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  • My top 10 albums of 2013

    5 Ene 2014, 1:01

    My 10 favorite albums of 2013 in no particular order:

    Jillette Johnson - Water in a Whale

    Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience (disc 1)

    Original Broadway Cast - Kinky Boots

    The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars

    Sara Bareilles - The Blessed Unrest

    Selena Gomez - Stars Dance

    John Legend - Love in the Future

    Maria Mena - Weapon in Mind

    Ariana Grande - Yours Truly

    Lissie- Back to Forever
  • John Mayer Paradise Valley Tour

    17 Dic 2013, 2:33

    Fri 13 Dec – John Mayer Paradise Valley Tour

    Queen Of California
    Paper Doll
    I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)
    Who Says
    Waitin' On The Day
    Speak For Me
    Why Georgia
    Slow Dancing In A Burning Room
    St. Patrick's Day [Acoustic]
    3x5 [Acoustic]
    Your Body Is A Wonderland [Acoustic]
    I Will Be Found (Lost At Sea)
    Wildfire
    Vultures
    If I Ever Get Around To Living
    Waiting On The World To Change
    Dear Marie
    ----------------
    (ENCORE)
    Please Come Home For Christmas
    Gravity

    This is my second time seeing John and he made my night by singing 3x5.That is my favorite song by John of all time. I was shocked. Apparently many people in the front requested it. THANK YOU!
  • My Top 12 albums of 2012

    1 Ene 2013, 19:14

    I listened to about 70 albums released in 2012. I can already tell 2013 won't be that way. Here is my list:

    1. Jason Mraz - Love is a Four Letter Word

    2. Rachael Sage - Haunted By You

    3. Alanis Morissette- havoc and bright lights

    4. Melanie Fiona - The MF Life

    5. Tristan Prettyman - Cedar + Gold

    6. fun. - Some Nights

    7. Frank Ocean- Channel ORANGE

    8. No Doubt- Push and Shove

    9. Christina Aguilera - Lotus

    10. Lana Del Rey - Born to Die

    11. Yuna - Yuna

    12. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - The Lion The Beast The Beat

    Honorable mentions (in no particular order):

    Alamba Shakes - Boys & Girls

    Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream

    Philip Phillips - The World From the Side of the Moon

    Nelly Furtado- The Spirit Indestructible
  • The Liberation Tour

    19 Ago 2012, 23:57

    Sat 18 Aug – The Liberation Tour: Mary J. Blige and D’angelo

    If you get a chance to see this tour, go! I'm glad they decided to kick off the tour in VA Beach. Melanie Fiona, D'Angelo and Mary J. Blige were excellent. I'd already seen Mary J. in concert years ago so I went to see D'Angelo. My biggest disappointment was how short D's set was.

    Melanie Fiona was up first. Her set was about 30 minutes. She had a full band with backup singers. People familiar with her music know that she can sing live. Her set included: "4AM", "Bones", "It Kills Me" "Change the Record", and "Wrong Side of a Love song"

    D'Angelo went on next. What can I say? I've waited over 10 years for this moment. His usual band was with him. (Pino Palladino, Jesse Johnson, Kendra Foster etc.) He came through from the back of the arena. Thanks to security for the heads up. :) I was 10 feet from him as he climbed the steps to the stage. Of course he was superb. His voice was better than ever. IMO, he never lost his voice so I'm not sure why people comment on that.

    D's set list was (not in order):

    CRUSIN
    UNTITLED
    BROWN SUGAR
    CHICKEN GREASE
    SDM
    IN ANOTHER LIFE
    LADY
    LEFT AND RIGHT
    FEEL LIKE MAKIN LOVE

    I was very, very disappointed that he did not perform his new song "Sugah Daddy". I love "In Another Life" and was glad to hear it live but he should have also done Daddy. I know he loves performing SDM at every freakin' show for some reason but I wish he would have replaced that with a new track (either "Daddy" or "Really Love").

    Here is a short video I shot from the show:

    [youtube]http://youtu.be/dE95SavIlkc[/youtube]

    Mary J. Blige! The audience was clearly there for her. (D'angelo who?) It was an amazing thing to see. She basically sang every song she ever made in about 90 minutes. I can't possibly list ever song but part of her setlist included:

    My Life
    Not Gon' Cry
    Sweet Thing
    Real Love
    Ain't Nobody
    Mr. Wrong
    Just Fine
    I'm Going Down
    No More Drama
    Love No Limit

    I have a short clip from the show:

    [youtube]http://youtu.be/Ia0OFN7eSWU[/youtube]

    I wished she had performed 25/8. That is my favorite track from her new album, My Life II. I don't know what kind of tour this was. She didn't perform a lot of songs from the new album. This was sort of like a greatest hits tour. I wasn't expecting that. She was perfect. Compared to the last time I saw her (in the late 90s I think), the sound was better. Everything was better. And she danced a lot (with no backup dancers). It was great.

