Category: Music

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Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Birth of Rock and Roll Music

Billboard magazine – and their accompanying music charts—have been the defining music industry trade magazine since 1894. Any musician who believes they have made look at the Billboard charts for recognition in the music business. Of the top ten albums on the Billboard Rock Albums chart as of August 2012, we see bands like Pierce the Veil, Linkin Park, HellYeah, The Lumineers, Shinedown, fun., Tremonti, Baroness, Gotye, and Of Monsters and Men. None of these artists are or contain African American members, which shows a huge gap between the birth of rock and roll in the 1950s to today. When…

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Top 10 Albums That Inspired Me

This was a meme a while back. These are the albums that had an impact on and/or influenced me over the years. I kind of wanted to build on why I chose them as the original meme didn't allow you to explain yourself. Unforgettable with Love I've written in the past about how much this album means to me. I love this album so much. It's a part of the very fiber of my being. No Strings Attached I'm not going to lie. *NSYNC literally saved my life. I was in a very dark place when "I Want You Back"…

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Cover Me!

My favorite covers of songs made popular by other artists. "After the Love Has Gone" - Jay R"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - Dionne Bromfield featuring Zalon"Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" - Spice Girls featuring Luther Vandross"American Woman" - Lenny Kravitz"Baby I'm Yours" - Arctic Monkeys"Betcha, By Golly Wow" - Sugababes"Cupid" - Amy Winehouse"Jolene" - Sophie Ellis-Bextor"She's Out of My Life" - 98 Degrees"So Sick" - Fall Out Boy"Sound and Vision" - Franz Ferdinand"Sukiyaki" - 4PM"Teenage Dirtbag" - Girls Aloud"You Got It All" - Britney Spears"You Know I'm No Good" - Arctic Monkeys

Artwork from the Song Diaries era

The Song Diaries by Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Of all the pop girls that I've listened to from the U.K., she has consistently put out high-quality music since she went solo from her band, theaudience, in 2001. Hit after hit. My favorite song of hers is If You Go from the "Trip the Light Fantastic" album. It's sonic perfection. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFZTXX0wfYs There isn't anything that she's put on her albums - and I'm talking deep cuts like Let's Get Physical - that haven't found a space in the jukebox of my heart. That's how much I love her. Just as I was going through serious withdrawal after the release…

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seven sins mixtape

Seven Sins of the Sisters: The Companion Mixtape

The mixtape I made for Seven Sins of the Sisters. The Fallen by Franz Ferdinand20 Dollar by M.I.A.Overrated by Siobhan DonaghyWonderwall by OasisMixed Up World by Sophie Ellis-BextorMy Song by Mutya BuenaIf I Ruled the World by Nas featuring Lauryn HillHuman by The KillersPoster of a Girl by MetricDown and Out (Piano Rendition) by The Academy Is... featuring Sheldon MillerOh My God by Mark Ronson featuring Lily AllenInvincible [HAARP Version] by MuseBonus Track: Mixtape by Butch Walker

end of the year mixtape for 2012 featuring roisin murphy

The Year of Living Dangerously

2012 was a very strange year for me. I had high hopes, but there were several events that made it a very trying year for me. As part of my annual end-of-year wrap-up, these are the top ten tracks of 2012 for me. I think the tracks say a lot about my state of mind, and how the year ended up for me. ABC by The Jackson 5Ghetto Baby by CherylBetcha By Golly Wow! by SugababesPrimitive by Róisín MurphyBarely Breathing by Duncan SheikBeat of My Drum by Nicola RobertsA Love Bizarre (Edit) by Sheila E.Pandora by Róisín MurphyMemory of You…

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Little Lady Love: Music from and Inspired by The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

The official soundtrack for Little Lady Love: A Moving Storyboard. "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)" by Florence + The Machine"Dreamboat Annie" by Heart"The Earth Shook the Devil's Hand" by Sophie Ellis-Bextor"Together) by The Raconteurs"With Every Heartbeat" by Robyn"Take a Bow" by Muse"Everything is Everything" by Phoenix"Little Lady Love (About 2 Remix)" by Sugababes

2013 mixtape

A Swimming Pool to Remember

My end of the year mixtape, which was culled from my "Top Track of 2013" list on last.fm. Lay Down in Swimming Pools by Mutya Keisha SiobhanA Belle to Remember by Hayley KiyokoPrimitive by Róisín MurphyCabaret (featuring Drake) by Justin TimberlakeOn the Metro by Girls AloudSomething New by Girls AloudBeat of My Drum by Nicola RobertsUnder the Sun by CherylLove Will Tell Us Where to Go by Bridgit MendlerGhetto Baby by CherylBlurred Lines (featuring T.I. & Pharrell) by Robin ThickeToo Close by Alex ClareHurricane by Bridgit MendlerGraffiti My Soul (Ten Version) by Girls AloudDiamond Rings (featuring Emeli Sandé) by Chipmunk

Stars in Concert

Stars in Concert (Boulevard Theater)

Vegas is never short on entertainment. We boast some of the most diverse types of entertainment: musicals, Cirque du Soleil, magic, and so forth. One that sticks out to me is impersonator shows, or even shows co-opt another style, like Human Nature or Rock of Ages. My friend and her husband invited me to a show at the Boulevard Theater called Stars in Concert. It was an impersonator show. They featured Elton John, Dolly Parton, Michael Jackson, Elvis, and a send-up of the Blues Brothers. I thought their Michael Jackson could've done better vocally (and makeup-wise), but altogether not too…

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Crossroads

Saying goodbye to 2014 with my annual end-of-the-year mixtape. G.U.Y. by Lady GagaCabaret (featuring Drake) by Justin TimberlakeLay Down in Swimming Pools by Mutya Keisha SiobhanBarely Standing (featuring Datsik & Sabi) by DiploGust of Wind by Pharrell WilliamsLove Will Tell Us Where to Go by Bridgit MendlerExpress Yourself (featuring Nicky Da B) by DiploOn the Metro by Girls AloudSomething New by Girls AloudPrimitive by Róisín MurphyGush by Pharrell WilliamsCaught in a Moment by Mutya Keisha SiobhanWondaland by Janelle MonáeBlack City Parade by IndochineDon’t Hold the Wall by Justin Timberlake

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The Long and Winding Road: A Global Wanderlust Mix

When I built this mixtape, I challenged my followers on Twitter to inspire it. We agreed on the theme of traveling and wanderlust. Enjoy! it's a small world For obvious reasons, this is the best opener for a mixtape about global wanderlust. We become cynical about the themes as soon as it invades our ears. The idea behind is archaic and dated. But the spirit of the song will always ring true, from 8 months to 108 years. Besides Kris told me to open the mix with it lol. We Gotta Get Out of This Place - The Animals "Now…

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