Like many, I watched the Super Bowl on Sunday in open-mouthed wonderment, astonished that such compelling performers as Christina Aguilera and the Black Eyed Peas were giving their all for our entertainment!
You might say that right then and there I realized: Music is the best it's ever been and it will never, ever be any better!
Then I stared at my fingernails and willed them to grow!
Later, someone told me that approximately 155,500 people die every day! Eventually I plan to buy all the Black Eyed Peas albums in their deluxe editions!
Eminem, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, P!nk, and rising superstar D))Ld%, this may be all you'll ever need when it comes to buying records in 2011! We all know these songs! Why bother with unfamiliar ones? Then we can spend the rest of our money on things we really need! That said, word has it that the enormously successful Now! series has seen its sales markedly decline--meaning, some say, that follow-up series Then! should be rolled out by year's end, followed by 2013's anticipated Please! and 2014's For God's Sake! collection! What say we visit the local library before it shuts down, too? Yanni: Truth Of Touch (Rocket Science) It's difficult to argue with a marketing campaign that proclaims "The return of Yanni as you know him," especially if you've always considered him a horrifying being with facial hair that lulled an entire generation into complacency while their very world was stolen from them by money-hungry politicians eager to take from the poor while filling their pockets with loot that might have fed the hungry! But that's purely hypothetical! I love the dude, and think he's never rocked as hard! Thompson Twins who've realized the error of their ways--I mean, those haircuts, my God!--and renounced all prior hipness to become Thompson Square! Whether the marketplace is ready to accept new versions of "Hold Me Now (That We've Taken The Vows Of Holy Matrimony)," "In The Name Of A Special, Deep Fondness," and the risqué "Fibs" remains to be seen, but there's one thing no one can deny: That's one hell of a hat, Tom! China Crisis and I like accessible melodies in a bouncy rhythmic format, or maybe because I'm an unwitting speedreader and every time I look at the band name and album title I can't help but see the word colonoscopy! You too? That album cover doesn't help! I'm thinking maybe I should slow down and stop and smell the roses! Great work, guys! Back Door back in the '70s, Led Bib are among very few artists who seem less interested in following anyone else's traditions than starting their own! Highly recommended! Daryl Hall songs produced by Brian Eno, so who cares? Sara would smile, but she's missing her front teeth! Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Gary Bartz, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette among them--this album rewrites history as we know it and then goes home, puts on a suit and tie, and sees about finally getting that MBA! Belfegore, whose early '80s work defined all that would be metal for the remainder of our days--and while I'm sorry to say it doesn't quite measure up, let's be real: Whatever could? Still, when it comes to alluring product descriptions, when we're talking about "mainman Helmuth and his henchmen" and their unswerving "technical skill, sophisticated songwriting and blasphemous lyrics," how could anyone not be deeply compelled to listen to this album repeatedly? Next to the Black Eyed Peas, I like them best! Alan Skidmore, Kenny Wheeler, Alan Jackson, Mike Osborne, and Harry Miller, among others. Best of all, the set includes both an audio CD and a crisp video version of the session on DVD--which, for younger fans who never thought they'd witness this stuff while it was happening, is a virtual godsend. A fantastic release, and I hope more is coming! Nicole Atkins: Mondo Amore (Razor & Tie) Moaned Room! Maroon Dome! Adore Mom No! And More Moo! Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar!