My Top 5 Depeche Mode Albums

dmodeDeep within me there’s a love for Depeche Mode that will never go away. DM’s music has been an important part of my life’s narrative. I’m grateful for being introduced to this band. I’m thankful that we still have them with us. For well over thirty plus years DM has been kicking ass and making uncompromising music. It’s 2017 and they’re still relevant!  The music of DM is experimental, danceable, provocative, and timeless. Here are the 5 albums that I just can’t get enough of. 😉

5. Exciter (2001)- Exciter was my gateway drug album. I’d heard of the band, but once a homie played this album for me… shiiit it was a wrap. I. Was. Hooked. I became an instant junkie for the band. Exciter’s saturated with the most beautiful melodies, and emotionally- rich vocals. “I Am You” is the sexiest song ever created.

4. Black Celebration (1986)- Atmospheric. Layered. Bold. And dark as fuck. Black Celebration is the perfect album; it gives me everything. The lyrics are poetic. The vocals are haunting and unforgettable. The music has so much substance. I suggest listening to this album during a rainstorm in Autumn- and don’t forget the blacklights, and the sandalwood incense. “Stripped”“Dressed In Black”“New Dress”. Damn! Every single song is incredible.

3. Playing The Angel (2005)- This album is a freaking masterpiece. From the sonic assault of “A Pain That I’m Used To”, to the hypnotic “The Darkest Star”P.T.A. is one of the most enjoyable albums in their catalogue. I lost someone extremely close to me the year this album came out. I was constantly playing P.T.A. which is why the album is so meaningful. “Nothing’s Impossible” is the jam of all jamz.

2. Violator (1990)- A definitive Depeche Mode album for sure. Getting lost in this album is a given. You put Violator on and all the shit life brings to your door is forgotten, at least temporarily. This album is epic on every level. “Sweetest Perfection”“Personal Jesus”“Halo”, and “Blue Dress” are my favs.

1. Songs Of Faith And Devotion (1993)- This is my absolute favorite album of the band’s. Instead of trying to recreate another Violator, the band added a few traditional rock elements to their sound, and unleashed a whole different breed of animal. Songs Of… was made during a tumultuous time for the band, but out of that inner conflict came a remarkable album. My bud often says “drama and chaos produces the best art”. “Mercy In You”“In Your Room”“Condemnation”“I Feel You”, these are all my jamz.

If you’re a fan of the band then share with me your fav albums. Until next time…

Cheers, homies!

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Current Reads #19

It’s once again time to share my Current Reads. I still can’t believe that it’s August. 2017 just refuses to slow down, right? Let’s get started.

evelynThe Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid- I’ve been wanting to read this novel for the longest. Once I heard about it I knew eventually I would own this book. The cover alone is fucking stunning! I’ve always been a fan of old-school Hollywood; the actors/actresses, the style, Etc. Evelyn Hugo is a legendary actress who is ready to share her life story with the world. She decides that Monique Grant- a journalist who is really having a rough season of life, will be the one to pen her biography.

“Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.”

Yasssssss!

Let me know what you guys are currently reading. I would love to know.

Cheers, homies!

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Listening Party: Nine Inch Nails

ninNine Inch Nails came into my life like a tidal wave of which I’m still caught up in. I had no idea that this band would have such a lasting impact on my existence. Their music heals, feeds, restores, and definitely inspires me creatively. Here are the tracks that have always stayed with me over the years. Enjoy!

1. The Fragile

2. I Would For You

3. The Line Begins To Blur

4. Something I Can Never Have

5. Reptile

6. Even Deeper

7. The Perfect Drug

8. Lights In The Sky

9. Head Like A Hole

10. Hurt

11. Gave Up

12. The Wretched

13. Piggy

14. All The Love In The World

15. Down In It

16. Please

17. Last

18. She’s Gone Away

19. The Only Time

20. Closer

21. Only

22. Somewhat Damaged

23. The Becoming

24. The Warning

25. Into The Void

26. Ringfinger

27. The Big Come Down

28. The Good Soldier

29. Terrible Lie

30. Wish

31. With Teeth

32. Discipline

33. Came Back Hunted

34. Mr. Self Destruct

35. We’re In This Together

36. All Time Low

37. Every Day Is Exactly The Same

38. In This Twilight

39. Dead Souls (Cover)

40. Ruiner

If you’re a fan of NIN please let a sista know! Until next time, y’all…

Cheers, homies!

