Burnes Turns: April 9-27, 2017

Over the course of the last couple of weeks, I listened through several Bruce Springsteen albums and by proxy revisited a significant swath of the greatest music ever recorded. But just as I was planning on publishing an entire list of Springsteen’s best, we received another life-altering sermon from none other than Father Kendrick Lamar.…

Burnes Turns: March 12-16

My favorite songs this week include a blast from my own musical past, two Hip-Hop classics that sound just as fresh today as they did in the ’80s, two joyful Folk Rock romps, and Stevie Wonder. Because everybody loves Stevie Wonder. “I and Love and You” – The Avett Brothers I can’t remember exactly how…

Burnes Turns: Feb. 23-March 1, 2017

Aerosmith has dominated my life over the course of the last week, but they aren’t the only artist I’ve been listening to. This week’s playlist highlights my two favorite Aerosmith songs ever written, but also a protest anthem for the ages, a Folk crooner I’d never heard before, and one of the most famous songs…

Burnes Turns: Nov. 26, 2016-Feb. 15, 2017

My first Burnes’ Turns in months highlights some early Hip-Hop classics, joyfully pissed off Hard Rock riffing and an urgently apocalyptic message from the dearly departed David Bowie that is more pressing than ever. “Five Years” – David Bowie When I was first getting into music and reading Rolling Stone, they published a playlist issue…

Burnes’ Turns Nov. 3-25, 2016

With the release of Pokemon Sun and Moon still on my mind, the series once again creeps into a playlist ripe with the rediscovery and newfound appreciation of familiar tunes. But it’s a new track from a band that I’d never listened to before that takes top honors as we head into the Christmas season. “Drunk…

Burnes’ Turns: Oct. 29-Nov. 2

Burnes’ Turns is often an all-inclusive affair, but this may be the most varied edition yet. From Heavy Metal anthems to greedy, lusty Punk feasts, to a Japanese-tinged suite of four tracks composed by three different men that clocks in at only around 4 minutes, there’s something here for everyone. A reminder that you never…

Burnes’ Turns: October 1-5

This week’s Burnes’ Turns is easily the longest as I included an entire album in addition to four other songs I’ve enjoyed throughout the week thus far. There isn’t really much of a common threat this week except that I think every single one is great. “11 p.m.” – Kazumi Totaka, Asuka Ohta There are times…

Burnes’ Turns: September 24-30

Thanks to Rolling Stone and WWE (an odd combination to be sure), this week was largely about the ’60s, which is pretty much indisputably the best decade for music in our country’s history. However, it’s the much newer “Sirens” and “Piano Man” that are old to me, presenting an interesting dichotomy for my picks for…

Burnes’ Turns: September 16-23

As to be expected, this week’s picks draw heavily from Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, but there’s also a piano piece that defined my Summer, and one of my Top 2 picks for Best Song of 2015. “Dancing Queen” – ABBA Everybody knows this song, but I guess I just hadn’t listened…

Burnes’ Turns: September 8-15

We replace the last couple of week’s penchant for movie-related artistry to straight ahead Pop music done right, an ’80s track I don’t hate, a classic from KISS’ best member, and a racial sermon that’s desperately needed in today’s world. “The Blacker the Berry” – Kendrick Lamar A week ago I was talking with my…