Justin Timberlake

Episode 339: Love Hz (A Valentine's Day Special)

Episode 339: Love Hz (A Valentine's Day Special)

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, we thought it was high time to explore the dumber side of love. Throughout history, men have been writing songs about love in a quest to continually pitch their woo, but sometimes - pretty much every time - it just comes out wrong.

Join Kevin, Carrie, Marcus, and Ian as they embark on a journey into the heart of derpness and laugh their way through some of the most egregiously awkward "love" songs that missed their mark, and then some. 

Best of 2013 (So Far): Aaron's Picks

10.  Jim James - Regions of Light and Sound of God

If Erykah Badu moved to a cabin in the wilderness to chop wood and distill spirits while somehow growing a beard in the process, this is the psychedelic folk R&B record she would record when she came back to the grid.  And that is absolutely a compliment to Jim James.  Hell, that’s a compliment to anybody.

9.  Chelsea Light Moving - Chelsea Light Moving

Chelsea Light Moving accomplish many objectives on their eponymous debut.  One listen (or many) makes it obvious that their intention is to appear, to disappear, to punish, to reward, to compel, to deny, to uplift, to dishearten, and to engage.  Simultaneously.  At high volume.  But mostly they came to rock.  And to help you get some of the smaller items out of your place.  So if you have an end table that needs to be moved, or perhaps a bookshelf or an ottoman you’re not into anymore...  Well, you know who to call.

8.  Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience

Somebody likes old soul records as much as I do.  And that somebody isn’t content to just listen to them and remember when.  No, that somebody decided to make his own classic soul record.  While some were disappointed that The 20/20 Experience wasn’t a continuation of the sounds Justin Timberlake explored to great ends with Timbaland on FutureSex/LoveSounds, my ears found this blend of classic and neo-soul refreshing and inspiring.  I cannot wait to hear volume 2...


Another South by Southwest (SXSW) has come and gone, leaving a wake of fuzzy memories, ringing ears and a few triumphant “finds” to keep us listening for another year.

Even as music festivals are growing in popularity across the country, SXSW, which is in fact a conference not a festival, holds a special place in the musical landscape, providing a forum for acts and bands of all sizes and degrees of notoriety to perform their latest creations in the hopes of drawing the attention of someone, or everyone. Prince played. Justin Timberlake played. And, thousands of other bands played, too, in over a hundred clubs in and around Austin, TX for five days in March.

Clearly, it’s impossible to see every band, so a strategy is required.  My focus was to see bands I’ve never seen before over acts or bands I’ve seen, or would see soon in DC. To prepare, I listened to as many SXSW bands in advance as I could, which was about 175. That resultant list, augmented by other sources, guided my decision making over the course of the festival. But serendipity and attachment to some of my favorites played a role, too. All in all, I saw 60 bands over 5 days.

Still, despite best-laid plans, for some line-ups, you simply have to change your strategy. Thursday night’ Belmont Warner Sound Nikon showcase was one such night, and as a whole, accounts for my favorite overall night.  The lineup? Guards, Surfer Blood, Atlas Genius, Frightened Rabbit, The Joy Formidable and The Flaming Lips. A strong bill that was the perfect mix of beloved bands and new contenders. The Belmont isn’t a large club and the line wrapped around the block, preventing many people from getting in that night, but fortune (in the form of a badge and some kind Austin friends who let me in the line) helped me find my way to the front of the stage.

Daily Listen: Justin Timberlake - Rock Your Body (Yes...really)

Ask a stupid question....

I'm not gonna lie. Sometimes I'm just not sure what to put in these daily things. There's so much music to be had...it just gets downright confusing. So in those cases I reach out to people. In this case I reached out to one of our contributors, Brian (reviewer of Sloan @ Jammin Java fame) and asked a simple question:

"Got anything (song) stuck in your head?"

Unfortunately that's a more dangerous question than I would have ever thought because he came back with this. Which, I mean, good song and all, but really Brian? REALLY?

Anyways, that's what you get sometimes, and since now it's stuck in MY head, I'm gonna have to stick it in yours. YOU'RE WELCOME!


Justin Timberlake - Rock Your Body

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