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2013 Wrap-Up: Top Albums of 2013 #11-20

So many albums, so little time… #11 Local Natives-Hummingbird (Spotify) The departure of a band member can crush some acts, but Local Natives persevered with the help of The National’s Aaron Dessner. Dessner’s production helped the Cali crew in making their harmonies sound even lusher with grander instrumentation and darker tones. “Wooly Mammoth” echoed the […]


Album of the Week: Bombino – Nomad

The prospect of analyzing an album in a foreign language seemed like a lofty task, but Bombino’s passion and emotion on Nomad made for an excellent auditory lesson. I don’t speak his language (though translated liner notes helped), but Omar “Bombino” Moctar lets his music do most of the songs do the talking. Describing songs […]

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2009 Wrap Up: Top Albums – #9 to #5

The 2009 best of lists continue… 9. K’Naan – Troubadour Talk about a come from nowhere surprise. I saw K’Naan perform a couple songs at Lolla ’08 and was hyped for more after hearing an early version of the socially conscious “Take A Minute”. I had no idea he would craft an album that I […]

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New Mixtape: JayeL Audio 5-21-09

Bout time, right?  Vacation, illness and a car accident made April and most of May busy months.  This selection definitely leans more electro, which is fitting for the fun summer months ahead. A dance-worthy track from the Vampire Weekend/Ra Ra Riot collabo, Discovery that sounds better every time I hear about it (“Orange Shirt”), ’80’s […]

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Festivalist '09: Lollapalooza

Even though I won’t be attending, this is what I get excited about, Lollapalooza ’09.  Other people I know will enjoy it for me…and most likely make me jealous enough to try again in 2010.  As I’ve mentioned before, Depeche Mode, Tool and Jane’s Addiction aren’t headliners that I can get excited about.  However, the […]

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New Mixtape: JayeL Audio 1-12

New business in the rap, indie, covers and electro realm.  This eccentric edition features a baby-crazy anti-folk singer (Emmy the Great), an alien-human love saga (Janelle Monae), one of The Black Keys looking for solo success (Dan Auerbach) and a collaboration by 2 of my favorite bands of last year (Vampire Weekend/Chromeo). Random indeed. JayeL […]


The Black Keys: Southern Blues "Attack"

I haven’t had time to mention The Black Keys‘ latest effort, Attack & Release, in the past month. Thats because its been a non-stop fixture in my cd player. **Warning-Short Rant Below** Yes, I actually went to buy this album because sometimes, I just miss the physical process of purchasing new music. In fact, I […]