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April 2016

Ingrid Michaelson “Hell No”

Ingrid always manages to get the point across in a blunt yet sonically gorgeous way.

I Got Troubled Thoughts And The Self-Esteem To Match (What A Catch)

For the past six or so months I’ve been trying to keep a positive/happy facade during a time of personal struggle in my life. But you know what? I’m fucking done with that. I’m pissed off and frustrated. If this is growing up, I think Peter Pan had the right idea. So today, I prescribed myself a dose of loud music and a spoonful of head-banging-whilst-lip-singing songs. This was today’s playlist:

Bleachers “I Wanna Get Better”

All American Rejects “Gives You Hell”

Fall Out Boy “What A Catch, Donnie”

Quietdrive “Rise From the Ashes”

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus “Face Down”

The Used/My Chemical Romance “Under Pressure”

Pentatonix “No” (Meghan Trainor Cover)

What these 5 do with their voices is some serious Harry Potter-like magic.

Rod Stewart “The Motown Song”

Yep. Pretty sure I could listen to this song a million times in a row and never EVER get sick of it. #throwbackgold

Foxes “Cruel”

Foxes (aka Louisa Rose Allen) is dope.

This is my favorite track off her most recent album, All I Need.

 

Daft Punk “Doin’ It Right” f/ Panda Bear

I finally got around to seeing the movie Sisters, featuring the magical duo of Tina Fey & Amy Poehler. In the film, the sisters throw one last party in their childhood home and invite all of their high school friends (who are now 20+ years older). It was basically hilarious. This mesmerizing song off Daft Punk’s 2013 Random Access Memories, played during one of the party scenes. I feel like I should be in a dark club high on vodka and strobe lights every time I listen to it.

 

Album Alert: The 1975’s I Like It When You Sleep…

Youthful. Sexy. Vibrant.

Those are the three words I’d use to describe The 1975’s new album. This is some of their best work sonically & the visual aesthetic surrounding the album is brilliant.

Highlights (for me) include: “A Change Of Heart”, “She’s American”, “If I Believe You”, “Please Be Naked”, “The Sound”, “This Must Be My Dream” & “Paris”.

Farewell American Idol …For Now

American Idol sang it’s final tune last night. I was an avid viewer and fan of the first 8 seasons, half-watched 9, came back for 10 & 11, but kind of fell off the Idol wagon when Simon Cowell left the judges panel. I stuck around another year or so but was never as engaged after Season 11. Last night, after watching many past contestants perform on the Idol stage one last time, I thought I’d take a look back and re-watch all of my favorite performances throughout the series. Here they are!

Jason Castro “Hallelujah” – Looking back, the soft-spoken dread-locked singer-songwriter was my favorite Idol contestant of all time. His voice wasn’t spectacular by any means but if you watch his interview bit before this performance, that’s basically why he was my fave.

David Archuleta “Imagine” – This may be the single best solo performance on Idol in all its 15 years. Not only is Archie’s voice crystal clear but he sings with such natural conviction that a lot of contestants just don’t have.

Carrie Underwood “Alone” – I just always liked this song and her take on it. I forgot Simon predicted her to win & sell more records than any other previous Idol winner. And that she did.

Carrie Underwood & Rascal Flatts “Bless The Broken Road” – While this isn’t technically a performance that got “judged”, this is when I was first introduced to my future wedding song.

Alison Iraheta “Alone” – For me, no one has ever covered this song as well as Alison Iraheta (not even Carrie).

David Cook “Always Be My Baby” – Watching this again, I got chills. What David Cook did to this song is mesmerizing.

Hayley Reinhart “Bennie & The Jets” – She was probably my favorite female contestant throughout the course of the series. The girls got pipes.

Adam Lambert “Tracks Of My Tears” – Oh my Adam. This gentle take on the timeless Smokey Robinson song is breathtaking. That last note, are you kidding me? Praise.

Trent Harmon “Chandelier” – I admit, I didn’t watch many episodes of the last season of Idol. However, I did catch this particular performance and while re-watching it, I cried. A lot. Trent’s take on Sia’s pop hit is incredible. After crowing him the winner of Season 15, I think it’s safe to say that American Idol ended on a VERY high note.

Kat Deluna “What A Night” f/ Jeremih

Happy Friday!

Since “December, 1963 (Oh What A Night)” by Franki Valli & The 4 Seasons is one of my favorite oldies, I naturally love everything about this song.

 

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