My Top 10 Albums of 2011 January 1, 2012Posted by johnthrasher in Music.
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I delayed writing this post because I was going to post it on Hypable, and then as I was drafting I realized I don’t even think I have 10 separate albums that I listened to this year. But, I figured in keeping with tradition, it would only make sense to do so. Click here to check out my top 10 albums of 2009 and 2010.
Be prepared: this year was all about top 40 female pop stars.
So here are my top 10 albums of 2011 (as in the albums I listened to the most, not necessarily the albums that have been released this year).
10. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
I got this album when it came out and listened to it for a few weeks and it’s VERY very good. But then after that I sort of lost the appeal of it. This isn’t typically my genre of music so maybe that’s why but I lost interest. But don’t get me wrong, it’s a fantastic album and should be required listening for everyone.
9. Lady Gaga – The Fame Monster
This album has been out for a couple years but it was definitely one of my most played. It was No.2 in 2009 and 2010. Looking back I still find it to be one of the most enjoyable albums in the last decade. I have a feeling it will make it in to the next coupe of year-end wrap ups as well.
8. Rihanna – Talk That Talk
Sticking to her one-album-every-year-for-the-last-7-years mantra, Talk That Talk came out late in 2011. I haven’t had a chance to listen to the whole thing over and over again but the couple of songs that I have heard I’ve been jamming to. I just wish she wasn’t so disgusting and gross.
7. Amy Winehouse – Lioness: Hidden Treasures
It almost seems impossible that we lost Amy this year. For the first time that I can remember I was actually upset with the death of a celebrity. Lioness was released in late 2011 and though I haven’t given it the attention that I should, it is definitely one of my favorite albums of the year.
6. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
If there’s one thing Glee is good at it’s introducing me to new music. In the second half of season 2 they did Lykke Li’s “I Follow Rivers” and I LOVED it. I went and downloaded the entire album and low and behold it’s absolute magic. She has another album “Youth Novel” that came out in 2008 and I can’t wait to explore it the same way I did this one. Definitely check this album out regardless of your musical tastes.
5. Britney Spears – Femme Fatale
I am not a Britney Spears fan but she puts out some fun dance music. I am not invested in this album in any way other than to have on in the background of a party or something.
4. Glee Cast – Music from Seasons 2 and 3
There’s no denying my love for Glee. Not just the show the music as well. It’s everything I love about television. Seasons 2 and 3 were basically my main albums this year but they weren’t even really albums (I would buy the music as it became available every week). I know people knock the show but it’s a fun way to spend your Tuesday evenings.
3. Beyonce – 4
I went back and forth about what I thought about this album. It was announced like a month or 2 before the release, there was next to no promotion, and none of the songs were huge hits. Talking to my other Beyonce expert Phillip, we both agreed that this seems like an album she made in an effort to have a repertoire of middle-ground material when she does her 3 year stints in Las Vegas down the road. Either way this album is her most mature and most interesting yet.
2. Adele – 21
This was the year of Adele. There’s no denying that. She is breaking records left and right and doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon as almost a year later the album is still No.2 on Billboard. I was on the Adele train in 2008 but it’s really fun to see everyone get just as excited about 21 as I was about 19!
1. Lady Gaga – Born This Way
I don’t remember the last time I was this excited about a new album. There was no way, even if this album tanked, that it was going to be anything other than No.1 for me this year. The sheer excitement for it alone would have put it at the top. I think this album is going to land in my top 10 every year for a while…she still has a tour coming up as well! This is another one that even if you aren’t a fan of pop music, you should definitely try it out!
The Christmas Lights release music video for ‘Out Into The Dark’ October 9, 2011Posted by johnthrasher in Music.
Tags: John Thrasher, MTV TJ, The Christmas Lights
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One of my favorite things in the world is when The Christmas Lights release a new music video. You may remember when I promoted them as part of an MTV TJ challenge last year. They have a new video out, just in time for Halloween, for their latest song “Out Into The Dark.” Check it out below and follow The Christmas Lights on Facebook and Twitter (@TheXmasLights)!
If you like what you hear, you can download their music on iTunes. Check out their website too, www.christmaslightsmusic.com
Why Do Britney Spears Fans Accept Her Mediocrity? March 27, 2011Posted by johnthrasher in Music.
