2012 In Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

I know I haven’t posted on Volume 11 in many months. It has been a very busy time in my life. I got married for one  and god knows that takes up a lot of time the planning and whatnot. Starting in 2013 I will pick up where I left off with some slight changes. In the meantime check out some of the stats of Volume 11’s first year. Thanks for reading and I will be bringing you more in 2013!!! Long live the music!!!

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Song of The Day: 5/1/12 (Live Your Life)

I have just discovered a great new female artists. Her name is Yuna. She’s been active in the music industry for about 4 years now and has had a couple albums. Her new self titled album “Yuna” is really fantastic. I just listened to it for the first time, earlier today and it’s rare that I like an album right off the bat, but this album pretty much blew me away. Today’s song of the day is the single “Live Your Life”. What do you think? Check the album out ASAP. It’s a great little gem.

Song Of The Day: 3/4/12 (Beekeeper’s Daughter)

I know I said yesterday that I wanted to make today’s song of the day a Dungeon Family song, but then I heard this new All-American Rejects song “Beekeeper’s Daughter” for the first time today and I had to make it today’s song of the day. I’ve been a fan of The All-American Rejects for a while now. Since the beginning really. I think they are a very talented and catchy little Pop-Punk group. Their new album, “Kids In The Street” comes out on March 26th. Their sound doesn’t vary much from album to album, but they do what it is they do, well. I’ve also always enjoyed the fact that the lead singer, Tyson Ritter and I share the same Birthday, April 24th.

New Music Tuesday: 2/28/12

I haven’t shared much new music since starting my blog about a month and a half ago, because, well, honestly there hasn’t been much to speak of, but in the last week or so, I’ve discover a few new albums that have ranged from really friggin’ great to intriguing.

My favorite of the three albums I will be sharing is Gotye’s “Making Mirrors”. This album actually came out back in August, but I was just put on to it by a couple co-workers and boy am I glad they did. He is an experimental indie Rock musician from Australia. I am totally obsessed with this album right now. I like it so much because it’s just so different and experimental, all while being so damn catchy (all my favorite aspects of good music). As the album progresses it get’s more and more bizarre, but never so much so that it just gets weird. It always stays grounded and stays sounding amazing the whole way through. Needless to say, this album comes HIGHLY recommended and will not disappoint.

The second album I would like to share is Fun.’s “Some Nights”. Fun. is a New York City based band that’s been around for a few years now. I was told about this album early last week and how their single “We Are Young” featured one of my favorite female singers, Janelle Monae. So I gave the album a spin and I must say it’s not a bad little album. It’s young and hip and has huge, catchy choruses. The album even gets a little operatic at times (very Queen). A couple days after getting into them, I started hearing “We Are Young” on the radio, so I guess these guys are coming up and I think they deserve it. They don’t sound like anyone else, really and make some pretty catchy, “fun” tunes. This album is definitely worth checking out too. It looks like they might be big in the not too distant future.

And the third and final album I’d like to share on this New Music Tuesday is Frankie Rose’s “Interstellar”. This is Frankie Rose’s 2nd album. She is pretty underground, but you may know her from a group called the Dum Dum Girls. The album is well concieved and executed. It ranges from quite, soft tracks to upbeat 80’sish songs. I haven’t had the oppurtunity to listen to this album too  many times yet, but I did like it quite a bit from the few times that I did get to listen to it.

Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing some songs from these and other new albums for songs of the day. Have you heard any of these albums? If so, what do you think of them? If not definitely take a listen and let me know what you think.

A Gorilla Of A Song

Gorillaz, Andre 3000 and James Murphy released a new song today “DoYaThing” as part of a Converse campaign called “3 Artists, 1 Song”. Below is the link to the song. Check it out!!! And if you like it, you can download it there for free (legally)!!! It’s really good, but what would you expect from these guys. Very trippy.

http://play.converse.com/blog/2012/02/23/doyathing/

Song Of The Day: 2/6/12 (Woo)

Today’s song of the day is, “Woo” by Anthony Hamilton. To be honest I haven’t really ever listened to much from Anthony Hamilton, save a few songs here and there, but I’ve been listening to his new album “Back To Love”. I have to say it is a really good album. I love some good R&B. Not so much, that poppy, contemporary stuff, but good, old fashioned R&B/Soul. His new album is a great example of a contemporary artist making some good, old R&B. This is the first single and video from his new album. What do you think?

