• How Do You Spell Relief?

    January 22, 2013 5:25 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Though I rarely tend to get political in this blog—after all, the subject matter is supposed to be about new album releases—I’d just like to say that the recent Presidential Inauguration ceremony was, no matter your political affiliation, a wonderful affirmation of the power of music. Top-level artists were present. We have a president who is not averse to singing the opening line of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” hearing it performed at his own in...  | More »

  • Village Of The Darned!

    January 15, 2013 6:08 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    As 2013 unfolds, the question arises: Will it be a good year for music? On one hand, between a new release by former teen star Justin Timberlake—curiously timed to coincide with the rebirth of ancient MySpace, the site in which he’s invested a considerable sum—and the start of a new season of American Idol, featuring Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and other, less-celebrated humans—the smart money might be on not hardly. On the other hand, the now profound difference betwe...  | More »

  • A Great Year For The Undead!

    January 8, 2013 5:59 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Happy New Year! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a new blog—mainly because new album releases tend to dry up as we approach the new year and, like most people, I like to stay at home with all the lights off during the holidays, be antisocial and dwell on a lifetime filled with regret and anguish! Then I think about me, and things tend to lighten up! But now it’s only appropriate to tear myself away from watching The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series DV...  | More »

  • Mars Needs Buyers!

    December 11, 2012 9:00 AM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    I don't know about you, but I haven't even started my holiday shopping yet! So as we sit here, a scant two weeks before the world shuts down for Christmas, I'm making a list, checking it twice, and am completely oblivious to whatever new releases the collective record industry has decided I'm probably inclined to buy! For starters? I'd like the albums to be audible! Additionally, throwing a pretty girl on the album cover is probably a pretty slick move! And if I can...  | More »

  • Ke$ha: Cold Cereal No More!

    December 4, 2012 2:54 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Admittedly there are times when longtime lovers of pop music might feel that all that really needs to be said has already been said. When all the innovation—all the glorious, unexpected, inspired madness that results in perfect pop music—has reached its peak. When, truly, all that can be done has been done. That's exactly what happens the week before a new Ke$ha album comes out! Yet here she is, the youthful goddess who once bragged of brushing her teeth with whiskey, bac...  | More »

  • Alicia Keys Fires It Up!

    November 27, 2012 2:14 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    As most of us know, the past weekend -- beginning with the illustriously titled Black Friday and extending through the equally compelling Cyber Monday -- represents the single best selling opportunity today's record labels have all year long! So what does it mean if you're an artist and your album comes out . . . a week later? Well, maybe it means all those crates of CDs were accidentally locked in a back room in Terre Haute, Indiana, or Mexico, or wherever they make those things!...  | More »

  • The Legend Of Rihanna!

    November 20, 2012 3:15 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    There's a particular time of the year when I feel completely at one with today's pop music audience--and sure enough, as always, it was this weekend, as I joyously watched the exciting American Music Awards! For starters, the dominating presence of rock god Justin Bieber--the colorful youngster who has won America's hearts and minds thanks to his marvelous pop sense, his intriguing tattoos, and his righteous anger at, in his words, "all the haters who thought I'd be aroun...  | More »

  • England's Newest Hit Makers!

    November 13, 2012 2:36 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Like most people, I have a hard time figuring out who's better: the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, or Christina Aguilera! And here it is, scant weeks before the holidays, and they all have new albums! So let's get methodical about it! The Beatles have just released a massive box set containing all their albums – in vinyl, no less! The Rolling Stones have also released a new collection, with loads of hits and a sexy gorilla on its cover! And Christina Aguilera – perhaps y...  | More »

  • Semi-Sweet Emotion!

    November 6, 2012 4:12 PM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    On this historic night–Election Eve, 2012–I am compiling a list of this week's most compelling album releases and marveling at the history also on display! Which is to say: Maybe half of these are by people who are really old or dead! And while it would be easy to look inward, to perhaps say the blame is mine–for not keeping up with all that is cutting edge, to look for a familiar name to blather about semi-intelligently rather than to have to actually listen to stuff...  | More »

  • One Pill Makes You Larger!

    October 30, 2012 10:15 AM ET
     |  Dave DiMartino

    It struck me the other day as I was reading Waging Heavy Peace, the fabulous new book by Neil Young, that only a book by Neil Young--obviously put together by the man himself, with little help from editors or other humans--would not only devote a significant passage to the merits of shopping at Costco, but also of his quest to buy new heads for his electric toothbrush, which, not incidentally, he considers quite fabulous. My own copy of the book, coincidentally, was also purchased at Costco-...  | More »

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