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Album Drop: This Week’s New Releases, From Mary J. Blige To Young Money

It’s new release Tuesday, so it’s time to take the latest tunes for a spin! As I’ve been writing this, my own jams have been competing with my neighbor’s — he just got a karaoke machine for the holidays. Must admit, the dude can really do justice to the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under The Bridge.” But, the question remains, will you be blaring Mary J. Blige, Young Money, or Hurricane Chris new releases 15 years down the road in your living room? So, let’s get into the groove after the jump … Keep reading »

Nellie McKay Sings A Little Ditty About Feminism

I’m a big ol’ Ani DiFranco fan, but even I’ll admit that song lyrics about feminist stuff don’t inspire a lot of catchy head-bopping. Check out this video of singer Nellie McKay, though, who shows off her lyrical ability—as well as mad ukelele skillz!—in “Mother Of Pearl,” a pretty funny song about feminism. Lyrics that’ll make you giggle, after the jump … Keep reading »

What Do Your Musical Tastes Say About You?

Blogger Lauren Leto, whoever you are, I love you. Your snarky list describing different authors and the people who read them made Amelia’s and my morning. Who reads Jodi Picoult? “Your mom when she’s at her time of the month.” Emily Griffin? “Women who give their boyfriend marriage ultimatums.” Sylvia Plath? “Girls who keep journals.” Yes, indeed! In the spirit of your list, I’ve composed my own, based on music … Keep reading »

The Worst Music Video Of 2009?

You know, one should never jump to conclusions too quickly. For example, maybe you’ve seen a music video or two this year, and thought, “This is the worst music video of the year.” But then, late in December, you see a music video that is quite possibly not only the worst video of the year, but the worst video of the decade, the century — heck, maybe ever. Say hello to “Anything U Want” from Kississings. Between the talking butts, the random humpings, and the foul fashions, I am going to go out on a limb here and say this is the worst music video of 2009. Oh, and the song sucks, too. Watch at your own peril. [Videos.antville.org] Keep reading »

Album Drop: This Week’s New Releases, From Alicia Keys To Robin Thicke

All I want for Hannukah is sweet new tunes! And although there are only three albums out this week, they are so good they’ll be in our CD player forevah, or until we get that MP3 jammy we’ve been asking for. But I digress, on with the hotness! We’ve got Alicia Keys playing footloose and fancy-free. Robin Thicke’s showing up Dr. Drew with his “Sex Therapy.” And Animal Collective, the experimental indie group, who made arguably the best album of the year, Merriweather Post Pavillion, won’t let 2009 get away until it’s played out with their awesomeness. Happy holidays, indeed! So, let’s get in to the groove after the jump.
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Lilith Fair Returns This Summer With Performers We Actually Want To Hear

Lilith Fair, the female-centric music festival that toured from 1997 through 1999, is staging a comeback this summer, and many of this year’s performers have been announced. The women who took to the stage in the ’90s represented a number of genres, but a heck of a lot of them made folk music (i.e., Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Indigo Girls). The performers for 2010 are a nice mix and include some of the same headliners (McLachlan, Crow, Erykah Badu, Emmylou Harris) with a lot of newer acts, too. Click through to find out which acts we’re excited about. [Nettwerk, Lilith Fair] Keep reading »

Sade Releases First New Song In Nearly A Decade: “Soldier Of Love”

Sade has released her first new single in close to a decade, “Soldier of Love,” and we love it. Soul Culture calls it: “Moody, vibesome … and darkly rejuvenating,” and we agree. In the ’80s and ’90s, the British/Nigerian singer had a string of hits — “Your Love Is King,” “Smooth Operator,” and “No Ordinary Love” among them — but then she pretty much fell off the musical radar. If this single hints at what’s to come, we can’t wait for the Feb. 8, 2010, release of the Soldier of Love album. What do you think of the new track? Tell us in the comments. Keep reading »

Album Drop: This Week’s New Releases From Snoop Dogg To 30 Seconds To Mars

It’s new release Tuesday, so it’s time to take the latest tunes for a spin. And the freshest track is coming from my fave awesome art rock band: The Liars. They’re releasing Sisterworld in March, but you hip, hot Frisky gals can get an mp3 taste of it by heading here! I’ve been basically playing their super awesome song “Scissors” on loop. Now, as for the albums out this week, Snoop Dogg is still the shizneezy. Rapper Gucci Mane fights the law, and wins. Timbaland’s back, trying to make shock waves. 30 Seconds To Mars is flying high on the wings of operatic emo. And We The Kings try to rule tweendom. Are we missing someone? You bet! We’re ignoring Chris Brown’s new record. In light of what he did to our girl Rihanna, we’re not going to support him here. Whew, let’s brush it off ’cause there are some seriously hot jams going on this week. So, let’s get into the groove, after the jump! Keep reading »

Alicia Keys Releases New Album On Facebook

Alicia Keys is changing the music game. She’s the first A-list musician to release an entire album via Facebook. Her 1.3 million fans can listen to The Element of Freedom, her sixth album, in its entirety for free and can place pre-orders before the official drop date, Dec. 15. Now we’ll be able to decide whether to purchase the entire album or specific songs; we all know an artist’s previous work is no guarantee their newest album will be as enjoyable. [Alicia Keys] Keep reading »

Lady Gaga Spreads Holiday Cheer With Raunchy “Christmas Tree” Song

Lady Gaga has found a way to spread holiday cheer in her own special way. Over the weekend, she donned a pair of antlers to complement her translucent dress, and last year, she added a tune to the holiday music landscape. We’re not sure how we overlooked “Christmas Tree” featuring Space Cowboy for so long, because it’s certainly something. With lines like “Ho ho ho, under the mistletoe / Yes, everybody knows / We will take off our clothes,” “Light me up put me on top / Let’s fa-la-la-la-la-la-la,” and “My Christmas tree’s delicious,” this song is sure to become a classic. And, right now, it’s available to download for free on Amazon.com. Take a listen after the jump. Keep reading »

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