Jam of the Day- 1991- Azealia Banks

Been meaning to designate “1991” as Jam of the Day for a while now, but never quite got around to doing it… until now. This is my go to song while running. I love Azealia’s quick flow over the up tempo beat.  This is the perfect track to get my heart pumping and my legs racing.


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February 11, 2013 · 10:04 pm

Marvin Wladis (March 28, 1921 – January 22, 2013)

R.I.P. Marvin Wladis (March 28, 1921 - January 22, 2013)

Today the world lost a great man, my grandfather, Marvin Wladis. Marshu (as we affectionately called him) enjoyed 91 beautiful years of life and 65 blissful years of marriage to his wife, Rosalyn (or, Rozzie, as we fondly call her). He raised four loving children and endeared himself to twelve grandchildren.

In order to commemorate Marshu, I would like to dedicate a song to him. While I could have picked any number of sad songs, I instead decided to go with “Fallen” by Lauren Wood.

Why this whimsical one-hit wonder you ask?

Because Marshu had a not-so-guilty love of the Julia Robert’s movie, “Pretty Woman,” from which this song appeared. Every time I hear this song it makes me think of Marshu and chuckle… and that’s the way he would have wanted it.

So to Marshu, I dedicate this song to you; I hope you’re listening. May you rest in peace.

Love always,


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January 22, 2013 · 8:37 pm

Jam of the Day: Human Nature- Vijay Iyer Trio

This version of the Michael Jackson classic, “Human Nature”, just puts me in a good mood. Love it.

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January 18, 2013 · 6:27 pm

New Year’s Resolution

2012 was a hectic year filled with ups and downs for me.  One that, unfortunately, saw my music listening/exploring dwindle significantly (a major bummer).

But an entire year without a single album review or post?


My New Year’s Resolution: Listen to more.  Explore more.  Write more.

So long, 2012.  I leave you with one of my favorite things…

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20/11: The 20 Songs and 11 Albums that Mattered in 2011 (According to Yours Truly)

The 11 Albums of 2011

1. Destroyer- Kaputt

2.  James Blake- James Blake

3.  Fleet Foxes- Helplessness Blues

4.  Thundercat- The Golden Age of Apocalypse

5.  Real Estate- Days

6.  St. Vincent- Strange Mercy

7.  Bon Iver- Bon Iver

8.  Atlas Sound- Parallax

9.  Childish Gambino- Camp

10.  Yuck- Yuck

11.  Kurt Vile- Smoke Ring For My Halo

The 20 Songs of 2011

1.  “Bay of Pigs (Detail)”- Destroyer

2.  “Unluck”- James Blake

3.  “Bedouin Dress”- Fleet Foxes

4.  “Over My Dead Body”- Drake

5.  “Terra Incognita”- Atlas Sound

6.  “In My Time”- Kurt Vile

7.  “It’s Real”- Real Estate

8.  “What You Need”- The Weeknd

9.  “Yonkers”- Tyler, the Creator

10.  “Surgeon”- St. Vincent

11.  “Party”- Beyonce

12. “Where Are You”- J Mascis

13.  “My Ma”- Girls

14. “Separator”- Radiohead

15.  “Sunrise”- Childish Gambino

16.  “Daniel”- Twin Sister

17.  “How I Know”- Toro Y Moi

18.  “Is It Love?”- Thundercat

19.  “The Noose of Jah City”- King Krule

20.  “Midnight City”- M83

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Jam of the Day: How I Know- Toro Y Moi

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Jam of the Day: Lotus Flower- Radiohead

I haven’t listened to King of Limbs yet and I’ve only heard “Lotus Flower” twice now, but because it’s Radiohead I’m giving it Jam of the Day status on principle.


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