Up and Running Again

I’ve been gone from the blog for so long it took me a few moments to remember how to find my WordPress Dashboard again! I refreshed my memory and pressed a few (read: several) links until I figured it out, and I’m back and ready to blog again!

For those who’ve stuck around, thanks for still reading. Posts to come soon!

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53rd Annual Grammy Awards Nominations

I’ll be honest – the Grammys have been disappointing for a long time. While Katy Perry and Justin Beiber (really? Justin Beiber?) earning nominations for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards makes me shake my head in complete dismay, some of the other nominees this year are really stellar. Here’s some highlights of my favourite nominees (not necessarily who I think will or should win, but just the ones I love).

Love The Way You Lie- Eminem feat. Rihanna from the album Recovery. Nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best Rap Song, and Best Short Form Music Video. Recovery is also nominated for Album of the Year and Best Rap Album.

Fuck You – Cee Lo Green.  Nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Urban/Alternative Performance and Best Short Form Music Video.

Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys from the album The Blueprint 3. Nominated for Record of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song. The Blueprint 3 is also nominated for Best Rap Album.

Florence & The Machine is nominated for Best New Artist. I’ll cry if the Beibs wins this category.

Hey, Soul Sister (Live) – Train. Nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

Resistance – Muse from the album The Resistance. Nominated for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best Rock Song. The Resistance is also nominated for Best Rock Album. While I like Resistance, my favourite song from the album is Uprising.

My favourite category this year? Best Alternative Music album, with nominees Band of Horses for Infinite Arms, Broken Bells for Broken Bells, and Vampire Weekend for Contra.

You can find the full list of nominees at the Grammy website. The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 13th, 2011.

Blog Update

So…my computer crashed. I am now without proper Internet access (save for my BlackBerry) and am unable to blog, which is really eating me up because one of my favourite bands is releasing a new album and I’m dying to write about it. Hopefully I should be up and running soon…send some happy thoughts toward my beloved PC!

Coachella 2010

The lineup for Coachella 2010 has been announced and it is nothing short of stunning!

Muse, Phoenix, She & Him, MGMT, Florence and the Machines, Gorillaz, Vampire Weekend, LCD Soundsystem, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Major Lazer, Gossip, Spoon, Julian Casablancas, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Talvin Singh and, most importantly, Jay-Z! JAY-Z!

If you haven’t heard it yet, run out and buy The Blueprint 3. I’m not the biggest fan of rap but I think Jay-Z’s a genius and Empire State of Mind is one fabulous song.

The complete lineup for Coachella can be found here, and tickets go on sale January 22. If you’re going to be at Coachella, please send a few pics my way and make me happy, seeing as it’s literally across the world from me.

Happy Birthday to MI

Musically Inclined turns 1 today!

I started this blog a year ago to showcase music that I believe to be underrated and under-appreciated and in the hope that my readers are exposed to music that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to listen to.

Thank you to all the readers who have stayed with the blog in this past year and hopefully enjoyed some new music.

Happy birthday to MI and Happy 2010 to you all!

Grammy 2010 Nominees

Grammy nominees for the 2010 awards are out, and three MI featured artists have some reasons to celebrate!

Phoenix earned a much deserved nomination for Best Alternative Music Album for their stellar release Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.

MGMT bagged two major noms – Best New Artist and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for their standout track Kids.

But the guys with even more Grammy love are Kings of Leon, who earned an impressive four nominations and are competing for two of the night’s biggest awards – Song of the Year and Record of the Year, plus Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals – for Use Somebody.

As much as I love music, when it comes to the awards shows I much prefer the Oscars than the Grammys for many reasons. This time, however, it looks like I’ll be waking up at the crack of dawn to watch the show’s live broadcast. Now if only I could get to watch Kings of Leon perform live…that’s one show I would not want to miss!

Pitchfork v. Owl City

Much has been written online about Pitchfork’s review of Owl City’s Fireflies. Before I add to the ongoing debate, let me state three facts that hopefully show I’m unbiased:

(a) I blogged about Owl City back in December 2008 when I first started MI, and I’ve never been ashamed to say I like his music.

(b) I have not yet heard Fireflies.

(c) I’m a big fan of The Postal Service, Death Cab For Cutie, and Ben Gibbard.

But I do have to say that I’m disappointed with the Pitchfork review, not because the writer doesn’t like Owl City, but about the way this review is written.

I’m a firm believer in promoting music that I think is good and people should listen to, but I also believe that just because I don’t like a certain song or artist (and believe me there are plenty to fill these categories) doesn’t mean that there aren’t others out there who do like them.

The goal of Musically Inclined – and what, in my opinion, music blogs should strive towards – is to encourage musicians and promote their music and not to be a diatribe about music that is allegedly terrible and how people should not subscribe to because it either sounds like a poor version of someone else’s songs/is just plain terrible/whatever other reason the writer hates it.

There is too much good music in this world that isn’t being heard for a variety of reasons to waste time on focusing on the “bad”. Rather than tell people what they should not be listening to (and hoping that they actually don’t listen to it), it might be better to point them towards something and let them decide for themselves.

Some music trends aside, the average music lover is more intelligent than we give him/her credit for. There’s enough hate in this world already; let’s focus our energy on something positive.

Live from BlackBerry

I know exactly how terrible I have been at blogging! It’s not lack of content – far from it – but lack of time, a true yet unacceptable explanation.

Thankfully, WordPress has this fantastic app for BlackBerry (from where I’m posting this) so hopefully I will be more regular now. Sorry again!

To Write Love On Her Arms

twlohaThe good people at WordPress have partnered with SocialVibe to support multiple causes, including hunger, poverty, illiteracy, and illness.

I’ve chosen to support To Write Love On Her Arms, a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. It’s fairly simple and I encourage you all to help those in need by simply clicking on the badge to the right – it does not take you away from this page, all you have to do is rate a video, and Sprint makes a donation to TWLOHA on MI’s and your behalf.

To know more about TWLOHA, visit their website.

Rest In Peace

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson’s sudden demise has come as a shock to people around the world.

He was preparing for his grand comeback concert series, This Is It, when on 25th June 2009 he suffered a heart attack and passed away in at the age of 50. MJ’s career spanned decades and countless hits but was also tarnished by the rumours and allegations regarding his personal life. I do not know the truth, and I’m not here to judge. Today is a day to simply remember the King of Pop’s contribution to music.

There is no denying that MJ’s career was successful beyond compare. From his early days in Jackson 5 to his solo career that spawned hits like Thriller, The Way You Make Me Feel, and Black Or White, MJ changed the face of pop like no one else has ever managed to.

He is truly a music legend who will never be forgotten.

farrah_fawcett

News of MJ’s death came just hours after the death of another celebrated personality in entertainment – actress Farrah Fawcett. 62-year-old Farrah struggled with a long and public battle with cancer to which she finally succumbed on 25th June 2009 in .

The original Charlie’s Angel, Farrah had a celebrated Hollywood career, starring in over 40 moives and appearing on hit TV shows such as Ally McBeal and Spin City.

R.I.P. MJ and Farrah. You will be missed.