Tags: Britney Spears, Femme Fatale, GMA, Good Morning America, Perez Hilton, Till The World Ends
Before I get all kinds of hate mail for this post, let me first tell you that I’m a fan of Britney Spears. ANYONE who grew up in the 90s/2000s pretty much is at this point. I think the point of this blog is to show that the entire pop music fandom is becoming a lot more astute to real talent, thus leaving a lip-syncing power-walking Britney Spears in the dust.
Today Britney taped a performance for Good Morning America, which will air on Tuesday. 99% of Britney fans think she WAS AMAZING TOO GOOD FOR WORDS, while 1% of us who remember who she used to be were left wondering why album after album, performance after performance, we get our hopes up only to be left deflated and underwhelmed. Why are Britney fans letting her off the hook for lackluster performing?! I honestly think that so many people are just so in love with Britney that they feel bad for her and don’t want to accept the fact that she’s the poor man’s Lady Gaga. People want to say Britney is the new Madonna but at least Madonna sang LIVE 99% of the time with a mediocre voice!
The performance wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good. I’ve seen better on American Idol (not being sarcastic). She performed “Till The World Ends,” a hot club-thumper written by Kesha and basically synchronized some walks around the front of the stage, held on to a rope for a few seconds (?), and then walked up stairs and stood on a platform for the last 60 seconds of the song.
If you’re going to hype up a performance/album/song and say it will be a “morning to remember” we’re going to need a little more than standing around flailing your arms, Britney Lynne!
The best comparison I can make is when you look at her dancers and how much energy they put in to every single movement, and then look at Britney. It’s like black and white, night and day. There WAS a time where Britney was a dancer/singer. Now, she’s just walking around lip-synching. I miss old Britney!
P.S. Perez Hilton, one of Britney’s biggest fans ever, made a great point on his blog:
The Britney that used to be able to dance fiercely is no longer. We’re not exactly sure why she’s gone, but – like we’ve said before – we’d love to find out!
If Spears gave an interviewing blaming her knee surgery and multiple knee injuries, then we’d understand why her movement has been impaired and our expectations would be different/lower. Or, there’s also speculation that medication she may be on might be impeding her ability to dance.
Went to Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball, Life Achievement: UNLOCKED February 24, 2011Posted by johnthrasher in Movies/Film, Music, Personally John.
Tags: HBO, Lady Gaga, Madison Square Garden, Paul McCartney
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I’m in NYC until Monday. I’m bad at blogging when I am here for some reason, even though there is so much to write about. Danny and I got VIP Floor for Lady Gaga’s Madison Square Garden show in NYC, where she was filming for her HBO special. Also, Paul McCartney was 50 feet away from me the entire time…dancing and singing along.
I posted all about it on my Gaga site LadyGagaLive.net.
I don’t know who is watching out for me but thank you for the amazing life that I live.
I Re-Love American Idol Now! January 20, 2011Posted by johnthrasher in Music, Television.
Tags: American Idol, J.Lo, Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell, Steven Tyler
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Okay, so it has only been one episode of the 10th season but I have to say I LOVED the show last night. It’s a whole new show!
First, I thought I was going to hate Steven Tyler and J.Lo as judges. Specifically Steven Tyler. After last night’s show, Steven is my favorite one! He’s just the right amount of quirky balanced with professionalism. I would never have expected to find myself liking Steven Tyler in any capacity.
J.Lo was great too. She’s VERY likable, and sweet. I need to remove her from a performer while she’s on this show because I don’t like her music or her performing, but that’s sort of a whole different thing than judging a talent show. So, personality points: J.Lo is a homerun!
Randy…why are you still there? I was bored to tears with everything he said.
Lots of heart-warming, realistic stories in last night’s episode that really made me like the show in a way I’ve never liked it before. Gone are the days of Simon Cowell being a total ass. Gone are the days of them bringing young boys with special needs on to the show for millions of people in America to laugh at. Gone are the days of judges who have no expertise in the field of music.
I hope Idol keeps this up! It’s nice to like this show again for great reasons!
Watch Howard Stern Rip Piers Morgan Apart January 19, 2011Posted by johnthrasher in Music, Television.
