Listening Party: Janet Jackson

JanIcon. Trailblazer. Legend. This Listening Party features the music of my QUEEN, Janet Jackson! I’ve been a fan of hers my ENTIRE life. I remember rocking a hoop earring with a key just like she did when I was younger. And I always tried to copy all the dance moves in her videos. I’ve been blessed to see her several times in concert, and she always puts on one hell of a show. Janet deserves to be celebrated and revered because she is fucking amazing!!!

1. If

2. No Sleep

3. You

4. Nasty

5. Warmth

6. So Excited

7. Trust A Try

8. Rhythm Nation

9. Velvet Rope

10. Rock With U

11. Control

     12. This Time

     13. Feedback

     14. What About

     15. Any Time Any Place

     16. All Nite (Don’t Stop)

     17. I Get Lonely

     18. My Baby

     19. Show Me

     20. All For You

     21. Escapade

     22. That’s The Way Love Goes

23. Rope Burn

24. Again

25. The Pleasure Principle 

26. Feedback

27. Black Cat

28. Strawberry Bounce

29. Come On Get Up

30. Go Deep

31. Miss You Much

32. This Body

33. Son Of A Gun…

34. Got Till It’s Gone

35. That’s The Way Love Goes

36. Come Back To Me

37. The Body That Loves You

38. China Love

39. Because Of Love

40. Would You Mind

41. When I Think Of You

42. What Have You Done For Me Lately

43. I Want You

     44. You Ain’t Right

     45. When We Oooo 

46. Scream (with Michael)

47. Someone To Call My Lover

48. Let’s Wait A While

49. Alright

50. Sexhibition 

51. Better Days

52. You Want This

Any Janet fans out there?! What are some of your fav jamz?

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Listening Party: The Doors

doorsThe Doors was one of the first classic rock bands that I was turned on to. I remember being a teen in the nineties rocking out in my room to their hypnotic grooves. I had my lava lamp going, and ooh I was seriously jammin’ back in the day. Here’s my Listening Party for this legendary, iconic, and hugely influential band.

1. Strange Days

2. Five To One

3. Waiting For The Sun

4. Love Her Madly

5. Love Me Two Times

6. People Are Strange

7. When The Music’s Over

8. L.A. Woman

9. Not To Touch The Earth

10. The Spy

11. Light My Fire

12. Hello, I Love You

13. Riders On The Storm

14. Back Door Man

15. Love Street

16. Break On Through (To The Other Side)

17. The Unknown Soldier

18. We Could Be So Good Together

19. Moonlight Drive

20. The End

21. Touch Me

22. Been Down So Long

23. You Make Me Real

24. The Soft Parade

25. You’re Lost Little Girl

26. Soul Kitchen

27. My Wild Love

28. Roadhouse Blues

29. End Of The Night

30. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)

Cheers, homies!

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Listening Party: Type O Negative

type o The music of Type O Negative could be described as beautifully brutal, powerfully poetic, intensely evocative, and romantic af. In my writing whenever I’m putting together a love scene, this is the band I often turn to. Type O’s music is unforgettable; and it it’ll never leave you. Here are all my favorite tracks. Enjoy!

1. Haunted

2. Gravitational Constant

3. Wolf Moon

4. Nettie

5. Die With Me

6. Hey Pete

7. Bloody Kisses (A Death In The Family)

8. Who Will Save The Sane

9. Love You To Death

10. …A Dish Best Served Coldly

11. In Praise Of Bacchus

12. Can’t Lose You

13. Life Is Killing Me

14. My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend

15. Everything Dies

16. Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)

17. Green Man

18. Be My Druidess

19. We Hate Everyone

20. Christian Woman

21. How Could She

22. Everyone I Love Is Dead

23. Too Late: Frozen

24. Burnt Flowers Fallen

25. Blood & Fire

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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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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Listening Party: Pearl Jam

Pearl My best bud was kind enough to put together a playlist of essential Pearl Jam songs. The band has such a prolific catalogue. Seriously, they have jamz for days! I know putting this list together was difficult for him. 🙂 I’m very appreciative. Enjoy!

1. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town

2. Fatal

3. Unemployable

4. Strangest Tribe

5. Animal

6. Oceans

7. Blood

8. Tremor Christ

9. Sometimes

10. Daughter

11. Habit

12. Sleight Of Hand

13. Save You

14. Unthought Known

15. Do The Evolution

16. Just Breathe

17. Hitchhiker

18. In My Tree

19. Immortality

20. Cropduster

21. Jeremy

22. Given To Fly

23. Last Exit

24. Parachutes

25. State of Love and Trust

26. Corduroy

27. In Hiding

28. Hold On

29. Black, Red, Yellow

30. Grievance

Cheers, homies!