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Current Reads #18

Here are the latest batch of books that I’m currently reading. I’m excited to read both of them, but then again I always say that. Lol. #BookJunkie

after dark After Dark by Haruki Murakami- Mr. Murakami is a beloved and celebrated author that I’m finally trying to get into. After Dark according to Goodreads is a story that  “moves from mesmerizing drama to metaphysical speculation, interweaving time and space as well as memory and perspective into a seamless exploration of human agency—the interplay between self-expression and empathy, between the power of observation and the scope of compassion and love. Murakami’s trademark humor, psychological insight, and grasp of spirit and morality are here distilled with an extraordinary, harmonious mastery.” Can’t wait to get started tonight!

reap Reap: The Irish Mob Chronicles #2 by Kaye Blue- Ms. Blue is the reigning queen of suspenseful romance with mob elements, and I love her! This second entry into the Irish Mob Chronicles features two individuals who basically can’t stand each other. I know damn well that will change real quick like. All the great romances start with characters who are disgusted by the other.  I can’t wait to lose myself in this new novel.

Cheers, homies!

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Lazy Blogger

sleepy I’m guilty of being a very lazy blogger as of late. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t missed doing posts, or that I hadn’t thought about it. I’ve missed blogging! Granted, it’s only been like three weeks since my last post. LOL. I had surgery three days ago, and I’m definitely low on energy. I’ll be back in a week. I plan on doing my first post back from lazyville on August 1. They’ll be upcoming posts about books, TV shows, movies, music, and other random ish. See ya soon, homies!

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Current Reads #17

Once again it’s time for me to tell my homies about what I’m currently reading. I know the last few posts have been filled with MC romances. LOL. There isn’t one of those in this post. Can’t promise that the next post won’t have any though. Let’s get started.

gardenGarden of Goodbyes by Faith Andrews- Ms. Andrews’s novels oozes with passion, and drama. Every word just drips with intensity. She’s dope! Garden of Goodbyes is her latest novel. From the synopsis,” Loss, betrayal, addiction. Mix them together and the concoction will ruin you.” This sounds like one of those dark reads. I really dig those.

bubble A Bubble of Time by Pepper Pace- I adore Pepper Pace. Her stories are like a satisfying meal that sticks to your ribs. Long after reading the last page of her books, well those characters still hold my thoughts captive. Her latest novel is a time traveling adventure. “Kenya Daniels has led a life filled with missed opportunities. Now at the age of fifty-one she’s a lonely woman with two adult children who don’t need her, a mother who needs her too much, and a job that doesn’t give her the credit she deserves. One day things take a turn towards the impossible and Kenya finds herself transported back to 1982 as a sixteen year old.” Sounds like another winner!

timeThe Tine Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger- I saw the film adaptation of this back in 2009. I instantly fell in love with the story. The novel is about an art student who falls in love with a time traveling librarian. So hyped to read this!

Thanks for checking out the post. Happy Reading!

Cheers, homies!

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Current Reads #16

monster Yay!! It’s time for my Current Reads! I only have one book to talk about, so let’s get started. I won’t keep you long. LOL.

Monster In His Eyes by J.M. Darhower- Goodreads synopsis: “Ignazio Vitale is not a good man. I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man. He has a way of commanding attention, of taking control, of knowing what I’m thinking before I even do. It’s alarming and alluring. It’s dark and deadly. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted but the last thing I truly need. Obsession. It doesn’t take him long to draw me into his web, charming me into his bed and trapping me in his life, a life I know nothing about until it’s too late. He has secrets, secrets I can’t fathom, secrets that make it so I can’t walk away, no matter how much I beg him to let me go. I see it sometimes in his eyes, a darkness that’s both terrifying and thrilling. He’s a monster, wrapped up in a pretty package, and what I find when I unmask him changes everything. I want to hate him. Sometimes, I do. But it doesn’t stop me from loving him, too.”

*Shudders* Ooh, wee! Can’t wait to meet this Ignazio!

Let me know what you’re reading in the comments.

Cheers, homies!

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Finished Reads #4

bookshelfHere are mini reviews for the last eight books I’ve read. Each book is given a star rating on a scale from 1 Star, to 5 Stars. 5 being the best, and 1 star means the book was whack. Ex 4.5/5 Stars

Walk The Line: Kings Of Chaos Book 5 by Shyla Colt- This was an erotic romance that grabbed me by the throat, and didn’t let go. My addiction to MC romances is so consuming, seriously. Walk The Line featured a couple in two completely different places in life. A chance meeting during a night out altered their lives for the better. I loved the passion and chemistry between the couple. The plot was on point. This was a boss read. 4.5 Stars

Forever Is The Longest Time by Camille Pagan- The story is about a disillusioned novelist who falls in love… with his best friend’s girlfriend. Typical plot, but the story goes to some deep places that we’re definitely relatable. Our protagonist goes on a journey of trying to find more out of life, and who isn’t trying to do that these days? 4.5 Stars

Live Free: Lord’s Of Mayhem Book 3 by Shyla Colt- I dug this book more than any other in the series. Evonne and Rocky were a dynamite couple, and I loved how their story unfolded. 3.5 Stars

