Category Archives: 2017

2017: Albums

1. 4:44, Jay-Z 2. Strength of a Woman, Mary J. Blige In 1994 or ’96 or ’99 or even into the 2000s, the likelihood of ’90s stars MJB and Jay-Z having my top two albums of 2017 was minimal, if … Continue reading

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2017: Singles

Listen along! “The Fighter,” Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood — This collaboration between Urban and writer/producer busbee was a pick-to-click for anyone who heard Urban’s Ripcord back when it was released in May 2016, but it wasn’t released as a single … Continue reading

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Country music’s biggest night: CMAs liveblog

The CMAs are live east coast, but tape-delayed west coast. I’ve purposefully avoided the internet since 5pm PST so I wouldn’t know what’s to come. 8pm: Well, goddamn, that’s a way to start: Eric Church singing “Amazing Grace” a cappella got … Continue reading

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CMAs 2017: preview

Yay, it’s CMA Awards time! The 51st edition of what’s truthfully advertised as “country music’s biggest night” takes place Wednesday, 11/8, with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood hosting the proceedings for a 10th consecutive year. I dearly love the down-home pomp … Continue reading

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Demi Lovato, ‘Tell Me You Love Me’

Demi Lovato’s “Cool for the Summer” was my #1 single of 2015, and follow-up “Confident” was great too, but parent album Confident didn’t quite get across the finish line as a whole record. I’m happy to report, then, that Lovato’s new Tell … Continue reading

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2017: first third report a/k/a I do actually listen to current music

5 best albums: Strength of a Woman, Mary J. Blige FABRICLIVE 91: Special Delivery, Various Artists God’s Problem Child, Willie Nelson The Breaker, Little Big Town Culture, Migos 10 best singles: “U + Me (Love Lesson),” Mary J. Blige “Bad … Continue reading

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Grammys 2017 liveblog

5pm (PST): Why is Adele wearing my Mom’s curtains? 507pm: Why the hell do these damned awards shows need hosts, anyway? If I wanted to watch a James Cordden comedy routine, I’d watch his late night show. Which I don’t. … Continue reading

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Migos, ‘Culture’ (300/Quality Control/Atlantic, 2017)

Talking with Alfred recently about the current #1 single in the U.S., I asked him, “Migos [and Lil Uzi Vert sure] love words, don’t they?” He replied with one word: “Logorrhea.” And he’s right. To a certain extent, you can use that … Continue reading

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