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Cannibal Ox Releases New Material!!!

8 Apr

Cannibal Ox

For the first time since 2001’s The Cold Vein, rap duo Cannibal Ox has released new music.  This is beyond exciting for a number of reasons.  The simplest reason lies in the fact that all three tracks on their new single, Gotham, are very very solid.  I haven’t hear one couplet from MC’s Vast Aire or Vordul Mega since their epic early-aughts debut, but it doesn’t appear either one has lost a step with their delivery or ample lyrical prowess.
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Festivals: Where Are You Going?

5 Mar

festival

As more and more festivals announce their line-ups, I find myself wondering what is going on with the festival circuit.  To be frank, I’m a little bit worried.  As a disclaimer, I don’t go to as many festivals as Wes and Todd do, but I do monitor the trends on what is going on with the line-ups and I have a bone to pick with all of them individually, and more importantly collectively.
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What’s So Great About Beck’s Song Reader?

4 Mar

Three Best Things about Beck's Song Reader

I have to admit, when Beck announced his Song Reader album, I was undoubtedly disappointed. It felt like a bit of a copout, making an album you don’t play yourself and ask other people to make. It just feels incredibly lazy. But once you really think about what all a decision like this entails, it becomes much more interesting.  So here are three reasons this is a brilliant idea.
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Bonnaroo 2013 Lineup Announcement

19 Feb

Bonnaroo 2013 Lineup, new, lineup

The time has come for our favorite festival announcement of the year. If you’ve been following us for a while, I’m sure you’ve heard us gush over the glories of the Bonnaroo music festival on more than one occasion. If you are new to LxL and continue to follow us, I promise this won’t be the last you hear of it either. Today the full lineup was finally released. Rumors of Paul McCartney and and Wu-Tang Clan came true, while others such as Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, and Yeah Yeah Yeah’s fell short. One thing that I have found with music festivals is that each year the immediate reaction to an actual lineup announcement seems to be increasingly less exciting than the anticipation and wonderment of who will be there. Not that I am not excited about this year’s lineup, because I am, but I think that everyone’s expectations always seem greater than what they should be. This is mostly due to rumor-mills, fake posters, and people’s assumptions based on who is touring at the time, who is coming out with and album this summer, or who recently had just toured. All that to say, there certainly exists some major disappointments such as the lack of Jack White (again), no Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and no sight of Thom Yorke’s new collaboration Atoms for Peace.

Regardless, here we have it. A mix’n’match of hot new indie artists, some interesting solo/duo combinations, a few rarities, and some classic big guns. Let’s break this lineup down in a Bonnaroo 2013 pre-cap:
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NME: British Homerism or Different Tastes?

10 Dec

NME

I was originally going to piggy-back on Todd’s post from a couple weeks back dealing with premature “Best of 2012″ lists for my post today.  The premise was not going to be so much ripping on the websites (Paste, NME, etc.) that released premature lists, but to try to identify current musical trends, and to some degree the sites’ biases and inclinations.  As with many of my ideas for posts, they start in one place and end up somewhere completely different, or more focused on a particular topic.

When looking at NME’s (which stands for New Musical Express for the uninitiated) list, what struck me more than anything was the amount of British artists in the Top 20 that I was unfamiliar with.  British artists Alt-J, Jake Bugg, The Maccabees, The Cribs, Toy, and Tribes all appeared in the Top 20.  What I decided to do was investigate whether some of these artists being in the Top 20 is a result of British homerism (as NME is a British publication), or whether American sites which I follow more closely are failing to keep tabs on lower-profile British acts.
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