Catching up and an announcement

Monday, January 28th, 2013

First off, my apologies for being so behind on this. September? Inexcusable.

Second, this blog will soon be an archive only. My new music blog will be a weekly thing AND it will be part of KKCK’s new website. It’s a move a long time coming, and I’m excited about some of the possibilities.

Third, no comments. I just don’t have time with a list this long. Sorry.

KKCK 9/25

David Guetta w/Chris Brown & Lil’ Wayne “I Can Only Imagine”

One Direction “Live While We’re  Young”

The Script w/ “Hall of Fame”

Megan & Liz “Bad for Me”

Downtown Drive “L.A.”

KKCK 10/2

Rihanna “Diamonds”

Ellie Goulding “Anything Can Happen”

Bridgit Mendler “Ready or Not”

KKCK 10/9

Bruno Mars “Locked Out of Heaven”

Adele “Skyfall”

Cher Lloyd w/Becky G. “Oath”

Tegan and Sara “Closer”

Love Out Loud “More”

KKCK 10/16

Swedish House Mafia “Don’t You Worry Child”

Pitbull “Don’t Stop the Party”

Passion Pit “Take a Walk”

Kelly Clarkson “Catch My Breath”

Danielle DeLaite “Creature of the Night”

KKCK 10/23

The Wanted “I Found You”

Pink “Try”

J.T. Roach “Static”

KKCK 10/30

Nicki Minaj “Va Va Voom”

The Ready Set “Give Me Your Hand (best song ever)”

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis w/Wanz “Thrift Shop”

KKCK 11/6

Justin Bieber w/Nicki Minaj “Beauty and a Beat”

Ludacris w/Usher & David Guetta “Rest of My Life”

Hunter Hayes “Wanted”

Eric Dill “War With the Wolves”

KKCK 11/13

Calvin Harris & Florence Welch “Sweet Nothing”

No Doubt “Looking Hot”

Sammy Hakim “Mark Me”

KKCK 11/19

Miguel “Adorn”

One Direction “Little Things”

Fun “Carry On”

T.I. w/Lil’ Wayne “Ball”

KKCK 11/26

Taylor Swift “I Knew You Were Trouble”

Maroon 5 “Daylight” w/Britney Spears “Scream and Shout”

Cole Armour “Phenomenal”

Camryn “Now or Never”

KKCK 12/3

Sam and the Womp “Bom Bom”

The Rolling Stones “Doom and Gloom”

Atlas Genius “Trojans”

Kady Z. “Crashing Down”

KKCK 12/10

Christina Aguilera w/Blake Shelton “Just a Fool”

Ke$ha “C’mon”

Jason Mraz “93 Million Miles”

KKCK 12/17

Conor Maynard w/Ne-Yo “Turn Around”

John Hart w/French Montana “Who Booty”

Olly Murs w/Flo Rida “Troublemaker”

KKCK 12/24

Britt Nicole “Gold”

DJ Earworm “United States of Pop 2012”

Metric “Breathing Underwater

KKCK December 31

Frank Ocean “Thinkin’ ’bout You”


50 Cent w/Adam Levine & Eminem “My Life”

Owl City “Shooting Star”

Red Foo “Bring out the Bottles”

Marina and the Diamonds “How to be a Heartbreaker”

Skye Stevens “Rewind”

KKCK 1/14

Justin Timberlake w/Jay-Z “Suit and Tie”

Neon Trees w/Kaskade “Lessons in Love”

Austin Mahone w/Flo Rida “Say You’re Just a Friend”

Skylar Grey w/Eminem “C’mon Let Me Ride”

Bon Jovi “Because we Can”

The Air Station “The Fire”

KKCK 1/21

Bruno Mars “When I Was Your Man”

Nelly “Hey Porsche”

Pitbull w/Christina Aguilera “Feel this Moment”

Beyond the Sun “My Kind of Crazy”

Uncharted Shores “Who I Am”

KKCK 1/28

One Direction “Kiss  You”

Paramore “Now”


Only three weeks behind is an improvement?

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

It seems like it has been longer than three weeks.

KKCK 9/4:

Enrique Iglesias w/Sammy adams “Finally Found You”
This one went from languishing in the 70s to the 30s in less than a week. What happened?

