News
So Much (Good) New Music This Week!

So Much (Good) New Music This Week!

A ton of great new music out in the past few days includes songs from Zo!, Justin Timberlake, De La Soul and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Guess What? Tevin Campbell Is Back!

Guess What? Tevin Campbell Is Back!

17 years is way too long, but we’re glad Tevin’s back.

Dance On...

Dance On…

Nothing compares 2 him.

Things I Do When I Can't Think Of Anything To Post: Hall & Oates Edition

Things I Do When I Can’t Think Of Anything To Post: Hall & Oates Edition

Daryl and John have been on my mind a lot these past few days…

This Week's New Music: Maxwell & Paul Simon

This Week’s New Music: Maxwell & Paul Simon

I give a listen to new songs by Maxwell & Paul Simon.

And Now, For A Few Book Recommendations...

And Now, For A Few Book Recommendations…

Here’s a peek at some stuff I’ve been reading lately.

Blerd Radio Presents: The Constant Conversations Podcast (Episode 2/Seth Werkheiser)

Blerd Radio Presents: The Constant Conversations Podcast (Episode 2/Seth Werkheiser)

That may or may not be Seth’s real hair.

It Is Kind Of A Funny Story, Actually...

It Is Kind Of A Funny Story, Actually…

Popblerd author Mike Joseph details a lengthy struggle with depression that temporarily put him in a mental hospital.

The Viewfinder: Check Out Babyface's "We've Got Love"

The Viewfinder: Check Out Babyface’s “We’ve Got Love”

Babyface is still making music for the cool in you.

Popblerd Premiere: JJ Adrian's "Right Now"

Popblerd Premiere: JJ Adrian’s “Right Now”

Canadian singer-songwriter JJ Adrian premieres his new track “Right Now” exclusively on Popblerd.

A My Morning Jacket Song You Can Dance To?

A My Morning Jacket Song You Can Dance To?

The legendary Giorgio Moroder sets his sights on rock band My Morning Jacket. Check out the “Compound Fracture” remix.

It's Hall Of Fame Time Again: Chicago, Chaka and Janet On List Of Nominees

It’s Hall Of Fame Time Again: Chicago, Chaka and Janet On List Of Nominees

Nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame have been announced; with contenders including Chicago, Chaka Khan, NWA, Nine Inch Nails and Janet Jackson.

Reviews
Hot Take Alert: Alicia Keys Ends Her Silence With "In Common"

Hot Take Alert: Alicia Keys Ends Her Silence With “In Common”

Pop/R&B superstar Alicia Keys returns with her first new music in over 3 years, “In Common”.

Blerd's Notes: A Guide To The Music Of Prince (Part 1)

Blerd’s Notes: A Guide To The Music Of Prince (Part 1)

Six years ago, I decided to take a deep dive into Prince’s discography. Here are the original articles.

Hey, What's Chris Collingwood Been Up To?

Hey, What’s Chris Collingwood Been Up To?

Chris Collingwood of Fountains of Wayne has a brand new project out, and you should listen to it.

Ray LaMontagne Returns With "Hey, No Pressure"; Announces New Album

Ray LaMontagne Returns With “Hey, No Pressure”; Announces New Album

Singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne announces a new project with the bluesy single “Hey, No Pressure”.

Guess What? I Have Something To Say About Adele's 25, Too!

Guess What? I Have Something To Say About Adele’s 25, Too!

A review of the biggest musical event of 2015, Adele’s “25”.

Go On An "Adventure" With The New Coldplay Single

Go On An “Adventure” With The New Coldplay Single

Coldplay returns with a disco-influenced sound on their new single “Adventure Of A Lifetime”

"Hello" Again, Adele

“Hello” Again, Adele

Multi-million selling superstar Adele returns with the song and video “Hello”.

Hey Everyone: It's Time To Meet Cool Uncle

Hey Everyone: It’s Time To Meet Cool Uncle

Legendary crooner Bobby Caldwell & producer Jack Splash have teamed up for a project they call Cool Uncle. Check out their first single “Break Away”.

The Black Eagle Soars Once Again: Janet Jackson's Triumphant Return

The Black Eagle Soars Once Again: Janet Jackson’s Triumphant Return

Pop icon Janet Jackson returns with “Unbreakable”, her first album of new material in seven years. How does Miss Janet fare? Check out the review.

Gotta Have Some Faith In The Sound: Prejudice Is Still Worth A Listen, 25 Years Later

Gotta Have Some Faith In The Sound: Prejudice Is Still Worth A Listen, 25 Years Later

An appreciation of George Michael’s “Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1”, 25 years (or so) after its release.

