I love traveling. I hate flying. It can be a terrible experience. Cramped quarters, the usual full day that it takes for my ears to pop, and lack of sleep will hamper any enjoyment of being on a plane. Before I set foot in an airport, I stock my phone with a special flying playlist to cope with airplane anxiety. A few songs always make their way onto the list.
Two-and-a-half hours of hits. An icon on his final tour. A crowd that almost drowned out the performer on every big chorus. Elton John's concert in Philadelphia last Wednesday night was an unforgettable evening. The pop star played an epic show as he closed a chapter on a city he has played to for decades.
Petal has recorded a cover of Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky.” The band cut the single in a collaboration with Brooklyn artist Kevin Devine. In their version, Petal cut the signature synthesizer sound and decreased the tempo of the Long After Dark classic. The change altered the song's tone completely, creating a somber contrast to the original.
I just binged my way through the first season of HBO’s Insecure. I had heard good things about the show. I did not anticipate how much I would love Insecure’s soundtrack. It took me forever to get through the first season because I keep googling the music in every episode. One song from the series blew me away: 1500 or Nothin’s “Girl.
Aretha Franklin passed away today. The 76-year-old singer was more than her moniker alluded to. The Queen of Soul sang gospel, R&B, and even opera. She was not just a singer, but an individual whose voice blew away millions.
Instead of making things easier, the Internet has made it difficult to find a source for good new music. There are so many platforms that it is hard to narrow down the crazy amount of music that is out there in 2018. Whether it is rising talent or established artists who I have missed out on, I am always looking for fresh music. I listen to a lot of Adult Alternative and Indie, so Philadelphia’s WXPN is my most reliable source for interesting artists. I also listen to a few podcasts to supplement my perpetual curiosity. The podcasts that will help you discover new music are more than just playlists. They offer song deconstruction, live performance, and in-depth interviews.
Jade Bird is only 20 years old. She is from England. She only has a handful of songs out there. When the musician sings she sounds like she has been playing in a Nashville club for a decade.
After Tom Petty passed away last October, the Heartbreakers existence as an incredible band was unfortunately cut short. Anyone who attended their 40th Anniversary Tour could see that the band still wielded incredible musical ability, yet they were suddenly without their leader. Music with a different singer would not be right. Any new music would have to come from their archives. Last week Petty’s family released the first posthumous song of the musician’s career, “Keep A Little Soul.”
It may be hard to believe, but 2018 is already halfway over. That means it is time to sit back and take stock of the greatest music that has been released this year. A diverse selection of amazing R&B, dream pop, rock, and pop already makes up my 2018 playlist. So far no record has separated itself as being the best of the year, but there have been a lot of great of LPs. Without being ranked in any order, here are the ten best albums of 2018 (so far).