of hardcore a happy lumberjack with a great disposition. Alan looks like a typical blue collar worker, he needs only a lunch box made of metal.

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Chicago’s favorite sons are a rock nyc fave but not one of mine. The opening song off their latest track is a relation to grunge, at least in that it is all playing with pace and tone. The song is hard but not too hard, sorta teen rock.

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Written by | December 14, 2011 0:01 | No Comments

Roman In Moscow – Nicki Minaj – I found all that Roman crap a drag when I saw Nicki opening for Britney earlier this year. But that notwithstanding, she is a truly great rapper

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” it says they’re proud of her, and affirms the choice she made, and speaks to the emotional power of rock n roll. And, it’s just a great, affirmative story song about two old friends who went their separate ways, but the emotional bond is still there”

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“Let it be known that I was who I am” is a better benediction than peace on earth or good will to all men. It is nearly impossible to be who you are, how wonderful if you could be.

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Danny’s Song – Loggins And Messina – This is soft rock, it floats on a cloud of mellow and all these years later I bet someguy somewhere is singing it to his wife.Full of the hope in young marriage and family at the beginning of a journey. Loggins wrote it for his brother and I wonder how it worked out..

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Written by | December 11, 2011 0:01 | No Comments

On The Floor – J Lo and Pitbull – When not tooling around L.A. and pretending it’s the Bronx, or wasting her time on American Idol, J Lo can occassional kill it. as in this track with the incomparable PR PB.

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Written by | December 9, 2011 0:11 | No Comments

The instruments are tightly woven together, really making the perfect back track for the clever lyrics. Everything’s so compact, tight, and radio worthy- and then the chorus comes.

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The Trouble With Love – Kelly Clarkson – I caught Kelly live early in her career and I didn’t watch AI so I didn’t know who she was. And I was blown away. I am seeing her again tomorrow

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Like Smoke – Amy Winehouse And Nas – This is a great song, not Amy or nas’s best but the best post-humous Winehouse release. Nas is a great rapper and Amy is very much the essence of desire.

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Default Picture – T-Pain – It is now official, he is the only person in the world allowed to use auto-tune. This is T-Pain at his poppy best only waiting for Justin Timberlake on the remix.

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The tune really doesn’t wow me but its great to know the band is still together and functioning. I figure they used up all the cash from “Move Along’, which must have got a ton of attention since it was in the video game Rockband.

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Hey There – Harry Connick Jn – A very witty song, Connick recording a “memo to self”, advising himself to forget a girl with “her nose in the air”. Then playing back the recording and berating himself for not listening to his own advise. “Is it all going in one ear and out the other?”

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Written by | December 5, 2011 0:01 | No Comments

I Found Dream – Marilyn Monroe – Only a verse, but it offers Monroe singing Hungarian(?) folk song very, very purely. Monroe so overshadowed herself, that her ability to be anything but a movie star was invisible. A doomed woman unable to maintain the illusion.

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