Welcome To The Land Of Milk And Honey Courtesy Of The Foreign Exchange

Welcome To The Land Of Milk And Honey Courtesy Of The Foreign Exchange

The Foreign Exchange give you that good grown-folks soul music on their new album, “Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey”.

Andre Cymone Reworks A Timeless Message: "Give Peace A Chance"

Andre Cymone Reworks A Timeless Message: “Give Peace A Chance”

Andre Cymone delivers a timeless message with a new song: “Give Peace A Chance”.

Features
Blerd Radio Presents The Jheri Curl Chronicles Podcast (Episode 10)

Blerd Radio Presents The Jheri Curl Chronicles Podcast (Episode 10)

1982 was the year of Marvin and “Sexual Healing”, but as you’ll hear in the latest JCC podcast episode, his former label mates Diana and Stevie didn’t do so bad, either.

The Blerd Radio Podcast 2016: Episode 10 ("Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite")

The Blerd Radio Podcast 2016: Episode 10 (“Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite”)

The latest Blerd Radio podcast tackles the debut album by R&B superstar Maxwell. Can you believe it’s been 20 years?

The Blerd Radio Podcast 2016: Episode 9 (George Michael's "Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1"

The Blerd Radio Podcast 2016: Episode 9 (George Michael’s “Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1”

Last week, Sony/Legacy announced a deluxe reissue of George Michael’s second solo album, 1990’s Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1. Coincidentally, when that announcement was made, the Blerd Radio team was putting the finishing touches on a podcast episode devoted to that particular album. So join me (Mike Joseph) and my partners  Michael Parr  and  Doctor Z  for a deep-dive exploration into the decidedly introspective follow-up to the mega selling Faith. While not as commercially successful-or anywhere near as pop friendly-as its predecessor, Listen Without Prejudice has become a […]

Blerd Radio Presents: The Jheri Curl Chronicles Podcast (Episode 9)

Blerd Radio Presents: The Jheri Curl Chronicles Podcast (Episode 9)

We’re ringing out 1982 in the latest episode of the Jheri Curl Chronicles podcast. Me and Thomas Inskeep decided to deviate slightly from our 5-songs-at-a-time format last episode so as not to end on a bad Richard “Dimples” Fields-related note. In the interest of…symmetry (I guess?) we decided to complete the year we started in Episode 8, and deliver the last 7 number 1 R&B tracks of the year. Before we jump ahead, have you listened to our previous episodes? […]

Blerd Radio Presents: The Jheri Curl Chronicles (Episode 8)

Blerd Radio Presents: The Jheri Curl Chronicles (Episode 8)

Hydrate yourself with a little H2O in the latest Jheri Curl Chronicles podcast.

40 Songs For 40 Years: 1995

40 Songs For 40 Years: 1995

There is a lot of angst in this playlist.

40 Songs For 40 Years: 1994

40 Songs For 40 Years: 1994

Welcome to the year I became a full-fledged adult.

Blerd Radio Presents: The Jheri Curl Chronicles Podcast (Episode 7)

Blerd Radio Presents: The Jheri Curl Chronicles Podcast (Episode 7)

This time around, we’re checking out some #2s from the post-disco era, including two songs by Michael and his brothers.

Blerd Radio Presents: The Jheri Curl Chronicles (Episode 6)

Blerd Radio Presents: The Jheri Curl Chronicles (Episode 6)

Ladies and gentlemen out there in podcast land, Thomas Inskeep and I would like to welcome you to the SIXTH episode of the Jheri Curl Chronicles podcast. Yes, folks, we’re taking you down memory lane for a discussion about songs that hit #1 on Billboard Magazine’s Hot R&B Singles chart in the ’80s. If you’ve missed an installment, never fear. You can find them by clicking on the link for each respective episode. We’re up to Episode 6! This installment finishes out […]

The Blerd Radio Podcast 2016 | Episode 8: 3 Feet High And Rising

The Blerd Radio Podcast 2016 | Episode 8: 3 Feet High And Rising

De La Soul’s debut gets the podcast treatment, as the Blerd Radio team travels back in time to the D.A.I.S.Y. Age.

40 (Or So) Playlists For 40 Years: 1993

40 (Or So) Playlists For 40 Years: 1993

If it wasn’t for the dreads, no one would know whether this photo was of Lenny in ’93 or Lenny in 2016.

40 (Or So) Playlists For 40 Years: 1992

40 (Or So) Playlists For 40 Years: 1992

1992-the year I fell in love with Toad The Wet Sprocket (and more).