Trey Songz w/T.I. “2 Reasons”
Is it just me, or are rap songs having a harder time cracking the pop chart of late?

Usher “Numb”
Lately Usher’s songs get close to number one but they can never close the deal. I don’t see this one breaking that trend.

Rita Ora w/Tinie Tempah “R.I.P.”
I’m liking this one a lot more than her last one.

Pick to click: Usher

KKCK 9/11:

Zedd w/Matthew Koma “Spectrum”
This song would be great for a lightswitch rave.

One Republic “Feel Again”
Ryan Tedder just keeps cranking out songs like this, so Ryan Tedder will probably never go hungry.

Muse “Madness”
This one could be a real sleeper if other pop stations decide to give a spin.

Blush “All Stars”
It’s a fun, poppy song that has an outside shot of making some real noise.

Psy “Gangnam Style”
This song makes me smile every time I hear it. I have no idea why.

Pick to click: Psy

KKCK 9/18:

Christina Aguilera “Your Body”
It’s better than “Not Myself Tonight” but I’m not sure it will get her back into the top spot.

Flo Rida “I Cry”
It’s not bad, but I’d rather hear the song it samples. “Piano in the Dark” by Brenda Russell was always one of my favorite late 80s pop songs.

Carly Rae Jepsen “This Kiss”
One hit wonder? This song should give her two easy.

Alicia Keys “Girl on Fire”
I’m hoping this gets Alicia back in the chart’s good graces. Her last album had a few songs that popped in briefly then disappeared.

Pick to click: Flo Rida

My son just turned four years old. Mind = blown.

It’s finally Autumn. The sooner it can be winter the better, because then it will be 2013. I’m sure in the future I’ll just remember the good about 2012 but there has been enough that wasn’t great to make me long for 2013. Well, that and I’ll finally stop hearing about this damn Mayan baloney.

Speaking of baloney, the lunchable I had this morning had “light baloney” and it tasted like they replaced some of the meat with cinnamon. It was not an improvement. I’m going back to turkey for my next Sunday morning shift.

On that note, I’ll wrap this up.

How behind am I on these?

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

I’m so behind I’m just posting the list. As a bonus, I’ve included the new songs for the week of 8/28 – 9/3, so if  you read this you’re ahead of the game.

7/3 KKCK:

Justin Bieber w/Big Sean “As Long As You Love Me”

Pitbull w/Shakira “Get It Started”

Nicki Minaj “Pound the Alarm”

Manika “Good Girls”

7/10 KKCK:

Pink “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”

Ca$h Out “Cashin’ Out”

Skye Stevens “Takes All Night”

7/17 KKCK:

No Doubt “Settle Down”

Olly Murs “Heart Skips a Beat”

Green Day “Oh Love”

The Killers “Runaways”

Maroon 5 “One More Night”

7/24 KKCK:

Chris Brown “Don’t Wake Me Up”

Chris Rene “Trouble”

Paper Route “You and I”

7/31 KKCK:

Conor Maynard “Vegas Girl’

Big Time Rush “Windows Down”

Lumineers “Ho Hey”

Ne-Yo “Let Me Love You”

The Wallflowers “Reboot the Mission”

8/7 KKCK:

Train “50 Ways to Say Goodbye”

Karmin “Hello”

Kreayshawn “Go Hard”

Hedley “Kiss You Inside Out”

8/14 KKCK:

Mariah Carey “Triumphant”

Chris Wallace “Remember When”

Afrojack w/Shermanology “Can’t Stop Me”

Mumford and Sons “I Will Wait”

8/21 KKCK:

Taylor Swift “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

Austin Mahone “Say Something”

LexRox “Go All In”

Sunday Lane “Get To You”

8/28 KKCK:

Ed Sheeran “The A Team”

Youngblood Hawke “We Come Running”

Seriously, do I still do this?

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

I’m not going to lie here…I’m the most disappointed with myself for letting it go this long. Due to how much catching up I have to do, this will be a series of quickies.


One Direction “One Thing”
Could somebody tell me how to stop worrying and love Boy Band Invasion 3.0?

Calvin Harris w/Ne-Yo “Let’s Go”
Anything with Calvin is a go these days.

B.o.B. w/Taylor Swift “Both of Us”
It isn’t as odd as his pairing with Hayley Williams, if you ask me.

