Happy Hanukkah!


I guess technically, celebrations started last night at sunset but according to the calendar, today is the start of Hanukkah. Not being Jewish, I’m not 100% on the traditions but I’m also not about to leave anybody out! My research did only bring me to three songs from artists I have (or would possibly have someday) in the record collection:

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“Light One Candle” is a 1983 Hanukkah song written by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary. It is a very popular song and it has been sung by the trio at their concerts. It is a song that encourages the Jewish people to remember the history of the holiday and continue their heritage.

The Chanukah Song

The Chanukah Song is a series of popular Hanukkah songs by Adam Sandler that are each a slightly different variation of a list of Jewish celebrities listed by Sandler for Jewish children who feel isolated during the Christmas season. It begun as a skit on Saturday Night Live and then appeared on his album What the Hell Happened to Me?. Due to its popularity, Sandler recorded two follow-ups of the song. The songs often gets airplay during the winter holiday season.

Hanukkah Hey Ya

“Hanukkah Hey Ya” is a Hanukkah spoof of a chart-topping 2003 OutKast song, “Hey Ya!,” by American comedian Eric Schwartz.

I hope everyone has a fantastic and safe holiday! If you know of any pop music songs celebrating the holiday, please let me know in the comments. I’m off to pick up some Manischewitz for my guys at the record store!!

Boston Music Awards!


This was my first time attending the Boston Music Awards and it was an experience like no other. It was very classy and intimate, truly amazing! And the proceeds go right back to charity too!

Obviously, the roomie, Mr. Richard was with me as some of our favorites were nominated. He even wrote up a little post for tomorrow so be sure to check back!

Although we didn’t catch every act, what we did see was well worth it.

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Before I get into it really, lets go into a little background on the awards. They’ve been around for 27 years now and the nominees are selected by a wide variety of 172 people dedicated to the music industry including Music Editors / Journalists, DJs, Artist Managers, Music Producers and Professors of Music.

All proceeds from the BMAs goes to Music Drives Us which is a New England non-profit organization supplying grants to music programs designed to effect positive change for people of all ages. The focus of the Foundation is on:

  • Music Therapy – Using music to help people develop relationships and address issues they may not be able to with words.
  • Music Education – Funding scholarships for worthy music students in Boston public schools
  • Music Enrichment – Funding for New England school music programs and live performances

Shea Rose, STL GLD, Dutch ReBelle, Lake Street Dive, Bad Rabbits and more were up for awards. I can’t find the full list of artists that were up for awards, but the Herald summed up all the performances very nicely. Check out their article HERE since I missed a few acts!

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First act we saw was Creaturos. I’m not too familiar with the local punk scene, aside from a few acts people at work have named but these guys had the lungs to get the job done. It was a bit off, seeing people in sparkling cocktail dresses while also feeling like you should be in a garage or basement drinking PBRs. Also, as a bit of a side note, the beards in the crowd were epic. I mean, they were full, luscious and numerous. It was a hairy heaven.

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Second, Sidewalk Driver was up on the stage we set ourselves up at. I apparently missed something because this group is the one to know. A bit outside my normal realm of things lately (I go through waves with genres, like them all but focus can go all over) but I was enthralled by Sidewalk Driver.

The music got you moving and the stage performance was absolutely insane. Tiny hats, a light up hood, butterfly wings… the list goes on! They had fun, shot glitter into the air and it translated beautifully to the crowd. Everyone was bopping around with huge smiles. There are some more pictures on @MyDadsAlbums on Instagram and Facebook so be sure to get over to check them out!

imageWe also caught Goddamn Draculas before the actual awards started. It’s funny, I kept catching the lead singer through the crowd and thought he was my friend from work. Up close they do look very different but it’s the general appearance and styling from a distance that got me.

They all rocked it out but I found the crowd was loaded with the group’s friends and family up front so it was harder to get decent pictures even though I was right up front. They were also up before the awards presentation so they started late and in order to play their set, they were slightly rushed off at the end. They got the songs in, but the planning should of planned a little break knowing all shows tend to be off by a minute or two!

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 Keytar Bear did a nice medley of all the artist of the year nominees. How can you not love him?!?! Every time somebody gets to work and says they saw him, I get pissed if I missed him performing in the subway. He tends to be at Harvard a lot and I never get out that way because I work in Back Bay.

