Time to dance off the turkey, people.
The Ryan Bingham story is well-established by now: a coup of a spot on the soundtrack to Crazy Heart thrust Bingham into the national spotlight, garnering awards in seemingly every direction he turned: a Grammy, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, an AMA Artist of the Year Award, and on it went. Five years later, Bingham is set to release his fifth studio album titled Feat and Saturday Night. For his latest effort, Bingham reportedly isolated himself in an airstream in the mountains of California, resulting in a more "stripped-down" sound.
Angel Olsen’s stoic, inspired 2014 album Burn Your Fire For No Witness took the world by storm earlier this year, and now’s the time of year where we can expect to see it pop up on tastemakers' year-end best-of lists. The singer-songwriter’s tour de force album spans the genre gamut — garage rock ditties, folky yarns, soulful flits, and beyond. A testament to a young songwriter’s dexterity and promise.
Hip-hop patriarchs De La Soul have been around for 25 years now, and it’s been 10 years since their last proper album, but their righteous messages remain as relevant as ever. The track "Me, Myself and I" still stands as the group's most known and impactful message to date... you remember the jam:
The extra-curious music junkies among us crave profound meaning behind lyrics. Of course, we’ll settle for any meaning at all, but nothing bugs a devout fan more than a lyric lacking significance beyond its convenient rhyming utility. Thanks God for Aimee Mann, who recently penned an essay for Salon in which she states, “I was under the impression that if I became well known, I would have to back up every line.” That should come as no surprise to fans of Aimee Mann — her songs beg further reading and cross examination, each word underscored by a wealth of context, subtext, and wit.
The 22-time Grammy winner’s legacy will always be about the triumph of the human spirit. The famed blind soul singer has indeed made an impace on the lives of millions of Americans by way of song and inspiration. The latest validation came last week when Stevie Wonder was awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an honor bestowed upon citizens who have made significant contributions to society. Accolades aside, he's the real deal.
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