Monday, July 24, 2017

Song of the Day - All the Lovers - Kylie Minogue

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Good morning and Happy Monday from Cincinnati, Ohio.  We're on the first day of our Roller Coaster Road Trip 2017 and I'll be doing my best to keep Song of the Day going, and probably with tunes we've been listening to in the car. First up is yet another artist who's been long absent from the new music scene and that is Ms. Kylie.   Here's the opening track to her 2010 Aphrodite album.
Check out All the Lovers and then go on a have a lovely day...

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Song of the Day - Sign of the Times - Harry Styles

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Harry Styles debut solo album is awesome, full of mature, well-written and performed tunes that'll be on my playlist for a long time to come.  Very impressed!  Here's the first single from the eponymous album, a dramatic opus to well, a Sign of the Times...

Saturday, July 22, 2017

New Music Fridays: July 21st, 2017 - Five Fresh Tracks

Hey and welcome back to John's Music World New Music Fridays. This has been a tough week for new releases and choosing five good songs from among this week's crop was tough, but there are definitely at least a couple of interesting new tracks to grab a hold of.  Check it out...

Would You Mind - PRETTYMUCH

Former American Idol brainchild and judge Simon Cowell has had a hand in creating boy bands before, helping to launch the careers of Brit boy bands like One Direction and Westlife, and now his newest project, PRETTYMUCH, has debuted their very first single and it definitely stands out among this week's crop of new tunes.  The song hearkens back to Bel Biv DeVoe and is sugary pop at its best.  Check it out...

Sunny Days - Bel Heir

Up next is something so new that it's not apparently found anywhere on the Internet yet.  The tune is by alternative rockers Bel Heir and for a more rockish tune, I am liking it a lot.  If you use Spotify, you can surely find it there and check it out.

Almost Home - Sultan + Shephard

Grammy nominated producers Sultan + Shephard have come up with a groovin' track that's likable from the very first chords. The vocals are great and the tune starts out a little chill, but crescendoes about midway through into a nice up tempo sound.  Nice track!

Do You Think About Me - NDVES

Here's another track found on Spotify that I don't see anywhere else yet, but definitely worthy of a listen.  Do You Think About Me is definitely a chill tune, very smooth and pretty catchy.  Check it out on Spotify.  

Interweb - Poppy

This last tune is a sexy, bass-thumping, late night potential dance floor filler!  There's little out there on the artist Poppy, though you can check out her Twitter page here, and you should definitely check out Interweb right here...

Song of the Day - Show Me - John Splithoff, feat. Madison Ryann Ward

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Here is one of my choices from last week's debut of my new feature, New Music Fridays.  John Splithoff is an indie artist who's just put out only his third song in as many years, and this, his latest, is a pleasant, summery nugget that I loved the very first time I heard it.  Check out Show Me...

Friday, July 21, 2017

Flashback Friday Song of the Day - The Great Escape - P!nk

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I mentioned in a post last night how upset I've been that P!nk hasn't come out with a new album since 2012, that the album, The Truth About Love moved me so much, virtually every song.  Well here's a great example of what a great great songwriter she is.  The Great Escape, like all of P!nk's other songs, are written by her with a meaning that is only gleaned through her.  She's said that she likes fans to take their own meaning out of her songs and this one I think we all can relate to in one way or another.  Check out the beautiful The Great Escape... 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

New Music From P!nk. Serious?

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I've been contemplating writing a post on P!nk, a complaint piece actually.  On September 18th, it will have been five years since her masterpiece, The Truth About Love, was released.  My post was going to express frustration at the absence of a new album, how I was so moved by that one and then, still five years on, nothing!  Oh sure, she's done a couple of singles since then (Just Like Fire, Waterfall, with Sia, and Setting the World on Fire, with Kenny Chesney. and of course You & Me, the not too enthralling 2014 collaboration album with folk singer Dallas Green, but no new album of just P!nk.  .

I know that she had another baby in December, an adorable little boy named Jameson Moon, so I understand she's been busy, but Jeez!  Five years?  Well, from a couple of notices I've received, it looks like maybe, just maybe, a new album is FINALLY on the way.  The exhaltingly talented singer/songwriter tweeted on July 16th that she was shooting a new video next week.  Fingers are definitely crossed, and I know I've written these types of posts before, but hey, you never know!  I sooooo need something new to grab onto from her.  In the meantime, check out one of my favorite tracks from The Truth,.  Here's Timebomb...

