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Udon\'s bangin\' cover to Deadpool (Vol 2) #67, featuring the Dazzler!
New feature!! Saturday I’ll be talking about my favorite covers. And combining my love/obsession with music and comics into one post. So I’ll show off one of my favorite comic covers, and then share with you one or two of my favorite cover songs. How fun!? Our first cover is from a few years back and features motormouth Deadpool pursuing the camp-tastic Dazzler… on skates!

Bjork & PJ Harvey – Satisfaction (Live)
An awesome collaboration between 2 of the most bad ass ladies in modern music. It’s a bout 10 years old now, but they still tear this one up!
Blue – Get Down On It (Ft Lil’ Kim)
And a fun pop cover of the Kool & The Gang classic by some UK boyband that has probably broken up at this point plus some raps from Lil’ Kim. ANd you know how much I love her!!

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I like music. A little. In case you haven’t noticed. So to share the abundance of stuff I’ve accumulated over the years, every Thursday, I’ll pick an artist & share 3 songs. Simple enough… so to start us off… someone more complex… an acquired taste to some… Bjork!

Bjork – Possibly Maybe (LFO Lucy Mix) A quick cute little remix of 1 of my favorite songs.

Bjork – It’s In Our Hands (Soft Pink Truth Short Version) An awesome remix of the single from her excellent best of cd.

Bjork – Who Is It She did an all vocal cd. With no instruments. Sounded dull, until she tapped out Rahzel for this kick-ass song.

Kylie Minogue awarded Best International Female Brit Award!!!
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That’s right kids, even though she was up against Alicia Keys, Bjork, Rihanna, & Feist, Kylie brough home her 3rd Brit Award. She was also on hand to present Macca with his Lifetime Achievement Award.

And while she was there she turned in a decent performance of new single – ‘Wow’.

Though not her most groundbreaking performance ever, it’s great to see Kylie having a great time dancing about with Daft Punk’s back-up dancers. And it also fills me with memories of her amazing Brits mash-up from years ago…

Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get Blue Monday Out of My Head
Kylie Minogue – Wow (CSS Mix)

School prevented me from going overboard on the Grammy coverage this year. So in hot anticipation of this year’s ceremony in just 2 hours (and the first time I’m eating pasta in 2008), here’s my quickie run-down of who I call to win in the categories I’m concerned with. We’ll see how right I am…

UPDATE 2/11/08: How’d I do? Updates in bold.

Record of The Year: Umbrella – Rihanna Rehab – Amy Winehouse

Album of The Year: Graduation – Kanye West River: Joni Letters – Herbie Hancock

Song of the Year (Songwriter’s Award): Amy Winehouse – Rehab

Best New Artist: Amy Winehouse (and to celebrate she’ll OD and die…)

Best Female Pop: Say It Right – Nelly Furtado (longshot) Rehab – Amy Winehouse

Best Male Pop: What Goes Around… – Justin Timberlake

Best Group Pop: Makes Me Wonder – Maroon 5

Best Collabo Pop: Gone Gone Gone – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Best Pop Vocal Album: Back To Black – Amy Winehouse

Best Dance Recording: Don’t Stop The Music – Rihanna LoveStoned – Justin Timberlake

Best Dance Album:  – Justice We Are The Night – Chemical Brothers

Best Rock Solo: Timebomb – Beck Radio Nowhere – Bruce Springsteen

Best Alternative Album:  Volta – Bjork Icky Thump – White Stripes

Best Female R & B: No One – Alicia Keys

Best Male R & B: Woman – Raheem DeVaughn (Big up Baltimore!!) Future Baby Mama – Prince

Best Group R & B: Hate That I Love You – Rihanna & Ne-Yo Disrespectful – Chaka Khan & Mary J. Blige

Best Urban Alternative: Daydreamin’ – Lupe Fiasco &  Jill Scott

Best R & B Album: Funk This – Chaka Khan

Best Rap Solo: Stronger – Kanye West

Best Group Rap: Southside – Common & Kanye

Best Rap/Sung: Let It Go – Keyshia Cole, Missy Elliott, & Lil’ Kim Umbrella – Rihanna & Jay-Z

Best Rap Album: Finding Forever – Common Graduation – Kanye West

Best Soundtrack: Hairspray Love (The Beatles)

Best Song for a Movie:  Song of the Heart – Prince (Happy Feet) Love You I Do – Dreamgirls

Producer of the Year: Timbaland Mark Ronson

Best Remixer: Dirty South Benny Benassi

Best Musical Show Album: Spring Awakening!!

