Music

Spice Up Your Life

If you’ve been living under a rock, the Spice Girls have reunited! Well, at first, they were saying it was just about bringing girl power back, because Lord knows we need it. Now, they’re saying they’re either releasing new music, or touring their greatest hits. Or both. I, for one, am excited beyond measure. I missed their last reunion tour, and Heaven help me, I refuse to miss it this time around. If it’s true. To celebrate, I built up a playlist of my favorite Spice Girls songs. Click the album titles to purchase from Amazon. Wannabe, from Spice: obviously. Say You’ll Be There, from Spice: this was a tune when I heard back in the day. It still plays well today. And that video? Classic! If You Can’t Dance, from Spice: the Digital Underground sample was insane to me! And the rapping in Spanish by Geri “Ginger Spice” was…

Best Year Ever 2017: Mixtape

I’m ending 2017 strong, and today, it’s my end of the year mixtape to close out what has ostensibly been a very weird year. The songs were pulled from my last.fm profile. In case you’re just joining us, the Best Year Ever mixtape is a nine year tradition. I went back and tagged my previous mixtapes under “bestyearever” to track the posts better. It’s been so much fun to look back at what I listened to over the years. This year was a bit off, as a lot of my data was lost towards the end of summer, because iTunes and my last.fm desktop app weren’t syncing properly. So, I used my most played for the past 90 days instead, which I think is far more indicative of the year I had. I feel like the first six months were just a blur of anxiety that I’d rather forget. But…

Trouble in Paradise by La Roux

Tuneful Tuesdays are my chance to gush about music in the form of concert reviews, mixtapes, and recommendations. This is La Roux’s sophomore album, released a little over 3 years ago, last month. I was prepping for grad school, and was starved for new La Roux music. I had kept up with the trials and tribulations that Elly and Ben had suffered through to get this album made, and knew it would be worth the wait. However, their problems became indicative of every band with a popular d├ębut: egregious display of the inevitable sophomore slump. But Trouble in Paradise shows no slump at all. It’s solid, through and through. Compared to their self-titled, I prefer the laid back, breezy, sexy vibe that Elly was shooting for with this LP. I think she nailed it. It’s the perfect summer record. When you listen during the colder months, it’ll put you in…

Lust for Life by Lana Del Rey featuring the Weeknd

I’m not a total stan for Lana but I have always enjoyed her aesthetic. I have to be in a certain mood for her. Artistically, I completely get her. I love that loaded glittery American dream of Hollywood, femininity, sex, money and power. Sonically, Born to Die is a fantastic piece of pop art. She made a thematic artistic statement and stuck to it. It felt like a concept album, which is unusual for debut albums. It was so left field from what was out there in 2012. “West Coast” was such a great first single from Ultraviolence , but I wasn’t a big fan of that era. Talk about left field. And I love the Black Keys! Honeymoon felt like a natural progression from Born to Die, and I think that was the point. But I am LIVING for this Lust for Life era. “Love” was mad decent and…

Better Than Today by Kylie Minogue

Tuneful Tuesdays are my weekly song recommendations of the moment. But don’t expect the latest, hottest thing. A lot of it will be classics and throwbacks from the extensive jukebox in my head. Today’s track is “Better Than Today” by Kylie, from her eleventh studio album, Aphrodite. I’m a little shocked the Aphrodite era didn’t land as well as it should have. I felt like there was a great big push for “All the Lovers” (to me, it sounded like the Killers’ “Human”, an apt description because Stuart Price produced both songs). The rest of the singles from Aphrodite sputtered and died on impact. I went back and read the press from that era, and even Kylie feels let down. Aphrodite is a solid pop record. When I first heard “Better Than Today,” I heard a tune. It’s the perfect pick-me-up song. No one else in the world could pull…

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