You, my reader, are going to pick an album for me to review each month. It is really simple…first, I will give you 5 albums to choose from and second, you will tell me which one of those you would like to see reviewed on the site. See…simple! Now, if you want to cast more than one vote, comment on the Twitter and Facebook post and you could get up to 3 votes on your favorite pick.
There are a few simple rules I have put in to place in my selections. They are…
One has to be a new release (within the last month)
One has to be one I have never heard before (new releases don’t count for this one)
One has to be from a genre I don’t normally listen to at all or very often
And the last two are choices from my collection that I haven’t reviewed before
What are the 5 albums you ask? Funny you should ask because I have those right here…
New Release – Halestorm – ‘Back from the Dead’
Never Heard Before – Neil Young – ‘After the Gold Rush’
Not My Normal Genre – Miranda Lambert – ‘Revolution’
From My Collection – Boston – ‘Boston’
From My Collection – Danger Danger – ‘Screw It!’
Let me know which one you would like to see and sometime in June, I will post a review of the album that gets the most votes. You have one week to decide and from there I will start listening to the album and do a review.
Happy Friday! And welcome to another Friday New Release post and the last one for April. Hard to believe April is over!! But what is not hard to believe is that we have over 50 releases for you again this week and it is a wide range of genres. There is something for everyone this week. I am not running out to buy and of these just yet, but I have a handful I will give a listen and they are marked in Blue. Let me know what you want to hear this week. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Miranda Lambert – Palomino – (Vanner Records / Sony Music): Miranda is back with her 9th album in 20 years. I am not a massive country fan, but I do like me some Miranda. This might be first up this week.
Crashdiet – Automaton – (Crusader Records / Golden Robot Global): We’ve talked about it before that Sweden manufactures Sleaze Rock/Glam Rock bands and this is another in the long line of bands. They are back with their sixth album and I will look forward to some good rock & roll!
We see lists all the time of the best guitar, the best drum set, the best of whatever you can think of. Well, I thought, what are the best and the coolest microphone stands in Music? I did a lot of digging and it was not the easiest thing to find. When you google best microphone stands, you get pictures of the industries best microphone stands. Not the coolest or most badass, but basic advertisements selling really good mic stands. I don’t want that. So, I kept digging and digging and I have now come up with some of the coolest microphone stands in music.
We will start with the most obvious….Steven Tyler. Steven is known for walking this way with a mic stand draped in scarves and a lot of them. It is simple, but it is easily recognizable as Steven Tyler’s microphone stand.
Next up, we will go to the pop world with Brendan Urie of Panic at the Disco. It isn’t really cool or awe inspiring, it is kind of quirky. It is a microphone stand of a hand holding a mic…but at least it is not the typical stand.
Here we are the 1st day of November and do we have a lot to be “Thankful” for this week with the new releases? Depends on your taste. There are some juicy ones this week for me, but nothing I am going to run and buy…however, streaming will do nicely here. My choices are highlighted in Blue. Let me know what you are digging this week and if I missed anything. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.
Miranda Lambert – Wildcard – (Vanner Records/Sony): I don’t like Country music that much, but I like Miranda. She’s fiesty, she’s firey and she’s kinda hot!! She is someone my whole family likes and we enjoy listening to her in the car as a whole. And I am just glad my kids don’t have me on video sining “Little Red Wagon” from her earlier work…it is quite embarrassing as I add my own flair to that song that the kids find quite funny. But that ain’t this album. I haven’t heard anything yet, but have heard good things so I will check it out.
Hootie & the Blowfish – Imperfect Circle – (Capitol Records): After 14 years, Hootie & the Blowfish are BACK!! Darius Rucker is taking a break from his very successful Country career to reignite the Hootie light. And kids from the 90’s rejoice!! Their blend of Pop Rock was a huge hit in the 90’s. Can it translate into something cool in the 21st Century? We will have to see.
The year is almost over so it is time to look back at what was awesome in music during the year. I have already looked back at the Top Rock Albums of 2016 (click to read). This list will cover all other genres that I listened to over the year including Pop, R&B, Christian and whatever other genre you want classify these albums. Rock is my favorite genre that is why it gets it’s own list, but that doesn’t take away from any of these choices as I think they are great on their own.
Note: These albums were my favorites and not necessarily the most played on the radio (which I hate the radio) or even the biggest sellers. These are just what I came across during the year and connected with me in some way. So, we might as well get started…
The #1 Album of 2016
Lady Gaga – Joanne (Interscope Records): This was an easy pick for me. The album was such a pleasant surprise and a departure from her last album. It had a little bit of everything from Pop to Country to Rock to Folk. It was such a great mixture of songs that gave us one cohesive album. The title track, “John Wayne”, “A Million Reasons” and “Perfect Illusion” were all great songs. Even the Deluxe Edition was great with “Grigio Girls”. All around classic album for Lady Gaga. Check out my review here.
Wow!! Some huge releases today! I can’t wait to get into some of these. I hope there is something for you as well. Sixx:A.M., Metallica, Bruno and Miranda are doing it for me today. Here is to some great listening pleasure. My favorites are highlighted in Blue.
Sixx:A.M. – Prayers for the Blessed Vol. 2 – (Eleven Seven Music): Volume 1 was released earlier this year and was OUTSTANDING!!! I have extreme high hopes for this one as well and since they have never diappointed, I expect to be blown away…AGAIN!! Could they end up with 2 albums in my Top 10 albums of the year…wait and see.
Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct – (Blackened Recordings): Metallica is back heavier and louder than ever. I was a little disappointed in their last release so I am hoping they return with some of their old magic. If the song, “Hardwired” is any indication, we might just see some more greatness.
For Throwback Thursday, I am going to look back to the year 2009 and my favorite albums from that year. These might not have been the most popular or the best selling albums, but they are what I enjoyed most that year. So here are my favorites (in no particular order):
W.E.T. – W.E.T.: A perfect melodic rock album from members of Talisman, Eclipse and Work of Art. Great flow from beginning to end. Jeff Scott Soto is the lead singer and I have been a fan of all of JSS’ solo work and his work with Talisman and now with SOTO (see my artist profile on him here). Highlights are “One Love”, “Brothers In Arms” & “Comes Down Like Rain”.