Song of the Day - Get Low - Zedd, with Liam Payne

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Here's a recent release from deejay/producer Zedd, with vocals by former One Direction member Liam Payne.  The song is very pleasant and catchy and a nice tune for summer. Check out Get Low...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hump Day Song of the Day - Partition - Beyoncé

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I always look to post sexy songs for Hump Day, and this one, from Beyoncé's eponymous album, is one of the sexiest ever!  From the deep, thumping bass to the lyrics to the sexy French vocals at the bridge, woof!  Check out Partition...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Song of the Day - Feel So Close - Calvin Harris

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I heard this song for the first time in a really long time the other night.  It's funny, but my favorite Calvin Harris songs are the ones where he provides the vocals.  It's a great summer song, so check out Feel So Close...

Monday, July 17, 2017

Song of the Day - In & Out - Beth DItto

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I have a new favorite song!  After reviewing this past week's new releases and sharing my five best in my new New Music Fridays post, there was one song that stood out from all the rest.  It's rare that I like a song so much, so quickly, but it happens, and with Beth Ditto's In & Out, all I can say is woof! The song is undeniably retro and undeniably head bopping, finger snapping and hypnotic.  Her voice is so rich and the beats...well, they're what give the song its overall feel.  This should definitely be heard, so...

Sunday, July 16, 2017

New Music Fridays: July 14th, 2017 - Five Great New Tunes

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Hey and welcome to John's Music World New Music Fridays.  I haven't posted anything non-Song of the Day in awhile and I thought it was about time I got back into some other music business, namely new music.  I often post new tunes in my regular posts, but I don't always get to all of the ones I like. Friday is the global day for new music releases and so I thought I'd start a new weekly post on my favorite new songs, gems that have come under my radar at first listen in the hopes of becoming a regular in my rotation.  I don't always get it right, but there are enough tunes that do end up on my playlist...and Song of the Day.      

So here's our first installment.  Five new tunes that'll hopefully catch your ear as they did mine. Please take note: these posts will almost NEVER be done on a Friday...sorry, but I needs time and I've got a life, too!

In & Out - Beth Ditto

Okay, so I've never heard of Beth Ditto until just this morning when I discovered this awesome, finger-snapping little gem.  Turns out she was the lead singer in a band called Gossip and she just released her very first solo album, from which this song comes.  In & Out has a groovin' retro feel to it, with a background guitar riff set to Ditto's sultry, beautiful voice.  Check it out...

Woman - Ke$ha

One of the biggest news stories to come out of the music world lately is the return of Ke$ha to the music scene.  After releasing a new single, the solemn and tender Praying, just two weeks ago, the beleaguered singer/songwriter returns with a more up tempo, in-your-face female empowerment tune that's more like a hard-driving country, bluesy tune than the dance stuff she's known for, and done very well at that.  And we all know where she's coming from, too.  The woman is talented!  Check out Woman...  

Show Me - John Splithoff, with Madison Ryann Ward

Chicago native John Splithoff is an independent artist who's just released only his third song and I loved it the first time I heard it. It's a happy tune full of nice grooves, smooth vocals and a whole lotta soul.  Check it out...

Sorry Not Sorry - Demi Lovato

Fans of Demi Lovato are going to love this brand new steamy torch song, her first in awhile and it's a definite winner. Check out the singer performing Sorry Not Sorry live... 

Miracles (Someone Special) - Coldplay, with Big Sean

Now I've never been a big Coldplay fan.  I've always found their music kind of depressing, but ever since they worked with The Chainsmokers on Something Just Like This they seem to be a little more upbeat.  Just take this one, an unlikely collaboration with rapper Big Sean.  Check out this brand new ear candy...  

So there you have it, five brand new tunes to check out.  I hope you found these suggestions useful and please stay tuned for more... 

Song of the Day - Ain't My Fault - Zara Larsson

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I am loving Swedish songstress Zara Larsson, and having recently been to Sweden I can testify that she's pretty darned popular there too!  Her album, So Good, is just that, full of catchy pop tunes that'll keep you singing along the whole way through.  Here's one such song, the third single off So Good. Check out the brash Ain't My Fault...

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Song of the Day - 2U - David Guetta, feat. Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber, for not having a new album of his own, has been keeping really busy in the time since his 2015 Purpose record.  His latest guest vocal is with legendary deejay/producer David Guetta, and the result is yet another dance/pop smoothie that will most likely be heard...a lot! Check out 2U...

