Note to Self: Don’t let that happen again. Now that law school stuff is officially sorted, I think I’ll have time to write more. For posterity’s sake, here’s the little I churned out in March. Some of these were 12:30AM, half-hour ’til deadline, half-asleep pieces – wish I’d found the time to really get at why I love ‘Lewis’ but I’ve already churned out enough about Heartland over at Hoist – but there are a handful where I think I’m close to getting at something worth talking about (VW and Blake Shelton). Springtime is all about renewal. Time to rededicate myself to doing this properly. (Love and Theft is, in retrospect, totally country shlock and worth maybe a 5 or 6 but not a 7).
Avril Lavigne – Alice 
Erykah Badu – Window Seat 
Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Off His Shirt 
Vampire Weekend – Giving Up the Gun 
Love and Theft – Dancing in Circles 
Gary Allan – Today 
Blake Shelton ft. Trace Adkins – Hillbilly Bone 
Yeasayer – O.N.E. 
Miley Cyrus – When I Look at You 
The success of ‘The Climb’ has apparently provided Miley with an answer to the question: “What exactly is my career arc once I’m too old to be Hannah Montana?”. This answer is apparently “Flood the market with ‘inspirational’ country-tinged ballads of the Diane Warren variety in a desperate attempt to pin down the Adult Contemporary market.” Cynical? Certainly. Smart? Probably. Tolerable? Barely.
Didn’t have time to review New Boyz – Cricketz but it’s yet another delightful jerk number that’s worth a spin or six.
Over at The Singles Jukebox, we’re mired in our 2009 Best-Off, which is amusing and yet taking longer than any of us anticipated. Thankfully, this gives me the opportunity to finally update with the rest of my year’s blurbs.
As usual, I’m at my most embarrassing and sophomoric when it comes to music I unabashedly love (see: Campesinos, Marina) than I am with that which I like with reservations or that unexpectedly grew on me. Work in progress, as always. The Annie one is another low point…the song hit my pleasure centre as a kiss-off in the style of Lily’s ‘Knock ‘Em Out’, and I somehow ended up coming off as an uncritical pusher of pop. One day I will figure out how to do this.
2010. Clean slate, rededication to thoughtfulness, less intellectual laziness and short-cuts, hopefully.
Los Campesinos! – There Are Listed Buildings 
Little Boots – Earthquake 
John Mayers – Who Says 
Marina & the Diamonds – Mowgli’s Road 
Annie – I Don’t Like Your Band 
Roisin Murphy – Orally Fixated 
Florence + the Machine – You’ve Got the Love 
Lady GaGa – Dance in the Dark 
Kid Sister – Right Hand Hi 
Rihanna – Wait Your Turn 
Leighton Meester ft. Robin Thicke – Somebody to Love 
Taylor Swift – Jump Then Fall 
Mark Mallman – White Leather Days 
The Cast of Glee – Don’t Stop Believing 
Busy Signal – Da Style Deh 
The Singles Jukebox: 2009 Best-Off
Round 1, Group 1
Round 1, Group 6
LSATs and laziness have distracted me from regular writing. Mea culpa. Been snagging too many albums that I *should* listen to but don’t have time to. Considering restricting myself to not acquiring an album until I’ve heard the last one I got in its entirety. Does this work?
Nneka – Heartbeat (Chase & Status Remix) 
This is great, but the original is 10x better.
Ryan Leslie – You’re Not My Girl 
Natalie Imbruglia – Want 
Boys Like Girls ft. Taylor Swift – Two Is Better Than One 
Trey Songz ft. Drake – I Invented Sex 
Poor showing from me this fortnight at the Jukebox. Need to get back on my grind.