Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Lula Lee Project (2009) Ann Nesby

New album from Gospel Icon.

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Track Listing
1. I Found A Place
2. Too Late
3. Sky Is The Limit
4. Praises (Go Up)
5. I Trust You Lord
6. Pressure Makes Diamonds
7. Say Jesus
8. Went Through Hell
9. Higher
10. Thinkin' About You
11. Sow Love
12. So Much Joy

Bird on a Wire (2009) Toby Lightman

The sophomore album by singer-songwriter Toby Lightman advances the gentle, soulful popcraft the artist introduced on her 2004 debut, LITTLE THINGS. Lightman combines folk intimacy with R&B flavors and electronic textures to arrive at a sound that is contemporary yet somehow familiar. Shining through it all is Lightman's rich, expressive voice; it conveys the power of her lyrics and her melodies beautifully, sounding equally sure-footed on uptempo tunes and ballads. A more assured effort than her first outing, BIRD ON A WIRE is a fresh, accessible album.

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Track Listing
1. Don't Wake Me
2. Don't Let Go
3. Better
4. Slippin'
5. Round & Round
6. My Sweet Song
7. Alone
8. One Sure Thing
9. Overflowing
10. Weight of the World
11. Holding Me Down
12. I'd Be Lost
13. Good Finds

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Roots (2009) Flo Rida (R.O.O.T.S.)

It's easy to see Florida-native MC Flo Rida emerging as a divisive figure. He embraces the modern cornerstones of hip-hop/R&B (Akon cameos, samples of popular dance songs from different decades), but is also an unabashedly corny throwback to the days of booty bass and 2 Live Crew. That being said, R.O.O.T.S. doesn't require analysis. Instead, it commands attention with its unending emphasis on uproarious catchiness. There are moments of unintentional awkwardness, as when the macho mic-ripper lifts '80s icons Dead Or Alive's "Right Round" for the album's lead single. But tracks like "Jump" and "Touch Me" are so absurdly infectious, straddling the line between underground electro and commercial rap, that it's easy to give Rida a pass on his way to broad, radio-driven acceptance.

Discovering new talent is often a daunting task; however, when the formula is complete, all parts synergetic, the sky is the limit. With a noted machine behind him, coupled with his distinct originality, Flo Rida has captured the attention of many while simultaneously making a significant impact early in the game.

Flo Rida has already garnered more accolades than most artists see in their entire career. Months before his Poe Boy/Atlantic Records debut, Mail on Sunday, was even released, his explosive first single, "Low," shot to the top of nearly every chart--Top 40 radio, Billboard's Hot 100 chart and Hot RingMasters chart, Soundscan's Digital Song chart, iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, MySpace, MTV's TRL, BET's 106 & Park. And that was only the beginning!

Born the youngest boy amongst seven girls, the 28-year-old Carol City, FL native (born Tramar Dillard) learned the value of patience at a young age. Although his parents split when he was young, Flo's father, a multi-talented musician, inspired his son to express himself through music. Several of his sisters also formed a local gospel group. But tragedy struck when one of his sisters died from complications due to bronchitis. "When my sister passed away, I woke up and realized what I had to do," says Flo Rida. "I was the only boy of seven siblings, all sisters, and growing up without my father. I realized that I needed to make the most of my time on earth. I want to utilize all of my God-given talents and give back in a way that others can benefit. My mother is so strong and I always admired her for her strength and showing me that by sacrifice and being level-headed that anything is possible."

When Flo was in ninth grade, he began rapping with a group called the Groundhoggz. To this day, he still considers himself part of the group. As to the group's name, Flo Rida says, "Without being grounded, you have nothing to stand on. Nothing lasts long if you don't start from the ground up."

