26 March 2023
26 March 2023 - Tommy Genesis - 100 Bad
25 March 2023
25 March 2023 - Les Louanges - Qu'est-ce que tu m'fais
24 March 2023
24 March 2023 - The East Pointers - Save Your Lonely
23 March 2023
23 March 2023 - Alessia Cara - Scars To Your Beautiful
22 March 2023
22 March 2023 - Banx & Ranx ft. Rêve - Headphones
21 March 2023
21 March 2023 - Simple Plan - Jet Lag ft. Natasha Beddingfield, Marie-Mai (and more)
20 March 2023
20 March 2023 - Jayli Wolf - Lead Me
19 March 2023
19 March 2023 - Rare Americans - Moving On
18 March 2023
18 March 2023 - Jayli Wolf - Child Of The Government (stripped down)
17 March 2023
17 March 2023 - Metric - False Dichotomy
16 March 2023
16 March 2023 - Babygirl - Always
15 March 2023
15 March 2023 - Lindi Ortega - Tin Star
So this was like five years ago. One of my favorite country singers, Lindi Ortega, was playing my local 250 seat venue.
I was beyond stoked. At the time I was running a country site (after I left WGP and TC) where the writers were more concerned with the comings and goings of Florida Georgia Line or Sam Hunt as opposed to country music of substance like the Turnpike Troubadours or Elizabeth Cook. Needless to say the teaching of new writers was fun, the content, not so much.
That night it was nice to not only see a favorite artist of mine, but to write about her performance which was amazing. And maybe turn someone on to a great country artist...from Canada.
I was fortunate to chat with her after the show. She signed her Tin Star CD for me and we took a picture (which I told her I wanted to use for the review...well and again years later for this blog).
Anyway, Lindi is awesome. She hasn't put out a record in years and I for one would love another one. But until that time comes I'll enjoy her previously released records.
14 March 2023
14 March 2023 - Avril Lavigne - Bite Me
13 March 2023
13 March 2023 - The Weeknd - Sacrifice
12 March 2023
12 March 2023 - Lights - Banner
11 March 2023
11 March 2023 - Drake - God's Plan
10 March 2023
10 March 2023 - Rêve - Tongue
09 March 2023
9 March 2023 - Corb Lund ft. Hayes Carll - Bible on the Dash
When most people in the U.S. think Canadian country the first thought likely is Shania Twain. And while that’s a pretty picture it’s akin to putting ketchup on fries.
Canadian country to me starts, but nowhere stops with Corb Lund.
Corb’s been doing his thing for almost 30 years. His sound is definitely western. The dude can write straight-up sentimental classic country, but he’s actually at his best when he lets his freak flag fly.
“Bible on the Dash” with Hayes Carll (who is American, but we’ll forgive him) is one of his freakiest…and best. In fact, I’d say this may be grooviest song ever. And it’s funny. Dig.
08 March 2023
8 March 2023 - Korea Town Acid - Telepathic Communications
07 March 2023
7 March 2023 - Cœur de Pirate - Adieu
06 March 2023
6 March 2023 - Isabella Lovestory - Sexo Amor Dinero
05 March 2023
5 March 2023 - DVSN - Don't Take Your Love
No, DVSN (formerly dvsn - not a joke) are a modern duo, active since 2016 and signed to Drake's label. Drake wasn't even on DeGrassi in the 90's yet. The sound sure does bring back memories of 90's R&B, but the freestyle feel points more to modern hip-hop, so I guess it's a fusion piece.
04 March 2023
4 March 2023 - Harm & Ease - Steady Roll
03 March 2023
3 March 2023 - Lisa LeBlanc - Pourquoi faire aujourd'hui
02 March 2023
2 March 2023 - Flower Face - Sugar Water
01 March 2023
1 March 2023 - The Stellas - Gravy
28 February 2023
28 February 2023 - Imani Coppola - Legend of a Cowgirl
21 February 2023
21 February 2023 - M.I.A. - Bad Girls
20 February 2023
20 February 2023 - k-os - The Love Song
17 February 2023
17 February 2023 - Weezer - Island In The Sun
Wait, you mean it wasn't a hit in the US? Well, it was OUTSIDE the United States, which is amazing for a song that shouldn't have even existed. Producer of their (second) self-titled album and Cars frontman Ric Ocasek pushed for its inclusion, and it ended up being the single released after the much darker "Hash Pipe".
16 February 2023
16 February 2023 - Miley Cyrus - Flowers
15 February 2023
15 February 2023 - Curve - Chinese Burn
14 February 2023
14 February 2023 - Eagle-Eye Cherry - Save Tonight
13 February 2023
13 February 2023 - Rebbie Jackson - Centipede
|I don't make these things up.|
Anyway, it was BET that introduced me to this song, and I am grateful. I hope you enjoy it.
10 February 2023
10 February 2023 - Fishbone - Sunless Saturday
09 February 2023
9 February 2023 - Bad Brains - I Against I
08 February 2023
8 February 2023 - Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
07 February 2023
7 February 2023 - Prince & The New Power Generation - 7
06 February 2023
6 February 2023 - Ava Max - So Am I
I pretty much hated pop music in my teens and twenties…well with very few exceptions.
In 2009 I turned the corner so to speak and fell head over heels for the one and only Kelly Clarkson and her song “My Life Would Suck Without You.” I actually hid the fact that I owned All I Ever Wanted for longer than I would care to admit. It was a matter of punk rock pride. Like I, a huge Archers of Loaf and Quicksand fan, would dig the first American Idol???
(For the record, I have never watched that show…even if I have friends who have done well on it…I don’t watch The Voice…anymore either…but an old friend did well last season).
So that takes us to the somewhat present. XM Radio’s Hits 1 is always on in my wife’s car. I dig it. Especially when Albanian-American artist Ava Max comes on. Her tunes are so reminiscent of Clarkson’s “rockers” but not as wholesome. “Kings & Queens” and “Sweet But Psycho” are her two big songs off her first album, but there’s something about “So am I.” It has that Clarkson vibe but throw in the empowerment of Pink and Katy Perry (two artists we here have paid tribute to in the past) and we’re talking gold.
03 February 2023
3 February 2023 - Ice Cube - It Was A Good Day
02 February 2023
2 February 2023 - Living Colour - Glamour Boys
01 February 2023
1 February 2023 - Aya Nakamura - Baby
31 January 2023
31 January 2023 - Rolling Quartz - Blaze
30 January 2023
30 January 2023 - Måneskin - Zitti e Buoni
26 January 2023
26 January 2023 - Hall & Oates - Out Of Touch
25 January 2023
25 January 2023 - Everlast - What it's Like
24 January 2023
24 January 2023 - Double Take - Hot Problems
23 January 2023
23 January 2023 - Glass Animals - Heat Waves
20 January 2023
20 January 2023 - Christina Aguilera - Beautiful
""Beautiful". I literally mentioned it yesterday."
"The what, now?"
"Yeah, Christina made a 2nd video for this song in 2022, with a focus on body acceptance and the issues of social media in regards to that."
"I mean, yeah, but do you see the greater good she's trying to do here?"
"What other version?"
"Oh, like "Genie 2.0"?"
"You DO read my blog! Yes, a lot like that. Very electronic."
"Can you be a little positive here?"
"Yeah. I'm positive it sounds like a funeral dirge."
"What is it with you and the assless chaps?"