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1. Kylie Minogue – 2 Hearts: I’m reserving ‘X’ to be the best album of 2008, since it doesn’t get released in the US until then. However this song was everything I never hoped it would be. Kylie known for her cutting edge dance-pop, kicked off her new project with a glam rock dancefloor stomper, that the first time I heard it I thought,
what the fuck? And then every time since that I’ve been singing and rocking (and WOOing) along.
2. Rihanna – Umbrella: This song had 1 of the most unique vibes for any R & B/pop song this year. With all the guitars and noise, it was either gonna tank miserably, or become unescapable. Too bad she followed it up with ‘Shut Up & Drive’.
3. Beyonce – Get Me Bodied: I’m a sucker for a good party song. And this isn’t just a good party track, it’s 1 of the best ever.
4. Justin Timberlake – What Goes Around…: I loved this songs for personal reasons, but also because it’s 1 of the most well-crafted breakup anthems ever. And then when the interlude kicks in about 4 minutes into it… chills down my spine!!
5. Timbaland – The Way I Are: Poor grammar choices aside, Timbo KILLED it with this 1. It’s like a bunch of robots had a dance party in the middle of the hood. And this was the soundtrack.
6. M.I.A – Boyz: This song works me on so many levels. World music meets hip-hop meets gay runway meets Baltimore club meets dance. Then they have an orgy. And this song is the baby.
7. Kanye West – Stronger: Out of nowhere, everyone’s favorite rapper tapped an unlikely host for a sample. Daft Punk. The results? MAGIC!
8. Amy Winehouse – Rehab: The first 10,000 times I heard it, it was cute, unique, & catchy. And then radio picked it up. And it’s taken me months to enjoy the song again.
9. Tori Amos – Bouncing Off Clouds: Despite my mixed feelings on the album, this song is a career highlight for the crazy redhead I love so much. If only some remixes were cut for this song, it could have reached even higher heights.
10. Eve – Tambourine: The album may never get released at this point, & apparently this song underperformed? Apparently the powers that be don’t live in Baltimore, because everyone I know loves this song, & barely an hour went by without it being on the radio.
11. Bjork – Earth Intruders: This album underwhelmed me too, but this single was a true return to her pop/dance roots for Bjork. More beats Bjork, please!?
12. Diddy – Last Night: Diddy has been kind of a laughing stock in my book for a while, but this song was a total slam dunk. Keyshia on the hook, and then Lil’ Kim on the remix… reunited and it feels so GOOD!
13. Pink – U + Ur Hand: I thought for sure her last album was dead in the water, and then radio picked up this song, and Pink’s career was resuscitated. Cuz who can’t relate to a sassy kiss-off song!?
14. Gym Class Heroes – Clothes Off!: I’m a sucker for a good 80’s sample. And a fun party song.
15. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Catch You: This lady makes music that someone how is classy, yet still makes you want to dance. Welcome back, dear!
16. Maroon 5 – Makes Me Wonder: I doubted if they’re return would be successful, then their lead single was upbeat, and hearkened to excellent 80’s pop-rock. And Adam is cute. Good combo!
17. Keyshia Cole with Missy Elliott & Lil’ Kim – Let It Go: As if the team-up of these 3 couldn’t be great enough, the song is based around a BIG hook. Hell yeah!!
18. Mason vs. Princess Superstar – Perfect Exceeder: The best mash-ups make the 2 songs sound like they were made for each other. And my ears were made for this single!
19. Tracey Thorn – Grand Canyon: One of the most gorgeous songs of the year. Even the remixes didn’t hurt the song at all. Tracey, everybody loves YOU here!
20. Armand Van Helden with Fat Joe – Touch Your Toes: Wouldn’t expect Fat Joe to pop up on a dance song. Wouldn’t expect to love a song this repetitive. Skip the radio edit and go straight for the LP version!
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Honorable Mentions:
Lil’ Mama – Lip Gloss, Fall Out Boy – Thnks fr the mmrs, Common & Lily Allen – Drivin’ Me Wild, Nelly Furtado – Do It, The Gossip – Listen Up, JoJo – Anything, Kelly Rowland – Like This, Lily Allen – LDN, Joss Stone – Put Your Hands On Me