Song Of The Day: 2/4/12 (Glee’s, “Smooth Criminal”)

On Tuesday the TV show, Glee, did an all Michael Jackson themed episode. I have to admit, this is only the second time I’ve ever watched Glee and I only watched it this time because I heard they were doing all M.J. music. The other time I watched was also because I heard they were doing an M.J. song during the episode. So I don’t really “like” the show, but I LOVE Michael Jackson. Most of the covers in the episode were……ehhh, but I have to admit that “Smooth Criminal” was actually pretty cool!!! This was mainly because of the Cello duo, Santana & Sebastian’s “Smooth Criminal” instrumental cover (which predates the TV Show) that accompanies, the characters ok singing. Check out Glee’s, “Smooth Criminal”. What do you think of their recreation of this classic?

Song Of The Day: 2/3/2012 (Give Me All Your Luvin’)

This just in. Madonna just released her new song and video, “Give Me All Your Luvin'”……and just in time for her big Superbowl performance on Sunday. She may be trying a little too hard here, to tie in her Superbowl half time show, with the football themed video and the sound of cheerleaders worked into the song itself. I’m guessing this will be one of the songs she will be performing on Sunday, which means she’ll probably be bringing out Nicki Manaj & M.I.A.. I only listened to it once, so I’m not sure how I feel about it. As far as I can tell, it’s nothing special, but I thought, with her upcoming halftime extravaganza and the release of her first new song in about 4 years, along with the fact that she IS Madonna, she deserved to be song of the day. I must say, she still looks good for what, 70!?! The song is from her upcoming, 12th studio album, “MDNA”, due out on March 26th.   What do you think of the new tune?

Song Of The Day: 1/26/12 (Heartbeat)

Today’s song of the day is “Heartbeat” by Childish Gambino. If you don’t know who Childish Gambino is, he’s actor/comedian, Donald Glover, most notably from the T.V. show “Community”. He dropped an album a few months back and it’s actually off the HOOK!!! You would never expect him to come so hard on a Rap album. This is one of the best songs from the album. I heard it on the radio for the first time, today and it’s supposedly going to be a big hit, according to radio D.J., Elvis Duran. If a D.J. (especially the most popular D.J. in the country) says it’s going to be a hit, it probably is because he has all the power in the world to make it so. Also this song just sounds so radio ready. Start pumping this song people. It is SO jammin’!!!

What’s New In Music?

Boy, oh boy, it seems like it has been so slow the last couple months, when it comes to music. It’s actually made it quite hard for me to come up with material to write about. It feels like there has been barely any noteworthy albums that have come out since mid November. But actually there has been a bunch of pretty good albums. Kate Bush’s “50 Words For Snow” was great, as usual. I mentioned in my top ten albums of the year post last week, naming it number 1. There were a couple good releases in December, worth listening to, with albums like “Red” by Dia Frampton and “The Dreamer/The Believer” by Common. Also Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa released a soundtrack album to their upcoming film, a “black” Cheech and Chong take off “Mac and Devin Go To High School” and is better than I’d though it would be. Lot’s of catchy song’s about pot smoking, but what would you expect from Snoop in a Cheech and Chong style film’s soundtrack?

Come to think of it Rap has has had a few good months, recently, which Hip-Hop desperately needed, because Hip-Hop has been, well, dead for years now. Some really good, new Rap albums I’ve been listening to include Eminem’s new protege Yelawolf’s debut “Radioactive”. Childish Gambino a.k.a. Donald Glover from the TV show, Community, who you’ve NEVER heard like this before, released a killer debut album called “Camp”. Idle Warship’s is a genre bending Hip-Hop group consisting of Talib Kweli and female singer, Res, who released their debut album, “Habits Of The Heart” back in mid October on Spotify before it even hit the store shelves, to create a buzz. It seems like all the good, new music is coming from new acts and a lot from Rap for a change. This is what Rock needs. Rock has had really no major albums come out in recent memory and all the Rock radio stations are switching format away from Rock. Rock really needs a renaissance. If Rap can do it, so can Rock. The Black Keys new album, “El Camino” is really good and they have been getting quite a bit of attention and are even on the cover of the current issue of Rolling Stone. Foster The People are another Rock band that have been holding it down on the pop radio waves with their surprise, smash hit “Pumped Up Kicks” from their album “Torches”.

I began writing this blog post as a question of what to do when there is not much good music coming out, but in the end, I realized that there is quite a bit of pretty decent music out right now. However the questions remains the same, what to do in times, when you thirst for something new for your ears to feast on and there really isn’t anything catching you ears? What I do is go back and listen to old artists that I’ve always wanted to, but never got into and start to dig through their catalouges. While it might not be “new” music, it’s new to me. So, I’ve been listening to the above mentioned albums and some “old” music by Kate Bush, The Allman Brothers and some other older artists. I should note that just because there may not be any major releases out doesn’t mean there is nothing good out. It just takes a bit more digging to find something new and fresh. What do you recommend I listen to right now? Have you heard anything new and interesting? Anything oldy, but goody?

These are some of the albums I’ve been listening to that you all should check out. There’s a little something here for everyone.: