LxListening: 5 Podcasts to Pass the Time

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Without a computer, and an influx of new music, I have been spending most of my “listening” time checking out podcasts to pass the time in the car and at work.  I’ve tried a few music related podcasts, but to be completely honest, I would rather call Wes or Todd for music recommendations than listen to some windbag with a microphone clue me in.  In lieu of music-related podcasts, I have trended more towards comedy podcasts, and have found quite a few that entertain.  Here are five that are more than worth a listen, in order of how much I enjoy them.

5.  The Nerdist with Chris Hardwick

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The Nerdist probably landed the biggest “pull” of 2012 by getting Tom Hanks to agree to do a podcast.  Chris Hardwick does a good job of interviewing his guests, keeping things light, and focusing on the nerdier aspects of each guest.  Hardwick also does probably the best job of any host on this list of bringing in a large range of guests, from comedians to actors to directors.  If you want t hear Ron Perlman talk on his love of Frank Sinatra karaoke or Timothy Olyphant divulge about his early days as a stand-up comic, check out The Nerdist.
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LxListening: The Time is Nigh

We are inching closer to our end of the year lists.  It’s really just a month or so away until we release the definitive account of the year in music, including albums, songs, and new artists.  With that in mind, I want to recognize more artists who have made a mark on 2012.  I hope everyone enjoys these five songs we put out most Fridays, but more than anything I like to use these lists just as much for myself.  It is convenient to have a record of what music we were enjoying at particular moments during the year.  I can look back to a LxListening post from early in the year and refresh my memory as to why I liked a certain track or was digging a certain artist.  It’s kind of like Todd’s sex journal, only instead of trying to refresh his memory to figure out who gave him the clap, I identify certain moods or trends in my musical tastes.  After that tasteless jab, I have no choice but to press on and give you five more tracks to brighten your Friday.
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LxListening: Four Ladies and a Little Man

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For this week’s Lxlistening, I wanted to highlight several tracks that have come out this year whose album we failed to review.  Even though each album was noteworthy enough for me to go, “Hey guys, I’m gonna review this”, for some reason reviewing another album (or life in general) got in the way.  Good or bad (mostly good), I hoped this week to give you a some brief feelings on the album as well as the chosen track.  And yes, surprise surprise, my focus is mostly on strong female singers this week.  But hey, even the only man on the list is attracted to dudes, so I have some semblance of a theme.  Here we go.
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LxListening: Catch Up Time

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So many good albums are released over the course of a calendar year that we don’t even pretend to be thorough in our coverage of current music.  Its even harder for someone like me to absorb the amount of music I would like to, whereas Wes and Todd are human encyclopedias of all things past, present and future music.  Wes in particular is usually able to listen to an album once and form an opinion I usually agree with, but would take me upwards of five or six listens to form.

Due to my mongoloid nature of absorbing new music, it often takes me weeks, or even months to decide that I like an album, sometimes putting it on the shelf for quite some time after a first listen, only to give it one more shot and come around on it.  Due to my deficiency, I would like to bring to you a song from five albums that I’m pretty sure we won’t be able to review in whole, as a sign of respect that they are more than worthy of review.  Some have been released this week, some are weeks old, and some months, but all these artists are worthy of note.  Let these five tracks be your Friday Sizzurp.
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LxListening: Music from Treme

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To be honest with you, I wasn’t completely sold on the first season of Treme, David Simon’s follow-up creation to his smash hit The Wire.  The acting and shooting was pristine, but the pace moved at such a crawl it was hard to become engrossed in so many characters whose story-lines were going nowhere quickly.  The real star of the show was the city itself and the musical scene captured by Simon and his crew.  While watching an expose on the styles and history of the music of Louisiana is interesting in and of itself, it simply wasn’t cutting it as a compelling dramatic tent-pole on HBO.

So, when I finally got around to starting season two, I was not at all excited.  It was kind of like watching one of those Academy Award nominees that you know is going to be worth watching, but is a little hard to pump yourself up for.  Surprisingly, by the end of the first few episodes of season two, I found myself hopelessly caught up in the characters Simon set up throughout season one.  The musical backdrop is still there in full force, the stories of each character take center stage, giving the show a more human feel.  With all this drama, the music of the show snuck up on me and I am now simply obsessed with everything roots, blues, folk, jazz, and hip-hop that New Orleans and Louisiana have made a mark on.

I bring to you today five of my choice favorites I’ve discovered throughout season two of Treme.
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LxListening: Hip Hop Anonymous

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Until the Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music (which I gave a smashing review to) was released a few weeks ago, I had been thoroughly underwhelmed with what hip-hop had to offer so far in 2012.  Then El-P, who produced R.A.P. Music along with Killer Mike, released his own album, Cancer 4 Cure, which gave another shot of adrenaline to the rap game (and Todd reviewed on Wednesday).  Now, Black Hippie member Ab-Soul has dropped a bit of a bomb of his own with Control System (which I hope to review next week).  This is a veritable bump, set, spike from the previously lagging rap game in a month-long span.  Unfortunately, David Banner was not able to hold serve with his release last week, but I decided to include one of the better songs from his disappointing Sex, Drugs & Video Games, along with a classic to top it all off.  So let’s just say the hip-hop is flowing again, I’m off the wagon, and there are no more Hip-Hop Anonymous meetings needed for the severe withdrawal I had been going through.

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LxListening: Girls

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In all actuality, this Friday’s edition of LxListening contains songs that have “girl(s)” in the title, instead of just songs about girls.  This theme could also probably have innumerable sequels because as we all know, musicians’ favorite lyrical subject is romantic entanglements with the opposite sex.  I decided also to select one “girl” song from each of the past 6 decades for your listening enjoyment.  So whether girls are black, drunk, or fat-bottomed, they all deserve a song.  Enjoy!

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