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1. Finally Here
2. Jump (Ft. Nelly Furtado)
3. Gotta Get It (Dancer)
4. Shone (Ft. Pleasure P)
5. Right Round
6. R.O.O.T.S.
7. Be On You (Ft. Ne-Yo)
8. Mind On My Money
9. Available (Ft. Akon)
10. Touch Me
11. Never
12. Sugar (Ft. Wynter)
13. Rewind (Ft. Wyclef Jean)

Walk This Way (2009) The White Tie Affair

Chicago alt-rockers the White Tie Affair make their major label debut with WALK THIS WAY, a brisk, efficient set of electronic-influenced pop songs. Danceable debut single "Allow Me To Introduce Myself. Mr. Right" bears a strong resemblance to contemporary U.K. bands like Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys, while "Candle (Sick and Tired)" is a straightforward emo-pop rocker. Singer Chris Wallace and his bandmates fuse most of the dominant alternative rock trends of 2008 on their debut album, without sounding like derivative bandwagon jumpers.
Chicago alt-rockers the White Tie Affair make their major label debut with WALK THIS WAY, a brisk, efficient set of electronic-influenced pop songs. Danceable debut single "Allow Me To Introduce Myself.Mr. Right" bears a strong resemblance to contemporary U.K. bands like Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys, while "Candle (Sick and Tired)" is a straightforward emo-pop rocker. Singer Chris Wallace and his bandmates fuse most of the dominant alternative rock trends of 2008 on their debut album without sounding like derivative bandwagon jumpers.

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1. "Allow Me to Introduce Myself... Mr. Right" 2:59
2. "The Letdown" 3:39
3. "Candle (Sick and Tired)" 3:50
4. "Scene Change" 3:35
5. "Watching You" 3:23
6. "The Enemy" 2:50
7. "Take It Home" 3:20
8. "Price of Company" 3:42
9. "If I Fall" 3:36
10. "The Way Down" 4:25

We Need a Resolution (2001) Aaliyah [iPod Video]

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

David Hernandez enlisted Eric West to work on debut LP.

Season seven’s David Hernandez has taken full advantage of the exposure he received on American Idol in order to catapult his career. He is not only embarking on a holiday tour with fellow AI alums Diana DeGarmo, Kimberley Locke, and Chikezie, but he has also recently solidified a great contact in the industry to help him on his album. Actor and singer Eric West, who was named as one of US Weekly’s “One’s To Watch” and’s “Top Fresh Faces,” is expanding his already impressive resume by assisting David with his debut CD. The as-yet-untitled album is scheduled to drop next year.

Essential: Best of (2003) Shawn Mullins

Best of collection from Shawn Mullins.

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1. Lullaby
2. Lately
3. This Time/Last Time
4. Canyons & Caverns
5. Gulf of Mexico, The
6. Anchored in You
7. Shimmer
8. Everywhere I Go
9. Somethin' to Believe In
10. Santa Fe
11. I Know
12. Joy Terell Brown - (previously unreleased, solo acoustic version)
13. Lonesome I Know You Too Well - (previously unreleased, live)
14. Border Song - (previously unreleased, with Elton John)
15. Lullaby - (solo acoustic version)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Gone (2009) Eric West featuring Kanye West

First single from Eric West's album Ascendancy out early 2010.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Kat Deluna, Eric West and Katrina Bowden Appear at Hot List Party 2009

Singer and actor Eric West reappeared with a new look at Conde Nast's 2009 Hot List Party which also included appearances by Kat Deluna and Katrina Bowden. West and Deluna both spoke on the red carpet about upcoming albums coming out at the end of the year.

Soundtrack Of My Life (2009) Deemi

Debut single from R&B singer Deemi.

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Conor Oberst (2008) Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst is a solo-album by Conor Oberst, of the band Bright Eyes, scheduled to be released on August 5, 2008 by Merge Records

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Track list:

1. "Cape Canaveral" - 4:04
2. "Sausalito" - 3:10
3. "Get-Well-Cards" - 3:33
4. "Lenders in the Temple" - 4:35
5. "Danny Callahan" - 3:58
6. "I Don’t Want to Die (In the Hospital)" - 3:32
7. "Eagle on a Pole" - 4:42
8. "NYC - Gone, Gone" - 1:11
9. "Moab" - 3:36
10. "Valle Místico (Ruben’s Song)" - 0:49
11. "Souled Out!!!" - 3:32
12. "Milk Thistle" - 5:21

Thursday, March 26, 2009

War Child - Heroes Vol.1 (2009) Various Artists

War Child is a unique charity. It is the only child protection agency operating in south Iraq, the only agency to have separated children from adults in Afghanistan prisons and the only international organisation working with ex-child soldiers in northern Democratic Republic of Congo. War Child is only able to work in these locations through a unique combination of security management and private funding. War Child - Heroes vol 1 is a product of War Child working with the ultimate living legends of modern music and asking them to select their personal favourite track from all those they have recorded and then nominate the current recording artist they would most trust to record a new version of that track.

