Keeping up with the rate of quality new music is like trying to be in love with 100 women at once: it’ll be an overdose of bliss, but with each one needing an equal slice of your heart, some jadedness may occur.
I Let the Groove Get in, Felt it Right There: The Halftime Report Best Music of 2013 So Far (Mike B.’s Take)
Guess what, folks? It’s time for another Blerd Radio episode! This episode finds Big Money Mike joined by Popblerd co-conspirators Mike Duquette and Zack Stiegler and special guest Michael Parr . Among the topics discussed: -The quality of Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball album, the similarity of a certain track to a song by They Might Be Giants, and the curious lack of people of color at your average Boss show. -The underwhelming singles from Madonna’s upcoming MDMA album. Has the Queen of Pop lost [...]
Talent can certainly get you far in the world of music, but there are a lot of talented musicians out there. To stand out, you need an extra edge: charisma, good looks, or even just identifying an audience and sticking with them, even if it doesn’t quite catapult you to the mainstream. Many a band has cultivated solid careers off of staying loyal to their unique audiences. It’s a career path that long time contenders They Might Be Giants and [...]
Nerd rock royalty, internet success story, and all around likable dude Jonathan Coulton is back with surprisingly straight forward pop-rocker “Sucker Punch”, a bright, feel-good jam with some heavy roots in late-90’s radio rock (think The Rembrandts, Tal Bachman, Dexter Freebish, etc.), as well as the work of fellow nerd favorites They Might Be Giants (probably because the band’s John Flansburg produced the track) . The rather earnest lyrics may surprise those expecting another ballad about zombies, mad scientists, homicidal [...]
Hard as it may be to throw together a good covers album – lest we forget the recent debacle of Puddle of Mudd’s unholy, mind-meltingly awful Re:(disc)overed – it’s difficult to argue that, at least within the realm of rock music, bands that perform in the pop-punk style have the best shot at album-length success. It’s a hard balance to strike – you have to fight the right tonal balance between sincerity and irony, never veering too far in either direction, [...]
Want some soul? We got it. Want some hip-hop from Brooklyn by way of the West Indies featuring one of the TvoTR guys? We got it. Want completely generic but catchy pop/rock? We got that too? Welcome to this week’s new releases… Rahsaan Patterson-Bleuphoria For his fifth studio album, the criminally underrated soul singer has decided to call in some reinforcements. Not that he needs them, but Bleuphoria features the talents of Shanice Wilson, Faith Evans, Lalah Hathaway and Jody [...]