Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Best albums of 2013 according to Lady Sprinkles.

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

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I’ve had a number of people ask me what my favorite albums were in 2013. I debated if I should make a list because I wasn’t sure if I listened to enough new albums to even make a list. Once I realized there were a few amazing albums that took place that needed to be showcased, I started compiling the awesome. My hope for this list is that is shares some albums you guys may have missed or might want to give a second (or millionth) listen to. I was going to write a brief summary on each album but Holly Danger gave me the brilliant idea of coming up with a single phrase that sums up the entire album. I have included my phrase with each album, so forgive me for exercising my creative/insane freedom. Without further adieu, here is my top 20 albums of 2013:

20. David Bowie – The Next Day Extra

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Phrase to sum up this album: “Old man still got it, in and out of his pants.”

19.Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away

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Phrase to sum up this album: “Fantastically dark.”

18. Sigur Rós – Kveikur

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Phrase to sum up this album: “Radiohead of the future.”

17. Deerhunter – Monomania

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Phrase to sum up this album: “I feel like I should be working under the hood of an old car.”

16. Nine Inch Nails -Hesitation Marks

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Phrase to sum up this album: “Am I supposed to be thrusting this hard?!”

15. Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady

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Phrase to sum up this album: “Proved you can never have enough funk.”

14. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience

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Phrase to sum up this album: “JT always being good at everything while wearing a bowtie.”

13. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

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Phrase to sum up this album: “Bad Boy gingers forever!”

12. Bad Rabbits – American Love

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Phrase to sum up this album: “So proud.”

11. Drake – Nothing Was the Same

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Phrase to sum up this album: “If Degrassi is Drake’s bottom, sign me up!”

10. Lady Gaga- Artpop

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Phrase to sum up this album: “Pretend to be a drag queen in your undies. It’s accepted and encouraged.”

9. HAIM- Days Are Gone

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Phrase to sum up this album: “Because my life didn’t seem enough like the plot of a “Girls” episode.”

8. Twenty One Pilots- Vessel

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Phrase to sum up this album: “If you liked “Panic!At the Disco” but needed something a little more serious.”

7. Arcade Fire- Reflektor

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Phrase to sum up this album: “What I like to imagine floating in space would sound like.”

6. The Neighbourhood- I Love You

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Phrase to sum up this album: “Sexy man voices for the win.”

5. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

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Phrase to sum up this album: “It’s about damn time!”

4.Jay Z- Magna Carta Holy Grail

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Phrase to sum up this album: “Proving I can still look like a gansta while wearing unicorn footy PJs.”

3. Arctic Monkeys- AM

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Phrase to sum up this album: “It’s acceptable to listen to an album on repeat for 5 hours right?”

2. Childish Gambino – Because the Internet

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Phrase to sum up this album: “Did I just get blerd pregnant?”

1. Coheed and Cambria – The Afterman: Descension

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Phrase to sum up this album: “Epic space battle, bro!”

Since I’ve made this list, Beyonce had to go and be awesome and release a visual album in which I purchased right away. I am going to give the album an honorable mention because it’s pretty fantastic and stunning. If you haven’t done so, you should definitely check it out.

I also have included a playlist with one song from each album mentioned in my top 20. Give it a listen and see if you agree with my summary phrase or think I am completely nuts. Try to come up with some of your own as well. I would love to hear what you guys think.

Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya

From Bikes to Boobs.

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

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Hey party monsters!

I’m sure by now we are all familiar with the song of the summer “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. It’s infectious, dance-worthy and has a rather controversial NSFW video. In my opinion, the song is all the makings of a proper party starter. I dig it. What a lot of folks don’t know or remember is where this smooth and charming R&B singer first began.

To this day, one of the most brilliant R&B albums to have happened in my life is Thicke’s “A Beautiful World” album. The album is full of catchy songs and had a debut single/video of Thicke pretending to be a bike messenger and riding through the streets of Manhattan. He had a sweet Jesus mane and was dancing about all over the place. This was the Thicke I had grown to know and fall in love with.

Now, let’s fast forward 10 years into the future and he is still full of soul and talent. His 6th studio album “Blurred Lines” dropped on July 30th. Thicke is getting all of the attention he deserves for being sexy, smooth, and wonderful. This man literally went from bikes to bare boobs being featured in his videos. I am a “Thicke” hipster but I can’t help but shake my bum every time “Blurred Lines” is played anywhere. Well played, Robin, well played!

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Have you listened to all of “Blurred Lines” yet? What do you think? Has it been the soundtrack to your summer parties? If not, there is still some summer left. Make it work!

Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya

R&B and Hip-Hop Rock Fusions of the ’90s.

