Friday New Releases – June 24th

Thank goodness it is Friday.  What a week.  Work has been crazy so I can’t wait to listen to some new music.  Not much this week I am excited about, but there are a few I want to hear (and they are in blue).

  • 61n0bf2bvYL._AC_US160_  The Avett Brothers – True Sadness – (Republic) – Not familiar with them, but I heard the new song “Ain’t No Man” and thought it was great.  Now I want to listen to the whole thing.
  • 51SwkI3oI5L._AC_US160_  Dorothy – ROCKISDEAD – (Roc Nation) – Another band I am not familiar with but the first single is awesome and peaked my interest.  This might be my drive into work album and I will save the Avett Brothers for the drive home.

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#TBT – My Favorite Albums from 2013

2013 was an interesting year for me with the music that came out.  Either I listened to an album over and over or it just didn’t get listened to but a couple times and I was done.  This list are the albums that I just couldn’t get enough of during the year.  Based on my picks this year, I would say Rock had a great year!!  Here we go:

Scott Stapp: Proof of LifeScott Stapp – “Proof of Life” – This was my album of the Year for 2013. Yes, the man from Creed delivered an album that was both very personal and very relatable.  I enjoyed this album immensely and have just devoured it since the day it came out.  I can’t say enough positive things about this album.  It had great flow from beginning to end and every song moved me in some way.  He was not afraid to talk about Jesus and his faith in this album and I applaud him for it.  It was the album I never knew he was capable of delivering.  My favorite songs were “Only One”, “Jesus is a Rockstar”, “Slow Suicide”, “New Day Coming” and “What Would Love Do”…honestly they are all awesome.  I hope he gets his act together and releases more music.  Give this one a listen!!!

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P.M. Dawn singer, Attrell Cordes, died June 17th.

I guess I have been living under a rock this last week because I completely missed the news on the passing of Attrell Cordes, better known as Prince Be from P.M. Dawn.  He was only 46 and died of kidney failure.  I hate that I am already updating my In Memoriam playlist from just over a week ago.  In his memory, I am posting my 3 favorite songs from P.M. Dawn and probably their most famous songs – “I’d Die Without You”, “Looking Through Patient Eyes” and “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss”.

Rest in Peace Mr. Cordes!

Hellyeah – Unden!able – Album Review

Hellyeah’s fifth studio album is ‘Unden!able’ and it is undeniably fantastic (sorry, had to do it).  It is the best album they have done to date.  It is heavy, hard and pounding but melodic at the same time.

I have had the album for 2 weeks now and have really spent a lot of time absorbing it’s greatness.  It is funny how the older I get, the heavier I tend to like it (there are so many ways you could take that).  When I was younger, I wouldn’t have given them a listen, but now I can’t get enough.

The album opens with the intro “!” and slowly builds to the hard-driving song “X”.  The song will get your blood flowing with the pounding Vinnie Paul drums and Chad Gray’s vocals.  He is in top form with his gravelly, semi-screaming vocals.  He sings with such power and intensity throughout this album.

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Robbie Williams – The Top 20 Songs

Robbie Williams is one of the most talented singer/songwriters out there and is so extremely underrated in the states.  He had a few minor hits early on in the states, but for some reason, never caught on.  The rest of the world seems to adore this man as he has sold over 75 million records over his career.

Robbie was a member of the British boy band Take That in the early 90’s before branching out on a solo career and releasing his first solo album in 1997.  It is that solo career where I became a fan and have been since.  He is one of the few artist that will release an album and I will buy it without hearing anything on it beforehand.  I don’t think I have been disappointed yet.

I am going to give you my Top 20 favorite songs by Robbie Williams.  This was actually really hard to narrow it down to 20.  I eventually narrowed it down to 24 songs and then I had to re-listen to everything again to get it down to the Top 20. I hope you give him a listen and become a fan, if you are not already.

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Friday New Releases – June 17th

It is Friday yet again.  It is funny how this day shows up the same time every week.  It is amazing.  Not as many releases this week as the past two, but still some interesting choices.  The ones in blue are the ones I will be listening to over the next couple of days.

  • 51f0gE6d4nL._AC_US160_  Thousand Foot Krutch – Exhale – (Tfk Music) – I have been a fan of theirs for awhile and pick up anything they put out.  I haven’t been overly impressed with what I have heard so far, I hope listening to the album in full will be better.

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#TBT – Favorite Albums from 2012

We are up to 2012 for my Throwback Thursday list.  I feel 2012 was a relatively weak year for new music.  This year, it was mostly rock that got me going.  Only one country artist made the list (sort of country and she made the honorable mention at that).  Not much else excited me, but the ones that did I really enjoyed.  Here are my Top albums for 2012 (in no particular order).

Lit - The View From the BottomLit – The View From The Bottom:  So glad these guys came back and did another album.  It had been way too long since their last album.  Their return was well worth the wait.  A great collection of songs and was probably my  2nd favorite album of the year.  I loved “Miss You Gone”, “The Wall” and “Same Shit, Different Drink” just to name a few.  Just good, fun, rock & roll.

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“What Would Love Do” by Scott Stapp

I have to admit that the events of this past weekend have bothered me more than I wanted to admit.  I can’t stop thinking about how bad things really are in this world.  The madness seems to be everywhere.  The senseless death of so many innocent people just going about their life has made me pause to wonder why.

The why of it all I feel we were never meant to understand.  I know everything happens for a reason, although we might not see that reason for some time.  I am not an overly religious person, but I am a Christian and I know there is an ultimate plan for me and for everyone. Death is out of our control and when our time is up, our time is up.

For that reason, we have to go on living life and not cower to the craziness that is consuming our world.  If we stop living, “they win”.  The only thing that needs to change is that we need to make sure we live our life to the best of our ability.  Showing love and kindness to everyone.  Stop the rudeness!  Say hello when you pass people on the streets! Help someone when they are down.  Whatever it is, show love and respect to everyone.

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