Cher Lloyd “Want U Back”
This song puts a goofy grin on my face.

Cory Lamb “Safe in Your Arms”
If this guy gets the right breaks, he could be big.


Outasight “Now or Never”
I’m a bit shocked that Outasight is doing this well. The music doesn’t do a lot, but it fits the mood at the moment.

Sammy Adams “Only One”
With boy band groups coming back, the solo singers of a similar sound are also coming back.

Katy Perry “Wide Awake”
This is her last single until the next album. THANK YOU HYPNOTOAD.

Fun “Some Nights”
Y’know, I think there might not be a going back for this band.


K’Naan “Hurt Me Tomorrow”
Why can’t K’Naan influence rap to be more like this and less of the bling n’ bitches rap?

Alex Clare “Too Close”
This song is doing really well, and I have no idea why.

Stephanie Stack “What I’d Rather Do”
This song name drops social media. Al lot.

Damon D “Brand New”
If I’d done this blog on time, I could have played off that name.


Jay Sean w/Pitbull “I’m All Yours”
It’s looking more and more like Jay Sean might be known as just the “Down” guy.

Flo Rida “Whistle”
If you wrote Flo Rida off a while back, he’s about to prove you wrong.

Imagine Dragons “It’s Time”
Time for a band not called the Killers to call Vegas their own.

Raeya “Little Miss Understood”
Much like Cory Lamb, this one just needs the right breaks (and stations) to go over the top.


Sean Kingston w/T.I. “Live It Up”
It’s a 2 for 1 special on comeback singles?

Kelly Clarkson “Dark Side”
Little known fact: Kelly Clarkson’s dark side is Justin Guarini. THEY’RE REALLY THE SAME PERSON OMG WTF?
Little known fact: I might have made that up

Breathe Carolina “Hit and Run”
I’m thinking more like “Minor hit and jog down the charts”

The Real Hooks “Coming After Your Love”
This one is on the short side, but they make the best use of the time.

The Soft Bombs “Midnight”
This one is on the long side, but it doesn’t feel that way.


Matchbox 20 “She’s So Mean”
Hey, when did these guys get back?

Marina & the Diamonds “Primadonna”
Yay! It’s about time MatD started to hit the charts.

Phillip Phillips “Home”
This guy has the cruelest parents since Steve Stevens.

Justin Bieber w/Ludacris “All Around the World”
Uh oh. Radio jumped on this one, but the label is suddenly pushing a different second single. We’ll see how this plays out.

Walk the Moon “Anna Sun”
This one could either blow up big, or it might fade away in a month or two.


Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen “Good Time”
Damn, that just isn’t fair you two. It’s summer song season and you drop that? No fair.

Jennifer Lopez w/Flo Rida “Goin’ In”
J-Lo never had her agent hook up a collaboration with a hot rapper that she didn’t like. w/Eva Simons “This Is Love”
Will this finally give someone other than Fergie a big enough solo hit to get BEP break-up rumors going again?

Picks to click: all of the above?

Blah blah won’t be late again blah blah life stuff blah blah

tl:dr Music and excuses

Well, I was *starting* to get back on time

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

KKCK April 9th:

Hot Chelle Rae “Honestly”
Honestly? It’s not your best but it’s not bad.

Of Monsters and Men “Little Talks”
Can we talk about Iceland, or that this song is actually crossing over? I’m a bit shocked.

Soundgarden “Live to Rise”
Avengers bump? I’m waiting…

Levi Sephens “When I’m Rich”
…I hope you remember we played your song?

KKCK April 16th:

David Guetta w/Sia “Titanium”
I am so happy that Sia is getting some love here in the states.

Jason Mraz “I Won’t Give Up”
…and we wouldn’t want you to, but next time can you get a bit more uptempo?

Rihanna “Where Have You Been”
I’ve been right here thinking “Gee, its’ been a week or two since a new song with Rihanna in it came out. What’s the hold up?”

Maroon 5 w/Wiz Khalifa “Payphone”
Somehow, a song about a payphone is a big hit in 2012. What?

Linkin Park “Burn It Down”
It looks like they went back to the old wheel rather than use the one they tried to reinvent.

KKCK April 23rd:

Selena Gomez & the Scene “Hit the Lights”
I thought we had turned down the lights on the Scene? Is this the last single?

