the banger report

The Banger Report: Vol. 10, R&B Joy & Pain

The Banger Report: Vol. 10, R&B Joy & Pain

It just so happens that three extreme R&B jams have appeared in the world in the past week or two and thus, I was inspired to bring back ye olde Banger Report! Two of the songs are adorably joyous and one is just straight up heart-wrenching. Read on to see what beautiful person in the(…)

The Banger Report: Vol. 9, Forgotten Ladies of ’90s R&B

The Banger Report: Vol. 9, Forgotten Ladies of ’90s R&B

This edition of The Banger Report was inspired by this Jessie Ware track/video, in which she covers the 1994 Brownstone song “If You Love Me.” Jessie’s version is awesome and the video, gorgeous, but when I let my (younger) coworker know that this was a cover, he had no idea and after listening to the(…)

The Banger Report Vol. 8

The Banger Report Vol. 8

Some realllllly good records have come out in the second half of 2012 and this installment of The Banger Report pays tribute to some of my favorites. Banger #1 is from the all-around excellent new Dirty Projectors record Swing Lo Magellan. The entire thing is awesome and worth having, but “About to Die” is one(…)

The Banger Report: Vol. 7, Bad Bitches

The Banger Report: Vol. 7, Bad Bitches

It just so happens that in the past week, I encountered three songs from three extraordinary females, all of which were more than sassy – they were straight up bitchtastic. And, I mean that as the highest, I-wouldn’t-wanna-mess-with-any-of-these-ladies compliment. Banger #1 is from rapstress Njena Reddd Foxxx, who you may remember from her collaboration with(…)

The Banger Report: Vol. 6, Special K-Pop Edition!

The Banger Report: Vol. 6, Special K-Pop Edition!

I decided to present a special K-Pop edition of The Banger Report, because it just so happens that my favorite bangers of the moment are all K-Pop! Aside from “Venus” by Hello Venus which I wrote about recently, there are three other little gems that have been on repeat in my iTunes these past few(…)

The Banger Report: Vol. 5

The Banger Report: Vol. 5

OK, time to kick the bangers into overdrive. It’s almost summer! This first banger is so over-the-top bangerish that I would almost say it’s NSFW. Unless your workplace encourages people jumping off their desk, throwing file folders everywhere and knocking over water coolers, you may not want to listen to this song in the office(…)

The Banger Report: Vol. 4

The Banger Report: Vol. 4

Yay, bangers! You make the world a better place. The Banger Report Vol. 4 shall now commence. Have you heard the old alt adage: “I’ve never heard them, but I’ve heard OF them.” Well, I was the “I’ve” in that sentence and Wild Belle was the “them” – for a while at least. Then, every(…)

The Banger Report: Vol. 3

The Banger Report: Vol. 3

Back at it with some BANGAZZZZ. So, the new Santigold record just came out and the whole thing is DOPE. But if you’re looking for a gateway drug to Santi fandom, or if you just want to hear la dope de la dope of the record, I humbly suggest “Go!”, banger #1.  This is a(…)

The Banger Report: Vol. 2, Lady Party

In this Lady Party edition of The Banger Report, I’d like to start with a song and video that evoke the deepest essence of ladyhood. That song and video: “QueenS” by the duo THEESatisfaction whose music was described better than I could by their label Sub Pop as “funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi epics with the warmth(…)

The Banger Report: Vol. 1

SO MANY BANGERS, SO LITTLE TIME. Bangers seem to be popping up all over these days, whether they’re hip hop bangers, K-pop bangers, classic bangers, alt bangers or showtune bangers (THEY’RE REAL). So many, in fact, that I was inspired to create a new PA feature called The Banger Report, in which I will present(…)