LxListening: RIP Death Grips

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Retirement letter written by Death Grips

It was unfortunate news that came about last week when Death Grips posted on the interwebs a picture of a hand-written letter announcing their retirement as a band. Death Grips short-lived career began a few years ago in late 2010 (essentially 2011), but it wasn’t until they released two full LP’s in 2012, The Money Store and No Love Deep Web, until they really began creating a buzz nationwide. The albums were released within six months of each other, and both albums garnered a lot of praise across the board. Their highly sought after live shows were amongst the most insane and intense shows around, but quickly became controversial as they began showing up for their own shows less and less frequently. Self-described as a “conceptual art exhibition”, their music was anything but the normal brand of hip-hop or industrial punk that the band was normally categorized as. They successfully bread a new genre of music that hasn’t existed prior to their arrival to the scene. The Powers That B, their new double LP is still set for a full release later this year, but the tour they were set to embark on with Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden (kind of a surprising bill anyways if you ask me) has been completely cancelled. Fortunately we were gifted with loads of great music in their short career span, with the second half of their newest still on the way. In tribute, below are a few of my favorites from this insane experiment that I will always love and remember. Thanks for the great art boys!
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LxListening: RIP Death Grips

LxListening: Best of Sirius XMU

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Whoever says radio is dead must not have a subscription to Sirius Radio. Spending an extended amount of time in your car can sometimes be damaging to your relationship with your personal music library. Especially if you have limited space capacity on your iPhone, iPod, or in most cases, your Zune. Sometimes you need a break from the mundane predictability of your own personal library, and let someone else do the legwork of exploring new music for you. That is why after the 30-day Sirius XM trial period ended in my bitchin’ new Honda Civic that I recently purchased ended, I splurged on the $8.99/month package and let the good tunes continue to roll.

Back in my college years while cooped-up working in the depths of a Best Buy warehouse in Muncie, IN, I used to blast a little channel known as Sirius XMU (very original station name by the way). It was how I was first introduced to Animal Collective in 2006 (yes, I can admit that I did not know of AC before Feels) and Vampire Weekend in 2008. Both brought to me by XMU’s very own Jenny Eliscu (@jennylsq). Jenny is still my favorite XMU DJ, but after merging with XM, Sirius XMU (then Sirius U) absorbed Jake Fogelnest and his show that was previously on XM know as Left of Center. (I think I have that right anyways.) This only made XMU stronger, and added a variety of radio shows that feature blogs that are slightly more popular than ours such as: Hipster Runoff, Brooklyn Vegan, Gorilla Vs Bear, My Old Kentucky Blog, etc. Now, a few years after graduating college, and graduating from that terrible establishment that most certainly does not provide the best of buys, I am back to consistently listening to Sirius Radio. And when I do unplug my phone from the AUX jack, XMU is usually my “go-to”. So after that long-ass introduction, here is a selection of a few of my favorite songs that are currently on heavy rotation within the XMU playlist. If you like them, you should be sure to check out the station as well.

Parquet Courts – “Black and White”

I was first introduced to these brilliant punk-asses from XMU on year ago. One year later, they are now pushing their newest treat of an album, Sunbathing Animal.
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LxListening: Best of Sirius XMU

LxListening: Cleaning Up

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With our “End of the Year” lists now completely wrapped-up for 2013, I can’t help but feel like a few acts were unrightfully snubbed completely from our artists, albums, and songs lists. This is natural since we clearly can’t just list everything we like, and with three of us voting, we also won’t all be voting on the exact same things. So for this week’s LxListening I thought I would list some of my honorable mentions from 2013 that didn’t get much pub from us in our end of the year lists, but are still being consistently played by myself. So without further ado, in no particular order, here is my attempt to clean up some of my list misses from 2013:

King Khan and the Shrines – “Born To Die”

King Khan and the Shrines are quite an interesting and eclectic bunch. Their 2013 effort Idle No More seems to be their best attempt at imitating fellow contemporaries and friends The Black Lips. Although the album does have some down spots here and there, it also has some gems such as this opening track to the album here.
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LxListening: Cleaning Up

LxListening: So 2000 and Late (Part 2)

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This time of year, everyone (including us at LxL) are terribly obsessed with creating “end of the year lists”. Not only is it a fun topic of conversation and heated debate, but I also think it is appropriate because it is a good way to categorize eras of music. However, part of me always has a problem with the rush of the “end of year lists”. With the amount of music that comes our way in a year these days, it is hard not to miss a few things here and there. This is why last year I posted a LxListening reflecting on the songs of the year prior. For this year I am going to stick with the concept, but switch to albums. These are all albums that are now staples of mine. They have made my “go to” list of albums that will forever be tagged in my library as favorites, yet last year at this time, I’d hardly even listened to them (or in some cases, had not listened to them at all). In no particular order:
Death Grips – The Money Store
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The fact that this album was not even on my radar last year is almost depressing to me. Since really discovering The Money Store this past spring, it has been a staple for me in many moods and atmospheres … especially ones that involve extreme thrashing of any kind.
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LxListening: So 2000 and Late (Part 2)

LxListening: I Don’t Like It Unless It’s Brand New

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The irony in the title of course is that the song “Brand New” by Rhymefest ft. Kanye West is now almost five years old. Nonetheless, here are some of my favorite actual new tracks for your weekend that have all been getting some heavy play time in my headphones lately:

Sleigh Bells – “You Don’t Get Me Twice”

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LxListening: I Don’t Like It Unless It’s Brand New

LxListening: All Things New

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I know what you may be thinking/hoping, but no, this is unfortunately not a short playlist dedicated to the christian contemporary-Americana-folk-southern pop band (as they are described on their Wikipedia page) All Things New. This is in fact a short playlist dedicated to the bits of something new from the past week. We have all been gifted a nice latter year surplus of great albums and songs lately, and here are a few of my favorites from those recent drops (or in some cases, about to be dropped). I hope you enjoy:

 
CHVRCHES – “Tether”

CHVRCHES’ highly anticipated debut album officially releases next week, and here is what I consider to be the best track on the album. From the slow build up, to the epically great M83-esque breakdown toward the end, this tracks perfectly displays the depths of what this band can do and why they are easy to fall in love with.
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LxListening: All Things New