Side note: If you happen to be one of those f*ckers that has punched and assaulted Keytar Bear, I will find you and do the same. You don’t do that you degenerate piece.

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Dutch won Hip Hop Artist of the Year! That was the most exciting part of the awards by far. Shea and STL GLD were not winners this year and that’s unfortunate but if all nominees have diehard fans like the roomie and I are of Shea, Dutch and STL GLD then it’s tough running! I voted twice (shhhh!) for my picks.

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Dutch hit the stage and my mind was blown. I’ve seen her a few time now and really, every time it’s fresh and exciting. She looked stunning this evening and to perform right off a win but have been exhilarating. She, her hype man and DJ were definitely feeling it and when you feel the love, you give love right back to the crowd.

I posted so many pictures already and more videos are coming so, again, please be sure to hop on over to Facebook and Instagram to check them all out.

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We moved stages after Dutch’s performance and caught the end of Johnny A.’s performance. Don’t recognize the name? He’s huge; playing with both the J. Geils Band and Peter Wolf and having a successful solo career. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame last night and is definitely deserving! Oh and that A. for a last name? Shortened like most of my Greek folks down from Antonopoulos!

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The last performance of the night that we caught was STL GLD. The show went on longer, but I had to work Monday (which is also why this post wasn’t done first thing Monday!). I always make it a point to catch them as I love their infusion of sounds. Hip hop, screaming, classic songs all fused together into this mix of pure epicness.

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I also greatly appreciate the fact that they did touch on the current situation. The crowd chanted “I can’t breathe” for a few moments. I’ve briefly met Moe Pope’s family and it’s tragic that he has to worry about his kids. Didn’t we fight this battle decades ago? Why are we still so quick to judge and react with violence still? It’s barbaric and things need to change. We can’t keep going at this pace, we need peace and understanding for every human – regardless of color, gender or sexuality.

I guess that’s about it for this year’s Boston Music Awards, at least for me! I definitely suggest you check them out next year if you’re in the area. It’s a blast and with proceeds going to charity, I’m probably going to be upgrading to VIP tickets next year!!

Freedom Songs


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Michael. Eric. Akai. How many more unarmed men will need die at the hands of police? Why aren’t these officers being charged with excessive force? Trained better? If I was writing this for a newspaper instead of a blog, I’d honestly think I was back in the Civil Rights movement. How have we come so far to slip right back? Why are we so quick to jump to prejudice thinking?

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I wrote about it before and how I can see it from many sides, but at this point, there are minor offenses being committed that should, by law, result in a slap on the wrist when compared to being murdered. Choked to death or shot. How insanely barbaric.

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The protestors have gotten a lot of flack. “I handed out job applications and they left” seems to be a common, “witty” social media comment. I know some of the protestors. They are in college working an internship on the side or graduates working full time jobs. Quick being so fast to judge.

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Some of the methods, like blocking traffic, I don’t agree with. You put yourself at risk and emergency vehicles can be delayed but throughout history, these types of protests have happened to make the needed changes. Perhaps we just need more music to help the voices be heard.

Since protests have actually been such a part of history, there’s a vast history of protest songs. I wanted to focus on the Freedom Songs though since they’re very appropriate for these times unfortunately. Like I said, you’d think it was the damn 1950s or 1960s all over again instead of two thousand and freakin’ fourteen.

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Freedom Songs were songs sung by participants in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. They were a way of life during the Movement. The songs contained many meanings for all participants. Songs could embody sadness, happiness, joy, or determination among many other feelings. They served as mechanism for unity among the black community during the movement. The songs also served as a means of communication among the participants when words just were not enough.

Music of the civil rights era was crucial to the productivity of the movement. It communicated unspeakable feelings and the desire for radical change across the nation. Music strengthened the movement.

Music was highly successful in that the songs were direct and repetitive, getting the message across clearly and efficiently. Melodies were simple with repeating choruses, which allowed easy involvement within both black and white communities furthering the spread of the songs message. There was often more singing than talking during protests and demonstrations, showing how powerful the songs really were. Nurturing those who came to participate in the movements was vital, which would be done in the form of song. Participants felt a connectedness with one another and their movement through the songs. Freedom songs were often used politically to grab the attention of the nation to address the severity of segregation.

