Suggestions April 8, 2014.

1. “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry feat. Juicy J:  I love Katy Perry.  I think the girl can belt out a song while still showing an awe-inspiring sense of vulnerability.  Ever since her marriage to Russell Brand ended, Perry has made countless contributions to what I consider “girl power anthems”.  You know the ones, like “Wide Awake,” “Part of Me,” and now “Dark Horse”;  these are the songs that touch upon inner strength and the ability to move forward after heartbreak or other similar life-altering experiences.  What I appreciate most of “Dark Horse” is the no-nonsense way Perry speaks to potential suitors.  Her message basically is:  listen I’ll rock your world, be the most amazing thing in your life, but if you fuck me over, you’ll wish you were never alive.  I am positive every girl has felt that at some point in their lives, and without a doubt, they have felt like screaming it out.  Now they have a poetic and anthemic way of doing so, with a hip-hop bass line, to boot.  Plug your iPod into the auxiliary cable, blast those speakers and amp up the bass, and enjoy!  Favorite lyric: “Make me your Aphrodite, make me your one and only, but don’t make me your enemy.”  (Don’t you just love that subtle warning mixed with wanting?)

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Emperors Club.

You should check out this link and get your hands on Emperors Club EP, The Castle.  A four track summation of awesomeness with 90s alt-rock vibes and hooks abounding.  My friend, Adam Havlin, wrote Brooklyn, track number four, and it still is one of my favorite songs by the quintet.