Gym Class Heroes w/Ryan Tedder “Fighter”
There’s no fighting GCH or R-Ted these days.

Nelly Furtado “Big Hoops”
It was a bit more odd than I was expecting, but I like it.

Keane “Silenced by the Night”
Piano rockers in the house tonight…

KKCK April 30th:

Usher “Scream”
I do, but only when I play your other song “OMG”. That never gets old no matter what everyone in the listening area says.

Kirko Bangz “Drank in My Cup”
What tense is this? My head hurts.

Rita Ora “How We Do”
We do with a pounding beat and a party chant that Rah Digga tried to make into a hit song years ago.

Grouplove “Tongue Tied”
Yet another Shag song that crossed over that I wasn’t expecting.

KKCK May 7:

The Wanted “Chasing the Sun”
Yeah, good luck with that. You won’t need luck with the song.

The Offspring “Days Go By”
This song sounds…grown up? Say it ain’t so, band that gave us “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)” and “Hit That”.

Metric “Youth Without Youth”

Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds “One Way”
To rock? Or another? Wait, this is a new song? Cool.

Pick to click: Metric, but I admit I’m biased.

After almost getting back on track, I wind up five weeks behind. There were a few bumps in the road, but hopefully things are FINALLY calming down in my world. I really miss writing, but not enough to put it ahead of my family time.

Wait, didn’t I do this last week?

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Oh snap! I did it! Back to back weeks of posts! I’m back on track for at least  a week or so.


Taylor Swift “Eyes Open”
Is she even trying to be country anymore? I didn’t think the line between “new country” and “pop” could get blurrier but she’s pulling it off.

Jennifer Lopez with Pitbull “Dance Again”
I don’t think J-Lo got the memo about Pitbull becoming the new Rihanna as in SWEET JANE HOW MANY PITBULL SONGS CAN WE PLAY?

Pitbull “Back in Time”
SEE ABOVE. This one is okay, but somebody needs to tell Pitbull that the end-all be-all song called “Back in Time” that was in movie with time travel  was already done by Huey Lewis and the News for Back to the Future.

Chris Rene “Young Homie”
I’m not exactly sure what to classify this as, and when I hear it I always forget what it is. This isn’t a bad thing, because it stands out without standing out (if that makes sense).

Madonna “Girl Gone Wild”
After her lead single fizzed quickly, she’s back with a new song without guest stars.  I think this one will be a steady climber that gets her back into the Top 20 range. Top 10 might be a stretch.

Pick to click: T-swizle in the hizzle

The past week was actually a really good one. There was a chill in the air that was in contrast to the previous week, but it is still technically seasonal. The baseball season is back, and things in my world are going pretty well. There are still a few things that need work and/or attention, but it will all come together.

Friday was an oddly emotional day, in that it wasn’t as emotional as I thought it would be. The wife and I went up to Veblen along with her parents and started moving furniture out of my parent’s old house. We managed to get a good chunk of it moved out, and I can honestly say I had never seen the house emptier. I thought moving stuff out would make me sad, but in a way it didn’t. However, we had to go back because we forgot something, and walking in and looking around the house being dark and empty was when it really started hitting me all over again. It was reassuring to remember that most of the stuff from the house was going to my in-laws, who lost all their stuff when their house burnt to the ground. The one thing we didn’t get loaded is my dad’s old desk. After he died back in 1979, one of the few things of his I was given was his desk from the gas station. It has been sitting in our garage since. In fact, one side of it has never been cleaned out. It still has the calendar for 1979, old ledgers, receipts, and other pieces of a forgotten era. We’ll bring it up the next time or the time after that, but the problem that comes in then is that there’s no place to put it in the house.

Sheesh, talk about first world problems.

Next time I might talk about something else besides new songs and my emotions. No promises though.

Playing catch up with a side of Ketchup

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

…or “How I reviewed ten songs and chose the appropriate condiments”.

…or not.

KKCK a fortnight ago:

Drake w/Lil’ Wayne “The Motto”
I think when the Drake/Rihanna song came out, it was the passing of the torch of “artist who has a new song getting on every few weeks” from her to Drake. If Drake and Rihanna’s music vanished I have no idea what pop stations would do to plug roughly half of their songs. Oh, and this might be my least favorite Drake song so far. Meh.