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of old mix CDs that i’ve kept from over the years. It reminds me of songs that were my jam back in the day while also reminding me of my embarrassing guilty pleasures. While listening to one of these nostalgic compact discs, a very oh so familiar tune played and I nearly died. It was the hard hittin’ hip-hop/rock fusion known as the “It’s All About the Benjamins” Rock Remix. I was completely ALL about this remix. It made rock cool to the other brown kids at school that made fun of me for listening to Black Sabbath and Bush.

My first memory of any sort of hip-hop/rock fusion was actually, RUN-DMC’s “Walk This Way” video. My 2 year old child brain couldn’t handle how awesome it was. I remember dancing to it and having the feeling of “It’s going to be so cool when I am a grown up and I have rap/rock battles!” You watch this video and you tell me it’s not STILL one of the coolest things you’ve ever seen.

“It’s All About the Benjamins” Rock Remix definitely tried to bring that kick ass fusion element and I respect Diddy for that. Even some R&B musicians attempted at rocking out in their remixes. Not many people remember the greatness of the “Fix” by Blackstreet remix. It was so ace!

First of all, please note how HOT Slash is (and always is) in this video. Second of all, if you had Ol’ Dirty Bastard involved in your remix it instantly made it a hit (R.I.P. ODB, you were the perfect weirdo).

Why aren’t these hip-hop and R&B fusions popular anymore? I feel like they have the element of being great party starter music but they don’t seem to become a trend. How do you feel about these musical fusions?

Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya

My no shame top 5 boy band list.

Monday, May 20th, 2013

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Artwork by Bobby Rubio

The other day I was talking to my teenage niece about how they don’t make boy bands like they used to. She looked at me like I was completely insane and I started looking up video evidence of this on youtube. She insisted that I was insane and that One Direction is “everything”. Maybe actually enjoying a boy band has something to do with your ears being young and impressionable. You can’t tell me that the boy bands of the late ’80s into my teen years of the early 2000’s weren’t the complete shit.

Because I have zero shame, I decided it would be best to unleash my top 5 favorite boy bands. I refuse to believe that you haven’t enjoyed at least a couple of these boy bands in one way shape or form at some point in your life.

5. New Kids on the Block

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NKOTB started the boy band craze for a lot of us born in the ’80s. I had everything from NKOTB t-shirts, stickers, even bed sheets. I developed a crush on each of these boys at the age of 3 1/2. Apparently, in my toddler brain there was something fantastic about these choreographed boys. As I got older, I was exposed to more music and grew out of NKOTB before a lot of my other friends but I like to think this is where my synthetically formed musical group obsession began.

4. Backstreet Boys

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I have always been on the fence with Backstreet Boys. I didn’t think they were really anything wonderful until this happened…

It’s still impossible for me not to sing along to this song and dance around. I don’t know where they were coming “back” from but it didn’t matter. After this jam, they had a few other songs here and there that I was into as a pre-teen but nothing that really changed my life or made me actually want to go see them in concert or anything. Nevertheless, they were a big part of me bustin’ a move at school dances and in my bedroom. I feel like they were decent enough to earn a spot in my top 5.

3.  5ive

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I used to feel like the only person in the world that was obsessed with 5ive. I remember my mother would special order some of their VHS tapes and Special Edition CDs from the UK to feed my obsession. I honestly don’t think they got the credit they deserved. They had all the fine makings of a boy band AND accents. A pre-teen American girl couldn’t have asked for more. I used to even take part in some of their fan fictions online in true nerd fashion.

I was just doing some research on what happened to them and apparently they tried to make a comeback in 2006-2007 and failed. It looks like they are trying to give it a go again and hopefully it all works out for them. In case you have no idea who these guys are, here is their most popular song…

2. * N S Y N C

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I don’t care what anyone says, male or female, you know all of the words to at least one *NSYNC song. I feel that *NSYNC was the best of all of the boy bands during the reign of boy bandom. Thank goodness for the New Mickey Mouse Club because I feel like the forming of *NSYNC would have never happened if it wasn’t for that show. I am not sure if *NSYNC will ever be a thing again due to Timberlake world domination, but it doesn’t matter because *NSYNC will forever hold a special place in my heart.

1. 2Gether

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Before you say anything…2Gether totally counts as a boy band. Most boy bands were manufactured, styled, and put together in a rapid manner and this is exactly what 2Gether was. They were a wonderful parody of pop infused boys and I personally couldn’t get enough of them. 2Gether was originally introduced to the world as a MTV original movie which then became a series. Sadly, Michael Cuccione passed away during 2Gether takeover but there are rumors that there will be some form of reunion for this comedic pop group. I suppose we will all have to wait and see. Because I am sure you all need this in your life right now, here is the reason why we love 2Gether…

These were the boy bands that were a big part of my childhood into my teenage years. Who were some of your favorites? Were you team Backstreet Boys or team *NSYNC? Have no shame, embrace your boy band love!

Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya

Top Ten ’90s Female Alt-Rock Songs That Rocked My World

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

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I love to think back on life during the late ’80s and ’90s. I feel like the movies, music, and shows of the ’90s are a big part of who I am. ’90s pop culture form me into this fabulous crazy lady I am today. After meeting Courtney Love last Friday, I have been listening to a ton of female Alt-Rock from the ’90s. I have been dancing in my underwear and singing into brushes all week. I couldn’t help but realize that some of these songs helped shaped my womanhood. With all of this said, I made a “Top Ten ’90s Female Alt-Rock Songs That Rocked My World” list. So put on a flannel shirt and take a walk down ’90s memory lane with me.

10. Alanis Morissette, “You Oughta Know”

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Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” album came out in 1995 and it was hard hittin’! “You Oughta Know” was the first single off of this album and man did it teach us young ladies a hell of a lesson. It taught us the feeling that we didn’t know we were going to have the first time we saw and ex with his new lady. It’s like, you’ve always wanted a way to express that feeling and Alanis did it with a brilliant single.

9. Garbage, “I’m Only Happy When It Rains”

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Garbage released this song as their third single on their self-titled debut studio album. This song was my emotional pain anthem. Shirley Manson sang about getting used to being emo but embracing and accepting it. It was a pretty powerful song for my young ass to be dancing around to but I am happy it happened.

8. Fiona Apple, “Criminal”

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When this video would come on, I was always hypnotized. At the time, Fiona was 19, full of soul and beyond her years. “Criminal” was the third single off of her album Tidal. The song is about using your sexuality to get what you desire but feeling bad about doing so. Yeah, we listened to some deep chick rock in the ’90s.

7. The Breeders, “Cannonball”

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When I discovered The Breeders it was one of those young kid “bad ass” moments. I was up way later than I should have been and the video for Cannonball” came on MTV and I instantly turned into a huge music snob. It was love at first listen/watch.

6. Hole, “Violet”

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Courtney Love makes me want to walk around in vintage dresses, with a flask and combat boots. This song would come on and I instantly would feel like I was a rock and roll Goddess. Violet is timeless. My mother never was a fan of Hole or the fact that Courtney Love always appeared to be a hot mess but this didn’t stop me from jumping on the sofa to this jam.

5. Veruca Salt, “Volcano Girls”

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Veruca Salt made it okay to be whiny with this one. “Volcano Girls” was released as a single on their album “Eight Arms to Hold You”. My favorite memory of this song was used in the beginning of the film “Jawbreaker” which is one of my favorites. It was perfect for the intro to such a dark and twisted comedy.

4. The Cranberries, “Zombie”

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I am pretty sure I try to hum along to most The Cranberries songs but this one is just fun. I think everyone howls along once the chorus comes in…”Zombie, zombie, zombie! Hey, hey, hey, hey, oh, dou, dou, dou, dou, dou…” It is so ’90s and so perfect. This song has been on heavy rotation all week.

3. No Doubt, “Just a Girl”

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Men and women alike can not resist the powers of No Doubt’s perky ska infused rock jam “Just a Girl”. This neo-feminist song was way more than just another novelty item. The video was so vibrant and Gwen made her mark as a style icon. I watched the video earlier this week since I haven’t seen it in years and I had to watch it two times in a row. So good!

2. Bjork, “It’s Oh So Quiet”

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Aside from the song being catchy and wonderful, this has to be one of the most memorable music videos ever made. It starts with Bjork coming out of a dirty bathroom in an auto shop and then all dancing/singing hell breaks loose. It was a modern day musical of a music video and we all loved it. Bjork has the gift of making something quirky and weird but not over doing it to where people wouldn’t understand. This video completely suits her style.

1. Tracy Bonham, “Mother Mother”

For some reason everyone I know forgets about this song. It’s sad because it’s so so good. Tracy Bonham’s “Mother Mother” stood out among the angry girl female rock of the ’90s. The song is in the format of a manic phone call to her mother to check in. The concept of the video is fucking fantastic. I had to include the actual video so you can look for yourself and remember the greatness. Please take note of her OCD mother. I can appreciate a clean house but gosh! I am rather sure if I would have called my mother with an update like this my mother would have probably called the police.

The ’90s were full of songs that spoke to us and shaped our brains I am going to take a moment to be old and say “They don’t make music like they used to”.

Stay sexy Gotham!

latanya