I was stoked to find out that Jeremy Word has remixed the new Janet single, ‘Feedback’. It’s awesome, and this is definitely a DJ to keep your eye on. I’m gonna post a few of his other mixes so you can find out why I dig his style so much!

Janet Jackson – Feedback (Jeremy Word QB Edit)
Bjork – Earth Intruders (Jeremy Word QB Edit)
Timbaland – Give It To Me (Jeremy Word QB Edit)

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1. Timbaland – Shock Value
I know, how cliche, but seriously, ‘The Way I Are’ is 1 of the best songs I’ve heard all year, & the album continueds in a bouncey & fun direction, while borrowing bits of rock, rap, R & B, pop, and dance to make the most diverse album of the year.
2. Lily Allen – Alright Still
While the rest of the world was heralding the British Invasion of Amy Winehouse, I grew more & more addicted to Lily Allen, who’s album showcased the lyrics of the party girl next door, always ready for some fun, without going overboard. I would totally hang out with this chick!
3. Spring Awakening OBCR
A few years ago I would have said that cast recording would never make my best of list, but with Duncan Sheik at the helm, & these beautiful young voices of Broadway, I may just become a ‘Show Queen’ yet.
4. The Gossip – Standing In The Way of Control
So this album was out well before 2007, but 2007 was the year that the Gossip exploded. Their awesome sets on the True Colors Tour hopefully set the stage for them to conquer the world with their next album!
5. MIA – Kala
MIA is absolutely sick. In a good way. Her album can barely be defined, without calling it world music, which calls to mind instrumental Enya BS. So I guess a better way is to say that MIA took the world to her own crazy house party.
6. Tracey Thorn – Out of The Woods
Gorgeous. Utterly gorgeous. Her voice is haunting & endearing. And Grand Canyon could be one of the bestsongs ever.
7. Kanye West – Graduation
Kanye knocks it out of the park. Ripping off electronic music & refusing to go the typical rap route of less acclaimed rap acts, Mr. West keeps the game fresh & inspired. Take note 50… evolve or retire!
8. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
Ok, so I got a little tired of her by the end of summer, but she is still 1 of the most unique voices of the year, & every track on this disc is excellent. Hopefully she can get her shit together and turn out some more great music, without allt he tabloid crap.
9. Bjork – Volta
A grower, not a shower. And I hate saying that about someone I’ve loved for over a decade, but she really needs another cook in her kitchen to get her to dial it back on the crazy and beef it up on the beats.Still, it was great to hear the ice goddess return to a more pop direction.
10. Tori Amos – American Doll Posse
I’ve loved Tori forever & her new album was great, for a concept album. Not her best, & about 5 tracks too long. If she had shaved off a few and left them in b-side land, a muchmore solid album would be out there, and it may have been higher on my list.
The rest:
Mika – Life In Cartoon Motion (I showed up late to Mika’s party, but he had a solid album except for 2 songs); Armand Van Helden- Ghettoblaster (Don’t let the singles fool you, this album is a huge throwback to the super-fun early days of house); Common – Finding Forever (I had hoped this one would be a little more consistent, but he still has amazing lyrics); Seal – System (An excellent album, a true fusion of pop and dance); Fall Out Boy – Infinity on High (Even if I’m not 15 year old emo kid, I still dug this disc!)

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