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Songs were often derived from the Christian background. Hymns were slightly altered to incorporate wording reflective upon the protests, and current situations as they were brought out of the churches and into the streets. Although most freedom songs derived from hymns, it was important to include songs from other genres. To accommodate those who were not as religious, rock and roll songs could be altered to become freedom songs, which allowed for a broader amount of activists to partake in the singing.

The most famous of songs with gospel beginnings were “We Shall Overcome,”, “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize,” “This Little Light of Mine,” and “Go Tell it on the Mountain”. Nina Simone and other professional artists are also known for writing or singing such songs. Two of Nina’s most well known examples are “Mississippi Goddam” and “To Be Young, Gifted and Black”.

Some 100 or so songs were commonly sung on Civil Rights Movement protests during the 1960s. Some of the best-known or most influential are:

“A Change Is Gonna Come (song)” Composed and performed by Sam Cooke

“Oh, Freedom” a spiritual dating back to slavery times

“I’m Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table” Adapted from a Spiritual

“I Woke Up This Mornin'”:Adapted from a Spiritual

“If I Had a Hammer” A labor union song by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays.

End Of The Month Wrap Up: November 2014


November was more of a laid back month for me, at least when it comes to music. With the holidays coming up, I’ve been a bit more focused on friends and family (and shopping!). I did pick up tickets to the Boston Music Awards and the Ladies of Boston Rock (with Shea Rose and Dutch ReBelle – my hip hop goddesses from the city) for December and January!

I’m really excited to see the BMA’s. It’ll be my first time there and there’s a fantastic mix of musicians, some new and some I’ve seen like STL GLD. They’re nominated for an award as well as Dutch and Shea. Oh, and Keytar Bear is performing!!

Although, not completely music related, the roommate and I stumbled upon the TedX Talk in Brookline. I had heard about the Ted talks but had never attended one before. If you’re not familiar either, please, check it out! Shea Rose was speaking so it was obvious we were going once we found out about it. I don’t even know where to begin writing about the experience though! It was so inspiring and heartwarming.

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Shea Rose took the stage to discuss losing her voice, both literally and figuratively. She had a polyp on her vocal cords and had to remain speechless until after surgery. The roommate could relate as he lost his “voice” by being unable to make art during the time he was bedridden. I can’t imagine never hearing her sing and am so thankful she pushed through after surgery and is here today.

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She also spoke of the pressures within the music industry to be “urban” or to be “blacker” or she’d never get a record deal. Upon actually being offered that record deal with a major label, she decided no, she didn’t want to lose her voice again and turned them down. It takes true strength to stand up for yourself like that and I was moved to tears at this point. Who would want to change Shea Rose to be anything but herself? That’s what I love most about her!

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We didn’t really intend on staying too long, as I was sick leading up to the talk and needed to work the next day but we caught the next speaker, David Sengeh. You can check out some more information on him HERE. A mutli-talented man from Sierra Leone, he works to better fit people in prosthetic limbs. He could very well just focus on his work at MIT, but instead continues to work with the youth to inspire and push them towards their dreams. Oh, and he also raps!

November also brought us the Aaliyah movie on Lifetime. The hour long documentary prior to the movie had me choking back tears at the funeral footage. We lost that star far, far too young. As for the movie itself, well, the costume department did pretty well. Casting, acting, overall storytelling of Aaliyah’s life and music catalog were all pretty terrible. Let’s just say, if the family doesn’t support it, it’s probably for a reason. It was a huge disappointment and certainly did no justice to the legend that is Aaliyah.

I did manage to hit a pretty big milestone this month. My 1000th Single / EP was entered! It ended up being The Routers, check the post out HERE. You may remember that I made the decision to split the lists in Excel so it’s now three tabs; Full LPs, Singles / EPs (7″ and 12″) and then 10″ LPs, EPs and singles. It’s easier to find everything when I’m checking to see if we have a song or not. It’s also a lot easier to make note of these milestones. They push me to keep going.

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Don’t forget! If you want to see images of Dawson and Daria, the whole vinyl collection or local musicians, hop on over to the Instagram account for My Dad’s Albums. Hashtag your own vinyl pictures with #MyDadsAlbums so I can check them out too!

