My Top 100 Albums of 2015, Part IV

It’s finally time. This list has been all kinds of delayed in coming out (and full disclosure, there will still be one more quick post after this), but here it is–the fourth and final part of my Top 100 Albums list. These 25 albums are my absolute favorites from last year, the cream of the crop….

My Top 100 Albums of 2015, Part I

At the very beginning of 2015, or quite possibly the very end of 2014–before I had even finished posting my Best Albums of 2014 list–I began work in earnest for my top 2015 albums list project. It would be big. It would be exciting. It would be full of terrific music. Little did I know,…

The Top 25 Songs of 2015

2016 may already be upon us, but it’s never too late to look back on 2015 and the musical treasures it gave us. Today starts a brief but jam-packed series of posts celebrating a glorious year in music, culminating of course with my annual Top Albums list. In my earliest years on the blog, I…

Throwback Thursday: “Tower of Sand” & “Sugar”

Taking it back all the way to 2007 and 2010, respectively, today’s Throwback Thursday post is double the fun. From a somewhat recent discovery of mine, indie singer-songwriter Chris Merritt, here’s not one, but two of his songs, “Tower of Sand” and “Sugar.” I first came across Chris Merritt while on my mission, of all places. He contributed a…

Song of the Day: “So There”

Ben Folds has gone in quite a few different directions over the years. He’s been in a rock band. He’s produced an a cappella album. He’s worked with acclaimed author Nick Hornby. One thing that has been constant throughout all his artistic exploration is that he’s consistently been making some excellent music. (Example: a song…

Artist Spotlight: The Family Crest

“What’s your favorite band?” I’ve been asked that question a lot. (I’m sure all of us have.) As with any “favorite” question, my response usually takes the form of a long list of groups, with me apologizing for not being sure which one is at the absolute top of my list. That, however, may have…

Sketches: O Canada

It’s Canada Day today, where Canadians across the world celebrate the unification of three colonies into the nation we know today as Canada, back on July 1, 1867. Although I’m not a Canadian myself, I’ve always been fascinated with, as they say, our “neighbors to the north,” and over the years I’ve gathered a few…

American Idol Finale Recap: Cool Kids

“American Idol” has its Season 14 winner. Since I’m actually posting this the night of the show for once, I’ll play coy about who that winner is until the end of this (likely somewhat short) recap. All I’ll say is, I’m happy with who won. (Since I stated in my recap earlier today that I would…

American Idol Top 2 Recap: I Won’t Give Up

A funny thing happened last night on “American Idol.” Yes, my favorite got eliminated for the umpteenth time this season (and who knows how many times in my five seasons watching “Idol”). Yes, we were once again left with two guys fighting for the title (the first time since season 8, I know, but it seems…

American Idol Top 4 Recap: Back Home

Before I start this (slightly overdue) recap, a bit of sad news for anyone that actually still watches “American Idol”…Fox has announced that the show will end after its 15th season in 2016. It’s weird to think that the show, such a force of nature in the past, will be gone after next year…even though I…

American Idol Top 10 Recap: Stayin’ Alive

In a 2-hour telecast of “American Idol,” many things can happen. Quite a few things, really. And when said telecast includes results as well, as will be the case for every episode this season, even more stuff can happen. Thursday night’s outing included Jeff Gordon, dripping ice cream cones, a dress whose size and scope comes…