Wolf Hunt by Jeff Strand- A quirky mix of horror and comedy, Wolf Hunt involved two thugs hired to transport a caged werewolf cross-country. There were moments when I burst into laughter reading this book. And there were also plenty of times that I was blown away by the horror. A few of the chapters slowed the momentum, but the spectacular ending made up for it. 3.5 Stars

Final Ride: Lords Of Mayhem Book 4 by Shyla Colt- Yeah, I know I’m a bit obsessed with this series. LOL. Hilary and Hawk are the featured couple this time around. I must admit that these two weren’t my favs. However, the storyline was interesting enough to keep me entertained. 3.5 Stars

Ghostface Killer by M. Never- Lawd!! I couldn’t stay away from this smart, erotic page-turner. If you’re into assassins, and the mob then this novel is for you. One element of the story I appreciated was the handling of a character with a mental illness. The struggles of the character was done so tastefully. Loved this! 5 Stars

Peaceable Kingdom by Jack Ketchum- Peaceable Kingdom was a collection of thirty short stories. There were a handful of stories that were a bit out there, and I didn’t connect with them at all. And then there were some gems that were totally brilliant, and thought-provoking. 3.5 Stars

Prey by Kaye Blue- I read this before I could do a post on it, so I’m including it here. Prey is the first installment of a new mob/erotic romance series by Ms. Blue. The story had so much potential, but I found myself rushing to finish it. 2.5 Stars

Cheers, homies!

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Current Reads #15

Time for Current Reads!!

priest Priest by Sierra Simone- Synopsis: “There are many rules a priest can’t break. A priest cannot marry. A priest cannot abandon his flock. A priest cannot forsake his God. I’ve always been good at following rules. Until she came.” Wow. I just hope God forgives me for reading this scandalous erotic romance. Lol.

IT IT by Stephen King- On the first of June I’ll start buddy reading IT. My bud, Darla, and I plan to spend the entire summer reading this, with occasional breaks because this book is a BEAST. I’ll be reading additional books at the same time, but the plan is to finish IT before the new film adaptation comes out in September.

Thanks for reading!

Cheers, homies! And remember that we all float! 😀

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Listening Party: Chris Cornell

Chris The music of Chris Cornell was not only something that could be heard, but also felt in the depths of my soul. I often found solace in his voice and lyrics. His music wasn’t something that I jammed to every once in awhile, hellz no. I listened to that beautiful and intoxicating voice religiously. I turn to him for musical inspiration as I write, read, and when I need something to get me through the emotional turmoil, isolation, and the physical anguish I often feel. So for this special edition of Listening Party, I’ve put together fifty-two jamz (a jam for each year of his life) from his impressive career. There’s jamz from Soundgarden, Audioslave, and his solo work. Thank you so much, Chris, for having such a consistent presence in my life. Rest easy, homie.

1. Scream (Solo)

2. Set It Off (Audioslave)

3. Face Pollution (Soundgarden)

4. Long Gone (Solo)

5. Mailman (Soundgarden)

6. 4th Of July (Soundgarden)

7. Can’t Change Me (Solo)

8. Sunshower (Solo)

9. No Attention (Soundgarden)

10. Yesterday To Tomorrow (Audioslave)

11. Scar On The Sky (Solo)

12. Nothing To Say (Soundgarden)

13. Burden In My Hand (Soundgarden)

14. Nothing Compares 2 U (Prince Cover)

15. Gasoline (Audioslave)

16. What You Are (Audioslave)

17. Sweet Euphoria (Solo)

18. Josephine (Solo)

19. New Damage (Soundgarden)

20. Fell On Black Days (Soundgarden)

21. Limo Wreck (Soundgarden)

22. Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden)

23. Moth (Audioslave)

24. Working Man (Audioslave/Rush Cover)

25. Part Of Me (Solo)

26. Head Down (Soundgarden)

27. Outshined (Soundgarden)

28. Loud Love (Soundgarden)

29. Room A Thousand Years Wide (Soundgarden)

30. I Am The Highway (Audioslave)

31. Poison Eye (Solo)

32. Murderer Of Blue Skies (Solo)

33. Like A Stone (Audioslave)

34. Slaves & Bulldozers (Soundgarden)

35. Somewhere (Soundgarden)

36. Blow Up The Outside World (Soundgarden)

37. Be Yourself (Audioslave)

38. Two Drink Minimum (Solo)

39. Cochise (Audioslave)

40. Rhinosaur (Soundgarden)

41. Show Me How To Live (Audioslave)

42. Billie Jean (Michael Jackson Cover)

43. Overfloater (Soundgarden)

44. Climbing Up The Walls (Solo)

45. Drawing Flies (Soundgarden)

46. Drown Me Slowly (Audioslave)

47. Zero Chance (Soundgarden)

48. Kickstand (Soundgarden)

49. Holy Water (Soundgarden)

50. Tighter & Tighter (Soundgarden)

51. Never The Machine Forever (Soundgarden)

52. Rusty Cage (Soundgarden)

Cheers, homies!

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