Neon Hitch “Love U Betta”
After a break thanks to the Gym Class Heroes, here she comes with a song that needs a fairly substantial radio edit. I don’t see this one doing much better than top 30 and just shy of the top 20.

Demi Lovato “Give Your Heart a Break”
The title is a nice swerve on the song’s subject matter. Well played Ms. Lovato.

Atom Smash “The World is Ours”
This one really caught my ear. It’s a longshot to chart high but I think it’s worth a chance.

Yasmin Tayeby “Stranger”
I’m pretty sure she’s the first artist on our station who can claim to be from Egypt.

Pick to click: Drake

KKCK a half a fortnight ago:

Justin Bieber “Boyfriend”
I was just thinking about Justin before this song came out. That is, I was thinking about Justin Timberlake and how he needs to drop a new song one of these years. Since he won’t, Justin Bieber had to do it for him. I hear a lot of early solo Timberlake on this song, which might cause him to shed some tween fans but gain a few older ones.

Wallpaper “Best Song Everrr”
This one is pure novelty, but we havent’ had a novelty song this good since “I’m Awesome” by Spose.

Usher “Climax”
I wonder if anyone is sick of my running joke about how the song is about Climax, Minnesota. I hope not, because I’m going to keep doing it until I like the song.

The Black Keys “Gold on the Ceiling”
I didn’t warm up to this one as fast as “Lonely Boy” but now that I’ve spent more time with it, I think I like it more.

Garbage “Blood for Poppies”
YES. I have been waiting for this band to come back since they decided to take a break. Playing Garbage isn’t unprecedented, so I took a leap of faith on this one.

Pick to click: Justin Bieber

So, there’s a lot going on in my head. There isn’t a lot of it I can talk about, but it is what it is. Maybe someday I’ll be able to vent here.

It was a splendid weekend. The wife, kids, and I were bouncing from park to park. Braeden has been almost a different boy the last few weeks. I think he had one time out in the past week. B’Elanna has been getting better at walking, and she’s even transitioning to sippy cups and once a week or so she sleeps through the night. She’s even in a regular car seat now, so no more car seat to carry around. I’m getting that conflicting emotion of her growing up to fast and not fast enough.

I’m not looking forward to later this week. We’re taking a trailer up to my mom’s house and we’re moving out most of the furniture. We need to get the house cleaned up so it can go on the market. I’m really not looking forward to selling it, but there’s no reason for my brother and I to keep it. It is going to be so odd to see it empty, or to perhaps drive by someday and see someone else living there.

Sometimes I just don’t know what to write anymore. This is one of those times.


When two weeks behind is an improvement

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

That’s right now, since the last catch up was way longer than that.

KKCK two weeks ago:

One Direction “What Makes You Beautiful”
A new generation of boy bands are breaking through. I wonder how many times this phase will repeat before my daughter is old enough to get into them?

Havana Brown w/Pitbull “We Run the Night”
The advantage of being Pitbull’s gal Friday? He pops up on your song, even though it’s a solid jam that really didn’t need his rap (but it needed his star power).

B.o.B. “So Good”
“Strange Clouds” didn’t have the impact he wanted, but this track certainly is.

M83 “Midnight City”
Believe it or not, I’m no trailblazer with this one. M83 was already making some lower rung CHR noise and it’s still climbing. I did listen to this double album, and I think if you trimmed it down into one CD it would be one of last year’s best.

Shinedown “Bully”
I didn’t plan on adding this the week Rush Limbaugh’s bullying ways finally got the better of him, but it works for that too. Shinedown pulls me back in just when I think I’m beyond sick of hearing them.

pick to click: One Direction

KKCK last week:

K’Naan w/Nelly Furtado “Is Anybody Out There”
Nelly Furtado’s last single didn’t do much, and K’Naan hadn’t broken through before. Together, this song is uptrending rapidly, and I’m happy for both artists.

All American Rejects “Beekeeper’s Daughter”
The new single from AAR is…quirky? I didn’t think AAR did quirky.

Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe”
The buzz on this track is strong, and for good reason. It’s a solid new pop song from the point of view of somebody taking a big chance.

