10 Songs: Thursday, January 8th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | January 8, 2015

Two Cents – Alysha Umphrees – A nice little dis cabaret track, “I’m betting your two cents makes no sense at all” is the punchline. The piano sounds like it escaped from Diana Krall’s All For You – B+

Be Here Now: First Reviews Of New Albums For The Week Of January 5th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | January 6, 2015

The Planet – Young Ejecta – electronic pop singer songwriter dream stuff and really pretty, “Into Your Heart” lives up to its name and the other songs are like dreamlike states of intense beauty. The duo responsible dubbed Ejecta an “embodiment of universal longing and loss”. Sure, if they want- ALBUM OF THE WEEK B+

10 Songs: Tuesday, January 6th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | January 6, 2015

Lifestyle – Rich Gang, Young Thug – This is the Young Money crew, including break out rapper Young Thug, with a really great rap, please an autotuned singer, plus an excellent two note piano sample, “I got sisters and brothers to feed” is the excuse, but the bottom line remains a very expensive way of living- A-

UK Top 10 Albums 1-10-15

By Iman Lababedi | January 5, 2015

Ezra is guy who gave us “Budapest” and “Cassy O” though a full album of the suckers is pushing it a bit but otherwise i remain with the same question: why the assumption people stop buying music the last two weeks and first two weeks of a new year. It seems to me that anybody with half a brain and a big enough fanbase would ONLY RELEASE MUSIC around this time. It isn’t 1987, people don’t have to leave their couch to buy an album.

UK Top 10 Singles 1-10-15

By Iman Lababedi | January 5, 2015

something of a holding pattern though the more I hear the Ronson-Mars collab the more it sounds like a major rip off, I guess it might be considered something like the way “Let’s Dance” ripped off “Twist And Shout” but all of it is a 70s rip off with James Brown on top. It’s OK but really, are we at the place where we need James Brown interpreted for us?

10 Songs: Monday, January 5th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | January 5, 2015

Confessions Of A MILF – Viv Albertine – Off the how did I miss that The vermillion Booker, the former Slit current author of the brilliantly named “Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys” utobigraphy, this is a catchy smart little nursery rhyme with a kicker: “there’s no place like home” – B+

The A+ List: 1-4-15

By Iman Lababedi | January 4, 2015

English to its very bone, the humor is drier than drier, it bends to the inevitable with a “pathetic” chorus: “I’ll be tickled to death to go”. Ouch? Compare it to George M. Cohan’s 1917 “Over There” and the difference is the US optimism versus the UK’s fatalism.

10 Songs: Sunday, January 4th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | January 4, 2015

Play “God Only Knows” At My Funeral – Fireworks – Another song that can’t and doesn’t live up to its name but having said that, it is about the next big thing. I was planning on calling Fireworks a band to watch for in 2015. If I forgot to mention it before… Fireworks is a band to watch for in 2015 – A

10 Songs: Saturday, January 3rd, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | January 3, 2015

1Train – A$AP Rocky – We all need a sap in our lives and this terrific ode to newfound wealth is still so close to the poverty line it has the ring of truth gangsta yarns can miss out on. Plus if you’ve ever had a ride on the train in question you might wonder if you’d stepped back to 1975 – A

10 Songs: Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | January 2, 2015

“People would always ask, “Hey play that song about the wishing well or whatever it’s called!”… I vaguely recall my wonderful aunt mentioning that we finally had written a song she liked. So if you’re in the market for a family-friendly Screaming Females song, this is your chance”

Best Songs Of 2014

By Iman Lababedi | January 1, 2015

752 songs I like enough, say “B+” and better, to include on this list though only the top 40 is in order of preference. I know it looks like a lot but think of it this way, with an average of 12 songs on album that is the equivalent of 62 albums so not incredible.

US Top 10 Singles 1-10-15

By Iman Lababedi | January 1, 2015

If it wasn’t for the desperate sexism of it all, the singles charts might be dubbed the year of the woman. But really, why should we single em out? Would that then make 2015 the year of the man? So on and so forth? But let’s be honest, that’s the way society judges it. Being female has its perks, and one is they get kudos for doing stuff men take for granted

US Top 10 Albums 1-10-15

By Iman Lababedi | January 1, 2015

I feel about Taylor Swift in 2014 exactly how I felt about the Yanks in 1999, you knew they were unbeatable and you knew you weren’t rooting for the underdog or anything, but they are still your team and you love em!

10 Songs: Wednesday, January 1st, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | January 1, 2015

Take U There – JackU, Kleisa – This is Skrillex and Diplo’s remix and it is strong stuff. A pretty good track becomes a towering dubstep act of delayed gratification – B+