    Mary is like my musical soul sister. It was great seeing her again but I was really there for D'angelo so I didn't get to enjoy her set that well. I was so pissed that D didn't play longer. However I was so happy for her. There was so much love there. The audience did 30% of the singing.

    Overall an "A" show. If you love Mary, you must go. Just don't expect a ton of new tracks. And D'angelo fans...sigh. He needs to go on tour on his own in the US. What is the hold up? The new album?? Um, will that ever be released? We can only hope.
  • My top albums of 2011

    16 Ene 2012, 1:33

    23. Joss Stone - LP1

    Download: Drive All Night

    22. LeAnn Rimes - Lady & Gentlemen

    This album is mostly obscure country covers. I fell in and out of love with this album quickly. It is good but I have to be in a certain mood to listen to it. Her voice can still give me chills.

    Download: Help Me Make It Through the Night

    21. Vanessa Carlton - Rabbits On The Run

    Download: I Don't Want to Be A Bride

    20. Selena Gomez & The Scene - When The Sun Goes Down

    One of my workout albums of 2011. Fun pop music.

    Download: My Dilemma

    19. Gavin DeGraw - Sweeter

    Download: Not Over You

    18. Colbie Caillat - All of You


    All of You is 10x better than her last album. I listened to this a lot to prepare for my year end list and I ended up liking it more. It probably should be ranked higher than 18...

    Download: Dream Life, Life

    17. Elliott Yamin - Gather Around (Not released in the United States)

    He still has the voice.

    Download: Deserted

    16. Amos Lee - Mission Bell

    Initially I was so disappointed in Mission Bell. However, once again I started listening to it again and I get why the fans love it. I still think his other albums are superior.

    Download: Windows Are Rolled Down

    15. Ximena Sariñana - Ximena Sariñana

    This is her first english album. I thought it would get nominated for a Grammy this year but it was ignored. She has won Latin Grammys before. Anyhow I was supposed to see her in concert this year but something came up at the last minute. Great lyrics but something is missing in her voice.


    Download: Bringing Us Down

    14. Matt Nathanson - Modern Love


    Adult pop music.

    Download: Run (Feat. Jennifer Nettles And Kristian Bush)


    13. Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know


    folk music with an edge

    Download: Sophia

    12. Christina Perri - Lovestrong


    I want to hear more from her.

    11. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes

    Download: I Follow Rivers

    10. Britney Spears - Femme Fatale

    Download: Criminal

    9. Rachael Yamagata - Chesapeake

    Wow, she channels her inner Fiona Apple on some of these songs. She can't make a bad record.

    8. Beyonce- 4

    I never thought I would have Beyonce on a top albums list. Her solo albums -as a whole- have been so bad. But 4 is different. I'm surprised at how many bad reviews this album has. I truly don't get it. This is as real as a R&B album you will ever get from her. I guess people want the pop/R&B Beyonce?

    Download: Countdown

    7. Lights - Siberia

    Lights is a solo Canadian artist. Her music is probably best described as electro-pop. But don't get the wrong idea. I can't recommend trying this album enough.

    6. Amy Winehouse - Lioness: Hidden Treasures

    I heard "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" and immediately brought the album. A must have for Amy fans. Some of the songs are different version of songs from her previous albums. Others are covers.

    Download: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

    5. Miranda Lambert - Four the Record

    This album probably would have been ranked higher if I had a chance to listen to it more before doing this list. I'm just starting to fall in love with it.

    Download: Mama's Broken Heart

    4. Demi Lovato - Unbroken

    This is my first Lovato album. I listened to Unbroken more than any album on this list. It lived in my car, I took it to work, I worked out to it. Love it!

    Download: Fix A Heart

    3. Kelly Clarkson - Stronger [Deluxe Edition]

    I have to recommend buying the deluxe version over the regular. For some reason some of the best songs, aren't included on the regular version. The record company always manages to mess up her releases somehow.

    Download: I Forgive You

    2. Kate Voegele - Gravity Happens

    She's baaaaaack! Kate was my #1 album of the year with her last album. She is one of my favorite song writers and her voice is pretty good too.