Norah Jones “Happy Pills”
The early word is that this is one of the uptempo tracks on what’s being called an epic break-up record. How could somebody break poor Norah Jones’ heart?

Hank & Cupcakes “Liquid Mercury”
It’s actually a female fronted dance track, which isn’t what I expected when I saw the name of the band.

pick to click: Carly Rae Jepsen

Well, so far March is turning out to be the month that’s turning 2012 around. There have been a few bumps, but nothing compared to January and February (although the few bumps we’ve had were the result of some of the bigger bumps). I can’t really say too much about what’s going on, since I never know who reads this. As the saying goes, this too shall pass.

Lately Braeden and I have been having so much fun. I’m at that weird stage of parenting where I wish he was older while also wanting him to stop aging. That goes double for B’Elanna.

I’m two months away from my 15th anniversary with Marshall Radio. That is nuts.

So, two months happened

Monday, March 5th, 2012

This is so ridiculously behind, I’m just doing them all at once (and quickly).

Big Sean “Dance”
No thanks.

Snow Patrol “Called Out in the Dark”
I’d call for it.

Foster the People “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)”
Nobody in this band is a parent, because then the song would be “Stop (Don’t Color on the Walls)”.

Train “Drive By”
The mellowest song called “Drive By” ever.

The Shins “Simple Song”
Simply Shin-tastic.

Ken Coulson “Letters of My Youth”
It’s all right.

Viennie V “For You”
It’s okay.

Ali Lee “Keep It Right There”
Welcome to this life. (mega bonus points for that reference spread over the last three songs)

Drake and Rihanna “Take Care”
I was thinking we weren’t playing enough Rihanna.

Dev w/Enrique Iglesias “Naked”
For not being officially liked with the Cataracs, Dev sure mentions them a lot.

Tyga “Rack City”
Our night guy said the song was so edited we shouldn’t even bother playing it. That’s not really a ringing endorsement.

Ellie Goulding “Lights”
She keeps Jessie J. sane and is dating Skrillex. Those are random facts you wouldn’t know from this song.

Madonna w/Nicki Minaj & M.I.A. “Give Me All Your Lovin”
Bad news Madonna…I really like this one, and that’s probably why it’s tanking.

Jackson Harris “Go Crazy”
No, you go crazy.

Chris Brown “Turn Up the Music”
Chris Brown, stop being d-bag.

Jason DeRulo “Breathing”
He’s lucky to be, after his neck injury.

Katy Perry  “Part of Me”
I think it’s safe to say she’s here to stay folks.

Calvin Harris “Feel So Close”
How close are we talking?

Nicki Minaj “Spaceships”
Our night guy loves Nicki Minaj but hates this song. You can’t explain that.

Flo Rida w/Sia “Wild Ones”
I’m all about getting Sia on any way I can.

Karmin “Broken Hearted”
I’m shocked at how well this song is doing since their first single flamed out quickly.

Rihanna & Jay-Z “Talk That Talk”

Adele “Rumor Has It”
No rumor here…Adele is a force to be reckoned with.

Justice “Find a Way”
My way was to just line up the songs and start typing.

Pick to click: Katy Perry

I used to think that doing any voice work on a spot for a political candidate that I didn’t like was my least favorite part of my job. I think adding and playing Chris Brown songs is now the worst. I really don’t want to support him, especially in light of some of the Grammy backlash (and his initial, angry response). There is a point where someone should be allowed to move on with their life once they’ve paid their debt to society, but I really don’t get the impression of regret from his words and deeds about what happened. I know a lot of people feel strongly about it, and the fact I’m playing his stuff (and a lot because it’s doing well) makes me part of the problem.

So, here’s a promise: if he ever does what he did to Rihanna again, he’s gone from the library. I know our spins don’t amount to a hill of beans, but I’ll be able to sleep better at night.

There’s no point in apologizing for how late this was. For the record, since the last time I updated this blog, I’ve had to deal with my step-father’s death, his sister’s death, and my wife’s parent’s house burning completely to the ground. It has been a really, really craptacular 2012 in most aspects.

