New Music Friday: Ellie Goulding, Yo-Yo Ma, & More

Today I introduce a new feature inspired by other music places across the Internet, New Music Friday. Each Friday that I can, I’ll highlight great new songs & albums just released, for your listening & discovering pleasure. (Yeah, not too much of a complicated concept.) Here’s some of the excellent music on tap this week:…

Music Video of the Day: “Unstoppable”

I haven’t done two Music Videos of the Day in a row in quite some time, but there’s a really terrific one I’ve been anxious to share… “Unstoppable” by Lianne La Havas. Lianne La Havas, a British pop/folk/soul singer-songwriter (you know me and my love for music from the UK), released her debut album “Is…

Song of the Day: “Say You Love Me”

I’ve been meaning to make this little post for a while now. Why exactly it took so long when it’s a Song of the Day, and thus very quick and easy to put together, I don’t know…but never mind that. Today’s song to be spotlighted? “Say You Love Me” by Jessie Ware! Before I start…

Best Albums of 2014 — Part II

Bet you didn’t think I’d be back with Part II this fast, did you? OK, maybe you did. Perhaps it was just me doubting. (I actually did them both in the same week! Hallelujah.) At any rate…let’s just carry on, why don’t we? Here are my other 20 picks for the best 40 albums of…

Best Albums of 2014 — Part I

This is a project I’ve been excited to unveil for quite some time now. (Of course, as is typical with me, it’s a bit late getting out. We’re already well into 2015. All the best-of-2014 lists have come and gone, but I’ve always been a bit of a…rebel? Sure, let’s go with that.) 3 years…

Throwback Thursday: “Christmas Lights”

This blog has become very British as of late. Laura Mvula, Sam Smith, Kate Bush…I mean, I knew I was an Anglophile, but this trend is interesting. And it will continue with a Throwback Thursday post harking back to a song I highlighted 4 years ago this week. I’ve found it a bit uncharacteristically rocky…

Artist Spotlight: Laura Mvula

I haven’t been able to get around to posting lately, so now’s a great time to take on one of my first items of ‘business,’ my first full-fledged Artist Spotlight post in…ouch. It’s been nearly 3 full years. The last time I did a full Artist Spotlight was on Sia in Feb. 2012. She kind…

Song of the Day: “Money On My Mind”

It’s about time I get back to posting again, after a little (as usual, unplanned) break. I’m hoping to get my first Artist Spotlight in ages out soon, but for now, a nice Song of the Day from an artist you’ve most likely heard of very recently… “Money On My Mind” by Sam Smith! Sam…

Throwback Thursday: “Wuthering Heights”

Yes, I know it’s Friday. But I wanted to get a Throwback Thursday post out this week, and I suppose I could change the name of this post to “Flashback Friday,” but since the feature is called Throwback Thursday…oh, never mind. It’s the thought that counts, right? Getting on with things…here’s a song I recently…

Song of the Day: “Take Me”

Yes. I’m actually posting two days in a row. Isn’t it grand? Well, maybe not that grand. But it’s nice at any rate. Today’s Song of the Day, the first in a little bit, is… “Take Me” by Paloma Faith! Paloma Faith is a fiery soul-pop kind of singer from Britain. You may have heard…

Music Video of the Day: “Everything You Didn’t Do”

I’m still working on catching up on the music I wasn’t able to check out in the past 2 years or so, and one of the first artists I searched out again was one of my absolute favorites, British jazz-pop wonder Jamie Cullum, who has been spotlighted on this blog before. He released an outstanding…

My Favorite Albums of 2011, Part II

I’m back! Seeing as is the list about, y’know, 2011, I had to make sure to get this posted before the year is out. Also, I’ve made an executive decision and increased the number of albums on my list to 20. (There was a late-breaking addition.) This means that this post will be even longer…