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It works like GANGBUSTERS!

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Hey! I posted the 400th entry!

Ha!

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Since I haven't been posting on the Pop 5 site lately, I decided to post my top 20 CD picks for 2007. I know everyone is waiting with baited breath so without further ado... Drum roll, please!

20. The Garden Exclusives [E.P.]: Zero 7
19. 100 Days, 100 Nights: Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
18. the Boy With No Name: Travis
17. Lupe Fiasco's The Cool: Lupe Fiasco
16. Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace: Foo Fighters
15. Our Love to Admire: Interpol
14. In Our Nature: Jose Gonzalez
13. Hvarf-Heim: Sigur Ros
12. Planet Earth: Prince
11.Cross: J.U.S.T.I.C.E
10. White Bread, Black Beer: Scritti Politti
9. Eardrum: Talib Kweli
8. Finding Forever: Common
7. Dark on Fire: Turin Brakes
6. The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3: Jill Scott
5. Era Vulgaris: Queens of the Stone Age
4. Time on Earth: Crowded House
3. Out of the Woods: Tracey Thorn
2. Kala: M.I.A.
1. Back to Black: Amy Winehouse

For me, the top three were no-brainers since they were always playing on my I-pod. I must admit, Bjork, who is one of my favorite artist didn't make it. Her album totally missed the mark, or it could be that M.I.A released a better album. I will give Bjork an honorable mention since she's alway trying something new.

My hope is that in 2008 Massive Attack, doves, the Roots, and Maxwell will release their long-awaited albums.

Last, but not least, I rediscovered an old album that I haven't listened to in a while. That record is 'Ask Rufus' by Rufus and Chaka Khan. I must say, I forgot how good this album is and the songs took me back to a time when music was bold and innovative. (Not to mention I was younger and had more hair back then.)

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Wanted: Gay males between the ages of 30-45 to hang out with in south Jersey for some serious male bonding. Must like to read comics, have good taste in music (80s, deep house, hip-hop, electronica, classic country music, new-wave, R&B, some rock, etc. ), a good sense of humor, the Food Network (and dislike Bobby Flay), worship at the altar of Kevin Smith, lift weights, dig Neil Gaiman, eating good food (no vegans, please) and going to see good movies. (Yes, I realize the last one is subjective.) More importantly, you must reject the heterosexual lifestyle and all those who inhabit it; they are a lost cause.

Only serious replies will be considered. If you are below a Kinsey 6, please don't bother. Contact Rob.

That's all.

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I have been lamenting the fact that music today has gotten rather tired and predictable. Yes, hip-hop is dead (well, almost) and that thing called 'rock music' is bloated and unrecognizable. So it has come to my surprise that I stumbled upon the latest CD by Amy Winehouse. I must admit, I was a little skeptical of the hype surrounding her. However, this CD delivers the goods.

Forget that Christina Agulera crap where she thinks she's bringing back soul music (Hey, blondie, you should check out Jill Scott's first CD or for that matter listen to Eryka Badu's Baduizm, and you'll see that it never really left.) Back to Amy's CD; think Ronnie Spector meets Nina Simone and you'll get the picture. It's got a blues-60s R&B feel with a little bit of ska thrown in for good measure. For those of you who are in the same camp that I'm in and think that there isn't anything worth listening to--GO BUY THIS CD!!!! You will not regret it! It gives me hope that someone out in the music industry believes that music is art--not pop trash.

As for hip-hop, I just want to say that Nas' 'Can't Forget About You' gives me hope that hip-hop may restore itself to the artform that it was. I can only hope, though.

Hopefully, Massive Attack, Tracey Thorne, doves, and the Roots will make 2007 a better year.

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Mel—

What a week it’s been, huh? I mean I land on the cover of People magazine and you get busted by the Malibu police department for allegedly being drunk while driving. To make matters worse, you were accused of uttering anti-Semitic slurs and blaming all Jewish people for the wars in history. That’s a pretty drastic statement, isn’t it? Now there’s talk that your career may be over, but we all know that’s a bit of an exaggeration, right? But I just wanted to say “Thank You” for your racist remarks and your public drunkenness. Here I thought that my coming out would have been the event of the summer, but your stunt will have people talking for ages and that issue with me on the front cover will be in the recycling bin. I’m sure you will be getting letters of thanks from Star Jones, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, and Naomi Campbell for upstaging us in the scandal department this summer.

Thanks for making this summer so special! You’re the best, man!

Sincerely,

Lance Bass

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