Gem of the Week: “It Takes Two To Tango (This Is For The Girls)”-Todd Rundgren

Song: “It Takes Two To Tango (This Is For The Girls)” Artist: Todd Rundgren Album: Something/Anything? (1972) Todd Rundgren’s 1972 dual-record, magnum opus LP Something/Anything?, in all of its seeming productional bravado, Rolling Stone chart-topping acclaim, and enveloping retro mystique, actually had a simple recipe. The masterwork’s ingredients? Todd, Todd, and more Todd…–on vocals, instrumentals, and…

Gem of the Week: “Four On Six”-Wes Montgomery

Song: “Four On Six” Artist: Wes Montgomery Album: Impressions (1965) Wes Montgomery is just as much ‘Jazz God’ as Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, and all the genre’s other ’50s/’60s essentials…though perhaps less often credited as so. By 1965, jazz’ turn to spicier, South American-flavored sounds and fidgety tempos had diminished the popularity of slow, softer…

Throwback Thursday: 10 Abandoned R&B Cuts From ’91-’01

10 R&B tracks from the genre’s prime, most of them neglected and all of them fit for elementary-school revival… 1. “Bring It All to Me (Feat. *NSYNC)”-Blaque, Blaque (1999)   2. “Seven Days”-Craig David, Born to Do It (2001)   3. “Almost Doesn’t Count”-Brandy, Never Say Never (1998)   4. “Playas Gon’ Play”-3LW, 3LW (2000)   5. “No Doubt”-702, No…

Underrated Drake: 10 OVO Gems (Still) in Hiding

Though Drake’s spent his past birthday weekend cranking out a trio of new material, [“How About Now”, “6 God”, “Heat of the Moment”–all of which you can find here], there’s nothing like taking a moment to dig back into pre-OVO Drizzy and observe the transformation. The iconic So Far Gone, AKA the 2009 ‘start-all’ mixtape, still…

Diamonds in the Rough: 90s R&B Edition

  A brief but essential, 10-track collection of understated numbers and ‘non-hits’ from R&B’s best decade, designed & assembled by yours truly… 1) “Whatcha Need”-SWV, New Beginning (1990) 2) “Can I Get With You”-Jagged Edge, J.E. Heartbreak (1999) 3) “Candy Rain”-Soul For Real, Candy Rain (1995) 4) “Only You”-112, 112 (1996) 5) “No Doubt”-702, No Doubt (1996) 6) “U Know What’s…

Senioritis. (or: “College: Ain’t Nobody Got Time 4 Dat”)

As Fall semester comes to a close, and our college student brains are put to rest for a solid, two-month period of laze and gluttony, a time otherwise known as “Winter Break”, I realize that my ability to absorb information, nor care about it, is steadily dwindling. Although I think this affliction started in…let’s see…September,…

Things I Don’t Understand/Enjoy: A List

1. Stick Figure Families on Cars, Vans, SUVs, etc. Despite popular opinion, I am no less inclined to hit you in the rear if I am informed of your three stick-figure husbands and twelve children, or even if it’s just you and your eight cats. 2. The EDM/House Music Craze How anyone can find the…