Nifty Links For November:

Be sure to follow My Dad’s Albums on Facebook for all the links I share. These are the best ones from the last month for you!

Do you ever get jealous of another person’s record collection? I do all the time! One collection I’m insanely jealous of is Questlove’s. I mean, it just makes me drool in envy! Check out Questlove’s (you know, from The Roots) record collection HERE.

Need some new jewelry and have an eclectic style, kind of like me? Check out THIS blog from Vinyl Expressionz. The blog is just starting out but I found it through Instagram and am planning on ordering my own necklace soon on their Etsy page! I have their Facebook and Etsy pages listed on my Great Links page too if you’re interested in getting a piece of your own.

As we enter December, there’s a lot of holidays coming up. I hope everyone, of every faith has a fantastic month! November, as relaxing as it was for me, was a month of turmoil for this country. I was very worked up by the events because I just want us to respect each other and treat every single person equally. You don’t need to like every person you meet but at least take a minute to hear their story. Much love to you all!

Peace For Ferguson, Change For The World (I Hope)


This post is a bit different than any other but I feel compelled to address the current situation in this country. I know, it’s Thanksgiving and all but I need to get some things of my chest as off character as it may seem for this blog. I don’t want to get too deep but I cannot stand by silently.

I’ve been sharing some short thoughts, song lyrics and links like THIS ONE about protest songs on social media but I need the room to get it all out. I feel like if we all stand up for peace and equality we can make a difference.

The verdict came through in Ferguson this week. The news hit and I cried. I cried because it’s 2014 and throughout this beautiful planet, we have an ugly plague of inequality.

I see all sides. My dad was a police officer in Lowell during the time it was known as Crack Town USA. I know the worry an officer’s family feels. I also know that deadly force should absolutely be a last resort. Perhaps Mike Brown wasn’t being an outstanding citizen, but you know what, there are many possible endings that don’t result in death.

My father was an amazing police officer from the stories I remember. I love looking at pictures of him on the force, he’s my hero and an amazing role model after all. He had some intense stories, like when they were chasing a suspect and the guy bit his partner. Not just teeth marks, a chunk was taken from his arm. I’d always ask “Did you shoot anyone?” because I had this dumb idea in my head as a little girl that a cop needed to shoot somebody to be a hero. He never did, not even at the end of those stories. He risked his life everyday on the job and never had to resort to deadly force.

I then look at my own family’s reactions and the members of my family. They’ve all made mistakes, I’ve made mistakes. What we have on our side is white privilege. I said it and I don’t care, it’s true. There are members with DUIs, restraining orders and federal drug charges. But yet, they’ve just made mistakes. Of course they’re not thugs but Mike Brown is?!? Some of these actions put civilians at risk, not just police officers that did, at the end of the day, sign up for a very risky job. By that reasoning, perhaps they should have been gunned down. That’d be equality right? I love them all, despite mistakes and know that people can change and learn from mistakes. Michael Brown was never given that chance. The system is what failed and is still failing if we all believe that people cannot change.

Perhaps my thoughts are wrong, misinterpreted but you know what? I’m willing and open to discussing the matter. I try to listen to all sides, but at the end of the day, I have my own opinion and I believe there was an injustice in the verdict. Excessive force was used. This is the damn USA and everyone is innocent until proven guilty. We are the first to judge another culture for chopping a hand of for theft but yet, we execute people without trial.

I am not defending the riots going on but I understand the rage and passion behind them. They’re fighting for justice and their lives. They are not rioting because a hockey team won or pumpkins (looking at you Keene, NH), yet we look back at those instances with a sort of comedic fondness. It’s a double standard.

Please, let’s work together and find the peace and love we need to respect all people. I want all of my friends – white, brown, gay, straight, male, female, transgendered, WHATEVER to be treated equally because they are all amazing (and yes, I’m talking to everyone reading this – you’re my people!).

End Of The Month Wrap Up: October 2014


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Happy Halloween everyone! Before we get into some of the best Halloween, spooktacular songs, I do want to kind of wrap up October. It wasn’t nearly as exciting as some summer months, but I’m definitely not a cold weather person. I need to move south, to an island, in the tropics with drinks in coconuts now.

