Music

We Lost Davy Jones Today: Why He Will Be Missed

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February 29, 2012
Davy Jones of The Monkees Dies at 66

By Kenneth E. Oquist Well known for being full of boundless energy and being full of life, the entertainment world has lost a dear friend. Performing as recent as last week, Davey Jones died of a massive heart attack this morning. He was 66. I saw him live in concert as part of The...
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Lambchop – Mr. M: A Review

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February 21, 2012
Lambchop - Mr. M

If unusual, laid back music is your thing, you should give Lambchop’s latest release ‘Mr.M’ a listen — and their entire catalog for that matter. They remind me somewhat of the duo Mark-Almond. They also have some strong bass for such mellow tunes. “If Not I’ll Just Die” is a string soaked orchestral ditty...
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54th Annual Grammy Award Winners

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February 13, 2012
Adele Wins Grammys

By Kenneth E. Oquist Tony Bennett won for Pop Vocal Traditional and Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse for Pop Vocal Duo/Group also won. This is not a huge surprise. Allison Krause won for Bluegrass and Steve Martin did not. Weird Al Yankovic lost to “Hilarious” by Louis C.K..I guess he wasn’t funny enoughfor Best Comedy Album. Wilco...
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54th Annual Grammy Awards — CBS, February 12th, 2012

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February 12, 2012
Grammy Awards

It is time for music’s biggest night. This is the only awards show I pay attention to. If you are interested in many offbeat awards, you can monitor the lesser winners on the grammy.com website as it happens. I think Adele will do well and Lady Gaga will not. Look for Song of the...
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Pop Icon Whitney Houston Dead at 48

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February 11, 2012
Whitney Houston - Dead

By Demian Russian Pop icon Whitney Houston died today, February, 11th, 2012, in Los Angeles at the age of 48. Her publicist Kristen Foster confirmed the singers death moments ago. Houston was expected to perform this evening at the annual pre-Grammy party held at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California by her...
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Van Halen – A Different Kind of Truth: A Review

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February 11, 2012
Van Halen - A Different Kind of Truth

David Lee Roth is back in the line up on Van Halen’s new release A Different Kind of Truth, and this rocks! Some people don’t know what to think about the song “Tattoo”. It sounds like Van Halen to me. It will sneak up on you. “She’s the Woman” is a great rockin’ tune —...
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Ringo Starr – ‘Ringo 2012′: A Review

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February 10, 2012
Ringo Starr

By Kenneth E. Oquist Once you get over the fact this is under thirty minutes, you will like Ringo Starr’s new release Ringo 2012. “Step Lightly” is redone very well here. From Ringo (1973), this was the b-side of “Oh My My”. The beat had a lilt to it. It’s done quite a bit different...
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Acoustic Research AWD205 2.4 Ghz Wireless Headphones: A Review

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February 3, 2012
Acoustic Research AWD205 2.4 Ghz Wireless Headphones

The only downside to Acoustic Research’s AWD205 2.4 Ghz Wireless Headphones is that the base has to be plugged in. The AWD205 headphones are light and features a generously long 3.5 mm plug for the music source. The range is 150 feet, and not an exaggeration. The phones are light and generously padded for their...
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Tim McGraw – ‘Emotional Traffic’: A Review

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January 30, 2012
Tim McGraw - Emotional Traffic

Missing the big Christmas music blast wasn’t a bad thing for Tim McGraw. With big name releases being few and far between early in the year, his new release ‘Emotional Traffic’ really stands out. I liked the title of this right away. “Felt Good on My Lips” has an interesting alternative guitar sound. One...
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Preview: Bruce Springsteen’s 17th Studio Album ‘Wrecking Ball’

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January 29, 2012
Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

Song titles for the March 6th, 2012 release of Bruce Springsteen’s 17th studio album ‘Wrecking Ball’ are the new single “We Take Care of Our Own”, which sounds haunting — like a song from Springtsteen’s earlier releases ‘Born to Run’ or ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’. After hearing this, I can say I...
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Lacuna Coil – ‘Dark Adrenaline’: A Review

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January 21, 2012
Lacuna Coil - Dark Adrenaline

The beginning of the year is always an excellent time to explore edgy obscure music. I really don’t know why Lacuna Coil is not more well known. The lady and guy with a hard rocking sound is quite compelling in general. Their latest is no exception. “Trip the Darkness” has a creepy feel to...
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Dia Frampton – Red: A Review

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January 12, 2012
Dia Frampton - Red

If January is weighing heavy on you, perhaps you should lighten the load with Dia Frampton. I had her new release ‘Red’ on the back burner, but when I heard  it, I wanted to analyze this further.  Move this up on the playlist in a hurry if you know what is good for you....
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Sergio Mendes – Confetti: A Retro Review

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January 8, 2012
Sergio Mendes - Confetti

Sergio Mendes’ classic release ‘Confetti’ has been much under appreciated due to the heavy Adult Contemporary focus. To some it is not Latin enough. Most of the airplay he gets in the U.S. is from Easy Listening or Adult Contemporary stations, so this thinking makes little sense. The minor Top 40 hit, featuring Joe...
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