Kesha is Back!

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Not going to lie, I was not Ke$ha’s biggest fan, but I did like her catchy music hits. She disappeared for a while and came to find out she was in a huge battle with her producer, Dr. Luke, who is an alleged rapist and douche-bag that tried to hold her to her 6-album contract even after the alleged raping. Read more about it here on Billboard.com

I am happy Kesha is making music again and I respect and idol her more for her actions and for the quality of this album!

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/1IYVB8NfiRqhdZlTxjspNh

Tribe Called Quest

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If you like jazz, funky-fresh beats, rap, hip-hop, or music in general – this album deserves respect. We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, the group’s newest album release since 1998. I had heard of the band before, but never listened to them considering I wasn’t listening to rap music in 1998 – I was in the 3rd grade, (really dating myself there). I may need to go back and listen to some of their older material, but I can tell you that their new material is the shit.

The opening song, The Space Program, sets precedence and tone for this album. I love that they even worked in a sound byte for Gene Wilder from Willy Wonka.

I was surprised to hear a sampling of Elton John on Solid Wall of Sound.

I love the mixture of instruments and collaborative guest appearances by André 3000, Jack White, Kweli, Busta Rhymes, Kanye, and many more!

Check it out, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Dark Necessities

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It has been five years since we have heard new material from Red Hot Chili Peppers, and it has been worth the wait!

Personally, I wasn’t a huge fan of I’m With You, but Stadium Arcadium was one of my favorites.¬† Until now. Their first single from their upcoming album, The Getaway, dropped today. Dark Necessities had me hooked in the first few measures. I can’t wait to hear what the rest of the album has in store.

Flaming Lips Tribute to the Beatles

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You thought the Beatles were trippy in the 70s? The Flaming Lips’ With a Little Help From My Fwends is like the Beatles on acid. The best part is their friends featured on the album: Grace Potter, Miley Cyrus, My Morning Jacket, Tegan & Sara, Moby, and many more. I must say, I am a fan of this release. I know some people who would say The Beatles’ music is untouchable, but I think it was tastefully done and will leave you speechless, it’s so good. I hope you agree.

Queen of the Clouds by Tove Lo

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Tove Lo’s premiere song Habits caught my attention on the radio about a month or so ago. I liked it. Then one morning I caught a short interview about the music video for Habits on VH1 and proceeded to watch the video. I thought it was a little sad and kind of depressing, but the song grew on me.

Her album, Queen of the Clouds dropped last week and I picked a few songs I thought I would like. Silly me, I should start from the beginning and listen to the entire album start to finish. This 19-track album had me on an emotional roller coaster right along with her. She is so genuine and relate-able to any woman in her 20’s. From the initial feeling of falling in love to the uncontrollable love-hate when you are mad at the one you love, to the inevitable break-up/realization that nothing lasts forever, but to enjoy the present moments you share.

I think the songs I love the most are My Gun, Talking Body, Time Bomb, Moments (my most fav), Got Love, Not on Drugs, and Habits.

This Is All Yours – Alt J

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I’ve been eagerly waiting for this day to come for months now – the day that Alt-J released their second album, This Is All Yours.

If you thought their first album was strange and liked it, then you’re in for a treat because the second album is even more strange. It starts slow and calm, then progresses with more upbeat harmonies and intricate beats. The music tells a story, although I need to listen to the album a few more times before I understand the entire story. I can tell you that my favorite songs are Every Other Freckle, Left Hand Free, Hunger of the Pine, The Gospel of John Hurt, Leaving Nara (Getting to Nara wasn’t as exciting), and the bonus track Lovely Day.