#FlashbackFriday: Shintaro Sakamoto, “Don’t Know What’s Normal”

Speaking of international artists, let’s talk about Shintaro Sakamoto for a second. He used to be the lead singer/guitarist of this band, but went solo after they disbanded. His latest album, “If Possible” saw a U.S. release today after coming out in Japan last July. I haven’t listened to it yet, but this remains my favorite song of his.

#ThrowbackThursday: William Onyeabor, “Atomic Bomb” and “Good Name”

A few years ago, I went to my favorite local record store in search of anything by Nigerian artist Fela Kuti. Upon first hearing his greatest hits album, “The Best of Black President 2“, back in 2013, I immediately fell in love with his band’s sound (his drummer, Tony Allen, is one of your favorite musician’s favorite musicians) and the…

Favorite Albums of 2016

Let me say up front that as much as I tried to listen to every major release, I missed a lot of good albums. So if you’re wondering why [Good Album A] isn’t on here, I probably didn’t listen to it enough. But of the good albums that I did listen to, I listened to…

Favorite Songs of 2016

At the end of each year, I make a list of my favorite albums. Mostly just for fun…something that usually ends up in a tweet to get others to share their favorite albums as well. I often think about doing a year-end list of my favorite songs, but it’s a much tougher task. Like choosing your favorite movie scenes,…