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Listening Party: Deftones

TonesWith a sound all their own, Deftones can do no wrong in my eyes. Their incredible body of work ranges from metal, to alternative, to atmospheric soundscapes, and I’m enthralled by every note. This band is so meaningful to me;there are several shoutouts to them within my yet to be finished (first) novel. Here are just a few of their musical gems.

1. Pittura Infamante

2. Lucky You

3. Geometric Headdress

4. Beware

5. Rx Queen

6. Battle-Axe

7. 7 Words

8. Entombed

9. Dai The Flu

10. Kimdracula

11. Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away)

12. Digital Bath

13. Good Morning Beautiful

14. Feiticeira

15. Combat

16. Moana

17. Elite

18. 976-Evil

19. Fireal

20. Mascara

21. One Weak

22. Pink Cellphone

23. Leathers

24. Needles And Pins

25. Lotion

26. Prince

27. Around The Fur

28. Change (In The House Of Flies)

29. Hexagram

30. Doomed User

31. Lhabia

32. You’ve Seen The Butcher

33. Bored

34. Knife Party

35. Rubicon

36. Deathblow

37. No Ordinary Love (Cover)

38. Risk

39. Savory (Cover)

40. Phantom Bride

41. Teenager

42. Ghosts (Cover)

43. Sex Tape

44. Rosemary

45. To Have And To Hold (Cover)

Cheers, homies!

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Listening Party: Tool

toolTheir music will change your very existence. Musically, lyrically, visually, Tool is such an exceptional band. Here are my favorite jamz by a band I’ve loved since I was sixteen.

1. Right In Two

2. Stinkfist

3. The Patient

4. You Lied (live cover)

5. H

6. Lateralus

7. Crawl Away

8. Jambi

9. Intension

10. Forty Six & 2

11. Bottom

12. The Grudge

13. Eulogy

14. Pushit

15. Swamp Song

16. AEnema

17. Undertow

18. Intolerance

19. Schism

20. Hooker With A Penis

21. Hush

22. Prison Sex

23. Flood

24. Disposition

25. Sober

26. Sweat

27. Jimmy

28. Vicarious

29. Part Of Me

30. Rosetta Stoned

31. The Pot

32. Spasm (cover)

33. Triad

34. 4 Degrees

35. Reflection

36. Ticks & Leeches

37. Third Eye

38. Parabola

39. Wings For Marie Pt. 1

40. 10,000 Days (Wings Pt. 2)

Cheers, homies!

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Listening Party: Queens Of The Stone Age

qu Queens Of The Stone Age makes incredible and unforgettable music. They have an unmistakable sound that is uniquely their own, and I have been in love with them since their third album Songs For The Deaf. All of their albums are brilliant masterpieces and are definitely worth a listen. Here are my favorite QOTSA jamz.

1. Keep Your Eyes Peeled

2. Song For The Deaf

3. Someone’s In The Wolf

4. God Is On The Radio

5. Everybody Knows That You’re Insane

6. Into The Hollow

7. I Sat By The Ocean

8. Turnin’ On The Screw

9. Little Sister

10. The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret

11. No One Knows

12. Kalopsia

13. Regular John

14. Tangled Up In Plaid

15. Fairweather Friends

16. Do It Again

17. The Vampyre Of Time And Memory

18. Go With The Flow

19. Feel Good Hit Of The Summer

20. Sick Sick Sick

21. The Sky Is Fallin’

22. My God Is The Sun

23. Suture Up Your Future

24. If I Had A Tail

25. Medication

26. 3’s & 7’s

27. First It Giveth

28. I Think I Lost My Headache

29. Walkin’ On The Sidewalks

30. “You Got A Killer Scene There, Man”

Cheers, homies!


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Listening Party: George Michael

george On Christmas Day 2016, the world lost a truly iconic figure in pop music. His songs are permanent fixtures in the hearts of all music lovers. George Michael was a gifted singer, and a brilliant songwriter, arranger, and producer. George had a real knack for writing the dopest pop songs. A lot of people tend to focus on his music from the eighties, but George was the shit throughout his entire career. He leaves us with an incredible body of work to remember him by. Here are the songs that I believe define George Michael.

1. Everything She Wants (Wham!)

2. Amazing

3. Father Figure

4. Round Here

5. John And Elvis Are Dead

6. Careless Whisper (Wham!)

7. Jesus To A Child

8. Freedom! ’90

9. Flawless

10. Cowboys And Angels

11. You Have Been Loved

12. Spinning The Wheel

13. Older

14. Fastlove- Pt. 1

15. It Doesn’t Really Matter

16. Moment With You

17. Praying For Time

18. One More Try

19. Heal The Pain

20. Roxanne (cover)

21. Star People

22. Free

23. Monkey

24. Hard Day

25. Outside

26. I Want Your Sex Pts. 1 & 2

27. Freeek! ’04

28. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (Wham!)

29. Faith

30. I Can’t Make You Love Me (cover)

Cheers, homies!


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