Friday, July 14, 2017

Flashback Friday Song of the Day - Do You Wanna Funk - Sylvester

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We go way back to 1982 with a post-disco era classic by recording artist Sylvester, a pioneer who paved the way for trans artists we see all over the place today.  Great song, great artist!  Enjoy...

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Song of the Day - Overnight - Parcels

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Here's a really smooth neo-disco groove by five guys from Australia who call themselves Parcel.  As soon as I heard this one the first time, I immediately thought Get Lucky, and when I checked out info on the tune this morning, lo and behold it was co-written and co-produced by none other than Daft Punk. Check out Overnight...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hump Day Song of the Day - Whippin' - Kiiara, feat. Felix Snow

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My girl Kiiara's got a brand new single out, and it's a perfect tune for Hump Day.  Fresh off her massive success with Gold comes this sexy, sultry jam with (almost) the same equally fast-paced vocal as its predecessor, and her voice is, well, sooo highly unique.  Check out Whippin'....  

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Song of the Day - Sunshine (The Knocks Remix) - Powers

Sunshine is gonna come now, rain down
All over you
Sunshine is gonna come now, rain down
All over you
Good times are gonna come now, look 'round
Baby it's true

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I just love a happy, inspirational, chill tune!  This remix of Powers' Sunshine is exactly that, very chill, with a melody that's very uplifting, and of course, sunshiney!  Check it out...

Monday, July 10, 2017

Song of the Day - Malibu - Miley Cyrus

I never came to the beach , or stood by the ocean
I never sat by the shore, under the sun with my feet in the sand
But you brought me here and I'm happy that you did
'Cause now I'm as free as birds catching the wind

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I always thought I would sink, so I never swam
I never went boatin'; don't get how they're floatin'
And sometimes I get so scared of what I can't understand

But here I am, next to you
The sky's more blue in Malibu
Next to you, in Malibu
Next to you...

Well I'm back from my little adventure in the woods of Pennsylvania, and like most any trip away from home, there are certain songs that will forever remind me of this fun and relaxing time.  I spent a good portion of my weekend laying out by the pool, and that time was accompanied by a great selection of music, which included several recent Songs of the Day.  Miley Cyrus' Malibu was one of those songs, and it was during this weekend that the very essence of this beautiful song gripped me whole.  If you were to ask my friend Sonny what song would remind her of this weekend, I'm pretty sure she'd say that this was the one, too!  Check out Malibu... 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Flashback Friday Song of the Day - Respectable - Mel and Kim

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Stock, Aitken, and Waterman.  Back in the late 180's this musical production team had their sound all over the radio and in dance clubs.  From Dead or Alive to Rick Astley to Bananarama, their sound was hot!  And then these two girls came along, sisters named Mel and Kim, and smashed it out with this, one of my favorite songs of that year.  Check out the fast and funky Respectable...

Note - I will be away for the weekend and will return with Song of the Day Monday.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Song of the Day - Intrigued - Nico & Vinz

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Do you remember Nico and Vinz?  Yeah, back in 2014 they put out that oh so smooth and hypnotic Am I Wrong?  Well, I've been checking out some of the Norwegian duo's stuff and they've just put out a new tune that's pretty damned hypnotic as well.  Check out the brand new Intrigued...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Song of the Day - Hard Out Here - Lily Allen

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It's been a long, long time since I've posted anything Lily Allen.  Here's the debut single from her last album, 2014's Sheezus.  Hard Out Here is flashy and funny and like all of Lily's tunes, an authentic and scathing commentary on life.  Check it out...

Monday, July 3, 2017

Song of the Day - Ocean Drive - Duke Dumont

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I've been going through some of my old iTunes playlists and I came across this classic 80's sounding jam.  Great song!  Check out Duke Dumont's Ocean Drive...

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Song of the Day - Naked Eye - Luscious Jackson

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How did I not know this song, or this band, when they were at the top of their game?  Luckily, I caught this fun tune with Shazam over the loudspeakers in a store, and now I plan to check out more of this funky, all-girl, alternative band from the 90's.  If you don't know it, or even if you do, please check out Naked Eye...

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Song of the Day - All I Can Do - Bad Royale, feat. Silver

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Here's a little reggae tune I found on Spotify that's a perfect, feel-good summer song.  It sounds more like classic reggae than some of the stuff I hear today. Check it out...

Friday, June 30, 2017

It's a Flashback Friday Madonnathon, Part IV - Living for Love

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Okay, so I made it to four, four very different, but equally great, Madonna songs in this little Flashback Friday Madonnathon. This last post is from her latest, 2015's Rebel Heart, and in this video we see our star as bullfightress holding off some pretty muscular looking...bulls? Hmmm....anyway, check it out...