Tags: CNN, Howard Stern, Piers Morgan, radio, satellite, Sirius, XM
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I can’t stand Piers Morgan, and I’m guessing in a few months all of us in America will agree when his show is turned off. Howard Stern, being the truth-teller that he is, basically ripped Piers Morgan apart. This is a day after Piers literally bet OPRAH WINFREY that he would get a Michael Vick interview before she would. Um, what!?
Here are 3 out of the 4 parts…looks like YouTube took the last part off, but you’ll enjoy the 3 parts below:
My Top 10 Played Tracks of 2010 January 11, 2011Posted by johnthrasher in Music.
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2010 has come to a close, and according to my Last.Fm these are the Top 10 songs that I played over the last few months. I did this same list last year, so it’s interesting to see how much my taste has changed (or stayed the same). Check it out below!
10. Lady Gaga – Monster
This song was my No.4 song of 2009! Can you tell I’m a Gaga fan?
9. Willow Smith – Whip My Hair
When this song (and video) came out, I don’t know a single person who wasn’t jamming to it! I played the heck outta this one in 2010!
8. Robyn – Dancing On My Own
I’m surprised this song only has 36 plays because I think 30 of them were the first night I heard it. I downloaded this song and instantly fell in love with it.
7. Christina Aguilera – Woohoo (feat. Nicki Minaj)
This song reminds me of the summer because it was blasting out of my car on my lunch break every single day. Not even a huge fan of this song anymore, but I played it 37 times in 2010.
6. Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce – Telephone
Obviously this song was a big one for me in 2010, though I am surprised I’ve only played 39 times in the last 12 months!
5. Lady Gaga – Alejandro
This was my No.1 played song in 2009. The video finally came out in the spring of this year which I’m sure garnered a few more plays from me.
4. Glee Cast (Rachel) – Papa Can You Hear Me?
Lea Michele blew me away when she was hanging out with Finn singing to the stars. This song got a whopping 70 plays, and I’d say 68 of them were in my car while I screamed along with it.
3. Glee Cast (Kurt) – I Want To Hold Your Hand
Chris Colfer singing this song alongside his dad’s hospital bed had a profound affect on me. This was the same episode as “Papa Can You Hear Me.” Really great stuff and I played it 94 times in 2010.
2. Adele – Rolling In The Deep
I’ve only had this song on my iPhone/iTunes for about a month, and it’s my No.2 song of 2010! I really really love Adele and love basically anything that she sings. I have a feeling more Adele music will find its way in to my top played music of 2011.
1. Glee Cast (Mercedes) – I Look To You
It’s very rare (and usually debatable) when you can say someone sang a Whitney Houston song better than Whitney did, but in this case I do believe she did. Amber Riley sang this in the same episode as “Papa Can You Hear Me” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and blew me away. I played this song 124 times in 2010. That seems a bit off (I don’t think I played it that much) but I’ll go with it!
Glee Returns with Britney/Madonna Back-to-Backs! December 8, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, Music, Television.
Tags: Britney Spears, Glee, Madonna
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Gleeks everywhere ended the first half of season 2 last night, but there’s good news!
Glee is returning next week with back-to-back episodes: The Power of Madonna and Britney/Brittany episodes!
2 hours of pop starlet inspired Glee episodes is a nice consolation for having to wait months for the rest of the season!
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Dear Loyal Facebook/Twitter/Blog Friends,
I wanted to be able to spread a little digital Christmas cheer to the masses this year. So, I decided to create my first ever Christmas Playlist! The playlist includes 11 of my favorite Christmas songs, including “A Merry Little Christmas” performed by my best friend Brittney Tyler on the ukulele! Check out the track listing below (yes, you get every song FOR FREE!) and download this album/playlist as my gift to you! But get it fast because I’m taking the link down after Christmas!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
P.S. You can consider the album art its own gift as well. You’re welcome.
John Thrasher’s Christmas Playlist 2010
1. Mariah Carey – Charlie Brown Christmas
2. Lenka – All My Bells Are Ringing
3. Glee Cast – Baby, It’s Cold Outside
4. Brittney Tyler – A Merry Little Christmas
5. David Archuleta – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
6. John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra – Sleigh Ride
7. Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You
8. Spice Girls – Christmas Wrapping
9. Destiny’s Child – 8 Days of Christmas
10. Lady Gaga feat. Space Cowboy – Christmas Tree
11. Glee Cast – Deck The Rooftop