The Grammys: A few notes

The Grammys are still pretty irrelevant, but at least this year was more fun, right? Here are a few quick thoughts on the night: -The B.o.B./Bruno Mars/Janelle Monae performance was my favorite of the night. All three artists pumped energy into the show and I was pleasantly surprised with Bruno’s throwback act. -Did you see […]


Grammy Battle: Vampire Weekend vs The Black Keys

The Grammy nominations have pretty much been a joke with old, stuffy label heads voting in categories they have no business choosing. I’m pretty sure I remember Will Smith beating Hova for a Best Rap Album Grammy once. Anyways, the past few years the voters have got much better. Here Grammy Winner and voter Stephen […]

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New Mixtape: JayeL Audio 1-11-11

So Atlanta got some snow this week…. (photo via David K. Smith) One last item from 2010 to go, a mixtape of the best tracks from November/December. This round features a few covers from some of my favorite artists in 2010: Band of Horses, Vampire Weekend and Ellie Goulding (“Georgia”, “Fight For This Love”, “Only […]


Big Boi vs The Black Keys – The Brothers of Chico Dusty

Two great artists. Two great albums. One great mash-up album. Producer Wick-It The Instigator brings together Big Boi and The Black Keys for something that is much more natural than it would seem. I had already been listening to “Black Bug” on repeat, but had no idea there was an entire album coming. “Afraid of […]

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2010 Wrap-Up: Top Tracks of the Year #27-#16

As we continue on with my favorite tracks of 2010…..#27-#16 27. The Black Keys – Everlasting Light Man likes woman. Man tells her why he should be with woman. Nothing mind blowing lyrically, but Dan Auerbach and Pat Carney don’t need to be. The opening track from Brothers expands on their drum and guitar blues […]

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2010 Wrap-Up: Top Albums of the Year – Honorable Mention

List time. Lets start with album releases. The only rules are the that the album had to be released in the United States (legally) this year. After a particularly anemic year for albums in 2009, 2010 had so many long form releases I could hardly keep up. Side-note: Honorable mention is partially due to the […]


Thursday Linkage: The Black Keys, Animated Albums, NPR Live Concerts, Nappy Roots and more

A) Seems like I’ve been waiting for May 18th to get here for far too long. Good thing NPR is streaming The Black Keys‘ Brothers all week. Trust me, its worth a pre-order. B) Want to see your favorite album covers come to life? Me too. Check out the great Animated Albums Tumblr page (via […]