The one aspect it has been good is musically. I’ve really liked all the albums I’ve heard so far. However, I sense trouble on my musical world. If you’re still reading, let me explain. I’ve seen many of my friends fall into the “nostalgia zone” for music. They reach a point where they lose interest in hearing a lot of new music, and only listen to music they liked years ago. I find myself lingering on 80s stations a bit more than ever. I’m also finding myself a bit less enthused to find the newest stuff from new artists, while still getting excited for new stuff from artists I’ve liked a long time. I worry the musical “nostalgia zone” is inevitable, and at my age I’ve probably avoided it longer than most. I will try to keep out of it, but I feel those songs closing in on me like some kind of musical predator.

So, that’s what’s up with what’s going down with me. Let’s try to do this again soon.

That was quite a break

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Totally my bad. I’m so behind, that these quips are going to be on the short side.

KKCK a long, long, long, long, long time ago:

We the Kings “Say You Like Me”
I actually had this on the playlist as “Say You Love Me” by accident. “Like” works better in the title anyway, since I just like it and I don’t love it.

Adele “Set Fire to the Rain”
It’s hard to believe a year or so ago I was jumping on “Rolling in the Deep” earlier than almost any CHR station, and now with this one I’m borderline behind. w/Jennifer Lopez & Mick Jagger “T.H.E.”
Seriously, if this song can’t get a big solo hit, he should just quit the solo thing and never record outside Black Eyed Peas again.

pick to click: Adele

KKCK a long, long, long, long time ago

Big Time Rush w/Mann “Music Sounds Better With U”
The boy band craze is long dead, yet nobody told BTR.

Avicii “Levels”
This song uses the same sample as “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida. AWKWARD.

pick to click: BTR

KKCK a long, long, long time ago

Wiz Khalifa w/Snoop Dogg & Bruno Mars “Young Wild and Free”
Some complain the song is ruined due to the radio edit. Those people are “those who do not answer to my boss”. The omission of a few words does not ruin this song’s groove.

David Guetta w/Nicki Minaj “Turn Me On”
I think David Guetta should do a bunch of collaborations with people who aren’t big names anymore and then we’ll see just how big of a genius he is.

Neon Trees “Everybody Talks”
I didn’t expect new stuff from this band so soon, nor did I expect it to be this good.

Gotye w/Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know”
After taking Europe by storm, it’s starting to make some waves over here on the alternative charts. The pop crossover is coming, or at least I think/hope it is.

Childish Gambino “Heartbeat”
SIX SEASONS AND A MOVIE…and a really catchy track.

pick to click: Childish Gambino (already eight non-consecutive nights at #1 on our Hot 9 @ 9)

KKCK a long, long time ago

LMFAO “Sorry for Party Rocking”
Don’t let them fool you. They’re not sorry.

Robyn “Call Your Girlfriend”
What is it going to take for Robyn to get her popularity back in the United States? With songs like this it shouldn’t be a problem.

Fun “We Are  Young”
This song reminds me of another song that I added to the shag, didn’t know what to do with, then decided to play in regular rotation. That one was “Pumped Up Kicks”, and I’m sure Fun hope they do half as well with this one.

Awolnation “Not Your Fault”
I missed the boat on “Sail” (groan) but missing this one won’t be my fault (double groan…it’s not good if I’m groaning to my own puns).

pick to click: Fun

KKCK a long time ago

Coldplay w/Rihanna “Princess of China”
Rihanna will not stop until she’s half of the top 40. I don’t even think this is officially a single. 

Kelly Clarkson “Stronger”
This song is okay, but I believe “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” more when it comes from Anthrax.

Adam Lambert “Better Than I Know Myself”
I was hoping for another “For Your Entertainment” as a first single, but a slower number is probably better for an opener.

Rise Against “Satellite”
It’s been a while since we had a Rise Against song in rotation, so now we can’t say that.

pick to click: Kelly Clarkson

KKCK recently?

Cobra Starship w/Mac Miller “Middle Finger”
This pairing makes more sense than you probably think.

DJ Earworm “United States of Pop 2011”
Novelty song is novelty.

pick to click: DJ Earworm short-term/Cobra Starship long-term

I realize I’ve been slacking on this blog since we started having kids, but a whole month? That’s a new level of slackitude. I can’t even blame Tumblr or Twitter for stealing content, as my activity on those is a bit lower as well.

Maybe it’s time I finally cast away a lot of the “series” records on the DVR and just start focusing more time on writing. Well, I’ll still record “Community”. Let’s not get crazy here.