It's a Flashback Friday Madonnathon, Part III - Live to Tell

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Next up in our day-long Madonnathon is the very first answer to my Facebook query.  It's a classic, indeed, and surely one of her best ballads ever.  Check out Live to Tell...

It's a Flashback Friday Madonnathon, Part II - I'm Addicted

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We move from an older, popular smash hit to a more recent and obscure, but awesome tune.  One of the things that makes Madonna so special is that she brought dance music to the mainstream in a big way.  I'm Addicted, from 2012's MDNA album, is a shining example that throughout the years, Madge has stayed on top of her game in the dance music world...and if you've never seen a Madonna show before, then you'll get to see just how special one is.  Check it out...

It's a Flashback Friday Madonnathon - Borderline

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Welcome to a first ever Madonnathon here on John's Music World.  For a long, long time I haven't really listened to Madonna (she is soooo due!), and over the past week that has changed.  When you're a Madonna fan, you are one for life, and every once in awhile you pull out her entire catalog and could be dancing and singing for days.  I feel fortunate to have grown up with one of the greatest musical icons of our time, and I know I'm not the only one.

Yesterday, when I had decided to post a Madonna song for my Flashback Friday series, I posed a question on Facebook asking for suggestions.  Not surprisingly, I got several, and also not surprisingly, I got monster hits of hers, which are not necessarily my favorites.  So I sat down at my pc this morning totally confused.  I couldn't decide which song to post, and then one of my friends told me I inspired her to do her own little Madonna marathon today.  Voila!!  My answer!

So during the day today, I will be posting several Madonna tunes for Flashback Friday,  sort of mini-Madonnathon.  At this point I have no idea how many or which ones I'll be posting it'll surely be random.  Up first is an oldie, but a goodie.  Borderline was one of Madge's first breakthrough hits and it's still an all-time fan favorite.  So click play below and relive some fond memories as you sing along to the sweet, melodious sounds, and stay tuned for more... 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Song of the Day - Hands - Mike Perry, Sabrina Carpenter, and The Vamps

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Here's a recent release of a pleasant and catchy tune by Swedish deejay/producer Mike Perry, with a little help from singer Sabrina Carpenter and The Vamps.  Check it out and have a great Thursday...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Hump Day Song of the Day - My Humps - Black Eyed Peas

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No matter what song I post on a Wednesday, this one always pops into my head. Nowadays, the sexually charged hit off the Peas' Monkey Business album is a downright Hump Day classic.  Check it out...  

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Song of the Day - Submission - Gorillaz, feat. Danny Brown & Kelela

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Back in April, Gorillaz released Humanz, their first record in seven years, and here's a song from that album that struck me immediately.  The tune is a collaboration with Danny Brown and Kelela and it's got this thumping back baseline throughout that's pretty darned infectious and the vocals provide a soothing front for it.  Check out Submission...

Monday, June 26, 2017

Song of the Day - Cut to the Feeling - Carly Rae Jepson

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Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepson has never quite matched the huge success of 2011's Call Me Maybe, but this one, from the film Ballerina (Leap! in the U.S.) is her best one since.  Check out the pop sugary Cut to the Feeling...

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Pride Weekend Song of the Day - Same Love - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, feat. Mary Lambert

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Although there is plenty not to love about going into NYC for the Pride Parade...huge crowds, the heat, tired feet...I always feel a certain invisible pull, something that makes me want to be a part of it because there is something special about being there.  I was there when New York State legalized same sex marriage, and again when it became the law of the land, but this year I am unfortunately committed to festivities at school which prevent me from going.  This song has become an anthem for the movement over the last few years, from a straight ally who puts it all so succinctly and with no b.s., just truth.  So for whatever it's worth, Happy Pride Day everyone!  Check out Same Love...  

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Pride Weekend Song of the Day - Born This Way - Lady Gaga

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We continue our celebration of pride with one of the most iconic of Pride songs ever, telling y'all something we've always known.  Check out a live Grammy performance of Lady Gaga's Born This Way.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Flashback Friday Pride Weekend Song of the Day - Peacock - Katy Perry

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It is Pride Weekend in New York City and what better to get things started off with a wonderfully gay video of an oh so humorously metaphoric tune by Ms. Katy Perry.  I've posted this video before.  It's by a fellow named Ryan James Yezak and it's absolutely mesmerizing and fun to watch.  Check it out... 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Song of the Day - Rose Colored Boy - Paramore

