Monthly Archives: January 2018

Hot hits: January 2018

The best records I’ve discovered in the past month — new or old, doesn’t matter, though both of this month’s are new. In the past 30 days, Lil Wayne has dropped a pair of mixtapes in his Dedication series, Dedication 6 and D6: Reloaded, … Continue reading

Posted in 2018, hip hop, new music

Do you wanna get rocked? The biggest and best of Def Leppard

No band in the ’80s sounded bigger than Def Leppard, and that wasn’t because of their riffage; that was thanks to “Mutt” Lange, sprinkling his magic studio dust over them in his pre-Shania years. On their biggest album and crowning achievement, … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, best of, rock

My favorite songs: “The Right Thing to Do”

I first wrote about this song last May, saying, “Riding that coffeehouse piano vibe, with snappy production from Richard Perry — it sounds so deliciously crisp — Simon sings the hell out of this out-and-out love song for her then-husband James Taylor. … Continue reading

Posted in 1970s, my favorite songs, pop

My favorite songs: “Music Sounds Better With You”

I had to get to this at some point. This song is why I love filter house/French Touch so much: it’s disco-y goodness, it’s a chunk of a Chaka Khan record sampled and looped into infinity, it’s dance music that never fails to … Continue reading

Posted in 1990s, my favorite songs

My favorite songs: “When Wrong Is Right”

If you don’t know the story of June Millington, you should. Start with her Wikipedia entry, and then move on to Ann Powers’s piece on and interview with Millington from 2015. Short version: founder of groundbreaking all-female rock band Fanny in the early … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, my favorite songs, women's music

Pop top 40: 1/19/80

The future was already underway, we just didn’t know it: falling out of the top 40 this week, from a high of #36 the week prior, was “Rapper’s Delight.” But otherwise, yeah, it’s still the ’70s. Don’t believe me? Listen … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, charts

My favorite songs: “King Holiday”

As the story goes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s son Dexter Scott King called Kurtis Blow, and asked him to make a record celebrating the legacy of his father, and the (then-)forthcoming national holiday for him, which was first celebrated … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, hip hop, my favorite songs, R&B