Well, I guess I did do one pretty damn spectacular thing this month. I met Dutch ReBelle at the Lawn on D. You can check out the original post HERE. She is so inspiring, kind and talented, I could go one too but I’ll spare you since you should be checking out the original post! My roommate, I’ve mentioned his chronic diseases before, had been down in the dumps but now she’s inspired him to start “arting” again. It makes me happy to see him come around. I’m even going to show him off a little bit!
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Aside from cataloging while he creates, we’ve hit up record stores and added a ton of new albums to the mix. Mostly reggae, but a few international records for you guys outside the US. I check my stats, I see you visiting! I’ve posed the pictures on Instagram and have an album on Facebook so be sure you’re following along on social media too!

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I haven’t posted too many links in my last updates, but y’all should test your knowledge with THIS quiz on Buzzfeed. It takes little pieces of album covers and you need to try and identify the album off just that. It’s actually pretty tricky!

It’s Halloween and I’m definitely in the mood for some candy. I mean, I’m in the mood to pass out candy to all the neighborhood kids. Yeah, I’m totally giving them candy, right, that’s what you’re supposed to do. Not eat three bags yourself… Anyway, I wanted to create a little playlist to get in the mood. What do you think is the spookiest song?

Michael Jackson – Thriller

Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London

Marilyn Manson – This is Halloween

Nina Simone’s I Put a Spell on You OR Screamin’ Jay Hawkins version

Rob Zombie – Dragula

D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince – A Nightmare on My Street

Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters

Sheb Wooley – The Purple People Eater

Dutch ReBelle: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang


Previously, I tried to steer away from posting about concerts or local music, but that may have been because I didn’t want the pressure to keep up with it. I didn’t have the money, I was working two jobs (well, I still am, but less hours) so I didn’t have the time and truthfully, I didn’t have any artists that I was compelled to see. I was perfectly content with the vinyl, a coffee or beer and the cats.

Then The Urban Music Fest happened. I stumbled upon it in the Metro and figured it would be a great way to pep up the roommate. He has made progress with his CIDP, but it’s taken a toll on his moods. We saw some amazing acts but in particular, three acts stood out. Shea Rose, STL GLD and Dutch ReBelle. All of them brought something unique to the performance and we’ve both been hooked ever since. Luckily, most of the time, Dutch has been performing with STL GLD (if you reside in the Atlanta GA area, look it up! They’re both coming soon!) so we get to see both acts. We haven’t seen Shea Rose again, but I’ve been on the look out and am waiting for a show we can make it to.

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I saw an advertisement for Sound Of Our Town and as soon as I realized Dutch ReBelle was performing again, I cleared the schedule. Oh, and it was free! We initially planned on staying for all acts but the rain dampened the mood slightly so we did end up only seeing Dutch perform. It was completely worth it! As expected, she slayed that stage. Her lyrics are so on point and to spit her vocabulary out at that speed is mind blowing.

Not only do I consider her a lyrical genius with an insane flow, she’s so kind. She recognized as us we walked up so she pointed and shouted out the fact we had on her ReBelle Army shirts. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang! Since it wasn’t packed at all because of the rain, we ended up standing right next to her mom and didn’t realize it!

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After her set, she was there for the fans to sign shirts and CDs. That’s when we realized that it was her mom standing by us. Actually, a lot of her family was there to support her and it was really touching to see. Her mom had been getting down in the crowd! We even met her poetry teacher when he showed up afterwards. It was a really, really awesome experience. I used to meet a lot of artists in middle and high school with my nephew because bands thought it was funny that we were so young, but I have never met anybody as genuine and kind as Dutch and her family were.

Speaking of STL GLD, Moe Pope was there to support Dutch ReBelle. He’s pretty recognizable with his hats, even through a crowd. We got to chat with him and told him we picked up STL GLD on vinyl recently at Underground Hip Hop. I’ll be posting that sometime in the next week so be sure to look out for it! He and his wife were both incredibly nice too and their daughter is downright adorable.

We picked up some new shirts so now we each have a gray and black one. I bought my first CD in about eight years too. It’s been all vinyl since iPods came out but I had to do it! First off, if she signed my shirt, I’d need to frame it and second, I just want to support her. I mean, it’s so hard for any visual or musical artist to get a start and when that artist is as talent as Ms. ReBelle, than they definitely deserve that support. If you haven’t downloaded her album yet, do it and watch out for her to hit your town!