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Here's a new one from alternative popsters Paramore.  This one is totally feel-good with a little cheer, as in cheerleader, thrown in for added effect.  Check it out...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hump Day Song of the Day - Bellyache - Billie Elish

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Mike Wass of Idolator called it a "sinister synth-anthem that positively seethes fury and frustration". That may very well be true, but to me it's the sensuality of Elish's song that gets me, and thus it's a great choice for a Hump Day Song of the Day. Check out Bellyache...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Song of the Day - Swish Swish - Katy Perry

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Katy Perry is back and she is on fire!  Already on her third stellar single off the new record Witness, this one is hot.  I was at a club in Philly the other night and everybody was jammin' to it.  Here's a recent performance of the tune on SNL, sans Nicki Minaj sadly.  Cool anyway!  Check it out...

Monday, June 19, 2017

Song of the Day - Strangers - Halsey, featuring Lauren Jauregui

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I am really starting to love Halsey.  This one is the second off of her sophomore album, hopeless fountain kingdom.  It's a first for the openly bisexual singer, an open song of love for another woman.  The tune features Lauren Jauregui from Fifth Harmony, whose voice complements our heroine's own voice exceptionally. Spin Magazine calls the song her best yet.  Find out why...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Song of the Day - Explore - Sundara Karma

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I'm not sure exactly what this reminds me of, but it's something older.  It kind of reminds me of Bob Dylan in a way, or at least early 70's feel good rock.  The tune is pretty high energy and pretty darned fun, too!  Check it out...

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Song of the Day - Your Song - Rita Ora

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Good morning from Philadelphia!  Here's a great new tune by British recording artist Rita Ora.  The original recording features uncredited backing vocals by one Ed Sheeran.  Anyway, here's a live performance of the nice tune...

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Song of the Day - Waterslides - Pixx

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She's been called the British version of Debbie Harry, but at least in this song, Pixx reminds me more of Bjork.  This futuristic, synth-pop tune is fast moving and quirky, and I like it.  Check out Waterslides...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hump Day Song of the Day - Waterbed - The Chainsmokers

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Okay, just one more Chainsmoker's song!  Really, when you continue to listen to the music of an artist after seeing them live, then you know it's a good thing.  Here's an oldie for them, but a very fun one, and perfect for Hump Day!  Enjoy...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Song of the Day - There For You - Martin Garrix, feat. Troye Sivan

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A couple of weeks ago, this dance song from Dutch deejay/producer Martin Garrix and featuring Aussie was released and it is good!  The duo debuted the tune back in April at Coachella and was well received by the crowd.  Sivan's rich voice lends itself well to dance, no?  Check it out for yourself right here... 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Song of the Day - No Strings - Kid Ink, feat. Starrah

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Every once in awhile I need a good dose of R&B.  This recently released track by Kid Ink is pure R&B joy, with a great backbeat and some nice vocals.  Check out No Strings...

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Song of the Day - Middle of the Night - The Vamps

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I posted the audio for this newest song by The Vamps a few weeks back, and now they've done a video.  Check out one of my current favorite songs, Middle of the Night...

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Song of the Day - Break Up Every Night - The Chainsmokers

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This new tune from The Chainsmokers' Memories...Do Not Open album was an early crowd pleaser at last night's show at Forest Hills.  Little did I realize before I journeyed to Queens and this nice little outdoor venue in the shadow of New York City that I would be attending my first EDM concert. EDM is a relatively new acronym that's become big with the kiddies these days.  It stands for Electronic Dance Music, and although the music itself is not so unique that it differentiates itself from what I've known as simply electronica, it does have a certain uniqueness, if that makes any sense.

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I'd never thought of The Chainsmokers as an EDM artist, but I was wrong.  I did catch their wave from the early days and had always thought of them as simply dance artists, and very good ones at that, although lately they've become a bit pop.  The set they played last night definintely fit into the EDM category, with crazy, sometimes dissonant electronic beats, and the entire audience, rather than dancing, was jumping up and down with their hands in the air...not exactly my kind of dancing, though I found myself doing the same thing at times simply because the music called for it.  

In all, The Chainsmokers were pretty entertaining.  Their 90 minute-plus set of wild electronica beats was peppered with their hits old and new, with Paris, Closer, and Something Just Like This causing mass singalongs, and tunes like Roses and Don't Bring Me Down getting everybody up and dancing (well, jumping, lol).  Anyway, here's a recent clip of our Song of the Day from a Saturday Night Live appearance...  

And here's how me and my pal Kristen felt afterwards...