LxListening: I’m a Wu-Tang Man

wu-tang clan, wu tang, symbol, logo

For some reason I have found myself listening to the work of the members of The Wu-Tang clan a lot recently.  Mind you, I have not been listening to any collaborative Wu-Tang albums, but instead the solo works of the various members, which is quite an overwhelming endeavor.  I really like Wu-Tang, but it is difficult to sift through some of the muck and mire that has been by the various members over the years.  For instance, say I wanted to get a greater base of knowledge on Inspectah Deck’s body of work.  I have to then decide which of his FIVE studio releases I am going to try to dig into.  I can look at other people’s ratings of his albums all I want, but rap is just such a crap shoot anyway, there is no way I am going to be successful finding what I’m looking for. 

Since I am just starting to make progress of Wu-Tang solo albums, most of what follows is more of a list of some of my all-time favorite Wu-Tang member’s offerings, and not so much any hidden gems that I have found.  Maybe once I am all the way through the solo catalogues I will be able to offer a LxListening Wu-Tang sequel.  Enjoy.

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LxListening: Under the Covers

Woman, under covers

On “Codeine“, Jason Isbell sings “If there’s one thing I can’t stand, its this bar and this cover band”.  I’m not sure which he hates more; the bar or the cover band.  But in the right situation I love both of these things, and find reason to disagree with Mr. Isbell.  So, for today’s installment of LxListening I have decided to pick out 5 recent covers that deserve a little recognition.

What makes a good cover you ask me?  In my opinion, a good cover doesn’t try to reenact or mimic the original song, instead trying to take a new musical angle.  This can be anything from completely changing the arrangement, to changing the style of the music, to changing the pace.  Sometimes, a cover may be so ironic (as you’ll see below) because of who is singing it that it deserves a little attention.  Either way, check out a few of these gems below and decide for yourself whether you think there is any added value to these cover songs.  Enjoy.
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LxListening: The Week That Was 02/05-02/10

david lee roth, looks like a girl
David Lee Roth or Tranny Goldie Hawn? You Decide, America

Ay yi yi.  When looking through the albums being released this week to decide what I was going to review, I was pretty disgusted by most of the options.  Wes already had Dr. Dog and wanted Sharon Van Etten for next week, and so I explored a new (to me) artist in Air, and was pleasantly surprised.  While making the decision to review Air’s new album though, I waded through some other albums/tracks of note.  Below you will find where my musical wanderings took me, much to my dismay, and a nice pallet-cleanser at the end if you actually listen to any of the first four songs.

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LxListening: This & That

Will Oldham, creepy, Bonnie, Prince, Billy, Grinning
Who said LxL doesn't have a little bit of creep to them?

I am unable to craft some clever or ironic theme for LxListening this week, so you get the leavings of some of my favorite tracks of 2011 that never got any press on our site.  Give em’ a listen; you might like it.
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LxListening: A Schizophrenic Therapy Session In 5 Songs

Albert Pujols, douchebag, traitor
Albert Pujols: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

This is no sports blog, but on the heels of waking up to finding out Albert Pujol’s about signing a 10-year $254 million contract with the Angels yesterday, I had some work to do on my psyche. For those of you who don’t know, I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan. Enter a series of calamitous feelings, and the songs/lyrics that represent them. I may talk a little more baseball than normal (i.e., ever) on LxL, so bear with me. Or don’t, and stop reading now.
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LxListening: All Hail the Queen

Queen Victoria, Picture, Portrait, Music
Queen Victoria...she had a really nice personality.

With the explosion of the internet, it is somehow hard to believe that I don’t hear much of the good music that originates in ye ole’ England.  Even some pretty big pop acts still have to be sought out, due to an absurd lack of exposure in the states.  This week, I’ve decided to share a couple of acts from our cousins across the pond that are particularly striking my fancy right now.
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LxListening: The Inaugural

Norah Jones, Danger Mouse, Daniele Luppi, Rome, Black, Spaghetti Western

Six weeks into LxL, things are still changing and adapting. Our little website is going through puberty if you will. Growing hair in strange  places, and waking up with a wet spot in its shortpants. Today, we would like to offer up the first installment of LxListening, where one of us will basically provide a quick snapshot of what we are currently listening to. This is really just an opportunity for us to talk half-assedly about a bunch of things, instead of focus on one thing like grown-ups.  Also, while things may change a little bit with this section, we will probably try to have 4 somewhat current picks (within the past year or so), and 1 older pick(several years old at least). Enjoy, and thank you for reading.

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