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1. Beck - "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat" (Bob Dylan)
2. The Kooks - "Victoria" (The Kinks)
3. The Hold Steady - "Atlantic City" (Bruce Springsteen)
4. Hot Chip - "Transmission" (Joy Division)
5. Lily Allen and Mick Jones - "Straight to Hell" (The Clash)
6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" (The Ramones)
7. Franz Ferdinand - "Call Me" (Live) (Blondie)
8. Duffy - "Live and Let Die" (Sir Paul McCartney)
9. Estelle - "Superstition" (Stevie Wonder)
10. Rufus Wainwright - "Wonderful/Song For Children" (Brian Wilson)
11. Scissor Sisters - "Do the Strand" (Roxy Music)
12. Peaches - "Search and Destroy" (The Stooges)
13. Adam Cohen - "Take This Waltz" (Leonard Cohen)
14. Elbow - "Running to Stand Still" (U2)
15. The Like - "You Belong to Me" (Elvis Costello)
16. TV on the Radio - "Heroes" (David Bowie)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Thrivemix05 (2008) (Various Artists)

Remix dance compilation featuring huge pop hits.

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01. Usher Ft. Young Jeezy - Love In This Club (Stonebridge Remix) 5:54
02. Britney Spears - Break The Ice (Kaskade Remix) 3:57
03. Jesse McCartney - Leavin (The Bimbo Jones Downhill Special) 5:06
04. Moby - I Love To Move In Here (Seamus Haji Remix) 4:36
05. Bob Sinclair - I Feel For You (Axwell Club Remix) 5:38
06. Natasha Bedingfield - Pocketful Of Subshine (Johnny Vicious Club Mix) 5:32
07. Cascada - Faded (Wideboys Electro Club Mix) 4:08
08. Kelly Rowland - Work (Freemasons Club Mix) 5:50
09. Buzz Junkies Ft. Elesha Moses - If You Love Me (Thomas Gold Remix) 3:54
10. Kirsty Hawkshaw Vs Kinky Rowland - Fine Day 08 (Future Freakz Remix) 4:08
11. Kylie Minogue - Wow (Fuck Me I'm Famous Remix By David Guetta & Joachim Garraud) 3:20
12. Metro Station - Shake It (Lenny B Club Mix) 5:20
13. Sam Sparro - Black And Gold (Sanna And Pitron Mix) 5:15
14. Paul Oakenfold Ft. Ryan Tedder - Not Over (Club Mix) 5:29
15. Paradise - See The Light (Andre Pascal Mix) 4:49
16. Jordin Sparks with Chris Brown - No Air (Tiesto Remix) 5:16

Ryan Leslie (2009) Ryan Leslie

Years after he was supposed to have his breakthrough as a solo artist, R&B singer/songwriter/producer Ryan Leslie finally unveiled his self-titled debut album in early 2009. Like John Legend and Kanye West before him, Leslie built his reputation on behind-the-scenes studio work (including sessions with Beyonce, Britney Spears, Danity Kane, and LL Cool J), and his slightly eccentric aesthetic shines through on this record, particularly on singles such as the funky, sample-tinged "Diamond Girl" and the keyboard-heavy "How It Was Supposed to Be." The album also includes the electro-lined "Addiction," which features rapper Fabolous and Leslie's protege, renowned R&B/pop vocalist Cassie.

