LxListening: Femme Fatale

Twin Sister In Heaven, "Bad Streets"

For my first write-up for our LxListening features, I was trying to think of an overarching theme for much of the music I have listened to as of lately. Then, bouncing through my recent played albums, that I had been listening almost exclusively to female lead bands, both old and new. Being a blog run by three dudes, we thought it would be good to pump some feminine flavor into the blog once and a while. So here you are.
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LxListening: Femme Fatale

Tom Waits: A Sirisly Positive Review

Tom Waits
Bad As Me

Recently in my life I made two purchases that I was extremely excited about and even more pleased with. First and foremost, the new Tom Waits album. Hardly any album in recent days has excited me as much as this new Tom Waits album. My hopes had set the bar for this one extremely high, and Tom did nothing but blow my expectations out of the water. My second purchase I would like to discuss, was my decision to finally join the iPhone family. I’ve been regrettably and painfully stuck with a Droid for the past two years, and now I am glad to say those days are over. Now, in being so extremely excited with both new and relevant purchases of my life, I thought, why not combine the two. So believe it or not, this review is actually being dictated through Siri on my iPhone. I have not typed a single word of it on a keyboard yet. A lot of people (including myself) were skeptical of this program at first, so I wanted to test it out in a big way. And yes, I will be fair and give an honest update at the end about what I changed after my Siri experience. So hear it is, the world’s first (this stat has not been fact checked) album review using iPhone 4S’ Siri/Pages applications … why not?
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Tom Waits: A Sirisly Positive Review

Top Ten Thursday: Conception

With the great disappointment of Mylo Xyloto (Coldplays new concept album that dropped earlier this week) still being fresh in our heads, we at LxL wanted to remind the world that there are indeed good concept albums out there. Apologies to Austin, who got particularly screwed in this weeks voting, but nonetheless, here is what we came up with:
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Top Ten Thursday: Conception

Black Keys “Lonely Boy” Music Video…Awesome!

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Cover art for the Keys upcoming release

Via pitchfork, today the Black Keys have dropped a new single from their upcoming album, El Camino.  Further luck would have it that the new single, “Lonely Boy”, is accompanied by music video that can be exclusively found at LxL (complete lie).
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Black Keys “Lonely Boy” Music Video…Awesome!

Coldplay Review Royale: Mylo Xyloto

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Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto

I can’t say that I’ve been completely “in” on Coldplay since the release of X & Y, and it is hard for me to put a finger on exactly why I stopped listening to them.  I didn’t really enjoy X & Y all that much, but one mediocre album rarely dissuades me from completely removing a band from my musical consciousness.  Never was there a moment where I said to myself “Screw Coldplay”, “They’re sellouts”, or “Chris Martin should strap himself to a bomb, go on stage with U2, and flip the switch”.  I think what happened was, even without paying particularly close attention to Coldplay post-X & Y, I knew that they had begun fully transitioning into “arena-rock band” mode, while focusing less on the sparse piano and simple guitar ballads that won my affection to begin with.

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Coldplay Review Royale: Mylo Xyloto

A Scott Weiland Christmas (aka “A Very Douchey Christmas”)

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The cover of Scott Weiland's upcoming Christmas album

Which pop singer’s Christmas album do you want to listen to during the holiday season? Josh Groban? So you can hear the pop-classical crooner with the sparkling clean image. Mariah Carey? For her sultry rendition of “All I Want for Christmas Is You”. Or how about Scott Weiland, former lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, and The Magnificent Bastards. If you chose Scott Weiland, you have stumbled upon a veritable gold mine. If you said, “Yes, I would like the former grunge god; cocaine, heroin, and crack-cocaine addict; domestic abuser; and (worst of all) Notre Dame football fan to be the sound of my Christmas”, then you are in luck. Strap on your seat belts, because somebody thought Scott Weiland would be ideal to sing the vocals ushering in the birth of the Christ, with his new Christmas album The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.
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A Scott Weiland Christmas (aka “A Very Douchey Christmas”)