    Download: Gravity Happens

    1. Adele - 21

    Very original pick for #1. I know. :)

    Download: The whole album
  • My Top 5 Albums of 2010

    5 Ene 2011, 1:37

    1. Taylor Swift - Speak Now
    2. Christina Aguilera - Bionic
    3. Sara Bareilles - Kaleidoscope Heart
    4. Tracey Thorn - Love and Its Opposite
    5. Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
    6. Robyn- Body Talk (honorable mention)
  • John Mayer set list 07/18/10

    26 Jul 2010, 1:14

    Sun 18 Jul – John Mayer, Guster

    Setlist:

    01: Chest Fever -> Vultures
    02: Crossroads
    03: No Such Thing
    04: Ain’t No Sunshine
    05: War of My Life
    06: Heartbreak Warfare
    07: Waiting on the World to Change vs Perfectly Lonely
    08: Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
    09: Who Says
    10: Do You Know Me
    11: Raspberry Beret
    12: Good Love Is On The Way
    13: Thank Yous
    14: Half of My Heart -> Don’t Stop Believing
    15: Encore
    16: My Stupid Mouth (acoustic)
    17: Why Georgia (acoustic)
    18: Edge of Desire
  • My top 14 albums of 2009

    20 Ene 2010, 0:00

    14. Colbie Caillat – Breakthrough

    13. Carrie Underwood – Play On

    12. Elliott Yamin – Fight For Love

    11. Ben Kweller – Changing Horses

    10. India.Arie – Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics

    9. Norah Jones – The Fall

    8. Dave Matthews Band – Big Whiskey

    7. Kelly Clarkson – All I’ve Ever Wanted

    6.Joss Stone – Colour Me Free!

    5. A Fine Frenzy – Bomb in a Birdcage

    4. John Mayer – Battle Studies

    3. Miranda Lambert – Revolution

    2. Kate Voegele – A Fine Mess

    1. Mariah Carey – Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel
  • My top 35 singles of 2009

    2 Ene 2010, 4:24

    35. A Fine Frenzy - Electric Twist

    34. Miley Cyrus - The Climb
    33. T.I. feat Justin Timberlake - Dead and Gone
    32. Carrie Underwood - Cowboy Casanova
    31. Keri Hilson - Knock You Down
    30. Beyonce - Halo
    29.Neko Case - This Tornado Loves You

    28.Kanye West- Heartless
    27.Miley Cyrus - Party In The U.S.A.
    26. Lady Antebellum - Need You Now
    25. India.Arie - Therapy
    24. Laura Gibson - Spirited
    23. Glee Cast - Don't Stop Believin'
    22. Kelly Clarkson - Already Gone
    21. Demi Lovato - Here We Go Again
    20. Ben Kweller - Sawdust Man
    19. Joss Stone - Free Me
    18. Taylor Swift- Fifteen
    17. Gloriana - Wild At Heart

    16. John Mayer - Who Says
    15. Katie Armiger - Gone
    14. Michelle Branch - Sooner or Later
    13. Miranda Lambert - Dead Flowers
    12. Kate Voegele - Sweet Silver Lining
    11. Mariah Carey - Obsessed
    10. Colbie Caillat - Fallin' For You
    9. Diane Birch - Nothing But A Miracle

    8. Elliott Yamin - Can't Keep on Loving You (From A Distance)
    7. Lady Gaga Featuring Colby O'Donis - Just Dance
    6. Jordin Sparks - Battlefield
    5. JAY Z Featuring Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind
    4. Rob Thomas- Someday
    3. Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
    2. Maxwell - Pretty Wings
    1. Kate Voegele - Lift Me Up
  • My Top 16 Albums of 2008

    11 Ene 2009, 1:37

    I have only heard 0.06% of 08 releases. The following are my favorites:

    16. Taylor Swift- Fearless

    15. Ashlee Simpson - Bittersweet World

    14. Duffy - Rockferry

    13. Tristan Prettyman - Hello

    12. Jewel - Perfectly Clear

    11. Scarlett Johansson - Anywhere I Lay My Head

    10. Priscilla Ahn - A Good Day

    9. Lyfe Jennings - Lyfe Change

    8. Jessie Baylin - Firesight

    7. Robyn - Robyn

    6. John Mayer - Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles

    5. Mariah Carey - E=MC2

    4. Jazmine Sullivan - Fearless

    3. Coldplay - Viva la Vida

    2. Amos Lee - Last Days at the Lodge

    1. Adele - 19


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