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Track Listing
1. Diamond Girl
2. Addiction - (featuring Fabolous/Cassie)
3. You're Fly
4. Quicksand
5. Valentine
6. Just Right
7. How It Was Supposed To Be
8. I-R-I-N-A
9. Out Of The Blue
10. Shouldn't Have To Wait
11. Wannna Be Good
12. Gibberish

Young Modern (2007) Silverchair

With 2007's YOUNG MODERN, Australian trio Silverchair move still further away from the derivative grunge sound that typified their early releases. The band's fifth studio album is remarkably ambitious, not least for its impressive roster of sonic architects and collaborators. Producer Nick Launay (Talking Heads), mixer David Botrill (Tool), and legendary arranger Van Dyke Parks all lend their talents to YOUNG MODERN's landscape.
There's not a trace of the band's once prominent guitar-heavy sludge, and even the opening rocker, "Young Modern Station," bounces along with a pop glee. "Straight Lines" soars with melodic, heady bliss, while "If You Keep Losing Sleep" plays like a compressed song cycle. It may be Parks's influence, but the ghost of the Beach Boys floats through the album's falsetto singing and dreamy tunes. Closer to XTC than Nirvana, Silverchair take a significant stride forward with this release.

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Track Listing
1. Young Modern Station
2. Straight Lines
3. If You Keep Losing Sleep
4. Reflections of a Sound
5. Those Thieving Birds (Part 1) / Strange Behaviour / Those Thieving Birds (Part 2) - (Part 1)
6. Man That Knew Too Much, The
7. Waiting All Day - (Part 2)
8. Mind Reader
9. Low
10. Insomnia
11. All Across the World

Arista Heritage Series: Phyllis Hyman (1999) Phyllis Hyman

Greatest hits collection from 80s R&B legend showcasing her Arista records years.

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Track Listing
1. Betcha by Golly, Wow
2. Somewhere in My Lifetime
3. Kiss You All Over
4. But I Love You
5. Complete Me
6. Just Twenty-Five Miles to Anywhere
7. You Know How to Love Me
8. Just Another Face in the Crowd
9. Can't We Fall in Love Again
10. Your Move, My Heart
11. Riding the Tiger

Greatest Hits (2001) Alice In Chains

MIA for the latter half of the '90s and into the new millennium, Alice In Chains added GREATEST HITS to the list of seemingly posthumous releases in a canon whose last studio album was a 1995 self-titled release. This bare-bones 10-song sampler does serve as a quick overview for neophytes interested in one of the seminal bands to emerge from a generation of grunge bands including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden. Between Jerry Cantrell's thick, sludgy riffs and Layne Staley's primal howl, AIC had the market cornered on nihilism.
Four cuts on this compilation come from the band's 1991 masterpiece DIRT and serve as a centerpiece, the most compelling being the harrowing "Rooster" (a tribute to Cantrell's Vietnam vet dad), the hypnotic isolationism of "Them Bones," and the plodding despondency of "Angry Chair." Elsewhere, AIC throws some curves with "I Stay Away" (featuring lush orchestration that gilds this dark lily) and the unexpectedly tender 1995 cut "Heaven Beside You." For those with a casual interest in Alice In Chains, GREATEST HITS will work well. Hardcore fans are directed to the more generous NOTHING SAFE: THE BEST OF THE BOX.

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Track Listing
1. Man in the Box
2. Them Bones
3. Rooster
4. Angry Chair
5. Would?
6. No Excuses
7. I Stay Away
8. Grind
9. Heaven Beside You
10. Again

Confessions Of A Shopaholic (2009) Soundtrack

For the soundtrack to the 2009 retail-obsessed comedy CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC, the filmmakers assembled a collection of accessible pop tunes. Among the many consumer-related tunes on the album are Lady GaGa's sassy "Fashion" (not to be confused with David Bowie's classic single) and the enthusiastically materialistic "Big Spender" by former Cheetah Girl Adrienne Bailon.

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Track Listing
1. Accessory - Jordyn Taylor
2. Fashion - Lady Gaga
3. Blue Jeans - Jessie James
4. Uncontrollable - Adrienne Bailon
5. Calling You - Kat DeLuna
6. Stuck With Each Other - Shontelle - (featuring Akon)
7. Unstoppable - Kat DeLuna
8. Big Spender - Adrienne Bailon
9. Bad Girl - Pussycat Dolls
10. Again - Natasha Bedingfield
11. Takes Time To Love - Trey Songz
12. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Greg Laswell
13. Don't Forget Me - Macy Gray
14. Shopaholic Suite - James Newton Howard