Favorite Songs of 2013: Part 2

“With you it’s always Nick Cave and David Bowie…”-       Dave Lemley (@lemdavely) Guilty as charged.  When putting together the five most spiritually significant songs this year, I’m always going to start with St. Cave and the Thin White Duke.  Push the Sky Away is a slow burn of an album that is pregnant with sacred themes which I have spent most of the year digging into and Bowie's The Next Day talks a ton about coming to grips with the world passing by.Overall, pop music s … [Read more...]

Favorite Songs of 2013: Part 1

Over the holidays my twitter feed was blowing up with end of the year lists.  Best of this, worst of that... most overrated/underrated...  you were dumb if you didn't know...  you get the point. Most of the lists play to whatever the general pop conscious was this year with a couple selections no one has heard of to prove that the writers are still way cooler than we are.  If you are interested in what other outlets thought this year, here are lists from Paste, Pitchfork, NPR, Gua … [Read more...]

Overlooked Christmas Albums

Looking for something outside of your normal Christmas playlist?Every year we get new holiday albums that vie for the coveted spots along side Mariah Carey and Nat King Cole as Christmas classics.  This year is no different with offerings from Kelly Clarckson, Mary J Blidge and Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas.  With so many options on the market most holiday music gets discarded or replaced by whatever the newest version happens to be.  What I wanted to do was to give you a list … [Read more...]

Live: Justin Timberlake 11/26

Justin Timberlake fails to inspire in his 20/20 experience.It was one missed opportunity after the next for Justin Timberlake at Staples Center on Tuesday night. What promised to be an amazing pop celebration ended up being an unimaginative and poorly produced 32 song disappointment.The night was designed to demonstrate how Justin is a continuation of the great soul and pop music that he was raised on. As the band emerged from the stage, donning tuxedos and placed behind monogramed music … [Read more...]

Review: Prism by Katy Perry

Katy Perry's Prism lacks in creativity but has moments of profound self actualization. In between forgettable pop grooves and cliche lyrics, Katy speaks from a place of relational experience that shows a level of responsibility and honesty not often found among her peers.Musically, there is nothing to get excited about. Overly polished tracks with layers upon layers of vocals makes this music perfect for the stadium tour that is soon to follow but ultimately uninteresting. What does make … [Read more...]

Live: Pearl Jam 11/24

"It's evolution baby!"Pearl Jam played an invigorated three hour set at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Sunday night. The 33 songs spanned their entire career (including 5 covers) and showed that the band still has a tremendous amount of power and sense of urgency in their art.What surprised me about the show was how it wasn't the radio hits that took center stage.  Sure they played Evenflow, Better Man and Alive but it felt like they did it out of obligation and not out of a desire to … [Read more...]